Another Habitat home will soon be ready: Whit & Whimsey


BRUNSWICK, Ohio – It was good to see work underway again at the Habitat for Humanity House on McKinley Avenue. It’s the second one on that street so this “old presidential” neighborhood will now have four Habitat homes.

The house is the 43 house Habitat has built in Medina County. The family for this house with is a single parent with children. The house is being built with the construction staff and core volunteers. Moen has partnered with us on this build through a financial donation along with sending volunteers each Thursday. On July 14 some of the ReStore staff will be helping raise the roof trusses.

The street was packed with vehicles of volunteers recently as the exterior walls were going up. It’s a great organization and it’s nice to see them in the neighborhood and I bet the children who live around there will be happy to have some new playmates.

On display: Longtime readers will remember Sun photographer Adam Bernard who has his work on display at Studio M in the Massillon Museum. The work, “Town & Country Featuring Route 42” will run from July 18 through Sept. 6. And there’s another familiar name involved – the poetic narratives are done by former Brunswick reporter (and now Catholic priest who served at both Holy Martyrs and St. Ambrose in the past) the Rev. Greg Olzewski. A Facebook Live event will be held at 7 p.m. July 25 for a question and answer session with Adam. So glad to see he’s doing well.

A little less music: It was sad to see that Harmonica Larry, the awesome musician who played most Wednesdays with the jam session at Winking Lizard and other places along with others from the Hudson-Wise Foundation Band. Lawrence Gasparro was 88 years old and had played with a variety of bands for more than 70 years.

And then we learned that Father Bob Lorkowski of St. Ambrose Parish passed away after a short illness. At this writing, services weren’t set but you can go to the parish web page for information.

Sandridge Food VP, Dane Sandridge, left, and his brother Jordan Sandridge, COO of the business.

Thanks for helping others: Dane Sandridge, VP at Sandridge Food Corporation and Board Member of Feeding Medina County, recently thanked Medina Sunrise Rotary, the Ohio Army National Guard and all the Feeding Medina County volunteers who worked together for the weekly packing of 1,000 Weekender Bags for children in Medina County.

“As Sandridge celebrates 50 years in Medina as a family business, we were happy to donate the large walk-in freezer to Feeding Medina County. My family has helped shape our core values of being a caring environment for all our employees and customers.  Dad (Mark Sandridge, CEO of Sandridge Food) grades our executive team on our values and how we contribute to our business, customers, employees and our community. He says that when you have a family business, you have the privilege of running it the way you want. It’s not just passing it down to family members. It’s about creating a close family with everyone you work with.”

If you would also like to make a difference in the life of a child or a family in Medina County with food insecurity, please contact Sandy Hinkle at the FMC office 330-421-4816, or visit feedingmedinacounty.org.

It’s a great place to work: Westfield Bank received a Top Workplaces 2020 award from The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com. Westfield Bank is dedicated to creating a work environment that supports a positive work-life balance for our valued employees. A workplace that embraces creative thinking, the importance of collaboration, and encourages an innovative mindset are signature to Westfield Bank’s work philosophy. Through community involvement and initiatives, Westfield Bank employees demonstrate a commitment to serve our communities with care and financial expertise.

The list of top workplaces is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution and connection, just to name a few.

“We are honored to be recognized by The Plain Dealer as a top workplace in Northeast Ohio,” said Jon Park, chairman and CEO, Westfield Bank. “Ensuring our employees, customers, and community feel connected, grow together, and engage in valuable work with one another has been a focus of Westfield Bank since the company’s inception in 2001. We have directly seen how employee engagement relates to improved customer satisfaction and service. Furthermore, we are incredibly proud of our employees who exhibit the vision and values of Westfield Bank.”

Don’t forget: the major fundraiser for The HANDS Foundation, Summer Breezes, will be held at 6 p.m. July 25 at the Oaks Lakeside, 5878 Longacre Lane, Chippewa Lake. The dinner and auction raise awareness and funds for seniors in Medina County, including the fantastic “senior wishes” program. The Eagles Tribute Band, Out of Eden will perform. For information contact Kathy Elseser ator call 330-220-4900.

And there’s a virtual banquet: The 2020 Live Inspired Banquet, featuring one of our favorite books, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown will be held at 7 p.m. July 23 and will be under one hour.

The great idea is you can attend in your living room, or wherever you’d like to click on the virtual program link to be sent out 48 hours before the event. It’s a great way to be encouraged by inspirational stories, adorable pictures, and testimonies from one of the non-profit’s home visitors and a Live Inspired family. An opportunity to learn how you can partner with this ministry to help it grow and flourish!

Register for this event at weblink.donorperfect.com/2020LIBanquet. Event registration is free of charge and you will have the opportunity to donate the evening of the event.

Also, online now: With the cancellation of the St. Ambrose Summer Festival due to COVID 19, the summer festival raffle will still be held – just differently. The Festival Committee is working to create a family-centric event for the evening such as a drive-in movie night, or something like it, followed by the grant drawing at 9:30 p.m. July 26. There are lots and lots of great prizes to be won and you can see them and buy them online at StAmbross.us/raffle. Good luck!

Whit & Whimsey

This butterfly décor tire painted by Cynthia Calvillo will be raffled to help the historical society.

Did you see this? One of the Brunswick Area Historical Society’s farmers market vendors, Cynthia Calvillo does this amazing artwork including painted tires! I have two in my gardens – what a great way to repurpose something. But she created this butterfly-inspired tire and the society is holding raffle for it with the winner to be drawn at (hopefully) the butterfly release and canine costume contest on Sept. 21 at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road. Stop at the big red barn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays to see it and other items being raffled to help pay for the new “old school” building to house all of the Brunswick school artifacts in the collection.

Interesting meeting: In all of the years I’ve been working at the newspaper I think I’ve attended a meeting of almost every organization that ever existed in the past six decades. Last week, I got to attend a Zoom meeting and it was really fun and reminded me of my younger days.

The Medina Breakfast Kiwanis invited me to their virtual meeting where I learned a lot of interesting things. They voted on their new officers and they are: President, Dennis Diso; President Elect Roy Lehman; Immediate Past President, Georg Smiley; Vice President, Tom Borror; Secretary, Ken Smith and Treasurer, Chet Simmons. Board members for the next two years are Richard Sponseller, roger Biada, Paula Majoros and Elaine McCarroll. Congratulations to all.

The club also met with Jarrod Fry from Medina Cable who will air a video presentation of the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame. Each awardee (athletes and coaches) will receive their recognition plaque later in the summer. The group is also holding an online meeting on July 20 at the Medina Creative Housing Ranch where the Wheelchair America winners will be announced and discussed their participation in the Medina city pool opening. Great group.

I was there to talk about a founding member, Clayton Benjamin, who recently passed away. A native of Brunswick, I tried to fill in some of those early years but I truly enjoyed listening to some of the members’ memories of Clayton in more recent time. Thanks for letting me sit in.

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