October 1, 2014

Medina
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Eight showed interest in recycling center, but only three made bids

Executives from companies interested in operating the Medina County Central Processing Facility look over each other’s bids during the bid opening Tuesday afternoon in the auditorium of the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Only three companies bid on the contract to operate the Medina County Central Processing Facility. Envision Waste Services, the Cleveland-based company that operates the Westfield Township facility, had the lowest bid. Its contract expires at the end of the year. Eight companies registered to bid following an Aug. 21 tour of the facility, but only Read More…

Attorney has stake in battling proposed pipeline through county

A Summit County lawyer wants to team up with Medina property owners to fight the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline. David A. Mucklow, a 25-year veteran bankruptcy attorney, said he received a letter from Spectra Energy Co. about three weeks ago requesting permission to survey his 10 acres in Green. Mucklow, who has refused to sign Read More…

Women’s friendship is a century in the making

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Effie Roshon and her friend Vivah Walters celebrate Roshon’s 105th birthday on Friday at Emeritus at Medina, 100 High Point Drive. Walter will celebrate her 105th birthday next month. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Effie Roshon and Vivah Walters are good friends now, but were perfect strangers for more than 100 years. They first met in 2012 when Roshon moved into the room next to Walters’ at Emeritus at Medina, 100 High Point Drive. When they started to compare stories, they discovered they had a lot in common — Read More…

Medina County continues economic recovery

Medina County’s August labor market report provides evidence of a recovering local economy. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services posted the county’s unemployment rate at 5.4 percent last month, down from 6 percent in July and 6.4 percent in August 2013. The county’s labor force — the total number of residents with jobs Read More…

Recent graduate, 18, from Middleburg Heights dies in I-71 crash

Renee Ondrejech, 18, of Middleburg Heights, died in a crash on Wednesday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

An 18-year-old Middleburg Heights student died Wednesday when her stalled car was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 71 in Medina Township. Renee Ondrejech was northbound when her car broke down in the right lane of the highway and was rear-ended by the semitrailer, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. She was pronounced dead at Read More…

First responders train for the worst with hypothetical hazmat scenario

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More than a dozen Medina County emergency teams practiced Tuesday how to handle an underground explosion that released sulfuric acid into the sewer. The training was a joint effort between AT&T and the Medina County Emergency Management Agency that simulated a hazmat scenario started by a hypothetical explosion at AT&T’s underground facility at 3833 Weymouth Read More…

Landowner advocate: NEXUS pipeline project is abuse of owners’ rights

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A group of Medina County landowners are getting support from a Columbus nonprofit in their fight to stop the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline from being built on their property. Maurice Thompson, executive director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, said he is willing to represent individual landowners if the company attempts to use Ohio’s Read More…

Cleveland native overjoyed to head county waste district

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Elizabeth Biggins-Ramer is enthusiastic about a job most people don’t like — taking out the trash. “I know it sounds a little weird, but I love trash,” she said. “I’ve been lucky to do something I thoroughly enjoy.” The 52-year-old Cleveland native, who worked in Arizona for the past six years, moved her career to Read More…

Concern growing over NEXUS pipeline project

Eighty people showed up for a 6 p.m. Thursday meeting of Medina County landowners who are concerned the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline will run through their properties. Thursday was the second meeting that was held in Community Room B of Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St., and the attendance size more than doubled. The first Read More…

Wadsworth graduate named Veterans Affairs official in Washington, D.C.

Col. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, a 1962 alumna of Wadsworth High School, gave a keynote address during a Memorial Day celebration this year in Wadsworth. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Col. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, a 1962 alumna of Wadsworth High School, received a phone call in May 2013 from the White House. It was someone from the Office of White House Personnel telling her she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as assistant secretary of policy and planning for Veterans Affairs. “You never Read More…