Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
November 27,  2019



Congratulations to Matthew Baumiller on earning his rank of Eagle Scout!  Matthew is a member of Boy Scout Troop 500 our of York Township and is the son of Chris and Sharlene Baumiller.

Cloverleaf High School's annual Quiz Bowl competition was renamed the Andrew Geig Invitational Tournament in memory of the 2008 Cloverleaf graduate and former Quiz Bowl team member.  Andrew's parents Brian & Lynn Geig were on hand for the ceremony as well as Cloverleaf coach Cameron Flint

Congratulations to Title 1 teacher Julie Phillips, of Garfield Elementary School, who recently received the Distinguished Service Award. This is the highest honor bestowed upon a Medina City Schools staff member!

 Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I hope you have the opportunity to reflect on all the things you have to be grateful for today! 
Mike Kovack
  Reflect upon your present blessings - 
of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens
When I started counting my blessings, 
my whole life turned around.
Willie Nelson

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, 
to enact gratitude is generous and noble, 
but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
Johannes Gaertner

Turkey Burner 5k 
The 9th Annual Turkey Burner will be held on
Thursday, November 28.   The scenic race course loops Hinckley Lake within the Hinckley Reservation. Starting at the spillway, you'll follow winding roads through the trees, by the lake, near the boathouse, and finally to a downhill finish back around the spillway.  In addition to views of the local flora and fauna, participants are encouraged to wear their best Thanksgiving-themed costumes.  The event includes special race categories as well as a best  dressed turkey contest.  There will be live music and a family  turkey hunt!  Race day registration opens at 7:30 am.
Family  Turkey Hunt starts at 8:00 am. Turkey  Burner 5k Race and Walk takes off at 9:00 am. Info.
Merry & Bright Holiday Mart  
Join Bloom Event Planners for the Merry & Bright Holiday Mart on Sunday, November 30 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Rd, Medina.  The event will be featuring 40 vendors offering unique holiday and gift items. Get a jump on your shopping experience at the VIP Sneak Peek, 10:00 to 11:00 am, enjoy a hot chocolate & coffee bar, and a Snickerdoodle Bundtlet .  The Sneak Peek benefits The Children's Center of Medina County and Wigs for Kids.  Cost is $15. Gift wrapping will be available for a donation benefiting The Children's Center of Medina County. Info. 
6th Annual Pictures with Santa Paws 
The Wadsworth Community Dog Park Association presents the 6th Annual Pictures with Santa Paws event on Sunday, December 1 from 8:30 to 11:30 am at Wadsworth Brewing Company, 126 Main St., Wadsworth. With a $20 donation (cash or check), you will receive a beautiful (digital only) holiday picture shot by Tom Stugmyer Photography with Santa Info: (330) 475-4935
Holiday Home Tour   
Visit 7 beautifully decorated homes in Medina's historic neighborhoods on Sunday, December 8 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Purchase advance sale tickets for $20 at A.I. Root, Cool Beans, Miss Molly's, Visitor's Bureau, or online. Info. 
Christmas in the Valley    
Christmas in the Valley has increased the "festive meter" two fold by adding a Hermes Cleveland timed 5K, North Pole Parlor pop up pub, expanded chili cook off, train rides, horse drawn taxi service and the committee welcomes you to visit several new businesses on
Sunday, December 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in this quaint little town known for being the Frog Jump Capital of Ohio.  The event begins on Saturday, December  7with a 5:30 pm lighting of the memorial tree at The Depot Museum, 6615 Center Road followed by a 6:00pm Community Sing-a-long at this year's host church, Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 6656 Center Road. Info. 
Other Events & Happenings 
Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation presents the 25 Days of Christmas Soprema Senior Center Fundraiser. Win one of the 25 holiday gift packages valued at $400+ each! Tickets are $10 each. Winning tickets will be drawn at Soprema Senior Center from 12/2 through 12/20.  
Wednesday, November 27 
The Reverend in the Rafters will be spending Thanksgiving Eve in the bell tower at United Church. All are welcome to join Pastor Luke at 6:30 pm. for a Thanksgiving message before he ascends the ladder at 7:00 pm.
Thursday, November 28 
Walk Thru Christmas Display at the Lewis Christmas Wonderland, 3820 Granger Rd., Medina. Fun for all ages! Medina's largest walk-thru Christmas display.  Donations for Toys for Tots accepted.  Non-perishable food donation accepted for veterans. Info.  
Medina VFW 5137 Thanksgiving Dinner from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the Medina VFW, 3916 Pearl Rd., Medina. Dinner is free and open to the public. Info: Scotty Kopfstein at 330-242-1518.  
Friday, November 29
Friday Night Wine Series will be hosted by Skyview Lodge on the last Friday of every month for a relaxed evening of wine tasting, D.J. entertainment and dancing. Vendors and specialty food trucks are often present. Info.  
Brunswick Hills Township's Police Department will host its second annual Light Up the Station from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Info: 330-273-3722. 
Saturday, November 30
Presented by Ballet Theatre of Ohio, Nutcracker performances will be held at Akron Civic Theatre Saturday, November 30 through Sunday, December 8. Info.   
East Central Ohio Mensa, the high IQ Society, is testing at Brunswick. The cost is $60 and the test lasts two hours. Children under 14 may not take this test and those 14 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, contact Bill Maki at 330-928-2735 or  
Ride the train to Santa's Place! After a group story, each child will have the opportunity for one-on-one time with Santa, including photos and a small treat. Bring your camera! Saturdays and Sundays November 25 through December 23 from 12:00  through 5:00 pm. Thursday, December 21 through Saturday, December 23 from 12:00 pm through 5:00 pm.  Sunday, December 24 from 12:00 through 3:00 pm. Info.  
Celebrate Small Businesses Saturday by shopping local and supporting the many businesses that call our community home. Make your dollars count where you live. Info.  
Sunday, December 1
Santa will visit with children from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at York Township Historical Society's one-room schoolhouse located at 6547 Spellman St., in Mallet Creek. Bring your list and camera for photos with Santa. Cookies and drinks will be served. Info: Janice at 330-725-2246.   
Litchfield Christmas Carols and Cookies will be held from 2:00 t0 4:00 pm at Litchfield Assembly of God Church, 9082 Norwalk Rd. Info: 330-721-2671  
Sharon Center will hold the 28th Annual Community Christmas Gathering at Town Hall  at 7:00 pm. Info. 
Wednesday, December 4
Natural Discoveries: Explore seasonal happenings from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Plum Creek Park South. Please visit the park district's website for a brochure listing complete hike details and dates. Ages 7 and up. No registration is required. Free. Info. 
Thursday, December 5 
Ice Fishing Workshop: This one-day workshop will teach you the techniques necessary to ice fish in Northern Ohio from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Topics will include proper clothing, proper footwear, safety on the ice, what kinds of equipment to use, best baits to use, what kinds of fish you can expect to catch, use of an ice auger, and use of an ice shanty and how to keep it warm. The class will be taught by experienced ice fishermen. Ages 16 and up. Register by December 5. Free. Info.  
Bold + Brilliant will be held at Williams on the Lake from 4:15 to 8:00 pm. TEDxLakeMedinaWomen will be celebrating WOMEN and spotlighting those who stepped up this year in a BOLD and BRILLIANT way in our Medina community and surrounding areas in Ohio.   Info
The Grande Festival of Trees hosted by Danbury of Brunswick will be held through Thursday, December 5 at 3430 Brunswick Lake Parkway. Info: 330-497-8718.
Friday, December 6 
The Grinch Night at Medina Community Recreation Center at 6:00 pm. Families will enjoy making crafts, and munching on snacks before sitting down to enjoy the 2018 version of "The Grinch." $5 per MCRC family and $10 for non-member.  Info. Linda Loveless at 330-721-6932 or  
York Township Historical Society's Christmas Party will be held at York Town Hall at 6:00 pm. Potluck dinner and Christmas raffle. Bring a covered dish or two to share and a gift for the raffle. Info: Janice at 330-725-2246.  
Main Street Wadsworth Candlelight Walk will be from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. The theme is gingerbread village. Info. 
Saturday, December 7 
Winter Wonderland in Lodi Town Square, 108 Ainsworth St., Lodi, hosted by Lodi Library and MCDL. Kick off the holiday season with a visit from Santa, reindeer from Spring Mist Farms, horse drawn wagon rides, face painting, crafts, storytelling, a bonfire, and plenty of treats! 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Held in conjunction with Lodi Village, Lodi-Harrisville Historical Society, and the Lodi Railroad Museum.  Info.  
Lodi United Methodist Church welcomes the Village of Lodi's "Winter Wonderland" from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at 320 Medina St., Lodi. There will be a live nativity as well as organ Christmas music and caroling. Crafters and vendors will be selling items and food will be for sale by the ladies of the church. Info.  
Swiss Steak Dinner and basket raffle at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 6656 Center Rd., Valley City, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Tickets are  $12.00. Menu: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, rolls beverages and dessert. Info: 330-483-3655. 
Virginia Wheeler Martin Family History & Learning Center grand opening will be held at Medina Library form 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Medina County's first public Makerspace, Digital Lab, and the introduction of the greatly expanded family history collection. Info: 330-722-6236.
We Care Medina Personal Care Pantry will be open from 8:00 to 9:30 am at Living Hope Church, 6288 Wooster Pike. Only cost: $4 donation. 

9th Annual "Tank the Truck"  with Laundry Detergent, Soap & Shampoo. Help Medina County Chapter #72 of the Disabled American Veterans along with other County Veterans Organizations support Medina County residents in need. Donations of laundry detergent, soap, and shampoo and tax deductible donations can be made to "Medina County Veterans Memorial Fund" through December 7th. Info: 330-722-9368.
Breakfast with Santa  from 8:00 to 10:30 am at Spencer Town Hall. Make and ornament and take pictures with Santa. Info. 
4th Annual Spencer Community Christmas Tree hosted by The Spencer Historical Society and The Spencer Beautification Committee will be held in from of the village hall from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Info.
Sunday, December 8   
City of Brunswick Christmas Celebration: Free event held at Brunswick Recreation Center, 4095 Center Rd. from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Santa will be here for the kiddos to meet, take a photo with and get those last minute Christmas requests in! We'll have a scavenger hunt, prizes, pool party, nachos, hot coco and face painting! Info.  
Christmas in the Valley will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. S pirited libations at the NEW North Pole Parlor located at Amy's Arbors new Rustic Event Space (the Old Valley Tack) a good time to come out and check out the new rustic event space and grab a fun drink to support Valley City Community!  So much fun planned for right here in Charming Down Town Valley City! Info.  
Kitten Krazy is excited to announce that Santa Claus is coming to town from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Dontation of $10.00 includes 4x6 keepsake photo in holiday frame. Info.  
Now in its 24th Season, Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas will be held at the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Rd., Medina from 3:30 pm.Info. 

Library director retiring after 30 years

MEDINA - She started as a part-time children's associate in the Brunswick branch of the Medina County District Library and will be leaving as director.
Carole Kowell is retiring after 30 years with the library district, the last 12 as director. Her three-year contract expires Dec. 31.
"I've loved this job," she said Friday in her office overlooking Public Square. "When you know, you just know. The library is a great place."
Kowell said she expects to spend about two months a year in Florida, which will be close to her three grandchildren. She also has a trip planned for France with her husband, Brian.

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City remains in shared courthouse project with county

MEDINA - Instead of pulling out of the Medina County Courthouse project, the city of Medina is plowing forward with its partnership with Medina County.
Council President John Coyne said the city's participation in the project probably was headed for the dumper if Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell hadn't negotiated intently with Medina Municipal Judge Gary F. Werner.
The judge said the current plan is for him to kick in about $4.4 million in special project fees held over from retired Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase's coffers toward the shared courthouse project.

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14 pet rescue masks will be donated to the Medina Fire Department
MEDINA - The Invisible Fence Brand will donate 14 pet rescue masks to the Medina Fire Department, after its rescue of a dog Nov. 9 from a fire on South Court Street.
"The Invisible Fence company caught wind of the story and are going to donate some pet rescue masks to fire and LST," Fire Chief Bob Painter said.
Painter said the company will donate a mask for every fire truck in the city, along with four for the Life Support Team and one to the Medina police K-9.
The fire department rescued Georgie from a two-story home on the 500 block of South Court. The dog was trapped in one of the bedrooms on the second floor.

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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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Juvenile Secretary- Prosecuter's Officer. INFO.  
Office Manager/Administrative Assistant (Full-Time) - Sanitary Engineers.  INFO. 
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