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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Auditor Kovack's Weekend Update 


April 27, 2017





Medina Hospital president resigns

Dr. Thomas Tulisiak announced Thursday he will return to medical practice full time and resign as president of Medina Hospital, effective May 1.

It marked the second major announcement at the hospital in two months.

On March 16, the hospital, which is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic, announced it will discontinue its birthing center as of July 1.

Vicky Snyder, chief operating officer at the hospital, will serve as interim president while a search is conducted to replace Tulisiak, according to the news release from Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital.

Read the complete story in The Gazette.



Police warn of IRS phone scam

Lodi police are warning of a scam using local phone numbers to scare residents into believing that they are being investigated for IRS fraud.

"It looks like the scammers are getting a little smarter," Lodi Chief Keith Keough said Friday.

One resident reported that he was told that Lodi police were investigating him because of an alleged discrepancy with the IRS. The call came from what appeared to be a local number.

While IRS scams are nothing new, Keough said, "There are still people who get upset and wonder if they'll get arrested."

Read Ashley Fox's full story at The Gazette.



Medina grad picks up 2nd pro golf win

This time, Pete Skirpstas made sure he took an easier route.

The 2006 Medina High graduate picked up a $2,500 first-place check Sunday with a three-shot victory on the Coastal Players Tour at the Country Club of South Carolina.

After posting a 6-under-par 66 and taking a two-shot lead after the opening round Saturday, Skirpstas birdied the second through sixth holes Sunday to go up seven and coasted home from there.

The 28-year-old finished the second round at 3-under 69 and was 9 under for the tournament, three shots better than runner-up Dalton Ward.

It was Skirpstas' second pro victory. In September, he earned $5,000 by winning the Toledo Open on the second playoff hole.

Read Rick Noland's full story at The Gazette.



News & Events around Medina County-Whit & Whimsey

Kristen Day of Brunswick, is a member of Youngstown State University's Ads Club, a collegiate chapter of the American Advertising Federation that took third place and received a "Best Media Plan" award at the 2017 National Student Advertising, District 5 Regional Competition. Day is a Adv and Public Relations major at YSU. This year's team was the first in the club's history to place at the regional contest. Marketing Instructor Michael Pontikos is the club advisor.

Cory Inman of Medina is the recipient of the Mike's Landscaping and My Auto Care Scholarship in the amount of $1750 from Ohio Christian University. Inman is studying Sports Management & Business.

Read "Sam" Boyer's full column at Cleveland.com.





Brunswick Schools Hall of Fame inductions prove noteworthy

One of the community's most uplifting events continued its tradition on April 22 as the Brunswick Education Foundation's Spring Fling showcased this year's hall of fame inductees.

The Brunswick High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Sports Hall of Fame and, new this year, Outstanding Staff Alumni Hall of Fame made for interesting stories and many memories.

Read "Sam" Boyer's full story at Cleveland.com.



Medina School News

An H.G. Blake Elementary School teacher and an Eliza Northrup Elementary School custodian are recent recipients of the Medina City School District's Distinguished Service Award.

This award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a district employee.

Courtney Courtney, who teaches first grade at Blake, recently altered her classroom to better accommodate her students' diverse learning needs. She added exercise ball seats, lowered desks to allow seating on the floor and provided special areas where students can stand while they work.

Custodian Jim Sprankle is described as the "quiet Energizer Bunny" around Northrop.

Read Ann Norman's full story at Cleveland.com.



Medina County Pet-Tacular moves to Brunswick

This year's Medina County Pet-Tacular!  will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 at the Brunswick Recreation Center, 3637 Center Road.

Pets and their owners will have a chance to connect with more than 30 exhibitors and discover just how many resources are available to them in Medina County.

The free event features sections including:

* Pet School - dog obedience and dog agility demonstrations

* Clinic City - discounted dog vaccinations and micro-chipping

* Kids and Pets Zone - face painting, Bricks4Kids
and chicken agility

* Our Zoo To You - exotic animals and pony rides (noon to 2 p.m.)

* Pet Spa - animal massage and pawdicures

There will also be a pet blessing, hourly drawings with more than $300 in prizes, free pet photos, and coloring contests for both elementary school students and adults.
Read the rest of Ann Norman's story at





Although it's not happening in Medina County, the ice skating show "A Journey Through American History" at the OBM Ice Arena in Strongsville May 5 & 6 will have skaters from Brunswick, Highland, Medina & Wadsworth taking part.  Get information HERE.

The county collected over five million dollars in revenue last week with sales tax collections being the largest revenue generator.  86 homes sold in Medina County last week also.  Interested in those kind of statistics?  Click on the Weekly Fiscal/Real Estate Sales Report here or in the left hand column.  It's here every week!

Interested in bargain real estate?  The Medina County Sheriff holds sales of delinquent property every month.  New this year - there is no longer a requirement for a minimum bid on properties after an initial failed sale.  See this information HERE or weekly in the column to your left.

I am very proud that myself and the Medina County Auditor's Office are awarding five scholarships to seniors throughout Medina County this year.  The winner of our Brunswick High School Citizenship Scholarship is Jessica Baloun.  The winners of our three Career Tech scholarships are Michelle Pitcher (Brunswick, Medina County Career Center), Corrinne Phillips (Buckeye, Medina County Career Center) and Miles Howell (Highland, Medina County Career Center).  These three scholarships are funded through auditor's office employee donations as well as a generous grant from Mark & Lisa Krosse of Chippewa Lake.  I am also awarding a Wadsworth High School Citizenship Scholarship, but we can't reveal the winner yet!  

Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Mike Kovack 

Don't be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Steve Jobs


AAUW Book Sale

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/e3245b7a-d0b4-475d-b2a9-58a65a7fca3c.jpgThe American Association of University Women (AAUW) annual book sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday & Friday April 27 and 28 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. The sale will be held at 4891 Grande Shops Ave., Medina, the former Smoothie King in Medina Grande Shops, directly across from North Gateway Tire and Staples. 


Cat Fanciers of America Cat Show

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/7104d90a-7a10-47fd-9815-7ee00f3c7114.jpgThe Cat Fanciers of America (CFA) will hold a cat show with 42 breeds of cats this Friday and Saturday, April 29-30 at Pinnacle Sports, 313 Medina Road, Medina.  There will be judging, vendors and cat fanciers from five surrounding states and Canada.  the show runs 9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day and admission is $6, seniors $5 and children $3.  Visit CFA for info and $1 off coupon.       


Youth Fishing Derby

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/505b9f73-4fa8-4ae1-ae8d-3235a6524cb6.jpgFishermen 15 years & younger are invited to participate in the Medina County Park District's annual River Styx Youth Fishing Derby. Girls and boys can enjoy catching fish and winning prizes. Please bring your own poles/bait. A limited number of poles & bait will be available for this free event. Registration begins at 8 am on Saturday, April 29 at the River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Wadsworth. The derby runs 8:30 to 10:30 am. 


Night at the Races

Lafayette Township Firefighters Association is hosting Night at the Races. This event takes place at Lafayette Twp. Fire Station #2, 5834 Heatherhedge Dr., Chippewa Lake on Saturday, April 29. Doors open at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 6 pm and the races follow immediately after. There will be 11 horse races, raffles, silent auction and more. Cost per person is $35 or $60 per couple; the price includes dinner and races, and raffles. If you have any questions contact April Winter at 330-769-2831.  


Medina Run4Fun

Run the 5K, do the 1 mile fun run or let your kids participate in the children's half mile run/walk, but come out to support the Medina City Schools Foundation Friday, May 5 at 7 pm at Medina High School!  $25 entry for the 5K; $20 entry for the walk and $15 entry for the children's race.  Don't miss out on the fun and support Medina's kids!  INFO  


Medina County Pet-Tacular

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/984070d9-6361-4537-ae83-16e1626d8b63.pngThe second annual Medina County Pet-Tacular! will be held Saturday, May 6, 10 am to 2 pm. at a new venue, the Brunswick Recreation Center, 3637 Center Rd., Brunswick. This year's event features tons of fun activities for owners and their pets including 30+ vendors, Pet School with dog obedience and dog agility demonstrations; Clinic City with discounted dog vaccinations and micro-chipping; Kids and Pets Zone with face painting, Bricks4Kidz, petting zoo, Our Zoo to You and free pony rides (noon to 2 pm). The Pet Spa will offer animal massage and pawdicures. The public is invited, and there is no admission fee. Bring your pets with you for the animal event of the season! 330-725-9756 or bkilchenman@medinaco.org for more info


Step Up to Prevent Suicide

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/ee08ccda-fd67-42c1-816e-c11a132e8465.jpgCome Join Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention for its third annual community suicide prevention walk.  The walk takes place on Sunday, May 7 starting at Medina's Public Square. Registration begins at noon on the Square and the walk starts at 1 pm. There is a choice between a 2.6 mile walk or a 4.3 mile walk. T-shirts are given to the first 300 who register. You can also register and make donations online.  REGISTER    DONATIONS 



Thursday, April 27    Kids Town is partnering with Home Depot to host an open house and family fun night, 4 to 7 pm, at 3698 Center Rd., Brunswick as part of the celebration of the National Week of the Young Child. Activities include crafts, care seat safety, Nate the Great, refreshments, child safety and ID kits.  Info: 330-273-7250.

Thursday, April 27
The Black River Endowment Fund is holding a Fine Arts Night & Community Spaghetti Dinner at the Black River Education Center, 257 County Road, SullivanDinner is served 5-7 pm and the elementary, middle & high school choirs & bands will perform, 6:30-7:30 pm.  Donations accepted.

Friday, April 28, Saturday, April 29
Medina High School's Drama Club will be performing
"Barbecuing Hamlet" for two nights at 7 pm at the high school's middle stage, 777 E. Union St., Medina.  Tickets are $5.  INFO
Friday, April 28
The Cliffside Artists Collaborative will hold its 2017 Art Auction to support art programs for local students at 6:30 pm at The Lodge at Allardale, 141 Remsen Rd., Medina INFO

Saturday, April 29
The Sharon Fire Department will host an all-you-can-eat Firefighters Fish Fry, noon to 6 pm, at Sharon Town Hall, 6449 Ridge Rd. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children.  INFO

Saturday, April 29 
Medina County Climate March, sponsored by Sustainable Medina County, will take place from noon - 2 pm on Medina Square.  Everyone is invited to attend; signs are encouraged.

Saturday, April 29

Come join the fun free event for families of all ages and stages! There will be jugglers, face painters, magicians, and so much more! Family-A-Fair takes place from 11 am to 3 pm at the Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Rd, Medina.

Saturday, April 29

The Brunswick Area Historical Society will host a volunteer open house from noon - 1:30 pm at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Rd.  Pioneer Captain Wolf will make an appearance, and refreshments and info on how to become a volunteer will be provided.   INFO

Saturday, April 29
A Texas Hold-em Tournament will benefit the Lodi Police Advisory Board at the Lodi American Legion, 120 Bank St.  Doors open at 6 pm; game starts at 7 pm.  $50 buy in. Pre-register by April 22.  RSVP to cbrown9500@gmail.com or 330-948-1027. 

Wednesday, May 3
The Medina County Library is will having a Senior Care Panel at 6 pm at the Medina County Library, 210 S Broadway St, Medina. Learn about services for seniors during Older Americans Month. Experts from across Medina County will discuss valuable health and quality of life topics for seniors and those who love them. Register by calling 330-722-4257.

Thursday, May 4

The Medina County Office for Older Adults is having a 10-week guided autobiography writing class. Enrollment is limited to ten people, contact Cindy McQuown at 330-722-4166 to register. The group will meet for 10 weekly two-hour sessions at the Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Dr., Medina.

Friday, May 5
The Women's Auxiliary of the Medina Salvation Army holds their "Designing Divas" spring & summer fashion show from 7-9 pm at Root Candle Community Room, 623 W. Liberty Street, Medina hosted by media personality Robin Swoboda.  Tickets available by calling 330-952-1601.

Friday, May 5
The Medina Community Band's annual spring concert will be 7:30 pm at Highland High School's auditorium, 4150 Ridge Road, Granger Township.  Free admission & parking.  INFO

Saturday, May 6
Come race in the Buckeye Education Foundation Annual Craig Bailey Memorial Fun Run 5K run & 1 mile walk.  9 am at Buckeye Local Schools Campus.  REGISTER

Saturday, May 6 

Join the fun at the Children's Cup! A Night at the Races! The children's cup is to help benefit the Children's Center of Medina. The event will take place at the Blue Heron Event Center, 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina. Doors open at 5:30 pm and heavy appetizers will be at 6 pm. Tickets are $40 each and are sold online. For more information contact, Andrea Ryan 330-764-8891 ext. 217       TICKETS.   

Wednesday, May 10
Medina County OSU Office of Extension is hosting an Introduction to Grant Writing Workshop. You will learn the basics of grant writing. There are two times that are available for sign up, 1-3 pm and 6-8 pm. The cost is $50 and the workshop will be held at The OSU Extension of Medina County, 120 W. Washington St., Suite 1L., Medina.


May 18 through June 13 and 14.
The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program trains nature-loving citizens who wish to learn more about nature and volunteer in their community.  This intensive training will be held Thursdays beginning May 18 through June 13 and 14.  Classes run 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at various Medina Park locations. Deadline to register is May 5. Cost is $200 per person and includes 10 days of classes, training materials, snacks, and tools. After training, participants are encouraged to apply to be volunteers for Medina County Parks or their organizations supporting environmental missions.   INFO


Main Street Medina Events Calendar 

Medina County Lifestyle Magazine
Medina County District Library Events 

Medina County Park District Events 

Medina County Events 

Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Medina County Arts Council
Wadsworth Public Library Events Calendar

Battered Women's Shelter/Services
Suicide Prevention Hotline/Services  


Music in Medina County


Fri., April 28
- Crawley and Hopper - 8:30p m 

Sat., April 29 - Brother Crowe - 8:30 pm


Thirst Cowboy 

Fri., April 28 - Rukus - 9:30 pm
Sat., April 29
- River Hawk -9:30 pm
Thirsty Cowboy

Fri., April 28
- Karaoke - 9:30 pm
Sat., April 29 - Karaoke - 9:30 pm




Fri., April 28 - The Stranger - 7 pm 

Mapleside Farms




Fri., April 28 -
The Rhino Project - 7:30 pm
Sat., April 29 -
The Ochards - 7:30 pm
Wed., May 3 -
Open Mic - 6:30 pm


Wed., May 3 - Little Stevo's Blues Duo - 7 pm




Employment Opportunities


Click on the Above Link for more opportunities

Custodian - Medina City Schools.  Testing on May 10th.  INFO

Medical Billing Position - Trillium Creek looking for FT person with 6 months previous experience.  INFO

2nd Shift Resident Assistants -
CoalRidge hiring for full and part time.  Must be team player.  INFO

Servers & Kitchen Help -
Miss Molly's.  INFO

Shipping and Receiving Clerk -
Ebner Furnace, full time.  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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