BEAT students to serve as OSBA videographers: Whit & Whimsey

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — They’ve done it again! The award-winning “backpack journalists” of the Brunswick BEAT Video Program have been selected as the 2022 Ohio School Boards Association’s official video team for the Capital Conference.

The Brunswick school board has agreed to allow the members to take the overnight trip to Columbus Nov. 13-15 to take the official videos of the conference.

The program, with John Wasylko at the helm, did a great job the last time they were there, and these students (in grades 6-12) are bound to do the same. They are always such great representatives of our community!

Happy anniversary: Medina Sunrise Rotary celebrated its 28th anniversary of service this month by gathering around the Rotary Burr Oak Tree, which is planted on the southwest lawn of Medina’s historic Public Square.

“The Burr Oak Tree came from the Morgan Park, Ill., home of Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in 1905,” said first club president Becky Shotwell.

“It was little more than a 12-inch sprig when the City of Medina received it in the 1990s and, taking root in the community, now stands proudly at over 45 feet tall on Public Square.”

The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club returns each year in the fall to watch the sun rise over Medina, note the growth of its tree and renew its commitment to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond, through members’ time, talents. and treasures.

Want to know more? Go to www.medinasunriserotary.com.

While many Rotarians made it to this year’s event, not pictured above are Andres Bello, Toby Butt, Jeff Cain, Jeff Hill, Bob Hlasko, Dan Ihrig, Than Jain, Reid Miller, Mark Morse, Dennis Neate, Dennis Powers, John Ross, Leon Skowronski, Richard Smith and Kevin Wermer.

Don’t miss out: The final Brunswick Farmers Market will have lots of entertainment to close out the season.

With extended hours from 10 am to 5 pm Oct. 2 at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road, you can catch musical entertainment almost all day, plus the always-popular Canine Costume Contest at noon, Third Tent from the Nile belly dancing at 1: 30 pm and One Voice musical at 3 pm

If you have a dog that you’d like to enter in the contest, come early — registration will be held from 11 am until the start of the parade. There are two divisions for handlers: the junior division and one for those older than 16.

Prizes include Bil-Jac dog food for the four-legged winners, while the two-legged winners will receive gift certificates to Kelly’s Café.

You can also try to win the raffle for a great basket of items donated by the Pet Supplies Plus Brunswick location.

Free parking, free admission, tours of the museum, hayrides, produce, crafts and a promise of lots of reasonably priced pumpkins.

It’s a first: Oaks Family Care Center will hold its first-ever Soup Cook-Off from 5:30 to 8 pm Oct. 22 at Comfort Suites Hotel, 1464 Town Center Blvd. in Brunswick.

Entries are now being accepted for the competition, with contestants receiving free admission to the event, plus the chance to win a first-, second- or third-place award.

Cooking not your thing? Come join this great non-profit for the food, fun and fellowship! Admission is only $10, and all ages are welcome.

Also, there will be a live dessert auction after dinner.

Information on the organization and the event are at https://www.oaks-family-care.org/.

Chief of Staff: United Way of Summit & Medina Counties has announced that Annie McFadden has joined the organization as chief of staff, impact and communications.

The newly created position will have McFadden overseeing the areas of policy and advocacy, marketing and community impact. (And, of course, it’s a perfect introduction, because it’s just in time for United Way’s Taste of Medina on Oct. 6).

Collecting seeds? Many soil and water conservation districts across Ohio are collecting common milkweed seed pods until Nov. 15. The seed pods will be processed by the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) to establish new plantings and create additional habitat for monarch butterflies throughout Ohio.

Collected seed pods can be dropped off at the Cuyahoga SWCD office (3311 Perkins Ave., Suite 100, Cleveland, OH 44114) anytime in the collection bin, which is located on the west side of the building by the garage door.

For more information, call 216-524-6580, extension 1005, or email [email protected]

When collecting seed pods from a common milkweed plant, it is best to pick when they are dry and gray or brown in color. If the seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked.

It is best to store the picked pods in a paper bag; avoid using plastic bags, as they tend to collect and hold moisture. Store the seeds in a dry, cool area until you are available to drop them off.

Please mark your bags with the county they were picked in. Visit the Cuyahoga SWCD website for more information about collecting pods: http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/common-milkweed-pod-collection.

Advocate Bill Peters, right, helps celebrate his direct support professional caregiver, Sophie, during a recent event held by the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities as part of September being DSP Recognition Month. (Photo Courtesy of MCBDD)

Celebrating: September is Direct Support Professional Recognition Month, a time when the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities encourages all members of our community to recognize the powerful impact these caregivers have on the lives of people who have developmental disabilities.

“Our direct support professionals are hard-working, dedicated men and women who sacrifice a lot to support people with disabilities each and every day,” says Stacey Maleckar, MCBDD superintendent.

The MCBDD celebrates Direct Support Professional Recognition Month annually to honor the over 800 local caregivers who are the primary providers of help for people who have developmental disabilities in our community.

DSPs provide a broad range of services that help their clients live independently, tasks such as preparing meals, helping with medications, and dressing and getting ready for school, work or other activities.

These front-line caregivers provide the essential care needed to help keep individuals who have disabilities stay connected to their families and communities, giving them the chance to live meaningful lives, achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential.

Direct Support Professional Recognition Month is also a time when people who have disabilities, their family members and other community allies and agencies, such as the MCBDD, come together to advocate and educate the public about the importance of this essential workforce.

It is an opportunity to let local decision-makers know how government services and policies can be improved, expanded or strengthened for the benefit of people who have disabilities.

“Medina County is currently facing a DSP workforce crisis. Right now, there are not enough workers to meet our system’s demand for caregivers. We are struggling to recruit and retain DSPs,” says Maleckar.

“This workforce crisis is being driven by current Medicaid reimbursement pay rates for DSP’s services, which make it challenging to pay DSPs the living wage they deserve.

“The critical work of direct support professionals has an immeasurable impact on the lives of those with disabilities,” states Maleckar.

“We could not help those in need without these important workers. Words cannot describe how much we appreciate their efforts and dedication.”

Charity volleyball event: The Medina High School gym is the place to be from 5 to 7:30 pm Oct. 4 for the Ace For Grace Volleyball game.

The Lady Bees will play Mentor in support of the Mary Grace Foundation. The event includes games, prizes, basket raffles, food and more.

Any fan wearing 2022 Ace for Grace spirit wear gets free admission.

Ready to serve: The Center Café at the Medina County Career Center will open for service to the public Oct. 20. The hours of operation will be from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Because this has been so anticipated, be sure to call in your reservation beginning Oct. 11 to 330-721-0229. Chef Tony promises lots of great food in the new location. Just follow the signs.

An Evening of Magic: Open Arms Adoptions mission is to provide a loving, stable home to every child in need. Creating families who can successfully meet the long-term needs of our nation’s unseen children. Open Arms Adoptions serves children and families throughout the Ohio, including creating families in Medina County.

The agency will be celebrating its families, supporters and successes at An Evening of Magic Nov. 5 at The NEW Center in Rootstown. This meaningful and fun-filled event will feature a VIP social hour, magician, silent and live auctions, a wine pull and a lot of inspiration.

Director Jackie Smigel said: “We are proud of the work we do. Our goal is finding families for children –creating a loving and lasting family.”

There are more than 3,000 children in Ohio’s foster care system that are hoping to be adopted. Over 70 percent of children in foster care have one or more siblings also in care, and many times they are separated. Open Arms Adoptions works very hard to keep siblings together.

An Evening of Magic will take attendees down the magical path of choosing what is best for the child, from developing birth plans to working with potential adoptive parents to the final adoption.

“We pride ourselves on our inclusiveness, thoroughness, access to our clients and creating families for children,” Smigel said.

For more information about Open Arms Adoptions and An Evening of Magic, visit https://openarmsadopt.com/. General and VIP tickets are available for the event, along with sponsorship opportunities.

Turn over a new leaf: It’s the start of fall, and the American Red Cross is asking the public to start the season off with a lifesaving blood or platelet donation.

While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes. Those who give this fall play an important role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help patients counting on blood products for care — especially ahead of the busy holiday season.

Book a time to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

There are many exciting prize opportunities for donors during the fall months. Stop by one of the Medina County sites and help fill this critical need.

In Brunswick: 1 to 7 pm Sept. 29 at Brunswick United Methodist Church, 1395 Pearl Road; 9 am to 2 pm Oct. 2 at BAPS Charities, 2915 Laurel Road; 3 to 8 pm Oct. 6 at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road; 1 to 7 pm Oct. 10 at Brunswick United Methodist Church, 1395 Pearl Road; or 10 am to 3 pm Oct. 14 at St. Mark Church, 1330 N. Carpenter Road.

In Hinckley: 10 am to 3 pm Oct. 15 at the old Hinckley Fire Station, 1410 Ridge Road.

In Homerville: 3 to 8 pm Oct. 13 at Homerville Grace Brethren Church, 8992 Firestone Road.

In Medina: 7 am to 4:30 pm Oct. 7 at Medina Hospital, 1000 E. Washington St.

In Wadsworth: 2 to 7 pm Oct. 13 at Trinity United Church of Christ, 215 High St., and 2 to 7 pm Oct. 12 at Wadsworth YMCA, 623 School Drive.

Feud for fun: The Medina County HANDS Foundation is inviting teams of four to take part in the Senior Care Feud (like Family Feud, but more fun) from 3 to 7 pm Oct. 26 at the Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina.

Pay $50 per team to participate, or $10 to come and cheer on the competitors. There will be awards and bragging rights for most points, best dressed and loudest cheering sections. Get information or RSVP to [email protected]

Annual meeting: Residents are invited to the 78th annual meeting of the Medina County Soil & Water Conservation District Nov. 1 at Medina Eagles, 696 Lafayette Road in Medina.

Voting for two supervisors begins at 5 pm, dinner is served at 6:30 pm and the program is at 7:15 pm Guest speaker is Jon Cepek, Cleveland Metroparks wildlife ecologist.

For information and reservations, go to https://medinaswcd.org/

Contact Boyer at [email protected].

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