Mike Kovack

Mike Kovack
Medina County Auditor

144 N. Broadway St, Medina, OH  44256
Medina:  (330) 725-9754     Toll free:  (844) 722-3800, ext. 9754


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March 29, 2017



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Schneider stepping down as HANDS director

Cindie Schneider is leaving after 17 years as executive director of the HANDS Foundation. The process, she said, was heart wrenching. "I felt like I was giving a baby up for adoption," she said about the decision it took months to make.

After her daughter, Hayley, moved to Colorado and her son Michael and wife had their second child - Schneider said she wanted to work in a job that would allow her more time with her grandchildren. Now she and her husband of 37 years, Berndt, will take time to "just play" with the grandkids.

HANDS trustees accepted her resignation effective March 31 and the office will be manned by part time assistant, Liz Murphy for now.

Read the rest of Sam Boyer's story at Cleveland.com.



Medina native Rado competing on "Amazing Race"

You've got cops, veterans, athletes, models and real estate agents - and then there's Mike Rado, the burly butcher with a big beard and a bunch of tattoos.
Rado, 37, who grew up in Medina, will appear on season 29 of CBS' "The Amazing Race," the uber-popular reality TV competition pitting 11 teams of two in a scavenger-hunt-like race around the world.
"It's the chance of a lifetime," Rado, a 1996 Medina High School graduate, said. "I've always watched it. I've loved it for years and years."
The season premiere is Thursday, March 30 at 10 p.m. eastern - and you'd better believe they'll be watching on the big screens down at Jojo's on South Jefferson Street in Medina.
Although Rado hails from Pittsburgh these days - he and his wife, Katie, own Butcher on Butler in Lawrenceville on the city's northeast side - Rado is a former cook of several years at Jojo's Sports Bar & Grille, as well as the attached Dominic's Pizzera & Italian Restaurant.
Jojo's is hosting "The Amazing Race" watch parties for both episode 1 and episode 2 on April 5, the latter of which Rado said he will be in attendance for.
Read Kevin McManus' full article in The Post.



Summa Health, Wadsworth-Rittman reach accord

An agreement on the expansion of health services by Akron-based Summa Health at Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center has been reached, a hospital district board member said.

The agreement follows the disclosure in February of a legal settlement stemming from a 2014 lawsuit involving Summa Health of Akron and the Wadsworth-Rittman Area Joint Township Hospital District.

Bruce Darlington, a spokesman and Wadsworth-Rittman board member, said the board accepted terms at a meeting Monday night and is waiting on Summa to do so by April 30.

Darlington, who's also Wadsworth City Council's Ward 4 representative, said the agreement's terms will be disclosed upon Summa's approval.

A Summa spokesman did not return a message Tuesday seeking comment.

The Wadsworth-Rittman board is made up of three Rittman Village Council members, three Wadsworth Township trustees and three Wadsworth Council members.

In June 2013, Summa announced plans to shut down inpatient services while continuing emergency and outpatient care. Inpatient services were merged with Summa Barberton Hospital, which is about 13 miles from the Wadsworth-Rittman campus.

Read Ashley Fox's full story at The Gazette.



Birthing Center closure rattles Medina residents

Residents upset with Cleveland Clinic's decision to close the Family Birthing Center at Medina Hospital came out in full force Monday night.

About 65 people attended Medina City Council's meeting to voice their concerns. Most of them were wearing "Save Medina Birthing Center" T-shirts.

The clinic announced last week it would close Medina Hospital's birthing unit July 1. It said about 65 percent of expectant mothers in Medina County deliver their babies at other hospitals.

"What about the 800 babies that were born there last year?" Dr. Pat Naples asked.

The OB/GYN physician said he's delivered about 6,000 babies in his 30-year career. He said he can't go anywhere in the community and not see a baby he has delivered.

"People are born here, live here and have their families here," Naples said.

"This is wrong for the community. It's a detriment to the community."

He said the Cleveland Clinic is a great organization.

"But they are concerned with the Cleveland Clinic," Naples said.

Retired nurse Jane Ann Brock worked at Medina Hospital for 35 years.

"For the Cleveland Clinic to decide to close the birthing center, it's disheartening," she said. "It takes a vital service away from our young families. It's very unfair."

Read Bob Finnan's full story at The Gazette.



Brunswick kids raise $24,000 at St. Baldrick's event

Brunswick High School students may remember a student who described herself as "the bald girl that was bopping through the hallway" after she shaved her head last year in celebration of being cancer-free for one year.

That girl is junior Gabby Foust, who also spearheaded the school's St. Baldrick's event Friday at the high school. About 20 students and teachers pledged to shave their head and/or donate hair to help fight childhood cancer.

And they raised about $24,000 for childhood cancer.

"I'm so happy how well this came out and so happy to help be a part of it," Gabby said.

In the fall 2015, Gabby was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma. In September, she donated 22 inches of hair that went to a girl with leukemia.

"It was hands-down the best decision I've done in my life," Gabby said. "(At the time) it was definitely hard. I went through the stubble and peach fuzz and at one point I looked like G.I. Jane. But that's when you realize your self strength and confidence. It'll grow back."

Read Halee Heironimus' full story at The Gazette.



Medina County District Library News

The Medina County District Library is celebrating National Library Week April 9-15 with a number of events that challenge county residents to discover their library story.

At 1 p.m. April 10, MCDL Director Carole Kowell will bring residents up to date on the state of the library system and help celebrate the Medina Library's 110

th birthday at the branch at 210 S. Broadway St.

April 11 is "I Love My Library" Day. Stop by any location to pick up a sticker declaring your love of libraries. Look for a sweet treat at the service desks.

April 12 is Bookmobile Day. Learn more about the Library on Wheels. Visit a Bookmobile stop and get a special gift.

To read Ann Norman's full story, go to Cleveland.com.




Congratulations to the following Medina students who made the Dean's List at Wittenberg University last semester: Amanda Deweese, Stephanie Durbin, Samantha Petruzzi and Katherine Phillips.....and my favorite, Michael Kovack!  Way to Tiger Up, guys!  ;)

Judy Siman of Medina was rcently inducted into the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame!  She was chosen for lifetime contributions of service to clubs, communities and the state programs.  Congratulations Judy!

Brunswick dominated the All Gazette swimming team this year with Cassandra Pasadyn being named MVP and team mates Felicia Pasadyn, Nikki Eyssen, and Bri Costanza making the team.  Highland's Mindy Wilkes, Medina's Lexi Agee and Ashley Mennenga and Wadsworth's Hanna Berlin also were named to the team.

Ken Kuczma will receive the Award of Merit from the Chippewa Council of Boy Scouts next month.  Ken is being recognized for the outstanding job he's done as the Advancement Chair for the District.  Congratulations!

This one always amazes me - Students in Anna Taylor's math classes at Highland Middle School had a competition to see who could memorize the most digits of the mathematical constant Pi.  Eighth graders Chloe Cleland memorized it out to 127 digits, Collin Spittle memorized it out to 83 digits and seventh grader Heather Brickman memorized it out to 79 digits.  Their prizes - pie, of course! 

Enjoy the sun and have a great week!

Mike Kovack 

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney


Easter Holiday Fun!

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/05776451-c89d-4b4d-a438-85795656bb42.jpgGrown Up Moonlight Easter Egg Hunt
Join the fun at Ignite Dance Studio's 2nd Annual Grown Up Moonlight Easter Egg Hunt at 8 pm on Friday, March 31, with dinner afterwards.  Prizes up to $500 or $1,000, depending on the number of hunters. Tickets $35

Breakfast with the Bunny

The Medina Early Childhood PTA is having Breakfast with the Bunny and two seatings are available, 9 am and 11 am on Saturday, April 1. Enjoy games and crafts along with a light breakfast and photo opportunity with the bunny. Cost is $5 per person. The event takes place at the White Birch Barn, 7180 W. Smith Rd, Medina.  Register at INFO.

Pictures with the Bunny  There will be Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Centerra Country Store (formerly Town & Country), 6701 Wooster Pike, Medina from 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday, April 2.  They will be accepting donations for local animal shelters in exchange for a free photo.  Please one photo per family!     INFO  

Black River Easter Egg Hunt 

The Black River Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 10 am at the Black River Education Center, 257 Co Rd 40, Sullivan. There are four age groups: 2-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-11 years old. There will be candy and prizes along with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own baskets. The hunt will be outside, weather permitting.

K9 Eggstravaganza 

The K9 Eggstavaganza, a fundraiser for the Medina County Sheriff K9 Fund, takes place Saturday, April 8 (rain or shine) at 11 am at the Medina Kennel Club, 6840 Lake Rd, Medina.  Join the fun at an Easter egg hunt on 22 acres.  The cost per egg hunter is $5 and there is no age limit.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Well behaved and fully vaccinated dogs are allowed. No flexi leads are allowed! Please bring your own basket. Pre-registration preferred.    REGISTRATION  

Medina Public Square Easter Egg Hunt 

Grace Church is sponsoring a Family Egg Hunt on the Medina Public Square Saturday, April 8 at 2 pm.  ! There will be age specific egg hunts, inflatables, snacks, face painting, games, music and more!   

Lafayette Easter Egg Hunt 

The Lafayette Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, April 9 at 2 pm, at the Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Rd, Medina. There will be four age groups: 2-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-11 years. Bring your own baskets. Hunt will be outside, weather permitting or held inside if there is inclement weather.


James and the Giant Peach, Jr

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/8d43645d-d287-4048-8a06-88249bb3c00d.jpgBuckeye Community Theater  in collaboration with Fred Hargrove Young Artists presents James and the Giant Peach, Jr. The production is a re-imaging of Roald Dahl's literary classic with captivating puppetry on Medina High School's Middle Stage, 851 Weymouth Rd, Medina.  Follow signs to parking lot D and enter D4 door. Tickets are $10 per adult and $8 per student and senior and are available at the door or Medina Buehler's.  Show times are Friday, March 31, 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 1, 1 pm & 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 3 - 2 pm.


April Fools Paint & Sip

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/cb0b8655-6b57-4096-8ddc-3171d2709bcb.pngBrunswick Relay for Life is having an April Fools Paint & Sip, at the Brunswick Recreation Center from 6-8 pm, on Saturday, April 1. For a $30 donation you will receive all your art supplies and two drink tickets. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase. Space is limited. Please email jamie.zychowski@cancer.org or call 888.227.6446 ext. 2201.    INFO  


Boost Your Communication Skills

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/caadb217-3b4b-4091-a00e-9f06b0864fa8.jpgThe Wadsworth Toastmasters' Club meets Tuesday, April 4th and the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays between 6:45 and 7:45 pm, at the Wadsworth Buehler's, 175 Great Oaks Trail, in the community room near the deli. Wadsworth Toastmasters' is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who wants to learn how to speak in public with a greater sense of confidence. It is ideal for businessmen and women, business owners, teachers, clergy, non-profit organizers, and anyone who wants to keep their communication skills sharp.  


Paint Party Ladies Auxiliary

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/c63a4034-979b-4d93-98f5-7b16fcffa89b.jpgThe Lodi American Legion Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Paint Party.  They will provide everything you need, no experience is necessary for this event. Tickets are available at the Legion, 330-948-1523. Cost is only $40. The event takes place at 120 Bank St, Lodi, on Saturday, April 4, from 2-4 pm.  


Soil & Water District Seedling Sale

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/2446ee62-b62e-4f3f-b234-edfd1bd5d11f.jpgThe Medina County Soil & Water Conservation District offers seedlings for sale on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are selections from evergreens, hardwoods, shrubs & more!  Deadline for ordering is April 4.  Pick up dates are Friday and Saturday, April 21/22 at Geig's Orchard in Seville.   ORDERING INFORMATION 


Pet Palooza

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/0d3d3bc4-9804-48b7-8a49-be398111fb28.pngThe Medina County Library is having its Pet Palooza on Saturday, April 8, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Rd. There will be crafts, games, displays, home school art show, face painting, stuffed animal pet clinic, and animals all around. There are NO pet adoptions available at this event. Pet food donations will be gladly accepted by Medina County SPCA. Table displays include: Medina County K-9s, Guide Dogs, Pet Valu, Kitten Krazy,"Izzy" the Therapy Dog, Pygmy goats, Medina County SPCA, Dr. Nancy Pepin "ask the Doctor", Awesome Paws, Nature's Select, Freddie the Frog, Studio 75.....
Please leave your pets at home!


10:00 am Jungle Safari Puppet and Magic Show

presented by Katie Bee Entertainment
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Our Zoo to You Exotic Animal show
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Our Zoo to You petting time
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Nate the Great Balloon Animals
1:00 pm Realm of the Reptile show
11:30 - 1:30 JJ Hotdog Truck 


Dinner & All That Jazz

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/9bd7e5b6-aaf5-48bd-a6b6-1cb1f3ebd58a.pngMedina Jazz Bands is having a dinner and jazz show on Saturday, April 8, from 5-9:30 pm at the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Rd, Medina. There will be performances by the Medina High School Star Dusters and Jazz Ensemble, both Claggett and A.I. Root Middle School bands. Tickets are available at both Buehler's in Medina or can be bought the night of the event. Tickets include an Italian-themed dinner.


Project: LEARN's Match Wits Trivia Challenge

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/ad1d1dcc-08f4-40a4-83b0-9d35aeea66b0.jpgKnow your trivia?  Put together a team and compete in Project: LEARN's 7th annual "Match Wits" tournament.  Registration is $320 for a team of 8, or $40 individual includes delicious buffet dinner at Coppertop at Cherokee Hills, 5740 Center Rd., Valley City, 6-9 pm on Thursday, April 20.  MORE INFO


AAUW Collecting Books for Book Sale

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/530ce507-e69f-4ebc-9081-31e2d5940acc.jpgThe Medina County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is now collecting donations of used books for its 24th Annual Book Sale that will take place April 26 - 29.  Collection boxes are in place at Buehler's Wadsworth, Forest Meadows & River Styx in Medina, Cool Beans on Medina Square, Westfield Bank in Medina, Jonesy's Cleaners on S. Court and on Sturbridge in Medina, Paramount Tennis Club on Medina Road and Lodi Community Hospital.  Funds from the annual sale support scholarships for women and girls.



Art Festival
The Medina County Art Festival High School Senior Show is being held at Medina Hospital in the South Medical Office Building, Entrance D, 970 E. Washington St, Medina.  Show hours are as follows: 9 am to 9 pm (Monday-Friday) and 9 am to 5 pm (Saturday) until April 19.  

Thursday, March 30 The WRMC Readers Theatre group will present their spring show at 2 pm at the Western Reserve Masonic Community, 4931 Nettleton Rd, Medina. They will perform five comedic skits entitled, "Our March Madness" in the chapel. The program is free.

Friday, March 31

Medina County Library is having a wine and canvas party at the library,

210 S. Broadway St, Medina, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Adults 21 and over bring their own wine and go home with an 11' X 14" original painting. The event cost is $15 with library card or $20 without. Register at your library.

Saturday, April 1
"How to be a Candidate 101" hosted by Medina County Together (MCT) IS NOT TAKING PLACE TODAY.  This event actually occurred March 25.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Sunday, April 2
Medina County Historical Society Open House from 1-4 pm
at the John Smart House Museum, 206 N. Elmwood St., Medina.  Free & open to the public.  Information at 330-722-1341
Sunday, April 2
The Litchfield Fire & Rescue Association is holding a pancake breakfast from 8 am to 12:30 pm at the fire station at 9487 Norwalk Rd, Litchfield. Cost for breakfast is $7. The bloodmobile will be at the breakfast; those who donate eat for free. 
Monday, April 3

St. Patrick Episcopal Church is offering spaces to sell your crafts or no- longer-needed items from your home, for their Garage Mahal Sale. They are located at 3611 Center Rd, Brunswick, and they share space with First Christian Church in front of Tri-C Brunswick. This ad is only for making reservations for a sale space. For more information, email stpatrickbrunswick@gmail.com. The event goes from 9 am to 7 pm.

Tuesday, April 4

Having workforce challenges?  Can't find the right candidates? Attend the first Medina County Employer Resources Expo and find solutions to these challenges & more! 10 am - 4 pm, Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Rd., Medina. Free.  INFO   

Farmer Workshops
Join OSU Extension in Medina to learn what you need to start your farm. This is a beginner farmer workshop series of 4 classes. Classes are Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 6-9 pm at the OSU Extension Office, 120 W. Washington St., Medina. Cost is $60 per person for all 4 sessions. For more information and to download the registration form visit http://go.osu.edu/farm. Call 330-725-4911, ext. 106 for more information.

Friday, April 7
Bees and butterflies are in trouble. How can you help?  10:30-11:30 am 55+ program at Medina Rec Center, 85 Weymouth Rd., Medina.  Free for seniors.  Presented by Medina Co. Soil & Water Conservation

Friday, April 7
Communities Rising Tour, Medina Eagles, 696 Lafayette Rd., Medina. 6:30 pm.  Hear from individuals concerned with pipelines and community rights.  Free admission and snacks served.

Friday. April 7
Brunswick High School is having an After-Prom Bowling fundraiser. Join them for the cash bar, food, raffles, baskets and sideboards.  Doors open at 10 pm and the cost per couple is $25. The fundraiser takes place at Dick Hoover Lanes, 1480 Pearl Rd., Brunswick. Ages 21 and over please.

Friday, April 7
The Rape Crisis Center, will be on the Medina Public Square for the Walk of Heroes, from 5-8 pm for an awareness and fundraiser event. You can participate in the walk of heroes. Please support the name change of this event to ensure continued invaluable, free and inclusive services to all genders, all ages, all races and cultures.

Friday, April 7
Join Medina County Master Gardeners and learn how to make your property more attractive to the birds. The talk occurs at the OSU Extension Office, 120 West Washington St., Suite 1L, from 10-11:30 am. Doors open at 9:30 am. Cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is strongly preferred. To receive a copy of the form by mail or email, call Medina County OSU Extension Office, 330-725-4911, extension 106.   INFO 

Saturday, April 8
Medina's Acoustic Open Mic Night at Cool Beans Cafe, 103 W. Liberty St., Medina, 4 to 6 pm.  Registration for participants opens March 11.   REGISTER or call 330-800-0976.  Hosted by Newhill Church.  All are welcome to sip coffee and enjoy the show.

Saturday, April 8
The HANDS Foundation is sponsors Beatles Tribute group, The Liverpool Lads, at the Brunswick Eagles, 349 Pearl Rd. beginning about 7 pm.  Admission of $15 includes free appetizers, cash bar, basket auction,  raffles, more!  This will sell out fast!  RSVP to handsfoundation@aol.com

Saturday, April 8
The Salvation Army in Wadsworth is holding its 10th annual Style Show and Auction with doors opening at 9:30 am. There will be lunch, the style show and silent auction of over 200 items to support Salvation Army activities in Wadsworth. The event takes place at The Galaxy Banquet Center.  Tickets are $25 and are available at the Salvation Army in Wadsworth, 527 College St., Wadsworth.


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Battered Women's Shelter/Services
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Music in Medina County


Sully's Irish Pub 

Fri., March 31 - Music Men - 8:30 pm  


Thirsty Cowboy
Fri., March 31 -
Ultimate Cash Tribute - 8 pm
Fri., March 31
- River Hawk - 9:30 pm
Wed., April 5 - Wednesday Night Line Dancing - 7 pm

Thirsty Cowboy

JoJo's Sports Bar and Grille
Fri., March 31 -
Karaoke - 9:30 pm
Sat., April 1 - Karaoke - 9:30 pm


Maple Side Farms
Fri., March 31 - Wanted- 7:30 pm
Mapleside Farms


Fri., March 31-
The Rhino Project - 7:30 pm
Sat., April 1 -
Bryan Stahl & Mandy Altimus - 7:30 pm
Wed., April 5 - Open Mic - 6:30 pm 


The Galaxy   



Employment Opportunities


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Rawiga Golf & Swim Club - Hiring all positions for summer.  Maintenance, lifeguards, kitchen and pro shop. Call Bill Colianni at 330-336-2220.

Medina Auto Mall - We need proven sales professionals. Competitive payplan, hospitalization, 401k, 5 day work week, closed holidays.  Email resume to chuck@medinaautomall.net

Facility Coordinator near CLE Airport - Hand on facility coordinator 7 am - 4 pm Mon-Fri. Responsible for monitoring and maintaining a 47,000 square foot headquarter facility at a first class level of service under the direction of an off site General Manager.   INFO

SHC The Arc of Medina County

Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Medina City School District Openings

Brunswick City School District Openings

Wadsworth City School District Job Openings

Educational Service Center of Medina County Job Openings


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