Event fundraising

Get ready for a fun photo event: Whit & Whimsey

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — Time flies. It’s hard to believe, but Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.

If one of the loves of your life is a feline, you’ll definitely want to bring your cat to Kitten Krazy’s Valentine Photoshoot fundraiser.

If your cats are like mine, however, there’s no way in the world they’re sitting still so you can bring your family, friends, or pets along to help the cause.

This Valentine’s Day-themed photo shoot will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on February 12 at Kitten Krazy, 930 Lafayette Road (entrance to Unit C). The cost of a photo package, including five digital photos and one 5 by 7 printed photo, is $20.

Even if you don’t want to have a professional photo, there will be a photo booth, raffle baskets, 50/50 raffle, bake sale and more, all of which will help this wonderful non-profit organization.

If you have any questions, email [email protected]

Happy Birthday: I happened to get this from the Rotary Club of Brunswick newsletter – Brunswick City Manager Carl DeForest’s birthday is January 27th. So, let’s all wish him a happy birthday.

Carl, if you didn’t know, is also president of Rotary this year.

Several Rotary members have achieved significant milestones as they celebrate their anniversary of Rotary membership. Congratulations to Dom DiIorio, 35; Tony Giovinazzo, 30; Roger Nair, 30; and Brandon Rapp, 13.

Topic : “Diversity and Racism” is the topic of the Brunswick Police Department and Brunswick United Methodist Church discussion in the next episode of their lecture series, at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the church, 1395 Pearl Road.

Speakers from the Medina Diversity Project, Eastern Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, and Brunswick Police Division will share their insights.

Pamela Miller, president of the Medina Diversity Project.

Pamela Miller chairs the Medina Diversity Project, a grassroots group dedicated to embracing and promoting diversity in our communities. She will talk about the genesis of the program, its activities concerning racism and the fields of diversity. It will also address issues they have encountered in the region and in the companies they train for.

Miller is also Chairman of the Board of Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital and a member of the Hospital’s Diversity Council. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Akron General Medical Center and the Regional Hospitals Board of Cleveland Clinic Ohio.

The former chairman of Madinah City Council – who served on the council for 13 years – is currently chairman of the Madinah County Board of Elections.

Speaker Will Fenton-Jones is the director of multicultural vitality for the Eastern Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. The position was created by action of the 2016 Annual Conference in recognition that the church is concerned with reaching a complex and changing environment in its communities.

Fenton-Jones actively engages pastors, congregations, and conference leaders to discern their roles by fully embracing diverse perspectives of age, race, education, economic status, political opinion, and personal lifestyles who are present in the communities served by the Eastern Ohio Conference churches.

Currently in the Army Reserve, Fenton-Jones previously served eight years of active duty as an Army Chaplain’s Assistant. He has developed training to mentor chaplains and military leaders in their understanding and ability to work with complex religious relationships in Afghanistan and other contexts.

The program is free and open to the public. If you need more information, visit wwww.brunswickumc.net or call 330-225-3179.

Tax time: A total of 78,840 H1 2021 property tax bills were mailed to property owners in Medina County. The official due date for payment of these tax bills is February 11.

Medina County Treasurer John Burke noted that the total amount of property taxes billed for the full year is $354,316,439.

If taxpayers do not receive a tax bill in the mail, Burke recommends calling his office at 330-725-9748 or accessing the Treasurer’s website at www.medinacountytreasurer.com consult their tax account. Simply click “Find and Pay Tax” in the left column to find the appropriate tax bill amount.

Taxpayers can then print an official tax invoice to pay by mail or in person. Taxpayers can also make a payment online and then print a receipt.

“Online tax payments are easy, secure, fast and convenient, and we offer a variety of online payment options,” Burke said.

Taxpayers can pay by e-check ($1.50 fee), credit card, or PayPal account (2.5% fee). The selling fees charged for each of these options are paid directly to the sellers. Medina County does not receive any portion of these fees.

You can also pay over the phone with Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards toll-free at 888-607-8389 (2.5% fee).

If paying by check, convenient 24-hour drop boxes are located at the following locations: Treasurer’s Office, County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St., Medina; Brunswick City Hall, 4095 Center Road, Brunswick; Lodi Library, 635 Wooster Street, Lodi; and Wadsworth Municipal Building, 120 Maple Street, Wadsworth.

Be sure to include your tax bill stub with your cheque.

You can also pay in person from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On February 11, the office will be open until 6 p.m.

Tax payments that are mailed MUST be postmarked by the February 11 due date to avoid a 5% penalty; payments made after February 22 will incur a 10% penalty.

Pentecost and fantasy

The Polar Bear Jump is back at Lake Chippewa. (Photo courtesy of Chippewa Lake Lions Club)

The polar bear jumps and walks: “Chippy is back.”

Chippy, the beloved Chippewa Lake Polar Bear Jump mascot, returns for the February 19 live event. This is the main fundraising event for the Chippewa Lake Lions Club Foundation.

Last year’s virtual event raised over $50,000 for local charities and needy families in the area.

There are five charitable fundraising streams for this year’s event:

• Participate in the 5 km run/walk and the polar dive; $50 fee qualifies for all events

• Sponsorships from $125 to $5,000

• Charity raffle. $50 per ticket (February 21 draw, with a first prize of $3,000, a second prize of $1,500 and a third prize of a Goodyear Tire gift certificate of $500.

• Silent auction and 50/50 draw at the Village Inn.

Over 300 jumpers/runners and walkers are expected for this year’s event. Form a team and dive in, or experience a 5km (timed) winter run or walk, all for good charitable causes.

For more information, visit www.chippewalakelions.com or contact Alan Robbins at 330-701-7879.

Birthday: Save Ohio Strays is celebrating its 17th year of saving pet lives. Thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers and the support of area residents, they were able to continue saving lives despite the pandemic.

SOS started with a good idea to help as many wandering people as possible facing premature euthanasia. Seven people met and formed Save Ohio Strays. At the start of 18, they saved nearly 5,000 lives – still without paid employees or federal/state funding.

Here’s how you can help make a wish on Amazon’s Wishlist come true: https://saveohiostrays.org/Public/Home and click on the link for options to order and be delivered directly to one of the foster homes.

You can also donate securely online or send a donation by mail to Save Ohio Strays, PO Box 16, Wadsworth, Ohio 44282.

Contact Boyer at [email protected].