Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
August 7,  2019


All of Medina County is proud of 2019 Brunswick High School grad Felicia Pasadyn for qualifying for the United States Olympic Trials in the 100 yard backstroke last week in a meet at Cleveland State.  The incoming Harvard freshman will attempt to make the team next June in Omaha, Nebraska.  Congratulations Felicia and best of luck!

Congratulations to SustainEd's installation of a brand new community garden in downtown Medina.  President Staci Baker, VP Leah Cusick, Co-VP Jessika Peterson, Secretary Erin Masterson, Treasurer Diana Fox and board members Bill Lamb and Eric Heffinger have all been hard at work creating the garden space.  Boxes will be available for rent next year!

The Medina area lost an icon last week when Anastasios Alexandris closed his Alexandris restaurant on Medina Road.  In operation almost 20 years, Anastasios said it was time for retirement.  The second location, in Wadsworth, is run by relatives and will stay open. 
Best of luck in retirement, Anastasios!

Congratulations to the Black River Comedy Club, who donated $5,000 to the Lodi Harrisville Historical society last week to purchase new heating and air conditioning for the historic museum on Harris Street in Lodi.  It'll be put to good use!  Betty Havel is the president of the comedy club and Letha Mapes of the historical society.

Congratulations to Wadsworth High School grad
Amanda (Pallija) Barnhart
on placing 7th in the world at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin last weekend, despite an ankle injury.  Medina resident Erin Vandendriessche finished 52nd.

I hope you have an outstanding week!

Mike Kovack
Anger ... it's a paralyzing emotion ... you can't get anything done. People sort of think it's an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling - I don't think it's any of that - it's helpless ... it's absence of control - and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers ... and anger doesn't provide any of that - I have no use for it whatsoever."

National Health Center Week 
As part of National Health Center Week, Medina County Health Department invites you to:   
Health Department Farmers' Market, Friday, August 9, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, at 4800 Ledgewood Dr., Medina.  Local fresh fruits and vegetables.  Activities for children and families.  Family Fun Walk at 11 am.  Senior Stroll at noon. 
Summer Breezes Luau Style  
Help support the HANDS Foundation, Thursday, August 8, 6 - 7:30 pm, at Plum Creek Senior Assisted Living, 891 Marks Rd., Brunswick.  Enjoy appetizers, wine from Jilbert Winery, beer, music, sideboards and a silent auction.  $20/person.  RSVP by August 1 to 330-220-4900 or email

7th Annual Faceplant 500   
Saturday, August 10, registration at 11:30 am, at the Reagan Park Sledding Hill in Medina, 855 Weymouth Rd.  Race down the hill on a child's toy.  Go wild - trick it out and win a trophy.  Races start at 1 pm.  Must be at least 18 to participate.  Proceeds benefit the Medina Raptor Center. 
Mom Prom   
Are you ready for a night out with your female friends?  Come for a night of fun on Saturday, August 10, 6 - 11 pm, at Diamond Event Center, 1480 Pearl Rd., Brunswick.  Enjoy dinner, dancing, cash bar, games/contests.  Proceeds benefit the Marching Blue Devil's trip to London.  $40/each or $240 for reserved tables of eight.  Must be 21 or older.  Info:
An Affair on the Square  
An Affair on the Square Craft Festival and Vintage Fair features handmade crafts from some of the finest craftsmen in Ohio and surrounding states.  A section of the show features vintage artists who take something old and repurpose it.  Sunday, August 11, 11 am - 5 pm at Public Square in Medina. 
Children's Center Open House   
The Children's Center of Medina County is holding an Open House at its new building at 724 E. Smith Rd., Medina, Sunday, August 11, 2 - 5 pm.  Refreshments and activities.  Face painting, balloon animals, games for children, opportunity to plant a pinwheel in the yard.  Info: Anna Guy-Leach at 330-591-2682 or
OHPA Bird Fair   
The Medina Bird Fair is Saturday, August 17, 10 am - 4 pm, at the Community Center at Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Rd., Medina.  Admission $5; kids 12 and under free.  Free parking.  Find everything you need to feed, house and enrich your birds.  Lots of birds, toys, cages, new vendors and birds for adoption.  Raffle prizes. 

Annual Free Clinic Pig Roast 
The Free Clinic of Medina County is holding its 12th annual Pig Roast, Saturday, August 17, 4 - 8 pm, at Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Rd., Seville.  Adults: $45. Children 4 - 12: $12.  The Free Clinic of Medina County provides free medical care for the working residents of Medina County who have no medical insurance or those with a high deductible. Live and silent auctions and a mechanical chicken that lays eggs filled with wonderful prizes! 
Valley City Frog Jump Festival
and Valley City Street Fair    
Friday - Sunday, August 16 - 18
Enjoy a taste of Valley City on Main Street, downtown Valley City.  Carnival games, concerts, vendors and a beer tent.  Hours are Friday, 6 - 11 pm; Saturday, noon - 11 pm and Sunday, noon - 11 pm. 
58th Annual old time frog jumping competition, a la Mark Twain, Sunday, August 18, 11 am - 5:30 pm, at Mill Stream Park, 1200 Maple St., Valley City.  Enjoy a day of home cooking, lots of entertainment, face painting, children's games with prizes, live music, wing eating contest, beer and wine garden, Valley City Street Fair.  Frog registration begins at 10 am; frog jumping at 11 am. 
Medina Fest 
Celebrate the sweetest town in America with a Made in Medina Business Showcase, local restaurants, kids games and activities, Farmer's Market, PNC Mobile Learning Adventure and live entertainment at Medina's Public Square.  Saturday, August 24, 9 am - 4 pm.  FREE. 
Free Clinic Benefit 
Bring a blanket or lawn chair to hear The Diamond Project, the Neil Diamond Tribute Band, 6 - 8 pm, Tuesday, August 27, at Western Reserve Masonic Community, 4931 Nettleton Rd., Medina.  Concession stand.  All proceeds go to The Free Clinic of Medina County, a non-profit health provider.  Info:  Contact Carla Karla at 216-401-7263.
Wadsworth Food Truck Festival 
A community night of food and fun, Wednesday, August 28, 5 - 9 pm in downtown Wadsworth.  Featuring entertainment such as Jammin' Jumpers, Josh the Juggler, face painting and more.  22 places to eat including downtown Wadsworth restaurants. Hosted by Main Street Wadsworth. 
Other Events & Happenings 
Wednesday, August 7
United Way of Medina County Annual Meeting 
Celebrating 90 years of serving Medina County residents, they will share their historic past and explore what the future holds! The event is free and open to the public.  Suggested donation: $25.  Wine, beer and appetizers provided after the program.  Registration: 3:30 - 4 pm, Annual Meeting Program: 4 - 5 pm, Social Networking: 5 - 6 pm. at The Lodge at Allerdale, 401 Remsen Rd, Medina, OH 44256.  
Friday, August 9
Picnic on the Patio at Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., Medina.  11 am - 1 pm.  Cheeseburger luncheon meal.  Entertainment:  Haden Grove.  Open to the public.  Seniors: $4.  Under 60:  $5.
Annual Spencer Yard Sale, Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 7:30 am - 5 pm.  town-wide yard sale.
Motivate Medina, 6:30 pm, a Community Yoga on the Square event.  Donation-based event to raise awareness and funds for the Battered Women's Shelter of Medina/Summit Counties.  At Medina Public Square.  Bring a mat or towel and reusable water bottle.  Rain or shine. 
Saturday, August 10
Family Movie Night. 8:30 - 10:30 pm. Cool Beans Cafe has sponsored a Medina Square movie night. Trolls is the movie selection.  Bring your blankets & chairs and enjoy!  
Melissa Malone and Main Street Medina are sponsoring an event during the Farmer's Market in the Uptown Park for local independent authors.  Dozens of them will be there selling out books from 9 am - noon.  INFO:  Melissa at The Bookstore in Medina at 330-952-0404.  
Ride a streetcar 11 am - 3 pm at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum, 5515 Buffham Rd., Seville.  Weather permitting, ride a streetcar on the museum's demonstration trick.  Tickets:  adults - $4; ages 6 - 12 - $2.  INFO
Cruise In at the United Methodist Church at the Lake, 7824 Lake Rd., Chippewa Lake, 9 am - 3 pm, hosted by the Chippewa Lake, Ohio Historical Society.  Registration $10.  Cars, trucks, motorcycles.  Food, 50/50 raffle, music.  Awards presented at 3 pm.  Info: Bill at 330-441-1121.
Sunday, August 11
Medina Sunday Road Bike Rides
Century Cycles invites road cyclists to join them at their Medina store for twice-monthly road bike group rides!  Your own bicycle, helmet, and flashing taillight are required. No pre-registration is necessary, although a waiver must be signed. Riders 18 and over only, unless accompanied by a parent. There will be two levels of rides with staggered start times:

A Group (a.k.a. the "Sunday Slaughter")
This group will ride 25-30 miles, and is a drop ride (meaning you are on your own if you can't keep up). Scott Makin will be your ride leader. 7:30am start time, fast pace, between 17-20mph.

B Group (a.k.a. the "Sunday Saunter")
This group will ride about 20 miles, and it will be a no-drop ride. Cathy Kasper will be your ride leader. 8:00am start time, moderate pace, between 13-16mph. 
Rolling Thunder POW MIA Ohio Chapter 8 will hold its third annual pig roast, 1 - 5 pm, at Medina VFW Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Rd.  $15/person presale; $20/person at the door.  Basket raffle, 50/50 raffle.  INFO:  Anna Fullem or Becky Blackmore, 330-723-0116.  
Concert: A-Minus: Positive Hip Hop with Ameer Williamson, 2 - 3 pm, at Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St.   Brought to you by ORMACO. Free. INFO  
Hats and Bonnets Exhibit presented by Weymouth Preservation Society, 2 - 4 pm, at 3314 Myers Rd.  Women's men's, children's and colls' hats from 1830 through the 1960's.  INFO 
Annual Youth Car Hop Fund, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, at the First Christian Church parking lot, 116 E. Boyer St., Wadsworth.  The FCC Youth put on their poodle skirts and jeans and take orders from your car for burgers and/or hot dogs.  They deliver to your car, hot off the grill.  Info: Donna at 330-336-6697.
Monday, August 12
Register by this date to participate in the Medina County District Library's fundraiser, UnRun, (no running required).  It is a 0.5 mile walk/run on September 7 to support the Friends of the Library and their efforts to fund the Summer Reading Game at area libraries.  $40 entry fee gets a T-shirt, race medal, finish line beer and food. 
Tuesday, August 13
David Currier, a well-known Alzherimer's specialist, will speak at Medina County Office for Older Adults, 247 Northland Dr., Suite 20, Medina, 11:30 am.  "Outsmarting Alzheimer's" is brought to you by Life Care Center of Medina.  Learn how to help reduce your chance of developing Alzheimer's disease.  FREE.  Dessert will be served.  INFO and RSVP to Jenny at 330-723-9514 by August 9.
Wednesday, August 14
Summer Lovin Bingo at Pearlview Rehab and Wellness Center, 4426 Homestead Dr., Brunswick, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  RSVP.  Free community event.  
Saturday, August 17
Unity of Medina invites the public to a Summer Hawaiian Performance featuring the Spirit of Life Performing Arts, 7:30 pm, at 787 Lafayette Rd., Bldg D, Medina.  Free-will offerings accepted.  Info: Charlotte Garrett at 719-304-9232 or   
Monday, August 19
The Hinckley Garden Club will meet at 6:30 pm at a member's house in Hinckley for a garden tour.  Bring a chair and finger food.  Info: call Linda at 440-724-8537.
Wednesday, August 21
Music at the Lodge: Brian Henke and Ginger Ackley, 7 - 8 pm.  Enjoy a relaxing evening in the park with free, live musical entertainment.  The Lodge at Allardale is located at 141 Remsen Rd, Granger Township. 
Saturday, August 24
Join the Hinckley Fire and Police departments for a friendly competition at an American Red Cross blood drive, 10 am - 3 pm, at the fire station, 1616 Ridge Rd.  Each person who donates chooses a team they are representing.  Sign up at 

Wadsworth Schools parking project on hold

WADSWORTH - Parking at Grizzlies football games could prove difficult for at least one more season after the school board rejected three bids to turn a vacant property near Art Wright Stadium into a new 48-space lot.
The school district purchased the lot at 274 Grandview Ave. in 2018 with the intent of turning it into a parking area and took designs for the work before the city planning commission, which were approved.
Officials estimated that the project would cost roughly $99,000, but bids rejected last week were for $117,393 and $187,092, coming respectively from Akron-based Perrin Asphalt & Concrete and Chagrin Valley Paving of Chagrin Falls. Both of those bids entailed asphalt paving but Perrin also presented a bid for $140,089 that would have used concrete.
According to Ohio Revised Code, public school districts are prohibited from approving construction, reconstruction, improvement, enlargement, alteration, repair, painting, or decoration bids where the cost of the project would exceed the original estimation by 10 percent or more.
"We're going to go back, make some changes, and re-examine some things," said Superintendent Andy Hill. "Then the intention will be to rebid later in this calendar year and complete the project in the spring."
Read the rest of Jonathan Delozier's story in   The Gazette.

Cleveland Clinic trainers to be at Medina athletic events
MEDINA - Medina's school board and the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital have tentatively agreed to a contract that puts the clinic's athletic trainers at athletic events.
Superintendent Aaron Sable said he will recommend that the district follow through with the agreement at the next regular meeting on Aug. 19, retroactive to the 2018-19 school year, and for the upcoming 2019-20 year.
In return, the clinic will display advertising at Ken Dukes Stadium.
According to numbers provided by the clinic, the proposal cost the hospital system about $13,000 in in-kind contributions last year.
"It will be a trade-off f or trainer services," Sable said. "We wouldn't pay them. We'd call it even for services rendered."
The contract can be renegotiated on an annual basis.
The athletic department negotiated the deal with the clinic, which offered a fair market value.
The contract called for services offered to freshman, junior varsity and varsity sports, even though the board thought the deal was predominately for the varsity. Club sports, now under the umbrella of the athletic department, are not covered.
The district will also offer the same proposal to Akron Children's Hospital for nurses and nursing aides at the school.
Read the rest of Bob Finnan's story in

Sale of hog raises $10,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

MEDINA - Community members banded together at this year's Medina County Fair to raise nearly $10,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with the "St. Jude Hog."
Saturday's Medina County Livestock Sale brought in dozens of local community members and local businesses seeking to support Medina County 4-H and FFA youths by bidding on their livestock animals.
However, Austin Letner, 14, an incoming freshman at Cloverleaf High School, had a special purpose for the proceeds from his livestock animal - to make a donation to St. Jude.
"Our parents asked us one day if we wanted to donate the pig or keep the money. And we, of course, said donate it," said the teenager. "We thought about it for a bit, which charity we wanted to give it to, and we really liked St. Jude."
Each year, Austin and his brother, Logan, 11, switch between who sells their animal to raise money for St. Jude.
In 2018, Logan Letner donated his $1,500 proceeds to St. Jude. This year, it was Austin's turn.
In 2020, Logan will be selling his pig to raise money for the charity.
They choose St. Jude because "kids shouldn't have cancer. The parents and the kids don't have to worry about any medical bills, just worrying about them getting better," Austin said.
Read the rest of Lydia Mainzer's story in

Music in Medina County
      Medina                                        Wadsworth
            Sully's                                                                   Sonnets 
            JoJo's                                                                   Galaxy 
   High Low Winery                                                     The Sub Station 
    Thirsty Cowboy                                                     Filia Cellars Winery 
     CinDees Place  
Employment Opportunities
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Clerical Specialist - Medina County Health Department.  High school diploma or GED, excellent communication & computer skills required.    INFO

Teacher Aide - Looking for a fun role for just a few hours a week?  Latchkey Kids is hiring part-time Teacher Aide positions for before & after school.  Must have high school diploma.    INFO
Survey Helper Wanted - Part-time land surveying field helper wanted.  Will train.  Call 330-658-2849.

Concrete Laborer - Medina County.  Must be 18 or older, have own license & transportation.  Must be willing to work in all environments.  Call 330-807-5255.

Fire-Dex is Hiring - Individuals to make a positive impact on firefighter health & safety.  Openings include Office & Accounting Assistant, Customer Service Representative and 1st & 2nd Shift Production.  Email resume to   INFO
Landscape/Lawn Care Laborer - Looking for team members in the Medina area with a clean drivers license & a good work ethic.  Call Mike at 330-350-0306.  Starting at $14/hour    
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