February 6, 2016


Jazz concert in Medina’s Public Square draws a crowd (PHOTOS)

Bobby Selvaggio on alto saxophone, center, and The New Standards Project perform Saturday night at the gazebo on Medina’s Public Square. It was the final event of the “Jazz Under the Stars” series organized by Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach. Theron Brown is on keyboard, Aidan Plank plays bass and Dan Fernandez is on drums. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

A crowd descended on Public Square in Medina Saturday night as jazz musicians Bobby Selvaggio on alto saxophone and The New Standards Project performed. It was the final event of the “Jazz Under the Stars” series organized by the Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach group (ORMACO).

Service, baptisms held in downtown Medina

A choir from First Baptist Church, state Route 18, Medina, lead a crowd in worship songs Sunday morning in Medina’s Public Square for the church’s eighth annual Service in the Square, which was followed by a baptism. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Hundreds of people crowded under tents and umbrellas Sunday morning at Medina’s Uptown Park for a Christian service and baptisms. First Baptist Church, state Route 18, Medina Township, and Second Baptist Church, Bronson Street, Medina, combined their Sunday services for the eighth annual Service on the Square that lasted from 10 a.m. to noon. “We’re Read More…

‘Service on the Square’ in Medina to host full immersion baptisms

The Rev. John McCaw, left, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, poses with the Rev. Cornell Carter, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Medina. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A full immersion Christian baptism will be part of a church “Service on the Square” at 10 a.m. Sunday on Public Square in Medina. Organizers said it is the eighth event of its kind. The Rev. John McCaw, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, said his congregation will be joined by the Rev. Read More…

Medina resident plans 600-mile pilgrimage on Camino de Santiago

Carol Vaccariello stands in her backyard near a statute of an angel. Vaccariello is planning a 600 mile pilgrimage next month known as the Camino de Santiago. The route she will take starts in France and ends in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A Medina resident is planning a 600-mile pilgrimage from France to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Carol Vaccariello wants to walk the Camino de Santiago, or St. James Trail, in the hopes of spiritual growth. The former Catholic nun said she doesn’t know Read More…

Four chances to see ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ in Medina

Tyler Martin and Megan Polk rehearse for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” (NIKKI RHOADES / GAZETTE)

Fred Hargrove Young Artists is collaborating with Buckeye Community Theatre to bring Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” to the stage this weekend. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Medina High School’s Middle Stage, 851 Weymouth Road. Attendees should use Parking Lot D-4. The show’s leads Read More…

Medina County prepares for U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling

Supreme Court Gay Marriage

Medina County Probate Court is preparing for the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court could legalize same-sex marriage this month. Justices are expected to rule by the end of June in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges, a set of four consolidated cases from across the country questioning whether states are required under the U.S. Constitution to Read More…

Ugandan choir to perform at Medina United Methodist Church


Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Road, Medina Township, will host the Watoto Children’s Choir at 7 p.m. Friday. The performance is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to help the group’s work in Uganda. For more info A performance by the group is available on YouTube, bit.ly/1wWOvNJ. For information about Read More…

Wadsworth sewing club unites women for patchwork of friends, advice

Quilter Carol Marona demonstrates applique. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

They sew quilts, they sew clothes, they help charities, they plan parties, they have fun. They are part of the Akron-Canton chapter of the nationwide American Sewing Group. They meet monthly, led by Laurie Schmeltzer, of Wadsworth, who says sewing is a hobby where people happily accept a plague of UFOs — that’s “unfinished objects.” Read More…

Sidewalk artists make statement at Brunswick chalk festival


More than 60 artists participated in the annual Eco-Arts Chalk Festival on Saturday at Susan Hambley Nature Center in Brunswick. Pat Catan’s Craft Centers provided chalk, and gift cards for winners. Following is the winners’ list from Saturday’s Eco-Arts Chalk Festival in Brunswick: Elementary division • Kaelynn Stefan, home school • Leyna Swanson, Applewood Elementary • Teodora Iovi, Read More…

Faith-based walk in Medina focuses on men, families


A faith-based walk aimed at strengthening Medina County families drew hundreds to Medina’s Public Square on Saturday morning. The message of the Move 2015 Men’s Walk was that men should embrace God and become “real men” capable of leading their families. “The churches don’t need to give you a vision,” event coordinator Brian Hagerman told Read More…