July 15, 2021
Hello,

Wadsworth City School District announced new principal postings for several schools in the district this week. Congratulations to the following on their new assignments! Vincent Suber, Wadsworth High School; Steve Brady, Isham Elementary; Laura Maslyk, Lincoln Elementary; Sunaina Kelly, Franklin Elementary.

Congratulations to Wadsworth resident Delean Dotter, who turned 106 years old yesterday!!! DeLean is thought to be the oldest resident in Medina County. Some of her secrets - she doesn't drink pop and drinks 7 or 8 glasses of water per day.

Congratulations to Greg Glauner, who was named Brunswick City's new fire chief this week. Glauner has 40 years experience in the fire service and had been serving as the department's assistant fire chief. Best of luck, Chief Glauner!

Congratulations also to Steven Kamp, who was named Granger Township's new fire chief this week. Kamp had been serving as a lieutenant with the department since 2018. Best of luck to Chief Kamp also!

Local Medina artist Elaine Lamb was recognized over the weekend with the Judges Selection Award at the Cain Park regional art show. Elaine is a long-time Medina resident recognized nationally for her pottery. Congratulations Elaine!

Wishing you all the best for a wonderful week!

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

The life of many a person could probably be changed if only someone would make them feel important.
Dale Carnegie

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Medina County Arts Week Festival Events Continue
The 38th annual Arts Week Festival continues through the weekend and showcases arts performances and activities, culminating on Sunday, July 18, with Art in the Park. The events are held at Medina Square (89 Public Square, Medina) unless otherwise indicated. There are community chalk contests, musicians and more.

For a full list of the arts council events go HERE. The Medina County Arts Council Facebook page HERE updates daily on weather cancellations or delays.
Medina Community Band Ensembles Perform Live Friday
As part of Arts Week, Medina Community Band will perform its first small ensemble concert on the square Friday, July 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Uptown Square Gazebo. The concert is free.

Due to the complications of the pandemic and availability of band rehearsal space, the entire community band will not be performing. Flute, clarinet, trumpet and low brass ensembles will be featured. Coordinating the flute ensembles will be flute section leader Sue McLaughlin; coordinating clarinet ensembles will be clarinet section leader Mary Ann Grof-Neiman; coordinating trumpet section ensembles will be cornet/trumpet section leader Lu Ann Gresh, and coordinating the low brass ensembles will be John Connors and Matthew Hastings.

Free public parking will be available on both the decks at Medina City Hall and behind the Medina Common Pleas Courts. Additionally, all city-owned lots are available, as well as the County Administration building. Additional parking can be found at the Main Street Medina site HERE.
The Wadsworth Footlighters proudly present The 33 Little Pigs, by Brian D. Taylor and directed by Cory Ott. There will be three shows at Grace Lutheran Church (146 High St, Wadsworth):
  • July 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • July 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • July 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 available at the door.

More information and a synopsis of the show HERE.
Bee Fest at Medina Library
Medina County District Library's Virtual Bee Fest will take place from July 17 through the 31. Enjoy bee-themed virtual events including the opening of the hive, beekeeping information, fun crafts, and activities for kids. Stop by the Medina Library for bee-themed decor and displays.

More information HERE.
BBQ Rib Sale for Lodi Railroad Museum Sunday
The Lodi Railroad Museum is having a fundraiser to be used towards the continued efforts of preserving railroad history. The fundraiser is a BBQ Rib Sale at Miller's Grocery Store (711 Wooster St, Lodi) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 18. A full rack of ribs will be $16 and a half rack will be $8 and it is cash only.

More information HERE.
Fashion Through the Ages Tea Fundraiser Sunday
On Sunday, July 18, the Zimmerman-Bury Octagon House is putting on a Fashion Through the Ages Tea at Miss Molly's Tea Room (140 W Washington St, Medina) beginning at 4 p.m. Experience 100 years of fashion featuring styles from 1840-1940. Enjoy the show along with tea and a meal. This fundraiser will support the Zimmerman-Bury Octagon House Historic Landmark, and all ZBOH Volunteers will be wearing original fashions or historically recreated clothing. Proceeds will go towards their Roof Restoration Fund. A lovely special tea menu has been prepared, featuring all of Miss Molly’s favorites!

More information is HERE and call 330-725-6830 to register.
Free Future Girl Scouts Events Across Medina County
Calling all future Girl Scouts! Girls in grades K-3 are invited to discover the Girl Scout experience at a FREE Outdoor Detective Event! This is a chance for future Girl Scouts and their families to try out a Girl Scout program and discover what Girl Scouting is all about!

There are 3 locations in Medina County this week:
  • Medina on July 19 in Memorial Park (421 E. Homestead St)
  • More information HERE.
  • Brunswick on July 19 in the North Park Pavilion (3595 Grafton Rd, Brunswick)
  • More information HERE.
  • Sharon Center on July 20 at Greenleaf Park (1674 S. Medina Line Rd, Sharon Center)
  • More information HERE.

All three events are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Girls will put on their detective caps and participate in a fun outdoor scavenger hunt and a leaf rubbing activity, while caregivers learn more about Girl Scouts!
Help Shape the Future of Chippewa Lake Wednesday
Medina County Park District is hosting a public open house to gather input for the future development of park district property at Chippewa Lake, including the former Chippewa Lake Amusement Park property. This event is Wednesday, July 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Oaks Lakeside (5878 Longacre Lane in Chippewa Lake). No registration is required. OHM Advisors will moderate the open house along with park district staff.

In addition to the open house, there is a 20-question survey available through July 31. Click HERE to take the survey.
Thursday, July 15
  • There is a Pop-up Library in the park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Valley View Park in Wadsworth, located at the corner of Knollwood Dr. and Valley View Dr.

  • Ohio offers a little bit of everything- from world famous amusement parks to historic landmarks and adventures galore. Join Kristi from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. as she explores some quick summer getaways that are within driving distance of Wadsworth. More information HERE. Registration ends July 16.

Friday, July 16
  • There is a Welcome Back BINGO night at Saint Ambrose Parish. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and players will come to win big! There is a $300 minimum payout per game and a $500 coverall jackpot. Tickets are $60 per person and will be sold in advance and limited to the first 80 people to buy. Ticket cost includes dinner, dauber, two 9-ons, and a $5 BINGO coupon to use in Fall 2021! Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the PLC front desk. More information HERE.

  • OutSupport is offering the opportunity for transgender/gender nonconforming youth (17 and under), and their parents or caregivers to have a time to make new friends, hang out, and get some fresh air! This event is at River Styx Park (8200 River Styx RD, Wadsworth) and starts at 6 p.m. Please bring your own non-alcoholic beverage. Snacks will be provided! Masks are required, and social distancing will be observed. RSVP to lgbtqgroupmedinaohio@gmail.com for each event. More information HERE.

  • There is a cooking class at Cool Beans Cafe (103 West Liberty Street, Medina) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. One-pan meals are a busy person’s dream come true! Just as with recipes that call for only a few ingredients, you can trust that those requiring just a single piece of cookware are going to be quick to assemble and quick to cook. Plus, you won’t be left with a giant pile of dirty dishes afterwards. You're welcome to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy during the class! Everyone will receive a sample sized portion of this dish to taste! More information and registration HERE.

Saturday, July 17
  • Looking to attract birds into your yard? There is a Bird Basics Seminar beginning at 10 a.m. at Boyert's Greenhouse and Farm (7171 Wooster Pike, Medina). The seminar is free but please call 330-725-3509 to RSVP. More information HERE.

  • There is a two-day Christmas in July shopping event in downtown Wadsworth beginning at 10 a.m. to help support small and local businesses! More information HERE.

  • There is a Balloon Animal Class with Nate the Great! This fun virtual program, for grades 3 and up, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Materials provided while supplies last. Register and view more bee events at mcdl.info/beefest or call 330-725-0588, then pick up supplies at Medina Library July 6-16 to twist along with Nate. Register HERE.

  • There's a Barbecue Rib Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Millers Market (711 Wooster ST, Lodi). $16 for a full rack and $8 for half. 1 lb. salad is $3. Black River Ruritan Club is earning profits and collect donations to fund Scholarships and Community Outreach. Black River Ruritan Club is part of Ruritan National whose purpose is to inspire all people to care about others their families, community and country through our local clubs. Text Joyce at 330-524-2267 or email jsmith729@neo.rr.com for more information.

  • A Classic Car Show is being held at the First Congregational Church in Lodi (114 Church St, Lodi) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.You can show off your classic car in the parking lot, enjoy some great food put out by the kitchen crew, or just come out and see some neat cars for yourself! More information HERE.

Sunday, July 18
  • There is a Cars and Coffee event at Michael's Automotive & Performance (6162 Wooster Pike, Medina) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be music! More information HERE.

  • A performance by Sharon Metivier’s Voice Studio including a capella, pop and some contemporary musical theatre will be outdoors on the Brunswick Community Recreation & Fitness Center (3637 Center Rd, Brunswick) lawn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Parking is available behind the Recreation Center building. Concert is subject to cancellation if raining. More information HERE.

Monday, July 19
  • There is Yoga in the Pasture with Lydia Benson at Forever Amber Acres (1133 Granger Rd, Medina) from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. This is a Vinyasa style yoga flow intended for everyone, beginners welcome! $8 cash only at the door and free for military veterans and first responders (just tell Lydia that you are at the door). More information HERE.

  • Kathryn's Craft Closet presents a fundraiser for the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Sub Station located at 116 High St in Wadsworth. You will be painting the downtown Wadsworth clock tower on a 12 x 16 canvas. (All materials included as well as an adult lemonade for your enjoyment.) Other food and drinks can be purchased separately through The Sub Station. Register HERE.

Tuesday, July 20
  • Join the Wadsworth Public Library (132 Broad St, Wadsworth) for Chalk the Walk and bring some are to downtown Wadsworth. Come to the library anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and draw a picture on their sidewalk. They will provide the chalk and you provide the imagination. More information HERE.

  • The Farnsworth Absolute Auction begins at 4 p.m. at 7140 State Rd in Wadsworth. This is a live auction and the many items will be sold in two rings. More information HERE.

Wednesday, July 21
  • At Forever Amber Acres from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. there is an equine-assisted learning class that helps to address feelings of guilt and how to combat the feelings of guilt before they take a hold of you. This event is for adults 21 or older. More information is HERE and register HERE.

  • Challenge yourself and friends with live trivia using Kahoot from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This virtual event is intended for teens grades 6-12. For the best gaming experience you will need: A stable internet connection (Not only do you get points for the right answer, you also get points for speed!), 2 Devices - (Preferably a computer or tablet for Zoom and a smartphone or second tablet to connect to use like a "game controller" to answer questions.) Registration is required for this Zoom event. The Zoom link to participate will be sent upon registration. You must have the link to access the event. Register HERE.

Live Music Performances This Weekend
Around Medina County
Thanks to Dine Medina County for this comprehensive list. Follow their page on Facebook!

Thursday, July 15
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Music Bingo @ 7 p.m.
Galaxy – 201 Park Center, Wadsworth
Island Dr. @ 7 p.m.
The Grille (Backyard) - 1813 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Karaoke @ 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
High & Low Winery - 588 Medina Rd., Medina
Music Trivia @ 6 p.m.
The Oaks Lakeside – 5878 Longacre Ln., Chippewa
Swan & Whithurst @ 6:30 p.m.
On Tap Medina - 2736 Medina Rd., Medina
Island Troy @ 7 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, July 16
Blue Heron Brewery - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
Chris Reid @ 5 p.m.
The Bucket List Family - 7511 Lafayette Rd., Lodi
Car Cruise and Music @ 4:30 p.m.
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
TARP @ 8 p.m.
Filia Cellars- 3059 Greenwich Rd., Wadsworth
Greg and Jill @ 6 p.m.
Foundry Social – 333 Foundry Street, Medina
Live Music @ 8 p.m.
Geeked Out - 1439 Town Center Blvd., Brunswick
“T” and Rich – Dueling Piano Show @ 8 p.m. ** Tickets required **
Grab N Go Beverage DriveThru & Pub – 236 N. State Rd., Medina
Doug Nichols @ 7 p.m.
The Grille (Backyard) - 1813 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Shadow of a Doubt (Tom Petty Tribute) @ 8 p.m.
Mapleside Farms - 294 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Faction (Party Band ) ** Tickets required
The Oaks Lakeside – 5878 Longacre Ln., Chippewa
The Divots @ 6:30 p.m.
On Tap Medina - 2736 Medina Rd., Medina
Kenny Channels @ 7:30 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 Dr. @ 8 p.m.
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
DJ – Country Music @ 6 p.m.
Craig Morgan @ 9:30 p.m. ** Tickets Required **

Saturday, July 17
Blue Heron Brewery - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
The Travelin’ Johnsons @ 12 p.m.
The Social Workers @ 5 p.m.
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
World Zen’d @ 8 p.m.
Filia Cellars- 3059 Greenwich Rd., Wadsworth
Gabe Reed @ 6 p.m.
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Furious George @ 7:30 p.m.
The Grille (Backyard) - 1813 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Joey Amato @ 8 p.m.
High & Low Winery - 588 Medina Rd., Medina
4i3 Band @ 2 p.m.
JoJo’s Sports Bar & Grille – 221 S. Jefferson St., Medina
Karaoke @ 10 p.m.
Medina Eagles Aerie No. 2224 - 696 Lafyette Rd., Medina
Tarp (70s current pop and hard rock)
On Tap Medina - 2736 Medina Rd., Medina
Cover Band @ 7 p.m.
Sully’s Irish Pub - 117 W. Liberty St., Medina
Michael Crawley & Matt Sofranko @ 8 p.m.
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
Country Dance Party @ 7 p.m.
Tyler Reid @ 9:30 p.m. ** Tickets Required **

Sunday, July 18
On Tap Medina - 2736 Medina Rd., Medina
Island Troy @ 5 p.m.
Panini’s Bar & Grill – 3520 Center Rd., Brunswick
Chris Hatton @ 4 p.m.
News Around the County
Medina gardens bloom with visitors during fundraising tour

MEDINA - On Saturday (July 10), 300 people took advantage of a mild, dry summer day to enjoy a self-guided tour of 14 outstanding gardens in Medina.

History lover and gardener Paul Wood not only organized the tour, but also opened his personal gardens as a stop. He generously donated the proceeds from the tour to the Medina County Historical Society.

The tour stops ranged from a small English garden surrounded by an antique fence to a large property featuring a variety of front- and backyard plantings, potted plants, a fountain and lovely window boxes.


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For the love of art: Brunswick woman Celebrates Sixth Year of Art Business

BRUNSWICK - Keri Sparenga got her start in art as a little girl thanks to her grandma.

“I started off doing my first mural in my bedroom and then my grandma was the one that basically supported me with everything,”
Sparenga said. “(She) bought me my first real, professional art supplies. She has art in her family and it trickled down to us. Painting has always been my love.”

As her passion and artistic skills continued to grow, people began commissioning Sparenga, a Brunswick resident, to do different pieces for them.

“I knew a bunch of people that were having babies and so I started doing their nurseries,” Sparenga said. “It rocketed from there.”

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Wadsworth woman turns 106

WADSWORTH - Thought to be the oldest person in Medina County, DeLean Dotter turned 106 on Wednesday, July 14.

She was living in the Western Reserve Masonic Community, but came to live with her daughter in Wadsworth during the coronavirus pandemic.

One "competitor" for the oldest person moniker is Stan "The Man" Wolczyk, who lives in The Village of St. Edward, also in Wadsworth. He will turn 104 in December.

"I've always tried to be good and think about other people," Dotter said about her secret to a long life.


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