Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
January 22,  2020



We held our Weights & Measures Seals Designs Awards ceremony yesterday at the Medina County Career Center and I am delighted to name our 2020 winners!  Samantha Turner of Wadsworth High School and Jason Johnson of the Medina County Career Center (Medina) took first place.  They will have their seals displayed throughout the county along with Kaitlyn Clifford, Black River High School; Vinny Oliveira, MCCC (Medina); Justin Guzman, MCCC (Brunswick), Ethan James Hines, MCCC (Medina); Connor Pautz, Wadsworth High; Austin Berghaus, MCCC (Buckeye); Carter Greenlees, Wadsworth High; Ryder Evans, Wadsworth High; Andrew Weyand, Wadsworth High; Sarah Strzalka, MCCC.

Congratulations to High High School's debate team for taking first place at Berea-Midpark against 19 other teams last week! 
Ava & Mia Shaffer captured 1st place in 2-person policy debate.

2020 Medina County property tax bills are now online at   Click on the Real Estate tab, then select Property Search.  Put your name into the owner box and hit Submit.  Click on the parcel nuber of your property.  When your property appears click on Tax Bill.  Should you have any questions about how to access them, please call us at 330-725-9754.  We delivered tax bills to the treasurer's office Monday.  We expect they will mail them within the next two weeks.  The due date for first half property tax bills is Friday, February 14th.
Did you know you can now file select Auditor's Office forms online?  Available online forms:  Board of Revision, Destroyed or Damaged Property, Homestead Exemption Application, Law Enforcement Affidavit, Manufactured or Mobile Home Taxed like Real Property, and Owner-Occupancy Reduction Application. Click   HERE to go to the forms.

Stay warm out there!
Mike Kovack

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent  
about things that matter 
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pancake Breakfsat & Spotlight on Students   
Medina City Schools will host its annual Pancake Breakfast and Spotlight on Students on Saturday, January 25 in the main cafeteria at Medina High School from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Student entertainment starts at 9:00 am. T ickets are $3 each or four for $10 and are available at all district buildings and both Medina Buehler's locations. Senior citizens ages 60 and older will be admitted for free. Vouchers are available at the same locations or by calling 330-636-3012. Info.
The 10th Anniversary Polar Bear Jump and Run/Walk  
The Chippewa Lake Lions Club will host its Polar Bear Jump on Saturday, January 25. In person registration starts at 10:00 am.  The 5K Race/Walk will start at 12:00 pm and Polar Bear Jumpers at
1:15  pm. Info. 
Medina County History Fair
J oin Medina County historical groups on
Saturday, January 25 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway St, to explore the unique people, places, and events of Medina County.  

No registration needed for this free event. Info. 
3rd Annual Chatham Chili Challenge  
3rd Annual Chatham  Chili Challenge will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Chatham Memorial Hall, 6299 Avon Lake Road. Sponsored by Chatham Historical Society. Adults $10.00. Children (under 10) $5.00. Info or call Sarah Bilstine at 330-606-6609 or Arlene Grim 330-667-2273.    
WGCF 2020 Reverse Raffle & Dinner Benefit  
Join the Second Annual Reverse Raffle & Dinner Benefit on Saturday, January 25 at the Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Center Dr., Wadsworth, from 6:00 to 11:00 pm.  There will be $2,000 in Reverse Raffle prizes, side boards, silent auction baskets, 50/50 raffle, and dinner and dancing. Info. 
American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Wadsworth Annual Chili Cook Off and Bake Sale   
Saturday, January 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at NOW Church, 743 High St., Wadsworth. $5 Admission.
Cancer Survivors admitted FREE!  The event also includes an awesomely yummy Bake Sale, amazing Raffle Baskets/Items, and a 50/50 Drawing!! Info. 
Breakfast Reverse Raffle 
Come out on Sunday, January 26 for a Breakfast Reverse Raffle sponsored by Danbury Senior Living to benefit HANDS Foundation programs. The raffle will be held at Brunswick Eagles, 349  Pearl Road. Doors open at 9:00 am and serving is from 9:30 to
10:30 am. Ticket price is  $20. Info: 330-225-4242 or Lori at 216-990-3739.
Sensory Friendly Story Time   
Join Wadsworth Public Library on Monday, January 27 at 6:30 pm for a story time prepared especially for children on the autism spectrum, those with sensory integration challenges, and their families/caregivers. We will enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in a supportive environment followed by a time to play.

Register online at, or call 330.335.1295.

When registering your child, please feel free to share any pertinent information that will allow us to better engage with your child.
Recycle Holiday Lights 
Open now thru February 28th. When you're done with those old holiday lights, recycle them! The Medina County Solid Waste District is collecting broken, burned out or tangled strings of lights for recycling.Drop off unwanted holiday light strings at the Medina County Solid Waste District's Specialty Waste area located at 8700 Lake Road in Seville. Monday - Friday: 6:00 am until 4:30 pm Saturday: 7:00 am until 12:00 pm. Info.
Other Events & Happenings 
Thursday, January 23 
Tales for Tots: At night when we are sleeping, there are many things taking place outside. Come to Wold Creek Environmental Center from 10:00 to 11:00 am to learn more about the creatures of the night through a story, hands-on exploration, and a short hike. For ages three to six with an adult companion. Register between December 12 and January 23. Free. Info.   
Medina Chamber Book Club will be held at Twiisted, 985 Boardman Alley, Medina, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Book: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself: Self-Compassion. Grabe the book, read the book, come for lunch and discussion. Info. 
Friday, January 24 
Join Leadership Medina County and Automation Tool & Die to explore The Career Path Less Taken, a half-hour documentary from 8:30 to 10:00 am at UA Medina, 6300 Technology Lane, Medina. Info.  
Soprema Cafe Customer Appreciation from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Program starts at 12:00 pm with open mic show by Windfall Industries. $5.50 lunch special: roasted pork loin & gravy, maple glazed sweet potatoes, steamed corn & apple crisp. Info: 30-356-3521.   
Painting Party at Medina Library from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Bring your own refreshments, and go home with an original painting by you! Bring cash or check (made payable to Artists Uncorkd) to the event. Paintings are different for each session. Supply fee is $15.  Info. 
Medina High School presents its annual S.P.I.C.E studetn talent show on January 24 & 25 at 7:00 pm on the Main Stage of the Medina Performing Arts Center. All seats general admission and $8. Info: (330)-636-3400 or email 
Saturday, January 25  
ACT Practice Test will be hosted by Wadsworth Public Library from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Register to take a complete simulated ACT practice test which mimics actual testing conditions and questions in a similar environment. Test will take approximately 3 hours to complete. Register.   
Medina Democratic Club's Mock Iowa Caucus will be held from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at the University of Akron Medina, 6300 Technology Ln. Info. 
Sunday, January 26 
Medina Community Band will hold their annual  Winter Concert at  Medina High School in the Middle Stage Auditorium, 777 East Union Street, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Info.
Open House & Hot Chocolate with Friends at the Trolley Line House at Trolley Lane Park hosted by Friends of Wadsworth Trails and City of Wadsworth- City Hall from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Info.  
Wednesday, January 29  
Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Nonprofit Fair for their January Luncheon at The Galaxy Restaurant & Banquet Center, 201 Park Center Drive, Wadsworth, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Info.  
Saturday, February 1 
Small Farm Workshop will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at A.I. Root Candle Community Room, 640 W. Liberty St., Medina. Cost is $25 per person and includes a farm business binder, a hearty lunch, and refreshments for the day. Pre-Registration is required by January 30. Info.  
We Care Medina Personal Care Pantry will be open from 8:00 to 9:30 pm at Living Hope Church, 6288 Wooster Pike. Info. 
German Dinner at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1377 Lester Rd., Valley City from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the door and are $14 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12 and children under 5 are free. Info: (330) 483-3883.
Sunday, February 2 
Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Lafayette Township Fire Department on February 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Food served will be pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits and gravy with customer favorite, strawberry crepes. Info: (330) 722-4965.
Monday, February 3 
The Medina Chorus is looking forward to a new season and weekly rehearsals at 6:30 pm. All singers are welcome to join the chorus for the spring program, particularly tenor and bass voices. Info.   
Tuesday, February 4 
Medieval Defense program for grades 4 through 8 will be held at Seville Library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Info. 
Wednesday, February 5 
Natural Discoveries presented by Medina County Park District will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 amNo registration is required. Ages 7 and up. Free. Info.  
Thursday, February 6  
Brunswick Library will present, Marie LaVeau as portrayed by Sherri Tolliver of Women in History Ohio at 6:30 pm. Info or call (330)-273-4150.   
Heart to Heart: Making Better Diet Decisions program will be held at Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Rd., Medina from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Info. 
Saturday, February 8   
Medina County Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held at 8:00 am at Buckey High School.  The purpose of this festival is to provide students in Grades 5-12 (and fourth-grade piano students) with the opportunity to perform and display their talents. Info.

Property taxes due Feb. 14
MEDINA - By the end of this week, 84,568 first-half property tax bills for 2019 will be mailed out to homeowners.
Medina County Treasurer John Burke said in a news release the official payment due date for the tax bills is Feb. 14. He said the total amount of real estate taxes billed is $156,013,744.91, with the entire year's total to be $309,814,613.
If taxpayers do not receive a tax bill in the mail, Burke said he recommends calling the treasurer's office at (330) 725-9748 or visiting to look up the tax bill. Just click "Search and Pay Taxes" in the left column to find the proper tax bill amount. Taxpayers can then print an official tax bill for paying by mail or in person.

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'Scavengers' snap photos during Medina County Park District nature hunt
MEDINA, Ohio -- It took some determination on a chilly January weekend, but the hunters still managed to bag their prey.
This past weekend (Jan. 18 and 19), the Medina County Park District hosted a Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road in Sharon Township. Saturday brought about 20 visitors to search for designated items, both inside and outside the center. Sunday's snow and 13-degree temperature discouraged much outdoor searching, but it was still possible to take photos of enough of the listed items to earn a prize.

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Artist Zay's work graces many Medina homes: Medina County Local Legends
MEDINA, Ohio -- Grace Zay has been a shining light in the Medina County arts community since she and her husband, Arthur, moved to Medina in 1952. As a member of the Medina County Art League, she organized the first Medina County Art Scholarship fundraising benefit in 1971. In 1973, she helped to found the first Art in the Park show and market-- a mid-July event that now brings thousands of visitors to the Medina square each year.
Zay was born in Cleveland in 1928, where her mom and dad owned a grocery store. They lived behind the store, where they had no central heat, but warmed their rooms with a potbellied stove that burned coal stored in a bin in the basement.

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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  
Employment Opportunities
Search all the local job sites HERE
Highway Technician 1 - Medina County Engineer's Office. INFO. 
Maintenance Technician - Medina County Career Center.  INFO. 
Library Associate (Full-Time) - Family History & Learning Center: Medina Library.  INFO.
Tax Map Technician 1 - Medina County Engineer's Office. INFO. 
Student Page (Library Sorter/Shelver) - Medina County District Library. INFO.
Administrative Assistant - Kelly Services. INFO.  
Customer Service Clerk/Driver - Buckeye Library. INFO. 
Librarian-  Brunswick Library Children's Department.   INFO.  
Delivery Driver (Intermittent) - Office for Older Adults. INFO.  
Clerical Staff - Medina County Board of Elections. INFO. 

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