BRUNSWICK, Ohio – I should have known that after the death of my brother-in-law, Ron Culp, I would find an invisible connection with others.
Ron, who traveled the world in his role as an athletic coach in the NBA. He was a devout Catholic, so he attended mass in a large number of churches. But when he moved back to Ohio, he fell in love with Saint Ambrose and was especially encouraged to see Fr. Rob officiate.
When he died, I remembered that Ms. Rob was no longer officially assigned to Saint Ambrose. Fortunately, he was nearby as Parish Vicar (Associate Pastor) in the Parish of St. Angela Merici and came to bless Ron and soothe his daughters.
But I wasn’t expecting a surprising connection. It turns out that his mother and I worked together at Sun Newspapers back then, when everything was done practically, with everyone on deck helping to produce every issue of the newspaper in its prime.
Her name at the time was Vicki Andrek and I can imagine that some of the others who have worked with us, like Pam Huston, will remember her too.
While Ron’s daughters hadn’t really talked about his death, the media in Miami and Portland caught it shortly after a couple of social media messages. There are dozens of stories and photos, which is really nice. I had forgotten things they reported. Even his 1965 Midpark High School class has a story about him. As the first coach for two expansion teams (Cavaliers and Heat) and the Portland Trailblazers, he truly lived an amazing life.
And it’s a very small world really, isn’t it?
Food truck festival: More than 700 people celebrated Leadership Medina County’s inaugural Food Truck Fest at the Medina County University Center on June 8th. It was almost a washout with a sudden storm just before, but the clouds cleared just in time. The festival featured five food trucks including Barrio, Buehler’s, Twisted, Kona Ice and Zydeco Bistro. Biz Hive sponsored Giant Jenga, Connect Four, and Nate the Great, while Huntington National Bank brought the fun with Giant Plinko and Corn Hole. In addition to food and games, the Lafayette Fire Brigades and Medina Police showed their latest vehicles and the Seville-Guilford Fire Brigade brought in the mascot Marshall the Fire Dog. The extraordinary DJ Kevin New from Dollar Bank also provided entertainment. All proceeds went to Junior Leadership.
The crowd cheered as the Medina County’s Special Olympics Powerlifting Team drew the tickets and announced the following raffle winners:
â¢ Buckin ‘Ohio Basket, donated by Eileen Thorsell and won by Judy Zeszotek
â¢ Japan Olympics Basket, donated by Lee Pickler and won by Becca Liebler
â¢ Buffalo Wild Wings Basket won Peg Daust
â¢ Joy of Medina County Basket won Greta Hollis
â¢ Made in Medina County Box, donated by Baskets Galore and won by Rick Dumperth
â¢ Pampered cooking basket donated by Terri Greene and won by Jolene Butler
â¢ Troy-Bilt Squall 208XP snow thrower, donated by MTD Products and won by Jeff Holland
â¢ Cleveland Indians Tickets Basket, donated by RPM and won by Steven Vadini
â¢ Blossom Tickets, donated by RPM and won by Jeff Wilson
â¢ RPM Basket donated by RPM and won by Mark Priebe
â¢ Won 50/50 by Jim Cogley
Shopping, food and music: Who could ask for more? Flea market enthusiasts will be happy to hear that Brothers Antiques is holding its annual spring market again. This year, due to road construction issues, the market is concentrated in the North Store at 2768 Pearl Road. That means limited parking, so grab some friends and drop by between 8am and 5pm on June 27th
There will be 20 flea market vendors in the barn and the huge store will be open with 30 vendors selling pretty much every imaginable item.
Akron musician Ben Gage will play music from noon to 2 p.m. and the El Taconazo food truck will be there for most of the day. The Brunswick Area Historical Society will be there and it sounds like a really great time. See you there.
Congratulations again: Brunswick’s own amazing photographer, Bill Beuther, included two of his photographs in the Butler Institute of American Art’s 85th National Midyear Exhibition! The show runs from July 18 to September 5. You can find out more about Butler and the exhibition at https://butlerart.com/
Charek is President: Welty Development, a full-service developer focused on multi-family, corporate and healthcare real estate projects, has named Tom Charek as president. In his new role, Charek will build the property portfolio and develop properties through joint venture partnerships. In addition, he will provide professional services in the areas of program management, owner representation, finance and fund sourcing.
“Tom has the leadership experience and proven track record in construction and development – exactly what we need to take our business to the next level,” said Don Taylor, President and CEO of Welty Building Company. “Tom joining will allow us to aggressively expand our real estate portfolio to further enhance our horizontal integration strategy.” Welty’s “Horizontal Integration” strategy offers specialization in every stage of the ownership experience, with businesses in incentive-sourcing for economic development and site selection, development and financing, construction management, commercial facility and facility management.
Charek has spent his entire career in commercial construction and real estate development. He grew up in a family-run construction and development company and spent his 20-year career with well-known construction management and development companies in the greater Cleveland area. He has a unique perspective in building the right team for each project and a rich network of partners and resources to bring that vision to market.
Passionate about the welfare of children and their families, Tom serves on the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio, where he oversees the real estate portfolio. In addition, Tom serves on the Rainey Institute’s board of directors and recently joined the board of the Northern Ohio NAIOP.
Rotary News: The elected president of the Rotary Club Braunschweig, Carl DeForest, shared his main goals: the all-inclusive playground and pediatric cancer research (trike & bicycle). He asked everyone to turn to someone who was not attending the meeting and welcome them back. And for those who still want to meet virtually, this is always an option.
Get ready to have fun: The Saint Ambrose Summer Festival runs June 24-27 and features fun and food, rides and games for all ages. You can read all about it at https://stambrose.us/.
Visit the depot: The train depot at 6615 Center Road Valley City is open for viewing on Sunday June 27th from 1pm to 4pm. Visit the depot that once served as a busy hub for transportation to and from this great little community! Filled with artifacts and pictures of times gone by, our depot takes you back to a simpler time! Come and hear stories about the first settlers here and even how the frog jump came about!
Inspiring: The Brunswick United Methodist Church, 1395 Pearl Road, will receive the local author Annette Palmer on July 7th at 7pm to talk about her book “TREES: God’s Hint to Humanity” more conveniently with the collecting again.
She is passionate about teaching the Bible for all ages and especially women in marriage, seniors, and children. A singing major at the University of Southern California, she became a full-time private tutor of singing and piano. She is a wife, mother, toastmaster, Sunday school teacher, Bible teacher, and church musician.
âIf there wasn’t a floor to sit or stand on, what would it be? Probably a tree. Have you been looking around lately? TREES are everywhere! Why? Could trees be a hint from God to mankind? âAnnette Palmer explains why she believes that.
Everyone is invited to speak to Annette about her book, followed by a book signing. If you can’t make it, you can order your book from Treesgodshintbook.com with free shipping.
Dress up your cat: The Brunswick Area Historical Society has held a dog costume contest this fall for several years. But when Stacey Asvestas asked us why there was nothing for cats, a new event was planned.
On July 4th at 12 noon there will be a Feline Fashion Show (mini) parade for children at the Sunday farmers’ market. The organizers have no idea how many people are attracting their cats but are ready to find out and have fun showing off their pets.
The event will take place at Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road. The markets are open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and entry and parking are free. The historic farmhouse will also be open every Sunday. So if you’ve never been there, stop by.
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