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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December 7, 2016

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Chief 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.

"I told (then Chief) Pat Beyer and (then Safety Director) 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 officer."

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."

Read Halee Heironimus' full story in The Gazette.



Medina 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 year.

Medina County commissioners on Tuesday accepted Rumpke's bid and awarded a two-year contract that runs Jan. 12 through Jan. 11, 2019. Commissioners Adam Friedrick and Tim Smith voted for the contract and Pat Geissman against.

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 Mansfield, includes:

  •  $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 cardboard
  •  $75 a ton for the transfer, transport and processing of source-separated, single-stream recyclables.

Bob Havenga, district manager of Rumpke, said it was a matter of dollars and cents.

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.



NEXUS route receives OK

The NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline received a recommendation for approval of the original route as proposed from the federal government Wednesday.

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 Canada.

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.

FERC Chairman Norman C. Bay, Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur and Commissioner Colette D. Honorable will use the impact statement to decide if:

  • the pipeline is needed
  • 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 within weeks.

Read Marina Malenic's full story at The Gazette.



Top Dogs in County recognized

Medina County's newest celebrity canine could barely contain his excitement yesterday during the Top Dog Essay Contest awards ceremony.

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 audience.

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.

Read Ann Norman's full story & see all the winners at Cleveland.com.



Brunswick 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."

Read Brian Lisik's full story at Cleveland.com.



Medina 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 professor Lonnie 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.




Congratulations to Medina Mayor 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*

Gary Linden 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 800-273-8255 is always there for anyone in need.  Remember, you're never really alone. 

Hope you and yours have a tremendous week!  

 Mike Kovack  

Christmas, when observed with the right spirit, still has the
power to call miracles from Heaven to Earth.
Richelle Goodrich


A Christmas Carol

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/fbf94b30-7e09-44b0-9eb3-bd585319710b.jpgThe 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 Fridays and Saturdays at 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 Buehler's or INFO 


Mud Mothers


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 be represented.  Friday & Saturday 10-5, Sunday Noon-4pm.  Mud Mothers is located on 721 S. Court St., Medina. Have questions? Call (330)-421-7432 or Visit Their website.  mudmothers.com


Nutcracker Ballet in Wadsworth

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/7bd9c91a-07da-4982-a0bf-44b1e0b81229.jpgNortheast 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. 


Candlelight Vigil

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/bce02981-217b-40f4-b625-a8bc51480051.jpgJoin 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 evening.


Wadsworth Breakfast With Santa http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/4958fcd2-0972-42eb-803c-7fd7a7b6de06.jpg

The Wadsworth Salvation Army is having its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10 at Applebee's,1020 High St, Wadsworth from 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

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/4958fcd2-0972-42eb-803c-7fd7a7b6de06.jpgThe 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 Brunch 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 information, call (330) 302-0319. 


Medina Holiday Pops Concert

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/d277c008-6e32-4a3a-a4fd-69373173f50a.jpgCome 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 TICKETS


Santa at The Depot in Valley City

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/eb6a3b6b-4939-4f06-85a5-3adddd7ad362.pngSanta will visit all the boys and girls in Valley City and its surrounding communities on Sunday, December 11. The jolly old elf will arrive by horse and buggy shortly after 1 pm 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

6615 Center Rd, Valley City. For more information call, (330) 483-3707.


Holiday Party & Toy Drive

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/46fe5e02-2251-4f01-ab4d-b8b520eaf687.jpgMedina 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

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/6930844d-ce78-4af4-8c26-11bc296c15bb.jpgFriends 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

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/4958fcd2-0972-42eb-803c-7fd7a7b6de06.jpgElijah's 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 events.etf@gmail.com.  


Other Events

Thursday, December 8

Make a 12" pot with mixed evergreen boughs, berries, pinecones and nature's accents at Boyert's Greenhouse, 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

Thursday, December 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 Boyert's Greenhouse, 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 lharkness@hotmail.com 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., Medina.

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.

Saturday, December 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, world-renowned 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 reservation, call (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.  

20th 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

Brunswick Subaru, 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 in Wadsworth

Castle Noel 

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




Thirsty Cowboy
Sat., Dec 10 -
Tyler Reid - 9:30 pm
Wed., Dec 14 - Line Dance Lessons - 7:30 pm

Thirsty Cowboy

Johnny Malloys  

Fri., 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



Fri., Dec 9 - Chase Brady - 7:30 pm

Sat., Dec 10 - Bryan Stahl & Mandy Pone - 7:30 

Wed, Dec 14 - Open Mic - 6:30 pm 


The Galaxy   
Fri., Dec 9 -
Acoustic Friday's with Acoustic Mud - 9 pm


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Wadsworth City School District Job Openings

Educational Service Center of Medina County Job Openings


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