July 29, 2015

Partly sunny

Medina committee gets head start on bicentennial plans

Medina Gazette Logo

The city of Medina’s bicentennial anniversary is just under three years away, but already plans are in the works to make it a yearlong celebration. “You have a 200-year celebration only once in a city’s history,” said Roger Smalley, the chairman of the Bicentennial Committee appointed by Mayor Dennis Hanwell. “We want to mark the Read More…

State Rep. Steve Hambley creates timeline of Medina County history

State Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, created a timeline history of Medina County that he updates online in his spare time. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

In 1899, a new-fangled automobile rolled into Medina’s square. Driven by a businessman from Cleveland, the car caused a stir. Then another invention — the ice cream cone — made its county debut at the 1905 Medina County Fair. The popular fair, which celebrates its 168th year in 2015, was canceled in 1952 when a Read More…

Perfect your palate: Expert shows how to wine and dine for maximum flavor


Bill Krauss knows wine — 3,200 different wines to be exact. That’s how many different wine labels the wine shop manager stocks at Akron’s West Point Market. Wadsworth native Krauss and his team of six wine stewards guide West Point Market shoppers in finding just the right wine for just the right occasion. And that Read More…

Medina Toastmasters thrive on public speaking, never get over nerves

Judi Linden

“Yes, if you want an honest answer, I’m nervous,” Bob Blum said. “This is may be my 27th speech here and you wouldn’t think I’d be nervous, but I am.” Blum, the owner of several Dunkin Donuts franchises in Northeast Ohio, was waiting his turn to deliver a prepared speech to a dozen or so Read More…

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…