Nov. 18, 2021

Good luck to the Coach Larry Laird and the Medina High School Bees as they take on Lakewood St. Edwards in the Regional Division I Football Championship his Friday! The entire county (minus those St. Ed grads) are wishing you well!

Both the Medina and Wadsworth Police Departments are holding raffles to help fund their "Shop with a Cop" and "Cops & Kids" programs. You can buy tickets by stopping in at your local police departments during business hours. These are great programs!

Congratulations to John Wasylko and the entire BEAT Video/Journalism program at Brunswick High School! For the second year in a row they were invited to present at the Student Achievement Fair at the Ohio School Boards Association last week. Excellent people, excellent program!

The Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation is holding their annual 12 Days of Christmas raffle. Tickets are available for $10 each for one of 12 packages valued between $200 and $500. Daily drawings begin December 6th and tickets can be purchased HERE!

REMEMBER: COVID vaccines and masks are free -
hospital stays are not. Please do everything you can to keep your wallet (and yourself!) safe! Cold weather and more indoor interaction (think Thanksgiving) typically lead to higher viral spreads.

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

Gratitude is one of the most transformative forces in life.
It changes your perspective from negative to positive and expands your opportunities for happiness and success.
Be grateful everyday!

Enjoy motivational quotes? See more HERE!
Wadsworth Community Television Hosts Virtual Clapper Awards
The Virtual Watch Party for the 2021 Clapper Awards will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the awards will be virtual this year.

Go HERE to learn more about how to watch.
Last Chance to Attend Les Miserables Performance at
Highland High School
TWO MORE OPPORTUNITIES to see Highland High School's amazing performance of Les Misérables Student Edition this weekend in the HHS Auditorium!

  • Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

To attend the performance in person, purchase tickets HERE

To purchase a pass for the live stream feed for the November 19 show, go HERE.
Medina Candlelight Walk Kicks Off Holiday Season
The holiday season kicks off November 19-21 as Main Street Medina, the City of Medina, and title sponsor Root Candles present the 37th annual Medina Candlelight Walk.

This annual, three-day event—always held the weekend before Thanksgiving—features a community Christmas tree and district lighting, live choral entertainment, an outstanding Holiday Parade of Lights, fireworks, visits with Santa Claus, and fabulous shopping.

To see the schedule of events and learn more, go HERE.
Holiday Magic on Main Street in Wadsworth This Friday
Enjoy the magic of Christmas in downtown Wadsworth with Holiday Magic on Main Street on Friday, Nov.19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stroll the downtown sidewalks with a hot drink in hand, gaze at the beautifully-lit buildings and trees, marvel at the beautiful window decorations, and support local small businesses by doing your Christmas shopping in downtown Wadsworth!

A horse and carriage will be downtown offering complimentary rides to our community, as well as activities, entertainment, food, and shopping in over 30 downtown small businesses and restaurants. Enjoy celebrating the holidays with your friends and family in downtown Wadsworth this year at Holiday Magic on Main Street!

Go HERE to learn more.
ORMACO Concert Features Holiday Flute Program
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and the Wadsworth Public Library present Dr. Janet Becker in a holiday flute program on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth.

Winter holidays all invoke the power of light over darkness, most notably in the Winter Solstice celebrating the longest night, but also Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and Diwali. The use of light and candles in rituals is celebrated in stories, songs and music. The flute, as one of the world’s oldest instruments, has been used to invoke the light throughout history, and Janet Becker will provide a variety of flutes to demonstrate the variety of sounds the season can provide.

The program is free, but reservations are recommended by registering HERE or by calling 419-853-6016 .
Covid Vaccine Clinic Offered at Highland High School
The Medina County Health Department will offer a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22 at Highland High School (Auxiliary Gym).

All students (age 5+) are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
This is a closed clinic, open only to Highland students (age 5+), staff members and parents/family members of Highland students.

Students (age 5-17) will receive the Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available to those 18 and older. First, second and booster doses will be available.
Individuals must register electronically through the ArmorVax website or app. (Please note this is a COVID-19 only vaccination clinic. ArmorVax gives the option of influenza vaccine, which will not be offered at this clinic.)
  • Attached are instructions for setting up and using an Amorvax account. Amorvax Guide
  • Those under the age of 18 cannot make an account. 
  • The app must be used by parents/guardians to register a child under 18.
  • Tip: be sure to download the latest version of the app.

The link below is for registration on a computer. Individuals 18 and older can schedule using this link:
The Invitation Code for the clinic at Highland High School is:  ES4-UN9
You are encouraged to register at your earliest convenience if interested in participating in the clinic. 
Sign up by Dec. 8 for Wadsworth YMCA's Elf School
This holiday event is open to children ages 5 to 10 who are members and non-members on Saturday, Dec. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 per child and the registration deadline is Dec. 8.

Call the Y for more information or to register at 330-334-9622
Medina County Arts Council Sponsors Deck the House Challenge
Do you go all out for the holidays, covering your home with dancing lights, animated characters and holiday music blasting? Then you need to enter your home in Medina County Arts Council’s Deck The House Challenge sponsored by Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The contest is designed to encourage and highlight the artistic creativity of Medina County homeowners and reward residents who go above and beyond to celebrate the holiday season and bring good cheer to the community.

The Arts Council is currently looking for entries for the best residential holiday lights displays in Medina County. People can nominate themselves or their neighbors by filling out this FORM, visiting the Medina County Arts Council Facebook page or emailing HERE. If you know of an amazing holiday lighting display in the county, be sure to let the Arts Council know. We will also have a “non-competing” list if you would prefer to not have your display included in the voting. Nominations close on Nov. 28.

Voting for your favorite display will take place on the Medina County Arts Council Facebook page between December 1 and 19. Check the Arts Council website HERE or Facebook page for a list of decorated homes.  Then drive by the homes and choose your favorite then go to HERE to vote. So throw the jammies on the kids, grab their blankies and snacks, and pack into the car to tour the county in search of the best holiday lighting display.
Medina County Fairgrounds to Feature Holiday Lights Drive-Thru
The Medina County Fairgrounds Holiday Lights Drive-Thru begins on Nov. 26 and continues through the weekend and again throughout the month of December.

The December dates are Dec. 3, 4, 5 10 through 26. The hours are:​ Fridays and Saturdays: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays and Weeknights: 6-9 p.m.
Cars - $10
15 Passenger Vans/Small Buses - $20
Large Buses - $50
Cash or Check accepted (Check must have a valid phone number and driver's license number on it) - No loose change, please.
Please enter the display on Fair Road located off West Smith Road, follow signs.
Thursday, Nov. 18
  • Medina County Office for Older Adults (246 Northland Dr., Medina) offers their watercolor class each Thursday at 1 p.m. Bring your supplies and learn new techniques! This class is not for beginners. Participants must be members of the Center, contact 330-725-9177 for easy registration. Once a member, call Jenny at 330-723-9514 if interested in the class.

  • The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Rd., from 3 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19
  • Feeding Medina County is hosting a Food Distribution at Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Rd., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Plan to stay in your car, make sure your trunk is empty and bring a photo ID.

Saturday, Nov. 20
  • Kitten Krazy Flea Market is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 930 Lafayette Rd., Medina.

  • The Medina United Methodist Church, 217 E. Liberty St., is hosting a bake sale from 4 to 7 p.m. during Medina's Candlelight Walk to support youth mission projects.

  • The Brunswick Band Parents Organization (BBPO) is holding a Night at the Races fundraiser to raise money to send the marching band to Disney for the 2023 New Year’s Day Parade. This fun event will be from 6-11 p.m. at Vell's Party Center, 3526 Pearl Rd. in Medina. Ages 21 & up. $65 ticket includes buffet-style dinner; beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks; races; music, trivia, basket raffles, sideboards, and door prizes! Ten races, ten horses in each race. Buy/Name a horse in the first nine races for $20 (first come, first served). Horses will be auctioned off for the 10th race. Sponsorship opportunities are available. We are also accepting items to raffle off that night. Visit HERE for all the details.

  • A free drive-thru and carry-out community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Rd., in Medina at 6 p.m. Limit of four dinners per car.

Sunday, Nov. 21
  • The Medina County Historical Society continues its Sunday holiday tours at the McDowell-Phillips House Museum from 1-4 p.m. These will be guided tours of 8 people starting every 20 minutes. No reservations, tours are first come first served. Admission donation: Adults $10, MCHS Members and Seniors $9, Students 7-18 years old $7, and under 7 with a hand-holding adult, free. Legal parking is available on nearby streets, but please do not park on Blake Ave. If you have any questions, visit the website HERE, email HERE or phone 330-722-1341.

Wednesday, Nov. 24
  • 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

  • Feeding Medina County is hosting a Food Distribution in Wadsworth at Art Wright Stadium, 280 Grandview Ave. from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Plan to stay in your car, make sure your trunk is empty and bring a photo ID.

  • The American Red Cross is sponsoring a Blood Drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Medina Fire Station, 300 W. Reagan Parkway.

Live Music Performances This Weekend
Around Medina County
Many, 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, Nov. 18
9ER's Diner
Music Bingo @ 7 p.m.
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
Karaoke @ 7 p.m.
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Music Bingo @ 7 p.m.
Riverstone Taverne – 5288 Center Rd., Brunswick
Music Bingo/Trivia @ 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 19
Blue Tip BBQ and Grill - 130 S. Layman St., Wadsworth
The Predictables @ 7 p.m.
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
Voodoo Child @ 8 p.m.
Foundry Social – 333 Foundry Street, Medina
Laid Back & Lazy @ 8 p.m.
Medina Brewing Company - 320 South Court St., Medina
Musical Chairs @ 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
Joshua Rizzo @ 8 p.m.
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
Jimmie Allen @ 9 p.m. ** Tickets Required **
Saturday, Nov. 20
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
Grunge DNA @ 8 p.m.
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
Katy and OC @ 7:30 p.m.
JoJo’s Sports Bar & Grille – 221 S. Jefferson St., Medina
Karaoke @ 10 p.m.
Manzo’s Sports & Spirits - 65 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Renegade @ 9 p.m.
Medina Brewing Company - 320 South Court St., Medina
VanArlo @ 7 p.m.
Sully’s Irish Pub - 117 W. Liberty St., Medina
Nathan Henry @ 8 p.m.
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
Tyler Booth @ 9 p.m. ** Tickets required **
News Around the County
The Public to Evaluate New Chippewa Lake Park Proposal

The future of Chippewa Lake could include swimming, an amphitheater or a rentable lakehouse.

The Medina County Park District and consulting firm OHM Advisors have been working for the last several months on creating a master plan for the lake and have collected ideas at meetings and through an online survey. But now they want to hear what the public thinks of what they’ve put together.
Chippewa Lake, Ohio's largest inland glacial lake, was previously plagued by harmful algae blooms but hasn't had a major bloom in the last few years.

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Park District to create 145 acre nature preserve in Litchfield

LITCHFIELD TWP. — Roughly 145 acres of land is set to house new wetlands, native plants, and be subject to further restoration efforts by the Medina County Park District.

According to park district Director Nate Eppink, a spring groundbreaking is expected on Avon Lake Road just south of Dunham Road with officials hoping to open the area to the public in late 2022.
Eppink said that restoring the property will reduce nitrogen and phosphorous loading in the watershed that can contribute to harmful algal blooms, an issue that has plagued Lake Erie in recent years. This project will also see the creation of more than 60 acres of wetlands and the introduction of native plants.

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Medina's Elves Transform Public Square for the Holidays
MEDINA, Ohio -- On a bone-chilling Sunday morning (Nov. 14), with the temperature in the low 30s and snow getting ready to swirl down, a group of 100 community volunteers gathered on Public Square to decorate for the upcoming Candlelight Walk and the Christmas season.

Bundled in winter coats and sock caps, 50 high school students from Key Club and Girl’s Leaders Club, along with members of Kiwanis, the Community Design Committee and Main Street Medina, pitched in to make the square festive, merry and bright.

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