July 24, 2016

Partly cloudy

Cheers & Chidings

CHEERS: to the Cloverleaf gymnastics team on its second-straight undefeated season, culminating in Tuesday’s league title at the Northeast Gymnastics Conference Meet. “We’re pretty excited,” said coach Wendy Armstrong. “You can’t count on winning it all until you do it.” The Colts, who will be competing in the Medina Sectional on Saturday, have won 33 regular season meets in a row in going 52-1 over the last three seasons.

CHEERS: to electrician and Liverpool Township resident Bill Sherry, who spent three weeks over the holidays as a volunteer in New Orleans and in Galveston, Texas, helping people rebuild their homes following hurricanes Katrina and Ike. He was overwhelmed by the lingering devastation. “Deciding to go was almost a calling — a conviction,” said the 46-year-old father and husband. “I needed to help.”

CHIDINGS: to Georgia peanut plant owner Stewart Parnell for allegedly knowingly distributing peanut butter tainted with salmonella. The owner of Peanut Corp. of America refused to testify before Congress on Wednesday, invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself. The salmonella outbreak has hit home in Medina County — five local residents have been infected and one elderly woman died in January.

CHEERS: to Medina High School students who participated in Monday’s Poetry Out Loud competition. It’s part of a national recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation. Cheers, too, to teachers Julie Zavesky and Sherri Hufford, who put together the event. Junior Elizabeth Finley emerged the winner and will compete at the state level in March.

CHEERS: to Konstantinos “Gus” Matheou, the science teacher who founded the Highland Robotics Team and inspires students beyond the classroom, to the EBO Group in Sharon Township for being a sponsor, and to EBO engineer Erik Olson for assisting students in completing their entry in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology competition in Cleveland.

CHEERS: to Trooper Byron Foxx and Sgt. Matthew Witmer of the Medina post of the state highway patrol, recognized last week for saving a woman who was trapped in her burning car following a Dec. 11 crash. Deborah Berry is still recovering from her injuries and could not attend the award ceremony, but said in a telephone interview: “It makes you so much more aware of what they do and the danger they put themselves in to take care of us.”