Oct. 7, 2021

Congratulations to Medina native Matt Amodio, who moved into second place on the Jeopardy! all-time win list last Friday! Only Ken Jennings now has more wins than Matt!

Congratulations to the following high school seniors who have been named October Students of the Month at their respective high schools! Madi Zaccaro, Medina; Emily Dunn, Highland; Kaitlyn Fortuna (Brunswick), Medina County Career Center.

The Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce held their 40th business awards ceremony last Wednesday. Honorees at the event included Business Employee of the Year Tom Longenecker, Van's Auto Service; Business Manager of the Year Daniel Meagher, Feeding Medina County; Business Entrepreneurs of the Year BJ and Nicole Mikoda, Valley Cafe and Dolce at the Strand and Community Volunteer of the Year Roger Havens, Wadsworth Historical Society and Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery. Congratulations!

When you're making your decision whether to vaccinate or not, or to mask or not, remember: those two items are free. Your hospital stay is not. Your health is the first concern, but your decisions can also impact your finances in a huge way. Please be safe out there - health-wise and finance-wise!

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

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Ken Jennings, All-Time Jeopardy Champion (for now)

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Barktober Fest Held Saturday in Brunswick
Brunswick Hills Police Association is sponsoring Barktoberfest on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Skyview Lodge, 336 Pearl Rd. in Brunswick.

A police K9 demonstration will be held at 11 a.m., a blessing of the pets will occur at noon and a pet contest will be held at 12:30 p.m.

The event is rain or shine and leashed, friendly pets are welcome. Microchipping services will be available. Food trucks will be on hand and there will be an opportunity to win raffle baskets. Brunswick Hills Police Department canine Ajgo will also be there for a meet and great.
Medina County's Fall Foliage Tour is This Weekend
The Medina County Fall Foliage Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Since 1968, the drive-it-yourself Medina County Fall Foliage Tour has educated the participating general public about agriculture, education, and history of Medina County. Each year, the tour highlights 10-15 places of interest that can include farms, agribusinesses, historical societies, and special events – among others.

This year's tour features 8 stops and 7 points of interest. Click HERE for the map
Spring Grove Arboretum Walking Tour Scheduled for Saturday
The annual Spring Grove Arboretum Walk is scheduled for Saturday from 1 - 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cemetery, the self-guided family walking tour will showcase a number of the 81 different species of the more than 600 trees found on the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.

Spring Grove is the first and only arboretum in Medina County and is located at 775 E. Washington Street in Medina. Join us for a relaxing fall walk that will include tree information and professional advice along with giveaways and a scavenger hunt for the kids! Attendees should dress for the weather -- the event will be held rain or shine. There is easy access for strollers, wagons and wheelchairs. Starting point for the walk will be in front of the Mears Building where there is ample parking (entrance off Route 18). Maps will be provided.

Spring Grove is an example of an “urban forest” -- a forest or a collection of trees that grow within a city, town or a suburb. The arboretum is a collaboration between Friends of the Cemetery and the City of Medina.

The Friends of the Cemetery’s mission includes the historic preservation, beautification and maintenance of Spring Grove Cemetery and Old Town Graveyard. For additional information about Friends of the Cemetery, visit HERE or call the Friends of the Cemetery office at 330-725-8861, Ext. 1055.
Medina County District Parks Sponsor Fall Hiking Program
Get out and explore your Medina County parks during the 15th annual Trekking through Autumn program.

Participants who hike eight or more of the designated trails between September 1 and November 30 will receive an award.

All parks are open from dawn until dark except Oenslager Nature Center, which is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday 12-5.

First-year hikers earn a backpack, and veteran hikers earn a pin. Pins are not available for first-year hikers. Awards are free for all Medina County residents. Out-of-county residents pay $10 for the backpack and $3 for the hiking pin.

To learn more about the program, go HERE.
Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner Held in Brunswick
A fundraising spaghetti dinner is being held Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at VFW Post 9520, 1439 Carpenter Road, in Brunswick. The event is sponsored by Rolling Thunder, Chapter 8, a local veterans services organization.

Advance tickets are $7; $10 at the door for adults. Children 12-14 are $6 and ages 6-11 are $3. Children five and under are free. Bring a non-perishable food item and get one free raffle ticket.

Advance tickets are available at VFW post 5137 or by calling James Johnson at 330-421-5855,

Medina Restaurant Week Continues
Join Mainstreet Medina for Medina Restaurant Week, through October 16, 2021, and try the best of locally owned and operated restaurants in Medina.
No ticket required. Just visit any participating restaurant, ask for the restaurant week menu, and enjoy! Post pics and win prizes.

Learn more about participating restaurants HERE.
Outdoor Fall RV Fest Held at Fairgrounds
Great Lakes RV Association, producer of the Ohio RV Supershow, will host a Fall RV Rest show at the Medina County Fairgrounds, 720 W.Smith Rd, on October 7-10.

There will be great family-fun activities, fall decorations, vendors, and food trucks for all to enjoy. This RV show will feature the newest 2022 RVs. 
TOP Northeast Ohio RV Dealers will be there showcasing their NEW 2022 RVs and some from this year as well. It's a great time to look around to see if you’re ready for your NEW RV.

Go HERE for more information.
Apple-picking at Orchards Around Medina County
  • Geigs Orchard, 8468 Wooster Pike, Seville; 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays; 12-6 p.m. Sundays.Ginger Gold, Gala, Blondee and Honeycrisp apples are now available.
  • Pick n Save Orchard, 1222 Ledge Road, Medina, Apple-picking by appointment only. Tickets must be purchased in advance for one-hour time slots. Price ranges from $5 for a 1/4 peck to $69.95 for two 5 gal buckets of apples. Buy tickets HERE
  • Richardson Farms, 6984 Lafayette Rd., Medina, 330-722-4029, 9 a.m. -7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sundays. Fall apple varieties include Macintosh, Lodi, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Winesap and many more.
Haunted Houses Around Medina County
  • Buzzard Cove Screampark, 1053 Bellus Rd. in Hinckley, beginning Sept. 24 - Oct. 31. Open 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. go HERE for more information.

  • Chippewa Lake Slaughterhouse, 5665 Chippewa Rd., beginning Sept. 25-Nov. 6. Open 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Go HERE for more information.

  • Forest of Screams, 1662 Medina Rd, Medina. Sept. 24 - Oct. 31. Open 7 p.m. to midnight. Go HERE for more information.
Friday, Oct. 8
  • Free Bingo at the Wadsworth Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive. No reservations, just show up beginning at 10 a.m. Prizes for the winners (and they're from Auditor Kovack this week!)!

  • Paint Your Own Pumpkin at the Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Rd, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for those in Grades 3-5. For more information or to register, go HERE.

Saturday, Oct. 9
  • Members of the Medina County Herb Society will demonstrate how to infuse herbs into different vinegars and oils from 10 a.m.. to noon at Oenslager Nature Center, 6100 Ridge Rd., in Sharon Center. Learn how to do this at home with your favorite aromatic herbs. Sample tastings will be available. For more information and to register, go HERE.

  • The Chatham Fall Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at 6306 Avon Lake Rd. The event will feature cider, chili, apples, donuts as well as some vendors. Times are 10 a.m.. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Ravine's Edge, 4189 Hamilton Rd. in Medina, is featured in the North American Maple Tour this year on Saturday from 11 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be crafts for kids and a story-reading by author Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton of her book, Under the Apple Tree.

  • Fire Station 1, located at 300 W. Reagan Pkwy in Medina, will host an Open House and show safety equipment at this event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information, email singersol@medinaoh.org.

  • Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, will be a Saturday stop on the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour. Shop the Friends of the library book sale. Visit with Freddy the Frog, and Quilts by the Honeybee Quilters. Also on display will be an art show sponsored by the Granger Bicentennial Committee that celebrates the landscape of the township with art and original photography. Enjoy crafts for kids, outdoor games, and experience face painting from EnchantaRoo face and body art from 1-4 p.m.. Learn more about this and other events HERE.

  • A Pickleball Picnic party will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Whitetail Park Pavilion at 4224 Deer Run Dr., Medina. There will be 4 pickleball courts set up so bring your paddles! Pizza, snacks, water, and dessert will be served @ 4:30 p.m. (a donation of $5 per person is requested for food). Spouses and children are welcome. You will have the opportunity to join the MPA for $20 and the membership includes a T-shirt. For more information, contact Carol Erickson at info@medinapb.org or 330-814-5962.

  • A Swiss Steak Dinner will be held to benefit the Erhart/York Township Fire Department from 4 to 8 p.m. at 6609 Norwalk Rd, at the intersection of Rts. 18 and 252, in Mallet Creek. For more information, go HERE.

  • Kitten Krazy Flea Market open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 930 Lafayette Rd., Medina.

  • Farmers Markets around Medina County
  • Farmers Market of Medina County at Medina VFW Post 5137 (3916 Pearl Rd, Medina) Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Medina Square Farmers Market on the square (39 Public Square, Medina) Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Valley City Farmers Market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the historic Depot Museum in downtown Valley City on State Rte. 303.
  • Brunswick Farmers Market Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Farm at 4613 Laurel Rd.

Tuesday, October 12
  • Veterans lunch at the Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Drive, Medina. A group of friendly veterans bring their lunch and shoot the breeze for about an hour beginning at 12:30 pm. They meet outside in the court-yard in nice weather and in the dining room otherwise. No need to sign up, just stop on in! INFO

  • Senior Bowling is back in Brunswick! On Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at T&M Lanes, 1480 Pearl Road, Brunswick, seniors get shoe rental and 2 games of bowling for only $5!

  • The Medina County District Library's Virtual Author Series will feature Julie Murphy, the author of Dumplin', Faith: Taking Flight, Dear Sweet Pea, If the Shoe Fits, and other novels. This virtual author visit will take place at 6:30 p.m. A former librarian, Julie now writes full time and lives in North Texas with her husband, dog, and cats. Register for this event HERE or call 330-725-0588.

Wednesday, October 13
  • South Town Cruise-In from 4 - 8 pm at the Habitat for Humanity parking lot, 233 Lafayette Rd., Medina. Car show, music!

  • The Bookmobile is in the parking lot of the Homerville Grace Brethren Church every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. located at 8992 Firestone Road in Homerville. More information HERE.

  • There is an Open Mic Night at Sonnets, located at 117 College St in Wadsworth. Doors open at 5 p.m. Sign Up at 6 p.m. and singing starts at 7 p.m. The kitchen will be open until 9 p.m. Coffee & Bar will be open until close. More information HERE

Live Music Performances This Weekend
Around Medina County
Many, many thanks to Dine Medina County Face Book Page for this comprehensive list of music! Click on them for outstanding local restaurant information!

Thursday, Oct. 7
9ER's Diner
Music Bingo @ 7 p.m.
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
Karaoke @ 7 p.m.
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Music Bingo @ 7 p.m.
The Grille (Backyard) - 1813 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Karaoke @ 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The Red Onion - 522 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Crash Coffin @ 6:30 p.m.
Riverstone Taverne – 5288 Center Rd., Brunswick
Music Bingo/Trivia @ 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 8
Amy’s Arbors - 6735 Center Rd., Valley City
Charita Franks @ 6 p.m.
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
TARP @ 8 p.m.
Galaxy – 201 Park Center, Wadsworth
STR Band @ 9 p.m.
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Trista’s Tribute @ 7:30 p.m.
Grab N Go Beverage o DriveThru & Pub – 236 N. State Rd., Medina
Doug Nichols & Ayden Ash (Martins Food truck too!) @ 7 p.m.
The Grille (Backyard) - 1813 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Karaoke @ 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Romeo’s OT – 1100 N. Court St., Medina
Karaoke & DJ Night @ 8 p.m.
Sully’s Irish Pub - 117 W. Liberty St., Medina
The Island Doctor @ 8 p.m.
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
DJ – Country Music @ 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 9
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
Maiden America @ 8 p.m.
Filia Cellars- 3059 Greenwich Rd., Wadsworth
Greg and Jill Duo @ 6 p.m.
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Andy McManus @ 7:30 p.m.
JoJo’s Sports Bar & Grille – 221 S. Jefferson St., Medina
Karaoke @ 10 p.m.
Sully’s Irish Pub - 117 W. Liberty St., Medina
Smug Saints @ 8 p.m.
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
Buck Naked Band @ 9:30 p.m. ** Tickets Required **
News Around the County
Medina County's Vaccination Rate Among Best in Ohio

Medina County ranks near the top in the state in people getting the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health.

ODH recently organized data on its dashboard to show the most commonly requested age groups' COVID-19 vaccination rates regarding starting and finishing cycles.
When it comes to completion of one- or two-dose vaccine regiments among residents 12 or older, data as of Tuesday had Medina County's 55.80 percent ranked third in Ohio behind Delaware (64.8 percent) and Lake (56.95 percent) counties.

The county also ranks high in the state when it comes to the vaccine-started rate, which is getting the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

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Brunswick Church Raises Money to Help Safety Forces

BRUNSWICK - A new piece of equipment could save the lives of people trapped on ice or in the water in Medina and southern Cuyahoga counties.

It’s called a Rapid Deployment Craft. The Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Fire Departments took part in their first water rescue exercise with the new apparatus on Monday.

The Rapid Deployment Craft is about $5,000. But it is not a cost to taxpayers because the money came from St. Colette Catholic Church in Brunswick.

The money came from a 911 fundraiser.

“We’ve got to do more than just say thank you,” said Ed Pfahl, St. Colette Assistant Financial Director.

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Virtual Emergency Room Offers Options for Local Patients

MEDINA - Potential multihour emergency room wait times are being averted thanks to new technology provided to Medina ambulances through Cleveland Clinic.

Direct virtual communication with emergency room doctors has allowed responding crews from Medina Life Support Team to relay vital information and treatment to patients as an alternative to crowded facility visits.

Medina paramedic Chris Blair detailed a recent call that was greatly aided by the new tech.

"We responded to an allergic reaction, a bee sting, someone at work," he said. "She had left her EpiPen at home, which happens a lot. She was at work and we responded out there. She wasn't in much distress and we gave her the needed treatment and gave the doctors a call. They were all on board with us treating her there, with what they saw."
"The way things used to be, she would have been transported for further evaluation," Blair added. "That could mean a three- or four-hour ER visit. This way, she got taken care of in 30 minutes."

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