Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update
July 1,  2019


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

The Medina Gymnastics Academy saw 16 of their gymnasts become State Champions at the Xcel State Championships last month! This makes them one of only 25 clubs in Ohio to have more than 10 or more State Champions Outstanding job!

Congratulations to Brielle Turssa, a Brunswick High School graduate, who was inducted into the Baldwin Wallace University's Epilson Nu Chapter of the National Communication Association's Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society.

Medina resident Olivia Ortiz attended the Advanced Space Academy at the NASA Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama last month.  Over the week she participated in numerous simulation activities and graduated with honors.

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!

Hope you have an outstanding week!
Mike Kovack
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.  We need people who can dream of things that never were and ask, "Why not?" 
President John F. Kennedy

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. 
Brunswick Walk to End Alzheimer's 
Thursday, July 11, 4:30 - 6:30 pm. You're invited to connect with like-minded, cause-driven individuals and companies. Interested in starting a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's? Want tips on how to create a successful fundraiser? Looking to join the fight for Alzheimer's first survivor? Food and beverages available. RSVP to Stephanie Mueller at or 234-284-2752.
Address: Scene 75, 3688 Center Rd., Brunswick, OH 44212.
Picnics on the Patio  
Friday, July 12, 11 am - 1 pm. Come join the Office for Older Adults at their outdoor patio for fun in the sun with friends and music! Open to the public - 60 & over, $4, everyone else $5. This week's food will be Swiss burgers with onions and mushrooms.
Address: The Human Services Building Patio, 246 Northland Dr., Medina.
Bee Fest
Saturday, July 13, 11 am - 3 pm. Enjoy a family fun day including the opening of the hive, honey tasting, beekeeping information, fun crafts and activities for kids. Presented at the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St. 
For more information, call (330) 725-0588. 
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. 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 Relay in the fight against cancer!  The Relay for Life runs Saturday, July 13, 1 pm until Sunday, July 14, 6 am at Memorial Park, 274 Grandview Ave. The event is free and open to the community.  There will be a live DJ, entertainment, food and games and activities for all ages!  There is also a free cancer survivor/caregiver luncheon on Saturday at noon.  Contact or click INFO.
Arts Week Festival   
The Medina County Arts Council brings you Arts Week Festival 2019, Monday, July 14 - Sunday, July 21.  Free evening concerts, free daily activities for kids in Brunswick, Medina, Sharon Center, Lodi and Wadsworth. 
Spirits of the Past Auditions 
Are you a closet history fan? Like to tell stories about Medina and interpret our past? Then audition for the Medina Spirits of the Past on Mon., July 15 at 7 pm at the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway, Medina, 2nd floor choral room Medina's Spirits of the Past is a historical walk around the square, sponsored by Medina County Show Biz, Medina Historical Society and the Medina Arts Council.  Call 330-723-3226 for more info.

The New Barleycorn
Wed., July 17, 6-8 pm. The comical Irish group will be performing at the Western Reserve Masonic Community, Medina. All proceeds from this concert will go to The Trinity Rose Foundation. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and beverages will all be available at the concession stand.  For more information call Kimberly Valco at (330) 721-3264.
Address: 4931 Nettleton Rd. , Medina, OH 44256 (330) 721-3000.
Wadsworth Old Fashioned Day
Friday, July 19, 11 am - 2 pm. The Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation and Professional Friends present Wadsworth Old Fashioned Day with memorabilia, games and activities, a car cruise-in, a summertime cook-out, a cupcake baking contest and live music b y Jim Gill.  $5 meal deal and a la carte, 11 am - 1:30 pm. Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive, Wadsworth. For more information call (330) 335-1513.
Uncorked Medina Wine Festival
Friday and Saturday, July 19-20 (Friday) 4 - 9 pm and (Saturday) 2 - 9pm. Support the Friends of the Medina County Parks and enjoy an evening under the stars. There will be wine and craft beer tastings, food trucks and a marketplace. Specialty tickets are available for Friday's Sip & Savor, from 6 - 8 pm, with wines and special food tasting from area restaurants. Twilight Dinner will be served at 6 pm Saturday; participants will be served a multi-course dinner with wine-pairings. Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Rd., Seville.
PurposePalooza Music and Service Festival
Saturday, July 20, noon - 8 pm. A day of music and community service will take place at Buckeye High School, 3084 Columbia Rd., Medina.  PurposePalooza is an experience bringing people of all ages and their families together to form faith and to find a tangible way to serve others. Numerous ministry and community partners will be in attendance, while a trio of top bands will entertain attendees. Tickets are $15. Children under 8 are free. Tickets purchased after July 6 or on site will be $20. INFO

Jakob F. Von Der Vellen Memorial Fundraiser
Sunday, July 21, 2 - 5 pm. Proceeds will help fund scholarships established in Jake's name at Medina High School and Ohio Wesleyan University. Events include: a basket raffle, 50/50 raffle. Grand prize raffle - Experience the CLE (includes Cleveland restaurant, shops and hotel gift cards), door prizes, refreshments and more!  At Williams on the Lake,787 Lafayette Rd., Medina..
For more information or to make a donation, contact or call (330) 421-0863.
Art in the Park
Sunday, July 21, 11 am - 5 pm.
The Medina County Art League presents its 46th annual Art in the Park.  Spend the day perusing artist's painting's, sculptures, photos and other works. The juried fine art show and sale will be featured at the Courthouse Square, Medina.  Rain or shine.

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 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!    
Spencer Community Cupboard.  2 - 5 pm.  Donations accepted (food, personal items and cleaning supplies. Please call the Church office at (330) 648-2483 to make an appointment. Spencer Spencer United Methodist Church, 201 East Main St., Spencer.   
Friday, July 12 
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. 
It's a pool party: All teens ages 12-18 are invited to a Pool Party from 7 - 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.
Saturday, July 13 
Medina Farmer's Market - 9 am to 1 pm. 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 - 9 am - noon. Main Street Wadsworth is pleased to announce the return of Wadsworth's Farmers Market. Saturdays at the Central Intermediate School, 151 Main Street. Outdoor farmers market with approximately 30 vendors offering produce, meat, baked goods, candles, soaps and more.  
Sunday, July 14 
Kevin Walters: Sound the (French) Horn - Join the Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach at the Wadsworth Library at 2 pm. Akron-based musician Kevin Walters, a well known French Horn repertoire, will be performing for free. Reservations strongly recommended at (330)-722-2541. Visit    
Tuesday, July 16 
Medina County Breast Cancer Support Group - Monthly Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are open to all breast cancer survivors and family or friends. Meetings held at 803 Washington Park, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Medina. Please call (330) 225-3576 for further information.
Saturday, July 20
Special Needs Babysitting Training - 9 am - 3 pm.
Hosted by the SHC/The Arc of Medina County and Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Expand your babysitting business by learning skills and gaining confidence to care for children with special needs. $85 per participant; bring a lunch/drink. Held at the SHC office, 4283 Paradise Rd., in Seville. Contact Melissa at (330)-722-1900 x150.  
Sunday, July 21
Feeding Medina County Benefit.  Corvette Show and Funkhana at Mill Stream Park, 1200 Maple St., Valley City.  Registration:  9:30 - 10:30 am.  Awards:  3:30 pm.  $20 for show; $10 for Funkhana.  Info:  Debbie at 330-321-8882.  

Medina Council passes LGBTQ protections

MEDINA -- LGBTQ members of the community will be protected.
City Council passed two ordinances Monday night before an overflow crowd of 150-200 people at City Hall.
Councilman At-Large Bill Lamb said he's proud of the legislation.
"It's a good thing for our community," he said.
The first move was amending Section 541.08 of the codified ordinances of the city of Medina to prohibit intimidation on the basis of sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. It passed 6-1, with Ward 1 Councilman Bob Starcher voting against it.
Then, an ordinance adopting a new chapter 717 of the codified ordinances to prohibit discriminatory conduct on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
It passed 5-2, with Starcher and Councilman At-Large Paul Rose voting against it.
More than 15 people spoke in support on the ordinances, which stretched the meeting late into the night. Council didn't vote on the second ordinance until almost 10:45 p.m. for a meeting that began at 7:30 p.m.
These ordinances were almost a year in the making since several residents first brought their concept to the Finance Committee.
Read the rest of Bob Finnan's story at   The Gazette.

Tax break aims to develop downtown Wadsworth

WADSWORTH - An agreement to bring a new business downtown could mean owners of the property receive a substantial tax break from the city, but Wadsworth Schools receives a compensation package to offset the revenue loss.
Strand Company Ltd. is considering turning its banquet hall space at 123 Broad St. into "Dolce at the Strand," which would offer coffee, cocktails, and desserts. The company and the Medina County Economic Development Corp. have proposed that the city offer a seven-year, 60-percent tax abatement. Tax abatements are a component of a community reinvestment agreement program enacted by the city last year.
Public Services Director Robert Patrick said the company is targeting an opening date in the fall or early-winter and City Council will vote on the tax abatement during its July 16 meeting. Council's economic development and planning committee voted unanimously on July 2 to move the measure forward for possible approval by Council.
"We created this CRA program to spur investment and growth downtown," he said. "It's been around for about a year and no one has really taken advantage of it until now, where we have three businesses moving forward with it. It's pretty exciting."
Read the rest of Jonathon Delozier's story at

Medina County Arts Week features concerts, children's activities July 14-21

MEDINA, Ohio -- The Medina County Arts Council will once again present numerous free concerts and arts-related activities for both children and adults during its annual Arts Week July 14-21.
Although most of the concerts and activities will take place at the gazebo in the Medina Square, there will also be events at the Medina, Brunswick, Lodi and Wadsworth libraries, in addition to a concert in the Sharon Circle gazebo, according to a news release from the Medina County Arts Council.
Wadsworth Library
The week kicks off with a performance by French horn player Kevin Walters at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Wadsworth Library, 132 Broad St. Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO), the Wadsworth Library and the arts council are all sponsoring the event. Admission is free, but tickets can be reserved at
Medina Gazebo
There will be activities for both children and adults at the Medina Square gazebo at noon each day from July 15-19, according to the release, in addition to evening concerts July 15-18 starting at 7:30 p.m. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.
Read the rest of Allison Wood's story at

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  
Employment Opportunities
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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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