March 5, 2015


Wadsworth students jazzed to play with a renowned band


Three Wadsworth students had “the opportunity of a lifetime” Monday night when they performed onstage with one of the most renowned jazz bands in the country. The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors performed a free show in Wadsworth at the O.J. Work Auditorium. Accompanying them were three Wadsworth band members. “It was just unbelievable to be Read More…

Clean living: Shared washing could extend Medina Schools bus use

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Medina city might be able to help Medina Schools get longer life expectancies for its school buses by washing them. City Council hosted a joint meeting with the school district Monday to discuss shared services and resources. “If we can help, we help, and I’m sure they’ve done the same for us because we’re all Read More…

After state changes formula, missed school no longer means calamity

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So far this year, students in the Black River school district have missed 10 days of classes because of the bitter winter. On five more days, classes were delayed two hours. But the students may not have to make up any lost instructional time. In fact, Black River could cancel classes for another 10 days Read More…

Sub-zero weather expected to continue for Medina County, region


The three city school districts in Medina County closed again Tuesday morning and the four local districts operated on a two-hour delay because of sub-zero temperatures. Heading into today, the conditions were not expected to improve. The National Weather Service posted a hazardous weather advisory for the rest of the week, with wind chills reaching Read More…

Holiday Inn among $10M in Medina County construction projects

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Three construction projects with a total value of more than $10 million are coming to Medina County. Two are business expansions and the third is a planned hotel. “It’s been a very busy winter,” Medina County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Bethany Dentler said. Dentler discussed the expansion projects Tuesday with county commissioners. The smallest Read More…

Boys Scouts raising money for family of crash victim from York Township

The Bihn family: Children Sarah and Ethan and parents Karen and William. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Boy Scouts from York, Litchfield and Liverpool townships are hosting a fundraiser Saturday for the Bihn family. William Bihn, 49, of York Township, was killed in a head-on car crash last Friday afternoon on state Route 18 in Penfield Township, Lorain County. Proceeds will benefit Bihn’s wife, Karen, and children, Ethan, 19, and Sarah, 15. The Read More…

Group trudges through snow on hike in Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park

Nichole Houze, a naturalist with the Medina County Park District, leads a group of 16 Medina County residents through shin-deep snow Sunday afternoon at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park in Granger Township. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Bundled in heavy winter gear and hiking boots, 16 Medina County residents and two dogs trudged through shin-deep snow during a Sunday afternoon hike at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park. The hour-long hike through the woods was the fourth in the 2015 season of the Natural Discoveries Hiking Series offered by the Medina County Park District. Read More…

Fatal accident victim William Bihn was a ‘dedicated husband’

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As Karen Bihn was driving to her Norwalk Road home Friday afternoon, she saw the Ohio Highway Patrol cruiser in her driveway. As she pulled in, her 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, ran up to the car. “Sarah came outside and said, ‘It’s dad,’ ” Karen Bihn remembered. William Bihn, of York Township, was one of two Read More…

Hot and cold: Firefighters extinguish flames in frigid temperatures

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Twenty-nine firefighters braved the extreme cold Thursday night and into Friday morning to put out a house fire in Brunswick Hills. The call came in at 8:55 p.m. from a passer-by that a residential house at 154 Substation Road was on fire, according to Brunswick Hills Fire Chief Anthony Strazzo. The owner of the home, Read More…

PARCC exams stir controversy, confusion between parents, administrators

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Students across Medina County started the new state-required testing this week, but Medina eighth-grader Ian Rose wasn’t one of them. His mother, Callie Rose, chose to exempt Ian and his siblings, sixth-grader Branden and fifth-grader Olivia, out of the exams. “I sent the opt-out letter in today,” Callie Rose said Tuesday. “It’s been sitting on Read More…