October 24, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
37°F

Cheers & Chidings

CHEERS: to the PAL program in Medina — from officers like Medina Detective Scott Thomas, who heads the program, to Juvenile Court Judge John Lohn, who shared grant funds his court receives for local programming. PAL (Police Activities League) aims to create trust between youths and police by using educational, athletic and recreational means. “We are always looking for opportunities to divert youngsters from the juvenile justice system with programs like these,” Lohn said of PAL. Cheers also to the Ohio Army National Guard Armory in Medina and the Medina Community Recreation Center for donating space for the program.

CHEERS: to the nine Medina County wrestlers who made it to the 71st annual state wrestling tournament in Columbus, which began Thursday. Whatever the outcome for these star grapplers, they have had stellar seasons. Cheers also to Highland’s Dan Mirman, who was on his way to a state berth but was sidelined by a collapsed lung. In only his freshman season, we’re confident we’ll be seeing a lot more of Mirman on the local prep wrestling scene.

CHIDINGS: to Mayor Dale Strasser and Brunswick City Council for seating a member of a newly convened ethics board who admitted under questioning that he is a supporter of Ward 4 Councilman Anthony Capretta — whose conduct the board will be investigating. An ethics board must be fully above any appearance of impropriety to maintain its credibility. This gets the matter off on entirely the wrong foot and could easily have been avoided by appointing another member of the public to serve.

CHEERS: to the effort to save Schoolhouse No. 4 — the last-remaining free-standing one-room school in Brunswick. The Brunswick Area Historical Society started raising funds to move and restore the 1895 building, but still needs about $120,000 to do the job. This is where you come in. The historical society is seeking donations of new and like-new items, as well as collectibles, for a June fundraising auction. You can pitch in and help save a piece of local history by calling Jane Meding at 330-723-6704 or Mamie Grunau at 330-225-3489.