Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
July 1,  2019


Matthew Condor, of Montville Township and Boy Scout Troop 511, became a third generation Eagle Scout last month with previous Eagles, James (grandfather - and one of my previous commanding officers in the Navy!), Steve (Dad) and Michael Condor (uncle) all in attendance!  Congratulations!

Paige Yu
represented the Medina Gymnastics Academy competing in the USAG Optional State Championship. She placed 4th on vault at level 10!  Congratulations Paige!

Buckeye High School juniors Madison Amburgey and Galena Lopuchovsky were chosen to represent the school at the Hugh O'Brien Leadership seminar held at Youngstown State University last month.  Hugh O'Brien scholars are chosen based on their potential to develop into tomorrow's future leaders!

Wadsworth High School and University of Akron graduate Elliot Georgiadis is one of 50 students across the country selected for a 2019 Television Academy Foundation internship this summer.  Elliot will be working at Fox 11 News in Los Angeles this summer.  Congratulations!

The following University of Alabama students from Medina County were named to the Dean's List for 2019 spring semester:  Meghan Marie Heimann of Brunswick; Cameron Billy, Adam Fowler, Austin Wayne, Anna Warvell, all from Medina.

Are you retired?  Leadership Medina County has started a new program just for you!  "Legacy Leaders" allows you to learn and explore Medina County in a top notch program!  Go to Legacy Leaders for more information!

Don't forget - Medina County property tax bills are due Fri., July 12th!

Happy 4th of July! 
Mike Kovack
America was not built on fear.   
America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. 
President Harry S. Truman

Fourth of July Activities 
Wednesday, July 3:
10:30 pm - Fireworks at Brunswick High School, 3581 Center Rd.  
Thursday, July 4:
1 pm - Parade starts at Gloria Glens Town Hall, 7966 Lake Rd and ends at Lions Park. 
Wednesday, July 3:   
Dusk:  Fireworks launched from high school parking lot 
Friday, July 4:
7:45 am - Twin Sizzler 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run, 27-Mile Bike Race, 1 Mile Fun Run.  Starts at Medina Public Square.   
4 pm - Parade runs from Medina High School, south on Spring Grove, west on Liberty and around square. 
8:30 pm - Medina Community Band Concert, Uptown Park Gazebo
Thursday, July 4:
Noon:  Parade through town.  Immediately following parade, Spencer Firemen's Association is hosting the 1st Annual Fireman's 4th of July picnic at Firestone Park.  Join them for hot dogs & hamburgers.  Donations will be accepted.
Thursday, July 4:
11 am - Parade steps off State Route 303 to West River to School St., to Maple St., ending at Mill Stream Park, 1200 Maple St. 
11:45 - Car Show at Mill Stream Park.  Concessions available.
7 - 9 pm - Music by LeLa Blue Band  at Mill Stream Park.  Concessions available.
Dusk - Fireworks  
Wednesday, July 3:
6 - 10 pm - Night of family fun, food from downtown restaurants and guest food trucks, face painting, juggler, Kids Zone, magician  
7 pm - Wadsworth Community Band in front of Central Intermediate School, 151 Main St.  
Dusk - Fireworks in downtown, High St. 
44th Annual Twin Sizzler 
Thursday, July 4th 
The Medina County Faith in Action Twin Sizzler Series returns for its 44th season and once again includes a 5k, 10k, Fun Run, Kid's Run and Bike Race, all starting from Medina Public Square.  Runners/riders are welcome to participate in one or multiple races.  Pre-race packet pick-up at Cool Beans Coffee Shop, 103 W. Liberty St., Medina, Sunday, June 30, 1 - 4 pm.  Race day pick-up begins at 6:30 am, Thursday, July 4.  INFO/REGISTRATION
Concerts Over the Valley
Friday, July 5
Features The Diamond Project (Neil Diamond Tribute) $5. 
The Concert Over the Valley series is the best outdoor concert series in Ohio, boasting concerts throughout the summer, all highlighting various genres and musical styles.
Admission: Gates open at 6pm with the concert starting at 7pm. No outside food or beverages of any kind allowed inside the gate. No pets - no guns - no fireworks. Smoking in designated area only.   
Every Friday night in July and August, talented regional bands will be featured. En joy fine wines, cold beer and the best barbecue around and even some delicious bakery treats.    
First Friday  
Friday, July 5, 5 - 9 pm , "Red, White & Medina" theme, at Medina Public Square.  An evening of socializing, dining, shopping, dancing, laughing, and merriment.   
Friday, July 5, 5 - 9 pm. The Downtown will be overflowing with talent and fun, with the theme, "Art in the Alleys and Non-Profit Night." 14 local artists will be featured in the alleyways, 27 non-profits will be offering raffles, crafts, snacks, and more all along the sidewalks, and live music will be happening all around! Shop at downtown businesses and organizations that will be open.  INFO

Jazz Under The Stars
Saturday, July 6th from 7  - 9 pm 
Join the Ohio Regional Music & Arts Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) as they host Jazz Under the Stars on Medina's Square. Neo Dixie, composed of Medina resident Tom Lempner on saxophone , trombonist Jimmy Redmond, tuba player Drew Kreiger and percussionist Darren Allen will bring you Dixieland treats and more!   FREE!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the concert!  
South Town Cruise-ins
Tuesday, July 9, 4pm to 8pm.
See some of the best classic, collectible, rat rod, hot rod, and muscle cars in Northeast Ohio, and enjoy classic tunes from 1950-70's with DJ Bruce. The South Town Cruise-in is free and open to the public. The event is presented by Main Street Medina, with support from Medina County Habitat for Humanity, and generously sponsored by South of the Square Collision Center.
Future Dates:
August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10, 17, 24
For more information, please call Main Street Medina at (330)-772-6186 or email

Ladies Night Out in Medina 
Thursday, July 11, 5 - 8:30 pm, is Sock Hop night in Medina.  Enjoy a 1950's/60's cover band in the Gazebo, and check out classic cars at the Cruise-In on Broadway St. in front of the County Courthouse, along with shopping, dining, socializing.  Pick up a bag at the Medina County Visitor's Bureau, then travel from store to store for items. 
Color FUN Run 5k & 1 Mile 
Friday, July 12, 5 - 9 pm.  Walk-up registration begins at 5 pm.  Race starts at 6:30 pm. 
Wadsworth's first Color FUN Run through Memorial Park, Kaleidoscope Playground, 155 Ault St. is   One free child with paid adult.  Prizes for best dressed.  Benefits the Francis House, an addiction recovery housing foundation. 
Wadsworth Relay for Life  
Join Wadsworth rally in the fight against cancer!  The Relay for Life runs Saturday, July 13th at 1 pm until Sunday, July 14th at 6 am at Memorial Park, 274 Grandview Avenue, Wadsworth.  The event is free & open to the community.  There will be a live DJ, entertainment, food and games & activities for all ages!  There is also a free cancer survivor/caregiver luncheon on Saturday at Noon.  Contact or click  INFO
Stuff the Bus 2019 
You can help local children in need be prepared for their first day of school. The United Way of Medina County's Stuff the Bus drive is kicking off to provide school supplies for low income students across six school districts in Medina County.  Collection dates: July 1 - 25. High demand school supplies: Clorox wipes, backpacks, dry erase markers, jump/thumb drives, scientific calculators. Several collection sites. List of general supply needs. Questions? Call Bobbie Gardner at 330-725-3926, ext. 224.
Other Events & Happenings 
Wednesday, July 3    
Fun on the Farm -  10am to 8pm. Spring Mist Farms, 691 Pearl Road, Brunswick Hills, Ohio 44212. Fun for the family. A petting farm with all the traditional farm animals (horses, chickens, ducks and more). There are some non-farm animals like reindeer. For the younger kids, let them enjoy pony cart rides. Admission $5 per child ages 1-12; $3 13-adult. For more information call (330) 225-3565. Visit
Live Entertainment - Sign up begins at 6pm. Sonnets Express Bar & Restaurant features great original music just about every weekend. Music ranges from jazz to rock n' roll and everything in between. Enjoy coffee, sandwiches and beer! The address is 117 College Street in Wadsworth. Call (330) 336-5557 for more information or visit  
Kathryn's Craft Closet - 6-9pm. Pre-Wadsworth Fireworks. Enjoy some punch and hotdogs while creating a canvas painting of Uncle Sam for $10 each. Also featuring glow sticks for $1 each. Held at 185 Main Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.  
Friday, July 5
Deadline for registration for Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist training being held on
Wednesdays, beginning August 14 - October 23, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.  Cost $250/person.  Call the OSU Extension Office for info at 330-725-4911. 
Saturday, July 6
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach - 7pm to 9pm. Jazz Under the Stars. Join saxophonist Tom Lempner, trombonist Jimmy Redmond, tuba player Drew Kreiger and percussionist Darren Allen as they bring you these merry melodies and add a 'new' twist to some of these Dixieland treats. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and enjoy this free concert on Medina's historic Public Square. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the United Church of Christ.
Medina Farmer's Market - 9am to 1pm. Visit and shop the Medina Farmers Market featuring the best locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, heirloom produce, local meats and cheese and much more. Treat yourself to homemade jam and jellies, nut butters, local honey, fresh bread and tempting baked goods. Address - 246 Northland Drive, Medina. Visit
Wadsworth Farmer's Market - 9am to noon. Main Street Wadsworth is pleased to announce the return of Wadsworth's Farmers market. Join us on Saturdays at the Central Intermediate School, 151 Main Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281. Outdoor farmers market with approximately 30 vendors offering produce, meat, baked goods, candles, soaps and more.  
Northern Ohio Railway Museum - 10am to 4pm. Travel back in time. Over forty streetcars, interurbans, rapid transit cars and other rolling stock have been collected. Tour will be conducted every hour on the half hour starting at 10:30am with the last tour at 3:30pm. Donations accepted.  
Sunday, July 7
The Medina County Historical Society will hold an open house from 1 - 4 pm at the John Smart House Museum, 206 N Elmwood, Medina.  Their theme this year is the Women's Suffrage Movement and the museum explores the role of prominent women in Medina County.  Free admission.  Donations welcome!  
Monday, July 8
Art Awareness Workshops - 9:30am to 3:30pm. Held by Chris Leeper (watercolor-landscape). The Cliffside Artists Collaborative is offering Art Awareness Workshops for artists, high school art student and educators. Classes are $60 tuition per day (bring lunch unless noted otherwise). Classes limited to 18 students. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required during registration. Send checks to CAC, PO Box 401, Hinckley, OH 44233. Held at Cliffside Artists Collaborative, 1921 Ridge Road, Hinckley, Ohio 44233. Call (330) 225-5364 or email with questions. Visit their website
The York Township Historical Society will meet at 7 pm at the one-room schoolhouse located at 6547 Spellman Street in "Mallet Creek" (corner of route 18 & route 252).  Rod Knight will discuss Liverpool Township, the Salt Works that were located there and the Village of Hardscrabble.  New members & visitors are always welcome.  Door prizes & refreshments.  330-725-2246 for info. 
Tuesday, July 9
Summer Story Time -  2pm to 3pm. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is providing a Christian outreach to families in the Medina community through a summer reading program at Memorial Park, 421 Homestead Drive, Medina, Ohio 44256. Church members will read two Bible stories. All are welcome to this fun and meaningful event! For questions call (330) 723-8293.
The Knitting Lady - 10am to Noon. If you would like to learn how to knit or if you already are a knitter but would like to chat while you knit and, maybe learn something new, the Lodi Library Community Room, 635 Wooster Street is the place for you. Free. Sponsored by Senior C.A.N. Cooperative Community Services. Call (330) 461-3683 with questions.
Wednesday, July 10
Come out to the Buckeye District Library, 6625 Wolff Road, York Township,  to meet Outback Ray and the creatures in his "Amazing Animal Show"!  The program begins at 1 pm and is open to all ages! 
Friday, July 12
It's a pool party: All teens ages 12-18 are invited to a Pool Party from 7 to 9 pm at Medina's Memorial Pool on Homestead Street. There will be a DJ with dancing, games, prizes and swimming! Cost is $5 per person. You can register online at or at the Medina Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Road, Medina.

Brunswick City, Brunswick Hills undertake joint road project

Brunswick - Service Director Paul Barnett told City Council members Monday that the city of Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Township are working together to resurface a portion of Laurel and South Carpenter roads.
"This is a project where the township came to us and said they would like to resurface a portion of Laurel Road and South Carpenter and the city of Brunswick shares some of the frontage," Barnett said. "They are going to take the lead on this."
Under the agreement, Brunswick will cover the cost for the portion of the roads that it owns. The city's portion is $120,000. The total cost of the project is $198,579.79. A date for the project is to be determined.
In addition to road repairs, City Engineer Matt Jones said the city will soon start repairs to catch basins throughout the city.
"Typically, this program is to repair the top of the basin and also the surrounding concrete at the surface," Jones said. "That's how we've handled the past few years and we intend to do the same again. Typically, the basins when you get down to the pipe level are in good shape. It's the top that gets beat up."
The city has set $90,000 aside in the stormwater fund to help cover the
Read the rest of Alyssa Alfano's story in The Gazette.
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Chippewa Lake residents deal with flooding levels not seen in decades

Medina - Pay-to-play athletic fees could be reduced or phased out in the district over the next few years, but school officials say eliminating them in one fell swoop is not possible.
The issue was discussed Monday at the school board's monthly business meeting.
Superintendent Aaron Sable said the fees bring in about $500,000 for athletic programs each year.
"I do think it's something we need to address," he said. "I'm not going to get into statistics today about students that are involved in extracurriculars, athletics, and their achievement in school, but there's definitely a relationship between participation and success."
"I know since I've been with the district we've had board members who've expressed concerns about pay-to-participate fees as well as ensuring all students have an opportunity to participate," he added.
Yearly costs per student are capped at $660 but no cap per household currently exists, meaning that families with multiple students playing multiple sports are often charged in excess of $1,000 each year.
Sable said a yearly household cap of $990 has been proposed and that he recommends implementing it before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Read the rest of Jonathan DeLozier's story at The Gazette.

Wadsworth elementary school teacher Katie Titus made her students smile

Wadsworth - A passion for childhood literacy, an infectious laugh and the unrelenting desire to improve the lives of her students are traits colleagues used to describe Franklin Elementary School teacher Katie Titus.
Titus, 60, died Saturday following a brief battle with an aggressive brain cancer.
Titus, a second-grade teacher, had worked at Franklin for eight years after another teaching stint at Valley View Elementary School and time spent as a Title I tutor at Isham Elementary School.
Earlier parts of Titus' career were spent in the corporate world after earning a journalism degree but an underlying desire to teach eventually led her back to school and later into Medina County classrooms, said Barb Crookes, an intervention specialist at Franklin.
"She found her true passion and her true calling," she said. "She got into teaching and has been one of the best I've ever known. I was always enthralled to be in her classroom and listen to her talking to the kids.
"She was fair, compassionate, and consistent with all students regardless of their abilities. That isn't easy to do, even for the best teachers."
"Katie loved kids and she loved finding new ways to do things, ways to improve herself so she could be a better teacher," said Steph Schmeltzer, a teacher at Isham and co-president of the Wadsworth Education Association.
"We're all going to miss her very much and loved her as a colleague and as a friend."
Read the rest of Jonathan DeLozier's story at The Gazette.

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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Firefighter/Paramedic, City of Brunswick - Competitive exam July 13.  $19.24 starting salary.  Register at Brunswick City Hall.  Non-refundable $30 fee with application.  INFO
Community Relations - Looking for outstanding individual to do it all: press releases, social media, community events, website and more.  Outstanding customer service skills required.  Knowledge of In-Design, Publisher a plus.  Great benefits, very little weekend or evening work.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Resumes with salary requirements to:    
Resident Services - The Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority has a FT opening to perform a wide range of activities assisting the Community Manager in all aspects of tenant relations, including contacting prospective tenants, along with routine office tasks.  Strong math & analytical skills, proficient in Microsoft Office.  Submit resume to or to 850 Walter Rd., Medina.  No phone calls.  INFO 
Sanitation worker in Medina, FT, 2nd shift - Work 2:30 - 11:30 pm.  Pay: $13-$16/hr. Duties:  Ensure equipment is cleaned, sanitized.  Perform nightly checks.   INFO
Assist People with Disabilities - Be part of a team with a sense of humor, dedicated to helping our community.  $11 starting wage with robust benefits package, flexible hours.  Call 330-722-1900, ext. 200 INFO  
Full Time Clerical/Customer Service Position - Downtown Medina.  Full medical insurance, retirement plan, sick days, 12 personal days a year, regular 9-5 schedule M - F. $26,000-29,000 per year. Resumes to: 
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