Historic marker gets a facelift and a home: Whit & Whimsey

'Sam' Boyer/special to cleveland.com  BRUNSWICK, Ohio - If you've wondered what's been happening with the Hiram Miller Underground Railroad sign that once stood on West 130th Street, you'll be pleased to see that Carl Bilski has been busy bringing...

Historic marker gets a facelift and a home: Whit & Whimsey

'Sam' Boyer/special to cleveland.com 

BRUNSWICK, Ohio - If you've wondered what's been happening with the Hiram Miller Underground Railroad sign that once stood on West 130th Street, you'll be pleased to see that Carl Bilski has been busy bringing it back to beautiful and readable condition. It will be getting a place of honor at Heritage Farm as soon as the weather gets better. As of now, the Brunswick Area Historical Society thinks it will be a feature in the new children's garden area just across from the house. Stay tuned.

Civil War musician to perform: The Music in the Civil War program sponsored by the Liverpool Township Historical Society, has been moved to a larger space to accommodate an interested crowd. The program will be held at 7 p.m. March 14 at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 6656 Center Road in downtown Valley City. Parking is free behind Holiganbet the church and across the street next to PNC Bank. The program is free and open to the public. Music was so vital in the Civil War that General Robert E. Lee once said, "Without music, there could be no Army". Hear about Regimental Bands and their importance in days well before radio, TV and internet. Re=enactor Tim Krugman, Corporal of the Union's 30th Ohio Volunteers will tell us this and more. Like how the mood of the music changed with the mood of the War. For more information, call the historical society at 330-483-3038.

Shawn is back on stage: You snowbirds, take note. Brunswick graduate and professional actor/singer, Shawn Kilgore, will be featured in "MID-LIFE! The Crisis Musical" at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave., Winter Park FL from March 10 through April 8 with previews at 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 2 p.m. March 10.

This wacky musical is a merry romp through the hot flashes, trials, tribulations and oddities of middle age as it pokes fun at all of the above as well as tickling the funny bone. From reading glasses and mammograms to weekend warriors and proctology exams, everyone will relate to this hilarious, and at times, touching musical about the curiosities and inevitabilities of middle-age. Shawn and his regular duet partner, Natalie are putting together Cordone & Kilgore's 80's Night -- an evening of contemporary jazz arrangements of popular 80's tunes! Songs you're sure to know and love, played in a way to make you sit up and take note. Keep checking back for future announcements and updates on Facebook as Cordone & Kilgore! facebook.com/NatalieCordoneAndShawnKilgore/

Dodson has graduated: Kathleen Dodson of Medina was among more than 3,000 students from Miami University who received degrees during fall commencement exercises. Dodson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Zoology.

Fall Foliage Tour accepting applications:The Medina County Fall Foliage Tour Committee is accepting applications until April 3 from farms, historical sites and other agri-businesses to be considered as tour stops or points of interest on this year's tour, Oct. 14 and 15 in Guilford, Montville, Sharon Center and Wadsworth.  

The two-day event attracts more than 8,000 people to the county.  Each stop may be visited by upwards of 4,000 people.  The tour is sponsored by the Medina County Park District; Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District; Medina County District Library; Medina County Visitors Bureau; and the Medina County Farm Bureau.

Stops must be educational in nature and related to agriculture and Medina County history.  Up to nine or ten sites may be selected by the Fall Foliage Tour Committee.  Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified in May or June. 

For information about being a sponsor or tour host, please contact Beth Schnabel at the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District, 6090 Wedgewood Road, Medina, Ohio 44256; 330-722-9319 or by emailing eschnabel@medinaco.org.

Scholarships go to local students: Some local students at the University of Findlay were awarded endowed scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. Sarah Klass of Medina, received the Mabel Bauer Scholarship; Forrest Miller of Medina received the Student Leader Scholarship and VanSweringen Memorial Scholarship; Justin Roth, of Brunswick Hills, was awarded the Ralph L. Kuss Scholarship and Golf Program Scholarship.

Scholars should take note: The Medina County Arts Council has announced a new arts scholarship to be awarded this coming summer. Committee Chair Aimee Adams reports that an Arts Council committee will screen applications and administer the scholarship which will be announced and presented at the Summer Soiree and Service to the Arts Awards event on June 8. 

The Medina County Arts Council, Inc., a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and build community excellence through the arts in Medina County, will award one scholarship to a Medina County graduating senior each year. All Medina County graduating seniors who have been actively involved in the arts during high school and are continuing their education at a technical school, two-year, or four-year institution. A major in the arts is not required to be eligible for this scholarship.

The amount of the scholarship shall be a one-time amount $1,000 to be used toward tuition, books, or other school fees. The scholarship must be used during the school year immediately following the award.

Submit the form from medinacountyartscouncil.org/ and fill it out electronically. Email to medinacoartscouncil@gmail.com. Only complete applications will be considered. Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., April 30. Good luck!

Sency earns high praise: Scott Sency of Medina was one of 573 students from Saginaw Valley State University whose determination and commitment to academic excellence earned him a spot on the fall 2016 semester President's List with a 4.0 GPA.

Kiwanis starts renovation: A team of hardworking Medina Breakfast Kiwanis members began work on the renovation of the kitchen at Camp Paradise this past week. There is still much to do so if other members want to help contact Tom Borror for days and times to volunteer. This project is an example of the many things the club does in the community.

New trustees elected: The Medina County Arts Council elected four trustees for new terms in February.  Elected to a second three-year term was Ann Cole and elected to new three-year terms were Dallis Conrad, Pat Chaloupek and Dan Hostetler. Chaloupek and Hostetler have served previous terms as trustees and Conrad joins the Board after working on a Leadership Medina Committee focusing on long-term development plans for the organization.

Recognition and thanks were given to retiring, long time trustee of the Council, Carl Becks, as well as retiring "distant relation" in the Becks family, Sue Becks.  

The new trustees joined the continuing trustees for a Board meeting in which new officers were elected.  The president for the coming year will be Dan Hostetler and the vice-president will be Pat Chaloupek. Linda Loveless was re-elected secretary and Ann Cole will serve a second term as treasurer. Want to know more? Visit medinacountyartscouncil.org/

Dean's list has Medina, Brunswick, Hinckley students: The dean's list for the fall 2016 semester at the University of Findlay includes Medina residents Kathryn Depew, Rebekah Hawbaker. Gabrielle McNeil and Erin Stacho; Brunswick residents Matthew Buchfellner of Brunswick, Colin Emert, Megan LoFaso, Mary Nagy and Justin Roth and Hinckley resident Emma Sturtecky.

Gala tickets on sale: The Medina County Union of King's Daughters & Sons is having their third Giving Gala Auction/Dinner at Williams on the Lake to support local scholarship and autism programs, in addition to local charitable organizations. King's Daughters & Sons is an interdenominational Christian service organization with a presence in Medina County for more than130 years.

Tickets are still available and includes vacation packages during the live auction. One package includes for two people the airfare, three nights at a Fairmont Hotel and daily breakfast. There are12 possible cities that you could visit. Another package is a Royal Caribbean Cruise. It is for two people for four or five days to the Bahamas or the Caribbean.

Make plans to attend the dinner/auction at 5 p.m. April 1. Tickets are $40 each or $37 each for reserved tables of 8, 9, or 10 people. Contact Linda at 330-725-7493.

Students travel south: Kaleigh Wagner of Medina and Corey McComas of Brunswick are among a group of John Carroll University students who recently traveled to the Central America in January as part of immersion experiences sponsored by the university's Office of Campus Ministry. Immersion experiences challenge students to engage the realities of the world while reflecting on the values of human dignity and servant leadership. tudents were assigned to one of three destinations during the university's Winter Break.

Capital University lists: Capital has three lists denoting academic distinction among full-time, degree-seeking students: The President's List, Provost's List, and Dean's List. The President's List indicates the highest level of academic distinction. Katherine Ostrowski of Hinckley was named to the Dean's List; Morgan Crouse of Brunswick, was named to the Provost's List and Marna Kebberly, of Brunswick was named to the President's List for the fall 2016 semester.

BW graduates many local residents: The following Baldwin Wallace University students graduated in in December: Daniel Cunningham of Medina, a graduate of Holy Name High School, has graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts: Sport Management; Robin Gorey of Medina graduated with a Master of Arts in Education: Literacy; Zachary Haynes of Medina, a graduate of Medina Senior High School, has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts: Exercise Science; Madison Miller of Medina, a graduate of Medina Senior High School, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art and Accounting; Mary Misenko of Medina graduated with a Master of Arts in Education: Literacy; Anthony Ridgley of Medina, a graduate of Medina Senior High School, graduated with a Master of Arts in Education: Literacy; Hillary Vonhof of Medina graduated with a Master of Business Administration: Management and Dan Wagar of Medina graduated with a Master of Business Administration: Accounting.

Forrest Andrew of Brunswick, a graduate of Brunswick High School, graduated with Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration and Finance; Darius Bordea of Brunswick, a graduate of Brunswick High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Science: Mathematics and Economics; Michael Cummings of Brunswick, a graduate of Brunswick High School, has graduated with a Master of Arts in Education: Educational Technology; Alecia Dailide of Brunswick, a graduate of Westlake High School, has graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts: Management and Human Resource Management; Carmelita Deenanat of Brunswick, a graduate of Brunswick High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Science: Chemistry; Anna Dodig of Brunswick, a graduate of Olmsted Falls High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art and Digital Media and Design; Kyle Kasper of Hinckley, a graduate of St. Edward High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts: History; Angelina Kinney of Brunswick, a graduate of Indian Creek High School, has graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education; Elizabeth Little of Brunswick, a graduate of Padua Franciscan High School, graduated with a Master of Arts in Education: Literacy.

Roxana Lungociu of Hinckley, a graduate of Valley Forge High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Science: Biology; Charles Maurer of Brunswick, a graduate of Strongsville Sr. High School, has graduated with a Master of Arts in Education: School Leadership; Malory Nagy of Brunswick, a graduate of Brunswick High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration; Stephanie Neumann of Brunswick, graduated with a Master of Business Administration: Management; Anthony Pinzone of Brunswick, a graduate of Brunswick High School, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts: English;

Jonathan Schodowski of Hinckley, a graduate of Highland High School, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts: Accounting and a Master of Business Administration: Accounting; Maryann Warden of Brunswick, a graduate of Brunswick High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts: Criminal Justice; Kristina Watkins of Brunswick, a graduate of Brunswick High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration and Human Resource Management and Aileen Zietlow of Brunswick, a graduate of Medina Senior High School, has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts: Management.

Ashland releases dean's list: The following area students were named to Ashland University's Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester. They include Medina area residents Natasha Arnold, Alyssa Bayne, Kristine Blackburn, Barbara Ciupak, Jessica Dutko, Josephine Giordano, Daniel Griffith, Samantha Gross, Melissa Haber, Samantha Holzman, Jessica Hoshaw, a graduate of Buckeye High School, Samantha Kissel, Dani McBride, Thomas Menyes, Ashley Pavlescak, Gabrielle Petek, Rachel Piero, Lindsay Rehker, Alexa Ross, Sarah Van Wagnen, Kimberly Vidika, Kouri Weber, Kyle Wissel and Jody Zane, a graduate of Medina High School.

Brunswick and Hinckley area residents on the Dean's List include Nicholas Bloxsom, Amanda, Julia Denes, Matthew DePiero, Rebekah Hunter. Alexis Lowry, Samantha Malleo, Emily Minns,Kaitlin Neumann and Kayle Timura.

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