CHEERS: to school districts in Medina County for receiving the highest grade possible from the state on report cards released Tuesday. Five out of seven districts — Brunswick, Buckeye, Highland, Medina and Wadsworth — received an “excellent with distinction” rating, meaning they previously were rated “excellent” and experienced improved test scores for at least two years. Cloverleaf remained the same as last year, receiving an “effective” rating, and Black River moved up to “excellent.” The ratings in order are “excellent with distinction,” “excellent,” “effective,” “continuous improvement,” “academic watch” and “academic emergency.” Medina County’s scores attest to the dedication of staff and administrators. The ratings also could bode well for Medina County’s economy. Besides a suitable work force, resources and tax incentives, businesses looking to build in a community or expand also look at quality of life factors such as schools and recreation.
CHEERS: to Medina Township for not only honoring former trustee Rita Holt, who died July 10, but giving area residents a lasting gift. The township plans, with help from the Medina County Park District, to establish the Rita M. Holt Memorial Park on 33 acres near the north branch of the Rocky River east of state Route 3 at Hamlin Road. How the land will be developed for trails and picnic areas by the park district still hasn’t been determined, but what’s important is it preserves the land for generations to enjoy and provides a habitat for wildlife.
CHEERS: to Seville for coming up with a fun way to squash the summertime blues and make use of a garden crop that always seems to produce a surplus: zucchini. It’s the vegetable co-workers bring into the office to share and neighbors leave on the front porch. The Seville Farm Market, in its inaugural year, found a creative way to help lighten the load by sponsoring the Zucchini Smackdown last weekend at Maria Stanhope Park. Concoctions ranged from bread to bundt cake. The winner was 13-year-old Wadsworth resident Caitlyn Keiper, who baked a cinnamon zucchini pie. There were nine entries in the contest, and some recipes, including Caitlyn’s, are posted on the market’s Web site, sevillefarmmarket.blogspot.com. Got zucchini overload? Check out the site before bringing the extra into work.