Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
July 30,  2020


 

 
 
 
 

The public portion of the Medina County Fair has been cancelled this year.  The Junior Fair will go on with families allowed to attend.  However you feel about this decision, I know the Fair Board Directors have put a tremendous amount of time and research into this most unusual year.  We'd like to thank them for all their hard work and we look forward to supporting a full Medina County Fair next year! 

Medina Noon Kiwanis honors couples celebrating their 50 year anniversaries each year and this year's couples included Diane & Kenneth Smith, who both attended Bowling Green State University, Beulah (Boo) and Don Lott, Jeri and Alan Penn and Sue and Dave Taylor.  Each of the Golden Anniversary couples receive a lifetime pass to the Medina County Fair.  Congratulations!

Obviously, this November's election in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, could be unusual.  Want to avoid the uncertainty?  Vote by absentee ballot!  You can print out your absentee ballot request form   HERE!   Ballots will be mailed to you in early October.  You can either mail your ballot back or drop it off at the Board of Elections in Medina.  They even have a drop box to do that!  Voting is a right and a privilege - make sure to exercise your right to vote this fall!

The Medina County Board of Elections is looking for help
with the upcoming November elections.  More than 400 poll workers are need to ensure the election goes off smoothly.  Poll workers are paid for training and the hours worked on election day.  For information, call the Board at 330-722-9278.
 
Hang in there folks.  It is hard times right now.  Try something different this week.  Go for a walk.  Go someplace different for a walk.  Better times are coming!
Mike Kovack

Be kind to your neighbors this week.  If there were ever a time to be extra kind to all people, now would be that time......;)
  

 
Everyone Needs a Little Help Sometimes


ODA Asks Public to Not Plant any Unsolicited Seed Packets 
 
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has been notified that several Ohio residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. Similar seed packets have been received recently in several other locations across the United States.
 
If you receive a package of this type, please DO NOT plant these seeds. If they are in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package. You can report the seeds to ODA online here or you may contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Anti-smuggling Hotline by calling 800-877-3835 or by emailing SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov. Also, if possible, please retain the original packaging, as that information may be useful to trade compliance officers as they work through this issue.
 
Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production. ODA and APHIS work hard to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Ohio agriculture. All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet important requirements.
 
For more information regarding this investigation visit:  https://agri.ohio.gov  

Medina County Small Business Grant Program  
 
Are you a business or non-profit located in Medina County? Do you have fewer than 50 employees? If you answered yes to these two questions, you could be eligible for a small business grant! These grants are a one-time payment made to your business and will not have to be paid back.  
 
Once you complete an application available at https://www.medinacounty.org/small-business-grant-program/ , it will be reviewed to ensure you meet the criteria. You will receive a confirmation email as to your eligibility within 48 hours of receipt.
 
The committee will receive applications from July 20, 2020 to August 14, 2020 at 4:00pm.
They will meet the week of August 17th to make awards.
 
Grants are available up to $10,000 and are to cover reimbursable expenses. You will need to state the expenses to be covered in your application, and certify you will spend the money on those expenses at the time you receive your check.
 
Expenses can include:
  • Purchase of personal protective equipment
  • Benefits paid to furloughed employees
  • Rent, utilities, etc. incurred during the shutdown
  • Other expenses incurred due to COVID-19 and / or the mandated shutdown
Questions? Email kathyb@medinacounty.org 
 
Get your application TODAY! There will be no extensions on submitting your application for any reason!

Medina County Update
 
The Medina County Fair Board has rescinded the motion from June 10 to have the 2020 Fair from August 3-9. The motion and vote allows for a 2020 Jr. Fair to proceed August 3-9, but it will not be open to the public. Grandstand events, most food vendors, free entertainment, merchants and other exhibits have been cancelled. To those who have already purchased grandstand and/or admission tickets or paid your entry fees, please be patient as the Fair Board works through the cancellations. Updates will be posted on the website. Info.  
Valley City Frog Jump Back...Online! 
 
The Valley City Community Group announced the Valley City Frog Jump is going online!   Participants will have until 5 pm August 18 to submit their video of their frog jump.  Rules include: 1) Find a frog (or a toad).  Make sure to safely care & return the frog to its environment when you are done; 2)  Name your frog.  Inappropriate names will be disqualified; 3)  Record your jump with your cell phone; 4)  You have only 30 seconds to complete three (3) successive jumps with your frog; 5)  No touching your frog!  You may yell at it, blow on it or stomp around it to get it to jump; 6)   Email your jump to valleycitycommunitygroup@gmail.com.  Include your name & cell phone number.
Prizes will be randomly selected based on the number of entrants. Prizes will also be offered for humor, creativity, costumes and decorations.  For more info, call Dave Smallwood at 216-533-7117.  
Main Street Medina Christmas in July 
 
Christmas in July will appear in Medina in a week-long celebration that features sidewalk sales, tropical themed holiday decorations, and selfie-station photo opportunities. During regular business hours from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, the week of July 25 to August 1 will offer fun Christmas decorations including festive trees in front of participating merchants' stores.  Take a "Selfie with Santa" in front of All Fired Up! (233 S. Court St.) and enter the Facebook contest for a chance to win Medina Bucks! Info. 
Medina County District Library Summer Reading Game 
Teen Game: Students entering grades 6-12 in the fall.
  • Read for 20 hours over the course of the summer (that's less than 20 minutes a day) for a chance to win one of eight grand prizes.
  • Grand Prizes include: a Fuji Instax Mini 9, Room Decor Package, Self-Care Bundle, Art Bundle, and more! 
  • Grand Prizes awarded the week of Sept 7.
Not in 6th grade yet? The Children's Game is for you! Children birth through entering grade 5 in the fall. 
  • Download and save or print the 
    game board, or create your own play.
  • Log your reading for 30 days to win an awesome prize.
  • Prizes awarded September 1 - November 30.
To learn more about the Summer Reading Game, visit www.mcdl.info 
Medina County District Library 1000 Books  Before Kindergarten 
Accept the challenge to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Pick up a packet at any MCDL location.
This fun and exciting program helps guide your child on the path to success. Spend time reading with your child. Have fun while developing early literacy skills and practice counting your growing list of books! If you read one book each night, you will read 365 books in one year! Reading books over and over again counts each time AND helps your child build on language skills.
 
To learn more about the Summer Reading Game, visit   www.mcdl.info 
2020 Census  
The 2020 Census is critical. Submit your response through October 31.  Results of this count will inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed for important programs and services every year for the next 10 years. The time is now. Don't risk losing critical benefits and don't wait to be counted! Respond today at 2020census.gov.
 
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. 
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,
including meal delivery, grocery shopping, and supplying food staples. Please contact the Office for Older adults in Medina County at 330-723-9514 with any requests for assistance.


 
Medina County Park District 55th Anniversary  Challenge is underway!  
Visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com to download a Celebrating 55 Challenge form. Simply visit the parks and MCPD website to find the answers, complete the Celebrating 55 Challenge form, and follow instructions for returning it to the park district. If you can accomplish your mission by September 1, you'll receive a special-edition T-shirt to commemorate the park district's anniversary year.  Click on the link above for all Medina County Park activities!
       
Saturday, August 1  
Farmer's Market of Medina County will be every Saturday through October 31 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Medina VFW Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Rd., Medina. Concessions provided by VFW members.   Info or call 330-353-8277.  
 
Medina Farmer's Market on the Downtown Square will be every Saturday through October 17 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Info or call 330-722--6186. 
 
Wadsworth Farmer's Market will be every Saturday through September 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Info.  
 
Seville Farm Market will be every Saturday through September 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Stanhope Park, 73 West Main St., Seville.  Info. 
 
Main Street Medina Sidewalk Sales every Saturday through October 17 at participating merchants. Info.   
 
Main Street Medina Brunch to Go every Saturday from through Oct. 17, enjoy a select brunch item to go from participating restaurants and cafes. Ask for an updated list of participants each week at the Main Street Medina booth in the Medina Square Farmers Market. In addition to the Brunch to Go items, many restaurants are now open. Info.  
 
Jazz Under the Stars: Nick Puin Band at 7:00 pm in a LIVE STREAM concert on the ORMACO Facebook page. Info or call 330-722-2541. 
 
Sunday, August 2 
Brunswick  Farmer's Market will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, beginning June 14 and running every Sunday until October 4th at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Rd. in Brunswick. Info. 
 
Tuesday, August 4 
Paddle in the Parks: Lake Lore hosted by Medina County Park District at 8:00 am. Join a naturalist on the water to discover tales of Chippewa Lake, past and present. Bring your own kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device (PFD). Your PFD must be worn for the duration of this program. Masks are encouraged. Please maintain at least a six-foot distance from others at all times. All ages welcome. Register by August 2nd. Free. Info.    
 
Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Ride offered by Medina County Park District and Century Cycles from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. It is a great way for you to get out on your bicycle for a non-aggressive ride and experience the park district's wonderful multipurpose trails. This is a six- to ten-mile ride.  Lynne of Century Cycles will share basic tips on how to keep you and your bike fit. Helmets are required. Masks are encouraged. Please maintain at least a six-foot distance from others at all times. Info.    
 
Wednesday, August 5 
Medina County Park District Lawn Reduction Workshop at 10:00 am. Why do we spend so much energy mowing the lawn?  This workshop will cover step-by-step how to reduce a turf lawn and replace it with a visually-pleasing, lower maintenance, and productive habitat. Registration required. Info.   
 
Thursday, August 6  
Medina County Jobs & Family Services will be holding a Foster Care Open House from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Meetings will be by appointment only. Limited video conference call appointments at an alternate time are also available as needed. Call 330-635-9165 to schedule your appointment and learn more.   
 
Saturday, August 8   
Farmer's Market of Medina County will be every Saturday through October 31 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Medina VFW Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Rd., Medina. Concessions provided by VFW members.   Info or call 330-353-8277.  
 
Medina Farmer's Market on the Downtown Square will be every Saturday through October 17 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Info or call 330-722--6186. 
 
Wadsworth Farmer's Market will be every Saturday through September 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Info.