Dan’s Dogs, Hotdog Eatery with Style

Paul David and his wife standing in their restaurant, Dan's Dogs
By Lucas Wilmot

Family friendly, locally owned, and stylish all describe Dan’s Dogs, a hot dog eatery in Medina Square. Paul David, restaurant owner, bought the store in May 2015, however, the restaurant originally opened in 1991. The authentic 50’s design, along with the food of course, has kept customers coming back time and time again.

“The most special part about this business is the customers. Most of them have been coming since they were only kids and know me and the old owners personally,” David says.

Since taking over the eatery in 2015, David has been trying to make it more modern by adding computers for public use, and overall making it easier to get better and faster running service. He was able to accomplish this in only 19 months because before David bought the restaurant it was completely run by hand.

Dan's Dogs' 50's design creates a family-friendly environment
The eatery’s 50’s design is perfect for what the original owners wanted; an original, family-friendly restaurant with no alcohol. They instead choose to serve milkshakes, root beer floats, and ice cream.

One of their most popular dogs “Dan’s Famous Dog”, costing only $2.20, and the low prices continue with $3.25 being the highest price on their menu.

If you want to learn more about Dan’s Dogs, visit their website at www.eatdansdogs.com

Former Cleveland Brown Teaching at Willetts Middle School
By Matthew Kovacah

Bryan Wagner, former NFL football player, is currently teaching physical education at Willetts Middle School in Brunswick. Not only is he teaching, but also coaching seventh grade basketball and high school football.

Wagner has not always lived in Ohio. He started out in his hometown of San Diego, California. Throughout his life he has always loved sports and football was always his favorite. In his NFL career of nine years, he began playing for the Chicago Bears, but then moved on to play for four other teams: San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots.

Wagner told that there was many important figures in his life that helped him become who he is today. His inspiration to become a professional athlete came from his friends and from his favorite athlete, Ray Guy, the only punter in the NFL Hall of Fame because Wagner was high school team’s punter.

Wagner attended California State University, where he earned his teaching certificate and played the positions of quarterback and punter on the football team.

After nine years of professional football Wagner decided to become a teacher.

“My parents were teachers, so teaching was always in my blood,” told Wagner.

Wagner has became a full time physical education teacher and continues to coach seventh grade basketball, but he still loves football.

Wagner said the reason he coaches high school football is because it combines his enjoyment of sports and teaching.
The Performance of a Lifetime

Jay Wardeska works with Brunswick High School music students.
By Lilian Cox

“If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.” This saying defines what the Brunswick High School Band is all about.

Brunswick’s Band has been able to achieve many awards in the past years under the direction of Jay Wardeska. The Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble, the most advanced band offered at Brunswick High School, got selected out of 150 bands to play at The Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference that is held at the Cleveland Convention Center on February 3. This is a huge honor for the Wind Ensemble because the last time that got an opportunity to play at the convention was back in 2008, nine years ago.

There is approximately 9,000 people that are attending this music convention. Some of the people that will be attending are Ohio high school music teachers, college-level music professors, composers, conductors, college students, performers, and members of the music industry. The Wind Ensemble will be performing six pieces. The songs that will be performed are: “Young Pheasants In the Sky Fanfare” by Satoshi Yagisawa, “Cathedrals” by Kathryn Salfelder, “Vanishing Army” by Kenneth Alford, “Concerto for Horn No. 1 in Eb Major” by Richard Strauss, “One Life Beautiful" by Julie Giroux, and “Sinfonia Nobilissima” by Robert Jager.

Wardeska states that, “‘Concerto for Horn No. 1 in Eb Major’ will feature Brunswick High School Alumnus, Ben Hottensmith, a graduate of Class of 2010, on the French Horn.”

Chandler Carpenter, senior that plays the guitar in the Brunswicks Jazz Band, has been selected to be a player for the Ohio All-State Jazz Band. This band is the best high jazz musicians in Ohio. He will be performing as a member of the Ohio All-State Jazz Band at the Music convention in Cleveland on February 4.

The Wind Ensemble will also be featured in a clinic and performance with Dr. Stephen Gage, director of Wind Studies at Youngstown State University, as section of the conference.

“I will also be serving as one of the presenters/clinicians at the OMEA Conference and will be giving three sessions relating to using Adjudicated Events to Teach Band and Marching Band related topics,” states Wardeska.

Zachary Pytel, Brunswick High School's Choir director, will also be performing with the Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus.

With chances like this it will open up the opportunity to grow the music program at Brunswick High School outside of our community.

New Year, New Jazz Band
By Mary Case

This year, Brunswick’s Middle School Jazz Band has a huge range of instruments, from clarinets to french horns to a bass. The Visintainer and Edwards Middle School band teacher, Ethan Eraybar, teaches the Jazz Band. There are three hard songs for the concerts on April 20 and May 15. With only 15 practices this year, Jazz Band must practice a lot.

Eraybar said, “I’m really excited about this year. There are over 50 members in the Jazz Band, musicianship is at its highest”

With an excited teacher and excited students, this year should be a good one.

How Technology has Changed Brunswick
Elena Franklin

Over the past couple of years, technology has changed many ways of living. It has changed how people read, gather information, research, and many more ways of living. Technology has also changed many people’s jobs. Before computers and cell phones, librarians had a harder job than they do now. They did not have computers to search where a specific type of book would be. They would have to use a card catalog and it would take a lot more effort to find a book or research. Linda Sutliff, a Librarian at the Brunswick Library said, “The internet has helped us over the years. We have more information but we still use our books. The internet has made our jobs easier.”

Technology has also changed in the workplace. Matt Franklin, head of IT security at the company RPM, said it has made his job harder. “Advances in technology have forced me to focus more on security. This impacts our ease of access of information.” Technology has changed many different jobs and ways of doing everyday things in the past couple of years.

Brunswick Winter League
By John Zuppo

The Brunswick Winter Basketball League is for boys and girls from first to eighth grade get involved in basketball. It also allows them to work on their athletic skills and play in an organized bracket.

Joe Mackey, Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Brunswick High School, is the head of coach of the league. Mackey works with younger players and helps them reach the level they want to be at. He told that no matter whether his players are good or bad, he just wants to them improve their skills.

“I like the environment my son and daughter are in, all they want to do is play the game,” told a mother with children involved in the league.

“I enjoy watching my son improve on his skills and see what they are doing to get him better for next year,” told father with a son involved in the league.

Coach Mackey cares for all of his players, and makes sure that they leave everyday with a different perspective on the game.

Book Readings for Book Lovers at Barnes & Noble

Bev Shaffer with copies of her Mustard Seed cookbook
By Teodora Iovi

For some people, books are just a bunch of words on pages, and for others, books are irresistible and readers can’t get enough of them. That is why Barnes & Noble is inviting authors to come in and read their books.

The author signings and readings happen all year around, usually when new books are released. There is no set schedule as to when they are; it just depends on when a new book becomes available. Usually, authors of adult books will do signings or readings. On the other hand, children’s book authors will do readings or a special storytime. After the event is over the participants can buy a book and get it signed by the author.

The number of participants can exceed 200 people or more, depending on how popular an author is. The more well known the author is, the better the event.

Rachel Gurung, the Community Business Development Manager at Barnes & Noble in Montrose says, “Once there was an event with LeBron James, and there was a line out the door and around the building of people waiting to meet him.”

Other famous people have drawn big crowds, including TV Celebrity, “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, and sportswriter, Terry Pluto.

“Most times the author just prefers to autograph books, especially if there is a big crowd and they have a lot of people to go through, or they are on a very tight schedule. Usually the only times authors read their books are if they are children’s authors, or local authors who might try to get the public interested in their book. Occasionally an author will want to do a speaking event to promote their new book,” explained Gurung.

Hudson-based author Carla Snyder does an in-store appearance to promote her Mixer Cookbook.
Barnes & Noble also tries to have book signings that are of interest to the community. Sports books are extremely popular, so sometimes they can schedule book signings during particular seasons where people would be interested in the book, such as baseball themed books during the spring and summer.

If you are a book lover or a book reader make sure to stop by the Barnes & Noble in Montrose, Ohio to attend book readings and signings.

If you have any questions about events going on at the Montrose location, call 330-665-5199.

Brunswick’s Got Talent
By Elliott McNeely

What’s your talent? Have you ever been to a talent show or competed in one? All of the Brunswick Middle School students had a chance to showcase their talents to their classmates earlier this month. And now you get a chance to see the top 15 students compete for first place.

The first ever Brunswick Middle Schools talent show is being organized by the assistant principals from all three middle schools: Jessica Boytim from Visintainer Middle School, James Kovi from Edwards Middle School, and Christina Stanovcak from Willetts Middle School. The PTO and PRIDE council from the 3 middle schools will be helping with the event as well.

The objective was to organize a community event that would involve all three middle schools working together towards a common goal and thought that a talent show would be a fun way to get students involved while showing off some of their many talents.

Each middle school hosted their individual talent show of 10-15 acts on Feb. 3 during the school day. The teachers and members of the PRIDE councils acted as judges. The top five acts from each middle school are going on to compete in the Brunswick Middle School Talent Show at the Performing Arts Center at Brunswick High School.

Stanovcak stated, “We would just like to thank all of the brave students who have auditioned for the talent show and those who will be performing in the talent show. Without their courage and bravery to get up and perform in front of their peers and the staff this event would not be possible.”

The BMS talent show will be held on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Brunswick High School PAC and is open to the public. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students.

All proceeds from the talent show will go to the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs.