April 15, 2021

Each year I offer a Citizenship Scholarship to area high schools and I'm proud to announce that Brunswick High School's 2021 recipient of my Citizenship Scholarship is Haley Fink! Haley will be attending Kent State University this fall to major in nursing. Congratulations Haley and best of luck at Kent!

Highland High School has announced their class of 2021 top scholars. Congratulations to Valedictorian Katy Felix and Salutatorian Joshua Less. Let this be the first best wishes to the class of 2021!

Some old guys up in Brunswick recently celebrated 35 years as members of the Rotary Club of Brunswick! Pat Carlson, Bill Kugler, Bill Wilkinson and Stan Socha were the recipients. I can attest they're all great guys as I was a member with them 20 something years ago! Congratulations!

Congratulations to some of the Wadsworth 6th graders on the Excellence Roll last grading period: Nathaniel Banks, Makenzie Bupp, Grace Gale and Mallory Mumaw. 5th graders on the Excellence Roll included Ainsley Calkins, Brysen Hall, Alyssa Kinder and Averie Shell!

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Have a great week in Medina County!

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Third Thursday Shopping Event Today on Historic Medina Square
The Third Thursday Shopping Event full of great shopping and dining takes place on Historic Downtown Medina Square on April 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Many shops are open extended evening hours and are offering special deals. Enjoy the beauty of the district as you shop, dine, and unwind!

For more information, visit the Facebook HERE.
Nerf Challenge Night to be held at Medina Rec Center

On Friday, April 16, the Medina Rec Center will host a Nerf Challenge from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 6 to 13. Nerf toys and darts will be provided but participants can bring their own equipment if they prefer. Pizza will be provided. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

To register, go HERE.
Auditor's Office Launches "Homegrown" Photo Contest to
Highlight Medina County in Pictures
Medina County is home to some picturesque landscapes and locations of historical landmarks, story-book homes, farmland, hidden creeks, as well as the “Erie” beauty of abandoned barns in a fog-filled sunrise. The Auditor's Office is asking for your help to highlight the unique beauty all around us. We want to see our county through your eyes and what makes you love calling this place your home.

Contest Rules
A clear photo (edits and filters optional) of any building or landscape that represents beauty and the sense of being “homegrown” to you. Please do NOT include photos of people’s faces. Side profiles of pedestrians and the back of their heads (as if they were walking/walking away) are fine. Please do your best to take candid photos and nothing staged if you happen to capture people. Your photo will be credited to you, so include your name the way you would like it displayed at the time of entry. Each contestant will be able to submit no more than TWO photos. Once a winner is chosen, that winner will not be able to compete for the duration of the CALENDAR year. The deadline to enter is May 15, 2021. The winning photo will win $50 (and bragging rights).

Where will these photos be displayed?
These photos will become part of an archive of local color that may be used in various promotional materials and also on social media.

How to Enter
Submit your photos via email HERE.
Food Distribution to Take Place Friday, April 15
Feeding Medina County will host a food distribution event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Medina County Fairgounds, 735 W. Lafayette Rd, in Medina.

Those wanting to participate should bring a picture ID and an empty trunk. People are asked to stay in their vehicles for the distribution.

For questions, call 330-421-4816.
Medina County Historical Society Seeks Gardens for Upcoming Tour
The Medina County Historical Society will sponsor a City of Medina Garden Tour on July 10 and seeks homeowners in Medina City who are willing to display their gardens. If you are interested, please contact Paul Wood HERE or call 207-229-4503.
Medina County Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines
  • Sharon Women's Club is now accepting applications for the $1,000 Betty J. Osborn Scholarship. Current students (male or female) and residents of Sharon Township preparing to attend college, or a technical/vocational school are eligible to apply. Applications can be found HERE & HERE. Completed applications must be received at: Sharon Women's Club, P.O. Box 45 Sharon Center, OH 44274 by April 17, 2021.

  • The Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance is offering several scholarship and internship opportunities. The deadline to apply is April 16. Go HERE to learn more and to apply.

  • The GCEF Scholarship Fund of Akron Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from LGBTQ+ and allied students who have positively impacted the community. Established by the Gay Community Endowment Fund, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awards postsecondary academic scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students who live or study in Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. Priority is given to students who have participated in organizations or initiatives that make a positive difference in the LGBTQ+ community. Scholarship applications are due by April 30. A link to the online application and instructions for applying are available HERE If you need further assistance, contact Diane at 330-436-5615.
Medina County Brewery Passport Event Set to Launch
A total of 8 local breweries will be participating in the June 1 launch of the Medina County Brewery Passport. Now through the launch date, the Brewery Passport's Facebook page features one of the breweries that will be part of the event. Those interested should check the page regularly for details of passport roll-out, specials, etc.
Thursday, April 15
This is the last day to donate a basket or item for the Wadsworth Grizzlies Community Foundation's Online Auction that will take place April 23-30. The organization raises money for educator grants for Wadsworth City Schools teachers. For more information, go HERE,

Friday, April 16
Kathryn's Craft Closet, 185 Main Street in Wadsworth, is hosting a Pineapple String Art-making class from 6 to 8 p.m. The art will include the saying “Stand tall wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.” The size of the board is 7x10. The cost for this class is $20 and includes all materials.Get tickets HERE.

Saturday, April 17
The Friends of Medina County District Library are hosting a book sale at Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $3 Bag Sale: The library will provide a bag that can be filled with as many items as possible, including used books, DVDs & CDs available.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Hubbard Valley Park, the Medina County District Parks is hosting a day of service to pull an aggressive weed, garlic mustard, from the sensitive habitat in the parks. OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers and park district staff will educate participants about the threat of garlic mustard and about some of the wildflowers we are protecting. You will learn everything you need to know about identifying and removing this invasive species. This is an excellent way to give back to your community and ensure a healthy park for future generations. This volunteer opportunity is for ages 7 through adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register HERE.

Monday, April 19
The Soprema Senior Center is offering a virtual seminar on Mental Health, COVID-19 & Quarantine at 3 p.m.,as part of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Series.This webinar will share tips on recognizing the role quarantine plays in mental health and health disorders of loved ones, how to become familiar with symptoms of PTSD and other mental health disorders linked to quarantine and how to help loved ones cope. To register, RSVP by sending an email HERE or by calling 330-335-1513.

Reservations are due today for the Remsen Christian Church drive-thru ham dinner on April 24. The church, located at 1500 Remsen Road in Medina, suggests a $12 donation that will include ham, baked potato with sour cream, corn, roll and butter,slaw and a treat. Please reserve your dinner with Chris at 216-346-0204, as quantities are limited.

Tuesday, April 20
Calling all students and families in need of a nature break to join the Medina County Park District for a virtual after-school program about the eggs of native wildlife. This program will be held online via Zoom, and preregistration is required using a valid and active email address. You will receive an email with a link to join on the day of the event. Please plan to join in ten minutes prior to the start of the program. To register, email the Park District HERE.

Thursday, April 29
The Medina County chapter of the American Association for University Women (AAUW) will host an virtual event to educate people on budgets and health are impacted by pollutants in our air, water, and soil. Join the Environmental Group for a panel discussion: “The World We Live In,” on Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. The event will be held virtually. Register for the event HERE.

News Around the County
Employee Helps CEO with Life-saving Kidney Donation

WADSWORTH - Steve Fracasso has known Jim Adams, CEO of Wadsworth-based Revolution Trucking, for about 10 years.

The two have been friends and co-workers, going on the occasional golf trip outside of work, and when Fracasso heard the dire situation that Adams was in, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

“I had a friend in a similar situation as Jim that received a kidney about a year-and-a-half ago and it went off without a hitch,” Fracasso said. “I didn’t really have any fears about doing it. I actually had offered my kidney up to Jim about two years ago and he refused at that time. He didn’t feel comfortable risking my health.

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City Awards $1.5 million Contract for 2021 Paving Program

BRUNSWICK- A $1.5 million contract for the city’s 2021 asphalt road program was awarded to Konstruction King, Inc. at the April 12 Brunswick City Council meeting.

City Engineer Matt Jones said the scope of this year’s asphalt program is similar to what was originally budgeted for, although bids came in much lower than engineering estimates.

“We will be doing no full-scale milling, but chip-seal with an asphalt overlay,” Jones said.

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Council Tables Ordinance to Prohibit Feeding of Stray Animals

MEDINA - The controversial issue of feeding wild animals in the city of Medina was tabled Monday night by City Council.

Ward 1 Councilwoman Jessica Hazeltine and Ward 2 Councilman Dennie Simpson said they were not ready to vote on the issue and wanted the proposed ordinance reworked.

“It needs some tweaking,” Hazeltine said.

Simpson said it should be sent back to committee and that dogs and cats should be removed from the list of prohibited animals.

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