Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
October 8, 2020



While I appreciate all the well wishes, please be advised that I AM NOT running for county commissioner and am not on the ballot this year.  It is my intention to run for another term as your county auditor in 2022.  Thanks!
Congratulations to Brunswick High School student Chase Oberg, who was named a National Merit Scholarship "Commended Student" this week, placing him in the top 3% in the nation!
Our condolences to the family of Nancy Javorek, 77, of Chippewa Lake who passed away last month.  Nancy was a long-time employee of both Brunswick City Schools and the Medina County Library.  She and her husband Richard, were married 42 years.
  Where can you find the latest coronavirus information?  The Medina County Health Department updates the information every Friday HERE.  This information is the most up to date and specific to Medina County available!  
In person, early voting has started!  You can vote in person at the Medina Count Board of Elections almost every day between now and November 2nd!  Check out the dates and times  HERE.

Absentee Ballots ballots have been mailed out!!!
Want to find out if yours has?
Check HERE.  
Remember, absentee ballots can either be mailed in (it only requires one stamp) OR dropped off personally at the Board of Elections drop box (24 hours a day) at 3800 Stone Gate Drive, Ste. C in Medina.
Make sure to exercise your right & privilege to vote!
Fall was spectacular this week in Medina County!  Make sure to get out and enjoy it before it's gone!
Mike Kovack

We do not have government by the majority.  We have government by the majority who participate.
Thomas Jefferson


Several Local Tax Issues for Voters this November   
Medina County voters will determine the outcome of 15 tax issues on November 3.
Main Street Wadsworth October Virtual First Friday  
A downtown scarecrow contest and public art exhibit through November 6, 2020! The scarecrows installed downtown were created by Wadsworth businesses, organizations, families, and individuals.
This month-long event is a socially-distanced campaign to support our downtown small businesses and to beautify the heart of our community. Enjoy strolling downtown, shopping local, dining local, and voting for your favorite scarecrows! Gift cards to downtown businesses will be awarded to the winning scarecrow entries. Info.  
"Old School" Building Auction Fundraiser
For the next several weeks Brunswick Area Historical Society will be auctioning a number of items that have been generously donated by vendors at their  Farmer's Market and many other local artists, crafters and business people.
Auctions will run for 1 week with new items every week for the duration of the event.  Items must be picked up at Heritage farms by arrangement.   Payment may be made by credit card online by using the checkout function or by cash or check when picking up the item. Info.   
Medina Restaurant Week 
Until October 18th participating restaurants will offer special menus, special prices, and delicious choices! 
Visit one of your favorite, local dining spots, or find a new spot to love, during 2020 Medina Restaurant Weeks. Participating restaurants will offer special menus, special prices, and delicious choices.
Post a pic of your and your meal, tag the restaurant and #dinemedina, and win a gift card from another participating restaurant.  
Specials and hours will vary by restaurant. Menus will be posted and shared as they are received. Info
Adopt a Tree Program  
The Medina County Historical Society is proud to announce that after a year of fundraising, external and internal restoration, and lots of loving care, the McDowell-Phillips House is coming along nicely. With the guidance of Beth Schnabel of the Soil and Water Conservation District, the society is hoping to dress up the grounds to recreate the historic beauty of the property.  
Please consider adopting a tree. To adopt one or more trees, please send a check for $100 per tree designated Adopt a Tree and made out to MCHS; to Medina County Historical Society, ATTN: Adopt a Tree, 206 N. Elmwood St., Medina, OH 44256.
If you have questions, call 330-722-1341 or email - the John Smart House museum is closed because of the pandemic, but volunteers check the phone and email regularly and will return your call.
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 or 330-335-1513. The challenge runs from September 1 until October 31.  For more Soprema Programs check out their newsletter.  
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 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.   
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.  

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? Register at 
Pickleball in Wadsworth will be available at Durling Park's north tennis courts. Open play whenever court is available.  The Club will play every evening at 6:00 pm, weather permitting. Join to learn the sport and play. Weekend times will vary. 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. If bad weather, check with the local YMCA for court availability.  For more information, contact USA Pickleball Ambassador, Nancy Bedillion, at 330-714-2015 or nancybedillion@aol.comInfo.     
Friday, October 9
GED Testing returns to Medina County. Medina County District Library is  a Pearson VUE Testing cent and will offer a test from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Info.   

Senior Services Network Community Outreach presents Virtual Scattegories at 11:00 am. RSVP to     
Medina County Office for Older Adults  presents Make Me Happy Hour! presented by Cindy McQuown at 11:00 am. Join Zoom meeting  or call in at 646-558-8656. Meeting ID: 882 9404 8299. Password: 406799. 
Saturday, October 10 
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.         
Forever Amber Acres will hold their Annual Fall Open House & 50/50 raffle from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Info. 
Friends of the Cemetery present Spring Grove Tree Walk & Arboretum Kick Off from 1:00 to
4:00 pm. Info. 
Discover Church's Truck or Treat will be held at 1825 Reimer Rd., from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Info call 330-335-7301 or  
ORMACO presents Affeckt! Harpsichord & Violin ensemble for the inaugural concert at its new location at 8187 Camp Rd., Homerville at 2:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs. Face masks required. The concert is free, but donations appreciated to help sustain future arts programming. Info.  
Sunday, October 11  
Medina County Park District presents  Self-guided Natural Discoveries Hike at Killbuck Lakes until October 18. Take an easy walk to get out in nature. Signs along the Lake Loop trail will highlight seasonal points of interest that unfold throughout the year. Info.   
ORMACO continues its free Wadsworth Library concert series with Canton-based musician John Doscher from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.  The concert is free, but reservations are recommended by registering online or calling 330-722-2541. Info
Monday, October 12   
Soprema Senior Center presents Medicare 101 at 3:00 pm. RSVP to
Tuesday, October 13 
Hospice of the Western Reserve will hold a virtual volunteer training from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Info contact 216-298-0308 or email  
Soprema Senior Center presents Ask an Attorney starting at 1:00 pm. By phone appointment. RSVP to or 330-335-1513. 
Soprema Senior Center presents Storytime with Wade at 4:00 pm. RSVP to 330-335-1513 or
Medina County District Library presents virtual visit with Margaret Peterson Haddix via Zoom from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Register by Oct. 11 at  
Wednesday, October 14   
Brunswick Center and Medina Office for Older Adults will have virtual  Bingo from 12:00 to 1:00 pm via Zoom. RSVP by October 5 to
Soprema Senior Center presents Virtual Bingo at 1:00 pm. RSVP to  
Soprema Senior Center presents Spiritual Sharing at 2:30 pm. RSVP to
That Place for Teens  will host a game night at 1480 Pearl Road, Brunswick, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Info or call 216-276-0020. 
Thursday, October 15 
Pickleball will be held at Homerville Grace Brethren Church, 8992 Firestone Rd., from 10:00 am to 12:00 pmInfo.  
The Office for Older Adults presents via Zoom: "How to Protect Yourself from Scams" from 10:00 to 10:40 am. RSVP to
Brunswick United Methodist Church will hold a free community soup dinner from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. We will be continuing to offer this but it will be drive-by only.  This month we are featuring chicken noodle, turkey noodle, potato, and chili.  Info.   
Medina County District Library presents Zoom Book Discussion: Far From the Tree by Robin Benway at 6:30 pm. Info. 
Friday, October 16  
Medina County Office for Older Adults presents Make Me Happy Hour via Zoom at 11:00 am. Join. Meeting ID: 882 9404 8299. Password: 406799.  
Medina Community Recreation Center will hold Parents Night Out at the Medina Rec from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Info.  
Saturday, October 17  
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.
Old fashioned Baked Chicken Dinner
at First Congregational Church in Lodi from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The same special Gerber natural chicken, mashed potatoes with homemade gravy, and special green beans. Take out only. $8 for meal. Info. 
Sweetest Day sale on a dozen roses at Medina Shopping Center sponsored by Medina Lions Club. Donation $20 per dozen. Proceeds benefit Lions Sight and Civic Programs. For more info or call 330-421-0863.  

Monday, October 19   
Soprema Senior Center presents Buzzing with the Best at 9:00 am. RSVP to 330-335-1513 or    
Soprema Senior Center presents Fitness class at 11:00 am. RSVP to  
Tuesday, October 20 
Job Searching in a Pandemic
presented by Medina County OhioMeansJobs and Medina County District Library via Zoom at 6:00 pm. Info.   
Getting Started with FamilySearch presented by Medina County District Library via Zoom from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Learn how to navigate the site to help begin your genealogy research. Info. . 
Wednesday, October 21    
Soprema Senior Center presents Puzzling Social Hour at 10:00 am. RSVP to 330-335-1513 or    
ESL Discussion Group presented by Medina County District Library at 10:00 am via Zoom. Info.  
Soprema Senior Center presents Table Talk with Dr. Patel: "Flu Shots" at 12:00 pm. RSVP to  
Thursday, October 22     
at Homerville Grace Brethren Church, 8992 Firestone Rd., from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Thursdays. Info. 
Soprema Senior Center presents Cooking with Liberty Residence at 3:00 pm. RSVP to 330-335-1513 or           
Wadsworth Public Library  will hold virtual escape room: It's a Road Trip for ages 12 to 18 at 4:00 pm. Info.  
OhioMeansJobs Medina County and Medina County District Library are partnering to present virtual workshop: Resumes During a Pandemic from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Info. 
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  

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.
Hope Recover Community, 200 Highland Dr., Medina, offers Recovery Support Services such as pro-social activities, recovery support groups, family support, treatment placement, peer support, resource connection, education and outreach, and recovery advocacy. No appointment necesessary. Monday 3:30 to 9:00 pm, Tuesday 4:30 to 8:30 pm, Wednesday 3:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday 3:00 to 9:00 pm, Friday 10:30 am to 12:30 pm & 2:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm & 5:00 to 9:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 6:30pm. For more information: 330-952-0109. 
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 and 6:00 to 7:00 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 October 15 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 Personal Care Pantry will be held at Living Hope Church, 6288 Wooster Pike, on Saturday, October 3 from 8:00 to 9:30 am. Info.  
Our Lady Help of Christians, 9608 Norwalk Road, Litchfield.  Open Monday nights and Wednesday mornings by appointment only. Please call (330)722-1180 to make an appointment.  A photo ID and proof of residence is required.  
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 Monetary donations can be made through our website that go direct to the food pantry at  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 4th Saturday of every month at 6566 Norwalk Rd. in Medina. Info. 
Home sales booming in Medina County

According to the Medina County Auditor's Office, home sales using a realtor in the county have increased by 10 percent year-to-date.

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Election 2020: Early voting brings large crowds
Over an hour before the Medina County Board of Elections office opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, a line formed, wrapping around the building, full of people anxious to cast their votes in-person on the first day of early voting in Ohio.

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NEXUS $10M in arrears on taxes

MEDINA - Medina County Treasurer John Burke reported there are $18 million in delinquent taxes owed by taxpayers to the county.

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Employment Opportunities
Search all the local job sites HERE
Electrical Inspector (Full Time) - Medina County Building Department. 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.   
Resident Care Aide (Part- Time) - Medina County Home. INFO.  
Water System Computer Technician 1 - Medina County Sanitary Engineers. INFO.   
Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator - Medina County Sanitary Engineers. INFO.    
Probation Officer - Medina County Adult Probation. INFO. 
Water System Computer Operator - Medina County Sanitary Engineers. INFO.  
Solid Waste Operator - Sanitary Engineers. INFO.     
Correction Officer -  Medina County Juvenile Detention Center. INFO.  
Highway Mechanic III - Medina County Highway Engineer. INFO. 
Server -  Bob Evans Restaurant, Medina. INFO. 
Medical Assistant -  Medina County Health Department, Medina/Wadsworth. INFO. 
Cook -  Applebee's Medina. INFO.  
Warehouse Worker - UPS, Wadsworth. INFO. 
Teller - PNC, Medina. INFO.  
General Manager - Chipotle, Medina. INFO. 
Teller - Huntington National Bank, Lodi. INFO.  

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