April 18, 2014

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Christmas story ending contest winner: adult category

By KIM VILLALVA Winner in the 18 and older category “Sir, as you know, we have always raced to keep up with what’s going on down there in the world. We have adopted our traditional ways of making toys to fit the needs of children below. Every time things speed up, we speed up. Every Read More…

Christmas story ending contest winner: ages 13-17 category

By MARISSA ALFANO Winner in the 13-to 17-year-old category Every Elf’s pointed ear and polar bear’s dutiful gaze instantly belonged to Tinsel. The honest attentiveness surprised him some, since only moments ago they had all been in chaos; but he didn’t let this thought divert him from the sharing of his monumental idea. “We all Read More…

Christmas story ending contest winner: ages 8-12 category

By ALEX SHELDON Winner in the 8-to 12-year-old category “Um…Well I was thinking … um … we could recycle. Because it saves energy,” Tinsel said. “So maybe we could put a recycling bin in every office in your workshop,” Tinsel said with more confidence. “Why, that is a great idea, Tinsel,” Santa said. “Everyone start Read More…

Home, sweet, home: Brunswick Hills pastry chef enters Gingerbread Lane

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By Kristen Nowak Winn Accent Editor There’s an easy way and a hard way to build a gingerbread house. But no matter which route you take — from a kit or from scratch — it’s all about the candy. Glittering gumdrops, red licorice twists, mounds of M&Ms and creamy caramels make mouths water. And whether Read More…

Just in time for the holidays, these Brunswick Hills horses will take you dashing through the snow

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By SANDY CIUPAK Special to The Gazette When it comes to an old-fashioned sleigh ride, those beloved Christ-mas songs really knew what they were talking about. The horse does know the way to follow the sleigh, and oh, what fun it is to ride!  For Medina County residents, a snowy trek over the river and Read More…

Social Scene: SPCA organizes first gift basket auction

By Angela Huston Special to The Gazette The Medina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals held its first Pre-Holiday Gift Basket Extravaganza Nov. 8 at the Medina Eagles. The brunch buffet was sponsored by Helyn and Bob Connelly, Sandy Dudas of 701 Medina Street Inc., Martha Pierce with Char Klimko, Joanne and Lloyd Read More…

Home for the holidays — and open to hundreds of YWCA tour visitors

By SANDY CIUPAK Special to The Gazette Many people panic at the thought of getting their homes ready for holiday entertaining. But what about hosting literally hundreds of holiday visitors instead of just a handful of relatives or friends? For the owners of five Medina-area homes, the stress and preparations are all part of the Read More…

The Gazette’s annual Christmas story contest: ‘Save Santa, Save the World’

By Kristen Nowak Winn Accent Editor Three weeks before Christmas, Tinsel bustled back and forth inside Santa’s workshop, tying up loose ends. Like his other polar bear friends at the North Pole, he had been working overtime for weeks to prep for the holiday season.  As senior manager of the stocking stuffers department, Tinsel organized all Read More…

Be picky about packaging presents

By KRISTEN NOWAK WINN Accent Editor Christmas may still be a month away, but there are only 20 shipping days left. As you start to think about how you’ll package up gifts to loved ones far away, consider the following Earth-friendly tips. o Reuse boxes for packaging. Just be sure the boxes are still sturdy, Read More…

Ship early, avoid flurries of worries

By Judy A. Totts and Kristen Nowak Winn Editorial Staff If shipping a leg lamp or a holiday fruitcake has got you puzzled, just ask Bill Robertson, president of the two UPS stores in Medina. “We’ve shipped just about everything from Lladró figurines to sheep’s wool,” said Robertson, who opened both the North Court Street Read More…