Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
September 11, 2020


 

 
 
 
 

Today marks 19 years since the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and on an airliner that crashed in Pennsylvania.  Please take a moment to remember those who lost their lives on that horrible day and their families. 
 
While I appreciate all your well wishes, please be advised that Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack IS NOT running for Medina County Commissioner. He intends to run for re-election as your county auditor in 2022. Thank you for your support! 
 
Congratulations to Dave and Romalee Groves of Medina, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year!  
 
Congratulations to long-time educator Bruce Lorincz of Wadsworth, who produced his 300th show for Wadsworth Community Television (WCTV) last Tuesday.  His latest show of "Bruce on the Loose" can be seen on the cable network or at WCTV. 

Are you 65 years of age or older?  Have household income of $33,600 or less (not counting social security?)  You may be eligible for a tax break on your county property taxes!  Click on Homestead Exemption or call 330-725-9754 to fill out an application today!
 
Have you turned in an absentee ballot request and aren't sure whether it's been received or not? Don't worry - you can check it HERE.  And remember, you only need send in one absentee ballot request.  You'll probably get several in the mail, but those are just from different interest groups.  Once you're turned in your request, and verified the Board of Elections has received it, you're set!  Absentee ballots will be mailed out the second week of October. 
Voting is a right and a privilege - make sure to exercise your right to vote this fall!
 
There is definitely a touch of fall in the air.   
Enjoy the weather while you can!
Mike Kovack

I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down."
Abraham Lincoln

  

 

Walk to End Alzheimer's 
The world may look a little different right now, but one thing hasn't changed: our commitment to ending Alzheimer's. This year, Walk to End Alzheimer's® is everywhere - on every sidewalk, track and trail.  
 
Your health and safety are our top priorities. This year's event won't be a large in-person gathering - instead, we invite you to walk in small teams of friends and family while others in your community do the same. Because we are all still walking and fundraising for the same thing: a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. An opening ceremony will be live streamed on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Info.
 
Virtual College Exploration for Ohio Students 
The Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC) and StriveScan have launched the student and counselor registration for a jammed-packed virtual experience like no other! 
  • Colleges and universities representing 28 states and 6 countries are attending!
  • 170 informational sessions will be offered!
  • 200 institutions-62 from Ohio-have representatives eager to participate in this interactive virtual experience!
Attend FREE 45-minute virtual sessions on a variety of college topics via individual Zoom links. Offerings include: 1) individual college information sessions as well as 2) panel presentations composed of representatives from multiple organizations. For all high school students, families, counselors, advisors, and IECs. September 13 to  October 1 and October 26 to November 1.  All sessions will be secure. Your information will be shared only with the college/organization leading the session that you are attending.
Want more information? www.medina-esc.org/CollegeFair.aspx  
Soprema Senior Center 2020 Walking Challenge 
Tired of sitting at home during quarantine? Join the eighth annual Walking Challenge! Set a persona goal and boos your mood with exercise endorphins, beautiful fall scenery, and fun contests! Track your miles as you walk, then report your mileage to the SSC each week to be entered in a prize drawing. To sign up contact ssc@wadsworthcity.org or 330-335-1513. The challenge runs from September 1 until October 31.  For more Soprema Programs check out their newsletter.  
Pickleball in Wadsworth!  
Pickleball will be held at Durling Park's North tennis courts, every morning from 8:00 to 10:00 am, weather permitting. Pickleball, is the fastest growing sport in the world.  It is a court sport which combines elements of tennis, ping pong and badminton. Come to play or come to watch, extra equipment is available.  Open to all ages and abilities.  Wear tennis shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat and sun protection  Bring water, hand sanitizer and lawn chairs. Additional dates or times can be arranged as needed.  For more information, contact Nancy Bedillion at 330-714-2015 or nancybedillion@aol.com.  
Medina County Historical Society Raffle 
Medina County Historical Society is offering two different raffle tickets to benefit the society's preservation of the John Smart House museum and the McDowell-Phillips house. Because of the pandemic, the society has not been able to host its usual in-person fundraisers, but expenses have continued.  The first is a Victorian Feast raffle. Three winners may each bring three guests to enjoy an elegant five-course dinner at the John Smart House on Feb. 20, 2021. Raffle tickets are $5 each or four for $15. The second is a French Lick Springs Hotel raffle. The winner will receive a one-night stay for two at the French Lick Springs Hotel, voted the best hotel in Indiana, along with one round of golf for two people. In addition, the winner will receive a $300 French lick gift artificer to use as they choose: for a second night, spa amenities or dinner, ect. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $20. To purchase tickets, call 330-722-1341, email mchs@zoominternet.net or stop in at the John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood St. in Medina, on any Tuesday between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.   
2020 Fall Pot Decorating Contest presented by Main Street Medina, Sponsored by Boyert's Greenhouse   
Help decorate the historic district for fall! All businesses, families, and organizations are invited to participate. Posts will be assigned by the Medina County Visitors Bureau on a first come, first serve basis for size and location. All decorations must be completed and in place by September 25, but preferably by September 12, to be eligible for the contest. To sign up email info@visitmedinacounty.com. It's easy, just sign up, create, install and enjoy! 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.  
November 3, 2020 General Election 
Every vote counts! The 2020 General election is coming up, so make sure you're ready to go!  Click on the link to make sure you're registered to vote, to register to vote, to find your polling location or to request an absentee ballot.  Voting is a right and a privilege - make sure to exercise that right!   Info.  
Feeding Medina County seeking Volunteers 
Feeding Medina County's mission is to educate, engage, and lead our community in creating an environment where no one goes hungry. To learn more about volunteering, call 330-421-4816 or visit feedingmedinacounty.org




   
Friday, September 11  
The Office for Older Adults and the Brunswick Rec will be hosting a Virtual Bingo via Zoom at 11:00 am! If you are interested in joining in, email Darlene: djarvis@medinaco.org or Jenny:  jakiousis@medinaco.org. All attendees will be added to the monthly zoom class drawing for gift cards.
   
Soprema Senior Center will host a virtual Make Me Happy Hour at 11:00 am. RSVP to ssc@wadsworthcity.org.   
 
Medina County District Library  Virtual Teen Art Exhibit: Free to Be Me will be from September 11 through 30. Info.  
 
Medina County District Library from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm will hold GED Testing information session. Learn about testing and how to schedule your test. Visit GED.com to register. Info. 
 
Lafayette United Methodist Church will hold a Cabbage Roll dinner from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Dinner includes mashed potatoes and green beans. Cost $7. Drive thru only. Cash or check accepted. Info call 330-725-6176. 
 
Saturday, September 12    
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.    
   
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.
   
Engage Virtual Range Law Enforcement Blue Line Competition. A full day of competition to show our appreciation for local area law enforcement from
9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Info.   
 
Free introduction to pickleball, and free beginner lessons at AI Root Middle School tennis courts, Saturdays through September from 8:00 to 10:30 am, weather permitting.  Come to play or come to watch, all equipment will be provided.  Open to all ages and abilities.  Wear tennis shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat and sun protection  Bring water, hand sanitizer and lawn chairs.  The courts are located at 333 W. Sturbridge Dr. Medina.  The dates are Saturday, September 12, 19, & 26.  Additional dates or times can be arranged as needed.  For more information, contact USA Pickleball Ambassador for Medina, Carol Erickson 330-814-5962, ethree@aol.com 
 
Sunday, September 13  
Brunswick Farmer's Market will be held every Sunday until October 4th at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Rd. in Brunswick. If you couldn't make the ice cream fundraiser last week, Friendly's ice cream sundaes have been prepackaged for you to purchase while supplies last. The flavors are original fudge, chocolate chip cookie dough, caramel and peanut butter cup. You can pick them up during the farmers market between  11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Info.  
 
Ohio Regional Music and Arts Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Steve Farley: Music of the 60s streamed live from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Info. 
 
Monday, September 14 
Soprema Senior Center will offer a virtual Medicare 101 program with Stacey Ries at 3:00 pm. RSVP to ssc@wadsworthcity.org.  
 
Medina County District Library virtual Keep on Truckin' touch-a truck event will offer video tours of your favorite vehicles, storytimes, crafts to enjoy at home, and pick up a Take & Make activity bag at all library locations the between September 14 and 19.Info. 
 
Tuesday,  September 15  
Cafe' Corner Chat every Tuesday at 10:00 am. RSVP to djarvis@medinaco.org.  

Wadsworth Senior Center Virtual Caregivers Support Group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer's will be at 1:00 pm. Email ssc@wadsworthcity.org to RSVP.  
 
Author's at MCDL" Virtual Visit with Marie Benedict  at 6:30 pm.  Info. 

Wednesday,  September 16  
Soprema Senior Center virtual program Table Talk with Dr. Patel- "High Blood Pressure" will be at 12:00 pm with Dr. Rachel Patel/Community Healthcare. RSVP to ssc@wadsworthcity.org
 
Thursday, September 17 
The Office for Older Adults presents via Zoom Falls and Your Feet by Physical Therapist, Mandy Vandervort from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to jakiousis@medinaco.org.  

Friday, September 18 
Pandemic Mystery Game presented by Medina County Senior Services network at 12:00 pm. RSVP to  ssc@wadsworthcity.org.
 
Fighting Financial Fraud presented by the Better Business Bureau of Akron at 1:00 pm. RSVP to ssc@wadsworthcity.org.  
 
Medina County Office for Older Adults presents Make Me Happy Hour via Zoom at 11:00 am. RSVP to ssc@wadsworthcity.org.  
 
Saturday, September 19 
The American Legion Post 202 is hosting a Free Paper Shredding from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at 620 N Broadway St. in Medina. those bringing items to shred should enter on N. Broadway and exit on Howard St. Old flags can also be brought to the event for disposal. For more information contact
Bill Dyer at 330-722-7994 or wcdyer@zoominternet.net.      
 
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.    
   
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. 
 
Free introduction to pickleball, and free beginner lessons at AI Root Middle School tennis courts, Saturdays through September from 8:00 to 10:30 am, weather permitting.  Come to play or come to watch, all equipment will be provided.  Open to all ages and abilities.  Wear tennis shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat and sun protection  Bring water, hand sanitizer and lawn chairs.  The courts are located at 333 W. Sturbridge Dr. Medina.  The dates are Saturday, September  19, & 26.  Additional dates or times can be arranged as needed.  For more information, contact USA Pickleball Ambassador for Medina, Carol Erickson 330-814-5962, ethree@aol.com  
 
Buckin' Ohio Pro Bull Riding Tournament at 4:00 pm. Info.   
 
Sunday, September 20  
Brunswick Farmer's Market will be held every Sunday until October 4th at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Rd. in Brunswick.  11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Info.  
 
   
Monday, September 21   
The Soprema Senior Center presents Buzzing with the Best at 9:00 am. Bring your own coffee and join LaChelle Rininger from Incare Ohio Home Health and Hospice via zoom for a chat! RSVP to   ssc@wadsworthcity.org.
 
Gummy Bear Slime kits available at any Medina County District Library location while supplies last starting September 21 to follow at home online for the program. While supplies last. MCDL Facebook or MCDL YouTube to watch program.  
 
Tuesday, September 22  
Join OSU Master Gardeners for House Plants 101 at 11:00 am. RSVP to ssc@wadsworthcity.org to reserve your spot.  
   
COVID-19 Information Resources
  • The Medina County Health Department will offer COVID-19 testing to its Health Center patients through funds awarded by the Health Resources & Services Administration.
 
Business & Employee Resources 
Support Services in Medina County
Medina County Jobs and Family Services (JFS) is providing assistance for those whose job(s) have been impacted by COVID 19. Visit http://jfs.ohio.govunemployment.ohio.gov.  

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.
 
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.
 
The Recovery Center of Medina County has computers available with free WiFi, free drop-in peer support, on-site and virtual support group meetings, support groups for family and friends impacted by substance abuse, parenting workshop, guided meditation, safe drop-in space for those in recovery, and more. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Info. 
 
Ohio's Hospice is offering a new video series addressing living with losses during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Info.   
 
     
 
Brunswick Food Pantry, 1255 N. Carpenter Road, Brunswick. Every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and second Tuesday 1:00 to 3:00 pm For more information, call (330)220-8299. Must be Brunswick, Brunswick Hills Township, Valley City or Hinckley residents.
 
Buckeye Christian Assembly, 3159 Columbia Road, Medina. Second Saturday of each month there is a food pantry and hot meals from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm For more information, call (330)764-4099.
 
Birthcare of Medina County,  620 E. Smith Rd., Unite E-5A, Medina. Open Monday and Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Thursday afternoon  12:00 to 2:00 pm, Saturday morning 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Serving residents of Medina County. Photo ID required. Visits permitted once/month.  Info or call 330-722-1190.
 
Feeding Medina County, 650 W. Smith Road, Suite C-8, Medina. Next distribution at Medina County Fairgrounds will be on September 17 from 7:30 to 9:00 am. Please call before coming at (330) 421-4816.  Info. 

Helping Hands at Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Third Thursday 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information, call (330)336-4622.
 
Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Road, Lafayette Township. Food distribution will be available the 4th Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Distribution will be drive-thru only. please bring a photo ID.  For more information, call (330)725-6176.
 
Living Hope Church, 6288 Wooster Pike, Medina. Third Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00 am. For more information, (330) 725-7730.
 
Lodi Family Center, 301 Mill St., Lodi. Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and other times by appointment. Serving Lodi, Chatham, Spencer, Homerville, Westfield, Seville, Chippewa, Lafayette, Polk, Sullivan areas. For more information, call (330) 302-4182.
 
Medina City Schools will continue food distribution throughout the summer months on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Medina High School in the west parking lot near the stadium by the B1 doors.  Info all 330-636-3030 or busyba@medinabees.org.  
 
Medina Personal Care Pantry will be held at Living Hope Church, 6288 Wooster Pike, on Saturday, September 5 from 8:00 to 9:30 am. Info.  
   
Our Lady Help of Christians, 9608 Norwalk Road, Litchfield. Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Both by appointment only. A photo ID and proof of residence is required. For more information, call the church office at (330) 722-1180. 
   
Salvation Army, 425 W. Liberty St., Medina. Meals are served every Wednesday and last week of the month on Monday, Wednesday and Friday the pantry is open from 4:00 to 6:00 pm the pantry is open. Doors open at 2:00 pm. Serving Medina, Litchfield, Chippewa Lake, Spencer and York areas only. A photo ID and proof of residence is required. For more information, call (330) 722-6488.
 
Spencer Community Cupboard every Wednesday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Spencer United Methodist Church, 201 E. Main St., Spencer. Info call Mary Beth Clement at 440-289-5012. Donations accepted on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. 
 
The Valley City Community Group has partnered with LifeSpring Community Church to donate funds for their food pantry to help Valley City residents during quarantine. Residents can make contact by emailing food@lifescc.net. Monetary donations can be made through our website that go direct to the food pantry at http://www.valleycity.org/  Volunteers may be needed as well, please contact LifeSpring at the above email.
 
United Way has been the administrative agent for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds for many years.  Currently the National EFSP Board has awarded over $184,000 to Medina County to assist residents with COVID19 relief.  Funds are available for assistance with food, rent, mortgage, other shelter, and utilities.  You can access assistance by reaching out to the following organizations.
  • Feeding Medina County - 330-421-0564 - Food Resources
  • Community Action Wayne/Medina - 330-264-8677 - Utilities and Food Resources
  • Salvation Army Medina - 330-722-6488 - Rent, Utilities and Other Shelter
  • Salvation Army Brunswick -440-935-9967 - Rent, Utilities and Other Shelter
  • Salvation Army Wadsworth - 330-335-2327 - Rent, Mortgage and Food Resources
  • Medina County Police Activities League - 330-661-0121 - Food Resources
York United Methodist Church will be holding a drive thru food pantry from 9:00 to 11:00 am on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at 6566 Norwalk Rd. in Medina. Info. 
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MEDINA, Ohio -- Residents and visitors hoping to find a lunch-hour parking space on West Liberty Street just south of the square have long had to circle the block a few times as they jockey for a spot on the street or in the small municipal parking lot next to Sully's Irish Pub.



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Wadsworth Schools dealing with 'isolated incidents' of COVID-19
Wadsworth Schools continues to be impacted by the coronavirus, but the positive COVID-19 cases in the district have been "isolated incidents" and have not originated as a result of a student or staff member being in Wadsworth schools or on athletic fields.



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Westfield Township resident donates 300-plus handmade masks to Cloverleaf Schools
WESTFIELD TWP. - More than 300 homemade face masks recently donated to Cloverleaf Schools are part of 500-plus that Westfield Center resident Janice Olesick has distributed around her community.
Even on Labor Day, she was working tirelessly to put together 50 more masks.



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Employment Opportunities
 
Search all the local job sites HERE
 
 
Electrical Inspector (Full Time) - Medina County Building Department. INFO. 
 
Clerical Specialist - Job & Family Services. INFO. 
 
Cleaning Technician (Part-Time) - Medina County Maintenance. INFO.       
 
LPN (Part-Time 2nd Shift) - Medina County Home. INFO.  
 
Bus Driver (Part-Time) -Medina County Transit. INFO.   
 
Precinct Election Official -  Medina County Board of Elections. INFO.   

Wastewater Treatment Computer Operator - Medina County Sanitary Engineers. INFO. 
  
Resident Care Aide (Part- Time) - Medina County Home. INFO.  
 
Correction Officer  - Medina County Juvenile Detention Center. INFO. 
 
Census Taker - U.S. Census Bureau. INFO.       
 
Water System Computer Technician 1 - Medina County Sanitary Engineers. INFO.  
   
Water Distribution Worker - Medina County Sanitary Engineers. INFO.       
 
Executive Director - Feeding Medina County. INFO.    
 
Receptionist/Secretary - The Village of St. Edward, Wadsworth. INFO.  
 
Secretary - Medina County Career Center. INFO.  
   
Probation Officer - Medina County Adult Probation. INFO. 
 
Water System Computer Operator - Medina County Sanitary Engineers. INFO. 
 
Department Manager - McDonald's, Wadsworth. INFO.  
 
Administrative Assistant - Ken's Beverage, Inc., Medina. INFO.    
 
Host/Hostess - Quaker Steak & Lube, Medina. INFO.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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