November 26, 2014


Charities receive financial boost

Officials from 14 area nonprofit groups accept a check for $30,000, which represents the total amount of grants announced by the Medina County Community Foundation at the “Spring into Summer” fundraiser dinner Friday evening at Weymouth Country Club.  (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

MEDINA TWP. — Donors and grant recipients donned leis, floral shirts and grass skirts for a Hawaiian-style celebration of the Medina County Community Foundation’s announcement of $30,000 in grants to 14 local charities. Almost 150 people attended the dinner Friday at the Weymouth Country Club. The “Spring into Summer” fundraiser celebrates the solstice — the Read More…

Boy attracts Duck Tape’s attention for custom wallets

PHOTO PROVIDED Dominic Drockton in the middle of recreating the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival’s logo.

Some ideas just stick. For 12-year-old Dominic Drockton, crafting one-of-a-kind Duck Tape brand duct wallets is something that stuck instantly. “I saw a video on YouTube and I thought, ‘Hey that looks cool,’ ” he said. Now, Dominic has been making wallets for more than a year. He said the first wallet he ever created Read More…

Car show gets into gear today

A street rod is displayed at last years Ohio Nationals car show at the Medina County Fairgrounds. PHOTO PROVIDED

MEDINA — Hundreds of street rods will roll thunderously through Public Square from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Mayor Dennis Hanwell will pick his favorite, kicking off the third annual Ohio Nationals competition and car show. On Friday, the car show will be in full swing at the Medina County Fairgrounds where a Read More…

PHOTO: The six degrees of the Battle of Gettysburg

ANDREW DAVIS / THE GAZETTE Cass Kuhl, of Medina, describes the history and importance of the Battle of Gettysburg to an audience of more than 40 on Monday evening at the Medina County District Library on Monday. In his lecture, “The Six Degrees of Gettysburg,” Kuhl argues that almost anything in American history since the Civil War can be linked to the climatic battle. The 150th anniversary of the battle is July 1. Kuhl, an electrical engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has been studying Gettysburg for more than 30 years and has visited the battleground two dozen times.

County nonprofits lag in charitable giving

Members of the 13 organizations that received grants from the Medina County Community Fund in 2012 hold a $32,500 check. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — Medina County is the fifth wealthiest county in the state, measured by median household income. Yet its charitable institutions lag far behind other northeastern Ohio counties, both in number and size of assets. Timothy Hagerty, executive director of the Medina County Community Fund, wants to change that. Last year the fund, with only Read More…

So where did the county flag go?

PHOTO COURTESY OF CALVIN GANYARD The Medina County flag used to fly below the U.S. flag on the flagpole outside the Medina County Courthouse, but recently Old Glory has flown solo.

The Medina County flag used to fly above Old Glory on the flagpole outside the Medina County Courthouse, but it’s been missing lately and its designer would like to know why. Designer Calvin Ganyard said other county buildings fly the flag — such as the animal shelter and the county home — and is perplexed Read More…

Brunswick road levy moves forward

BRUNSWICK — City Council took the first step Monday toward getting a 1.2-mill road improvement levy on the November ballot. By a 6-1 vote, Council approved a “resolution of necessity” — to move the issue to the county auditor, who now has 10 days to figure out exactly what the tax would raise. The resolution Read More…

Rabies outbreak spreads among bats

WESTFIELD TWP. — A bat found in a home on Lake Road near Gloria Glens tested positive for rabies — the fourth rabid bat found in the county this year and the second in two weeks. It’s the most bats testing positive since 2003, when four were found to be infected. So far this year, Read More…

Church’s 25-foot cross bedeviled by woodpeckers, weather

The Triumph of Two Hearts Shrine will stand without its cross until enough money is raised to purchase a new one. ANDREW DAVIS/THE GAZETTE

Parishioners at Our Lady of Grace Church were forced by weather, woodpeckers and other pests to remove the 25-foot wooden cross that stood at the apex of the Triumph of the Two Hearts shrine on Tuesday. The Hinckley Township church has been renovating the shrine, which stands on the corner of the church property, 1088 Read More…

Westfield Twp. pilot getting up in years … literally

ap John Lawton poses by his Cessna 172 airplane in Wadsworth last month.

John Lawton, of Westfield Township, wanted to do something different for his 90th birthday. He decided to mark the milestone by flying over the U.S.-Canadian border on the Niagara River 90 times in his Cessna 172. “It’s just something that I have wanted to do,” he said. His birthday was Monday but due to high Read More…