Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
May 20,  2020



As Medina County and the state begin to re-open again, please keep in mind one thing:  Nothing has changed with the coronavirus.  It is still prevalent in our community and highly contagious.  If we stop social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing there is no question the disease will spike again.  That's not political, that's simply viral science.  So please continue to be aware that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and our actions will affect the outcome going forward.  STAY SAFE OUT THERE!  ;)

Congratulations to Medina residents Dave and Ruby Case, who celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this month!  Both are graduates of Brunswick High School, class of 1956.  (Sam Boyer)

Medina High School senior Philip Alberts is the recipient of the 2020 Medina County Arts Council Scholarship.  Philip is a five-year member of the Medina High School marching band, the sumphony band and the Stardusters jazz ensemble.  Philip is continuing his music education at Tri-C.

A big shout out to Justin Filous and Diana Kemp who were named the Lodi Fire Department's Employees of the year as firefighter and EMT!!!

Don't forget to " DO THE FIVE"
1.  Wash your hands often
2.  Cough into your elbow, not your hands
3.  Try to avoid touching your face
4.  Try to stay at least 6 feet apart from other people
5.  Feeling sick?  STAY HOME!
Mike Kovack
Mourn not the dead, but rather mourn the apathetic throng - the cowed and meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not to speak.
Ralph Chaplin

Hometown Heroes 
Jenn Heller  
Medina nurse practitioner travels to epicenter of pandemic to provide much-needed care to those on the front lines. 

Bridging the Political Divide: What Happened to Civility in Politics?   
J oin Leadership Medina for a series of video conversations with other Medina County leaders to move toward bridging the divide. The train is leaving the station. Get on board for one of ten conversation between May 18 through May 29. Space is limited.
Lunch-n-Learn with Leadership Medina County  
Join Leadership Medina on Thursday, May 21 at 12:00 pm for an exercise and learning experience on how to experiment outside of your comfort zone to grow as a leader. Participants will create a plan to practice exercises to try new experiences that will push them to their leadership edge and grow as a leader. They will explore their strengths and explore behaviors that are outside their comfort zone. Register. 
Drive Through the Cleveland Zoo  
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo reopens today, Wednesday, May 20, creating a drive-thru experience to allow visitors to see the animal exhibits without leaving their vehicles.Cruise the Zoo will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays until May 31.  Cruise the Zoo will be open from 10 am to 4 pm with reservations done in one hour time slots.  For more information click  HERE.  
Stan Hywet Gardens/Grounds Open

The grounds and gardens of the Stan Hywet mansion in Akron are open for free public viewing during the coronavirus pandemic.  The gardens are open Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 am - 10 am for seniors and from 10 am to 3 pm for all guests.  They are closed Memorial Day.  Donations are accepted.  INFORMATION 
Medina County Parks! 
Sites currently open:  
  • Allardale
  • Brunswick Lake Park
  • Buckeye Woods Park
  • Chippewa Inlet Trail North
  • Chippewa Lake
  • Green Leaf Park
  • Hubbard Valley Park
  • Killbuck Lakes
  • Lake Medina
  • Letha House Park East
  • Letha House Park West
  • Medina Marsh Nature Preserve
  • Multipurpose Trails: Lester Rail Trail, Chippewa Inlet Trail, Chippewa
  • Plum Creek Park
  • Rail Trail, and Montville Trail
  • River Styx Park
  • Schleman Nature Preserve
The following Medina County Park District locations are closed to the public until further notice:
Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park (including the dog park), Princess Ledges Nature Preserve, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary, Susan Hambley Nature Center, and park district headquarters.
All programs and reservations are canceled through at least June 30. New facility reservations for 2020 are not being accepted at this time. Young Naturalist Camps and youth fishing camps have been canceled for this summer. All playgrounds and drinking fountains remain closed.
Please visit for the latest news and information.
Together Ohio   
Ohio officials are developing strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they cannot do it alone. If you are interested in helping your fellow Ohioans explore how you can contribute and what is needed. Info. 
Medina County Office for Older Adults Program Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic  
In an effort to meet the growing needs of seniors in the community, Medina County Office for Older Adults has created a number of innovative programs and added to existing service provisions to provide much needed assistance to those in need. Please contact the Office for Older adults in Medina County at 330-723-9514 with any requests for assistance.
Help is Available! 
The services at Alternative Paths are now being provided by telehealth. Mental health and addiction treatment is now available through telehealth for new and current clients. Click Info or call 330-725-9195 for information or an appointment. 
As the coronavirus continues to impact our communities, your help is needed to help ensure we maintain a strong blood supply to support hospital patient care in Ohio.   Go to Blood Donations
or call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) to find a blood drive near you!
Pandemic Mystery Game!  
Mark your calendars for some fun in September!  
Medina County Senior Services Network is hosting a fun and interactive game of   via Zoom on Thursday, September 18 at 12:00 pm.  Want to join the crazy fun?  Simply RSVP with your name and phone number to and you will be sent all of the details.
Space is limited so be sure RSVP today!  

COVID-19 Information Resources
Business & Employee Resources 
Coping With COVID-19 Restrictions & Stress
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
 Support Services & Local Food Pantries in Medina County
is currently closed to the public.  Call for information and appointments. 
Medina County Jobs and Family Services (JFS)
is providing assistance for those whose job(s) have been impacted by COVID 19. Visit
to apply for benefits.
Brunswick Food Pantry
, 1255 N. Carpenter Road, Brunswick. Every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and second Tuesday 1:00 to 3:00 pm For more information, call (330)220-8299. Must be Brunswick, Brunswick Hills Township, Valley City or Hinckley residents.
Buckeye Christian Assembly, 3159 Columbia Road, Medina. Second Saturday of each month there is a food pantry and hot meals from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm For more information, call (330)764-4099.
The Valley City Community Group has partnered with LifeSpring Community Church to donate funds for their food pantry to help Valley City residents during quarantine. Food is purchased via Feeding Medina County and the Akron/Canton Food Bank and distributed out of LifeSpring Community Church, 1638 Lester Rd in Valley City. Please share this information and check with neighbors to see if they need the help. Residents can make contact by emailing
Monetary donations can be made through our website that go direct to the food pantry at   Volunteers may be needed as well, please contact LifeSpring at the above email. 
Helping Hands at Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Third Thursday 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information, call (330)336-4622.
Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Road, Lafayette Township. Fourth Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or by appointment. For more information, call (330)725-6176.
Living Hope Church, 6288 Wooster Pike, Medina. Third Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00 am. For more information, (330) 725-7730.
Lodi Family Center, 301 Mill St., Lodi. Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and other times by appointment. Serving Lodi, Chatham, Spencer, Homerville, Westfield, Seville, Chippewa, Lafayette, Polk, Sullivan areas. For more information, call (330) 302-4182.
Our Lady Help of Christians, 9608 Norwalk Road, Litchfield. Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Both by appointment only. A photo ID and proof of residence is required. For more information, call the church office at (330) 722-1180.
Salvation Army, 425 W. Liberty St., Medina. Meals are served every Wednesday and last week of the month on Monday, Wednesday and Friday the pantry is open from 4:00 to 6:00 pm the pantry is open. Doors open at 2:00 pm. Serving Medina, Litchfield, Chippewa Lake, Spencer and York areas only. A photo ID and proof of residence is required. For more information, call (330) 722-6488.
Medina Personal Care Pantry will hold a "stay in your care" pantry on June 6 from 8:00 to 9:30 am at Living Hope Church, 6288 Wooster Pike. Info or call 440-567-0769.  
Cups Café, 126 N. Court St; Medina, is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for adults to eat. Guests are asked to be mindful of teens and youth as Cups is primarily a place for them. Special dinners are held the second Monday each month from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, second Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and three Tuesdays a month from 5:00 to 6:00 pm except the last full week of the month due to Munch week at the Salvation Army. For more information, call (330) 241-5990.
Feeding Medina County, 650 W. Smith Road, Suite C-8, Medina. Please call before coming at (330) 421-4816.
Medina City School District takes $1.5 million hit in state education budget cuts
MEDINA, Ohio -- The Medina City Schools' five-year financial forecast needs some review after the district received some bad news from Gov. Mike DeWine last week.
"Gov. DeWine announced $300 million worth of cuts across the state for public schools," said Superintendent Aaron Sable.
Later in the week, the district received more detailed information about how this would specifically affect Medina.
"Right now, it appears that we are looking at a $1.5 million cut," Sable said. "What makes this a little bit different than decreases that schools have traditionally seen is that those are for the upcoming school year, where the $1.5 million implemented for this school year and takes effect now."
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DeWine announces enforcement effort for restaurant, bar social distancing

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday that law enforcement and various agencies would work together to enforce social distancing guidelines as bars and restaurants try to reopen.
Bars and restaurants opened for outdoor seating Friday, and are able to reopen Thursday for indoor seating. Photos on social media over the weekend showed several places with crowds that looked closer than the six feet required by state order for social distancing.
"Most restaurants are doing an amazingly good job. most bars are doing a good job," DeWine said. "It's clear we had some outliers, ones that were not doing what they should do. If we're going to make this recovery, people have to feel safe when they go out. They have to feel the rules are being followed."

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 The Gazette
Adjusted commencement brings Brunswick graduates closure
BRUNSWICK - As "Pomp and Circumstance" played on a loudspeaker at the entrance of the school's auditorium, Brunswick High School seniors were able to maintain at least one senior year tradition.
In a three-day adjusted commencement ceremony that began Saturday and runs through today, students scheduled a time on one of those three days to walk across a stage in full cap and gown.
Students also were able to more intimately share the experience with up to four members of their family in front of the stage, who also read off the graduate's name for the video of the ceremony that will be put together and shared by the district May 31.

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