Jan 13, 2022

Congratulations to Highland High School junior Dylan Esterle who rolled his first 300 bowling game this past week! Dylan shot it in competition during a win over Twinsburg.

Congratulations to the Rienerth family of Brunswick as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of Donut Land Donuts in Brunswick! If you've never tried them, you're missing out!

Congratulations to Medina High School senior Donald Darrell, who has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He will report in June.

Congratulations to the following students for being named their respective schools' Students of the Month for December!
Michael Kennelly, Medina County Career Center; Madison Miller, Medina High School, Rayghen Simon, Wadsworth High's Career-Tech; Andrew Piepho, Wadsworth High School.

2022 property tax bills are now posted up on our website. Go to Property Search, find your property (less information is better!) and click on "Tax Bill" near the top. Bills have been turned over to the treasurer's office and we expect them to be mailed in mid-January with a due date in early to mid-February.

Have a great week and be kind to your neighbors!

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

If you can't do anything about it, let it go. Don't be a prisoner to things you can't change.
Tony Gaskins

Enjoy motivational quotes? See more HERE!
Upcoming Vaccine Clinics Around Medina County Through February
Primary series, booster doses, and pediatric doses available at all community clinics. Appointments can be made through the ArmorVax app or by calling 330-723-9688, option 2. Walk-ins welcome at all clinics.

Go HERE to see the dates and learn more.
ORMACO Kicks Off 2022's Live at the Library Concerts
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and the Wadsworth Public Library open the 2022 Live at the Library Concert Series on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. with classical guitarist Scott Schlegel in a program featuring works by Spanish composers Albeníz, Torroba and Segovia. He will also showcase Baroque music of Bach and Vanhal. The program, which is free, takes place at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, OH 44281. Reservations are recommended by registering online HERE or calling 419-853-6016.
A Service to be Held to Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A service featuring guest speaker, Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, will be held on Monday, Jan. 17, at
7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 3646 Medina Rd.

The event will also be live-streamed at www.firstmedina.org/mlk

Medina County Park District Offers Many January Programs
January Monthly Maker Theme: Take the opportunity this winter to get creative and showcase your artistic endeavors along the trail at Oenslager Nature Center, 6100 Ridge Road in Sharon Township. Each month will have a different theme, and every registered household will be provided an outdoor space to display what it makes. January's theme is cardinals.

Make a cardinal -- big or small, red or not -- out of any material, as long as it is able to withstand being outdoors for at least two weeks. Each registrant will be limited to a 5-foot-square space in which to display their artwork.

Setup will occur between Jan. 12 and 16. Registered households will be contacted with further details regarding setup. Cardinals will be on public display through Jan. 30. Register by Friday, Jan. 7, HERE or by calling 330-722-9364. Visitors can walk along the Monthly Makers’ trail to view the cardinals. The gate, grounds and building are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The park is closed Mondays.

Tree-Mendous Trees
Beat the winter blues by getting out of the house and learning about trees. Visit the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd. in Brunswick, from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 16, 22 or 23 for indoor activities and to walk the nature trail to learn tree facts.
Masks are required indoors. All ages are welcome; no registration required. Free.
Recycle Christmas Trees at Medina County Solid Waste Drop-off
Medina County Solid Waste District, 8700 Lake Rd. in Seville, is offering free Christmas tree recycling through Jan. 15.

Trees are to be dropped off at the district's residential yard waste drop-off area. Remove all strings of lights, any tinsel and all decorations. Remove from stand Place entire tree in large brush pile.

To learn more about the facility's hours of operation ad for more information, go HERE.
Volunteers Needed in Early 2022 to Help Prepare Income Tax Returns
The United Way of Summit and Medina counties is seeking volunteers for the upcoming 2022 tax season. Positions needed are greeters/scanners, tax preparers or site coordinators. You get free IRS-certified training and a flexible schedule is offered.

Morning, evening and remote shifts are available. CPAs, attorneys and enrolled agents get CE credits.

Those interested should go HERE or call the Financial Empowerment Center at 330-685-9430.
Medina County District Library Celebrates 40 Years
Though the county-wide library system was established just 40 years ago, its roots are much older. Learn about the history of the library in our community.

Join the anniversary celebration from Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Community Rooms A and B at the Medina branch of MCDL, 210 S. Broadway St. Zoom option available. Register HERE.
Medina County Local History Fair Scheduled for Jan. 22
Medina County Historical and Genealogical societies will showcase their collections and answer questions about the fascinating people, places, and events of Medina County on Saturday, Jan. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway St. in Medina. 

As a reminder, the CDC recommends wearing masks while our county is classified as high incidence for COVID-19. We greatly encourage patrons ages 5 and up to wear a mask while attending in-person events at MCDL locations.
Thursday, Jan. 13
  • Feeding Medina County will host a food distribution in Brunswick from 10:30 to noon at Willets Middle School, 1045 Hadcock Rd. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, people are required to stay in their cars and food will be placed in your trunk. A photo ID is required for proof of residency.

  • Historian and music lover Regennia N. Williams, Ph.D., will present a virtual lecture-discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on the History of Jazz in Cleveland. Williams will discuss the contributions of Cleveland natives Evelyn Freeman Roberts and Albert Ayler, as well as those of musical artists such as Noble Sissle, A. Grace Lee Mims, and other musicians who were born in different cities but spent part of their careers in Cleveland. Williams, who co-authored Washington, D.C. Jazz (Arcadia, 2019), will also discuss the importance of Cleveland in the larger history of jazz in America. Registration is required. To register and for more information, go HERE.

Friday, Jan. 14
  • The Red Cross will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Medina Community Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Rd., in Medina.

  • Enjoy an evening out with a spaghetti dinner and bluegrass music at Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Rd., in Medina. The dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. for only $8.00.  Bluegrass music starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $3. Come and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment, or if you are in a band, we welcome your onstage performance. Jam sessions are always available.  

Saturday, Jan. 15
  • K-9 Kapers will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Allardale west parking lot, 401 Remsen Rd. Let your dogs socialize with each other while meeting other dog owners. Dogs must be on an 8-foot leash and children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free and no registration is required.

  • Richardson Farms, 6984 Lafayette Road, Lafayette Township, hosts an indoor farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. INFO

Monday, Jan. 17
  • BalloFlex Fitness class will be held every Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., in Medina. BalloFlex is a seated dance exercise program that combines fitness, dance, positive upbeat energy and music, and camaraderie and is taught by Certified BallFlex Instructor Jani Ott. Cost is only $2 per class. You must be a member of the center to attend. For more information, call: 330-725-9177.

Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • Couponing with Rachel will be the topic of a presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Highland Library. Go HERE to register.

  • Every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., a group of friendly veterans bring their lunch and shoot the breeze for about an hour at the Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr. in Medina. No need to sign up, just stop by and join them. They meet outside in the courtyard in nice weather, in the dining room otherwise.

Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Discover Espresso will be presented at the Seville branch of the Medina County District Library, from 6-7 p.m. at 45 Center St. Learn how espresso is made, its history, and taste a gourmet organic latte with Sevillian-owned coffee truck, Moonstone Coffee Works. Register for the event HERE.

  • Want to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs? Then Tai Chi is for you! Michael Rhoades leads this class every Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Medina Senior Center, 246 Northland Drive in Medina. It is also Zoomed. The cost is $40 for an 8-week session or $5 per class. Your first class is free. All classes free for Silver Sneakers members or Renew Active members. Call Jenny at 330-725-9177 or email HERE to reserve your spot. Visit online at mcooa.org.

For more events going on around Medina County, go HERE.

Live Music Events Around
Medina County This Weekend
Many thanks to Dine Medina County Face Book Page for this comprehensive list of music! Go to their page for outstanding local restaurant information!

Thursday, Jan. 13
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
Karaoke @ 7 p.m.
Riverstone Taverne – 5288 Center Rd., Brunswick
Music Bingo/Trivia @ 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 14
Amy’s Arbors - 6735 Center Rd., Valley City
Chris Soulsby @ 7 p.m.
Blue Tip BBQ and Grill - 130 S. Layman St., Wadsworth
1988 @ 9 p.m.
Foundry Social – 333 Foundry Street, Medina
Charles Geil and his Ghost Band @ 8 p.m.
Medina Brewing Company - 320 South Court St., Medina
Jill Miglich @ 7 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
Greg Crowe @ 8 p.m.
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
Live DJ @ 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 15
Blue Tip BBQ and Grill - 130 S. Layman St., Wadsworth
Hard Drive @ 8:30 p.m.
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Furious George @ 7:30 p.m.
JoJo’s Sports Bar & Grille – 221 S. Jefferson St., Medina
Karaoke @ 10 p.m.
Manzo’s Sports & Spirts - 65 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Shadow of a Doubt (Tom Petty Tribute) @ 9 p.m.
Sully’s Irish Pub - 117 W. Liberty St., Medina
The New Barleycorn @ 8 p.m.
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
Whiskey Loco @ 9:30 p.m. ** Tickets Required **
News Around the County
Wheels for Wags Food Donation Program Honors Betty White

Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio is collecting donations in memory of actress Betty White, an animal advocate whose 100th birthday would have been Jan. 17.

Through its Wheels for Wags program, the agency delivers free pet food to animal-owning clients in Summit, Stark and Medina counties. The program started nearly 10 years ago when volunteers noticed that many seniors were feeding pets from their own meals.

When clients shared their meals with their pets, neither pet nor client was getting the nutrition they needed. The goal of Wheels for Wags is to keep our clients with their pets by providing companion animals with healthy and nutritious food.

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Parkhurst Elected School Board President

MEDINA, Ohio -- The Medina Board of Education has started the new year by swearing in a new president.
Rebecca Parkhurst was elected board president at Monday’s school board meeting (Jan. 10).
“I would like to take a moment just to thank everyone who worked and voted to re-elect me to another term on the board,” said Parkhurst, who was re-elected in November.
“I am grateful for the support and confidence from the community, and it truly has been a privilege and an honor to serve the last six-and-a-half years, and I am excited and looking forward to the next four.”
Superintendent Aaron Sable also recognized new board members.
“We have (two) new members on our board who are just starting to serve, so I’d like to thank you for the work to come,” said Sable. Joe Nichols and Jeanne Pritchard were elected in November along with Parkhurst.

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Brunswick's Donut Land Celebrates 50th Anniversary

BRUNSWICK — Not many small-business owners get to operate in one place long enough to work next to their great-grandchild.

Before dying at 79 last March after bouts with multiple ailments, Donut Land founder Bill Rienerth Sr. managed to accomplish that feat, putting his popular establishment on track to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022.

"It's pretty amazing thinking about that right now," great-grandaughter Malorie Kurilec said. "It's an honor to have been born into this family and an honor that we all got to be here together like that. My son was also born a year ago, so (Rienerth Sr.) also got to meet his great-great grandson.

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