October 31, 2014

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Wedding dress gets third trip down the aisle

The wedding dress Medina Township resident Ruth Milidonis, center, wore in 1947 has become a family heirloom worn by her daughter, Joy May, left, in 1976 and granddaughter, Claire May, this month. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JOHN GLADDEN)

CHATHAM TWP. — If Claire May’s wedding dress could talk, what a story it would tell. On Saturday, she became the third generation of her family to be married in the dress — first worn by her grandmother, Ruth Milidonis, in 1947 and then by her mother, Joy May, in 1976. Some have asked Claire: Read More…

Rhododendrons to offer Memorial Day tribute

Lodi historian and longtime Rotary Club member Joe Warner, left, looks on as fellow Rotarians John Meilinger, center, and Bill Parker plant rhododendrons in Woodlawn Cemetery. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JOHN GLADDEN)

LODI — There’s at least one silver lining to the long, cold, wet spring in Medina County. Actually, more of a lavender-pinkish-purple lining. It’s the magnificent rhododendrons that line the drives of Woodlawn Cemetery. Thanks to the leisurely arrival of warm weather, the stately flowering shrubs should be at the peak of their bloom just Read More…

The Big Tree Contest: Northern Catalpa is subject of annual challenge

The Northern Catalpa’s early spring profile shows it often has a narrow, irregular shape and crooked branches. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JOHN GLADDEN)

There may be some question as to the spelling of its name, but there’s one thing about the Northern Catalpa tree that is unmistakable: its fragrant blossoms. The tree’s flowers — which typically bloom in June — are like orchids, said Beth Schnabel, education specialist for the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District. “Not Read More…

Friends spend Friday nights knee-deep in Legos, ideas

Eleven-year-old friends Kevin Bell, left, and Nick Sturgill spend every Friday night creating stories around their giant Lego layout in Litchfield Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JOHN GLADDEN)

LITCHFIELD TWP. — As the ship carrying the elite U.S. special forces plied the shark-infested seas, the object of the crew’s long journey slowly emerged on the horizon. Bringing their powerful binoculars to bear on the tropical island, they could make out under the swaying palm trees the walls of the compound the evil genius Read More…

Local filmmakers win Appy Award

Bruce May, left, of Chatham Township, and Andy Tubbesing of Westfield Township show the first prize award they won in the Appalachian Film Festival for their original music video “Another Day in (Retired) Paradise.” (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JOHN GLADDEN)

CHATHAM TWP. — Bruce May describes his music in four words. “It’s old-fart rock,” he said. It takes only half as many words to describe the music video he made with longtime friend Andy Tubbesing: a winner. The two recently earned the prize for Best Micro-Film at the 2011 Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington, W.Va., Read More…

Family surprises WWII veteran as they restore lost medals

Tom Reese, right, shares a moment with his son-in-law, Lt. Col. Lenny Sipe, who helped Reese obtain the medals he earned in World War II and presented one of them to Reese at church. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MEDINA — In 1945, Tom Reese was an 18-year-old army private from Dayton, stationed in the Philippines during the waning days of World War II. He caught guard duty one night for a group of Japanese soldiers who had surrendered. There weren’t many, Reese said. Most would fight to the end. When the war finally Read More…

Voters needed specifics before electing John Kasich

On the campaign trail, it seemed impossible to pull a specific answer out of now-Gov. John Kasich. Most of his interviews, debates and speeches had the same vague quality as his recent stream-of-consciousness State of the State Address — especially when it came to addressing Ohio’s budget shortfall. To be sure, the same was true Read More…

Paper letters still more satisfying

There are certain terms I will not use. “Meds,” for instance. “LOL.” Such abbreviations drive me crazy. I will under no circumstances say “ave” when I mean “avenue.” I will not say “veggies.” I will not call Progressive Field “The Prog.” It sounds ugly. Sometimes I slip and use “info.” Needless to say, I have Read More…

Searching for gift ideas a labor of love

So it’s a few days before Christmas. I can tell this because the supply of Christmas cookies my wife laid in for the holidays is already down to two pecan cups, a handful of sugar cookie crumbs as hard as December moonlight, and something that looks like a dried hamburger dredged in detergent crystals. The Read More…

The bright side of the news

So the news has been dreadful lately. Deficits. Budget cuts. LeWhatshisname coming back and eating Cleveland’s lunch. Democrats and Republicans fighting like the old married couple they are. The Leader of the Free World gets his lip busted in a pickup basketball game. Sarah Palin seems to be with us for the duration. “What’s happening Read More…