It takes vigilance to outwit some of the creative crooks: Whit & Whimsey

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — So we’re all going a little stir crazy trying to stay safe, but one group of people is hard at work. Unfortunately, the ones I’m referring to are the ones trying to cheat you out of your money — as if the world isn’t crazy enough already!

Have you received the voicemail: “Angelica calling from MIA. I have a delivery agent out there to the property address on file and he was unsuccessful again at getting someone to sign the documents today. We will only be able to make one more time before we return your file for failure to comply.”

It is a scam, of course. But I’m worried about someone being cheated out of money or inadvertently giving out private information. If you know someone who wouldn’t do what we did by looking up the phone number on the Internet or calling the Better Business Bureau, this is probably a good time to check with them to be sure they don’t fall for it.

It’s probably going to get worse over the winter, because more people are staying inside and might answer their phones instead of letting an unrecognized number go to voicemail.

Same thing is true of online messages that appear to be legitimate but are not from who you think they are. I am constantly getting one from what appears to be a legitimate shopping site with my “order” of electronics.

They want you to reply to them. Don’t. Report it to the people they are pretending to be. Every major retailer has a reporting mechanism.

Please be careful, and help out a friend or family member you think might be targeted.

The very first: The first Ohio Kiwanis internet-based club is up and running. Longtime Medina Kiwanian Alan Penn is president of the All Ohio eMedina Kiwanis Club, which is a way for people to be involved in community service when they can’t attend a traditional meeting. Alan is also doing an interesting newsletter, as he does for the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis.

Among the news this week was that his wife, Jeri Penn, was inducted in the Ohio Kiwanis Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Jeri!

If you are interested in joining, the club meets on Zoom at 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. You can email Alan at [email protected] to get details.

Wanted — Park Photos: Typically, we look out a window to see nature. This December, the Medina County Park District is inviting visitors to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the natural world by looking into the windows at Susan Hambley Nature Preserve in Brunswick.

This has been a year for the history books. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, parks have been safe destinations for recreation, socially distanced meetings and outdoor learning as people seek respite from self-isolation.

To encourage a feeling of connection with nature and with others, the park district is offering visitors the opportunity to share their park experiences through photographs to be displayed in the windows of the nature center.

Here’s how to participate: Print an 8-by-10-inch photo taken in a Medina County Park District park or preserve. Complete an information label available under What’s New at and attach the label to the back of the photo. No watermarks or logos are permitted on the photos.

Submissions may be mailed to Medina County Park District Headquarters, 6364 Deerview Lane, Medina, OH 44256 or placed in a drop box at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township. (Use Wadsworth when mapping directions online.)

The Wolf Creek Environmental Center site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The building remains closed due to COVID-19.

All ages are welcome to participate, but only one photo per person, please. This is not a contest, and no prizes will be awarded. Pictures will not be returned. The deadline to submit a photo is Nov. 30.

While Brunswick Lake Park is open to visitors from 6 a.m. to dark, Susan Hambley Nature Center remains closed due to COVID-19. The gallery of submitted photos can be viewed by walking around the exterior of the building during park hours from Dec. 5 through Jan. 3. The nature center is located at 1473 Parschen Blvd. in Brunswick.

Success: The Rotary Club of Brunswick held a successful pig roast with a takeout event at the Brunswick Eagles. Good to see they were able to raise funds, because they help out so many good causes. The club also welcomed Deb Wasylko, owner of Basket’s Galore in Brunswick, into the club.

Did you vote? Medina County residents are taking early voting seriously — on the first day of in-person early voting at the Board of Elections, a line wrapped around the building.

Sue and Len Muniak sent a photo of the line and said they waited about an hour to vote. My brother-in-law, Ron Culp, went a little later that day and his wait wasn’t quite that long.

One thing he did report was the kind people in the line. They saw a lady who walked with braces, and person after person offered her a place in line ahead of them. Hooray, Medina County!

My daughter, granddaughter and I will be heading over this coming week. Maybe we’ll see you there.

Way too young: I was so sorry to see that 67-year-old Paul M. “Shemp” Shymske has passed away. Paul graduated from Brunswick High School in 1971, where he served as the junior class president. He was employed for over 44 years as a bricklayer, retiring in 2017.

Paul was an active member of the Bricklayers Local No. 5 and Brunswick Eagles No. 3505, where he was a long-standing member in the “penalty box.” He was also a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Parish.

Condolences to his wife of 44 years, Norma (Riddell), and his family and friends, who will miss him deeply. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Cleveland Area Chapter, P.O. Box 74924, Cleveland, OH 44194-4924 or to the Southwest Hospice, 18659 Drake Road, Strongsville, OH 44136.

Helping our businesses: I hope everyone is taking time to eat at our local restaurants. Whether you order or eat with social distancing in the establishment, we can help keep them up and running while we wait for the pandemic to pass.

A great resource is the Medina County Take Out page at I’m ready to order, aren’t you?

A brief visit: It was great to see Bob and Pat Drum on their brief visit home after spending extra months in Florida when Pat had her knee replaced and everything here was shut down. They were only in town for a short while before heading out again. Hopefully, next year will find them back on their regular schedule in Brunswick.

Bring a smile: I see that Pearlview Rehabilitation and Wellness Center is hosting a Halloween parade around the outside of its building at 4424 Homestead Drive, Brunswick. I’d bet most of our senior living facilities and rehabs are doing something similar.

Let’s bring a smile to as many faces as possible. I know I love seeing kids in their costumes. If you want your child to participate in the event at 1 p.m. Oct. 17, RSVP the number of kids to 330-225-9121 by Oct. 14.

Old friends: I love hearing from people around the country who still remember Medina County as their home and have lots of interesting memories. Ginny Piersant recently emailed me to let me know that her sisters send her some of my columns. She shared some memories from her days in Brunswick.

Some of my best days have come when I unexpectedly hear from people like Rosemarie Beyer or Pat Cox, who are so kind and send a card either in the mail or by email.

If you haven’t spoken to an old friend in a long time, maybe this is the time to call, send a letter or an email. You might brighten someone’s day.

Bricks, bricks, bricks: Thanks to Ben Soulchin and Ed Kelly, who came to Heritage Farm this week to help clean the bricks from Edwards Middle School, so people can buy a souvenir of their (or their children’s or their parents’) former school.

While there are a lot, Carl Bilski is busy getting the majority of them ready for laser engraving. I’m going up to the farm to sell the $10 bricks (some with little chunks out of them) that come with a certificate of authenticity and to help prepare the rest for Carl.

If you want to know more about having your name/your class/your family on a brick that you can either keep or donate to a future tower project, go and scroll down to the photo of Carl and the bricks. He also has bricks from Visintainer Middle School to engrave.

Contact Boyer at [email protected]

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