Names help make things interesting: Whit & Whimsey

BRUNSWICK, Ohio – I’ll admit I’m drawn to unusual names. Maybe because I’ve typed so many in the past 61 years, or maybe because I did it myself. I think it’s not uncommon to find people whose names reflect their profession. I remember a minister named Rev. Goodfellow. There are also first and last names that rhyme like Alice Dallas or Otto Amato, or first and last names that make up one word, like Justin Case. I remember a motorcyclist we knew by the name of Dave, who wanted to name his newborn son Harley so that he would be Harley David’s son.

When I was at Westview Cemetery to lay wreaths last week, I was looking for one of the veteran’s graves for a photo. The veteran’s name was Erwin Pirl and I found him. We assume that its name was pronounced pearl. But then I looked at the next tombstone on the right and there it was – Pearl Pirl.

I can imagine Erwin seeing a girl he was attracted to at a USO dance and finding out her first name was pronounced the same as his last name. In all honesty, I can’t even imagine how likely that is.

New Board Members: The Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance celebrated its Ugly Sweater Holiday Zoom Party at the end of the year, where four new board members were sworn in and three bid farewell.

“2020 was a year of many challenges, but it also showed how communities stick together. We have seen many changes for the Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance and we look forward to 2021 and to connecting with our business members and the community for an exciting and rejuvenating year, ”said Debbie Boehmke, Executive Director.

Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi swore the new board during the Zoom holiday meeting.

Ed Gonzales, chairman of the board for 2021, stated, “The four new board members represent a diverse group of dedicated business owners and committed community leaders who will add great value to our existing board. We are so blessed to have new members who are motivated to do what’s right for others we stand for. “

Gonzales also wanted to thank the departing board members. “I would like to thank our outgoing Board of Directors once again for their commitment and dedication to our cause and purpose over many years at NMCCA. The tremendous amount of time, support and selfless action these three board members have given us over the years for the benefit of the wider community is outstanding. The good news … I know I can still turn to them for advice, support, and advice because I know they care and their hearts are filled with the “right stuff.”

Karin Reale, Goosefoot Acres, Inc .; Kristin Baum, The Kristin Baum Team / ReMax Crossroads; Rob Ziemkiewicz, Medina County Fiber Network; and Brandy Hughes, Cornerstone Organizing Partner.

Resigning from the board are: Mark Priebe, Proximity Marketing; Denise Pozderac, Transitional Living Centers and Sandra Jenkins, Dog Gone Crazy,

Student Guide of the Year: Medina High School senior Taylor Puchmeyer was recently named Medina County’s 2020 Student Guide of the Year through her work at C3PO as a volunteer and intern at the Medina Creative Housing Horse Therapy Barn. Congratulations to Taylor for all of your hard work helping others.

Food Distribution for Students: Thanks to the efforts of the Food Service / Child Nutrition Department of Medina City Schools and its staff, food distribution will continue in the 2020-2021 school year. Meals are free for all children aged 1 to 18 and include breakfast and lunch per day, starting in the New Year after the winter break. For more information, please visit the Medina City Schools website at

It’s a tradition: Armstrong offered locally produced, locally relevant original programs as early as the 1960s. The Armstrong Neighborhood Channel features the best of high school sports, community events, parades, and local music, plus many shows that highlight the best our area has to offer. Armstrong local television programming has been an important part of customer life for many years, and Armstrong is pleased to announce a varied list of Christmas programming to get viewers in the spirit of the season.

The Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents A Christmas Carol: Radio Play – by Nancy Cates, adapted from the classic story by Charles Dickens, with a cast with the creepy and sparkling soundscape of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story. A Christmas story: a radio play is broadcast in 4 episodes.

Leisure & Literature continues O’Henry’s famous short story about the gift season in The Gift of the Magi.

Stories of the Season brings viewers together to enjoy the stories that shaped the childhood magic of the holidays, with classic narratives of some of the most iconic books from adolescence.

A happy McDowell Christmas takes viewers on a journey to the Christmas of the past and future of the McDowell Phillips House, while hosts Matt Weiderhold and Brian Feron take a look at the history of the holidays in the historic Medina House.

Check the local lists for airtime. The Armstrong Neighborhood Channel is on Channels 4 and 100 and is available to all Armstrong television customers. The content of the Armstrong Neighborhood Channel can be easily found on or through the Armstrong Neighborhood Channel on YouTube.

In Touch: The Medina County District Library provides a safe way to interact with others and discuss topics. Every Saturday at 8pm there is a Facebook Watch Party where you discuss the movies and TV shows you’ve seen. Just go to the MedinaCountyDistrictlibraryOhio on You can also join a book discussion in the same location every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. It’s an occasional drop-in book discussion with no book assigned. Just post what you read and see what others read.

This year’s History Day in the main library will be virtual this year. Hopefully most of our historic societies in the county can attend. It is scheduled to be online on January 30th. I look forward to seeing how it goes, although I’ll miss the interaction.

Hope lies ahead: I hope that when the calendar turns this year we will see a more normal time ahead of us. Still, let’s mask and stay at safe intervals (wash our hands, of course) and take this vaccine as soon as it becomes available. Of course, there is a great desire that schools can have children in the classroom again. I don’t know about you, but I won’t miss a thing in 2020.

Happy New Year!

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