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Jul 23

Moment with the Mayor for July 14, 2018

Posted on July 23, 2018 at 8:59 AM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for July 14, 2018
Homer Baldwin
The family of Homer Baldwin has generously donated four of his paintings to the City that were painted in honor of Wadsworth’s 175th anniversary. They are currently on display at Cordas’ downtown, and then will move on to City Hall for a month the week of July 16th, before rotating to other venues. A donation ceremony was held at the July First Friday Art Walk, appropriately, in honor of Art Week. In addition to being a well-known artist, Homer was instrumental in the development of the WCTV studio by helping to negotiate with Time Warner for management of the access studio as part of the franchise agreement with the City. He also urged the City to hire a staff for the facility, and WCTV was officially born. Today, WCTV has five employees, with whom the access producers contribute nearly 2,000 programs per year. We will remember Homer for his art and the memories he captured through his work in local media. What a legacy he has left for his family and the community!

Free Service for Veterans
Medina County Public Transit (MCPT) has announced that veterans are now able to ride the (MCPT) buses for free, through the end of the year. Riders will need to show their Ohio veteran ID card, which can be obtained at the Medina County Recorder’s Office at the administration building. Medina County Veterans Service Office is funding the service, according to Director Zackery. “Historically, veterans ride public transit across the United States for free”, added the director. If ridership proves successful, there are grants that could be obtained for the future.” Director Zackery reported that there are 13,850 veterans in Medina County. Whether you are a veteran or any Wadsworth resident, you may pick up a copy of the MCPT bus schedule at City Hall, or contact the MCPT office at (330)723-9670. The bus makes several regularly scheduled stops in Wadsworth, and is a great service to the general public.

Thanks to many generous donations from individuals and businesses in Wadsworth, our Fourth of July fireworks display was outstanding! Our Rocket level supporters are: Douglas Whitlam, American Legion Post 170, Clampco Products, Robin and Randolph Kilbride, and VFW Post 1089; Roman Candle level: American Hospitality Group, Cornwell Quality Tools, Ebner Furnaces, Inc., Luke Manufacturing, Tailgators Sports Pub and Grille, and Wadsworth Lions Club; Firecrackers: Rita Couch, Cathy Geary Plumbing, Tony and Sandy Solaro, David and Sandra Sonntag, Thurber’s Jewelers, Valley Café and Wadsworth Real Estate; and Sparklers: A to Z Self Storage, Alexandris Restaurant, Norman Brague, John and Gloria Kuhar, Thomas and Lucille Hirschinger and Premier Roof Systems. In addition that evening, Main Street Wadsworth organized a great event downtown. Several restaurants were open, and many food trucks were available for those who took advantage of the optimal viewing opportunities on the square. My thanks to all those involved with the planning of these festivities and the many City departments that helped before and after the event.

Community Service
We have many good-hearted organizations in Wadsworth that donate their time and service to our community. As an example, a few weeks ago, Radiant Life Church worked in extreme temperatures to spread 3 truckloads of landscape chips on Eagle Trail in Bird Street Park. The trail is well-used and was in need of some sprucing up. Church volunteers also collected leaves along the dog park fences at Valley View Park and painted the exterior of the restroom there. My sincere thanks to this fine group who worked so hard in the heat and humidity!

Until next week……

Robin L. Laubaugh