May 12, 2022

Each year the Medina County Educational Services Center recognizes a single senior from each Medina County High School as their "Top Scholar." This year's honorees are: Travis Owen, Black River High School; Molly Kolman, Brunswick High School; Johnathan Pinc, Buckeye High School; Trevor Milbrandt, Cloverleaf High School; Andrew Chand, Highland High School; Bradon Timms, Medina High School; Michael Kennelly, Medina County Career Center; Rachel Murphy, Wadsworth High School.

The Northeast Ohio Dazzle Awards recognize the top high school theater groups in the area. Wadsworth High School was nominated this year in two categories, Best Musical and Best Choreography Execution. Both nominations were for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Gabi Ilg of Medina High School was nominated in the Best Actress category. Winners will represent Northeast Ohio at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards presented by the Broadway Foundation. Good luck!

Congratulations to president Brian Feron and the entire Medina County Historical Society on their receipt of the Excellence for Leadership in Preservation award from the Cleveland Restoration Society. The county-wide group was recognized for their restoration of the McDowell-Phillips house in Medina.

Congratulations to Dave Lofy, who was honored as the Medina County Veteran of the Year last month! Well deserved Dave!

Wishing you all the best!

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor
Every second you dwell on the past you steal from your future. Every minute you spend focusing on your problems you take away from finding your solutions.
Robin Sharma

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Medina Farmers Market Begins 2022 Season
The Medina Farmers Market begins Saturday on the Medina Public Square. Stop by every Saturday morning from now until October 15 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. to support your favorite vendors! Click HERE to find more info on the Market, including a full list of vendors!

The mission of the Medina Farmers Market is to provide a venue where local farmers, bakers and gourmet food producers can sell their high quality products directly to the customer. The Market encourages direct communication between consumers and growers, fosters social gathering and community building and promotes nutritious food choices.
"Showtime" Tradition Continues at Medina High School
High energy performances of popular and musical theater selections will be presented by the outstanding young performers of Medina High School during "Showtime 2022 - Beyond". The shows will be presented on May 12 - 14 at the Medina High School Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Rd., Medina. Everyone is welcome to this 50+ year Medina High School Tradition. Tickets are $10 each and are on sale now! Pre-order tickets are available online or they can be purchased at the door. For more information, click HERE or call (330) 636-3200.
Rigatoni Dinner to raise funds for Family
of Fallen Firefighter, LT. Philip Wigal

The Lodi Chatham & Spencer Fire Department Association is proud to sponsor a rigatoni dinner on Saturday, May 14 from 4 - 8 p.m. Dinner includes salad, bread, and beverage. Price is donation only. This event will be held at the Lodi Methodist Church, 320 Medina St., Lodi. There will also be raffle baskets and a bake sale. All proceeds will go to the family of fallen firefighter, LT. Philip Wigal.
Santa Parade and Santa Day on the Square this Saturday, May 14

Who doesn't love Santa in May? In conjunction with the event, new socks & underwear will be collected for homeless veterans. All NEW donations welcome at Castle Noel. These will be distributed across Ohio. See the schedule of events below!

Santa Parade:
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Santa Parade around Medina Square:
Meet and greet the Santa’s and Mrs. Klaus’ on the square.
Adults and children, come dressed as an Elf, Elsa, Cindy Lou Who, or in Christmas Holiday-Themed Attire!

Castle Noel Activities:
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fun with Santas & Mrs. Klaus: Stories & Sing-a-Longs
  • 1 – 2 p.m. Craft Time: Face Painting, Cookie Decorating, Coloring Contest, Elf Labs: Fun with Science & More. ($5 per participant)
  • Schedule your Castle Noel tour 2 p.m. and after.
  • Play Alien Vacation Mini Golf until 8 p.m.
Medina County Office for Older Adults to Host Senior Day Health Fair
The Medina County Office for Older Adults (MCOO) will host its annual Senior Day health fair on Tuesday May 17 from 9 a.m. - noon in the Community Building at the Medina Count Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Rd., Medina. The return to an indoor, walk-through event will afford attendees the opportunity to once again interact with the sponsors and learn more about the goods and services on exhibit. The theme of this year's event includes "The Roaring 20s" and entertainment will feature vocalist Holly Prather in the morning followed by Cleveland Jazz trio, The Jazz Guys. Entertainment is sponsored by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Door prizes, a photo booth, and a Honeybaked Ham box lunch will round out the event. Admission is free the year thanks to a donation from the Medina County Senior and Adult Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports the MCOOA. Registration is required. Please call (330) 723-9514 for more information and to reserve your spot.
Round-up of Medina County Park District Spring Events

The Medina County Park District is hosting a variety of spring events, click HERE for more information and a complete list of events!

Saturdays, now - May 14: Spring Bird Walks
  • Every Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m., join the Medina County Park District's spring bird walks, being led by experienced birders. This is a part of the 89th annual series of spring bird walks, co-sponsored by several organizations in Northeast Ohio. During this series, participants can watch as migrating birds return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds. Participants should meet in the main parking lot at River Styx Park (8200 River Styx Rd., Wadsworth). No registration is required for this free, fun for the whole family event!

Now - June 1: Spring Wildflower Challenge
  • This challenge will test your powers of observation and allow you to enjoy the unfolding of nature in Medina County Park District! Search for these native spring wildflowers to complete the challenge, but these beauties aren’t here for very long, so you have to be quick! Download the Spring Wildflower Challenge form HERE. For a photo catalog of common wildflowers found in Medina County, click HERE.

Now - June 21: Get Out and Fish
  • Get outside and fish at your Medina County parks this spring. This self-guided program is the perfect way to spend time with family and friends and can be completed at your convenience. Participants who fish at five or more designated fishing areas between March 20 and June 21 and turn in their completed forms to the Oenslager Nature Center (6100 Ridge Rd., Wadsworth) between June 22 and July 10 will receive an award (while supplies last.) This program is open to all ages. One award per person. Click HERE to download the form.

Now - June 30: Strolling Through Spring
  • Get outside and explore your Medina County parks on accessible trails! “Strolling Through Spring” is great for strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers of all abilities. Complete five or more of the designated trails between April 1 and June 30 to qualify for an award. Hikes are FREE for all participants. Out-of-county residents pay $3 to receive their awards. The award for all hikers is a unique commemorative art print created by local artist and long-time park volunteer George Parmelee. Click HERE for the participation form.
Medina County Offers Fix-It Funds Low-Interest Fixed Rate Home Improvement Loans to Medina County Homeowners
Medina County is once again proud to offer Fix-It Funds low-interest fixed home improvement loans to Medina County Homeowners. Since its authorization by the County Commissioners in 2002, the Fix-It Funds program has provided over $15.1 million in low-interest home improvement loans to over 1,000 Medina County residents.

Westfield Bank has partnered with the County since 2015 to offer these fixed rate loans at up to 2% below the bank's current rate up to 5 years. Loans can be from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000 and are given on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are depleted. The bank's loan origination fee is $150.

Qualified homeowners interested in low-interest improvement loans can apply at two Westfield Bank locations: 4015 Medina Road on Route 18 in Medina and 2 Park Circle in Westfield Center.

For more information, please contact Westfield Bank, Cheryl Murrin (NMLS#1365194) at
(330) 764-6091 or by emailing HERE.
Medina County Historical Society Hosting Scavenger Hunt
In celebration of the Medina County Historical Society's 100th anniversary, they will be hosting a county-wide Scavenger Hunt for you to do at your own pace. All items will have some type of historical significance in the county. This is a fun way to learn more about Medina County History!  You will need to answer all the questions correctly for a chance to win a prize. Once you complete your form, you can either drop it off in the mail slot in the side door of the John Smart House Museum facing city hall. Or, mail it to the John Smart House Museum 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, OH 44256. Completed answer forms must be received to Medina County Historical Society by September 1, 2022. For more information and to print off the questionnaire form go HERE and download the form. If you have any questions, please call (330) 722-1341.
  • As the weather warms up and the school year winds down, thoughts of picnic at a local park come to mind. The Brunswick Education Foundation has you covered! BEF's upcoming "Too Tired to Cook Thursday" on Thursday May, 19 from 4 - 6 p.m. will help you make your picnic happen! Only preorders will be accepted. Preordering deadline is NO LATER THAN 3:59 p.m. on Monday, May 16. Preorders can be placed by clicking HERE. For your convenience, curbside pickup of your picnic meal is provided at Diamond Event and Catering Center, at 1480 Pearl Road, Brunswick, Ohio.

Thursday, May 12
  • Feeding Medina County is hosting a food distribution day in Brunswick at Willetts Middle School, 1045 Hadcock Rd., Brunswick from 10:30 a.m. - noon. No appointment or advanced registration is required. Stay in your car and make sure your trunk is empty.

Friday, May 13
  • Come out to Cloverleaf High School, 8525 Friendsville Rd., Lodi, for a car show and outdoor movie night presented by the classes of 2024 and 2025. The car show begins at 6 p.m., followed by the movie Cars at 8 p.m. Admission is free, and snacks will be available. The rain date is the following Friday, May 20.

Saturday, May 14
  • A huge rummage sale extravaganza will be held at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1330 N Carpenter Rd., Brunswick from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. This one-day event will feature lots of various items, great food, bakery, and drinks. Click HERE or call (330) 225-8110 for more information.

  • The Friends of Wadsworth Trails Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. - noon at Trolley Line Park (631 Silvercrest Rd., Wadsworth). Create your own pollinator garden with plants from the park's pollinator garden and from member's personal gardens. Plants for sale by donation. Proceeds will help FoWT provide trail amenities and programs.

  • Bennett's Corners United Methodist Church will hold a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 47 West 130th, Hinkley. Light lunch of soup and sandwich available for purchase. Click HERE or call (330) 225 - 5623 for more information.

  • Join the Medina Community Garden and Education group beginning at 10 a.m. at the Medina Community Garden (302 E Liberty St., Medina) for a fun kid's yoga class! This 30 minute yoga class is geared for children ages 5 and up. It provides a safe environment for your child to explore the connection they have with themselves, others, and the world around them, the power of breath, mindful movement, single-pointed focus activities, and relaxation of the body and mind. Parents must stay on site. Weather permitting. Class is donation-based.

  • The 2022 Weymouth Preservation Society Plant Fair will be held from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Weymouth School, 3314 Meyers Rd., Medina. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, and gardening books/items will be available.

  • A Classic Car Show fundraiser to benefit Kitten Krazy Car Shelter will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles - Medina Aerie #2224 (696 Lafayette Rd., Medina). Admission is free to the public, $10 per show vehicle. Enjoy bakery and coffee, pub food available in the Eagles Club. Chinese raffle, 50/50 door prizes, games of chance. Learn more by clicking HERE or by calling Charles at (722) 485-8028.

Sunday, May 15
  • Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its free Sunday Concerts in the Country with the Turner/Exton/Goodman/Cirillio Jazz Quartet. Presented at 2 p.m. at HeARTland, 8187 Camp Rd., Homerville. The program focuses on the importance of the jazz organ and the development of its role in the jazz idiom. In the event of rain, the concert will take place at the Homerville United Methodist Church (9097 Spencer Rd., Homerville). Learn more HERE or call (419) 853-6016.

  • Join the Medina County Parks District in learning how using external filters on DSLR and mirrorless cameras will help enhance your photos. This class covers the basic do's and don'ts or polarizing and neutral density filters. Bring your camera and experiment with out classroom filters to determine if this is something you need. Ages 16 to adult, register by Thursday, May 12 by clicking HERE. There is a $15 program fee. This event is called "Photography Workshop: How to Use External Filters: Polarizing and Neutral Density" and will be held at the Oneslager Nature Center, 6100 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Monday, May 16
  • BalloFlex Fitness class will be held every Monday at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., in Medina. BalloFlex is a seated dance exercise program that combines fitness, dance, positive upbeat energy and music, and camaraderie and is taught by Certified BallFlex Instructor Jani Ott. Cost is only $2 per class. You must be a member of the center to attend. For more information, call: 330-725-9177.

  • Grab your friends and come down to the Medina County Office for Older Adults and learn to line dance this spring! Already know how? Come and work on your steps! Classes available on Mondays at 1 p.m at the MCOOA, 246 Northland Drive. Call Jenny at 330-725-9177.

Tuesday, May 17
  • Make prom memories with your little ones during Brunswick Library's Baby Prom! This event is intended for babies from birth - 24 months old and runs from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m at the Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Rd., Brunswick. Registration is required, click HERE to register!

  • Enjoy an after school program at That Place for Teens, 1480 Pearl Road, Unit 9, Brunswick. From 2:45 - 5 p.m. just drop in and hang out! Free internet, snacks, homework help, social time and activities for 6-12 grade students operated by trained caring adults. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that school is in session. Info: at 330-273-5794 and That Place for Teens Website.

  • Outsupport invites LGBTQ+ youth and their parents/guardians to a monthly event from 6 - 8 p.m. at River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Rd., Wadsworth. Snacks are provided, please bring your own beverages. If you can't join them on this day, no worries! The group meets on select Tuesdays each month. Check their website for more information. In case of inclement weather, check the Outsupport Facebook page for updates.

Wednesday, May 18
  • Want to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs? Then Tai Chi is for you! Michael Rhoades leads this class every Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Medina Senior Center, 246 Northland Drive in Medina. It is also Zoomed. The cost is $40 for an 8-week session or $5 per class. Your first class is free. All classes free for Silver Sneakers members or Renew Active members. Call Jenny at 330-725-9177 or email HERE to reserve your spot. Visit online at

  • What can you create with Legos? Stop by the Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Rd., Medina from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. to find out! This event is intended for students in grades 6 - 12. No registration is required.

  • The 2022 South Town Cruise Ins occur every Wednesday from 4 - 8 p.m. until October 12 at Habitat for Humanity, 233 Lafayette Rd., Medina. See some of the best classic collectibles, rat rods, hot rods, and muscle cars in Northeast Ohio. For more information click HERE.

Thursday, May 19
  • The Medina Leaders Speak Toastmasters group is holding their bi-weekly meeting from noon - 1 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings (5050 Eastpointe Dr., Medina). If you can't join them at this time, no worries! The group meets at the same place, same time on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. Stop by for a meal, and join the group who's mission is to promote communication, public speaking, and leadership!

  • Join local author Emilia Rosa at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St., Wadsworth, from 7 - 9 p.m. as she shares pictures of 1920s Rio de Janeiro, a city she once lived in, unveiling the world of Finding Christina, her new novel. Registration is required, click HERE.

For more events going on around Medina County, go HERE.
Live Music Events Around
Medina County This Weekend

Many thanks to Dine Medina County Face Book Page for this comprehensive list of music! Go to their page for outstanding local restaurant information!

Thursday May 12th
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
Karaoke @ 7 pm
Blue Tip BBQ and Grill - 130 S. Lyman St., Wadsworth
Twin B Project @ 6:00 pm
Herman's Pub & Grub - 2126 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
DJ Music with Sadie @ 8 pm
High & Low Winery - 588 Medina Rd., Medina
Music Trivia @ 6 PM

Friday May 13th
Blue Heron Pub - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
Little Steve-O @ 5 pm
Blue Tip BBQ and Grill - 130 S. Lyman St., Wadsworth
Modern Vinyl @ 8 pm
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
Crucial Cure @ 8 pm
Filia Cellars- 3059 Greenwich Rd., Wadsworth
Past Time Band @ 6:30 pm
Foundry Social – 333 Foundry Street, Medina
Charles Geil @ 8 pm
Geeked Out - 1439 Town Center Blvd., Brunswick
Island Troy @ 8 pm
Herman's Pub & Grub - 2126 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Karaoke @ 6 pm
Medina Brewing Company - 320 South Court St., Medina
Rob Rocks @ 7 pm
Sully’s Irish Pub - 117 W. Liberty St., Medina
Roadhouse Jr. & Sr. @ 8 pm

Saturday May 14th
Blue Heron Pub - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
Tropical Geoff @ 12 pm
Blue Heron Pub - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
Chad Hoffman @ 5 pm
Blue Tip BBQ and Grill - 130 S. Lyman St., Wadsworth
Tony Rio @ 8:30 pm
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
Back & Forth @ 8 pm
Filia Cellars- 3059 Greenwich Rd., Wadsworth
Walking in Circles @ 6:30 pm
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Lego Legro’s 7:30 pm
Hoppy Dude Brews - 1369 Ridge Rd., Hinkley
Juice @ 6 PM
Manzo’s Sports & Spirts - 65 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Tom Brady @ 8 pm
Medina Brewing Company - 320 South Court St., Medina
Karaoke with Jammin John @ 7 pm
Sully’s Irish Pub - 117 W. Liberty St., Medina
The New Barleycorn @ 8 pm
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
Bronx Country @ 9:30 pm ** Tickets required **
White Timbers Winery - 10036 Rittman Rd., Wadsworth
Johnny Jam @ 4 pm

Sunday May 15th
Blue Heron Pub - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
Rick Lacoboni @ 3 pm
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Jim and Eroc 3:00 pm
News Around the County
Painted Mural at Brunswick Library Driven by BHS Art Students

Arising problems sometimes requires creative solutions. When the librarians at the Brunswick library were informed that the carpeted wall in the children's room had to be taken down due to being a potential fire hazard, they quickly came up with a solution that would allow collaboration between Brunswick High School art students and the Brunswick Library.

The mural design consists of an underwater pond scene which incorporates many animals such as ducks, turtles, frogs, fish, dragonflies and much more. Various underwater plants are placed all around the mural as well. The students also made sure to incorporate books into the painting to bring in aspects of the library into the artwork.

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County Prosecutor Asks Attorney General to Investigate Transfer of County Car to Treasurer John Burke's Son

The Medina County Prosecutor's office is asking the Ohio Attorney General's Office to conduct an independent investigation into how a county vehicle ended up being purchased by Treasurer John Burke's son.

In a statement Thursday, the Medina County Commissioners said the action comes after they learned Burke allegedly caused a vehicle previously used by his office to be transferred to an automotive dealer contrary to county procedures and policies.
Burke, a Republican, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

The commissioners had met earlier Thursday afternoon in private session "to consider the investigation of a complaint against a public official."

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Medina County Historical Society Earns Renovation Award for McDowell-Phillips House

The historic McDowell-Phillips house in Medina recently received the award for Excellence for Leadership in Preservation from the Cleveland Restoration Society and the American Institute of Architects Cleveland.

The award was presented at an event designed to showcase the top preservation projects in Northeast Ohio over the past year. The mission of the Cleveland Restoration Society is to “preserve, protect and celebrate historic buildings and places that foster vibrant and inclusive communities.”

The house was built in 1890 for R.M. McDowell. His wife, Elizabeth A. Blake, was the daughter of abolitionist and U.S. Rep. H.G. Blake. .

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