Nov 21

A Moment with the Mayor for November 18, 2017

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 1:22 PM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for November 18, 2017
No Shave November
The Wadsworth Police Department is participating in "No Shave November" this year for the first time in the department's history. “No Shave November” is an annual national campaign that is designed to raise awareness of cancer and the struggles that families endure as a result. City department employees pay $30 and forego shaving for the month of November. The official website for “No Shave November” says, "The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle." Additionally, donations that Wadsworth residents would like to make toward this cause will be added to the collective donation amount. We simply ask that you make your check payable to "Wadsworth FOP Lodge 45". On the memo line mention "No Shave". The police department's Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is also planning on adding to the total donation amount at the end of November. All monies raised this year will be donated to the Sandmann family of Wadsworth. Leigh Sandmann and her husband Walt lost their 22 year old daughter Kelsey Sandmann in November of 2016, after a courageous battle with Epithelial Serous Ovarian Cancer. 9 days after Kelsey passed, her sister Erin Goff, was diagnosed with Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. This family has granted us their blessing for this endeavor and are very grateful for the consideration. The Sandmann family has a Facebook page dedicated to their daughters that you can visit: "Team Kelsey and Erin's Entourage". This campaign is designed not only to honor Kelsey and Erin, but to bring awareness to all those who are struggling with cancer related loss and to those families currently fighting the disease.

Veterans of Foreign War

The Veterans of Foreign War can trace their roots back to 1899 when their organization was formed after the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. It came about to help the many sick and injured veterans who were without pensions or medical care at that time. The organization serves active, guard and reserve members; and today, their membership, including the Auxiliary, has grown to nearly 1.7 million. The VFW was also instrumental in the founding of the Veterans Administration, the development of the national cemetery system and for advocating for medical compensation and educational benefits. They have also contributed to the development of several war memorials. Their mission has always been to foster camaraderie among our country’s veterans who have served in conflicts overseas and to advocate on their behalf. They continue to work to ensure that veterans are recognized for the sacrifices they and their families have made for our country.

Our local VFW Post 1089 was officially formed on December 18, 1933, and was located on College Street in the present Kolony bowling alley. In 1985, the Post downsized and moved to 185 Main St., adjacent to the Central Intermediate School. In October 1990, the property located next to the American Legion at 121 Main St. became available, and was purchased by the VFW. Both of these organizations work together to perform many funeral honor services each year, and prepare for the Memorial Day and Veterans Day services. The VFW’s website has been recently updated, and they invite you to take a look at their membership and event information at https://vfw1089.org.

Until next week…..

Mayor Robin Laubaugh


Nov 09

Moment with the Mayor for November 11, 2017

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 11:51 AM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for November 11, 2017
The City of Wadsworth has been working tirelessly all year to complete a website redesign project. We pride ourselves in being user-friendly and business-friendly, and we wanted a website that conveyed that. After an extensive Request For Qualifications, CivicPlus was hired to design a new layout, migrate the content, and host the new website. Assistant Service Director Harry Stark and administrative assistant Danielle Rich, in addition to the IT department led by Steve Lange, devoted many hours to the project. We think you’ll find the new site more informative and easy to navigate, and invite you to check it out at www.wadsworthcity.com. You can also follow the City on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily updates.

Candlelight Walk
Main Street Wadsworth will host the 2017 Candlelight Walk on Friday, November 17, 2018, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This year’s one-night-only event kicks off the holiday season with a Santa parade at 6:00 p.m. Immediately following the parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree and the Salvation Army kettle presentation will take place at the gazebo. Look for the Kris Kringle Mart in the alley between Bicksler’s and the Sub Station, and horse and carriage rides, miniature train rides, and wagon rides will be running all evening beginning at 6:30. Create a forever memory by having your children’s picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Klaus at the library, and enjoy theater performances at Crossroads Community Church. Ice sculptors and raffle prizes will round out the festivities at the Candlelight Walk. As I have said many times before, this is one of my favorite events of the year! I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Cornwell Expansion
Cornwell Quality Tools, a well-known established company in Wadsworth, came to the City with the need for a new distribution center. Although the building could have been built in a number of locations in and around Northeast Ohio, Cornwell chose to remain in Wadsworth, and a tax abatement offered by the City provided additional incentive for them to build a 100,000 square foot distribution center, for a total capital investment of 5.4 million dollars. As a result, 95 jobs were retained in the community. This new building, completed at the beginning of October, stands proudly in one of the industrial areas of Wadsworth and is already providing distribution services to clients all over North America. Congratulations, Cornwell!

Until next week…..
Mayor Robin Laubaugh
Oct 31

Moment with the Mayor for October 28, 2017

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 4:32 PM by Danielle Rich

Moment with the Mayor for October 28, 2017

Election Information

On Tuesday, November 7, residents in certain wards will be voting for Council representatives, while all residents can vote on school board members and two state-wide ballot issues.   Issue 1 is a  proposed constitutional amendment addressing the rights of crime victims.  Issue 2 is a proposed law dealing with state agencies and limits the amount they may pay for prescription drugs and legal fees associated with defending that law. Complete information about these issues, including the official ballot language and arguments in support and opposition are available at https://www.sos.state.oh.us/legislation-and-ballot-issues/ballot-board/#issues, Click the “Know the Statewide Issues” button at the bottom of the home page.  Most importantly, please exercise your right to vote on November 7.  

Come Home for the Holidays 2017
The “Come Home for the Holidays” program, hosted by the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, encourages Wadsworth residents to shop local and be rewarded! Shop in the Wadsworth zip code, 44281, from November 1-30 and save your receipts. Then, during the week of November 27-December 1, take your receipts to the Wadsworth Public Library and receive one raffle ticket in exchange for each receipt.  On Saturday, December 2, at Central Intermediate School, you will have the opportunity to use your raffle tickets to win prizes of your choice.  The “Come Home for the Holidays” shop local program originated in 2010 by the Wadsworth Independent Business Association and continues today through the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce.  Shop often in Wadsworth for more tickets and chances to win!

Legislative Update
Periodically we meet with our senators and representatives to be updated on pertinent issues in our area and did so recently at the annual morning breakfast with Congressman Renacci, Ohio’s 16th District Representative.  Elected officials and community leaders, including those in the area of economic development, were invited to hear the latest initiatives and frustrations regarding tax reform and health care.  It is always interesting to learn more about what our legislators are doing on our behalf. Congressman Renacci also reminded us that his office has many resources available to those in the 16th district, such as veterans who are dealing with challenges relating to filing claims with the VA for health and pension benefits. Those looking for help with social security benefits, Medicare and disability information may contact his office locally, too.   Help and information is also available for immigration and passports, the IRS, Washington, DC tour requests, federal student loans, the Federal Trade Commission (identity theft, Do Not Call Registry and obtaining annual free credit reports) and Youth Programs (military academy nominations, Congressional Awards, etc.).  The Wadsworth District Office is located at 1 Park Center Drive, Suite 302 in Wadsworth, OH, and may be reached by calling 330.334.0040.  You may also visit the Congressman’s website at Renacci.House.Gov for educational events and informational seminars.

Until next week……
Mayor Robin Laubaugh