September 1, 2014

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The Dash Between: Martha Pierce provided show-stopping memories

Showgirl Martha Thiele performed under the name Marta Von Thiele when this photo of her was taken backstage at a show in 1938. (COURTESY OF PIERCE FAMILY)

The dates of birth and death that appear like bookends on a tombstone do not matter as much as the dash between those dates. Award-winning writer Alana Baranick has made her living writing about the dash between. She’s focusing on Medina and Lorain counties and those who have made our area the unique and interesting Read More…

The Dash Between: Dorothy Spencer loved volunteering, bingo, restaurants

Standing from left are former Medina County Clerk of Courts Jean Waters and staffers Sandra Spencer Maupin, Ruth Darling, Kathy Fortney, Betty Seymour and Dorothy Spencer. Seated is Margaret Gunder. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The dates of birth and death that appear like bookends on a tombstone do not matter as much as the dash between those dates. Award-winning writer Alana Baranick has made her living writing about the dash between. She’s focusing on Medina and Lorain counties and those who have made our area the unique and interesting Read More…

The Dash Between: John I. Ascherl is remembered as a faithful man

John I. Ascherl, his son Jim Ascherl and family friend Tom Jindra are pictured in April 2005 in front of Ascherl Studios in Hinckley Township, where the Ascherl family has been creating stained- and leaded-glass art for more than 40 years. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The dates of birth and death that appear like bookends on a tombstone do not matter as much as the dash between those dates. Award-winning writer Alana Baranick has made her living writing about the dash between. She’s focusing on Medina and Lorain counties and those who have made our area the unique and interesting Read More…

Ascherl remembered as faithful man with keen sense of humor

The dates of birth and death that appear like bookends on a tombstone do not matter as much as the dash between those dates. Award-winning writer Alana Baranick has made her living writing about the dash between. She’s focusing on Medina and Lorain counties and those who have made our area the unique and interesting Read More…

The Dash Between: Charles Chapman was a devoted educator, leader, father

Charles Chapman, far right, went fishing with friends at St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The dates of birth and death that appear like bookends on a tombstone do not matter as much as the dash between those dates. Award-winning writer Alana Baranick has made her living writing about the dash between. She’s focusing on Medina and Lorain counties and those who have made our area the unique and interesting Read More…

The Dash Between: Bev Hall was quiet, giving and ‘just awesome’

Bev Hall, who greeted Medina Walmart shoppers as one of Santa’s elves during the Christmas season, was a Secret Santa who anonymously gave money, food, toys, shoes and other gifts to folks facing difficult times. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Bev Hall dressed as a North Pole elf to welcome shoppers to the Medina Walmart during the holiday shopping season. The festive homemade red-and-green costume concealed Bev’s true identity. Throughout the year, she acted as a Secret Santa. “She would quietly do these things,” said former co-worker Martha Green. “She didn’t look for praise. She Read More…

The Dash Between: Deejay Ed Riley was dedicated to presenting a full experience

Ed Riley, known to WCTV viewers as “Uncle Ed Riley,” hosted a program called “The Wonderful World of Music” for about 20 years. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Ed Riley played a variety of music, inserting local bul­letin items and music trivia between songs, on “The Wonderful World of Music” program on Wadsworth Community TV (WCTV). The deejay, better known to fans as “Uncle Ed Riley,” turned his WCTV pro­grams into multimedia experiences. He showed scenic videos, photos and graphics that enhanced the Read More…

The Dash Between: Vic Nicholas entertained as a teacher, storyteller

Vic Nicholas taught industrial arts at Brunswick High School from the early 1970s until retiring in 1990. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Vic Nicholas listened intently as his colleagues in the Brunswick High School teachers’ lounge spoke about what was happening in their lives. He used the quiet time to formulate related tales, peppered with humor, phrases and descriptions in a country style reminiscent of Mark Twain and Will Rogers. “He waited for a pause in the Read More…

The Dash Between: Bob Emery transformed his dream into reality

Darlene and Bob Emery owned Loyal Oak Lake Park for 30 years and Ridge Top Golf Course in Medina for 15 years. (COURTESY PHOTO)

In a Disney-like moment in the mid-1950s, Bob Emery looked at a plot of seemingly unus­able swampland in rural Summit County and envisioned a family­-friendly recreation area with a lake at its center. Legendary filmmaker Walt Dis­ney had a similar experience in the 1960s, when he began pur­chasing Florida swampland on which to build his Read More…

The Dash Between: Billy Ray guided teens for Medina County Family First Council

Billy Ray, center, posed for this picture for a United Way campaign. (COURTESY PHOTO)

As a family representative for the Medina County Family First Council, Billy Ray spoke with young people and their parents to help the agency determine how to best meet the needs of the community. The retired autoworker also befriended other youngsters in order to steer them toward positive goals. “He was really good at helping Read More…