Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
August 21,  2019


Happy early birthday to Gizella Marrone who will be celebrating her 100th birthday on September 6th!  Gizella moved to Medina County in her early teenage years and has been a resident ever since!  Thanks to her daughter Joanne Marrone LaPrairie for letting us know!

Leadership Medina County
has started a new program targeted at seniors, retirees or soon-to-be retirees to explore Medina County.  The program offers interactive experiences in Medina County with others interested in learning more and becoming more involved in Medina County!  For more information, contact Bob Thompson at: legacy@leadershipmedinacounty.orgor
or call (330) 721-7118 ext. 1005.    INFO

Congratulations to Sandy Bruno who just retired from the Brunswick City Schools after a 41 year career!  She has been the coordinator of the state's
Education Management Information System (EMIS) for the schools since 1993.  Husband Jim says she will be spending extra time with her grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (Sam Boyer, Sun News)

Felicia Pasydyn is having an outstanding year!  The 17 year old Brunswick graduate became the United States Champion in the 200 meter backstroke in Palo Alto last week and qualified for the Olympic Trials in four other events.  The incoming Harvard Freshman will attempt to qualify for the 2020 Japan Olympics next June in Omaha, Nebraska.  Congratulations Felicia! 

Your auditors office has just finished up the 2019 State Mandated Reappraisal and, yes, values are going up.  Average increase across the county is about 12.5% for residential properties with the cities averaging in the 15% range.  Every property owner will be mailed a postcard with their old and new property values over the next month and we will be publicizing the informal hearing dates and locations in the coming weeks.

Be safe out there!  Our kids are back in school!

Mike Kovack
The meaning of life is to find your gift.  
The purpose of life is to give it away.
- Anonymous

Keep Calm & Pamper Mom (& Dad!) 
Moms (& Dads!), Now that your kiddos have gone back to school it's time to treat yourself!!  On Wednesday, August 21 from 10 am to 1 pm, grab your friends and come enjoy an afternoon of pampering brought to you by the small businesses in and around Medina Square!  Chair massages, free gifts, discounts and more!  Click HERE for info.
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. 
Stand Up for Downs  
Comedy In The Cellar #14  with headliner, Mike Conley, and feature, Jaunda Mayfield,
Saturday, August 24, Two showing: 7 pm and 9:30 pm at 17 Public Square Restaurant, 17 Public Square, Medina, OH 44256. Tickets: $20. INFO

Jazz Under the Stars 
Closing out the 2019 free Jazz under the Stars concert series on Saturday, August 24, 7 pm at Medina's Uptown Park in Public Square, is Akin for Jazz.  INFO  
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. 
Medina County Senior Walk & Health Fair 
The Senior Walk is a free annual event to promote the health and vitality of seniors, Friday, August 30, 2019, 10 am to 12 pm, at the Historic Medina Square.  INFO  
Paddle For A Purpose  
The Grizzly Outdoor Pool will be offering its 6th Annual Paddle for a Purpose "Doggie Dip" on Tuesday, September 3, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Wadsworth YMCA, 624 School Drive. INFO
Walk Into History - Spirits of the Past   
Discover Medina's vibrant history through this guided walk around Medina's Historic Square.  The Walk will begin at the County Administration Building, 144 North Broadway Street in Medina, Thursday, September 5, 7:00 to 8:30pm, Friday, September 6, 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, September 7, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Dine with the Spirits, Sunday, September 8 4:00 pm will begin Miss Molly's Tea Room, 140 West Washington Street in Medina. INFO 
Other Events & Happenings 
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.  
Friday, August 23 
Picnic on the Patio at Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., Medina. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Luau with BBQ Chicken luncheon meal. Entertainment: Island Jeff. Open to the public. Seniors: $4. Under 60: $5.  
Soprema Cafe Customer Appreciation Senior Safety Day: Featuring Wadsworth Police & Fire Safety presentation and displays,  Zoro - Wadsworth Police Dog, and much more. 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Info: Lori at 330-335-1513.    
Opening Ceremony - Medina Community Garden and Education Center: Enjoy a unique and educational celebration, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Medina Community Garden & Education Center, 302 E Liberty Street, Medina, OH 44256. More Info.  
Saturday, August 24 
Touch A Truck:  Free to the community - a parking lot filled with vehicles of all shapes and sizes for children of all ages to explore,10:00 am, at Key Church, 1825 Reimer Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281. Info:  Debbie at 330--335-7301. 
Join the Hinckley Fire and Police departments for a friendly competition at an American Red Cross blood drive, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, at the fire station, 1616 Ridge Rd.  Each person who donates chooses a team they are representing.  Sign up at    
Community Volunteer Fair at Medina County District Library, 210 S Broadway St, Medina. 11:00 to 1:00 pm. Info: 330-725-0588 or
Sunday, August 25 
Sanyuka Children's Ugandan Choir: Hear stories through traditional African song and dance, 10:30 am, Unity of Medina, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina, OH 44256. Info: 
Charlotte Garrett at 719-304-9232 or     
Monday, August 26
Celebrate National Dog Day with a free car wash at Rainforest Car Washes in Brunswick (3365 Center Rd.) and Medina (2700 Medina Rd.)!  Simply come to the car wash with your dog and receive a free Super Express Wash!  Open 7 am to 8 pm.   
Tuesday, August 27 
Second Chances: This free event is a viewing of a documentary featuring participants of the Medina County Adult Drug Court through their journey through recovery and other life challenges.  Featuring a panel discussion and light refreshments , Medina City Schools Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road, 6:00 pm.
More Info  
South Town Cruise-In from 4 - 8 pm, 233 Lafayette Rd. (the old Hawkins parking lot).  See some of the best classic, collectible, rat rod, hot rod, and muscle cars in Northeast Ohio, and enjoy classic tunes from the 1950-70's with DJ Bruce. The South Town Cruise-In is free and open to the public. The event is presented by Main Street Medina, and generously sponsored by South of the Square Collision Center. 
Wednesday, August 28
Open House at the Medina County Prosecuter Office, 60 Public Square, 3rd Floor, Medina. 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Info: Ellen Cradock at 330-723-9534 or 
Remembering Gage and celebrating his little brother's 6th birthday in the Medina Public Square, 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Please come out to show support for this Medina family. The event will include fire trucks, police cars, a petting zoo, Moto Pizza food truck, face painting, and more. More Info.  
Thursday, August 29
Medina County Board of Realtors Charity Bowl-a-thon: Get your teams together for a night of bowling to benefit Operation Homes, 6:00 pm, Medina Lanes, 201 Harding St., Medina.  Info: Cathy at 330-722-1000.      
Sunday, September 1 
The Medina County Historical Society will hold an Open House from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the John Smart House Museum, 206 N. Elmwood. Info: Carole at 330-722-1341 or
Monday, September 2 
Westfield Fire Department will host a Flea Market sale at 8975 Leroy Road, Westfield Center, during the Labor Day Car Show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Info: Chief Fletcher at 330-887-5541 and
Thursday, September 5 
Join Access the Arts for Caribbean Night, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Blue Heron Event Center, 3227 Blue Heron Trace in Medina. Info:  Purchase tickets at
A hoppin' good time

VALLEY CITY - Now in its fourth year of joining forces on the same weekend, the 85th annual Valley City Street Fair and 58th annual Frog Jump Festival kept visitors hipping and a hopping over the past few days.
The events are put on respectively by the Valley City Firefighters Association and the Valley City Community Group. The street fair kept the downtown area full Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a host of attractions including live music, a tractor pull, pie-eating contests, a kids big-wheel rally, and a drawing for $3,000.
The Frog Jump Festival, also known as the "Frog Days of Summer Classic," set up shop at Mill Stream Park, which is just a few-minute walk from downtown. Contestants of all ages and their amphibious pals put their hats in the ring in a variety of jumping categories and were joined by Cleveland Browns special teams player Josh Cribbs and his wife, Maria. The couple used the venue as a backdrop for an upcoming episode of their talk show, "Cribbs in the CLE: Josh and Maria Live."
Eight-year-old Lance Murray, of Columbia Station, was spotted getting his frog Spaghettio ready to jump his way to victory.
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Sudden death of Medina boy spurs community party for younger brother
MEDINA - It is the kind of death a parent could never prepare for when it comes to their child - as if such a death exists.
Eleven-year-old Gage Gray, who would have started sixth grade Monday at Claggett Middle School, was full of laughter and energy.
Then, came the headache.
Soon, the Medina boy was being rushed to the hospital.
That was days ago.
Since then, his family, including mother of three Rebecca Strother, added new words to their vocabulary when speaking about Gage. Brain aneurysm. Arteriovenous malformation. Neurosurgery. Vegetative state. Death test.
"I was hoping to have used a different term but that is what they say it's called," Strother wrote in a Facebook post on Aug. 13. "They did them pretty extensively and checked every part they could that would react to the techniques they used like water in the eyes (similar to eye drops almost), water in the ears to see if the eyes moved at all, hands, feet, arms, shoulders, back of the jaw, etc... There was zero reaction to all testing.

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Medina Fest to celebrate city businesses, traditions

MEDINA, Ohio -- Hoping to build on the success of last year's event, Medina Fest will feature more entertainment and booths from local businesses on the Medina Square on Saturday, Aug. 24.
"What's more quintessentially Medina than the marching band?" said Main Street Medina Executive Director Matt Wiederhold. His group is putting on the event.
The Medina High School Marching Bees will perform in front of the Medina County Courthouse at 9 a.m. to kick off the event, which will continue until 4 p.m.
In addition to the regular farmers market vendors, who will stay a few more hours, Wiederhold said around 60 local businesses will have booths on the south side of the square as part of the Made in Medina business showcase.
"This is an opportunity to promote our local businesses," he said. "We want to celebrate everything we have."
Local restaurants and food trucks will also have booths around the square, including 17 Public Square, Big Dog Daddy's, Buehler's Food Truck, Buffalo Wild Wings, Courthouse Pizzeria, Old World Foods, Rito's Bakery, Sully's Irish Pub, Union Barbecue and Zydeco Bistro.
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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  
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