September 21, 2014

Medina
Partly sunny
73°F

Chatham Township alumni group celebrates its 100th gathering

Judith Summers, of Chatham Township, looks at scrapbooks of memorabilia kept by the Chatham Alumni Association. The group will celebrate its 100th gathering Saturday at the Chatham VFW Hall. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

CHATHAM TWP. — The first formal dress Judith Summers bought was the one she wore to a Chatham Alumni Association gathering. “Oh yes, we had dancing after dinner and the program at the gatherings,” she said, paging through a gently worn copy of The Leader, the school’s yearbook for 1922-23. She recalled the Bradley Orchestra Read More…

Merchants ready to celebrate Fenn Crossings grand opening

To celebrate the renovation of Fenn Crossings plaza, a grand opening event will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature games, inflatables, martial arts demonstrations, food samples and a raffle. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

MEDINA TWP. — The southeast corner at Pearl and Fenn roads has long been a prime spot for shops, and four businesses already have made themselves at home at the recently renovated Fenn Crossings plaza. Asian Martial Arts Inc., Antonio’s Pizza, Mattress Matters and Royal Buffet & Grille will celebrate their new quarters with a Read More…

Colorful murals abound at annual Chalk Art Festival

James Koehler, 5, of Medina, works on his chalk art drawing of buildings on Public Square with a little advice from his mom, Becky Koehler, during the fifth annual Chalk Art Festival on Saturday in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

MEDINA — Up and down the sun-dappled sidewalks that branch out from the gazebo, children and teenagers used chalk to turn concrete into colorful murals of flowers, rainbows, animals and anything else they dreamed up for the fifth annual Chalk Art Festival. Joined by professional artists and college students creating pastel paintings at sponsoring businesses Read More…

Lions Club demonstrates audible signals for visually impaired group

Don Kalman, left, treasurer of Friends-N-Focus, the Medina chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Ohio, talks to members of Eye on Summit, the Summit County chapter of ACB of Ohio, and the Medina Lions Club on Saturday about how funding was obtained for the audible traffic signals in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

MEDINA — At North Court and West Liberty streets, a steady beeping like an electronic heartbeat directs the visually impaired down the sidewalk to a black signal box mounted on a post near the corner. Stow resident Michelle Hasenstaub, one hand gripping the harness of Edge, her guide dog, walked through the park on Public Read More…

Granting a wish to trip the light is fantastic again

April Henry, left, healthy lifestyles director at Elmcroft of Medina, shares a quiet laugh with resident Peter Mihal, 90, as he prepares to dance at the Wadsworth Senior Citizens’ Prom on Saturday at Wadsworth Middle School. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

WADSWORTH — With lights low and the sweet strains of a waltz drifting through the halls of Wadsworth Middle School, Peter Mihal took Catherine Murphy for a turn around the dance floor. For Mihal, it was a night when the words of an old song, “fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you,” Read More…

3rd annual robotics event features 34 teams from Medina County

Shane Nelson, 11, left, acts as referee for “The Battle of the Bots” between Electrodude and Sparky, fighting robots managed by teammates Lucas King, 11, and Evan Kasulones, 11. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Sparky, a tank-like robot with a rotating claw, rolled across the boxing ring to face Electrodude, a tri-wheel design with a double drill. Lights flashing, they faced off in a sophisticated version of a Rock’em Sock’em Robots showdown in “The Battle of the Bots” as one of 34 team projects competing for Read More…

Hinckley group shares prayers, makes rosaries

Pat Guzy, of Hinckley Township, who is a longtime member of the Tri-County Marian Society, displays the assortment of beads and crosses stored in the trunk of her car. Although the group now has storage facilities in the church, Guzy still carries some supplies with her. The materials are used by the group to make rosaries they distribute to churches, schools and other ministries. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

HINCKLEY TWP. — Rainy morning light softened the colors of the stained glass windows of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, casting muted rainbows into the sanctuary, as members of the Tri-County Marian Society recently attended Mass. As the service ended and the priest snuffed the altar candles, age-old words of prayer began to fill Read More…

Chocolate-hungry get their fill, raise money for local Red Cross

Lily Maslanka, 2, of Medina, samples a chocolate at the Medina County Career Center Chef and Restaurant Management program table under the watchful eye of Katie Laugesen, 18, of Medina, at the For the Love of Chocolate Festival on Saturday at the Medina High School Center for the Performing Arts. The event benefits the American Red Cross of Medina County. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

MEDINA — The weather outside might have been frightful Saturday, but it was as cozy as a cup of hot cocoa in the Medina High School Performing Arts Center as chocoholics gathered for the annual For the Love of Chocolate Festival. People crowded the halls to pay homage to their favorite sweet while raising money Read More…

Journey through time

WESTFIELD TWP. — When Jane Corbus sifted through the letters her father wrote to her mother during his stint as an Army tank mechanic from 1943 to 1946, she discovered a love story intertwined with the descriptions of military life. It began with a postcard — the first of more than 800 letters Norman Effinger Read More…

Coffee Colony celebrating 25 years

Coffee Colony owner Sharon Lipton, pictured with her daughter, Kim Hansen, will celebrate 25 years in business in Medina on Saturday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDY A. TOTTS)

MEDINA — “What a great aroma!” It’s one of the first things people say when they open the door to the Coffee Colony and follow their noses down the hall to the room where serious coffee and tea connoisseurs can bask in the heady scents of Jamaican Blue Mountain and Hawaiian Kona beans spiced with Read More…