September 18, 2014

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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

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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

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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…

PHOTO: Comic book writers host ‘Wish I Were at Comic-Con’ in Medina

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Medina comic book writer Tony Isabella couldn’t make it to San Diego last weekend for the Comic-Con International convention. Instead, he hosted a “Wish I Were at Comic-Con” panel Saturday at his Damon Drive home featuring two other local writers who have achieved national recognition. 
From left, Isabella, best known for creating Black Lightning, DC Comics’ first African-American superhero to star in his own series; Mike W. Barr, of Akron, who has written stories for many comic series, including “Batman,” “Star Trek” and “Camelot 3000;” and Tom Batiuk, of Medina Township, nationally syndicated comic strip creator, writer and cartoonist of “Funky Winkerbean” and “Crankshaft.” The panelists discussed favorite comic books and characters and invited to guests to ask them questions. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

Medina comic book writer Tony Isabella couldn’t make it to San Diego last weekend for the Comic-Con International convention. Instead, he hosted a “Wish I Were at Comic-Con” panel Saturday at his Damon Drive home featuring two other local writers who have achieved national recognition.

Couples offer their secrets to maintaining a golden marriage

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The Kiwanis Club of Medina celebrated the 50th wedding anniversaries of 14 Medina County couples at a luncheon Thursday at Williams on the Lake. The annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Luncheon is a longstanding Kiwanis tradition. “We’ve been hosting the luncheon every year for as long as I can remember,” Kiwanis event chairperson Joan Rundle said. Read More…

Local cartoonist Tom Batiuk first published in Gazette’s sister paper

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Comic book men drawn in different directions Tony Isabella and Tom Batiuk have a lot in common. As children, they both remember a family member reading the comics to them. As teenagers, they both had a fascination with comic books and spent long hours creating characters and writing comic book storylines. They both published comic Read More…

Local comic book writer Tony Isabella was taught by the best at Marvel

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Comic book men drawn in different directions Tony Isabella and Tom Batiuk have a lot in common. As children, they both remember a family member reading the comics to them. As teenagers, they both had a fascination with comic books and spent long hours creating characters and writing comic book storylines. They both published comic Read More…

Medina man uses computer-assisted design to make custom guitars

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Musician Jim Lewis was frustrated. Frustrated with expensive guitars that wouldn’t stay in tune. Frustrated with high-priced, low-quality music equipment. Instead of just complaining, the Medina resident decided to do something about it. Lewis founded Strictly 7 Guitars, a production and custom guitar shop based in Orrville. “I was the bass player in a Christian Read More…

Seville merchants hope to promote village as a shopping destination

Flags and flowers line Seville’s Main Street this summer. NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE

A group of 13 retailers from the Center and Main streets area are active members of the 2-year-old Downtown Seville Business Association with the goal of drawing tourists and shoppers to historic downtown Seville. One of the group’s key members is Jane Webb, owner of Seville Flower & Gift Shop. Webb has operated the store Read More…

Lecturer, musician gives insight into the Beatles’ enduring appeal

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While the Beatles were mired in legal disputes during their protracted break-up in the late 1960s, George Harrison found a quiet spot in Eric Clapton’s garden where he wrote the uplifting song “Here Comes the Sun” for the landmark album “Abbey Road.” This is just one of several little-known Beatles facts musician and lecturer Rick Read More…