September 18, 2014

Medina
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Construction begins on trail connecting Lake Medina to Reagan Parkway

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Construction workers have broken ground on a 1.6-mile trail that will connect the state Route 18 parking lot at Lake Medina in Medina Township to the Reagan Parkway Multipurpose Trail in Medina. Trail construction was approved in 2010 after the county was granted $590,000 from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. Cost estimates rose and Read More…

Igloos no longer available to take glass for recycling

The multicolored igloos where Medina County residents can recycle glass bottles and containers are being discontinued. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The multicolored igloos where residents can drop off glass bottles for recycling are being discontinued by the Medina County Solid Waste District. A news release from the county sanitary engineers office cited “cost prohibitive changes in the local recycling market for bottled glass.” County Commissioner Steven Hambley said Envision Waste, operator of the county’s Central Read More…

Former Medina Mayor Jane Leaver remembered for dedication, service

Jane Leaver is shown in the Medina mayor’s office in 2008 before the end of her last term. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Former Medina Mayor Jane Leaver died at the Cleveland Clinic late Tuesday night after a four-year battle with lung cancer. She was 49 years old. Leaver was the first and only woman to serve as the city’ mayor, from 2002 to 2009. She was the Ward 1 member of Council in 1998. “We couldn’t be Read More…

Medina State of the City: It’s good business to fix roads, mayor says

Dennis Hanwell

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell delivered his State of the City address to an almost sold out crowd at the monthly meeting of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. “The state of the city is very excellent,” he said as he opened up his hour-long presentation on the economic standing of the city. Hanwell Read More…

Ohio’s statewide Buckeye Trail is being rerouted in Medina County

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Ohio’s Buckeye Trail is coming to downtown Medina. The Buckeye Trail — a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio — runs north from the Medina County Park District’s Lester Rail Trail in York Township, north along on Abbeyville Road to Hamilton Road in Medina Township, and then east toward the Hinckley Read More…

Medina mayor to give State of the City address before chamber

Dennis Hanwell

Mayor Dennis Hanwell will stress the ways the city has been working to make Medina a great place to do business during his State of the City address today. Hanwell said he will detail how the city has appropriated $13 million worth of industrial infrastructure improvements from 2011 through 2015, but declined to provide specifics Read More…

Medina meeting focuses on improving city’s older neighborhoods

Residents gathered Thursday evening at Second Baptist Church in Medina and began to develop a strategy aimed at improving the city’s older neighborhoods. It was the first in many weekly meetings Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, plans to hold to solve the problem of declining property values in the area. “My perception is that what Read More…

Meeting tonight aims to find ways to improve Medina neighborhoods

Bill Lamb

MEDINA — Councilman Bill Lamb, at-large, will be holding a forum today at 7 p.m. on developing a strategy to improve the city’s older neighborhoods. “My perception is that what we need for the inner city is a muscular strategy to deal with decline in property value,” he said. He hopes that meetings throughout the Read More…

Grants provide $600K to beautify Medina Public Square, Foundry Street

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Medina has received $600,000 in grants from the state’s Office of Community Development to rebuild Foundry Street and provide a facelift for businesses on Public Square. A $300,000 Critical Infrastructure Grant will provide about 50 percent of the funds to upgrade Foundry Street from Bronson Street to the entrance of Ray Mellert Park within the Read More…

Retired firefighter barely escaped death in 9/11 terrorist attacks

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Firefighter Rich Murray narrowly escaped being among the more than 400 New York firefighters and police officers who died on Sept. 11, 2001, responding to the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. “As we walked toward a pile of debris, the North Tower came down on us,” firefighter Rich Murray, of Engine 209, Ladder 118, Read More…