April 17, 2014

Mostly sunny

Cultural exchange: Folk group from Quebec playing locally


French Canadian progressive folk group Le Vent du Nord delivered a little joie de vivre Monday at the Medina Library. Playing an array of instruments including accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, keyboards and more, the group performed traditional and new Quebec folk music with tight vocals, lush harmonies and joyful melodies. The quartet has performed Read More…

Tattoo shops flourishing as getting ink loses its stigma

Art in Motion tattoo artist Jeff Bibb tattoos a set of brass knuckles on the hand of Mike Dunlevy. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the sight of a tattoo parlor moving into the neighborhood meant a downward slide for the whole area. Usually followed by strip clubs and pawn shops, tattoo parlors were considered a troublesome blight; the domain of outlaw motorcycle gangs, ex-cons and rowdy sailors. But that has Read More…

Librarian supports the need to read to children daily


Medina County is lagging behind the nation in parents reading daily to their young children. And that could cause a literacy problem down the road as today’s toddlers enter grade school. In a survey commissioned by Living Well Medina County, only 35 percent of Medina County parents reported reading to their children under 5 years Read More…

Showbiz Co. is going Wilde with ‘Being Earnest’

The cast of “The Importance of Being Earnest” warms up before a rehearsal at the Haddad Theater in the Medina Administration Building: from left, Brett Aguiar, Amanda David, Adam Vigneault and Patrick Dukeman as Lady Bracknell. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

Although Irish playwright Oscar Wilde set out to lampoon Victorian society when he wrote his final play “The Importance of Being Earnest,” his light-hearted look at marriage, morals and mistaken identity remains a hugely popular work with today’s audiences. Medina County Showbiz Company is banking on that enduring appeal to draw audiences to their production Read More…

Writer discusses going from true crime to fiction

James Renner reads from his first novel, “The Man from Primrose Lane,” for an audience of more than 75 fans Friday at the Medina County District Library in Medina. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

James Renner was just 11 years old when Amy Mihaljevic was abducted from a Bay Village shopping center in October 1989. Profoundly shaken by the incident, the young boy was determined to find the little girl whose school picture both charmed and haunted him. Renner, now a 36-year-old author, spoke about the incident before an Read More…

Medina travel agency gets into the business of romantic escapes

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell helps Cynthia Hansen use giant scissors to celebrate the opening of her Red Amore Travel Agency in September. Also attending the ribbon-cutting are, from left, Jonathan Mendel, the city’s community development director; Debra Lynn-Schmitz, former president of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce; and Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MEDINA — With a name like Red Amore Travel, you’d expect a travel agency to specialize in romantic trips — honeymoons, anniversaries, destination weddings and couples getaways. You’d be right. Cyndi Hansen, owner of Red Amore Travel agency in Comstock’s Junction on North Court Street, hopes it will “be love at first sight” for clients Read More…

Eating out: Eateries delight within tight rules

John Kolar, executive chef of Thyme2 (“Tyme Squared”), in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

It’s a strict diet — maybe the strictest. No meat, no fish, no poultry, no dairy. And no oil, not even a drop. The Esselstyn diet, developed by Cleveland Clinic physician Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., is a plant-based therapy designed to reverse heart disease. Former President Bill Clinton follows it. So does Medina Police Chief Read More…

Stylist has hair-raising acting experience

Cristin Schlauch, 25, is a Medina resident and hair designer at VCS Salon in Medina.

Some people say they’ve seen a ghost. But who can say they’ve been a ghost? Cristin Schlauch can. Schlauch, 25, a Medina resident and hair designer at VCS Salon in Medina, was cast as a ghost in “Fear Clinic,” the horror movie filmed in Medina last December and starring Robert Englund, famous for his role Read More…

Working on their resolutions to get fit


Lose weight. Get organized. Spend less. Volunteer. Quit smoking. An estimated 40 percent of Americans made New Year’s resolutions this month. Fewer than 10 percent will keep them. But that didn’t stop some residents from wiping the slate clean and chalking up a few self-improvement goals for 2014. And the Medina Community Recreation Center is Read More…