August 28, 2015

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‘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, 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…

National Day of Prayer draws hundreds to Medina Square (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Second-graders from St. Francis Xavier School perform sign language to the song “Beautiful” before a crowd of more than 150 people who attended a National Day of Prayer celebration Thursday at Medina’s Public Square. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

More than 150 Medina County residents gathered at Medina’s Public Square for a group prayer service Thursday afternoon. The noon service was part of National Day of Prayer. It was led by the Rev. Doug Davidson, pastor of Medina Community Church. Prayer of Confession, read by the Rev. Doug Davidson at Thursday’s National Day of Prayer Read More…

Faithful service to be recognized at event

Bob Wenz

Two of Medina County’s faithful will be honored at an award ceremony tonight for their community service. The Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland and Medina will honor the Rev. Bob Wenz and Connie Ebaugh at the 28th Pope St. John Paul II Proclaimer of Justice Gala Dinner and Silent Auction, starting with a 6 p.m. Read More…