Avon resident creates CLE board book for kids: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville

Avon, Ohio

Avon resident and father of two, David Gollinger, celebrates his love for all things Cleveland, page after page.

He is currently publishing the first children’s book from his Avon-based company, CLE Kids Books. The board book, “123 CLE: The Best Counting Book In The Land” is intended for ages 0-4 and helps little ones learn numbers, colors, and love for Cleveland.

The board book, “123 CLE: The Best Counting Book In The Land” is intended for ages 0-4 and helps little ones learn numbers, colors, and love for Cleveland.

“The idea for 123 CLE came from the gift of a New York City counting book from friends to our daughter,” he wrote in an email. “At the time I thought it was a very nice gift, but a Cleveland version would be better. When I couldn’t find a Cleveland counting book online, I decided to make my own. While I was thinking about the content of 123 CLE, I was also thinking about a future with ABC CLE and a few other possible titles. After a few years of delays due to work, moving house, another child, and a pandemic, I formed an LLC, CLE Kids Books, and started working.

Originally from Rocky River, Gollinger is an accountant by trade and currently works as a corporate accountant, so writing a book was a new process for him.

“The idea for 123 CLE has been with me for about four years, so I’ve had a lot of time to think about and create the rhymes, images and layout,” he said. “During this process, I selected 10 Cleveland icons, wrote rhymes for each page, digitally designed the book, and went through the steps to make it a legitimate book by establishing a Limited Liability Company, LLC, questions, the ISBN (International Standard Book Number, in conversation with multiple manufacturers, etc.)

The last part of the book publishing process was the illustration.

“The only thing I couldn’t do was draw the pictures, so I outsourced that to my nine-year-old niece Greta (Rocky River native),” he said. “I think her drawings give a wonderful childlike feel to the book, while also providing images that are clearly understandable for everyone to understand.”

Artwork for 123 CLE

Greta Gollinger (9), a Rocky River native, provided the illustrations for her uncle’s book, “123 CLE: The Best Counting Book In The Land.”

Gollinger recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for his book, which will run through June 19. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that allows participants to pre-sell items before going into mass production.

“My US-based manufacturer has a minimum order quantity of 1,000 books, which is more than I can afford up front,” he said. “With Kickstarter, I can prove there is a market for the book before I place my order, as well as fund part of the first production run. With Kickstarter, funding is all or nothing. If enough people pre-order books to reach my $5,000 goal by the June 19 deadline, their credit cards will be charged, Kickstarter will send me the money, I’ll pay for the book production, I’ll send the books to the send people she ordered. If the $5,000 goal is not met, the campaign will not be funded and no credit cards will be charged.”

Ordering a book is as easy as 1, 2, 3…go to bit.ly/123-CLE-Avon. The link also includes an adorable video of Gollinger with his kids, Ava (4) and William (1). If you love the CLE, order your copy of the book today. It would also make a great maternity gift for someone from Cleveland.

“My goal is to bring classic Cleveland children’s books to market that Cleveland parents and children will enjoy for generations to come,” he said.


Recreational football registration: The recently announced Avon Soccer League Association (ASLA) registration is now open for the Fall/Spring 2022-23 season under a new platform. Recreational football is a non-competitive division that participates in the ASLA in-house league. Teams train and play games with other teams within Avon football. All players U4-U12 are welcome. Avon Soccer also offers soccer training and development programs with staff coaches. Parents are encouraged to enroll as coaches or volunteer on the league’s board. Go to tinyurl.com/yvmfr2us to register. For more information, email [email protected] or visit avonsports.org/soccer.

Opening pool: Celebrate the opening of the Avon Aquatic Facility, 36265 Detroit Road, for the summer with the Opening Day Citywide Splash Party from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on June 8. Access to the pool is free for all residents of Avon (must show proof of residence).

fishing derby: The annual free Avon Lions Club Fishing Derby will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 11 (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.) at Northgate Park, 2155 Eaton Drive. Bait is provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded in each category for the largest catch. Thanks to the Avon Parks and Recreation Department for supplying the pond. For more information, please contact Craig Witherspoon at 440-937-5815.

Dean’s list: Finn Goodwin-Bain qualified for the Dean’s List in the spring of 2022 at Belmont University (Nashville).


Construction update: Several road projects in the area continue, including Moore Road, which will be closed to northbound traffic, south of Walker Road to the railroad. Renovation work continues on Webber Road. Work on the gas pipeline will continue at the culvert at Avon Lake High School on Avon Belden Road. Motorists should look for alternative routes.

Community Service Award: The 2022 John T. Shook Community Service Award was presented to Mike Kral at the Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Service (CRS) Charity Ball last month. According to information from CRS, Kral was “unanimously chosen by the selection committee because of his years of volunteering with his talents for CRS.” He served on the CRS board of directors for eight years, developed the nonprofit’s first website, and was a webmaster for 14 years. For over 20 years, Kral has brought its graphic design expertise to CRS by designing logos, invitations, flyers and programs for special events, including the Charity Ball, SOUPer Bowl, Hooks for Hunger, and others.

Academy introduction: Charles H. Schaffner (St. Edward High School) was inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2026 and will begin six weeks of basic midship training as part of Plebe Summer. Each year, approximately 1,200 candidates are selected for the Academy’s “plebe” or freshman class, and every student is required to participate in Plebe Summer.

Service Awards: Amy Zhai recently received the COOP Service Prize and the Hamilton College Campus Service Award. According to information from the college, the COOP Service awards are given to seniors who have demonstrated “exceptional dedication to community service at Hamilton and leadership in making a difference in the lives of people and service organizations, both in the local community.” environment as in communities’ assisted by Alternative Spring Break work trips.’


Car seat mounting station: The North Ridgeville Fire Department has partnered with the University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Community Outreach to offer a monthly car seat fitting station on the second Thursday of each month from 2-5pm at Fire Station #1 7000 Ranger Way. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the UH Community Outreach Team at (440) 827-5440. The next assembly is on June 9.

Recognition of the Bar Association: Congratulations to former Ohio State Attorney and current Senator Nathan Manning (13th District), recipient of the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s Voice of Justice Award at the Ohio State Bar Association’s annual meeting at the Ohio Statehouse. A lifelong resident of Lorain County, Senator Manning is active in the community and involved in several organizations, including the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce, the Lorain County Bar Association, and the Lorain County Historical Society. The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation’s Voice of Justice Award recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding leadership and advocacy on behalf of Ohioans who may need legal assistance to live a stable, healthy, and financially secure life.

Street projects: Several asphalt pavement projects will start in the city shortly. City officials recently appropriated $650,000 for asphalt pavement for the year. As additional funds become available, more streets can be added to the list. The streets currently on the list are: Creekside Lane, Gail Drive, Hadaway Street, Harris Drive, James Road, Mark Court, May Street, McKinley Avenue (between Center Ridge Road and Thelma Street), Orchard Lane, Root Road (between Lorain Road and Chestnut Ridge Road) and Theresa Street.

In addition to the paving project, $550,000 was allocated for full concrete repairs to several streets including Albert Street (from Poplar Street to Mildred Street), Dorchester Avenue (cul-de-sac only), Lee Avenue (from Drake Street to Poplar Street), Millwood Circle, Nicoll Drive (from about 6711 to 6795 Nicoll Drive); and the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Monroe Lane.

Top Lake Ridge Academy Scientists: Congratulations to the Lake Ridge Academy Class of 2022 co-salutatorians Tanish Makadia (Westlake resident) and Tyler Young (Graftton resident); and fellow Valedictorians Alex Masgras (Avon resident) and Jinglong Yang (Berea resident). Graduation is Saturday.

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