#parent | #kids | Is it just coincidence or something mysterious? Whit & Whimsey

BRUNSWICK, Ohio – As Jethro Gibbs would say, there are no coincidences. It makes me wonder why events seem to come in clusters. And that’s been happening at the Brunswick Area Historical Society.

At the moment I wrote this, typing in the phone number, the society got a telephone call about participating in an event in April. It was the second one in as many days.

Then came an unsolved mystery about the gardens at Heritage Farm. We drove up there last week to find the plants cut back in both the children’s and butterfly gardens.

We have no idea who did it. None of the people who normally work on them did it. We’d certainly like to thank whomever did the work – if we only knew who it was.

Do you know? Contact the organization at 330-441-0292 or

Then there’s a solved mystery. An email came to the museum a couple weeks ago from the Longmeadow Historical Society in Massachusetts. They explained that Harvey and Julia Robinson Stebbins had migrated west, settling in Brunswick. The society was researching what happened to them after that. They did know they are both buried at Westview Cemetery.

The name was certainly one we have encountered many times so I pulled out a couple of ledgers from the mid-1830s and, sure enough, there he was on the registration of voters (all men, of course), then as a clerk working at the election, and then as a township trustee. Until the society is able to move its offices down into the new building on the property, it was all I could accomplish for now.

Today we received a copy of an article written for the Longmeadow Historical Society newsletter featuring their story. That was very cool! The photos here are of Harvey’s gravestone and piece of the ledger, shows his name as a Trustee.

That was so interesting. If you’d like to read the very interesting story go to the society’s web page brunswickhistory.com/ where there is a link to Longmeadow.

This is clever: Main Street Medina’s First Friday event for April 2 is “Gnomes on the Roam,” which is a scavenger hunt of sorts.

If you’re looking for a fun activity for the whole family, head to Medina from 5-8:30 p.m. and join the Gnomes on their quest. Get all the details online at mainstreetmedina.com/1st-friday-medina.html where you can download the form, or pick one up that evening at the Medina Visitors Bureau, 32 Public Square. Participants who successfully find 15 gnomes are eligible to win prizes and Medina Bucks.

Scholarship offered: The Brunswick Rotary Foundation will be giving four $1,000 scholarships this year to high school seniors to further their education either in college or in a trade school. The students must reside in the Brunswick School District but can be attending a private school or even be home schooled. The application is on the website brunswickrotary.com/. Just scroll down to find the application.

Covid-19 Rapid Tests: Medina County District Library is partnering with the Medina County Health Department and Ohio Governor’s Office to provide free Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Covid-19 Antigen At-Home Test Kits to the public.

Test kits are available by phone reservation only at all MCDL locations. Patrons must provide a name, email, and date of birth upon request to receive a kit. Contact-free distribution will be arranged through Curbside or Locker service. Rapid tests are not returned to the library. Patrons experiencing Covid-19 symptoms are NOT to enter the libraries.

Medina County Health Department Community Relations Specialist, Natalie Lonjak says, “Tests are intended for people experiencing symptoms. Rapid tests are highly effective at diagnosing Covid-19 when symptoms are present. Asymptomatic patients may not receive reliable results.”

Patrons are not permitted to host telemedicine sessions in the library. Patrons must download the NAVICA app and schedule a live, virtual tele-med visit to complete the test and receive results. Test users must have the necessary technology to administer the test. If you do not have any one of these requirements this may not be the test for you. More testing locations are available in Medina County.

For more information and links to the Medina County Health Department and Rapid Test requirements and instructions go to https://www.medina.lib.oh.us/index.php/heretohelp.

Virtual excellence: It was an exciting weekend for 13 Medina High School students who attended the 70th Ohio Junior Classical League Convention held virtually through Zoom at Medina High School on March 5-7. Overall, the Medina delegation won 50 different awards. They competed among the best and brightest students from the most competitive private and public schools with Latin programs throughout Ohio.

Participating students competed in academic, creative, and graphic arts contests to earn their rankings. The delegation included seniors Anna Fletcher, Rachel Harris, Kylie Hosey, Abby McKee, and Brandon Schramm. Abbi Acurio, Alyssa Ferrari, Jessica Kancler, Lily Ivey, and Sydney Kindrat represented the juniors. Kaitlin Horner represented sophomores. Freshmen Aidan Haggard and Belle Oehler rounded out the delegation. Medina High School Latin teacher Jeffrey Kolo was presented with the Long Time Service Award for the OJCL during the conference.

Congratulations to you all.

Sister-to-sister: This past year has been difficult for everyone, and children are no exception. Between the pandemic, virtual schooling and isolation, young people are under an extreme amount of stress. How can we help young girls build resiliency while navigating the changes that they are experiencing in their social and emotional lives?

American Association of University Women’s Sister-to Sister Conference is intended to help young women do just that. How to Be Resilient is this year’s theme and the conference will focus on helping young women build self-esteem to confidently navigate life’s challenges.

Sister-to-Sister, has been reaching out to young women for more than 20 years. The original S2S project was initiated in 1997 by the national American Association of University Women in an effort to understand the concerns of our nation’s young women and how these concerns affected their educational experiences.

Planned by young women for young women, this year’s conference will be held virtually via Zoom and will include two guest speakers: Medina Councilperson, Jessica Hazeltine, and Ashley Powell, 2020 Excellence in Leadership Recipient. The teens will then move into breakout rooms and activities with high school mentors. A grab-and-go craft kit will also be available for pick up at the Medina Library, of Medina County District Library from April 12-17.

Sister-to-Sister is open to all Medina County young women, ages 11-14, and there is no fee to attend. The virtual event will be held Sunday, April 18 from noon to 2 p.m. Sign up online at medinacounty-oh.aauw.net/sister-to-sister/.

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the event. S2S is made possible by AAUW Medina, Cornerstone Psychological Services, Girl Scouts of America, ZONTA ABC, Medina County District Library, The Medina County Health Department and Cloverleaf schools.

Powerful writers: Claggett Middle School eighth graders, Quinn Brightbill and Joy Milewski, and seventh graders Mason Cooper and Emily Mousourakis all earned honors at the virtual Kent State Regional Power of the Pen Tournament. Mason Cooper placed fourth, and Emily Mousourakis placed seventh overall out of the 61 writers at their grade level. Emily Mousourakis also received a Best of Round Award for her Round 1 writing.

Cool bargains: If you haven’t already visited the online auction being held by the Brunswick Area Historical Society, give it a shot. Just go to the page charityauction.bid/brunswickhistory and look at the catalog. Thanks go out to those who donated and those who have made purchases. You might snag a great Easter gift. All funds go toward the new building that will house historic school artifacts for the nonprofit society.

ORMACO brings movies to you: Once again, Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach will be a community partner with the Cleveland International Film Festival. Due to COVID-19, the CIFF will stream all 115 films, including the ORMACO Community Partner film, Karnawal. To preview the film, click this link clevelandfilm.org/films/2021/karnawal.

Steaming for all films will take place entirely online April 7-20. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets to all Festival films (except Opening Night) are $10; your code will reduce that price to $9. Your discount code for $1 off any ticket purchase is ORMACO. Use the code when purchasing tickets at clevelandfilm.org/ (available 24 hours a day).

CIFF45 Streams programming will be available to view starting at 11 a.m. April 8 (The Festival launches on the evening of April 7 with the opening night film, TOGETHER TOGETHER.)

It’s important to know that all films in the CIFF45 Streams program are limited to a maximum number of available streams. Films are available to stream on a first-come, first-served basis.

MEDINA – Discover Camp at Medina Community Recreation Center will continue its many successful years of providing safe, educational, and fun programming for kids ages 6 to 12. Discover Camp has been voted Best Camp by Medina Gazette readers many times in the past 10 years.

The 2021 Discover Camp will follow current protocols to keep children safe including temperature checks, face masks, social distancing, and outdoor activities planned as much as possible. Attendance will be limited to a total of 25 children to be able to social distance. Campers will be grouped primarily by age and grade level. Camper groups will be 8 campers and 2 counselors to provide a safe environment.

Discover Camp: The Medina Rec Center is offering it’s 10-week day camp that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7 through Aug. 6. Campers can come for the whole summer, or selected weeks or even by the day. Daily activities include swimming, STEM, art, sports, games and more. Each week will have a different theme like Nature, Camp Olympics, USA, Water, STEM, Game Shows and more.

Medina Community Recreation Center is located at 855 Weymouth Road, Medina. Medina Rec Center is now interviewing for Camp Counselors. If interested, contact Steve at

Registration for all events is required. Just go to Online Registration at medinarec.org.

Hunt for eggs: St. Ambrose Parish, 929 Pearl Road, reminds parents to RSVP for its Easter Egg Hunt on April 3. Organizers say participants can enjoy a safe way for this traditional event to ready hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Come at 2 p.m. for fun, music, the Easter Bunny and more. Help them plan by submitting a quick RSVP at stambrose.us/Easter-Egg/ .

RSVP for Easter Mass: St. Ambrose is planning a safe way to attend Mass in a safe way. Similar to Christmas, they want to ensure that everyone is able to partake in this blessed day with them. All Masses will stream live at StAmbrose.us/WatchMass and on Facebook.

They also have Masses scheduled in Hilkert Hall in addition to traditional Masses held in our Church. Please RSVP to let us know which service you are planning to attend, so they can plan accordingly.

Grant recipients: The Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club Board of Directors reviewed grant requests from community organizations for funds raised from the annual Medina County Sports Hall of Fame event. The focus of grants funded is on organizations that support children and families in Medina County.

Club President Dennis Diso announced that three applicants were approved by the Kiwanis Club Board. They are the Trinity Rose Foundation, Medina County Operation Homes, and Medina Personal Care Pantry. Grants will be awarded after the Sports Hall of Fame event which is scheduled for June 18.

The Kiwanis Club is currently working to secure sponsors for this year’s event. Anyone wanting to be a sponsor should visit the Sports Hall of Fame website at medinacountysportshof.org Sponsors can go online and pay for the team they wish to sponsor on this site. If you have any questions please contact Medina County Sports Hall of Fame Chair, Roy Lehman at

Good food: A Cleveland Facebook group called Frydays with Daddy has been grading Fish Frys for years. They were on Fox 8′s New Day Cleveland to share their top 5. And the Medina County Career Center was in the top 5. Chef Tony Stanislo is proud to share the news.

“It certainly is bittersweet since we are closed due to the pandemic. I cannot wait to be able to open the Center Café (both for the food and the experience for the young chefs.) The Center Café is set to re-open April 23.

And there’s even more good news for both students and visitors. The café is part of the renovations project at the school. Everyone is excited and the plans look awesome. If you’re on Facebook, you can take a look.

Helping children: April is child abuse awareness month – the Children’s Center of Medina County has ways we can all help. Go to medinacountychildrenscenter.org/ to learn more.

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