October 26, 2014

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Former resident, Donna VanLiere, reaches bestseller list again

Donna VanLiere

“The Christmas Note” just hit the New York Times Fiction Bestseller list, and author Donna VanLiere couldn’t be happier. The former Medina resident and 1985 graduate of Medina High School is no stranger to receiving recognition for her work. In addition to being a frequent flier on the bestseller list, she’s received the Retailer’s Choice Read More…

Gingerbread challenge: Brunswick trio wins event at Jo-Ann Fabric

Jenny Morrison, left; her daughter, Alyssa Kolarik, right; and niece, Larissa Duncan, all of Brunswick, encourage Meredith Terepka, 6, front, of Medina, to help them create a gingerbread cottage for the decorating challenge hosted Saturday afternoon by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft in Medina Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

MEDINA TWP. — A few snowflakes on the window and a little “White Christmas” music wafting through the air set the stage for the first gingerbread-house decorating challenge Saturday afternoon at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. Although the turnout was smaller than expected, the team of Jenny Morrison, 49, and her daughter Alyssa Kolarik, 23, Read More…

Group makes Giving Dolls for kids in need of a friend

Finished Giving Dolls line the shelves of the organization’s new headquarters in Wadsworth. The Giving Doll organization sends dolls to children dealing with a serious illness, homelessness, medical emergencies, death of a family member, a natural disaster, a parent being deployed or abuse. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

WADSWORTH — Sitting at a long table with a cloud of polyfill fiber in front of them, Betty Stark of Wadsworth and Opal May of Norton pushed handfuls of the cottony stuffing into the arms and legs of cloth doll bodies. They worked along with more than a dozen other volunteers who added the final Read More…

Fun was key at third annual International Fest in Medina

Bagpiper Tyler Tagliaferro, 16, of Medina, leads the children’s parade of nations around the square Saturday as part of the festivities for the Medina International Festival. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

MEDINA — Like a champagne bottle cork popping to signal the start of a celebration, a burst of music cued more than 100 Jazzercise students to pour out of the crowd and into the street near the entertainment stage and start dancing. The performance, which was not listed on the schedule of events, added a Read More…

Working together to restore lives

MEDINA TWP. — On a hot July afternoon, members of a mission team from Cornerstone Chapel walked through a 150-acre hay field ravaged by a tornado that swept through Joplin, Mo., on May 22. With waves of heat shimmering around them and the sweet scent of broken corn stalks beneath their shoes, the members of Read More…

Medina consignment shop thrives in economic recession

Michaela Ferrar, 20, left, and her sister, Anna Ferrar, 18, both of Medina, shop at 4 Ladies & More. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

MEDINA — At a time when many family budgets are tighter than Scarlett O’Hara’s corset strings, resale shops are offering gently used products for a fraction of their original cost. So despite the challenge of a sluggish economy, Sue Mitchell decided to open 4 Ladies & More, a consignment boutique on the north side of Read More…

City is a destination site for shoppers, specialty entrepreneurs

Customers wait their turn outside Main Street Cupcakes, a new store in Medina’s historic district. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

MEDINA — When Sue Mitchell decided to meet her daughter for lunch in Medina, she lost her heart so completely to the town square that she opened a business there. “It was awesome,” she said of the experience as she looked out the wide window at the front of her consignment boutique, 4 Ladies & Read More…

Medina is home to a new sweet shop

MEDINA — Known in the 1950s and ’60s as “The Sweetest Town on Earth,” Medina added about 235 new reasons for that reputation with the debut of Main Street Cupcakes in June. Shop owners Sarah Forrer and her sister, Kimberly Martin, choose 15 to 20 flavors to make each day from the extensive 235-cupcake repertoire Read More…

Stopping the bullies

MEDINA TWP. — When Jeff Burlingame, owner of Asian Martial Arts and a former law enforcement officer, heard about a 13-year-old boy who committed suicide because of being bullied, he knew he had to do something. “It seems like there’s a lot of talk about it, but what’s being done?” he said. “What programs besides Read More…

Grant to help showcase city’s advantages

MEDINA — As the city’s new economic development director, Kimberly Rice said one of the first items topping her to-do list is to get a small business initiative in the form of training and technical assistance up and running. “One of the challenges of small businesses is to make people appreciate what they have in Read More…