January 29, 2015


Learning to love: How a first-time pet owner came to be a dog’s mama

Nancy Johnson and her Yorkipoo, Molly. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Nancy Johnson | The Gazette I think of opportunities as open doors. In a perfect world, I can choose to walk through the door, or I can quietly close it and walk away. But more often than not, I lurch crazily through a doorway without even realizing what I’ve done. And sometimes I take innocent Read More…

Huth & Harris wine business in Medina is Akron pair’s realized dream

Whitney Harris and Patrick Huth are proprietors of the new H2 Wine Merchants on South Court Street in Medina. Establishing the wine bar and retail store was the couple’s dream. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

The opening of Huth & Harris Wine Merchants in Medina’s historic district was the dream of Akron couple Patrick Huth and Whitney Harris. “We had a vision of our business as a casual, comfortable and refined environment, with a historic element,” Harris said. “When Patrick and I attended the Medina Ice Festival last February, we Read More…

Spencer native pens tale of surviving Vietnam captivity

Paul Kari will sign copies of his book, "“The Strength to Endure,” 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Medina County Veterans Hall, 620 N. Broadway St., in Medina.

Captured by the Viet Cong in 1965 when his F-4C Phantom II fighter jet was struck by anti-aircraft fire, Paul Kari, a Spencer farm boy turned Air Force fighter pilot, survived his nearly eight years in captivity with faith, hope and resilience. “My faith in God got me through it,” Kari said in a phone Read More…

A Civil War mystery: Historical society working to ID photos

Members of the Medina County Historical Society, from left, George Rees, Tom Hilberg and Joann King, meet with Civil War historian Ronald Chojnacki to study the images of 94 Civil War soldiers. Only two of the soldiers have been identified. The identities of the other 92 are a mystery the nonprofit is hoping to solve. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

The Medina County Historical Society is reaching out for help to identify more than 90 soldiers whose images appear on photographs taken during the Civil War. The 64 ambrotypes and 30 tintypes, displayed in a walnut frame, have been part of the collection of the Historical Society since the organization’s inception in 1922. But no Read More…

Victorian Christmas festivities begin

Joann King of the Medina Historical Society sits by the traditional Christmas tree on display at the John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood Ave., across the street from Medina City Hall. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

With the holidays just around the corner, the Medina County Historical Society will host a Victorian Christmas at the John Smart House Museum that begins this weekend during Medina’s Candlelight Walk festivities. Historical society volunteer Joann King said the event is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and the next two Sundays, Nov. 30 Read More…

Gazette contributor Nancy Johnson on remembering simpler Halloweens


When did Halloween become such a big deal? The minute the kids go back to school, folks start decorating with macabre merchandise — sparkly plastic pumpkins with ghoulish faces, smiling skeletons, blinking orange lights, motion-activated zombies that spring to grotesque life and spooky welcome mats that cackle maniacally underfoot. On Halloween night, elaborately costumed children Read More…

Backyard behemoth awarded Medina’s biggest tree

This year’s Medina County Big Tree winner is a Sharon Township tulip poplar with an average crown spread of 63 feet. NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE

The search for Medina County’s biggest tree has ended and the winner is a towering tulip poplar located on Scott Cowan’s 20 acres in Sharon Township. Cowan, founder and owner of Century Cycles with locations in Medina, Peninsula and Rocky River, said he was thrilled his tulip poplar won the contest. “I have to tell Read More…

Fall Foliage Tour also features classic rail

John Kostelnik poses with Shaker Rapid Transit car No. 12, built by the Kuhlman Car Company of Cleveland in 1914. NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE

The beauty of autumn in full bloom is just one of the many reasons to take this weekend’s drive-yourself Fall Foliage Tour through southwestern Medina County. The tour also is showcasing some things that Mother Nature didn’t make. Today and Sunday, from noon until 6 p.m., the tour features two vintage transportation stops: Northern Ohio Read More…

Richman Farms features dairy operation on Fall Foliage Tour


Medina County’s rural heritage is on display along with the beautiful colors of autumn during this weekend’s Fall Foliage Tour at the Indoe family’s Richman Farms, a 700-acre dairy and grain farm near Lodi. The self-guided tour is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This year’s tour winds through the southwestern quadrant of the Read More…

This year’s drive-yourself Fall Foliage Tour scheduled for Oct. 11, 12


The splendor of autumn in Medina County is never more apparent than during the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour, a county tradition since 1968. Scheduled this year for Oct. 11 and 12 from noon until 6 p.m. each day, this year’s drive-yourself tour will take visitors through the county’s southwest townships — Lafayette, Chatham, Spencer, Read More…