May 27, 2015

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Tensions rise with arrival of NEXUS pipeline letters

Walter and Verna Giebeler stand in front of their yard signs that were put up to warn NEXUS Gas Transmission surveyors to stay off of their York Township property. The proposed natural gas pipeline would go through the Giebeler’s front yard. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

A project manager for the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline has sent letters to Medina County property owners, informing them that, as of today, NEXUS-employed surveyors may enter their property without permission. “We hope you understand that the planned near-term activities must be conducted without delay in order to meet our schedule requirement and that Read More…

Medina County groups rally to assist Nepal quake victims

Shelter boxes are unloaded from a plane during ShelterBox USA’s recent deployment in Malaysia following a flooding disaster. Medina Sunrise Rotary Club donated $2,000 to ShelterBox on Tuesday to send supplies to Nepal to help with recovery after Saturday’s earthquake. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club is raising money to send emergency supplies to Nepal, which was devastated by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake Saturday morning. The Associated Press on Tuesday reported more than 4,700 people dead, more than 8,000 people injured and tens of thousands left homeless. “Unfortunately, they’re still finding bodies and people who have been Read More…

Medina resident forms softball tournament to benefit Special Olympics

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A Medina man is going to bat for Special Olympics athletes in Medina County with a charity softball tournament. Bill Biegel, who has been a softball coach for Special Olympic athletes in the county for the past 15 years, announced the formation of an all-day softball tournament to raise money for the county’s Special Olympic Read More…

Highland graduate’s students will be heard worldwide

Luisa Cruz, who played the flute and piccolo in the Highland marching band, is now is one of three music teachers at Long Island City High School in New York City. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A 1993 Highland graduate is using opera to teach her high school music students in New York City, and her methods are putting the marching band in the spotlight. Luisa Cruz, 40, is one of three music teachers at Long Island City High School in Queens and she runs the marching band program that consists Read More…

Medina County donates Hinckley Twp. property for parks

Overgrown baseball fields on Boston Road, just east of Ridge Road in Hinckley Township, are part of a 2.9-acre parcel that Medina County commissioners donated to Hinckley. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina County commissioners hit a home run Tuesday with Hinckley Township when they donated a 2.9-acre parcel of county-owed property to be part of Hinckley’s parks program. The parcel, on Boston Road just east of Ridge Road, includes two overgrown baseball fields that the Recreational Association of Highland wants to put to use. “RAH contacted Read More…

District won’t rehire retiring band director despite student, parent praise

Medina High School’s Musical Bees Marching Band plays in the finale at the 17th annual Medina Band Show in September 2013. Band members and parents attended the Medina Board of Education meeting on Monday to try to persuade the board to rehire director Gary Ciulla, who recently announced his retirement at the end of this school year. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Medina’s band students and parents sang praises of the school district’s band director to the Board of Education at a meeting Monday night. At least eight people spoke during a special public comment session in an attempt to convince the board to rehire Gary Ciulla, who announced his retirement last month. They were not successful. Read More…

Black River tables drug-test proposal for students in extracurriculars

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The Black River Board of Education has tabled a motion to pass a random drug-testing policy for students in extracurricular activities. The drug policy proposal had its first reading at a meeting in March. “The board felt we needed more community input on this,” Superintendent Chris Clark said. The district has been discussing a drug-testing Read More…

437 pinwheels represent impact of child abuse in Medina


Officials and community members will gather Saturday at Medina’s Public Square and walk four blocks east on East Washington Street to South Spring Grove Street to plant 437 pinwheels in the yard at St. Francis Xavier, 612 E. Washington St. The Medina County Children’s Center, 200 Highland Drive, Medina, hosts a similar event with pinwheels Read More…

Charges pending against boy who passed out thousands to classmates

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Charges are pending in the case of a 13-year-old Claggett Middle School student accused of taking $25,000 from his grandfather and passing out thousands in $100 bills to classmates at school last week. The Medina and Medina Township police departments still are investigating the case and trying to recover the money, but charges are pending Read More…

Model citizens: Women gather for fashion show in support of community


Hair curled and sprayed, heels on and bags in hand, Medina’s fashionable side took to the runway. The occasion was the Medina Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s second annual Spring Fashion Show on Friday, which featured 11 women modeling outfits and dresses on a runway set up in the banquet room of Root Candle, 623 W. Read More…