Exchange student ready to learn about our country and Medina County: Whit & Whimsey

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — I’m sure all of Medina County joins the Medina Sunrise Rotary in welcoming Chihiro Hosono, a student from Japan, as she begins her Rotary Youth Exchange year in Medina.

“Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime to make peace in the world, one student at a time,” said Rotary Youth Exchange counselor Anna Guy-Leach, director of development at the Children’s Center of Medina County.

Chihiro is sponsored by the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club and will be enrolled as a junior at Medina High School for the 2022-23 school year. Chihiro’s first host family is Mark and Noel Zickefoose of Medina.

“We are all looking forward to a year of friendship and adventure,” said Rotarian David Lariviere.

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Pat and Roland Bator (Photo Courtesy of St. Ambrose Parish)

Milestones: I enjoy reading newsletters and, of course, one item caught my eye in the St. Ambrose Milestones section: “Happy 65th wedding anniversary to Roland and Pat Bator! We look forward to celebrating with you at Mass this Sunday.”

Wow, you guys — 65 years!

Luckily, I’ve known them for almost all that time, and join in wishing them more happy years.

Violin studio expands again: Sarah Icardi, the young woman who owns Sarah’s Violin Studio in uptown Medina, reports that another teacher is joining her team.

Sarah says: “Laura McLaughlin has such a love for music, and it shines through in her personality. I am so excited to see her inspire her students. Her incredible education and experience mixed with her encouraging teaching style is the perfect match for our studio and our students.

“She has 40 weekly students (piano and violin) on her fall schedule. Some of these students are musicians continuing their education; some of them are just starting their musical journey this fall. I am looking forward to seeing the progress of these students.

“We are currently booking more students. Our studio goes above and beyond to offer opportunities to our students to make them into the best musicians possible. Some of these opportunities include field trips, recitals and our guest artist program,” Sarah added.

McLaughlin moved to the Cleveland area from Northern New Jersey. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education in 2018 from Montclair State University and completed a master’s degree in violin performance in 2022 at Kent State University.

Laura has been teaching private music lessons for the past decade and is an active freelance musician in Northeast Ohio.

Swiss steak dinner: Remsen Christian Church is having a special Swiss steak dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, with a freewill offering to benefit a local Remsen family whose father/husband is fighting cancer.

Dine in or carry out. No reservation needed. The church is located at 1500 Remsen Road in Medina, a quarter-mile south of Interstate 271 and east of Ohio 94 (Ridge Road).

If you have questions, contact Chris at 216-346-0204,

Too Tired to Cook: The first Too Tired To Cook Thursday of the school year is Sept. 22. If you are tired of the drive-thru with the numbered meals and the value menu, try the Brunswick Education Foundation’s drive-thru!

They have complete, ready-to-eat meals featuring two satisfying entree salad options and a chicken tenders meal with potatoes and veggies. They are offering sit-down-style meals at fast food prices.

Break out of your rut and give it a try! (I personally love it.)

All meals may be picked up between 4 and 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Diamond Event Center, 1480 Pearl Road. The deadline for ordering is 3:59 p.m. Sept. 19. Place your order on the website: BEF will send you a pickup reminder.

BW newcomers: Ethan Johnson of Medina/Medina High School and Dominic Biagiotti of Brunswick/Padua Franciscan High School are among 61 football newcomers to continue their career at Baldwin Wallace University.

Celebrate even more: As a continuation of events celebrating its 100th year, the Medina County Historical Society will be hosting the September membership and guests meeting Sept. 12 at the Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway St. in downtown Medina.

The topic is “Duck and Cover — AT&T Long Lines — The History of the Bell System and the Medina Underground Station.”

Most people do not know there was an underground station in Medina Township that was critical to national security during the Cold War. Come and learn more about it and see pictures of it.

Presented by retired AT&T 52-year employee Bill Schaefer of Hinckley Township. The presentation will be in Rooms A & B on the main floor, starting at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the general public. Hope to see you there!

Shhh: The Medina County Historical Society is opening a speakeasy.

The society invites you to help celebrate its 100th year with its grand finale fundraiser — a “speakeasy” at the “Phoenix Club,” aka the McDowell-Phillips House Museum, 205 S. Prospect St. in Medina, on Oct. 1.

Cost is $100 per person, which includes heavy appetizers, refreshments, socializing and fun while supporting the Medina County Historical Society museums.

1920s attire is suggested, but not required. If you decide to dress up, there will be a costume contest!

Tickets are limited, so reserve yours today and get your “secret password” for admission! Call Judy at 330-592-0061.

Sponsorships are available to support this event as well. If interested, call 330-722-4409.

Ooops: Just found that I made an error in a story from last week about the Freese family reunion, naming Sandy Theil Freese as her sister, Judy. Sorry, Sandy, and to readers who were confused about the names and faces.

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Alan Penn visits with Jeff Eble at the Medina County Fair announcer’s booth. (Photo Courtesy of Alan Penn)

Caught my attention: When I read the newsletter from the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis, I could not help smiling, as two of my favorite longtime friends were there in a photo from the Medina County Fair.

Alan Penn was visiting with Jeff Eble, who (unbelievably) celebrated 51 years as the announcer at the fair. Amazing! Good to see both looking so well.

Don’t forget: International Day of the Dog is Friday, Aug. 26 and Canine Officer Koda from the Brunswick City Police Department will show everyone how he is being trained. It all starts at 6 p.m. at Heritage Farm (come to the big red barn) 4613 Laurel Road and enjoy. Refreshments will be available.

Registration open: Registration for a new session of Encore 55+ Learning at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is now open.

The fall 2022 session offers virtual and in-person options. Encore On-the-Go begins Sept. 20, with classes taking place Tuesdays and Thursdays via Webex. Assistance is available for those unfamiliar with Webex, and practice sessions are offered to familiarize users with the platform. The cost is $30 per course.

Encore Campus Fridays begin Sept. 23, with classes taking place at the Eastern, Western and Westshore campuses. The cost is $99 for up to six courses at a single campus, or $30 per course.

Courses cover a wide variety of subjects, including finance, fitness, history, literature, music, philosophy, science and more.

Encore’s Neighborhood Scholars program also offers in-person and virtual programming this fall. The schedule includes tours of local places of worship, the Cleveland Public Library and The Keithley Collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Most Neighborhood Scholars offerings are single-day programs, with fees starting at $14.

Call 216-987-2274 or email [email protected] for more information. Registration and full course listings are available at

Sad news: The Rotary Community and those who knew and loved Jack Young are mourning his passing on Aug. 20. Jack was a Brunswick resident for many years and was not only the Past District Governor of Rotary, he received the highest award that can be given in Rotary, the “Service above Self” award and the prestigious Scouting Silver Wheel Award for his leadership as the Chair for the Inter-American Region for the Fellowship of Scouting, was recently honored with the silver level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his work with ShelterBox USA where he has served on the board since 2007. He was also on the board of American Nicaragua International Hope and Relief Foundation and has been to 11 times and seen children living out of a garbage dump. He will be missed.

Memorial donations in Jack’s memory can be made at

Community Spirit Night: Medina Community Spirit Night is Friday, Sept.9 at Medina High School in the lower parking lot adjacent to Ken Dukes Stadium. It runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The school district will welcome all of its kindergarten students and their families as they take a walk around the track prior to the pre-game festivities. There will be music, activities, and food. To pre-order meals, please click here for the order form. The deadline to pre-order meals is Sept. 2.

To purchase tickets to the game that evening, go to the district’s newsletter online at One kindergarten family member and the kindergarten student will be admitted into the game at no charge. Other family members wishing to attend the game will need to purchase a ticket. Tickets for the game will be available online beginning Sept. 5.

Amazing Race: There’s still a short time to get a team together for the Amazing Race sponsored by Medina County Chamber Charities on Sept. 10. For all the details go to

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