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 22, 2017





Local congressman joins republican field for governor

Citing a record of results in more than 13 years in public office, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, officially announced Monday he will run for the Republican Party's nomination for Ohio governor in 2018.

Renacci has been a member of Congress since 2010, serving the 16th District that covers portions of Medina County along with parts of Cuyahoga, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties.

The congressman's office said the news release was the only statement Renacci was making Monday in announcing his decision.
Renacci, 58, was born in Monongahela, Pa., and moved to Wadsworth more than 30 years ago. In 2004, he was elected mayor of the city and served through 2008.
Read Ashley Fox's full story at The Gazette.



Brunswick Historical Society eyes new building

Members of the Brunswick Area Historical Society say they are on a mission.
The team, which most recently took on the task of rehabilitating the farmhouse and museum at Heritage Farm, now has its sights set on bringing a new piece of history with a story all its own to the farm.
Sam Boyer, historical society vice president, told members of City Council's Parks and Recreation Committee March 6 that the historical society has launched a fundraiser that, if successful, would allow the historical society to purchase an 1856 two-story log cabin that could be used as storage for local artifacts and as a community classroom for guests of all ages.
The log cabin, Boyer said, is one of the few remaining log cabins in Ohio that was part of the Underground Railroad. Currently located in Newark, Ohio, the cabin belongs to one of Newark's original families and is believed to have been a command center during the Civil War.

Read Melissa Martin's full story in The Post.  (You have to scroll to pg 34)



Brunswick Schools to drop 5th grade band & orchestra

In an effort to both address a drop off in the number of students enrolling in sixth grade music programs, as well as resulting scheduling issues, beginning band and orchestra will now begin in music programs sixth grade, with fifth grade students participating in general music only, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

This was the message from Brunswick High School Band Director, Jay Wardeska, and Crestview Elementary general music teacher, Jeannette Timko, at the March 20 meeting of the Brunswick Board of Education.

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



Lafayette Township selects Macron's replacement

Martin "Marty" Warchola is Lafayette Township's newest trustee.

Warchola, 57, was chosen from among six candidates who applied to fill the vacancy left by the late Bryon Macron. Warchola was sworn in Monday night at a trustees meeting.

The appointment is for the remainder of 2017. An election in November will determine who will fill out Macron's term that ends in 2019.

Macron's body was discovered in Chippewa Lake on Feb. 21. An investigation into his death is ongoing.

Warchola joins Lynda Bowers and Mike Costello on the Lafayette board.

Bowers and Costello issued a joint statement Tuesday saying that choosing one candidate was a difficult decision, but Warchola stood out.

Warchola said he hopes to run for the seat in November.

"Absolutely," he said. "Assuming I do the right job and do it well, I'd love to run."

He said he applied for the open position because of his loyalty to the area.

"I've lived here for almost 30 years," Warchola said. "I love it here. I love the county and I love the township. I wanted to do something to give back."

Warchola, who is married to Jeanne, works at Meyer Products on East 185th Street in Cleveland. The company makes snow plows. He also owns Best Paws Forward Dog Training Academy.

Read Bob Finnan's full story in The Gazette.



Medina resident recounts businesses on Square

Lifelong Medina resident Bob Hyde was looking for something to occupy his time after his retirement in 1995. The project he chose has kept him busy for 22 years.

Hyde, 84, has documented the proprietors and occupants of all the stores in and around Medina's Public Square and historic district. His report is called "Beyond the Storefronts."

It includes information on nearly 150 stores and as many as 1,500 proprietors dating to 1830. And there will be information on the 1870 fire that turned many of the buildings on Public Square into rubble.

He admits his website - medinasquare.org - is a work in progress.

Hyde's undertaking is part of a bigger picture.

"I'm doing it for the bicentennial committee," Hyde said, referring to the city group that is making plans for the 2018 celebration.

Read Bob Finnan's full story at The Gazette.



New book chronicles Brunswick church's 200 year history

After traveling 85 days from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1817, Jacob Ward and his companions arrived in Ohio's Western Reserve in the early spring. The area was to become the community of Brunswick, Ohio.

That is how the story of the Brunswick United Methodist Church began 200 years ago. That story is now told in a history of the church, "Out of the Past, Into the Future" written by church historian, Mamie Grunau.

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



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Read more of David Pogue's story at Yahoo Finance.



Property owners who sustained damage from storms may get tax break

Did yesterday's high winds wreak havoc on your home or property?

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack is reminding property owners that they may be able to claim a valuation deduction on destroyed or damaged property.

"With the severity of these winds, owners who sustained structural damage deserve the assistance that this law provides," Kovack said.

Applications must be filled out no later than Dec. 31, but Kovack encourages affected property owners to do so as soon as possible.

Read the rest of Ann Norman's story at Cleveland.com.




Congratulations to Wadsworth High School freshman Chris Steele, who was the first Wadsworth bowler to qualify for the State Tournament and finished 45th out of 205 bowlers last weekend.  Go Grizzlies!  ;)

The deadline to file a Board of Revision complaint against the valuation of your real estate is Friday, March 31st.  The form necessary to file, along with instructions, can be found HERE.

Do you enjoy coloring?  Are you above 18 years of age?  We have expanded our art contest for this year's Pet-Tacular to include adults!  Yes, we only have one age category this year.....but if we get enough participation.....;)  Yes, there are prizes!  Find the picture and information HERE.

Sorry to hear that Jay Goodman is not going to be able to carry out The Medina Voice competition this year.  But take heart - he hopes to have it up and running again next year.  Hang in there, middle schoolers! 

Happy spring everyone!  Hope you have an outstanding week!

Mike Kovack 

Every person has a longing to be significant;
to make a contribution; to be a part of something
noble and purposeful.

John Maxwell


Black River Comedy Club

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/4bd114bd-a3c8-4e29-a267-e5112e47f2dc.jpgThe Black River Comedy Club presents its 29th year of slapstick family entertainment with its newest show, "Walk Like An Egyptian".  Show times are 8 pm Friday & Saturday, March 24-25 and 3 pm, Sunday, March 26 at the Homerville Community Center, 8964 Spencer Rd, Homerville.  Tickets are $8 at the door.  Boy Scout Troop 459 will serve a roast beef dinner Friday, March 24 from 5-7 pm before the play.  Reservations are suggested at 330-410-9165


Medina County Visual Art Festival

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/a7e6706b-74d3-4152-9b1f-5f0ce10d75a3.pngThe 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. This year's festival opened its doors to over 230 works of art by 61 students. 


Hunter Education Course

http://hunteredcourse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/online_hunter_safety_ourse-.pngOhio Division of Wildlife is having a hunter education course at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road., Sharon Center, from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, March 25. Completion of this education course is required for all first time hunting license buyers in Ohio.  Absolutely NO FIREARMS shall be brought to the class.  Ages 10 and up.     REGISTER 


Pancake Breakfast

It's the last weekend for Chatham's pancake breakfast!  Saturday from noon-6 pm and Sunday from 9 am - 3 pm enjoy a hearty meal for only $7 for adults, $6.50 for those over 60 and $4 for those under 12 at Chatham VFW, 6299 Avon Lake Rd., Chatham.


Wadsworth All Sports Reverse Raffle

Come support Wadsworth All Sports Boosters at their Reverse Raffle Saturday, March 25 at 6 pm at The Galaxy Banquet Center.  Buffet dinner, refreshments and a chance to win $1500!  Tickets $50. Sports attire encouraged!  Email wadsallsports@gmail.com  INFO 


Family Mattershttp://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/00996c56-1ce1-4d79-86b3-288d83871079.jpg

Addiction is a family disease. Robby's Voice, a non-profit organization based in Medina, conducts family support meetings every Monday evening at the LCADA Way office, 740 East Washington St, Medina. The meetings are from 6 to 8 pm and offer education about addiction, support for families of addicts and those who have lost someone due to an accidental overdose.  As a group, they share their stories, successes and failures and deal with their loved one's disease. All are welcome. MORE INFO 


Easter Basket Scholarship

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/85b65c6b-297c-4860-b51e-f5959e543888.pngThe Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce Easter Basket Scholarship Auction is coming up on Wednesday, March 29 at The Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Center Drive, Wadsworth, 10:30 am to 1 pm and lunch will be served.  Cost is $15. Registration March 27.    INFO 


Medina Out Support

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/6e0c3207-d3c0-4615-855a-8d793fb3d5c1.pngThe Medina Out Support is having a Safe and Secure event about understanding the safety and security needs of LGBTQ loved ones, patients, and clients. Speakers will cover topics like "A Closer Look at Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence" within the LGBTQ community and in services and housing for LGBTQ older adults. The event takes place on Monday, March 27 at 7 pm at 787 Lafayette Rd, Medina. 


Cliffside Artist Collaborative Workshops

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/ea2ea369-00d8-4f0d-8eae-55f09ca7cb2b.jpgCathy Welner is hosting a watercolor workshop on Monday, March 27 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.   If you prefer pastel and oil paints instead, Pat Rohrbacher is having a pastel and oil still life class on Tuesday, March 28, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Classes are held at the Cliffside Artist Collaborative, 1921 Ridge Road, Hinckley and are limited to 18 students and cost $60.  330-225-5364.  INFO 


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.


Brunswick Relay for Life

Saturday, April 1 - April Fools Paint & Sip at the Brunswick Recreation Center, 6 to 8 pm.  For a $30 donation you receive all your art supplies and two drink tickets (red or white wine).  Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. 


Breaking Bread on Bourbon Street

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/a1ce35b9-e2d7-45d0-92f5-c0defa939519.pngFeeding Medina County presents Breaking Bread on Bourbon Street, an evening of art and jazz. Join Feeding Medina County for an evening filled with the culture of the French Quarter, Saturday, April 1, at the Galaxy Banquet Center, 201 Park Center Drive, Wadsworth. The show goes from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Dinner and live auctions follow the show. Tickets are $60 per person. For more info, call 330-421-4816 or email melody@feedingmedinacounty.org. RSVP by March 22. 


K9 Eggstravaganza

http://files.constantcontact.com/8bb71c76201/c0889eeb-394b-49f0-b70b-244cdb89caaf.jpgThe 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 


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 


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 20th.  MORE INFO


Brunswick, Wadsworth, MCCC Scholarships

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack and his office make four separate scholarships available to graduating seniors in Medina County.  There are two $500 scholarships available to a graduating senior from the Medina County Career Center or Wadsworth High School.  Two $500 Citizenship Scholarships are available graduating seniors from Brunswick and Wadsworth High Schools.  The deadline to apply for the Career Tech scholarships is March 27 and for the Brunswick and Wadsworth Scholarships, April 7.  INFO 



Thursday, March 23
The Chippewa Lake Historical Society will feature Medina County Park Director Tom James as its speaker at the 7 pm meeting at 24 Circle Crest Dr., Chippewa Lake.

Thursday, March 23 
Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 6656 Center Rd., Valley City, is presenting "Live from Black Mountain, NC," Twice Blessed in Concert, at 7 pm.  The concert is open to the public. Free will offering will be received.

Thursday, March 23-25
The Big Red Wagon children's, kids and maternity clothing sale at the Medina Fairgrounds Community Center!  Thurs & Fri 9 am - 7 pm, Sat 8:30 am - 5 pm.  Free parking, free admission.  INFO 

Saturday, March 25

Franklin Elementary School at 200 Takacs Dr., Wadsworth is serving breakfast from 8 to 10:30 am.  The menu features French toast and maple syrup made from the sap of trees tapped along the school's property, sausage and fresh fruit.  Cost is $7 for adults and $5.50 for students and seniors.  Presale tickets are 50 cents less per meal and available at the school.  For more information, call 330-335-1470.

Saturday, March 25
St. Paul's Episcopal Church is having St. Patrick's Last Gasp Festival 3-7 pm. There will be live Irish music and dance, activities for children, raffles and door prizes, and food! The festival takes place at 317 E. Liberty St.

Sunday, March 26
Beginner and advanced photographers are invited to participate in Photographers of the Parks, 3 to 5 pm, at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Rd., Wadsworth.

Sunday, March 26
It's Maple Syrup Time! Stop in to do activities and learn about the process of maple sugaring. All ages are welcome. The event takes place from noon to 5 pm at Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd.

Friday, March 31 
Ignite Dance Studio's 2nd Annual Grown Up Moonlight Easter Egg Hunt.  The fun begins at 8 pm with dinner afterwards.  Prizes up to $500 or $1,000 depending on the number of hunters.  Tickets $35  INFO

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" will be hosted by Medina County Together (MCT) from 10 am - 1 pm at the Medina District Library.  Ever thought of running for office?  This is your chance!  RSVP 

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

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

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   

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 & snacks served.

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

Saturday, April 29
Join the Medina County SPCA for its 14th Annual Animal Affair fundraiser, 5 pm, at Diamond Event Center, 1480 Pearl Rd., Brunswick. The event includes a dinner, Chinese auction, silent auction, live auction, 50/50 drawing, side boards with a Florida trip and much more. Special guest appearance by Robin Swoboda. Admission $35. REGISTER 



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Music in Medina County


Sully's Irish Pub
Fri., March 24 - Mossy Moran - 8:30 pm
Sat., March 25 - Smug Saints- 8:30 pm 

Thirsty Cowboy
Fri., March 24 -
Rutherford Country - 9:30 pm
Sat., March 25 - Tyler Reid - 9:30 pm
Wed., March 29 - Wednesday Night Line Dancing - 7 pm

Thirsty Cowboy

JoJo's Sports Bar and Grille
Fri., March 24 -
Karaoke - 9:30 pm
Sat., March 25 - Karaoke - 9:30 pm

Cindee's Place
Fri., March 24
DJ / Dance Night, hosted by the Mixtress Lyndsay - 9 pm



Maple Side Farms
Fri., March 24 - Fraction Band- 7:30 pm
Mapleside Farms



Fri., March 24-
Steve Miracle- 7:30 pm
Sat., March 25 -
Clyde Alan Hensley - 7:30 pm
Wed., March 29 - Open Mic - 6:30 pm 


The Galaxy   
Fri., March 25
- Jacob and the Good People - 9 pm


Employment Opportunities


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Wadsworth Moose looking for bar steward. Most have experience and good communication skills.  INFO

Wadsworth - Warehouse pickers and stackers.  Must be able to be on feet 10 hours a day.  INFO

Medina - Carpet installers wanted. Must have own tools, truck, and phone.

Chatham Township - FT assistant roads maintenance employee.  Submit resume by April 11 to: Sarah Poling/Fiscal Officer, Chatham Twp, PO Box 99, Spencer, OH  44275

Highland Schools Substitute bus drivers needed - Must have CDL with school bus endorsements, but will provide step-by-step training to complete the licensing process.  $16.50 per hour. Contact Debbie Parker, 330-239-1901, ext. 1235 or email dparker@highlandschools.org

Rinky Dink Family Fun Center - Looking to hire main crew, a mechanic and a retail shift manager.  INFO

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