DeForest new Brunswick City Manager
About 25 years ago,
Carl DeForest was interviewing to be a Brunswick police
officer when he was asked what he wanted to do in the future.
Greg Crane, 'I want to be city manager,' " DeForest said
with a laugh.
"I said that at the time to show my motivation to be a police
Now DeForest, 54, has achieved his goal.
He was announced Friday as City Council's unanimous approval
as new city manager/safety director for Brunswick. Council had
previously been interviewing three other candidates for the position
"It's a privilege to be considered," DeForest said. "I really
appreciate Council having the faith in me."
Halee Heironimus' full story in The Gazette.
County agrees to new trash contract
Rumpke of Ohio Inc. will be the county's new trash removal
provider at the Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township next
Medina County commissioners on Tuesday accepted Rumpke's bid
and awarded a two-year contract that runs Jan. 12 through Jan. 11, 2019.
Tim Smith voted for the contract and Pat Geissman
The contract for the Medina County Solid Waste Management
District is separate from city trash collection in Brunswick, Medina and
Wadsworth and does not affect an agreement with Kimble Companies of
Dover, which operates drop-off bins and curbside recycling for townships
in the county.
The contract with Rumpke, based at 2175 Stiving Road in
- $25.50 per
ton for the transfer, transport and disposal of approximately 140,000
tons annually of solid waste from the CPF
- $77 per ton
for the transfer, transport and processing of about 85 tons annually of
- $75 a ton
for the transfer, transport and processing of source-separated,
Havenga, district manager of Rumpke, said it was a matter of dollars
Kimble, which held the contract the last two years, bid $27.69 per ton,
said Don Johnson,
business development manager.
Read Bob Finnan's full
story in The Gazette.
route receives OK
The NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline received a recommendation
for approval of the original route as proposed from the federal
Environmental hurdles to building the $2 billion line can be
adequately managed by the company and its partner, Houston-based Spectra
Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced.
The announcement came in the form of a 541-page "final
environmental impact statement," or FEIS, on the project that is to
originate in Columbiana County in eastern Ohio and travel through 10
counties, including Medina and Lorain, to Michigan and then to a hub in
The FEIS will be used as information for the three FERC
commissioners to make a final decision on whether construction may begin
as planned in early 2017, FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen
said shortly after the statement was posted online.
Norman C. Bay, Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur and Commissioner Colette D. Honorable
will use the impact statement to decide if:
- the pipeline
- the project
is environmentally sound
- the rates for
transport of natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale region in
Ohio's Appalachian Basin to markets in Michigan, Canada and elsewhere
are "just and reasonable."
Young-Allen said there is no deadline for a commission decision, but the
early 2017 expected construction start means it is likely to occur
Read Marina Malenic's
full story at The Gazette.
in County recognized
Medina County's newest celebrity canine could barely contain
his excitement yesterday during the Top Dog Essay Contest awards
Dexter, a beagle-dachshund mix, wagged his tail and barked
happily as the fourth-grade honorees, their families, their teachers and
their pets gathered at the Medina County Auditor's Office.
He managed to calm down and contain himself, though, once the
five contest winners - including his owner, Adrienne Raglow -
settled in to read their essays to Auditor Mike Kovack and the rest of the
When it was his turn in the spotlight, Dexter sat at the feet
of his mistress, let his tongue loll, and listened as Adrienne shared
why she thinks Dexter is the Top Dog in Medina County.
The Auditor's Office staff must have agreed, as Adrienne's
essay was chosen as the first-place winner and Dexter was crowned as the
county's Top Dog for 2017.
Ann Norman's full story & see all the winners at Cleveland.com.
Northpark Plaza to open in '17
A Hot Head Burritos location, a Pizza Fire location with a
patio, a Starbucks with a drive thru, as well as service-oriented
establishments including Dental One, Sprint and Supercuts will be
calling Brunswick home by early fall, 2017.
Construction began this week on developer Stark Enterprises
planned 12,905-square-foot retail project at 3495 Center Rd., at the
corner of Center and Old Eagle Drive, to be known as NorthPark Plaza.
"I think Stark Enterprises had intended to sell the property
when they did an analysis and found this is a key location," said
Community and Economic Development Director, Grant Aungst. "It
is not a huge project, but it's a central location for them and us."
Brian Lisik's full story at Cleveland.com.
County bucks part-time job trend
National employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
suggests that more workers are finding part-time instead of full-time
employment, but Medina County officials said the county's hiring trends
are promising for full-time work.
Area employers "are scrounging to find folks to work full
time," said Jeff
Felton, director of Medina County Job & Family Services.
Felton said the manufacturing sector is particularly robust,
with companies such as packaging firm Plastipak, outdoor power equipment
producer MTD Inc. and others in the region seeking primarily full-time
workers able to commit to overtime shifts. Plastipak is based in
Plymouth, Mich., and has Medina operations. MTD is based in Valley City
in Liverpool Township.
A research paper written by Penn State University economics
Golden and released by the Economic Policy Institute
says there has been a structural shift to millions more U.S. workers
being relegated involuntarily to working part-time hours when they would
like full-time status.
Read the full story by Marina Malenic at The Gazette.
Dennis Hanwell on receiving the Medina Hospital
Community Service Award! Very well deserved!
Interested in what the
neighbor's house sold for? You can look it up on
the auditor's website! Simply select a year, select your
taxing district and hit submit. You can also search all sales on
your street, all sales in your city and a number of other options!
Congrats to Jacob
Rizert of Brunswick who won 1st place in a regional
speech contest by Toastmasters with his speech, "How to Annoy Your
Mother." I'm sure he got points just for the title! *L*
retired from the Medina Fire Department this month after 25 years of
service! Thank you and best of luck, Gary!
Thinking of bringing a pet home for Christmas? Make sure to check
out the local animal shelters who have loving pets in need available for
adoption. And remember - shelter pets make the most loving
animals! See our link to the left for assistance!
There is soooo much going on in Medina County this time of year!
Make it a point to get out and enjoy some of the many events! Keep
in mind this is a difficult time of year for many. Keep your eyes
and ears open and help spread the joy of the season to those who may be
in need. The suicide prevention hotline
is always there for anyone in need. Remember, you're never really
Hope you and yours have
a tremendous week!
observed with the right spirit, still has the
power to call
miracles from Heaven to Earth.
A Christmas Carol
Medina County Show Biz Company presents a new adaptation of the classic
Dickens story, "A Christmas Carol" on December 9 - 11 and 16 - 18. Showtimes on
7:30 pm and on
Sundays at 2 pm. The event will take place at the Haddad
Theater located at
144 N Broadway, Medina. Tickets are $12 for adults and
$10 for seniors/students 18 and under. Tickets are available at
Do you enjoy
beautiful handmade pottery, jewelry, crafts, delicious food and
more? Then you should Join Mud Mothers this
Friday through Sunday, December 9, 10, 11
for their Studio Open House and Holiday Art Sale. 10 artists will
Friday & Saturday 10-5, Sunday Noon-4pm. Mud
Mothers is located on 721 S. Court St., Medina. Have questions?
(330)-421-7432 or Visit Their website. mudmothers.com
Nutcracker Ballet in Wadsworth
Ohio Dance presents the annual production of "The Nutcracker" Saturday, December 10 at 7 pm and
Sunday, December 11 at 2 pm at the OJ Work Auditorium,
151 S. Main Street in Wadsworth. Tickets available at the door for
$15. All seats are reserved.
Brunswick Girl Scout Troop 90502 at its third annual candlelight vigil
and caroling event at 5:30 pm on Saturday, December 10
at the Brunswick Lake Memorial. Girl Scouts and their families, as well as
all members of Brunswick and neighboring communities, are invited to
light a candle and sing in remembrance of those who have passed,
including young accident victims for whom the memorial was built. Guests
are welcome to hold a candle for anyone they'd like to remember that
Wadsworth Breakfast With Santa
Salvation Army is having its annual Breakfast with Santa on
Saturday, December 10 at Applebee's,1020 High St, Wadsworth
8:30 to 10 am. Everyone is invited, from babies through
grandparents and great-grandparents. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for
children 12 and under. Santa will be there with presents for all
children. Tickets can be purchased at the Salvation Army, 527 College
St, Wadsworth. For more information call the Salvation Army at (330)
335-2327. All proceeds benefit the Salvation Army.
Brunswick Breakfast With Santa
The 1st Friends
Learning Academy, 1930 Pearl Road, Suite 5 (in rear), Brunswick, is
celebrated its grand opening with Santa! From 9:30 am-12:30 pm on Saturday,
December 10 enjoy a pancake breakfast, pictures with
Santa, face painting, gingerbread making and more! Admission is
free but please RSVP at INFO or call 330-225-4562.
Cloverleaf Holding Santa Brunch
Join in a Cloverleaf
community holiday tradition and make plans to enjoy the 2016 Santa
10 am to noon ,
Saturday, December 10 at Cloverleaf High School,7500 Buffham Rd, Seville.
In addition to a hearty brunch, there will be crafts, cookie decorating,
a performance by the Cloverleaf Swing Choir and a visit from Mr. and
Mrs. Claus. Tickets available at the door are $7 for adults and $5 for
children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are admitted free. For more
Medina Holiday Pops Concert
to the Medina Holiday Pops Concert, Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 pm. The
concert, conducted by Akron Symphony Music Director Christopher Wilkins,
features the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Gospel Meets Symphony
Chorus. The event will take place at the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Rd, Medina.
Ticket prices are $15 and $25. Call (330) 535-8131 for tickets or
Santa at The Depot in Valley City
will visit all the boys and girls in Valley City and its surrounding
Sunday, December 11. The jolly old elf will arrive by
horse and buggy shortly after
and will head into The Depot Museum where he will pull up a chair and meet
with children and take photos until 5 pm. Each child who visits will also
receive a small gift from Santa. The depot Museum is at
Center Rd, Valley City. For more information call, (330) 483-3707.
Holiday Party & Toy Drive
County Young Professionals Association is having a Holiday Party and Toy
Drive. Toy donations will benefit the local Battered Women's
Shelter. The event will be at PJ Marley's, 119 Public Square,
Medina, on Tuesday, December 13, from 5-7 pm. There will be
heavy appetizers and raffle prizes. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to
donate to a local family in need.
Christmas Dinners to Needy Residents
of the Black River School District are again providing free Christmas
dinners to any district resident who is alone or unable to cook on
Christmas day. The meals will be delivered to district residents about
noon on Christmas day and need to be ordered by Friday, December 16, by calling any
of the of the district's buildings: elementary, (419) 736-3304;
middle school, (419)
736-3304 or the high school, (419) 736-3303.
Elijah's Truth Breakfast with Santa
Truth Foundation is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa, Sunday, December 17
from 8-10 am
at the Wadsworth Applebee's,1020 High St.
There will be professional Santa pictures and a gift for every child.
Each ticket comes with a photo voucher for individual and family
pictures. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for children and must be
purchased in advance at
(330) 242-7587 or
Thursday, December 8
Make a 12" pot with
mixed evergreen boughs, berries, pinecones and nature's accents at
7171 Wooster Pike, Seville. December Girl's Night Out
make-and-take workshop from
6 - 7 pm. $29.99. RSVP to 330-725-3509.
Thursday, December 8
Blue Christmas service at
7 pm for those facing the holidays and suffering
depression or sadness due to the loss of a loved one. Held at
First Christian Church,
4792 Sharon-Copley Rd., Medina.
8,15 and Wednesday, December 21
Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home has announced it will sponsor Santa at the
downtown gazebo in Wadsworth from
6-8 pm. There is no cost to visit Santa and families are
encouraged to bring their cameras to capture this special moment.
Friday, December 9
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas variety show at Wadsworth's Soprema Cafe
from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Lunch is $5 and includes baked ham,
cheesy potatoes & more. 617 School Drive, Wadsworth.
Friday, December 9,
Saturday, December 10 and
Sunday, December 11
Stop in and make a
garden under glass or fairy garden with winter garden accessories at
7171 Wooster Pike, Seville. Bring your own
container or choose from the store's selection. Walk in between 10 am - 4 pm.
Cost for materials only.
Saturday, December 10
Poe United Methodist
Church is holding a Christmas cookie sale from 10 am to 3 pm at
the church, 6712 Wadsworth Rd, Montville Township. Call (330)
815-4663 or email
to place an advance order.
Saturday, December 10
There will be a cookie
walk, Saturday, Dec 10 at Wadsworth United Methodist Church,
195 Broad St, Wadsworth, starting at 9 am.
Cookies can be
purchased for $7 a pound. Anyone who attends will receive a box and a
plastic glove and will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of
Christmas cookies. It is a family event where children can get involved.
Saturday, December 10
Bring your little ones and decorate your waffle breakfast at Miss Molly's
Tea Room and Medina Funtastic Toyz, 140 W. Washington St., Medina. Seating time at 9
am. Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.
$12 per person (children & adults). Reservations and payments
required by Dec. 9. Call (330) 725-6830.
Saturday, December 10
Take advantage of 50% to 75% off retail prices for gourmet lollipops,
fudge, toffee and kettle corn at the McJak Candy Company's Factory Sale, 9 am - 1 pm, 1087 Branch Rd.,
Saturday, December 10
Sharon Center United Methodist Church Annual Cookie
& Craft sale from 9
am to noon. Cookies are $8/lb. Lots of hand made
items. Free coffee. 6407 Ridge Road, Wadsworth.
10 Harvest Presbyterian Church, 1095 E. Reagan Parkway, Medina,
is hosting a free Messiah Concert from 7:30-9 pm. 55 voices, with
orchestra, will fill the sanctuary under the direction of Lori Ciulla.
Sunday, December 11
Concert with Eric Genuis,
composer, accompanied by a cellist, violinist and vocalist, at Sacred
Heart Church, 260
Broad St., Wadsworth, 3 pm.
Sunday, December 17
The Granite Grille at Shale Creek Golf Club is having a Breakfast with Mr.
and Mrs. Santa Claus buffet. Adult cost is $15.95 and kids ages 3-12
cost $7.95 for the buffet. Reservations are required. To set up a
(330) 723-8774 #2. The Granite Grille is located at 5420 Wolff Rd, Medina.
Sunday, December 17
The Galaxy Restaurant is having a Brunch With Santa, 10 am- 2 pm. The
Galaxy is located at
201 Park Centre Dr., Wadsworth. Make your reservations
now by calling
(330) 334-3663 or visiting the Galaxy website.
Annual Chocolate Festival Looking for Chocolatiers
Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers is looking for
vendors for the 20th annual Chocolate Festival that will be Friday, Jan.
20, 6 to 10 pm, at the Community Center at the Medina County
Fairgrounds. Contact Donna Theis at 330-591-7874.
Feeding Medina County
2992 Center Rd, Brunswick, has selected Feeding Medina County as one
of its "hometown charities" for the Subaru of America Share the Love
event. Buyers of newly leased or purchased Subarus may select one or
more charities for a total contribution of $250. Donations apply
to vehicles purchased through January 3.
Changes to Brunswick Town Center hotel rejected
Brunswick's electricity supplier to change
Proposed shopping center fully leased
Brunswick Rec Center strugglingSanta,
singing part of Brunswick's Light Up The Lake
Young songwriters perform their works Powell,
Andregg recognized for helping city's youth
City stands behind non-lethal deer control
Teen vandals arrested for breaking/entering string
New athletic facility in works
City reviews downtown plan
Zoning changed for Blooming Acres property
Medina Creative Housing opens first retail store
Medina Made Retail Store
Medina County District Library Events
Wadsworth Public Library Events
Medina County Park District Events
Medina County Events
Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Music in Medina County
Sat., Dec 10 -
Tyler Reid - 9:30 pm
Wed., Dec 14 -
Line Dance Lessons - 7:30 pm
Dec 9 - Bill March - 8:30 pm
Sat., Dec 10
- Skinny Moo Christmas Spectacular- 8:30
Mon., Dec 12
- Kenny Roda, Live Trivia - 8 pm
Dec 9 -
Chase Brady - 7:30 pm
Dec 10 - Bryan Stahl & Mandy
Pone - 7:30
Dec 14 - Open Mic - 6:30 pm
Fri., Dec 9 -
Acoustic Friday's with Acoustic Mud
- 9 pm