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Brunswick yearbooks ‘serve sentence’ in Oklahoma prison: Whit & Whimsey

BRUNSWICK, Ohio – The Brunswick High School Yearbook Collection of the Brunswick District Historical Society has been in prison, but has now been released.

Well, they didn’t exactly go to jail. But they are transferred to a correctional institution in Oklahoma, where nonviolent prisoners are taught job skills. Prisoners were checking yearbooks for historical societies, libraries, and schools across America, and now they did to Brunswick.

Generally, they scan yearbooks from the 1950s through the 1980s. In this case, the curator noticed that things slowed down during the holidays, so they would have had enough time to prepare our old books. We now have a PDF of all our yearbooks, starting in 1939!

They even added a “Go Blue Devils” logo on the stickers.

This was done at no charge – and we didn’t even have to pay the shipping fee. So kudos to whoever came up with the idea, and thanks to the OCI Yearbook Project.

on the stage: It was so nice to hear Brunswick’s Trista Moldova return to Broadway in “The Phantom of the Opera.”

She has had stints in the traveling show and on Broadway, portraying Kristen and Prima Donna, in the longest running musical on Broadway.

This time, you learn four group paths and will “swing” as needed. We know she’d be great in whatever role she plays.

Samantha Henderson, aka Sew Sammie. (Image courtesy of Patti Zaffell)

I did that: Congratulations to Samantha Henderson, best known at the Brunswick Farmers Market and surfers of craft shows as “Sew Sammie.”

She is gifted with this sewing machine, but it is her second “job”. She’s already worked in the optics field for several years and has just passed her ophthalmologist exam with a significant score.

Her mom, Patti Zaffell, posted the news on Facebook, and I couldn’t resist telling everyone. Brunswick Farmers Market customers can now see why they always wear the coolest glasses!

Sad news: I sure got flashbacks when I read about Margaret L.’s death. Beckwith, a longtime city resident who died Jan. 3 at the age of 97 in Florida.

She and her late husband, Ray, were very active in the community, and you may remember passing by their Patterspoon farm, where they raised their family.

Not only was she a great member of the community, she volunteered in Medina County and Ohio 4-H as a club counselor when her children were active in the program, but she also expanded her role to work as an extension assistant with the Medina County Cooperative Extension Service.

She also donated hundreds of hours as a volunteer at the City Community Hospital.

Beautiful memories that will last forever.

Wet and Whimsy

Presenting a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship to Dustin Hefner (degree holder) are, from left, Kent Morgan, Kevin Wermer, Jim Lishko, Don Specler, and Dr. Bob Hlasko. (Photo courtesy of David LaRiver)

Granted Grant: Medina Sunrise Rotary extends its heartfelt congratulations to Dustin Hefner, a final year student at City High School. Our new Rotary youth exchange student has been awarded a scholarship certificate for the upcoming academic year abroad.

Dustin received his diploma from Jim Lechko, President of the Rotary District Foundation, who proudly stated that the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Program was a major recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s $4 billion donations to sustainable individuals and organizations doing good in the world.

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is the leading international student exchange scholarship program for high school students. This scholarship value is currently over $35,000 per student.

Wet and Whimsy

Dan Watt and Ben Vereen (Image courtesy of Dan Watt)

More from Dan: After Betty White passed away, we posted a photo of her with Brunswick graduate Dan Watt, who was her best friend.

Among Dan’s many accomplishments as a professional dancer and choreographer, he is the founder and CEO of the Art Attack Foundation (AAF), a performing arts grant non-profit organization.

This year the Foundation announced the “Graciela Daniele Scholarship for Dance”. The Scholarship Fund is named for Tony Award-winning choreographer and dancer Graciela Daniele. The scholarship will be open to dancers of all disciplines (14-20 years old) and is endorsed by the dance community, with LA Dance Magic and Broadway Dance Center contributing initial donations to the scholarship fund.

Cheetah Rivera, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Art Attack Foundation, made the announcement: “Graciela Daniele has cared for others her whole life and has left an indelible mark on the stage, mentoring, mentoring and teaching so much. This is a small way to honor and pass on my wonderful friend.”

“No one deserves this honor more than Graciela. Who knows, maybe we will train the next artist to follow in her footsteps. Nobody will like it more than Grazie.”

Watt says the scholarship furthers AAF’s mission “to inspire community leaders, businesses and individuals to engage and contribute to the education, promotion and development of young artists, and we are delighted that we can also offer a scholarship focused on dance. Ms. Danielle has done so much to the dance community, and we are honored to say thank you in this way.”

Another way to support this scholarship is by purchasing Ben Ferrin’s new single, “Both Sides Now”. Watt produced Vereen’s song and they decided to donate the proceeds to a scholarship fund.

Viren said, “In these times, it is important that we stick to the line and support the arts. In this way, our youth, our tomorrows, their dreams will come true for all of us.”

Visit http://www.artattackfoundation.org/ for more information about making a donation or to apply for financial assistance.

Not all donations cost money: The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – the worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

Seriously low levels of blood supply pose a worrying risk to patient care and force clinicians to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products are available.

Donations of blood and platelets are urgently needed to help prevent further delays in biomedical treatments, and we urge donors of all blood types – particularly type O – to schedule now for submission in the coming weeks.

In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had less than a day’s supply of blood from important blood groups and has been forced to limit the distribution of blood products to hospitals. Sometimes, up to a quarter of a hospital’s blood needs are not met.

Over the next month, about 67 percent of donation appointments remained open in the northern Ohio Red Cross region.

Schedule your blood or platelet donation as soon as possible using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Next January, during National Blood Donor Month, the Red Cross and the NFL are teaming up to urge individuals to donate blood or platelets and help address blood shortages nationwide. Those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma in January will be automatically entered for a chance to win away from Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.

And as an additional thank you from the Red Cross, those who come to donate will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card. Terms apply. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl for more information.

Centenary Celebration: In 2022, the Historical Society of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah Governorate celebrates its 100th anniversary and organizes many special events to celebrate this occasion.

In 1922, a few concerned citizens, including members of the McDowell family, looked forward and saw the importance of preserving our county’s history. One hundred years later, the Society has two large museum houses and hundreds of artifacts in its collection. The association plans to highlight these elements at shows and special events.

Check the website (medinacountyhistoricalsociety.com) and Facebook page for details. The community is looking forward to seeing you at these events!

Please note that there may be modifications due to COVID-19 protocols.

In Wadsworth: The theme for the first Friday of February at Wadsworth is “February Valentines” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on February 4. It will be the start of Restaurant Week. Downtown events are all part of the ongoing programs by Main Street Wadsworth.

Fingers intertwined: The always popular Brunswick Entertainment Show has been rescheduled from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, February 18. Let’s hope the pandemic subsides and the big event is allowed to continue, especially during the center’s 30th anniversary.

It’s a free event featuring a variety of top local providers, including medical, fitness, health, legal, community and financial services, housing and more.

There is also the famous Expo Bake Off: a taste and a sound! You decide which of the patrons has the best baked goods!

Check out all special programs and events at https://www.brunswick.oh.us/recreation/.

A New member: At the January 6 meeting, the Kiwanis City Breakfast Club welcomed the new member. Chet Simmons welcomed Joseph Bahler to membership.

The Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club meets at the Grande Café in Medina on the first, second and fourth Thursday of every month. The Feeding Medina club volunteers on the third Thursday.

Visitors are invited to come to their meetings to learn about the club’s many service projects in the Medina community.

Contact Boyer at samboyersunnews@yahoo.com


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