April 8, 2021

Each year Playhouse Square recognizes the top theatrical talent among Northeast Ohio high school students with its Dazzle Awards. And Medina County should be very proud of its local talent: 4 of the 14 nominees are from Medina County! Medina's Wilson Ha (Hawken School), Wadsworth's Lauren Claxton, Medina's Gabrielle Ilg and Highland's Hannah Tramonte have all been nominated. Winners will be announced June 1. Good luck!

Congratulations to Medina High School grad Makayla Baker and Cloverleaf High School grad Cameorn McNeal for being selected to the distinguished Schmidthorst Peer Leader Program at Bowling Green State University. The Schmidthorst College of Business is among the top 1 percent of business programs in the world!

Congratulations to Medina High School senior Kylie Hosey, who had her art work "The Masked Generation" selected for the 2021 State of Ohio exhibition.

Congratulations to Brunswick's Dr. Thomas Tulisiak, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of service to the Medina County Community. Dr. Tulisiak opened Brunswick Family Practice in 1983 before joining with the Cleveland Clinic and served as President of Medina General Hospital between 2011 and 2017. Dr. Tulisiak will be greatly missed and we wish him the best in retirement!

I hope you have an outstanding week! Be kind to your neighbors!

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

What is the matter with the world that it is so out of joint? Simply that people do not rule themselves but
let circumstances rule them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pay it Forward with Mac and
Cheese During Food Drive
Donate macaroni and cheese (boxes or cups) to support Feeding Medina County's food bag program. Please ensure that items are not opened or expired prior to donating. Donations will be accepted at all Medina County District Library Locations, April 1-30.

Monetary donations are always welcome HERE. For additional information, visit HERE or call the library at 330-725-0588.
Virtual International Fest Features Movie Discussions,
Performances and Museum Tours
Explore cultures, art, and music in this week-long virtual event, April 12 - 17. Join a movie discussion, an interactive performance, and a museum tour as part of the festival. Register for Zoom events. Link is emailed after registration. View videos about British Baking and a Korean storytime, all on MCDL’s YouTube page HERE. To register, go HERE.
Medina County SPCA Sponsors Spring Flower Sale
If you are looking for a way to beautify your yard while helping a good cause, a spring flower fundraiser is being held throughout the month of April to benefit the animals of the Medina County SPCA.

The organization is selling coupons for flower baskets through Blooming Acres in Wadsworth. Click on each picture HERE for a description and pricing.

Email orders HERE (please include your phone number) or call 330-723-7722. Coupons will be ready for pick up mid April or for an additional 50 cents, coupons can be mailed. For best selection, pick up flowers at Blooming Acres by mid May. Sale ends April 30.
Medina County District Park Offers Self-Guided
Spring Hiking Event
Spring is always a welcome sight after a long, cold winter. Our senses delight in the sight of spring wildflowers, the smell of tree blossoms, and the sounds of croaking frogs and singing birds. Enjoy a stroll along the Bluebell Valley Nature Preserve, 8504 Richman Road, to discover the wonders of spring.

The popular Natural Discoveries award-based hiking program will continue to be provided in a revised format as long as COVID restrictions are in place. For the 2021 season, a hybrid-program will be offered, with both self-guided and in-person hike options. Natural Discoveries is best suited for ages seven to adult. This is a self-guided hike.

Visit the park to hike the trail and read the signs. You will find a code word listed on one of signs. Write the code word down on your Natural Discoveries form next to the hike title.

For more information, email stender@medinaco.org oror visit the website HERE. Go HERE to read a story about the Bluebell Valley Nature Preserve that was featured last year on Cleveland.com.
Wadsworth Soprema Senior Center Partners with Feeding Medina County for Drive-Thru Food Giveaway for Senior Citizens
The deadline is April 14 to sign up for a drive-thru food giveaway event that will take place on April 29 at the Soprema Center, 617 School Drive, in Wadsworth. On the day of the event, participants will drive up to the front of the center and pop the trunk of their car to receive shelf-stable food for those in need. RSVP with your name, phone number and how many people live in your household by email HERE or by calling 330-335-1513.Click HERE for program information.
Medina County Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines
  • Sharon Women's Club is now accepting applications for the $1,000 Betty J. Osborn Scholarship. Current students (male or female) and residents of Sharon Township preparing to attend college, or a technical/vocational school are eligible to apply. Applications can be found HERE & HERE. Completed applications must be received at: Sharon Women's Club, P.O. Box 45 Sharon Center, OH 44274 by April 17, 2021.

  • The Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance is offering several scholarship and internship opportunities. The deadline to apply is April 16. Go HERE to learn more and to apply.

  • The GCEF Scholarship Fund of Akron Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from LGBTQ+ and allied students who have positively impacted the community. Established by the Gay Community Endowment Fund, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awards postsecondary academic scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students who live or study in Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. Priority is given to students who have participated in organizations or initiatives that make a positive difference in the LGBTQ+ community. Scholarship applications are due by April 30. A link to the online application and instructions for applying are available HERE If you need further assistance, contact Diane at 330-436-5615.
The Best Places for Outdoor Dining in Medina County
With warmer weather upon us, the Weekend Update will be featuring three different Medina County restaurants every week where people can enjoy dining outdoors. If you know of a restaurant you would like to see featured, email us HERE.

The Oaks Lakeside, 5878 Longacre Drive, Chippewa Lake - rich with history dating back to the late 1800s, this property has long been a fine dining destination and one of the best-kept secrets in Medina County. The Oaks patio features tables that overlook its lush gardens and diners can watch the sunset over Chippewa Lake. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Sundays from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 330-769-2601 for more information or visit the website HERE.

The Blue Heron Brewery, 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina - The Blue Heron's stone patio overlooks a scenic landscape and diners can enjoy beer, cocktails and pub fare from Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. Go HERE for more information.

Casa del Rio, 839 High Street, Wadsworth - Enjoy some of the best authentic Mexican food around for lunch, dinner or a margarita on Casa's back patio. Open daily. Go HERE for more information.
Through April 9
The Medina Rotary is sponsoring a virtual Wine and Roses Charity Fundraiser. A online silent auction will be held from April 14 to April 20 and a dinner will be available for pick up on April 17. Deadline to sign up for the event is April 9. Go HERE to learn more and sign up.

Thursday, April 8
Medina County District Library will present author Eliese Colette Goldbach, as part of its Virtual Author Visits series. Goldbach is the author of Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit, about her time as a steelworker at ArcelorMittal Cleveland. She now works at John Carroll University and lives in Cleveland with her husband. Register HERE; Browse titles by Goldbach HERE.

Friday, April 9
Kitchen 212 will have its food truck at Wrecking Crew Brew Works, 144 N. Court St., in Medina beginning beginning at 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 10
  • A free Community Shred Day is set for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Discover Church, 1825 Reimer Road, Wadsworth. Attendees can bring up to six boxes to shred. Organizers are also accepting canned donations for the Helping Hands Pantry.

  • The Sharon Township Fire Department will host its Annual Fish Fry carryout from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday in the Sharon Town Hall parking lot, 6449 Ridge Road. Fish and fries are $11, cash or check only. For more information, contact Nicole at 330-239-4992 or send EMAIL.

Sunday, April 11
  • ORMACO continues its free Sunday livestream concerts with Tallmadge-based musician Bob Patetta at 2 p.m. with a program titled "New Orleans: The Real 'Roots' Music."

  • The Medina Model Train & Toy Show opens at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Medina County Community Center at the Medina County Fairgrounds. Admission is $6. For more information, visit HERE.

Thursday, April 15
This is the last day to donate a basket or item for the Wadsworth Grizzlies Community Foundation's Online Auction that will take place April 23-30. The organization raises money for educator grants for Wadsworth City Schools teachers. For more information, go HERE,

News Around the County
Medina Park District Gets Life-Saving Donation

The Friends of the Medina County Parks has made a potentially life-saving donation to the Medina County Park District. The dramatic rescue of a fisherman who fell through the ice at River Styx Park in February brought home the need for park rangers to have access to specialized ice-rescue training and tools.

Next year, park rangers will be equipped with state-of-the-art ice rescue gear, thanks to a $2,500 grant from Friends of Medina County Parks. The new equipment includes insulated ice rescue suits, floating rescue rope, rope throw bags and more.

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City Sees Growth Despite Pandemic

BRUNSWICK- According to an annual report presented to city officials last month, large commercial projects such as an expansion of Classic Deck and a Meijer grocery store, Bank of America and “several industrial projects” coming into the city this year made for a busier-than-anticipated pandemic year.

As the building department, along with all city departments, adjusted to more online and distanced work environments in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brunswick’s commercial and residential building activity in 2020 in some cases outpaced that of 2019.

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Medina Restaurant Helps Heal People in Recovery

At 538 W. Liberty Street, Serenite is the restaurant at the ground level and the Recovery Center of Medina County is upstairs.

“We have 12 step meetings in our recovery upstairs, we have financial classes, parenting classes,” said Whitman.

He said they take people into the culinary program throughout northeast Ohio, coming to the program either on their own accord or through referrals.

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