November 24, 2014

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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…

Gazette writer Rick Noland publishes book of stories spanning 31 years

Rick Noland, Gazette sports writer

Rick Noland is a man who chooses his words carefully — at least when he’s writing. By his own reckoning, The Gazette assistant sports editor has published about 9,000 stories over a 31-year career. The way Noland tells it, he conscientiously worked to choose every word for every one of those stories. He doesn’t like Read More…

From teen years to adulthood, still a Beatlemaniac after five decades

Nancy Johnson, left, as a 13-year-old, with her best friend, Virginia Mayor, also 13, at the Beatles’ first concert in Cleveland on Sept. 15, 1964. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

My mother, Kay Lucarelli, discovered the Beatles. Like a modern-day Paul Revere, she heard the rumbling of the British Invasion long before it reached our shores. “This is going to be important,” she said, flicking on the TV so I could watch a clip of the Beatles on the Jack Paar show in January 1964, Read More…

New Medina restaurant offers vault seating


The official ribbon cutting for Medina’s newest restaurant won’t be until this evening, but P.J. Marley’s Restaurant & Pub already was jumping with customers this week who have come to nosh on the restaurant’s upscale burgers. “We’re a family-friendly, casual restaurant specializing in premium product at an affordable price,” co-owner Jon Stahl said. Located at Read More…

Solar energy benefits Medina County farmers


It’s not unusual for farmers to harness the power of the sun to grow their crops. However, the Richardson family of Richardson Farms has taken that concept a step further. The Richardsons installed an energy-saving solar panel system on a barn roof in July at their family-owned farm in Lafayette Township. Ecojiva Solar Installation Co. Read More…