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BRUNSWICK, Ohio – It doesn’t seem possible that in a week, the 100-year-old building that was once the first central school in Brunswick is totally demolished. The Edwards Middle School demolition took little time despite its concrete reinforcements everywhere you looked.

Now, piles of recyclables sit among the memories of those who attended.

Just a heads up for those hoping for bricks from the building – there will be a very limited number of them available because many were crushed. Go to brunswickhistory.com for updates from the Brunswick Area Historical Society.

Soup time: Brunswick United Methodist Church continues to offer its free community soup dinners, but with a Corona virus twist. It will now be a drive-by dinner. Starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 15, you can drive over to the church at 1395 Pearl Road for your soup. Drive to the front of the church where you place your orders and how many people you are feeding. Pick up your soup and drive away. It will continue until all the soups are gone. You can have a choice of turkey noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, potato soup and chili.

This comes on the heels of a sold-out drive by dinner, so the church members are planning another at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 – once again until all the food is gone. The menu will be serving Anniversary Chicken, mashed potatoes, California blend, escalloped apples, roll, and pumpkin spice doughnut. Cost is $10 paid with exact cash, or check/credit card. People drive up to the front of the church, pay for however many meals they want, receive their meal, go home and eat their home cooked meal. Yum! and no dishes!

And mark your calendars for the 8th annual trunk or treat on Oct. 25. Watch for details.

Student leaders named: For the first time in 18 years, Junior Leadership of Medina County has named two classes run to accommodate the 74 juniors admitted to the program.

“The response was tremendous this year,” said Carrie Park, Junior Leadership Director. Students who applied went through a rigorous process last spring that included essays, community references, and even a phone interview. The juniors are from Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Four Cities Compact, Highland, Medina, Medina County Career Center, St. Ignatius, Wadsworth and Walsh Jesuit high schools.

“It’s a dynamic group,” Park commented. “They are excited to learn more about Medina County. In the current atmosphere of change and uncertainty, our youth should be where we focus our energies.”

As with previous years, the two classes will take a day each month to explore the county and learn about its history and future. The program got rolling this past August with a visit to the newly planted Prairie and Pollinator Habitat at the Medina County Soil and Water District. They were treated to a tour of McJak Candy Company in September, and they learned about their own individual strengths through a High 5 Strengths test.

While the program stays true to its roots with experiential learning and in-person discovery, it has had to make changes because of COVID. “We are wearing masks and socially distancing. It was a considerable amount of work this summer to reinvent the program so that we had places to meet and things to experience,” Park admitted. “Many of our tried and true destinations were either unable to accommodate groups in person, or were closed. A lot of creativity was necessary.”

A delightful new activity to the program came with a donation from the Rural Lorain County Water Authority. Without the County Fair going forward, they had a surplus of their promotional yard sticks to giveaway. They donated one for each student.

“We are making memory sticks,” Park said. “Each time we meet, students create a scene on the yard stick to help remember what we did this year. I have some extraordinary artists!”

Find photos of the classes online at leadershipmedinacounty.org/9542-2/

Th Tuesday Class of 2021 includes Jessica Bisesar, Zach Bohmer, Andrew Chand, Aiden Cogley, Hannah Eckelberry, Stephanie Fox, John Paul Fyda, Charlotte Garant, Abby Habegger, Gavin Hules, Gabi Ilg, Riley Kerberj, Sydney Kindrat, Ananya Kompella, Lydia Lanier, Lilly Latkovic, Peter Marinelli, Hannah McLeod, Evan Miceli, Maddie Miller, Kaylee Moran, Nick Nagel, Georgia Nielsen, Sophia Novak, Alex Paliga, Grace Pantalone, Kaitlyn Pierce, Olivia Rudd, Joudi Saadeh, James Scavuzzo, Lexi Sesock, Emma Sielski, Kathryn Siliko, Grace Smith, Faith Webb and Madi Zaccaro.

The Thursday class includes Katie Borla, Anna Burns, Emma Bush, Gabriel Byrne, Mia Chan, Jason Darrell, Katie Duke, Anthony Frasure, Alessandra Goyette, Liz Gromofsky, Kaitlin Herman, Eva Hollingsworth, Cassie Hooper, Caden Klein, Maggie Kristan, AnGe Lao, Luke Malena, Lauren Marquard, Ella McNutt, Rachel Murphy, Bruce Newlands, Olivia Ortiz, Sommer Ostendorf, Nick O’Sullivan, Elise Patton, Vinny Pfahl, Natalie Piatak, Ellie Radabaugh, Maddy Silver, Regan Simpson, Leah Stidham, Jackson Stillwagon, Emily Stratman, Nora Sublett, Anna Taylor, Anna Theis, Drew Thomas,and Anya VanKirk.

On a personal note: I’d bet regular readers of the column recognize a lot of those names. I’m sure I probably have written about many of their parents and grandparents. Congratulations on a memorable year.

Another delicious treat: Remsen Christian Church always has delicious Swiss Steak dinners and this year is no exception – except that it will be a carry-out event. The Sweetest Day dinner to go will be from 4:30-7 p.m. oct. 17 with swiss steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, beans, slaw, roll and butter plus a treat. Call 216-346-0204 by Oct. 10 to order. Suggested donation is $12, with cash or check accepted. Remsen Christian Church is at 1500 Remsen Road, Medina, a quarter mile south of I-271 and east of Ridge Road. What a great way to treat your sweetheart!

Light up the Lot: Your help is needed now more than ever in light of the pandemic, program closures and compliance costs to keep residents safe, so Medina Creative Housing has crafted a COVID-friendly event for its supporters. So, here’s how the 14th Annual Raising The Roof will be held.

Join a Saturday night at the Drive-In where you will be treated to dinner, drinks and entertainment in the comfort of your own car. Spend a night out with family and friends and help MCH by Lighting up the Lot on behalf of individuals with disabilities. With our help, these individuals are redefining themselves and enjoying life to the fullest!

It will be held from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17 in the parking lot of Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road. A VIP reception including hors d’oeuvres will be held from 6-7 p.m. as usual for sponsors and donors of $1,000 or more.

The $110 ticket includes a “Grease” parody by the MCH residents’ Creative Comedy Crew, Delight in all your drive-in favorites, bid on and live/ silent auctions from your phone or tablet — all to help individuals with disabilities.

If you have any questions, contact Diana Riley at 330-273-8877 or Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty at 330-635-0377.

Have you tried one yet? Medina Restaurant Weeks, run from Oct. 3 and continue through Oct. 18. You can try the best of locally owned and operated restaurants in Medina. No ticket required. Just visit any participating restaurant, ask for the restaurant week menu, and enjoy!

For a list of the more than 20 participating restaurants and menus, go to mainstreetmedina.com/dinemedina.html

Go hunting: Have you noticed some new signs posted around the county? They are about a new Medina County Soil & Water Conservation District Scavenger Hunt “through the eyes of a conservation enthusiast.” You will explore, discover and learn about conservation by participating in a new kind of adventure. For more information or to download the form, go to medinaswcd.org/ or call 330-722-9322.

Officers congratulated: Medina Breakfast Kiwanis held its installation of officers and board of directors. Congratulations to President Dennis Diso whose officers include George Smiley, immediate past president; Roy Lehman, president elect; Tom Borror, vice president; Ken Smith, secretary and Chet Simmons, treasurer. New and returning board members are Roger Biada, Richard Sponseller, Wally Schaedel, Paula Majoros, Paul Kubis, Tracie Hanzel, Ray Fain and Elaine McCarroll.

Theresa Merkle speaks to class members at Leadership’s History Day event at Spring Grove Cemetery.

It was historic: Masks and social distancing in place, Leadership Medina County’s 28 participants visited many of the county’s historic sites last week for the monthly program. The annual History Day is always interesting – they started their in-person visits at Valley City’s Mill Stream Park where Justus Warner told of early Liverpool and looked at the operating mill wheel and time in the Bicentennial cabin, exploring what life must have been like, alone in a forest on the far western frontier. Then, at Brunswick’s Heritage Farm, they heard John Burke’s depiction of a Revolutionary War soldier, Kala Chrislip, who is a fifth-generation farmer talking about early farming and they got to visit the 1850s farmhouse where some of Brunswick’s 205-year history was discussed. Early risers got to hear Steve Hambley speaking remotely about the timeline of history and they went to the AI Root location for lunch and even more of Medina’s history with a visit to historic grave sites included.

Vote early: To me, the easiest way to vote is to go to the Board of Elections for early voting which opens Oct. 6. Just go to 3800 Stonegate Drive (the street to the south of Staples). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Oct. 6=16; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19-23; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 26-30. Saturdays Oct. 24 and 31 you can vote from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, vote from 1-5 p.m. The last time to vote early will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2.

I’ve never had to wait more than a few minutes – easy and simple. A lot of folks are voting absentee this year, so just remember to mail the ballots in as soon as possible or drop them off at the board of elections. No matter how you vote, however, please remember to participate. It’s one of the best ways to honor our citizenship.

Contact Boyer at samboyersunnews@yahoo.com

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