Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
February 12,  2020



There are penalties for paying late.  Didn't get your tax bill?  Call the treasurer's office at 330-725-9748.

I am NOT running for Medina County Commissioner!  ;)
It is my intention to run for Medina County Auditor again in 2022.
It certainly is a little confusing! 

The last day to register to vote for the March 17th primary election is Tuesday, February 18.  You can do it  ONLINE or at the library!

Congrats to Brunswick resident Jennifer Bystricky on receiving the Good Neighbor Award.  Bystricky, nominated by former councilwoman Andrea Rodriguez, created the nonprofit Knitting for Cancer.  Jennifer and her organization create and provide soft warm hats and blankets for individuals with cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

Congratulations to Brunswick Hills Fire Lieutenant Mike Drum, who celebrated 30 years of service with the township's fire department!

Congratulations to the five Highland High School speech team members who have qualified for the state tournament this year.  They include Evan Buck, U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking; Jacob McPherson, U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking; Madelyn MacMurray and Olivia Russo, Public Forum Debate; and
Kennedy Shelton, Program of Oral Interpretation.

I am very proud to offer a $500 Citizenship Scholarship to one senior each at Brunswick and Wadsworth High Schools.  Additionally, my office offers three $500 Career Tech Scholarships to students at all high schools throughout the county.  These scholarships are made partially possible by a contribution from Mark & Lisa Krosse of Chippewa Lake.  To apply go to our web page at Auditor Kovack.

I hope you get the chance to be kind to someone this week!
Mike Kovack
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus  

American Association of University Women Medina County Scholarship Opportunity 

The Medina County Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting applications for two $1500.00 scholarships to be given to a "non-traditional" woman undergraduate student who is attending an accredited college or university.  This applies to the 2020-2021 academic year and applicants must be a resident of Medina County.


A "non-traditional" student is a woman who is returning to college to finish an undergraduate degree, or a woman who has delayed entering college for several years after completing high school or earning a GED.


The deadline for submission of the application, college transcript, and recommendations is Friday, April 16, 2020.  The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and clarity of goals and objectives.   


Applications are available through The Akron Community Foundation at  For more information email Jill Morton, Scholarship Committee Chairperson at

Lafayette Township Fire Station Annual Pancake Breakfast  
Annual "All You Can Eat" Breakfast every Sunday in February.
February 16, & 23 from 8:30 am  to 1:00 pm at Lafayette Twp. Fire Station, 6367 Technology Lane, Medina. Costs: $12.00 Adults, $8.00 Seniors (65 or older), Kids (ages 6-12) and Veterans with ID. Free (kids 5 and under).

Menu Includes: Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, Juice, Coffee, and our Customer Favorite: Strawberry Crepes! Proceeds benefit The Lafayette Township Firefighters Association. Info: 330-722-4965.  
26th Annual Medina Ice Festival  
It's time for the 26th Medina Ice Festival, February 14-17, 2020, the biggest, longest Ice Festival in Northeast Ohio! The event is free an open to the public. View over 100 ice sculptures, sponsored by individual businesses in Medina.
Friday, Feb 14th: Speed Carving Competitions, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm; Fire and Ice Tower, 7:00 pm

Saturday, Feb 15th: Individual carving competitions, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Sunday, Feb 16th: Team Carving Competition, 12:00 to 4:00 pm

All works are left on view 24/7 after they are created. Come visit Medina for some frozen fun, and shop, dine, and unwind in America's Hometown. Info.
Soprema Cafe Customer Appreciation   
Enjoy Valentine's day at Soprema Cafe on Friday, February 14 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Valentine's Day love songs will be performed by Ceci Taylor at 12:00 pm.  To celebrate bring your favorite wedding photo or sweetheart photo to display and share! $5.50 Lunch special features spaghetti & meatballs, steamed broccoli, garlic bread, and red velvet cake. Info:330-335-1513    
A Salute to Black Veterans  
18 th Black History Month Program Will Salute Veterans: The Fight for Freedom. 
The Public is invited to join the AAUW Medina County Branch, the Second Baptist Church, and the Fellowship Baptist Church in a celebration of Black History Month on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 pm. The program, A Salute to Black Veterans, will be held at the Second Baptist Church at 451 Bronson St., Medina. Info: 330-948-2522.  
9th SPCA Annual Night at the Races      
Medina County SPCA Night at the Races will be held at William's on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Rd., Medina on Saturday, February 22 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pmWill you pick a winner? It is sure to be an evening of fun competition, delicious food and prizes. Enjoy the atmosphere of a real horserace - professionally called races, wager real money and more importantly, win real money! Come support the Medina County SPCA and bring your friends and family to cheer on the winning horse! Info.   
Recycle Holiday Lights 
Open now thru February 28. 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 
Medina Girls Softball Association 2020 registration is now open.  There will be a T-Ball Division this year! Coaches and volunteers are needed Registration closes 3/15/2020.
Divisions are recommended by age: T-ball 3 to 5 years old  $25, Division 1- Coach Pitch, 6 to 8 years old $25, Division 2 - Girl and Coach Pitch, 9 to 11 years old $60, Division 3 - 12 to 14 years old $65, Division 4- 15 to 18 years old $65. Info.  
Thursday, February 13 
Leadership Medina County Emerging Leaders Graduation will be held at Blue Heron Event Center, 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Info.  
The Love of Tea: Downton Abbey Tea Party will be held at Seville Library from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Info: 330-769-2852. 
Friday, February 14 
The Medina Community Scholastic Book Fair will open during the Medina Ice Festival at Garfield Elementary Library. Stop in for free hot chocolate (while supplies last) and story time read-alouds with a special visit from Pete the Cat. Books for PreK through adult available to purchase from 2:00 to 8:00 pm on February 14 and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on February 15. Info. 
Valentine's Party hosted by Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., Medina, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Info: Jenny Kiousis at 330-723-9514 or
Medina Recreation Center will host Parents Night Out  from 5:30 to 9:00 pm for ages 5 to 12. Parents can register to drop of their child at Medina Recreation Center and they will be supervised by trained staff. The kids will be treated to pizza and snacks, games, crafts and a movie. $10 per child for members. $12 per child for non-members. Pre-registration is required at front desk or online at 
 Valentine's Sock Hop at Pearlview Rehab & Wellness Center, 4426 Homestead Dr., Brunswick from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Info.  
Valentine Bash at Blue Heron Brewery Event Center, 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina,  from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. With $75 ticket, all attendees will receive a Brazilian steakhouse dinner with table-side carving, featuring prime rib of beef, prosciutto-wrapped herb chicken breasts, cold-water lobster risotto with sherry wine and much more. A top-shelf open bar with Blue Heron brews also will be available. Music by DJ Troy throughout the night. Info.  
Saturday, February 15 
The Brunswick Optimist Club holds its 28th annual Pancake Breakfast & Kids' Fair from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Brunswick Community Recreation Center, 3637 Center Road. Info.    
Friends of MCDL Book Sale  from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at Medina Library. Visit the largest used book store in Medina County - more than 16,000 items. Bargain priced books, CDs & DVDs available for purchase. Most items are less than $2. Proceeds  help support youth literacy in Medina County, as well as community events at the library. Info. 
Art in Action at Medina & Fiddle Fest will be held at Buckeye Library from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Info.  
Comrades in Arms - Horses & Veterans hosted at Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary, 1133 Granger Rd., Medina, 11:00 am to 12:30 pmJoin other veterans here at our sanctuary for this monthly Equine Assisted and Learning workshop, FREE of charge for military veterans (registration is required to secure a spot), limited to 10 participants. Info.  
Late Night at the Rec! Valentine's Day style. Let Brunswick Recreation Center take care of the kids while you enjoy a night out with that special someone. Members: $18.00 / Non-Members: $20.00
Drop off at 5:00 pm - MUST pick-up by Midnight.  Open to kids in 1st - 6th grade. Pizza, dessert, movies, popcorn, swimming and more. Swimming from 7:00 to 9:00 pm only.  Info. 
Wadsworth Boy Scout Troop 406 is having their Seventh Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, February 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the lower level of Sacred Heart Church, 260 Broad Street, Wadsworth. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Info.  
The Chatham Community Center, 6306 Avon Lake Rd., is hosting a free Family Movie Night featuring "Dora Lost City of Gold" at 7:00 pm. Concessions open at 6:30 pm with pizza, popcorn, and soda, which mat be purchased for a nominal donation. Info: Carol Shaw at 330 667-2183.  
Sunday, February 16  
Medina Flea Market of Collectables will be held at the Medina County Community Center, 735 Lafayette Rd., Medina from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for General Admission. Early Bird Special from 6:00 to 9:00 am. Info.  
Bored Games at Susan Hambley Nature Center, Brunswick, hosted by Medina County Park District from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Beat the cabin fever by heading to the nature center for some quality time playing board games or card games. All materials will be provided. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.  Info: or 330-722-9364. 
Winter Tree ID: Natural Discoveries Hiking Series hosted by the Medina County Park District at Allardale West from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Info.  
Monday, February 17 
President's Day Family Fun at Engage Virtual Reality from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Info. 
Tuesday, February 18 
Ask an Attorney hosted by Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., Medina, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. A lawyer will be available to answer elder law questions. Schedule a free 20 minute appointment. Info call 330-723-9514. 
Wednesday, February 19  
Networking WOW! will be hosted by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medina, 5185 Gateway Dr., from 7:30 to 9:00 am. Info. 
A free Trauma Informed Care and Grief presentation will be held at Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 4691 Windfall Rd., from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Reinhild Boehme, from Ohio Guidestone, will talk about ways to help people with disabilities by recognizing their past experiences and how they may react during times of grief. Info 
Thursday, February 20   
Tales for Tots from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Wolf Creek Environmental Center.  Many creatures are designed to blend into their surroundings, that is called camouflage! Learn more about this important adaptation through a story, hands-on examination and hike in the woods. For ages three to six with an adult companion. Info.  
Midwest Comedy Tour will be held at Blue Heron Brewery Event Center, 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina at 7:00 pm or 8:30 pm. Info.  
Friday, February 21
Learn at Lunch NASA speaker hosted  by Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., Medina form 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Larry Smith retired NASA engineer and NASA speaker will speak about NASA's not too distant plans for space travel. Info call Jenny Kiousis at 330-725-9177 or
Family Reading Night hosted by Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Info call 330-725-0588. 
Saturday, February 22 
Breakfast with the Tooth Fairy hosted by the Medina County Health Department, 4800 Ledgewood Dr., from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. FREE dental screenings and cleanings provided to children in Medina County. Info. 
Your Yard in Living Color presented by Ohio State University Extension from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Williams on the Lake - Building C, 787 Lafayette Rd., Medina. Registration fee $55.00. Info. 
Safe Sitter Babysitting Class will be held by ESC of Medina County at 124 W. Washington St., Medina, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Classes are for girls and boys aged 11-14.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Info call Keturah Zacharias at 330-723-6393 or
Hinckley Women's Club Masquerade Benefit Ball will be held from 6:00 to 11:00 pm at the Diamond Event Center, 1480 Pearl Rd., Brunswick. $45 per person ticket includes dinner, salad, rolls, and non-alcoholic refreshments. There will be a cash bar and a live DJ, and HWC will provide masks for all guests. Info: contact  
Sunday, February 23 
Lúnasa will be performing at Medina Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 2:30 pm and showtime begins at 3:30 pm. Info.    
 Medina Indoor Automotive Swap Meet will be held at the Medina County Fairground Community Center from 8:00 am to 3:00pm. Admission $5. Children 11 and under FREE. Over 150vendors selling car related parts and merchandise. Info.  
Monday, February 24
Gloria's Painting Class hosted by Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., from 10:00 to 11:00 am. $2 fee per class. Info: Jenny Kiousis at 330-723-9514 or 
Tuesday, February 25 
Medina County District Library Crock Pot Chili program will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Learn some new recipes while the weather is "chili" outside. Samples provided. Info. 
Wednesday, February 26 
Learn at Lunch "Fit for Life" hosted by Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., from 1 1:30 am to 12:00 pm. Info: Jenny Kiousis at 330-725-9177 or  
Wadsworth High School will be holding an Engineering Expo from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Info: Kathy Breitenbucher at    
The Blockbusters of Puccini: Love, Death, Passion and Violence program will be held at Medina Library from 6:30 to 8:00 pmInfo.  
Local Fish Fries  
Beginning February 28th and every Friday through Lent, the Medina VFW Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Rd., will be having it's annual Fish Fries. This is open to the public. Serving time is 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Menu includes Lake Perch $10, Crunch Cod $8, Shrimp Dinner $7, Shrimp Basket $9, Chicken Strips $8, Fish Sandwicha $4, Fish Sandwich with fries and coleslaw, Basket of Fries $1, Bowl of Coleslaw $1, Clam Chowder $3. All dinners include French Fries, Cole Slaw, Rolls, and Dessert (except Shrimp Basket). Info call 330-725-0884. 
Starting February 28 through April 10, the Lafayette United Methodist Church will offer fish fries every Friday nigh (except March 6) from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Cost is $8.00 and includes baked or fried shrimp or fish, coleslaw, hush puppies, and french fries or cheesy potatoes. Dessert is for donation. carry out available. Info or call 330-725-6176.  
Granger Township kicks off bicentennial year
GRANGER TWP. - "We're now a township," proclaimed resident JoAnn Boruvka on Sunday after a re-creation of Granger Township's 1820 establishment that also saw Granger Township Historical Society President Bob Hummel "ride in on horseback" as he portrayed Andrew Deming, a Medina County Commissioner at that time.
The re-creation was part of a "Travel Back 200" event that welcomed more than 100 spectators to The Lodge at Allardale, 401 Remsen Road, serving as the first of many events over the coming year that will celebrate Granger's bicentennial. Sunday's proceedings were a joint venture by the township's bicentennial committee and Medina County Park District.

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Brunswick students deliver Valentine's Day cards to seniors with help from 2 Cavs legends'
BRUNSWICK, Ohio - Student journalists with the Brunswick Beat Video Program showed some local seniors a little love today with some help from two Cleveland Cavaliers legends, Larry Nance, Sr. and Michael "Campy" Russell.
The program is entirely self-funded and the money that keeps it going is raised through sponsorships and donations. Two of those sponsors are Plum Creek Senior Living Community and Brunswick Danbury.
Both are assisted living communities, so students spent part of their Saturday morning showing gratitude to the seniors who live there by delivering handmade Valentine's Day cards to the seniors there.

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 News 5 Cleveland.
Medina Ice Festival organizers hope for 'winter wonderland' weather over Valentine's weekend
MEDINA, Ohio -- A perfect weather weekend for the organizers of the Medina Ice Festival is temperatures around freezing, no rain and cloudy skies to keep the ice from melting.
"Next weekend looks like winter wonderland kind of weather," said Peggy Costic of Elegant Ice Creations, the company that carves the sculptures and organizes the festival's competitions.
The festival over the years has been held in every weather condition, ranging from snowstorms with temperatures just above 0 degrees to one a few years ago where every sculpture melted within a day due to bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60s.

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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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