October 23, 2014

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You might be a ‘ruralosexual’ if you can relate to this column

In recent years, the term “metrosexual” has burrowed its way into the public dictionary, describing a person who is urban, stylish and has a penchant for luxury. The word has been applied to the likes of actor Brad Pitt, soccer star David Beckham, and others among the similarly hip and famous. Somehow, it doesn’t seem Read More…

Metalworker makes his case

John Gladden | The Gazette MEDINA TWP. — Say you accidentally break Grandpa’s heirloom pocket watch or your favorite piece of jewelry. You take it to a shop where they examine it and say, “Yeah … we’ve got a guy who can fix that.” Well, Don Mathis is the guy. In 29 years in the Read More…

Farm museum secures the past for the future

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John Gladden | The Gazette WADSWORTH TWP. — Junior Silchuk lived by a pretty simple motto: Save everything, share everything. His family keeps that ideal alive at the Silchuk Farm Museum — founded in 1964 and open by appointment — on Wall Road, just north of Rittman. Junior, who died in 2005, was a collector Read More…

Her, a caner

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John Gladden | The Gazette SULLIVAN TWP. — When Becky Tomko was expecting her first child, someone gave her the gift all families with newborn babies need: a comfortable rocking chair. The only catch was its cane seat and back had seen better days. The rocker needed rewoven, but she didn’t know how to do Read More…

A bridge through time

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John Gladden | The Gazette MEDINA TWP. — Wading in the stream like a water bug, and looking up at the elegant sandstone arch over Nettleton Creek, it’s easy to imagine you’re on a gondola, floating on a Venice canal. It seems far removed from the world above, where speeding cars on Nettleton Road sail Read More…

No government tax, please, on this stupid idea

Here’s a stupid idea. No, really. Hear me out. There’s something counterintuitive about the way taxes hit people who put their time and money to good use. For instance: Get a job, pay taxes on your salary. Drive to work, pay taxes on fuel. Own a home, pay taxes on your property. Purchase a new Read More…

Cyclist retraces Underground Railroad route

John Gladden | The Gazette LIVERPOOL TWP. — If you are a State Farm Insurance agent somewhere in America, don’t be surprised if you get a call from fellow agent and cross-country cyclist Mike Derr. That’s how Derr, 58, came to be bunking Tuesday night at the home of Ed and Mary Peacock. A touring Read More…

Going bald for a buddy

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John Gladden WESTFIELD CENTER — No greater love has a boy than this — that he lay down his hair for his friend. That’s just what seven boys did for their 12-year-old schoolmate, Riley Eby, on a brilliant, blue Friday afternoon on the village square. One by one, with their parents and others looking on, Read More…

Pawpaw a good choice for state fruit

John Gladden CHATHAM TWP. — Quick. Name Ohio’s state bird. The cardinal, of course. That’s pretty easy. How about the state rock ‘n’ roll song? A little tougher, perhaps, but if you follow Buckeyes football, you might know it’s “Hang on Sloopy.” Now, here’s a challenge: Name Ohio’s official native fruit. A few hints: It’s Read More…

Cutting out the mustard

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John Gladden | The Gazette MEDINA TWP. — There is an alien invader in our midst. It’s a serious threat, it has a few dirty tricks up its sleeve … and it may be growing in your backyard right now. If garlic mustard sounds like a flavorful herb that might go well on the chicken Read More…