June 16, 2022

Congrats to Wadsworth's John Allen, who was named a First Team All-Ohio selection as a pitcher. John set a school record with an ERA of 0.39 this year and will play with the might University of Akron Zips (one of my alma maters!) next season! Good luck, John!

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Don Hershey family this week on his loss. Don was an institution at Hershey's Barbershop for longer than I can remember and he'll be dearly missed.

Congrats to Clara Molnar and Lauren Doberstein! They won our gift certificates to Sweets & Geeks and Lemonberry Yogurt from Kids Day of Play last weekend. Clara correctly guessed that there were 164 dog licenses in the container! Stop by to see us at Pizza Palooza for another chance to win this Saturday!

Congrats to Brunswick High's Evan Jarrold and Faith Vlcek and Highland High's Elijah Hadler! Evan was named Gazette Most Valuable Player (MVP's) in boys track, Faith MVP in girls softball and Elijah MVP in boys tennis this past week!

“The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition” will be performed in Medina starting June 23 (info below). Congrats to Paige Pedmo, Morgan Lehman, Sam Lindon, Xayne Kachelein, Natalie Miller, Benjamin Miller, Lexi Dacek, Amelia Hicks, Beatrix Brown, Jack Martin and Laney Smith who have all been cast in the play!

Hope to see you at Pizza Palooza this Saturday!

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Dr. Seuss

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First Annual Juneteenth Celebration
to be Held on the Square
Medina will host its first Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Medina Square. Pastor Arthur Ruffin of Second Baptist Church, Tracey Ruffin of Sister Circle Medina, and Pam Miller with the Medina Diversity Project are working together with help from the City of Medina and Main Street Medina to present a day of reflection and community, with a church service, entertainment, featured speakers, food, and vendors.

Juneteenth is an opportunity to challenge racism. We reflect on the knowledge that 4 million people were enslaved in our country for more than 250 years. We want to bring people in our community together, to celebrate African-American freedom and achievement, to promote appreciation of African-American history and culture.” says Pastor Ruffin.
Medina County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Being Presented by Kiwanis Club
The annual Medina County Sports Hall of Fame event is presented by the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club to honor athletes, coaches, and community members who are involved with sports in Medina County. This year's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held Friday, June 17 at the Galaxy Conference Center in Wadsworth. Click HERE to become a sponsor or to buy tickets to the banquet. I hope to see you there!
Main Street Medina Presents Pizza Palooza on the Square
Help choose the best pizza in Medina County at the annual Pizza Palooza event! Up to 8 pizzerias will compete for Judges Choice and People’s Choice of best pie in Medina. While you’re enjoying the pizza tasting, walk around the Medina Square and visit over 50 social service and non-profit groups doing good work and offering incredible support for our community. This year's Pizza Palooza will be held on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the Medina Square.
Celebrate 28 Years of "Spark Hope" with the
Medina County Community Fund
Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Annual Celebration, Spark Hope! Join the Medina County Community Fund from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Blue Heron Event Center, 3227 Blue Heron Trce, Medina, for a special evening honoring the two fund founders: Nobby Lewandowski and Jack Holland. It's a celebration of 28 years of giving, recognizing the 2022 grant recipients, and auctioning delicious desserts from local bakers. Buy your tickets online by clicking HERE!
Annual Wadsworth Blue Tip Parade and Festival Returns
The Blue Tip Festival is a five day celebration of the Wadsworth, Ohio community. It starts with a world class parade on Tuesday, June 21 at 6 p.m., and the lighting of a giant, twenty foot blue tip match which lights downtown Wadsworth during the festival's duration. The festival then offers attendants their choice of amusement rides, festival foods, midway games, contests, and other entertainment. The Festival begins Tuesday, June 21 and ends on Saturday, June 25. Find all the details of the Blue Tip Festival by clicking HERE!
Round-Up of Medina County Park District Spring Events

The Medina County Park District is hosting a variety of spring events, click HERE for more information and a complete list of events!

Now - June 21: Get Out and Fish
  • Get outside and fish at your Medina County parks this spring. This self-guided program is the perfect way to spend time with family and friends and can be completed at your convenience. Participants who fish at five or more designated fishing areas between March 20 and June 21 and turn in their completed forms to the Oenslager Nature Center (6100 Ridge Rd., Wadsworth) between June 22 and July 10 will receive an award (while supplies last.) This program is open to all ages. One award per person. Click HERE to download the form.

Now - June 30: Strolling Through Spring
  • Get outside and explore your Medina County parks on accessible trails! “Strolling Through Spring” is great for strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers of all abilities. Complete five or more of the designated trails between April 1 and June 30 to qualify for an award. Hikes are FREE for all participants. Out-of-county residents pay $3 to receive their awards. The award for all hikers is a unique commemorative art print created by local artist and long-time park volunteer George Parmelee. Click HERE for the participation form.

Now - June 25: Photographers of the Parks Photo Exhibit and Contest
  • The talented members of the Photographers of the Parks invite you to visit the Oenslager Nature Center, 6100 Ridge Rd, Wadsworth, to see their photography exhibit and help vote for the grand prize winners. With dozens of beautiful photos to choose from, your job won’t be easy! No registration is required. All ages are welcome. Free. The wildlife sanctuary is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday from 12 - 5 p.m., and is closed on Mondays.
Farmers Markets Around Medina County
If you have a Farmers Market in Medina County you would like to see posted in the Weekend Update, send us an email HERE.

Farmer's Market of Medina County: open every Saturday now through Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. - noon at 3939 Granger Rd., Medina. Find more information on this market HERE!

Medina Square Farmers Market: open every Saturday now through Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Broadway St. (across from the Courthouse). Click HERE for more information!

Main Street Wadsworth Farmers Market: open every Saturday now through Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. - noon at Central Elementary School, 151 Main St., Wadsworth. Find more information HERE.

Seville Farm Market: open every Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon through Sept. 24 at Maria Stanhope Park on Pleasant St. in Seville. Click HERE for more information!

Brunswick Farmers Market: open on Sundays, now through Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Brunswick Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Rd., Brunswick. Go HERE for more information!
Medina County District Library Presents Annual
"Summer Reading Game"
The Medina County District Library's Summer Reading Game is back! Both games have begun, and run until Saturday, August 13.

The teen game is for students entering grades 6 - 12 and students who just graduated in the class of 2022. Participants can play along by clicking HERE.

The children's game is for children from birth to students in grade 5. Participants of this game can pick up a game board at their local Medina County District Library location.
Registration is Now Open for the Wadsworth Public Library's "Summer Reading Club"
Readers 18 years old and younger can register for Wadsworth Library's Summer Reading Club now to log their reading from now through July 30.

There are multiple programs and prizes tailored for all age groups. Readers can register in person at the library, 132 Broad St., Wadsworth, or online. Click HERE to register and learn more!
The Medina County Auditor's Office is a
Stuff the Bus Drop-Off Location!
The Medina County Auditor's Office is an official Stuff the Bus drop-off location! Look for the bin inside room 301 at the County Administration Building, 144 N Broadway St., Medina, to drop off your school supplies donations. We will be collecting school supplies on behalf of United Way of Summit and Medina Counties for Medina County K-6 students through July 31.

Examples of needed school supplies include: #2 pencils with erasers, 24 count crayons, dry erase markers, large erasers, folders, standard size glue sticks. rulers, hard pencil boxes, Ziplock bags of various sizes, and Clorox wipes.
Medina County Dining Kicks Off Summer Tour
The Medina County Dining Facebook group's Summer Tour has begun! They will be giving away $25 gift cards to participating restaurants every Monday starting on June 13. Winning a gift card to you favorite local restaurant couldn't get any easier!
All you have to do is...
1.) Dine at one of the participating restaurants and take pictures of your expereince
2.) Share your photos to Medina County Dining using #mcdsummertour on Facebook
3.) Tag your favorite restaurants in your post!
Click HERE for more information!
Ohio State Master Gardener Program Seeking Volunteers
Join the master gardener volunteer program and learn about pollinators, insects, vegetable production, soils and more! Applications for the 2022 master gardener training are now available.

The program provides intensive horticulture training to Ohio residents who then volunteer their time and new knowledge toward helping others through the local OSU Extension Office. The Ohio State University Extension master gardener program reaches hundreds of people in Medina County each year by offering presentations to the public, hands-on gardening mentorship and youth gardening programs in the community.

No gardening experience is required. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from July 27 through October at 6 p.m.. Applications are due July 5. The cost is $250 per person which covers 15 classes, manuals and materials. More information can be found HERE.
Auditor Kovack's Weekly Report
Mike Kovack, Medina County Auditor, today released the following information regarding county finances for the week of June 6 through June 10, 2022.
The largest income source was from American Rescue Plan Act in the amount of $17,456,776.50. The Auditor’s Accounting Department issued 504 checks for total expenditures of $1,032,509.61. The Commissioners approved expenditures totaling $666,451.03. There were no vendors licenses issued.
There were 84 residential home sales this week. The average sale price for a home in Medina County this week was $277,960.33The total fees collected for residential transfers was $70,121.70. There were 4 commercial sales this week and the average sale price was $113,125. The total fees collected for commercial transfers was $1,766. To view the complete Report, click HERE!
Thursday, June 16
  • Medina Community Garden and Education Center, in partnership with SustainEd, is hosting Story Time at the Garden! This family story time will feature nature themed stories, songs, and rhymes while enjoying the garden, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Medina Community Garden and Education Center, 302 E Liberty St., Medina. No registration is required.

  • Feeding Medina County is hosting a food distribution day in Medina at Medina Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Rd., Medina from 10:30 a.m. - noon. No appointment or advanced registration is required. Stay in your car and make sure your trunk is empty.

  • Scott Longert's presentation "General James Garfield and Cleveland in the Civil War" covers the military life of our 20th President and how the city of Cleveland contributed to the Northern cause. No registration is required for this event to be held from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Rd, Brunswick.

Friday, June 17
  • From 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., visit the Village of Seville for their 2022 Yard Sale! The Village is also hosting yard sales on Saturday, June 18 from, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The actual times may vary, since each participant can set their own times. Click HERE to learn more about participating homes!

  • The Medina County SPCA is hosting a garage sale from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at their location at 87890 Guilford Rd., Seville. If you can't make it today, no worries! The SPCA is hosting another garage sale on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. - noon at the same location.

  • Join Jessica from Little EmporiYUM Bakery at Cool Beans Cafe, 103 W Liberty St., Medina, as she demonstrates how to decorate cookies to celebrate Father's Day! Class includes instruction, all the tips and tools to create your masterpieces and 1 dozen cookies. Reserve your spot in class by purchasing tickets HERE!

  • Medina Community Band's 2022 summer season, a celebration of 163 years of presenting community concerts in Medina, will take place at the Medina Square's Gazebo every Friday through July 29. All concerts begin at 8:30 p.m. For a listing of all concerts and for more information, visit HERE. Call (330) 725-8198 for further information.

Saturday, June 18
  • The Northern Ohio Railway Museum, 5515 Bluffham Rd., Seville, is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 24. Visitors can ride on the museum's 1914 trolley car on select Saturdays. Click HERE for more information!

  • The Friends of Medina County Park's Native Plant Sale returns with in-person sale dates taking place at Oenslager Nature Center, 6100 Ridge Rd, Wadsworth, on select weekends in June, July, and, again, in September. Proceeds from the plant sale support Friends of Medina County Parks. The Plant Catalog can be found HERE. Today's sale is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The sale is also taking place tomorrow, Sunday, June 19 from 1 - 4 p.m.

  • A fallen firefighters memorial will be held at Brunswick Fire Station #1, 4383 Center Road, Brunswick at 10 am. Local Girl Scouts will put a flag in the ground as each name of a deceased firefighter is called. A firetruck from every fire department in Medina County will be at the event. a 21-gun salute will be rendered to Navy veteran Ron Novak, who died serving as a Brunswick firefighter in 1969.

  • Medina VFW Post 5137 is hosting their annual Rib Burn Off with Bubba event from 5 - 7 p.m. (or until sold out) at their pavilion, 3916 Pearl Rd, Medina. $17 for a half slab meal or $25 for a full. Each meal includes choice of 2 sides and corn bread (baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, or cole slaw). No preorders are accepted and the pavilion bar opens at 4 p.m.

  • Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its summer concert series with Opera under the Stars as members of the Cleveland Opera Theater return for the 7th season at 7 p.m. at the Medina Square. Enjoy some of your favorite opera tunes as well as some lesser known works. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy this free concert. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at The United Church of Christ.

Sunday, June 19
  • The Medina County Historical Society will have an open house from 1 - 4 p.m. at the McDowell-Phillips House Museum, 205 S Prospect St., Medina. This is a guided tour through the museum. They have added many items fro display. Admissions prices are $10 for adults, $9 for MCHS members and seniors, and $7 for students 7-18 years old. Children younger than 7 are free to attend with a hand holding adult. Please do not park on Blake Ave. Contact (330) 722-1341 with any questions.

Monday, June 20
  • In observation of Juneteenth, the Auditor's Office is closed today.

  • Visit the Medina Library, 210 S Broadway St., Medina, beginning today and all week for "Kindergarten Readiness Week"! Practice some Kindergarten Readiness skills at the Library.

Tuesday, June 21
  • The Great Race is the country's oldest, longest-running, and richest vintage automobile event. This year's 9 day, 2,300 mile adventure begins in Warwick, Rhode Island and finishes in Fargo, North Dakota. It will bring 120 vintage vehicles from all over the world during its stop in Medina today! Learn more HERE!

  • Join St. Paul's Episcopal Church, beginning at noon, in welcoming the Great Race to Medina with lunch! St. Paul's Church will be offering hit dogs, chips, soft drinks,, baked goods, and water under their tent at 317 E Liberty St., Medina. Stop by to watch the 120 classic cars drive by on their way to the square. All proceeds from the lunch will benefit the St. Paul's Youth Group for their mission trip this summer.

  • The 2022 South Town Cruise Ins occur every Wednesday from 4 - 8 p.m. until October 12 at Habitat for Humanity, 233 Lafayette Rd., Medina. See some of the best classic collectibles, rat rods, hot rods, and muscle cars in Northeast Ohio. For more information click HERE.

  • The Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival begins today, and they are hosting a blood drive from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Vitalant Bloodmobile, 155 Ault St., Wadsworth. Please make an appointment by clicking HERE! The group code is 4225. In preparation for the donation, please eat before arriving and bring a photo ID and a list of medications you take. All donors receive a free t-shirt!

Wednesday, June 22
  • The Wadsworth Public Library is hosting a pop-up library at Trolley Line Park on Silvercrest Rd., in Wadsworth from 10 a.m. - noon. They will bring a small collection of circulating materials for children and adults to check out. Visitors can also register for a library card, sign up for summer reading club, enjoy story time, and more! Story time begins at 10:30 a.m.

  • The 2022 South Town Cruise Ins occur every Wednesday from 4 - 8 p.m. until October 12 at Habitat for Humanity, 233 Lafayette Rd., Medina. See some of the best classic collectibles, rat rods, hot rods, and muscle cars in Northeast Ohio. For more information click HERE.

Thursday, June 23
  • Join the Medina County Office for Older Adults for a guided tour of "true treasures" in Cleveland! The "Sights Unseen in Cleveland" tour will include stops at the Hay-McKinney Mansion, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and more! Visit HERE for more information and to sign up. Tickets are $98 each, with lunch and all transportation included.

  • The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition musical will be performed at 7 pm at the Haddad Theatre, 144 N. Broadway St., Medina. Tickets are $15 and available at the door or at ShowTix. Seating is limited. Call 330-899-7150 for more information. Additional performances on June 24 at 7 pm, June 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm and June 26 at 2 pm.

  • The St. Martin of Tours Food Pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 1824 Station Rd., Valley City (behind the white house). Hours are noon - 2 p.m. For additional information, email HERE!

  • Enjoy a night of networking and fun with the Medina County Young Professionals Association! Food and drinks will be available for purchase during this event at Buffalo Wild Wings, 5050 Eastpointe Dr., Medina, from 4 - 6 p.m. All young professionals living/working in Medina County are invited to attend.

  • The Chippewa Lake Ohio Historical Society is happy to announce the resumption of regular meetings beginning today at 7 p.m. Join them as they hear the true story of noted barnstormer,, Ralph Wensinger. Rosey Sanchez and Wensinger's great nephew will offer the fascinating story following a brief business meeting, to be held at the Chippewa Lake Community Center, 24 Circle Crest Dr., Chippewa Lake. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact them at (330) 714-0350.

For more events going on around Medina County, go HERE.
Live Music Events Around
Medina County This Weekend

Many thanks to Dine Medina County Face Book Page for this comprehensive list of music! Go to their page for outstanding local restaurant information!

Friday June 17th
Amy’s Arbors - 6735 Center Rd., Valley City
Brooke Tournoux @ 7 pm
The Backyard - 1813 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Grunge DNA @ 8 pm
Blue Heron Pub - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
Laid Back & Lazy @ 5 pm
Blue Tip BBQ and Grill - 130 S. Layman St., Wadsworth
4i3 Band @ 7:30 pm
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
CPR @ 8 pm
The Farmer’s Table – 320 S. Court, Medina
Art Michaud @ 7 pm
Filia Cellars- 3059 Greenwich Rd., Wadsworth
Gabe Reed @ 6:30 pm
Foundry Social – 333 Foundry Street, Medina
Prime Band @ 8 pm
Galaxy – 201 Park Center, Wadsworth
Twin B Project @ 6 pm
Grab N Go Beverage o DriveThru & Pub – 236 N. State Rd., Medina
Doug Nichols & Ayden Ash @ 7 pm
Herman's Pub & Grub - 2126 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Karaoke @ 9 pm
Hoppy Dude Brews - 1369 Ridge Rd., Hinckley
Thomas Guarino @ 6 pm
Mapleside Farms - 294 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Boaterhead (Yacht Rock) @ 7 pm ** Entry Fee **
Medina Brewing Company - 320 South Court St., Medina
Rob Rocks @ 7 pm
Medina's Uptown Park Gazebo on Public Square
Medina Community Band @ 8:30 pm
The Oaks Lakeside – 5878 Longacre Ln., Chippewa
Wallace Coleman @ 6 pm
On Tap Medina - 2736 Medina Rd., Medina
Greg Crowe @ 7 pm
PJ Marley's - 119 Public Sq., Medina
Skinny Moo @ 7 pm
Sully’s Irish Pub - 117 W. Liberty St., Medina
Smug Saints @ 8 pm
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
Country Music DJ @ 6:00 pm
White Timbers Winery - 10036 Rittman Rd., Wadsworth
Ceci Taylor @ 6 pm

Saturday June 18th
The Backyard - 1813 Pearl Rd., Brunswick
Joey Amato @ 8 pm
Blue Heron Pub - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
Island Troy @ 12 pm
Blue Heron Pub - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
Just Jazz @ 5 pm
Blue Tip BBQ and Grill - 130 S. Layman St., Wadsworth
Bad JuJu @ 5:00 pm
Cin Dees Place - 232 W. Smith Rd., Medina
My Friend Jack @ 8 pm
Filia Cellars- 3059 Greenwich Rd., Wadsworth
Jim Gill @ 6:00 pm
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
The Bellweather Boys 7:30 pm
Grab N Go Beverage o DriveThru & Pub – 236 N. State Rd., Medina
Chris Tuma @ 6 pm
High & Low Winery - 588 Medina Rd., Medina
Jim Gill @ 2 pm
Hoppy Dude Brews - 1369 Ridge Rd., Hinckley
Rye Valley @ 6 pm
Medina Brewing Company - 320 South Court St., Medina
Don Beck @ 7 pm
Medina's Uptown Park Gazebo on Public Square
Opera Under the Stars @ 8:30 pm
On Tap Medina - 2736 Medina Rd., Medina
Terry Ellis @ 7pm
Sully’s Irish Pub - 117 W. Liberty St., Medina
The New Barleycorn @ 8 pm
Thirsty Cowboy - 2743 Medina Rd., Medina
Country Dance Party! @ 7:00 pm

Sunday June 19th
Blue Heron Pub - 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina
Van Eidom @ 3 pm
Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant - 6757 Center Rd., Valley City
The New Barleycorn 3:00 pm
On Tap Medina - 2736 Medina Rd., Medina
Sunset Harmony @ 5pm
Panini’s Bar & Grill – 3520 Center Rd., Brunswick
New Decade @ 4 pm
News Around the County
Proposed 95-room Hotel Discussed for Downtown Medina

Downtown Medina may welcome a five-story hotel, fit for 95 rooms, as the first discussion regarding the possible project was held on Thursday night during the Historic Preservation Board’s meeting.

The hotel’s proposed location is at 253 and 257 S. Court St., which would require the demolition of two existing buildings.

The prospective developer of the property, Jim Gerspacher, said that he believes that the current economic drivers for the city of Medina include the courthouse, the county and city governments, retail locations and restaurants.

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Auditor Kovack refunds $5.5 million to local schools & governments

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack today announced that, due to the office’s prudent and efficient use of taxpayer dollars, he will be refunding a record $5.5 million to local schools, townships and municipalities from the Real Estate Assessment Fund (REAF).

The REAF comes from a portion of property taxes collected and set aside to pay for real estate appraisals. The fees are mandated by state law for every county in the state and are used to finance the State Mandated Reappraisal process, but auditors can refund the fees following reappraisals if they have completed the work for less than the amount. The surplus is redistributed to local governments and schools in proportion to the amount they contributed to the fund.

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Samosky's Cheese Steak Pizza Worth the Drive

The Samosky family has been serving up food in Northeast Ohio since 1910 when August Samosky opened a bakery on Fleet Ave. and E. 61st St. in Cleveland. August's father Fred opened a second bakery in Cleveland. This grew into a grocery store on Turney Rd. in Garfield.

Eventually Jason Samosky decided in 2003 to open a pizza place in Valley City using the family's old-style dough. Jason began experimenting beyond your typical pizza toppings, and thus the Philly Cheese Steak Pie was born.

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