October 26, 2014

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Election 2014: Medina finance director to challenge county auditor

Medina Finance Director Keith Dirham files petitions Wednesday at the Medina County Board of Elections to run for county auditor. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY PAMELA J. MILLER)

Medina’s longtime finance director will challenge the county’s longtime auditor in November. Medina Finance Director Keith Dirham, 38, a Republican, filed Wednesday with the Medina County Board of Elections to run for county auditor. No other Republican filed to run for the auditor’s post, so Dirham will be uncontested on the May primary ballot. Democrat Read More…

Lafayette Twp. cruisers to be equipped with defibrillators

LAFAYETTE TWP. — By the end of this week, a new automated external defibrillator will be standard equipment in both of the Lafayette Township sheriff’s patrol cars. An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening irregular heart rhythms that accompany many heart attacks and provides treatment through defibrillation — Read More…

CHOC FULL: Thousands treated with sweets at festival

It was a chocoholic’s paradise. An estimated 3,000 people attended the 17th annual “For the Love of Chocolate Festival” on Saturday at the Medina Performing Arts Center. With a $10 ticket, guests could sample up to eight chocolate treats from more than 40 chocolatiers. Delectable goodies included fudge, truffles, dark and milk chocolate caramels, hot Read More…

Medina Council: Gates for two rail crossings in works

MEDINA — Two local railroad crossings are on the state’s to-do list for installing gates. At Monday’s Finance Committee meeting, City Council members green-lighted projects to install gates at crossings on State Road and Guilford Boulevard. Both measures still will need to pass through the formal approval process during a regular Council meeting. City Engineer Read More…

Water problems have city officials looking at ways to secure supply

Water for the city of Medina is stored in four municipal tanks: From left, on the west side of state Route 3, near the city’s southern limits; on the south side of Progress Drive, west of State Road; on the east side of Lake Road, just south of Lafayette Road; and on the south side of Koons Avenue, west of South Court Street.

After Medina came close to running out of water earlier this month, city officials have been working to come up with a backup source of water. On Jan. 7, the city’s water supply from Avon Lake Municipal Utilities was interrupted due to the cold weather and ice on Lake Erie. As a result, Mayor Dennis Read More…

Main Street Medina celebrates successes, looks to future

MEDINA—Thursday was a celebration of both Main Street Medina’s accomplishments during the past year and the organization’s continual success under its retiring chairman, Ed Wright. The Main Street Medina annual meeting Thursday at FirstMerit Bank on Public Square included the election of new officers for 2014. For the first time in the group’s six years Read More…

County commissioners donate $23K at charity ball

Posing with the check presented to the Medina County Community Fund are, from left, Commissioners Pat Geissman and Adam Friedrick, Denise Testa, Bill Wills, Tim Hagerty, Nobby Lewandowski and Commissioner Steve Hambley. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY PAMELA J. MILLER)

MEDINA TWP. — What do snowflakes and friends have in common? No two are exactly alike and they were both the theme for the 15th annual Commissioners’ Charity Ball on Saturday at Weymouth Country Club. County Commissioners Pat Geissman, Steve Hambley and Adam Friedrick played host to more than 100 guests at the black tie-optional Read More…

Fire rank may lower insurance for Medina department

Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter, left, and firefighter Alex Colon review some of the equipment kept on the department’s newest ladder truck. The Fire Department, which serves Montville Township, recently was upgraded to a level 3 insurance ranking. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY PAMELA J. MILLER)

An upgrade in the Medina Fire Department’s insurance class ranking may have the added benefit of saving city and Montville Township residents and businesses a few dollars on their own insurance rates. The department, which serves Montville Township, has been upgraded to level 3 in the Public Protection Classification Program by ISO, a national analytics Read More…

Break-in at Verizon store may be related to other thefts

A pair of burglars hit a local cell phone store and police believe the theft may be related to similar break-ins across Northeast Ohio. Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Jan. 7, a masked burglar used an axe to break out the glass in the front door of the Verizon store at 5145 Buehler’s Drive. The burglar Read More…

Medina’s Masonic Lodge offer is off table

MEDINA — An apparent misunderstanding may have put an end to a possible deal between the city of Medina and the Masonic Lodge. On Monday, City Council voted to repeal a $250,000 offer to buy the Masonic property adjacent to City Hall. Council President John Coyne said the city has been in negotiations with MC Read More…