Feb. 18, 2021

Congratulations to Medina County Children's Center Executive Director Rhonda Wurgler, who stepped down from her position this week after 10 years at the helm. We wish her the very best in her new endeavors!

As late as 1937, African-Americans buried in Wadsworth's Woodlawn cemetery were interred in unmarked graves in a section labelled "Colored". Read the Medina Gazette's story about the ongoing efforts to identify these Wadsworth residents.

A tip of the hat to Waite Elementary School student Audrey Brown, whose idea to send Valentines Day cards to local seniors resulted in 1200 notes being delivered to area nursing homes! Outstanding job, Audrey! Audrey Brown delivers smiles

Aren't you always intrigued by those drawings for new homes that occur for charity raffles? Hinckley resident Deborah Rascan was and it paid off big time for her as she won the Home Builders Association of Cleveland's "Home for the Holidays" raffle $495,000 house this year! Rascan, who purchased 3 tickets, took the cash option to help care for her 90 year old mother. Congrats Deborah!

Congrats to these Medina County students who made the Dean's List at Youngstown State last semester: BRUNSWICK: McKenzie Price, Riley Papa; MEDINA: Logan Gerig, Carrington Lisser, Jacob Peterson, Nina Alachniewicz; VALLEY CITY: Margaux Thompson, Sierra Moran; WADSWORTH: Emily Kurnot.
(My father is a Fighting Penguin!)

Do you have a high school senior in your home contemplating college? Auditor Kovack will be offering $2,500 worth of scholarships this year to Medina County high school seniors! Click SCHOLARSHIPS and have your senior apply today!

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

2021 Medina Ice Festival
Here this Weekend

The 27th annual Medina Ice Festival will be held Feb. 19-22 on Medina Square with some Covid restrictions in place. Please note that the event is one week later than usual this year.

Ice sculptures sponsored by local stores will be placed throughout the historic district and south town, and the Medina Square will be turned into an ice sculpture gallery with larger pieces on display.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no carving contests or demonstrations and masks are required to be worn at all times.

The event, presented by Elegant Ice Creations, is free and open to the public. Sculptures will be on display from the time they are put out on Friday, Feb 19 through Monday, Feb 22 (or until they melt). Leashed pets are welcome.

Sponsors include Serpentini Chevrolet Medina, the City of Medina, P.J. Marley's, Main Street Medina and Excalibur Auto Body.
The Society Offers Two Scholarships to
Medina County Students
Two different scholarships are being offered by The Society, formerly the The Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County, Inc. (SHC).

The Sharon and Kristine Dunham Scholarship is meant to assist a non-traditional student who is seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in any area of study. Ideally the applicant has connections to The Society either through work, family or community involvement. The scholarship is worth $1,000 and is awarded to one recipient each year.

The H.O.P.E. Scholarship was established to assist Society members or an unmarried child or grandchild of a member in their efforts to gain a higher education in a disability-related field as defined by The Society Scholarship Committee. Membership is open to any person over the age of 18 and gives voting rights in The Society. The scholarship is worth $1,000 and is awarded to one recipient a year.

The deadline to apply for both scholarships is March 26, 2021.

To learn more about the scholarships or the Society, go HERE.

Update on Medina County's Covid Vaccine Rollout and How to Stay Informed of Availability
As of Monday, Feb. 15, eligibility for the Covid vaccine in Medina County remains at age 65 and over, citizens with a developmental or intellectual disability and a health condition such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida. Go HERE for the full list of health condition requirements or click on this image.

The demand continues to outpace supply. Medina County has given out a total of 3,676 first vaccines, 137 of which were administered in the last week, according to the Medina County Health Department website. A total of 19,000 vaccines have been administered in Medina County, 11,000 of which went to those 65 and older, according to the Medina Gazette.

The Health Department continues to schedule appointments as soon as vaccine supply is confirmed each week. Even though specific age groups are becoming eligible by the state, that does not mean they will have vaccine appointments available right away.

Citizens 80 years and older may continue to register by calling 330-723-9688, extension 243.

Citizens 65 years and older are strongly encouraged to download the ArmorVax app on their smart device or create an account HERE. Detailed instructions for using the scheduling system can be found HERE. COVID-19 vaccine appointments can be scheduled through this system when appointments become available

For a statewide list of vaccine providers, go HERE.
Friday Night Fish Fries Around the County

Brunswick United Methodist Church, 1395 Pearl Road, will host fish fries on Feb.19, March 5 and March 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. Go HERE for more information.

Bunkers Grill, 3060 Pearl Rd, Medina, every Friday through Lent. Call 330-725-1400, opt 2, to order or make reservations.

Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth, 201 Park Center Drive, will host a fish fry every Friday through Lent beginning at 4 p.m. Online ordering is available HERE.

Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Road, will host a drive-thru fish fry dinner, on Feb. 19 and March 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Medina VFW Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Rd., Medina, every Friday through Lent from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Pavilion. Call ahead for carry out at 330-725-0884.

St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick, will host a carryout fish fry every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7 p.m. To place an order, go HERE.

St. Stephen Catholic Church, 44 Britton St., West Salem, will host a carryout fish fry all Fridays through Lent from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wadsworth Knights of Columbus, 148 N Lyman St, Wadsworth, hosts a limited seating and carry out fish fry from 4 to 7:30 pm.

Wadsworth Public Library's Bake-a-Book Contest Offers Fun Reader Interpretations in Edible Form
Cast your vote for the best and most creatively baked interpretations of a book from Wadsworth Public Library's recent Bake-a-Book contest.

The contest was virtual and readers submitted photos of their baked creations that were based on a theme in a book they read.

Now it's up to people to vote on the best creation. Go HERE to see the many unique baking projects and to vote on your favorite.

Local Sledding Hills Provide Relief for Cabin Fever
A local website has put together a comprehensive list of sledding hills all over Medina County. The hills are not rated but some are listed as being appropriate for pre-schoolers.

Since it looks like there is going to be plenty of snow for a while, what better way to get everyone out of the house than to enjoy some winter fun? Bring a thermos of hot chocolate for the ride home!

To learn more about the hills, visit HERE

Main Street Medina Seeks Volunteers for Events
Special events and projects take a lot of person-power to pull off successfully, so Main Street Medina is on the hunt to recruit some outstanding crew members. They have over 100 volunteer opportunities listed here, and they hope you'll consider lending a hand!

Responsibilities include distributing Main Street Medina information, taking customer surveys, selling Main Street Medina merchandise, and being a general resource. All Crew members will receive training and mentoring.

For more information, call 330-722-6186 or send an email HERE.
Feeding Medina County Seeks Volunteers

According to Feeding Medina County, the food insecurity rate in Medina has increased by 47%. Almost 25,000 of our county's residents are facing some form of #foodinsecurity.

As a network Partner of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and this partnership allows Feeding Medina County to bring MORE food to Medina County residents in need.

For those interested in donating, volunteering, hosting a food drive, or learning about other ways to get involved, go HERE.
Shop Medina! Loyalty Card Drawing to be Held This Weekend

While at the Medina Ice Festival 2021 this weekend, shop at these participating locations, get your Shop Medina! Loyalty Card, fill it up and turn it in to be entered to win gift cards and gift baskets, or up to $250 in Main Street Medina Bucks!

Drawing is Feb. 22. To get a loyalty card, go HERE.
The Wadsworth Chamber Seeks Basket Donations for Upcoming Scholarship Auction
The Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce is seeking donations for its annual Easter Basket Scholarship Auction!

All of the money raised for the auction,which will be virtual, creates book scholarships for graduating Wadsworth High School Seniors.
If you are able to donate a basket for this event, please contact the office at 330-336-6150 or email Stephanie HERE.

Now Through March 10
Although Hinckley's annual Buzzard Day is cancelled, the Hinckley Buzzard Day Sausage Sale is on through March 10. Sausage is available in 5-lb. boxes only. Each box costs $36 and contains approximately 30 links. Go HERE to place your order.

Now Through Sunday, Feb. 21
The Medina County Park District invites you to take a walk along the All-Purpose trail at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Rd., in Medina for "Love is in the Air" to learn about the mating practices of some of our most familiar . . . and maybe not so familiar wildlife.This Valentine's Day-themed hike is rated PG-13; participant discretion is advised! Best suited for ages seven to adult.This is a self-guided hike. The park is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20
Virtual Medina County Trivia! at 2 p.m. with the Medina County District Library. How much do you know about where you live? Questions will focus on the history & geography of our wonderful county! Sign up HERE

Forever Amber Acres Horse Sanctuary is hosting Comrades in Arms at 11 a.m. This is a monthly Equine Assisted and Learning workshop that is FREE of charge for military veterans (registration is required to secure a spot), limited to 10 participants. Go HERE to sign up.

Monday, Feb 22
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Stouffer Realty is hosting a Food Drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and both their Medina and Wadsworth offices. Proceeds will benefit Salvation Army and HM Cares Food Pantry. They are specifically in need of canned fruit, rice, boxed potatoes, peanut butter and squeeze jelly. The Medina office is located at 3637 Medina Road, Suite 120 and the Wadsworth office is located at 1392 High Street, Suite 105.

The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging will present an 8-week virtual group intervention program, "Matter of Balance" that will look at practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. The first session begins today at noon. The Soprema Senior Center and Cafe is sponsoring this session. Register by email HERE to or by phone to 330-335-1513. Please include your name, address, and a phone number.

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Junior Jazzercize is scheduled for K-8th grade at 5:40 p.m. at the Jazzercize Wadsworth Fitness Studio, 134 College St., Suite A. Cost is $10 for a single class or $30 for a (4) class pack. To sign up, go HERE.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
A Zoom trivia game begins at 1 p.m., sponsored by the Medina County Senior Service Network. To join the event, go HERE just before the event begins.

Thursday, Feb. 25
Beyond Overwhelmed: The Resilience Workshop We All Need Right Now is being offered by the Medina Chamber of Commerce from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Laura Leaton will be the speaker and business owners will learn resilience strategies, coping mechanisms and how to cultivate a supporting culture among teams. The event is free to chamber members and $20 for non-members. To register, go HERE.

Saturday, Feb. 27
Project Learn of Medina County is sponsoring a virtual murder mystery dinner theater at 7 p.m. titled "Virtual Vengeance." Go HERE to get tickets for the show and proceeds will benefit Project Learn.
News Around the County
Wadsworth woman seeks to give names to black residents buried in unmarked graves 100 years ago

WADSWORTH- Wadsworth resident Michelle Waugh has taken up the challenge of trying to fill in historical gaps never made available to countless families and descendants.

She is a member of Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery, a club formed in 2019 to help preserve the site as well as educate the community on its more than 200-year history.

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Former Chippewa Lake Amusement Park slated to become a county park

MEDINA - The re-imagined green space will offer a different kind of recreation: The conservation-focused park will help save Chippewa Lake from algal blooms and E.coli infections.

Last June, the parks purchased 95 acres of what was previously the amusement park for $2.1 million and made the first of two payments. The current state capital budget will provide $750,000 toward the second payment.

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Neighbors Save Woman Who Jumped from Burning Home
BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- A 71-year-old woman escaped her burning home Wednesday night by jumping out of a second-story window as her neighbors waited below with open arms.

It was a dramatic rescue, all in an effort to save Dilma Johnson, who has lived at 3967 Milner Drive for more than half her life. Fire officials said they battled intense heat and zero visibility as they worked to extinguish the fire that happened just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

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