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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Memorial Day Essay Contest for 6th-8th Graders

Help us honor Medina County veterans....and help your middle schooler earn some spending money!  The deadline for our Memorial Day Essay contest is May 6th.  Wadsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars has donated $500 in prize money to be awarded to the best essays in the county - so don't delay!  Get the rules at MEMORIAL DAY. 



Medina County ranks 5th healthiest in state

Medina County placed among the healthiest counties in the state in a newly released ranking, despite less than stellar grades in a sector on environmental impacts.

Medina County ranked fifth out of 88 Ohio counties in overall health factors and outcomes, according to a news release from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

The county ranked 79th in the physical environment section, which counts for about 10 percent of the overall score.

High scores in other areas, such as high access to exercise opportunities and low teenage birth rates, buoyed the overall ranking, according to the report.

Read Elizabeth Dobbins full story in
The Gazette.



Appeals judges hear NEXUS pipeline arguments

Pipeline opponents filled the courtroom as attorneys representing local landowners and NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC presented oral arguments Tuesday on the company's legal right to survey land without an owner's permission.

Three judges of the 9th District Court of Appeals heard the case at the Medina County Courthouse.

County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ruled in October in favor of NEXUS  - a company that wants to build a $2 billion natural gas pipeline that would traverse several Medina County properties. Landowners appealed the decision

The interpretation of Ohio law provided by NEXUS and Collier was disputed by the landowners' attorney, Gregory Huber, who said the company was picking and choosing which parts of state code to follow.

"If this company is going to utilize state code to access private property, they need to follow all of state code," Huber said. Read Elizabeth Dobbins full story in
The Gazette.



Raising Awareness of Opiates

In the latest installment of "Let's Talk..." Wadsworth City and school district are sharing a video released by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict" which is a compilation of heart-wrenching first person accounts by addicts about their experiences.  The city and school district encourages everyone to watch the trailer and the entire documentary.  View the two minute documentary HERE.



Fair board plans for upcoming Medina County Fair

The Medina County Fair Board held its monthly meeting on April 20.

Ticket takers have been selected for most of the gates this year. The following groups were approved: Black River Athletic Boosters, SPCA and the Homer Ruritans. The Ticket Committee is still looking for a group to handle ticket taking, selling and the signing of waivers at the track. Bids will be accepted for this gate until Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m.  Read the rest of the story in The Post.  



Sam Boyer's Brunswick News Column at Cleveland.com



Mary Jane Brewer's Medina News Column at Cleveland.com


For all those teachers, administrators, parents and students - hang in there, the end of the year is coming!  This is always a hectic time as end of year banquets, graduation and spring events merge. 

Congratulations to Medina County Career Center Students of the Year Gabrielle McNeil (Medina) and Amier Itayem (Brunswick)!  Congrats also to the Brunswick Education Association team of Dennis Boyd, Brenda Schaefer, JC Mizener, Kelly Spears, Jim Schaefer, Colin Smith & Joe Yarwood!  They impressively won the Project: LEARN Match Wits competition last week at Copper Top in Valley City.

The Cleveland Chief Petty Officer's Association is meeting in Medina tonight.  They have a strong contingent in Medina County and membership, I believe, is open to all folks Navy or interested in the Navy.  E-mail clevecpoa@yahoo.com for more information or to be put on their mailing list.  Have a great week!

Mike Kovack 


Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.  

We have only today. Let us begin.

Mother Teresa 


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/403856f0-83ba-4bc5-ab9f-c68252bb0961.jpg

Join the Rape Crisis Center of Medina & Summit Counties in the 11th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event!
There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her ShoesŪ asks men to literally walk one mile in women's shoes. Since 2005 the Rape Crisis Center of Medina & Summit Counties has used this event to bring awareness and raise funds.

This event is Friday, April 29 at 5 pm at Lock 3 Downtown Akron, 200 South Main St in Akron. For more information please call (330) 777-4723.


Family Game Show Night http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/8be633de-1ee0-4894-bb7f-1c03976f6a09.jpg

Bring the family out 6:30 - 9 pm on Friday, April 29 for a fun night of TV Game Show competition at the Medina Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Rd! The fun starts at MCRC with a trivia game before a hysterical game of Minute to Win It! There should be time to enjoy other board games and a swim in the pool too!

Prizes for the winning family teams. Pre-registration required-just sign up at the MCRC Front Desk. Free for Members, $10 for non-members.  (330) 721-6901 for info.


Wadsworth Police Take Back Drugs http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/c96ebdf0-c644-4df9-bb2c-6c29d897a1e2.jpg

Anyone having unused medication lying around their house can turn those in without leaving their vehicle Saturday, April 30 in Wadsworth.  From 10 am to 2 pm there will be a police officer standing outside the lobby area of the department at 120 Maple Street. Simply drive in to drop them off!  Medications in both liquid & pill form will be accepted but needles & other "sharps" cannot be taken. This is a great way to ensure unneeded medications are disposed of properly!


Suicide Prevention Walk http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/52923819-2e55-4959-95d3-513b8018728c.jpg

The Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention is sponsoring their "Step Up To Prevent Suicide" community walk Sunday, May 1st on Medina's Public Square.  Registration begins at noon, walk starts at 1 pm.  Free event, but donations welcome. T-shirts to the first 300 registering at PREVENT SUICIDE.


Montville Township Open House http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/1d84afb9-1695-4f3e-90c3-5287f0fa8688.jpg

Montville Township invites the public to view and tour their new Service Department & Administration Wing for township offices on Sunday, May 1 from 1-4 pm at 6665 Wadsworth Road.  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 pm with tours of the facilities every 20 minutes. 


Music in Medina County http://files.ctctcdn.com/8bb71c76201/1b6fff90-55b6-4478-a245-3cc7e81f9954.jpg


Mapleside The Barn
Friday, April 29-John Todd & Shameless

"The world's #1 Garth Brooks Tribute Band" $5



High & Low Winery 


Thursday, April 28 - The Travelin' Johnsons, 6 pm  

High & Low Winery 


Thirsty Cowboy


Friday, April 29- Caliber Band, 9:30 pm $10
Saturday, April 30 -William Michael Morgan, 8 pm, $10  

Thirsty Cowboy 



Friday, April 22- Kosi- New York, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 23- Ginger Kline, 7:00 pm 

Wednesday, April 27- Open Mic Night- signup starting at 6:30 pm


The Galaxy
Friday, April 29-
Dinner Show- Rat Pack $49 per person
6 pm arrival
7 pm buffet dinner
8 pm show starts 

The Galaxy 


Other Events

April 27-30
Highland Library book sale!  It only happens twice a year so expect great deals!  More Info

April 28-May 1 
Buckeye Community Theater presents "Cinderella" at the Medina High School Middle Stage, 851 Weymouth Road.  Tickets $10 adults, $8 seniors & children.    


April 30  

Cache In Trash Out Event and Open House in Holmesbrook Park from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be free refreshments and an opportunity to have fun with family and friends while helping to clean up the city's largest park. INFO

April 30

Howard Hanna Real Estate Wadsworth Office is having a 5k run and/or mile fun walk.  All proceeds will be benefiting the local children's hospitals. All participants will receive a t-shirt, water and snack at the finish line, and the 5k will be professional timed. 

April 30 

Youth fishing derby (15 & under) at River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Guilford Township from 8-10:30 am.  Bring your own poles, a limited number of extra poles available. Prizes! Free & no pre-registration required. INFO

May 1  

The Wadsworth Community Chorus is having their Spring Concert, "With A Voice of Singing" at O J Work Auditorium at 2 pm.  For more information contact jrivers1@neo.rr.com.

May 1 

Spring Turkey Shoots at the Medina Izaak Walton League, 7085 Friendsville Road, Lafayette Twp., 10:30 am.  Win meat and other prizes!  INFO

May 3 

Family Law Resource Center, 99 Public Square, 2nd Floor.  Volunteer lawyers are available to answer questions regarding family law (divorce, separation, domestic violence, post decree and unmarried parentage issues). No appointment necessary.   INFO

May 3 

OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Open House from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway Street in Medina-Community Rooms A &B. 

May 3 

The Medina County Job and Family Services Foster Care Program is in need of foster parents for children aged 0-18. If you are interested in learning more, please attend the open house from 5 to 6:30pm. Pre-Service Training classes start on May 10 at 6 pm. All programs are at Medina County Job and Family Services 232 Northland Drive in Medina. For more information, please contact Sharon D. Holmes at 330-661-0808 or INFO

May 3-5 

Hospice of Medina County is having a volunteer education series 5:30 to 9:30 at 5075 Windfall Road in Medina. Register ONLINE

May 5 

National Day of prayer. Mayor's Prayer breakfast, prayer on Medina's square and evening prayer service at Medina Church of the Nazarene. INFO

May 5 

United Way of Medina County is holding its Annual Meeting at Weymouth Country Club. 11 to 11:30 am is networking, lunch will be served after and the program runs from Noon to 1 pm. MORE INFO

May 7 

Medina County's first ever PET-TACULAR!  10 am - 2 pm at the Medina County Fairgrounds Community Center!  Enjoy Doga (dog yoga), pet massage, nail clipping, nail painting, pet tattoos (temporary), microchipping, numerous vendors for your animals and the introduction to 4H activities throughout the county!  MORE INFO

May 7 

Health Expo on aging from 10 am to 2 pm at the Church at Stony Hill, 2756 Stony Hill Road, Granger Township. Group & one-on-one discussions with experts in geriatrics. Sponsored by Summa Health System. 


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Project: LEARN Match Wits competition
Share Cluster Celebrates 28 Years
Thrity Umrigar, Local Authors appearing locally
Grizzly baseball falls just short of state mark
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Highland Local School News


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