September 17, 2014

Medina
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Life’s pressing questions

Excuse me … may I ask a few questions? How come I don’t mind loading the dishwasher, but I dread unloading it and putting the clean dishes away? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Maybe putting them in doesn’t seem like work because I’m so happy not to have to wash them by hand? Read More…

A guide to speaking for shy people

“All great literary men are shy. I am myself, though I am told it is hardly noticeable.” — Jerome K. Jerome, early 20th-century British author and humorist I’m no great literary man, but like my hero, Jerome, I am a shy person. It may seem contradictory that a person who writes about himself and sometimes Read More…

What’s the price of living in the U.S.?

What would you give to live in the greatest country in the world? Most Americans — especially most politicians — argue taxes are too high. It’s like an article of faith. One exception is President Barack Obama, of course, who is campaigning to raise taxes on millionaires. Beyond the president’s proposal, no one ever seems Read More…

Medina County Home is home to a big tree

Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District staff members Jim Dieter and Beth Schnabel verify the measurements of this year’s Big Tree Contest winner — a northern catalpa on the grounds of the Medina County Home. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JOHN GLADDEN)

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Sometimes the winner of the annual Medina County Big Tree Contest is right in your own backyard. Or front yard. Or both. Each year, the contest highlights a selected species of tree found in Medina County. The public is invited to nominate the biggest examples they can find. Staff from the Medina Read More…

Sharing stories of all our jobs

You’re at a reception or maybe sitting on a plane, and you meet someone new. Eventually, he or she asks: “So, what do you do?” Last week, I invited readers to share the reaction they get when they tell someone about their vocation. Here’s a sampling of the responses. Jane Webb, owner of Seville Flower Read More…

A pleasant conversation at the airport

You’re sitting in a waiting room, on an airplane, at a reception, and there’s an empty seat beside you. Eventually, someone comes along and inquires: “Is this seat taken?” He or she sits down and pretty soon the two of you are engaged in what my Aunt Pam calls “polite conversation.” Eventually, your seatmate asks: Read More…

People’s stories are simple, touching

I wish the old clock could talk. My grandpa brought it home from England where he was stationed with the U.S. Army in World War II. Every time I walk by the clock, I wish I could ask him about it. For much of my childhood, it was broken and stowed away on a closet Read More…

The Medina County Home represents residents well

One day last month, I took a walk around the Medina County Home with my 11-year-old daughter while we awaited our turn to visit with the home’s superintendent, Lynn Remington. The picnic pavilion was packed with residents, public officials, and staff from various county departments — all there to enjoy lunch together and to share Read More…

Back to school is a new beginning

There are so many things I forget, but I can rattle off the names of my teachers as easily as I can recite the alphabet. Miss Killen, Mrs. Ebersole, Mrs. Nunn, Miss Guenter, Mrs. Nichols, Mrs. McLravy, Mr. Finchem, Miss Thurston, Mr. Mussellman. That’s just kindergarten through junior high. I’ll save the ink in reciting Read More…

Westfield Twp. woodworker spent 12 years restoring dream boat

Westfield Township’s Larry Prebis named his restored boat “Double Barrel” for its twin cockpits and unique barrel-back stern. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JOHN GLADDEN)

WESTFIELD TWP. — Larry Prebis was bitten by the wooden boat bug at a young age, on a 14-foot plywood craft built by his father, Bill, a master carpenter and mechanic. There were some big adventures in that little boat — including the day it was swallowed up by one of Lake Erie’s infamous, fast-moving Read More…