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t just did not seem like we were doing enough. After all, Joy’s mission statement, to show how much good one publication can do, is a standing challenge to outdo what has been done, even if it was done by Joy. In response to our own challenge, a new column titled “Gems” has been added to Joy Magazine. “Gems” will feature a different county-based, non-political non-profit organization each month. It will be a great companion to the already existing “Let’s Do It!” calendar of non-profit events and the Giving Hearts page at the JoyofMedinaCounty.com website. Giving Hearts lists what area nonprofits need, other than volunteers and money.

While non-profits are the gems that are the heart and soul of a community, many times it is hard to know exactly what a non-profit does. “Gems” will be a chance for county non-profits to shine and sparkle and for readers to learn more about them. Each month, “Gems” will be written by Kent Von Der Vellen, a 20year Medina resident and a member of the Medina Lions Club and the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce. Kent and his wife, Kim, founded the Jakob F. Von Der Vellen Memorial Foundation upon the death of their son in 2012. Their foundation has awarded nine $1,000 scholarships to date. Joy of Medina County Magazine is delighted to welcome Kent aboard and to find yet another way to help the Medina County community.

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WHEN TWO GRATEFUL P EOPLE CROSS PATHS by Amy Barnes

When Graham Fitzgerald covered the tab for a customer, he did not think it was worthy of notice, but this particular customer did.

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Our lens is here and there and everywhere. Dr. Seuss would admire all of the wonderful places we go!

THE READING NOOK

LITTLE TRUTHS

by Christopher Barnes

As Cam ponders the meaning of his discovery in the ventilation shaft, his life is about to change in ways he never expected.

TALES OF A MOLD WARRIOR

HOMES BECOME MOLD FEASTS by Paul McHam

Easy tips on finding mold’s favorite feasting places.

INVESTING INTELLIGENCE: SECRETS OF A MORTGAGE BANKER

FINDING REAL ESTATE GUIDANCE by Rich Bailey

Exploring the benefits of using a real estate professional.

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GOOD GUY GRAHAM

Our new word search for the month and the answer keys for last month’s word search and Joyful Arrival!

HELPING CHILDREN COPE AND RECOVER by Kent Von Der Vellen

It is the only one in Medina County, but what is The Children’s Center of Medina County?

BITE ME

ZIPPY ACORN SQUASH

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ON THE COVER: Smiling through the snow, Graham Fitzgerald enjoys the bright sunshine on Medina Public Square.

by Amy Barnes

Making a delicious side dish and a treat for the birds at the same time!

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RESETTING THE MINDSET by Bob Arnold

Successful networking depends on the right mindset. Do you know what it is?

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When Two Grateful People

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Nagy lost his leg while working as a police officer in 2005 when a truck loaded with sheetrock slammed into the back of his cruiser, crushing Nagy between the cruiser and the car he had stopped during traffic detail for the Indian’s home opener game. It was 18 months of surgery, grueling physical therapy, and healing before Nagy could return to work as a Middleburg Heights police officer. But it did not matter to Fitzgerald that Nagy was not a veteran. He cared that Nagy had lost his leg in service to America and still insisted on paying for Nagy’s large order of coffees and donuts. “I don’t remember the amount, it’s not important to me,” Fitzgerald said, somewhat annoyed by the attention his action had Sharing smiles, Bob and Ann McNeeley’s visit to Medina attracted. Square is brightened by Fitzgerald holding the door of Cool He said hy are you doing this?” Ryan Nagy asked the young man behind the counter, who was insisting on paying for Nagy’s order. “Because you gave enough already,” said 19-year-old Graham Fitzgerald. He had noticed Nagy’s artificial leg. Nagy, suspecting that Fitzgerald had mistaken him for a military veteran, quickly let Fitzgerald know that he was a police officer, not a veteran. He did not feel it would be right to take advantage of Fitzgerald’s mistake.

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everyone should pick up the tab for those who sacrifice so much for the country, it should not be something unusual. He was raised in a family that believes in helping, quietly, behind the scenes, without any fuss, and at every chance they get. “To us, honestly, it’s integrity. People don’t give them (those who sacrifice to serve the country) enough credit,” Fitzgerald said. He said paying for Nagy’s order did not seem unusual to him. “It is ‘you did this for me,’ a thank you, not a guilt thing.” Nagy was so impressed with Fitzgerald’s kindness, especially because of how young Fitzgerald is, that he posted about the incident on Facebook. He wanted Fitzgerald’s family to know he thought Fitzgerald was a son about whom they could feel pride. Old-fashioned values. Respect. Kindness. A sense of gratitude. All words not usually associated with the younger generation and certainly not with millennials. Many millennials grit their teeth at the unfairness of being stereotyped, ironically by the


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Ryan Nagy (right) and his daughter Emma make a return visit to Dunkin Donuts and see the now-familiar face of Graham Fitzgerald. On a previous visit, Nagy was wearing shorts when Fitzgerald noticed his artificial leg and was inspired to reach out.

older generation that once gritted its teeth when young at the way they were lumped together with labels such as hippies and rebels. Fitzgerald does not appreciate being lumped into the self-centered millennial stereotype, but he does not let it change how he looks at the world or how he was taught to be. “I grew up in a family where you respect veterans” and others who protect the country, said Fitzgerald. “People like him (Nagy) just make me feel happy,” Fitzgerald said, adding that anyone who is willing to sacrifice to protect the country should get more help from government agencies as well as people in general. He is dismayed that there are not more people picking up the tab for those who sacrificed so much. Fitzgerald is a history major at Cuyahoga Community College and is pursuing a degree in teaching. He is

a big fan of Tri-C and says, “they’re awesome, a good introduction to college.” He is not, however, a fan of private schools. Having experienced both public and private schools, the Buckeye High School graduate said he liked the more relaxed attitude of public school teachers and how public school felt less regimented. “Public school is better, it really is,” said Fitzgerald. The greatest influence in his life has been his grandmother, 83-yearold Betty Swartz. She often took care of him when he was much younger, while his mother was at work. Fitzgerald said his grandmother is “very hardy and sassy,” and they often talk on the phone. “She’s awesome, she’s such a hoot,” Fitzgerald said, with a laugh. As a teacher for kindergarten through third grade, Swartz’s

teaching style also was one she used with her grandson. Fitzgerald said his grandmother did not believe in forced learning and would give students learning challenges if they were more advanced. It is her teaching style of encouraging students to learn rather than forcing them to learn that was a powerful influence in Fitzgerald’s career choice. Fitzgerald plans to teach high school or college students. He finds younger children overwhelming. ‘I love little kids, but I don’t have that kind of energy,” he said. He has worked at Dunkin Donuts for almost two years and says with a laugh that his coworkers are “one gigantic, annoying family,” but the smile on his face shows how much he appreciates them. “Work really does teach you who you are,” Fitzgerald said.

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Joy of Medina County Magazine | March 2018 It does not look like Cinderella is going to escape! From left to right: LeeAnn (Cinderella) Pavlovicz, Nicole (fairy godmother) Benko, Gracie (evil stepsister) Pavlovicz, Paige (evil stepsister) Riley, and Stacy (evil stepmother) Riley at the Chippewa Lake Lions Polar Bear Jump. Back row, from left: Anthony, Angelo, Jimmy, and Thomas Martella (white hair) and Robert Metyk (in yellow). Front row, from left, Marissa and Tony Martella.

“Taa dahhhh!” A snowman waits for applause in the Sharon Center gazebo. Wonder what the act was? So do we!

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During a Medina Bicentennial tour of the Medina County Courthouse, Judge Kevin W. Dunn shows that a portrait of his grandparents, Bertha and Mark Dunn, watch over the probate court’s proceedings. He said the best part of his job is adoptions.

Look out below! Angelo (green shorts) and Anthony Martella at the Chippewa Lake Lions Polar Bear Jump.

Judge Christopher J. Collier energetically demonstrates for Medina Bicentennial tour attendees where common pleas trial participants sit.

Laughter, raindrops and perhaps some uncertainty for jumpers waiting to enjoy the icy cold Chippewa Lake water.


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Logan Detwiler and Alyssa Nutter Caregivers were treated to dinner and singing performances, which included Logan Parker, who sang a medley of songs, accompanied by Annette Palmer, his voice teacher. From left, Diane McElroy (standing) and Mica Ritchey, Megan Green and Laura Rohrbaugh (standing), and Jennifer Toth and Kristina Svancara (standing) enjoy the prom.

Katie Lowe shines on the dance floor.

Tim Tebow's Night to Shine was a prom on February 9 for the area's special needs individuals at the Diamond Event Center in Brunswick, with a dinner and show for caregivers at Faithwalk Church next door.

The night was a blast for Jeremy Jackson and Tasha Marason.

Feeling like royalty for the night with (front to back) Megan Daugherty, Josh Fry and Alexa Palmer.

Winnfried Schroeder enjoys the luxury of his limo ride.

Rosemary C. and Don Poest dance the night away in style.


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TH E READ I NG N O O K

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I walked into the apartment I shared with my dad after my journey to the bowling alley and closed the door almost silently. For some reason, I thought the quieter I was, the less late I’d become. “Did you find your wallet, Cam?” my dad asked, as soon as the door was shut. I winced a bit, still facing the door, but relaxed my expression before turning around. “Yeah,” I pulled it out of my back pocket and waved it around, “it was under the seats.” I laughed it off, but my father tilted his head and lowered his eyebrows. “Funny, it was right there in your pocket when you left, too,” he deadpanned, “or was that someone else’s wallet?” I swallowed, bashing myself for how stupid I had been, “Yeah, it was actually there the whole time. I felt like such an idiot when the guy helping me look for it pointed that out.” I hoped I had saved it, but he still looked skeptical. “It took you a long time to realize that,” he chewed on a piece of chicken breast and kept his eyes boring into my skull. “Uh, yeah. Sorry, dad,” I apologized, taking my plate from the stove and sitting down across from him. The chicken and veggies looked absolutely delicious. Luckily for me, my dad was the better cook of my parents, so we never went without good meals. Well, except for when I cooked that was. “Mhm,” was all he said, as he stuffed a pepper in his mouth. My dad and I had been pretty close ever since my mom left, but it wasn’t like I told him everything. He was my dad, and sure, we had “the talk,” and he taught me what he knew

about girls and life and driving and everything, but what he didn’t do was open up to me. The most personal parts of his life were mysteries to me, so I kept my personal life from him just the same. As long as I didn’t break the law or get a girl pregnant, it wasn’t really his business anyway. So we ate mostly in silence, letting our chewing and my satisfied belch do the talking. “That was good, dad,” I finally said. “Did you do something different with the peppers?” He smiled, “I did! You’d have known what it was if you had stayed here rather than running out to hit on some girl at the bowling alley.” I laughed softly, trying to make it seem like he was right. That was a much better explanation than the truth anyway. I mean, who runs out on a random Tuesday night to inspect a ventilation shaft that they saw some unremarkable girl crawl out of? Besides, he could tell it was about a girl, and that was all he needed to know. Telling my dad about Marissa and her secret would only cause him to call her parents anyway. I wanted to talk to her in private before anything else. I had no clue how I’d manage to get alone time with her when we didn’t even acknowledge each other’s presence at school, but I was determined to do so. “Hey, Cam, did you finish your homework?” my dad asked out of nowhere, which could mean only one of two things. Either he wanted to have a serious talk with me, or he wanted to take me somewhere and treat me to something. I debated lying to him so I could try to plan a way to talk to Marissa the next day, but he was my only dad, and I didn’t like lying to him about everything. “Yeah, before I went to the bowling alley. Why?” I asked. “I know I promised to take you out and buy you a couple drinks last


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year and I never got around to it, but I have off work tomorrow, and I was wondering if you wanted to go out and get a few drinks.” Whoa. My own dad just asked if I wanted alcohol, and I wasn’t even 21 yet. This was way better than what I was imagining, and there was no way I would refuse this offer. Devin was the only one of my close friends that had tried alcohol, so being the second of the four of us would give me bragging rights. “Sure, dad!” I tried not to sound too excited, but I knew he saw right through my façade. “Great! Put on a jacket and we can go out to the bar on Grit Street,” he said, putting on his own jacket. I was sitting in the Impala in 30 seconds flat, any previous thoughts completely erased from my mind. We got to the bar, and once we were seated, he got a beer to start me off. It tasted like piss, and I said so. He just laughed and ordered a glass of cheap wine next. An hour later, I had tried a margarita, two other beers, and some sort of mixed drink that tasted like gasoline, and I was undoubtedly drunk. “Are you feeling alright, Cam?” my dad chuckled. “Me?! Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yes, yep, yep, I am perfectly fine,” I said, trying and failing to hold up a thumbs up. I burped and he waved his hand in front of his face, laughing even harder.

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“At least see if you can stand,” he stood, still chuckling, and watched me try to get on my feet. I fell on my face, and after he let out a loud guffaw, he bent down and lifted me onto my feet, keeping my arm around his shoulders.

There’s a frozen picture burned into my memory of the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes in that old Impala. For a moment it’s all white, like a picture that hasn’t been developed yet, and then everything becomes clear and I see a pickup truck inches from my nose. The front of the Impala isn’t much now, considering it’s been crushed by the pickup to half its original size. Dazed and confused, I look over to the driver’s side to ask my dad what happened, and that’s when I see him. My dad’s head is hanging over the crooked steering wheel, blood pouring from his forehead and chin. His arms are out in front of him, as if they had been trying to catch the rest of his body on the windshield. But the thing I remember best, like it was just yesterday, are his eyes. They’re looking over at me, wide open, but where there should’ve been life, love, happiness, and pride, there was nothing. Absolute oblivion. “Dad?” I whispered, reaching my hand out to him only to be caught by my seatbelt. My chest exploded in a fireball of pain and I winced as the pain pierced through my alcoholic high. I should’ve drank more. I unbuckled my seatbelt to ease the pain and realized my legs were

There’s a frozen picture burned into my memory of the first thing I saw.... “Alright, Cam, I think you’ve had more than enough,” he dragged me out to the car and set me in the passenger seat. Then he walked around to the driver’s side and slid into his own seat. He struggled for a moment while he tried to get the key in the ignition, but I was already half asleep and lost to the booze. I remember him telling me to put my seatbelt on, but there was no way I was coordinated enough for that. So he reached over me, patted my head as I hiccupped, and then pulled my seat belt over my lap and latched it. I did my best to say thank you, but it came out as a jumbled slur that I doubted he could comprehend. Still, he chuckled at me and pulled out of the parking spot. I passed out the moment we got onto the street, clueless as to how important it was for me to stay awake that night.

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c on t i n u e d f ro m P a g e 9 stuck as I tried to reach him again. I cursed under my breath just before an unfamiliar voice came in through the open window. “Hey! Are you okay, dude?” A big guy grabbed the handle of the car door and ripped it away, letting it fall onto the pavement. “I’m fine,” I told him, “but my dad looks weird.” I was still quite drunk after all, and I wasn’t comprehending the gravity of the situation yet. “Yeah,” the guy said as he reached in and pulled me out carefully with both hands. “I don’t think your dad needs my help.” “Probably not,” I replied as I stumbled and almost fell. I was being completely serious though, because my dad was a strong man who didn’t need some stranger’s help to get out of a car. Even one as crushed as our Impala was. The guy looked down at me and immediately knew how drunk I was. He let out a long breath and then tightened his grip on my bicep. “Are you hurting anywhere?” He asked me, scanning me from head to toe. “My chest hurts,” I answered, rubbing my bruised sternum, “but I’m okay.” “That’s good,” he looked back at the pickup truck and I followed his eyes to the slumped figure in the driver’s seat. “It’s a good thing you were wearing your seatbelt, it saved your life.” He paused for a moment before finishing his thought, “It probably would’ve saved your dad and the other driver, too.” “Yeah,” I said mindlessly,

looking back at my dad’s lifeless body. A drop of blood dripped off his nose. I was still in a drunken haze, but suddenly, I understood what had happened. I fell to my knees, on purpose this time, and my chin dropped. The stranger looked down at me for a moment and then knelt next to me. “I’m sorry, kid.” My dad was dead. Just like that. Half an hour ago we were laughing and joking at a bar, and now he was dead. I wanted to feel anger or desperation or pain or something, but I just felt shocked. I wanted to get a sudden burst of adrenaline to rush back into the crushed Impala and drag my dad’s body out of the side, throw him on the ground, and try to bring him back to life. I wanted to tear the car door off its hinges and drain myself of all my life and just put it into him instead.

I wanted to feel anger or desperation...but I just felt shocked. I didn’t do any of those things though. I just knelt there on the pavement, with this stranger next to me, and looked at the sickening sight of the car crash that had killed my father. I stayed like that until the paramedics and cops showed up. I don’t know when I passed out again, but considering the intensity of emotions along with the alcohol still running through my system,

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it was entirely reasonable if not expected. I wasn’t out for long though, because the paramedics woke me and checked my vitals to make sure I wasn’t about to die from some inner injury. They asked me simple questions about how I felt and how much I had to drink and then asked me if the cops could ask a few questions, too. I nodded and swallowed as they peeled a sensor off my side. “Cameron Kizinsky?” A broad-shouldered, average height policeman with short dark hair walked up to me, holding a clipboard and a pen. “That’s me,” I said blandly, staring at the swirl of red on his pen. “Good, mind if I ask you a few questions?” He pulled the pen behind the clipboard so I had nowhere else to look except back at him. “My dad’s dead,” I said, still not fully believing it, even with the words coming out of my own mouth. “I know, I know,” the cop said, “I’m so sorry.” “It’s okay,” I replied. My response was more habit than anything, because my dad being dead was anything but okay. “Now, Cameron, can you tell me how much your dad had to drink tonight?” “I don’t know.” “Okay, do you know how much you had to drink?” “Not enough,” I chuckled at my own joke and then winced as the pain in my chest started to seep through. I wasn’t going to be drunk enough to avoid the pain much longer. The cop sighed, “Cameron. This is serious. Two people died tonight, and we need to know how it happened.” I looked at the crash, realizing for the first time that it was in the middle of an intersection. Both


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cars had turned into each other and ran headfirst into one another. The bodies were gone, probably taken out by the paramedics, but one of my dad’s shoes had fallen off and was still sitting next to the pedals. “Can I have that?” I asked, pointing at the shoe. The cop had asked another question, but I hadn’t heard it. He sighed, aggravated, and looked at where I was pointing, “What is it you want?” “The shoe,” I pointed with my other hand in case it helped him understand. “What shoe?” He asked, trying to follow my finger. “That one,” I pointed harder. “Cameron, I’m sorry, I don’t see a shoe,” he turned back to me as if I was some sort of teenage punk that had just committed a crime. “Oh, okay,” I said, and then hopped out of the back of the ambulance I had been sitting in

and walked over to the devastated Impala. Cops and paramedics alike were shouting at me and a couple ran over to try to stop me, but I had already grabbed my dad’s shoe by

the time they got to me. “Kid, what are you doing?” A cop with a gross mustache glared down at me. “Getting my dad’s shoe,” I said matter-of-factly as I walked back to the cop that had been interrogating me.

Nobody stopped me, and even the cop asking the questions looked a little guilty that he hadn’t understood the innocence of my question. “Can you answer my question now?” He was staring at the shoe as hard as I was. “Yeah, sure,” I untied the laces and retied them thoughtlessly. This was all I had left of my father. Or at least that’s what was going through my mind that night. Not Marissa Colt or Devin or Garret or Heath, or school, or anything. All I could think about was how my dad, good old trusty dad was just…gone.

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TA L E S O F A MO LD W AR R I O R

Homes Become Mold Feasts by Paul McHam Mold is a member of the fungus kingdom and has traits specific to that family. Mold spore is everywhere around us and requires only the right environment to grow and thrive. Its function is apparently to consume or break down the dead organic material around us. Imagine the amount of leaves, twigs, fruits, carcasses, and other living materials that eventually die and must be eliminated in some way. We would be up to our eyeballs if not for mold, bacteria, and other processes for natural consumption and elimination. When we build homes, the cement foundation is put in the ground, and cement tends to hold moisture unless it is properly sealed and remains that way. The foundation might take a year or more to properly season and dry. We then use dead organic material (wood) to build on top of that. It should not be surprising when mold begins to grow as homes deteriorate or as flaws in the structure begin to allow water to enter, which then encourages mold growth. In our homes the best two ways to initially identify mold is by color and smell. Look for discoloration on surfaces, any color. For best

results, use a Maglite turned sideways. Pay attention to any “musty” scent in wet and warmer weather. The musty odor is produced as a byproduct of molds’ metabolism as it eats your home. Cold and dry air in the winter can cause mold to become temporarily dormant and be undetectable by odor. Do not worry, though, it will be back as things warm up again. In fact, it never really went away. Look for water, discoloration, and odors as your first clues to the presence of or impending growth of mold. Paul McHam is a local expert on mold remediation. For more information, visit his website at http://myairxperts.com/ and his Facebook page Moldsporewars http://bit.ly/2E2Fj3y or call 330-3317500.

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Finding Real Estate Guidance by Rich Bailey When considering buying a home, it is important to understand the value of a real estate professional. Home buyers who do not want to feel pressured by a salesperson often will search the Internet or drive for hours looking for houses.

However, a good real estate agent will be a consultant rather than a salesperson. When beginning the search for an agent, ask around for a glowing referral. A good real estate agent will ask questions to determine what buyers want. They will educate and guide buyers through the process and let the houses sell themselves. Real estate agents will provide links to all of the homes listed in the multiple listing service (MLS) that meet a buyer’s criteria such as location, number of bedrooms, acreage, school districts, and more. This part of the agent’s service can be invaluable and can save buyers hours. Agents also provide help with the purchase contract and negotiating the best terms. They also ensure contract terms are met through the end of the transaction. Real estate agent services are free to the home buyer. The seller typically pays the buying and selling agents’ commissions. Real estate agents put many hours into home searches, negotiations, and contract follow throughs. If home buyers talk to other real estate agents, at an open house for instance, they should always announce they already are working with an agent if they have one before having any conversation or viewing any properties without their agent and ask if their agent will be honored if they make an offer on a property. Otherwise, buyers could lose the ability to use their real estate agent in the transaction. This is called procuring cause and should be discussed with an agent from the outset. Rich Bailey is a licensed mortgage loan originator with First Security Mortgage Corporation and has 15 years of conventional, FHA, VA, and USDA mortgage financing experience for purchase and refinance transactions. Contact Bailey at rich.bailey@fsmc.net or by calling 330-571-2692. First Security Mortgage Corporation 15887 Snow Road, Suite 200 Brook Park, OH 44142 www.FirstSecurityMortgage.net NMLS 258602, 289425 MB.802718, LO.015405


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Joyful Arrival! Did you figure out where each of the joyful pictures came from in our Joyful Arrival photo collage on Page 13 in last month’s issue of Joy Magazine? Just in case you are still puzzling, here are the answers: 1. The Book Store and Handmade Marketplace, 109 W. Washington, Medina. 2. Kohl’s holiday advertising campaign. 3. Dunkin Donuts box. 4. A home on High Street in Wadsworth. 5. A tree near the intersection of River Styx Road and Wadsworth Road, Medina.

Did you miss our first issue? See the Joyful Arrival photos and great stories by visiting JoyofMedinaCounty.com and clicking on the February issue.

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Helping Children Cope and Recover by Kent Von Der Vellen The Children’s Center of Medina County helps abused and neglected children and their non-offending family members to cope and begin recovery. As the only Child Advocacy Center in Medina County and one of only 25 in Ohio, the center utilizes a multidisciplinary approach with team members from mental health, social services, medical, and law enforcement fields. Specially trained center employees perform forensic interviews and medical exams and host foster care visits. Forensic interviews are recorded so children can relate their stories once instead of repeatedly for numerous medical and law enforcement officials. A case worker works as a liaison for non-offending family members. To create a child friendly environment, the center is based in a renovated single-family home in Medina. It has two play rooms, an outdoor play area, a kitchen, and a dining area. In 2017, the center performed 103 forensic interviews. In 2016, there were 59. Community outreach and educational programs are credited with the increased reporting of suspected abuse. Executive director Rhonda Wurgler says perpetrators are usually someone the victim knows. Ninety percent of victims know their abusers, and one in 10 children will be sexually abused before turning 18. As part of their community outreach effort, staff members provide presentations on sexual abuse, human trafficking, physical abuse, and related subjects. Two upcoming center events are the annual Pinwheel Walk, April 8, and A Night at the Races: The Children’s Cup, May 5. The Children’s Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was founded by Mead Wilkens, a former Medina County Job and Family Services director, and started accepting cases in 2007. To learn more, visit the website www.medinacountychildrencenter.org. Suspected child abuse should be reported to the Child Abuse Hotline, 330-661-0800. Callers can remain anonymous. If there is immediate danger, call 911. Kent Von Der Vellen is a 20-year resident of Medina. He has been a volunteer for various youth sports teams, is a member of the Medina Lions club, and with his wife, Kim, founded the Jakob F. Von Der Vellen Memorial Foundation. You can reach Von Der Vellen by e-mailing him at von106@gmail.com or by calling 330-421-0863. Learn what area non-profits need by visiting Giving Hearts at JoyofMedinaCounty.com

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Zippy Acorn Squash by Amy Barnes This is a great, hot side dish for cold days, especially if the oven is already being used to bake the main dish.

• 1 acorn squash • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine • 4 tablespoons brown sugar • 2 teaspoons cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom • Pecans, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pan with foil and spray lightly with non-stick spray. Rinse and thoroughly dry the acorn squash. Break off stem, if there is one, and cut squash in half, lengthwise. Be very careful as the squash can be hard to grip while cutting, it may help to place it on a flat rubber jar gripper on the counter. Use a metal spoon to scoop out the seeds and loose fibers. (Hint: The squash innards make an excellent bird treat.) Place squash halves cut side down on prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes, test with fork to see if squash flesh is soft and tender. If not, bake for an additional 10 to 20 minutes. When squash is fork tender, flip over so the halves are cut side up, and fill the cavity of each half with half of the margarine, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom. Add pecans, if desired. Bake another 10 minutes or until butter is melted and filling is hot. Best served in bowls because the squash skin can break and cause the filling sauce to leak.


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Resetting the Mindset by Bob Arnold Face it. You want to check Facebook or Instagram right about now. Oh wait, they will beep when there is something new. I just checked my phone and there is a missed call, a breaking news item, three e-mail messages, and several other messages waiting for my urgent attention. No, I didn’t check any of them, I am more interested in you right now. That gets us to the Number 1 attitude we need when we network: The Right Mindset! Sadly, even though we want to network and get to know other people, most of us do so without the correct mindset. What do I mean? At networking events, we often act like we are talking with a business, not a person. This manifests itself through how we talk. We only want to hear what business they are in, how the business is going, how they do their business, and more. When we take a moment and remember we are talking with a person, not a business, we reset our mind. Ok, I just had to look at my phone (because it buzzed me) and now it has a note on it reading, “Are you looking for something different? Param…” Could you resist opening that one? I did not open it, know why? My mindset is on you. That is what I am talking about here! We are obsessed with interruptions. When we attend a networking event, the room is filled with a mix of people. We may feel tempted to hang out with those we know and talk about trivial stuff or just catch up, but, if you are there to find new business possibilities, the key is to get to know some new people. E-mail those you know later to catch up. Mindset is important.

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Let's do it! Thursday, March 1 World Compliment Day http://bit.ly/2iaKAct and National Pig Day http://bit.ly/1SVSpPT 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive; Summa Health Center at Wadsworth-Rittman, 195 Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth. http://www.redcross.org/local/ohio/ northeast

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5 p.m. ORMACO Rent at the Cleveland Play House; bus leaves from Buehler’s River Styx, 3616 Medina Road, Medina. Tickets $75 to $95. www.ormaco.org , 330-722-2541.

Udics, 330-948-1523, for more information.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Social Issues Film Club: Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock; Highland Community Room, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Impact of pipelines across U.S. Watch film, then meet March 19 for discussion. Adults. Register at http://bit.ly/2FDcUxZ

Middle Name Pride Day http://bit.ly/2D8km6B

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Anglophiles United Great British BakeOff; Sycamore Rooms North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. 330-273-4150

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Master Gardener Decaf Coffee Chat; OSU Extension Office, Professional Building, 120 W. Washington Street, Medina. $5 For topic, more information, and to register go to http://bit.ly/2DDEYQw

Tuesday, March 6

Friday, March 2

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment.

Old Stuff Day http://bit.ly/2lO7iau, Employee Appreciation Day http://bit.ly/1E0uCG2, and National Salesperson Day http://bit.ly/2Dd2jeJ 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Master Gardener Coffee Chat; OSU Extension Office, Professional Building, 120 W. Washington Street, Medina. $5 For topic, more information, and to register go to http://bit.ly/2DDEYQw 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fish Fry; Spencer Town Hall, 112 N. Main Street, Spencer. Benefits Spencer Historical Society and Black River Youth Sports. Adults, $8.50; senior citizens, $8; children 12 and younger, $4.

Dentist’s Day http://bit.ly/2AXGVVE and National Frozen Food Day http://bit.ly/2mroQKq

1 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive; Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. http://www.redcross.org/local/ohio/northeast 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Beginner Beekeeping; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street. Medina County Beekeepers Association. Registration $85 single, $100 family. Includes book, handouts, membership. Register at medinabeekeepers.com or call, 330-723-6265.

Wednesday, March 7

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday Night Fish Fry; 120 Bank Street, Lodi. All you can eat, dine-in $8; carry-out, $8.25; chicken dinner, $7.25. Benefits Lodi Post 523 American Legion. Call Gregory Udics, 330-948-1523, for more information.

Alexander Graham Bell Day http://bit.ly/2EFaY6Q

Saturday, March 3

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. STEAM: BattleBots; Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Battle with Lego robots. No registration.

I Want You to be Happy Day http://bit.ly/2D0NnNw and If Pets Had Thumbs Day http://bit.ly/2DrK2Ih

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment.

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Breakfast With the Bunny; York United Methodist Church, 6566 Norwalk Road, York Township. Breakfast, egg hunt, crafts, more. www.yorkumc.org

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Writers Series: Historical Research and You; Community Room, Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Learn historical research techniques. Register at http://bit.ly/2EKdWH3

1 p.m. Computer Support, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Help removing viruses and malware from laptops. Library tech department will assist. Ages 55 and up. First come, first serve. NO PHONE CALLS.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Smart Home Tech; Sycamore Rooms North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Smart home technology education.

1 p.m. Bicentennial Student Art Show Reception; lobby, Huntington Bank, 39 Public Square, Medina. Public invited. http://www.medina200.com

Proofreading Day http://bit.ly/2AXVbh9

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Digital Photography for Beginners; Wolf Creek Environmental Center Tips for better pictures, editing, storing and printing. Bring camera and manual to class. Ages 16 and up. $25 Pre-register at http://bit.ly/2nEJtnX

Sunday, March 4 March Forth and Do Something Day http://bit.ly/2mAYsif and Hug A GI Day http://bit.ly/2CZDaAQ 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wildflower Challenge 101; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Naturalist-led overview and hike. Ages 12 and up. http://bit. ly/2E1xRpf

Monday, March 5 Learn What Your Name Means Day http://bit.ly/2r1lHGB

Thursday, March 8 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Medina Library: Legal Resource Center; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Volunteers offer guidance through Domestic Relations Court. First come, first served.

Saturday, March 10 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. K-9 Kapers; Green Leaf Park, 1674 S. Medina Line Road, Sharon Center. Socialize dogs while hiking. Dogs must be on 8-foot non-retractable leash. Bring towel for muddy feet and water bowl for dog. All ages. Free. No registration. http://bit.ly/2GN9F7D 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. STEAM Day and Highland Library 10th Anniversary; Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Cake, punch, exhibits, crafts. Magical Science at 10:30 a.m., grades kindergarten and up. Balloon Art, 12:30 p.m. Register for Magical Science at http://bit.ly/2B4db9y. 11 a.m. Women in Medina History; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Living history characters portray Wilda Bell, Letha E. House, Freda Snyder. Noon to 4 p.m. Board Game Drop In; Sycamore Room South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Bring favorite board game and play with others. Noon to 1 p.m. Medina Bicentennial: Living History; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Living history characters Freda Snyder, Wilda Bell and Letha E. House share stories from pioneer days of Medina. Noon to 5 p.m. Paper Bouquet; Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick. Create variety of paper flowers. Supplies provided. All ages. Free. http://bit. ly/2FJSdQb 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Introductory Event Photography; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Bring digital camera and user manual. Simple point-andshoot cameras up to elaborate SLRs. $25 Pre-register at http://bit.ly/2sbFTGw 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Medina Beer Fest; Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road, Medina. Tickets: designated driver, $10 or food and 10 beer samples, $35. More information and tickets, http://bit.ly/2nAZcTX

Sunday, March 11 Worship of Tools Day http://bit.ly/2r8uDdF Noon to 5 p.m. Paper Bouquet; Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick. Create variety of paper flowers. Supplies provided. All ages. Free. http://bit. ly/2FJSdQb 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ORMACO Lempner Jazz Duo; Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth. Saxophone, guitar sounds of spring. Free, but reservations urged, 330-7222541, tsigel@ormaco.org.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Retro Craft Club: Art of the Pom Pom; Community Room, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Ages 18 and older. Register at http://bit.ly/2Dcw14y

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Medina County Park District: K-9 First Aid; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Red Cross-based dog first-aid class on CPR, resuscitation, and the basics on keeping a dog alive until getting to a veterinarian. Do NOT bring dog to class, dog mannequins provided. All ages. Free class, book with DVD available for $20. Register at http://bit.ly/2El6rtL

Friday, March 9

Monday, March 12

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive; Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Road, Medina. http:// www.redcross.org/local/ohio/northeast

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fish Fry; Spencer Town Hall, 112 N. Main Street, Spencer. Benefits Spencer Historical Society and Black River Youth Sports. Adults, $8.50; senior citizens, $8; children 12 and younger, $4.

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Movie Monday! Buckeye Community Room, Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Popcorn, pillows, movie. Grade levels 7 and up. Free. No registration.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday Night Fish Fry; 120 Bank Street, Lodi. All you can eat, dine-in $8; carry-out, $8.25; chicken dinner, $7.25. Benefits Lodi Post 523 American Legion. Call Gregory

Alfred Hitchcock Day http://bit.ly/2D2RuZt and Girl Scouts Day http://bit.ly/1C1D9dg 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 1 p.m. Leaping Leprechauns; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Crafts, games, leprechaun hunt. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scrapbooking; Sycamore Room North, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Create four pages, $8 fee. Adults. http://bit.ly/2D7odNe


Joy of Medina County Magazine | March 2018 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Calligraphy; Community Room, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Learn calligraphy. Register at http://bit.ly/2EJORMv 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Teen Art Night; Sycamore Room South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Paint a donut on canvas. Register at http://bit.ly/2B3GLwb 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Beyond the Storefronts With Bob Hyde; A.I. Root Community Center, 623 W. Liberty Street, Medina. Smart phones welcome. Learn Medina Public Square history and how to access Hyde’s research. Ending time is estimated.

Tuesday, March 13 Jewel Day http://bit.ly/2FzJ1i5 and Ear Muff Day http://bit. ly/2FA28Zb 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday Night Fish Fry; 120 Bank Street, Lodi. All you can eat, dine-in $8; carry-out, $8.25; chicken dinner, $7.25. Benefits Lodi Post 523 American Legion. Call Gregory Udics, 330-948-1523, for more information.

6:30 p.m. Propaganda in the World Wars; Sycamore Room North, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Evolution of U.S. war propaganda, its influence on art. Register at http://bit.ly/2mHy32m

Saturday, March 17

Wednesday, March 21

National Quilting Day http://bit.ly/2DqIyhn and Submarine Day http://bit.ly/2D8Dn8V

Common Courtesy Day http://bit.ly/2DcgDEf

9:30 a.m. to noon. Basket Weaving 101: St. Patty’s Day Basket; Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. All materials provided. Ages 12 and up. Fee: $17 per basket. Register by March 9, 2018, by calling Betty Rettig, 330-975-4251. Noon to 5 p.m. Paper Bouquet; Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick. Create variety of paper flowers. Supplies provided. All ages. Free. http://bit. ly/2nIRrMX

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Creative Concoctions for Preschoolers; Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville. Mysterious mixtures and marvelous messes. All supplies provided, come dressed for mess. Free. Ages 3 to 6. Register by January 8. http://bit.ly/2GNGktX for 10 a.m.; http://bit.ly/2FNINDa for 1 p.m.

1 p.m. Computer Support, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Help removing viruses and malware from laptops. Library tech department will assist. Ages 55 and up. First come, first serve. NO PHONE CALLS.

10 a.m. to noon. Brunswick Library: Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Hickory Room, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Creativity Club; Medina 1907 Room, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Re-discover joy of creating. Register at http://bit.ly/2Dj9li8

1 p.m. Leaping Leprechauns; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Crafts, games, leprechaun hunt. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Create Your Own Bath Bombs; Community Room, Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Register at http://bit.ly/2FEDM0u 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Beginner Beekeeping; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street. Medina County Beekeepers Association. Registration $85 single, $100 family. Includes book, handouts, membership. Register at medinabeekeepers.com or call, 330-723-6265.

Wednesday, March 14 Pi Day http://bit.ly/2noLEtP 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wildflower Challenge 101; The Lodge at Allardale, 141 Remsen Road, Medina. Naturalist-led overview and hike. Ages 12 and up. http://bit.ly/2GPxsUz 1 p.m. Leaping Leprechauns; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Crafts, games, leprechaun hunt.

1 p.m. Leaping Leprechauns; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Crafts, games, leprechaun hunt.

5:30 p.m. Breaking Bread on Bourbon Street: An Evening of Art and Jazz; The Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Centre Drive, Wadsworth. Benefits Feeding Medina County. Donations and sponsorships needed.Tickets, $60. http://bit.ly/2mVLHio 5:30 pm. to 9:30 p.m. Sixth Annual Medina County All Veterans Military Banquet; Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina. Raffles, cocktails, dinner, entertainment. Contact Jack H. Forster, 440-759-3732, jackforster11@yahoo. com or go to http://bit.ly/2F4Gcoa

Sunday, March 18 Awkward Moments Day http://bit.ly/2DfMYKy 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ohio Boater Education Course; Krabill Shelter, 7597 Ballash Road, Medina. Boating and water safety course designed by ODNR Division of Watercraft. Pre-registration $30, after March 9, $35. Register by contacting Alan Hallock, by e-mail alan@hallockproperties.com or call 330722-3055. http://bit.ly/2nDOaye Noon to 5 p.m. Paper Bouquet; Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick. Create variety of paper flowers. Supplies provided. All ages. Free. http://bit. ly/2nIRrMX

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. March Madness; Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Shoot hopes, pick favorite teams to win in basketball tournament.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Waterfowl Migration; Lake Medina, State Route 18, Medina. Observe waterfowl migration of ducks, geese, swans. Bring binoculars and bird ID books. http://bit.ly/2GPoGWy

Thursday, March 15

Monday, March 19

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day http://bit.ly/2r4CloL and Dumbstruck Day http://bit.ly/2EFME4K 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 1 p.m. Leaping Leprechauns; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Crafts, games, leprechaun hunt. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. After School Snack Attack; Community Room A, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street. Cooking a variety of foods on waffle iron. Grades 6 to 12. Register at http://bit.ly/2D6H4YT 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Little Mermaid Storytime; Community Room, Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Cast members from Buckeye Community Theatre sing songs, tell stories, make craft. All ages. Register at http://bit.ly/2DdphmH

Friday, March 16 Freedom of Information Day http://bit.ly/2CZqVV8 1 p.m. Leaping Leprechauns; Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Crafts, games, leprechaun hunt. 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Snack Attack; Story Time Room, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Quick and easy recipes. Grades 3 to 5. Register at http://bit.ly/2EKeaxW 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fish Fry; Spencer Town Hall, 112 N. Main Street, Spencer. Benefits Spencer Historical Society and Black River Youth Sports. Adults, $8.50; senior citizens, $8; children 12 and younger, $4.

Let’s Laugh Day http://bit.ly/2nf3tPi 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment.

Tuesday, March 20 World Storytelling Day http://bit.ly/2mBi2KX, Extraterrestrial Abductions Day http://bit.ly/1gfSP0W and Tea for Two Tuesday http://bit.ly/1QDFKya 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Beginner Beekeeping; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street. Medina County Beekeepers Association. Registration $85 single, $100 family. Includes book, handouts, membership. Register at medinabeekeepers.com or call, 330-723-6265.

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rock On!; Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Pick favorite musicians and bands concerts, staff plays them. 330-725-4415 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pollinators in Trouble; Community Room, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Learn why and how to help. http://bit.ly/2B58oF4

Thursday, March 22 International Goof Off Day http://bit.ly/2DuyHY2 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Highland Library, Legal Resource Center; 4160 Ridge Road, Medina. Domestic Relations Court volunteers help those not represented by a lawyer in family court. First come, first served. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Home Staging: For You or for Sale!; Sycamore Rooms North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Tips, ideas to create an environment that is you or to get your home ready for sale. Register at http://bit.ly/2r79RuJ

Friday, March 23 Puppy Day http://bit.ly/2EEunol 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pinkalicious Party; Sycamore Rooms North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Activities, crafts based on Pinkalicious and Peterrific books. Register at http://bit.ly/2DfXZeT 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fish Fry; Spencer Town Hall, 112 N. Main Street, Spencer. Benefits Spencer Historical Society and Black River Youth Sports. Adults, $8.50; senior citizens, $8; children 12 and younger, $4. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday Night Fish Fry; 120 Bank Street, Lodi. All you can eat, dine-in $8; carry-out, $8.25; chicken dinner, $7.25. Benefits Lodi Post 523 American Legion. Call Gregory Udics, 330-948-1523, for more information.

Saturday, March 24 National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day http://bit.ly/2FBu8vQ 9 a.m. to noon. Fulton Farm Maple Valley Farm Maple Syrup Tour and Pancake Breakfast; Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville. See syrup making from beginning to end. $6 Register by March 12 at http://bit.ly/2rxvk0d Noon to 2 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt at the Ranch; Medina Creative Therapy Ranch, 5200 Lake Road, Medina. Ages up to 12. Visit horses, search for Easter eggs. http://bit.ly/2BZpVyW 7 p.m. Brass Band of the Western Reserve Concert: A Night at the Movies; Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina. Music from “Star Wars”, “Harry Potter” and James

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Joy of Medina County Magazine | March 2018 Bond movies. Adults, $12; senior citizens, $10; students, $6. http://new.bbwesternreserve.org/tickets/ 614-563-7170

Monday, March 26

7 p.m. Bluegrass Special Concert Series; O.J. Work Auditorium, 151 S. Main Street. Award-winning Bluegrass performers featured. Tickets $20, free for ages 12 and younger. For more information, call Lisa or Larry Efaw at 330-388-7280.

National Spinach Day http://bit.ly/2lipPgN

Sunday, March 25

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. STEAM: SLIME Science!; Story Time Room, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Create slime. Register at http://bit.ly/2DlBjdi

Thursday, March 29

Tuesday, March 27

Smoke and Mirrors Day http://bit.ly/2r5gTjE and National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day http://bit.ly/2mtsMKH

Waffle Day http://bit.ly/2FyosCu 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ORMACO Rent at the Cleveland Play House; bus leaves from Buehler’s River Styx, 3616 Medina Road, Medina. Tickets $75 to $95. www.ormaco.org, 330-7222541

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment.

National Joe Day http://bit.ly/1IEeWsK 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 10 a.m. to noon. Brunswick Library: Knitting and Crocheting Circle; Hickory Room, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Beginners welcome. Making Warm Up Medina County donations. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Movie Matinee; Community Room A, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Popcorn and movie. All ages.

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9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Sycamore Room North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Brief Tour of the Universe; Sycamore Rooms North and South, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Brunswick Astronomy Club explores and explains universe’s wonders. Register at http://bit.ly/2FFXvgk

Friday, March 30 National Doctor’s Day http://bit.ly/2EFeGxi and Take a Walk in the Park Day http://bit.ly/2n953xG 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Club Bug; Story Time Room, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. See all shapes, sizes of bugs presented by Wolf Creek Nature Center. Ages 5 and up. Register at http://bit.ly/2Dzh7lA

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hide N’ Seek; Conference Room, Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, Medina. Run, yell, play games after hours when the lights are off. Grades 2 to 5. Register at http://bit. ly/2DeZGtT

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Crafternoon; Story Time Room, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St., Medina. Paint, craft supplies provided to create art. Grades 1 to 5. Register at http://bit. ly/2FEKTpR

Wednesday, March 28

Saturday, March 31

Something on a Stick Day http://bit.ly/2EGX1VX

10 a.m. Frogs and Fowl; Chippewa Inlet Trail North, State Route 42, Lafayette Road. All ages. Hike through restored wetlands looking for frogs and waterfowl, weather permitting. http://bit.ly/2nE9FiwK

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP Tax Preparation; Community Rooms A and B, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Call 330-723-9514 for appointment. 11 a.m. to noon. Are You Blue Dog’s Friend?; Story Time Room, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway Street, Medina. Hear Blue Dog story and paint. Grades 1 to 5. Register at http://bit.ly/2r9cAE9

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday Night Fish Fry; 120 Bank Street, Lodi. All you can eat, dine-in $8; carry-out, $8.25; chicken dinner, $7.25. Benefits Lodi Post 523 American Legion. Call Gregory Udics, 330-948-1523, for more information.

Bunsen Burner Day http://bit.ly/2FAcyZ9

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Autism Family Night; Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. Open after hours for families with special needs. 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Sensory Storytime; Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick. For children with autism, sensory integration challenges, or have trouble sitting still or focusing. Ages 2 to 6. Register at http://bit.ly/2DhO5tK

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