MEDINA, Ohio — These pictures were just too precious to pass up! And there’s a good reason for showing them, too.

The Medina County SPCA is “expecting” — they think there may be hundreds of kittens coming to them this year. So, the SPCA is holding a Kitten Shower to help with all the things they need for new baby kittens. And, they need your help.

The showers will be held at Medina PetSmart, Medina Pet Supplies Plus, Centerra, Wadsworth Petco, Heartland Pet Center in Wadsworth and Forest Meadows Buehler’s. They are accepting KMR Powder Formula (only), Purina kitten food, canned kitten food, unscented clay or clumping litter, laundry detergent, bleach (kills 99.6 percent of germs), dish soap, kitten nursing bottles, paper towels, cat toys, gift cards (gas station, Walmart, pet stores), fleece blankets, towels and disposable food boats.

They will have tables set up at each location, and you can stop by with your donations or purchase them there.

Monetary donations can be made at Donations can also be dropped off at the SPCA shelter at 8790 Guilford Road, Seville.

Speaking of animals: Leadership Medina County is sponsoring a Community Education program, “Animal & Human Connection — Goddard’s Law,” from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 13 at Amy’s Arbors Rustic Event Center, 6735 Center Road, Valley City.

Cost is $20 for the general public and $15 for active Leadership alumni.

Leadership Medina County is bringing in a local attorney — J. Jeffrey Holland, adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law — to educate everyone on Goddard’s Law and the rights of animals.

Local experts will also educate participants on the bonds between animals and humans, and speak about animal care and training. This workshop will also include live demonstrations from a dog agility trainer and the Brunswick Police Department on training for police dogs.

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Memories abound: I was sorry to hear that Dorothy Caro died. She and her husband, Angelo, were the owners of Caro’s Party Center. I have so many wonderful memories of events held there and how wonderful they were to work with. Of course, our condolences to their extended family and many, many friends.

Does anyone else remember? Who remembers when the Brunswick Jaycees held their Easter Egg hunts and the bunny himself appeared? That’s one of my favorite memories — especially because the late Tim Feron was stuffed into that bunny suit!

Well, Brunswick United Methodist Church is going to have a special appearance by the Easter Bunny again this year.

The free Easter Egg Hunt for preschool through fifth-grade kids will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the church, 1395 Pearl Road. After everyone is fortified with muffins, the egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. You can register online at or by calling 330-225-3179.

Don’t forget the Methodist Church fish fries every Friday through Lent. And the final community soup dinner is March 19. You can find out about them at their website, as well.

See you at the Eagles? The Brunswick Area Historical Society has 15 soup makers for its fundraising soup supper to help pay for the new building that will house school artifacts, including the beautiful front doorway of the original part of the Edwards Middle School building.

The supper is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 5 at Brunswick Eagles, 394 Pearl Road (come in the front door). Some of the items for the Old School Raffle (formerly known as a Chinese raffle) are pretty cool and cover all ages.

Bring the family: Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12 and free for the youngest kids. The Historical Society doesn’t have credit card capability, so it’s cash only.

If you just want to come to buy raffle tickets, you can stop by and do so. I’ll be the one calling the winners and meeting you with your winnings.

Rotary members at Saint Francis Science Fair

Dr. Reid Miller, David Lariviere, Doug McElroy, Laura Gehlmann, Linda Glass and Christina Bresnahan at the St. Francis Science Fair. (Photo Courtesy of David Lariviere)

Sunrise Rotary has been busy: Thanks to David Lariviere, who keeps us up to date on the many events including Medina Sunrise Rotary members. Recently, he said, they were invited back this year to judge the St. Francis Xavier School Science Fair. Rotary representatives Dr. Reid Miller and Linda Glass joined other local judges in the highly competitive Ohio Academy of Science program for students in sixth through eighth grades.

Christina Bresnahan, middle school science teacher, has supervised the Science Fair for 18 years at St. Francis Xavier, which has been honored as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Winner of the Innovations in Catholic Education Award and 2019 Recipient of the Thomas Edison Governor’s Award for STEM Education.

“Beginning in October, the 157 science fair projects began to take shape as an integral part of the popular science curriculum,” Bresnahan said.

St. Francis Xavier is proud to be among those schools that continue to submit their top students to the regional, invitational and state science fair competitions in the following categories: physics, behavioral science, biology and microbiology, chemistry, botany, earth science, mathematics and probability, zoology and engineering.

Principal Danene Beal said: “I am so very proud of our school community, including our staff, students and parents, for their commitment to making St. Francis Xavier School a leader in STREAM education — in recognition of its outstanding science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics (STREAM) curriculum. Good luck to our 2020 Science Olympiad Team and congratulations to all!”

And then … Don Spickler, Medina Rotary past president and board chairman of “The Society,” introduced Medina Sunrise Rotary to Society Executive Director Melanie Kasten-Krause and Development Director Jennifer Anzalone.

“The Society, formerly SHC, creates sustainable partnerships to support friends with disabilities within our community,” said Kasten-Krause.

The Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County Inc. (SHC) has been providing services to individuals who have disabilities and their families since 1953, beginning with the guidance of Don and Ann Tubbs. The Society provides a wide array of services, including Camp Paradise, residential group homes and in-home solutions, the Link Day Program and Personal Business Services, vocational and life skills training, with an emphasis on helping individuals who have disabilities maximize their independence and full potential as viable members of the community.

Anzalone shared that The Society embraces these core values: People First, Democracy, Visionary Leadership, Community Participation, Diversity, and Integrity and Excellence. The Society proudly advocates for human rights, personal dignity and community participation of individuals who have developmental disabilities.

“We’re able to facilitate this through legislative and social action, information and education and with the support of dedicated family members, friends, interested citizens and professionals in the disability field,” Anzalone said.

Don’t forget the home show: The Medina County Home and Garden Show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 and 8 at the Medina County Community Center on the fairgrounds, 735 W. Lafayette Road. For details, go to

Jenifer and John Verdile

Jenifer and John Verdile (Photo Courtesy of David Lariviere)

Verdile wins 2020 NSME award: John Verdile is the founder and president of XpenseSolutions Energy Advisory Services in Medina, a consulting firm specializing in energy procurement and efficiency.

Verdile was selected as one of the outstanding award winners at the 48th annual National Sales & Marketing Executives — Accent on Excellence Awards Program.

With over 30 years of expansive growth in the energy industry, Verdile (known to friends as Johnny) has built a base of over 1,600 customers, generating more than $60 million in revenues.

David Lariviere notes that Verdile, an active member of Medina Sunrise Rotary, exemplifies how he believes in the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

Rec Center has jobs: Looking for a summer job? The Medina Community Recreation Center is accepting applications for summer camp counselors and instructors for the variety of camps that will be offered.

Discover Camp is a day camp, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for kids ages 6-12. Adventure Camp is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for ages 11-14. Camp is filled with fun field trips, games, enrichment, swimming, library visits, crafts and more.

One-week specialty camps will also be offered throughout the course of the summer for ages 6-12. They include art camp and sports camps for basketball, soccer, lacrosse, stick sports, flag football and floor hockey. If you are knowledgeable in any of these areas and enjoy working with kids, consider applying to be an instructor or counselor for these camps.

Camp Counselors must be at least 16 years old and enjoy being around children, and possess leadership skills and patience. It’s an active day.

In addition to camp counselors, the recreation center is looking for art instructors and people who are knowledgeable and able to teach tennis, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, stick sports, flag football and floor hockey.

To apply for any of the camp counselor or instructor positions, go to and click on the Summer Camp page. You will find a link to the employment application.

It was pretty amazing: The 19th annual From the Heart Scholarship Dinner at the Medina County Career Center saw more than 50 current and graduate culinary students volunteer their time throughout the day and into the night to help create a truly memorable event.

Here’s what Chef Tony writes: “A total of 236 guests made their way to the Career Center in support of this annual tradition. As they entered the building, they were greeted by lively music and a ‘larger than ever’ display of amazing donated raffle packages. The raffle included over $2,500 worth of restaurant and entertainment gift cards, handmade works of art, lottery tickets, event tickets, specialty adventures, VitaMix, destinations and so much more.

“All totaled, donations collected exceeded $20,000 to help put together the 39 raffle packages, seven specialty silent auctions and over 60 door prize items.

“Students and graduates that assisted as servers for the evening had the honor of being told by countless guests how wonderful the meal was. Luckily, they took the time to share these compliments with the chefs in the kitchen as they hustled through crafting the amazing food.

“Beyond the young adults, this event would never have happened without the dedicated time of a handful of adults. Lori Dominguez made sure that the dining room shined, the candy bar was stocked, the drink stand was properly maintained, servers were organized and so many other countless tasks.

“Chef Abbey Svetlik has been the backbone to the kitchen operations for many years now. Chef Sara Peterson has taken over the reins for the dessert menu planning and execution, as well as so many other organizational tasks.

“Aniko Allen, Shawn Fitzgerald and Patty Bilonovich manned the raffle table and kept the tickets selling. Angie Gift and Darlene Heighland ironed all of those awesome heart napkins. Aniko Allen, Anna Cass and Beth Costigan made the raffle display look so pretty. Ron Kostechak printed our programs.

“Todd Mason had his students in Construction Trades build the stair-step display for the wine pull. Students from ECE came together to manage the coat check area. Volunteers from the MCCC Key Club stepped up to wash all of our dishes the entire night. And, of course, Cheri Rozhon for fixing all of my grammatical errors.

“Over the last 18 years, the scholarship has awarded over $170,000 to 79 graduates as they moved on to post-secondary education. Now, the dinner has taken on a new benefit. We will take all of the proceeds from the wine pull to help the MCCC Care Closet initiative. It is with great pride that I say that the dinner now helps benefit students beyond the kitchen walls!

“This year, there were 146 bottles of wine that were donated, mostly by the alumni of the Chef & Restaurant Management Program during the 20 years that I have taught here, along with the assistance of our generous MCCC staff. The wine pull event sold 100 of the bottles at $15 each, so we donated $1,500 to the Care Closet.

“This year’s monetary numbers are nothing short of wonderful! We had $11,500 in ticket sales, $1,930 from the online silent auction, $2,900 from the 39 raffle baskets and $1,500 for the wine raffle.”

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, for next year’s “From the Heart Scholarship Dinner.”

Deadline is here: There are still openings for the 21st Sister-to-Sister Conference, a free forum for girls ages 11-14, from noon to 4:30 p.m. March 8 at Medina Hospital, 1000 E. Washington St., Medina. The deadline for receiving applications is March 2.

Applications are available at participating agencies, including Medina County libraries, Wadsworth Library, Medina Hospital and the Ohio State University Extension Office. Forms are also available by contacting registrar Pam Brewer at 330-554-8844. Reservations will be accepted if received by March 2.

The Medina County Branch of the American Association of University Women and partnering area service organizations are hosting this annual event.

This year’s theme, “Be the TRUE You,” emphasizes building self-esteem and confidence as it relates to contributing to our community and giving back to others. Keynote speaker and featured presenter will be Stefanie Robinson, executive director of Medina County’s first recovery community organization, Hope Recovery Community, and Medina County peer recovery coordinator at OhioGuidestone.

Robinson will focus on “Decision Making” and share how she was able to turn her life around to find purpose, dream big and serve others.

The group will also have activity sessions and relays led by members of Junior Leadership Medina County, who are assisting with this year’s program.

Girls will also participate in problem-solving “chat room” discussions with members of the planning committee and teen facilitators. Facilitators represent Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland and Medina high schools and are leaders in their respective schools. As active members of the committee, they receive special training for their roles in the program.

There is no fee for the event. However, registration and parental permission are required. The event includes snacks, beverages and pizza, T-shirts and program handouts.

A Parent-to-Parent session will be held concurrently in an adjoining room from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. for interested parents. Presenters from the girls’ program will give an overview of their materials and answer parents’ questions.

Forms and information are also online on the S2S web page,

Sister-to-Sister is a national dialogue for girls initiated by the AAUW to help understand the concerns of our nation’s young women and how these concerns affect their educational experiences. It provides an opportunity to network with girls from other schools and learn from older role models in a non-threatening atmosphere.

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