November 19, 2020

Hello again from the New Look weekly update! For those of you who don't like the new look - we were forced to change it due to updates at Constant Contact. For those of you who do - thanks!

I should point out that Kristen Hoffert-Leja, of our office, is the person who puts this together every week. We certainly appreciate all her efforts!

For those of you who may not have heard, the Medina County Health Commissioner Krista Wasowski has issued a "STAY AT HOME" advisory for Medina County that urges residents to not venture out unnecessarily to stop the spread of COVID-19.

I know over the past year this issue has become a political issue - and it should not be. This is a medical and public health issue and should be treated as such. I had a friend text me this morning that her husband is in Medina hospital with COVID and the situation is deteriorating. Even if you do not know anyone who has COVID, I can assure you, you do know medical personnel who are dealing with this issue daily. I have several family members in that situation. Every time we take part in unsafe behavior we are putting them at risk also. Please don't.

We are all tired of dealing with COVID restrictions. It's going to get worse before it gets better, but we certainly have the ability to get through this together. Medina County, let's do our part. Thank you for helping to keep everyone in the community safe!

Sincerely, Mike Kovack
Community Action Wayne/Medina
Assistance Programs
Community Action Wayne/Medina is now scheduling for its winter crisis program. The agency also offers car repair assistance.   
Community Action is also offering Home Relief Grants for residents who are behind on rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer utility bills. For appointments, call 330-461-9333 or visit

Medina County SPCA Hero Campaign
Can you be a hero and donate during these uncertain times? Due to the COVID-19, the SPCA has had to cancel all major fundraising events, which has led to a significant loss of income this year. Your donation provides food, housing, medical funds, vet care, and so much more. Donations will be matched between now and December 15, by two generous donors. Info.  

36th Medina Candlelight Walk
The 2020 holiday season kicks off November 20-22, 2020, as Main Street Medina, the City of Medina, and title sponsor, Root Candles, presents the 36th annual Medina Candlelight Walk.

This annual, three-day event has been re-imagined for 2020, in response to coronavirus recommendations. The event will still feature a community Christmas Tree, wonderful decorations and lighting, amazing local shopping and dining, visits and distanced photographs with Santa Claus, numerous photo ops throughout the district, and a holiday centered atmosphere that represents a quintessential, traditional, hometown holiday. A Reverse parade of lights will be held Sunday, November 29. Info.

Medina County Park District Trekking Through Autumn Program
Trekking Through Autumn is a self-guided hiking program that allows you to discover the beauty of autumn in the Medina County parks. Participants who hike at least eight (8) of the designated trails will receive an award. Backpacks are awarded the first year, and hiking pins will be awarded for successive years. Awards are free for Medina County residents. Out-of-county residents pay $10 for the backpack and $3 for a hiking pin. Completed forms must be turned in by February 28, 2021 to receive the award. Download the 2020 Trekking Through Autumn brochure. 
21st Annual Auditor's Seals Contest

Help design the 2021 seals for gas pumps, scanners, and scales. High School level students living in Medina County are invited to submit their design for a change to win a $75 cash prize. The Top 6 seals in each division will be displayed county wide! Deadline for submission is November 20. Info.

Holiday Magic on Main Street
Main Street Wadsworth warmly welcomes the community downtown this Christmas season for Holiday Magic on Main Street!
Throughout November and December, visitors are invited to shop and dine in downtown Wadsworth to support small businesses.

Thursday, 11/19 5:30 to 8:30pm
Friday, 11/19 5:30 to 8:30pm
Saturday, 11/21 10:00 to 4:00pm
Thursday, 12/3 5:30 to 8:30pm
Thursday, 12/10 5:30 to 8:30pm
Friday, 12/11 5:30 to 8:30pm Saturday, 12/12 10:00 to 4:00pm
And Thursday, 12/17 5:30 to 8:30pm

Enjoy strolling downtown, shopping local, dining local, and celebrating the Christmas and Holiday season in the historic Wadsworth square!
"Old School" Building Auction Fundraiser

Brunswick Area Historical Society will be auctioning a number of items that have been generously donated by vendors at their Farmer's Market and many other local artists, crafters and business people. Auctions will run for 1 week with new items every week for the duration of the event. Payment may be made by credit card online by using the checkout function or by cash or check when picking up the item. Info.   
Thursday, November 18
Soprema Senior Center will have a virtual Puzzling Social Hour at 10:00 am. Info call 330-335-1513 or email

Soprema Senior Center will host a virtual Spritual Sharing program with the Village of S. Edward at 2:30 pm. Info call 330-335-1513 or email
Thursday, November 19 
OhioMeans Jobs is sponsoring virtual career fair will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Info call Michael Thompson 330-441-5341 or 
Dine & Donate: Dominic's / JoJo's from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Help support youth literacy in Medina County. Pick up a donation flyer at any library or download off the Friends website, bring it to Dominic's or JoJo's and present it to your server for lunch or dinner. Info.   
Senior Services Network Community Outreach presents via Zoom Virtual Scattergories at 11:00 am. RSVP to or 

Soprema Senior Center will have a virtual Cooking program with Liberty Residence at 3:00 pm. Info call 330-335-1513 or email

WCTV 2020 Clapper Awards virtual watch party at 7:00 pm. Info.

Friday, November 20
Soprema Senior Center will have a virtual Zoom Basics program at 3:00 pm. Info call 330-335-1513 or email

Saturday, November 21
Medina County Job and Family Services will be holding a Holiday Toy Drive from 9:00 to 12:00 pm at 232 Northland Dr., Medina. Volunteers will be available to help with contactless drop off. Info.

Medina County Jobs and Family Services Toy Collection will take place 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at 232 Northland Dr. Info.

Farmers Market of Medina County will have a holiday farmer's market from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Medina VFW Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Rd. Info.

Soprema Senior Center presents virtual program Table Talk with Dr. Patel: Telehealth at 12:00 pm. Info contact or 330-335-1513.

Lafayette United Methodist Church is offering a free drive thru Thanksgiving Dinners from 4:00 to 6:00 pm while supplies last. Info.

Sunday, November 22
Self-Guided Hike: Winter Birds presented by Medina County Park District. Info.

Holy Martyrs 2020 Turkey Run will be at 12:00 pm. For information contact

Monday, November 23
Soprema Senior Center presents virtual presentation Better Business Bureau: Holiday Scams at 1:00 pm. Info contact or 330-335-1513.

Tuesday, November 24
Soprema Senior Center presents virtual presentation Master Gardeners: Garden Mythbusters at 11:00 am. Info contact or 330-335-1513.

Wednesday, November 25
Soprema Senior Center presents Virtual Bingo at 1:00 pm. Info contact or 330-335-1513.

Saturday, November 28
Shop Small Saturday in Wadsworth between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Info.

Monday, November 30
Soprema Senior Center presents virtual program Holiday Tree Decorating with Transitional Design at 10:00 am. Info contact or 330-335-1513.
News Around the County
Candlelight Walk kicks off this weekend

MEDINA — Main Street Medina, in partnership with the city of Medina and Root Candles, is ready to officially start the holiday season with the 36th annual Medina Candlelight Walk.

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Elderly woman died in Saturday's fatal fire in York Township

YORK TWP. – More details are emerging about a house fire that claimed the life of an elderly woman on East Street Saturday evening.

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Medina Superintendent Aaron Sable worried about Thanksgiving COVID risk

MEDINA — Medina Superintendent Aaron Sable is extremely worried about what’s going to happen over Thanksgiving break and said it’s been a major topic of conversation about how to handle the holiday season.

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