Group promotes native plants to help the environment: Whit & Whimsey

Frances Lawson

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — Many of us want to preserve our natural habitat. The Northeast Ohio Chapter of Wild Ones is ready to help, with a native plant sale from noon to 4 p.m. June 5 and 6 (or until sold out) at the Brunswick Area Historical Society, 4613 Laurel Road […]

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — Many of us want to preserve our natural habitat. The Northeast Ohio Chapter of Wild Ones is ready to help, with a native plant sale from noon to 4 p.m. June 5 and 6 (or until sold out) at the Brunswick Area Historical Society, 4613 Laurel Road in Brunswick.

Wild Ones promotes environmentally friendly, sound landscaping to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

Among the plants you’ll find at the sale are New England aster, mountain mint, blue lobelia, grey headed coneflower, Ohio spiderwort, purple coneflower, stiff goldenrod, foam flower and rose milkweed inconata.

Any plants not sold will be donated to a pollinator garden.

Wild Ones is responsible for the awesome butterfly garden at Heritage Farm, planted in 2017. A chapter meeting will also be held at 3 p.m. that day for those interested in learning more about Wild Ones. You can also learn more about them at

At the same time: Don’t forget, two authors will be at Heritage Farm from 1 to 3 p.m. June 6 to sign their books.

California author Stephen Tako will be there with all kinds of great kids books and other goodies. He will be signing copies of his newest book, “Junga the Dancing Yeti Meets Heidi.”

Brunswick author Annette Palmer will be there with her inspirational book, “TREES … God’s HINT to Humanity?”

They will be set up in the big red barn.

And by the time they leave, the final of the five Healthy Kids Running Series will be under way behind the buildings. A very busy day!

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Mariah Payne (Photo Courtesy of Mariah Payne)

Heading for a title: Mariah Payne, a 2011 Brunswick High School graduate, is hoping her lifelong dream comes true. She has been working toward becoming Miss Ohio USA and to fulfill her dreams of becoming Miss USA and Miss Universe.

She hopes to share her life and story to motivate youth and to uplift those in her community, country and, hopefully, the world.

“I have always been interested in anything girlie. I did my first pageant when I was 14 and had to cry, beg and scream for my mom to let me. She finally did, and I did pretty well and made it as a semi-finalist,” Payne said.

“After that, I really got interested in modeling and had my eye on that for many years, signed with my first-ever agency when I was 19 in Columbus.

“Then, at 23, I saw the mistake with Steve Harvey at Miss Universe 2015 and was reminded how much I love pageants. I immediately did my research with the organization and became obsessed. It was everything I love to do with modeling, but more and with a purpose.

“My first year competing in the Miss Universe Organization system I placed first runner-up at the 2017 Miss Ohio USA competition.”

Fast forward to 2021: She will be competing at her latest pageant, the 2021 Miss Ohio USA competition to be held in Sharonville, Ohio, on July 9 for the preliminary competition and July 10 for the final competition.

“My main focuses and advocacies are mental health and the BLM (Black Lives Matter movement), since both of those issues directly affected me, my family and community over the years, but especially this past year,” Payne said.

“Now more than ever, we need to talk.”

She is currently modeling and continues to live in Brunswick. In order to help pay her fees for the pageant process, she has set up a GoFundMe page and is hoping to raise $1,264 to become an official contestant.

Every dollar counts, so just go to Help Mariah Compete at Miss Ohio USA 2021, organized by Mariah Payne to learn more and help her out.

Wouldn’t it be great to tune in to the national broadcast and see a Brunswick woman on stage?

Two lost: It certainly was sad to learn of the death of Barbara M. Kintop, a Medina resident and 1976 Brunswick High graduate. She was just 62, and I have many fond memories of her parents and siblings. She and her mom were also great lovers of purple and often surprised me with something they found for me.

And even though he was nearly 99, it was still sad to learn that John Happ Sr. had passed away. My first meeting with John came when we moved to Harvard Drive in 1958. That first summer, the former farmland on which our homes were built was overrun with ants. He came and helped us with his company, Professional Insect Control. Over the years, we crossed paths many times.

My favorite memories were visiting the farm that he and his wife, Ann, owned and watching him care for his honeybees — which was the reason they had moved from Texas to Medina, where he edited the “Gleanings” magazine originated by A.I. Root. He was fearless (I wasn’t).

They were always so kind and so involved in the community. You may remember him as a county commissioner. He served three terms before “retiring.”

Senior awards: On May 18, Medina High School seniors were recognized during this year’s senior awards assembly in the Performing Arts Center. This year’s seniors were awarded more than $5.8 million in scholarships. Wow!

To view the presentation, head over to YouTube and be amazed!

End of year: Let’s hope our students throughout Medina County are able to catch up with where they should be and the next school year is back to some sort of “normal.” Congratulations to all the graduating seniors. I look forward to hearing about them as they move to college and/or careers.

Reunion week: The Medina High School Class of 1970 and Bunker Hill Golf Course will hold its first MHS Reunion Week Golf Scramble and festivities the week of July 14. This year’s honored hosts are Tim Holston, 1970 class president; Jeanne Pritchard, head of the 1970 reunion committee and founder of MHS Women’s Golf; and John Burke, 1971 MHS class president and county treasurer.

Get more information and details at

A chance to help: Volunteers are needed as Medina County Special Olympics will host an invitational for athletes from around Northeast Ohio June 4-6.

More than 250 athletes will gather to compete, and organizers say Medina County is honored to be this year’s host. Athletes from Medina, Summit, Portage, Stark, Tuscarawas and Cuyahoga counties will be in attendance.

The Medina County Special Olympics program is the third-largest program in Ohio and operates in partnership with the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD).

From 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, the cycling event will be held at MCBDD, 4691 Windfall Road, Medina. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 5, track and field, tennis and volleyball will be held at Medina High School, 777 E. Union St., Medina. Then, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 6, powerlifting and bocce will take place at Medina High School.

If you can help, contact Amy Smith, Medina County Special Olympics coordinator, at 330-725-7751, extension 249.

Booths available: With the lifting of all health orders effective June 2, the Mill Street Makers’ Market is able to offer more booth spaces at its markets. If you haven’t heard, Creative Show Promotions, event organizer for An Affair on the Square Craft & Vintage Fair and Main Street Medina are excited to bring a unique makers market to Mill Street, a quaint little alleyway in the heart of Medina, Ohio’s South Town District — a budding arts and entertainment spot.

Local artists/crafters/makers are invited to participate in this event held one Sunday of each month, June through October. It will bring together the finest in local handmade arts and crafts, food and live music.

The markets will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27, July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. Booth fee is $75 per day for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space.

An independent jury will judge artist/maker/crafter pieces of professional quality in any medium for acceptance. All works must be at least two-thirds handmade. For information and to register, go to

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United Baptist Church of Brunswick Youth Ministry helped at Feeding Medina County with, from left, Staff Sgt. Jeff Cain, Katie Fuerst and Dan Meogher. (Photo Courtesy of David Lariviere)

Young helpers: United Baptist Church of Brunswick’s Youth Ministry Team provided many helping hands and hearts during a recent morning with the Feeding Medina County (FMC) Free Food Distribution held at the Medina County Fairgrounds.

Katie Fuerst, FMC executive director, personally welcomed the youth and thanked the many FMC volunteers, including Rotary, Kiwanis, CERT, Ohio Army National Guard, 3-M, Hope Church of Brunswick, POPE and many veterans who continue to serve our community.

Volunteers sang “Happy Birthday” to Jeff Sottile, who recently joined Feeding Medina County, and Katie reminded everyone of the popular Pizza Palooza on Public Square June 19.

Ohio Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Cain led the Pledge of Allegiance and wished “Congratulations to the graduating class of 2021!”

Buy a ticket: The Rotary Club of Brunswick has a raffle set up through Ready, Set, Auction to benefit Trike and Bike, a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research through the Cleveland Clinic.

Brunswick hosted the first such ride last year and led Northeast Ohio efforts by raising $26,701 for the cause.

The ride is open to children ages 3-12. They pay a registration fee of $15 and are encouraged to raise $25 for the cause. It teaches children that there are causes worth working for and there are children who need help.

This year’s ride is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Brunswick High School football stadium. Children will be able to ride on the track and can ride as little or as much as they want for the hour they are there. The event also has fun activities for the children during the time they are at the stadium.

If folks want to buy tickets in person, they can buy them at Brunswick City Hall or just follow the link, open the catalog and set up an account at

Additionally, this year the event goes from being a “Brunswick” event to a countywide effort. The Wadsworth Rotary Club is joining in, and Medina Sunrise Rotary is considering coming along as well. The Brunswick Eagles and Brunswick Optimist Club are also in the process of deciding whether to join to help in the battle against pediatric cancer.

Parade of Homes: To celebrate our newfound freedom from masks and COVID-19 limits, you are invited to tour the Parade of Homes in Medina County.

Some of the homes will be “open” virtually, so you can view them from the comfort of your own home on your computer, take your own tour and reach out to the builders directly when you find something you like, have a question or perhaps want to build.

The balance of homes are available for you to get out, drive around scenic Medina County and walk through — in person! What a great time to see new design trends, check out your new neighborhood, get ideas for your next dream home or just get out of the house and see what you can build.

You can visit those homes in person during the event hours of noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from June 5 through June 20. For all the details and specifics on these homes, refer to This event is always free of charge and offers a wealth of interesting residential options.

The virtual parade will be available online starting Friday, June 4, and will feature all the same helpful information as the physical models (home highlights, floor plans, interior and exterior photos, plus virtual walk-throughs). Just go to

Medina County HBA President Mike Hudak, Artisan Building & Design, notes, “It has been challenging as an association to bring new homes to potential home buyers during COVID, but with our combination of physical models to tour and virtual models, our event offers consumers the option they are most comfortable in choosing to participate.

“In fact, during COVID, some interesting new living spaces have evolved that make sense in today’s world and in how we work and play.

“Despite the difficulties we’ve experienced over the past year, we are proud to bring you the best Medina County offers today’s home buyers, so go enjoy the show!”

Meeting rooms reopen: Are you ready to meet up with your club, committee or group in person this summer? Good news: You may begin reserving the dozen unique rooms at all Medina County District Library (MCDL) locations beginning June 2.

“Even prior to the governor’s rollback of restrictions, MCDL was going to open meeting rooms in June. Now, we may do so with no restrictions. Groups may meet as they did prior to the pandemic”, says Suzie Muniak, MCDL assistant director.

Online reservations will begin June 2 for all meeting rooms. Reservations must be made one week prior to the reservation date to allow for approval and any necessary payment processing.

Pictures of the rooms with a listing of amenities (AV and projection capabilities, table and chair setups, kitchen access, etc.) are available at

Also view meeting room policies and fees. Rooms are free to non-profit groups, with limitations on booking frequency. Rooms are available for use by private entities for a fee, with reduced rates for Medina County residents.

Contact Boyer at [email protected].

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