February 12, 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).

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…

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…

Medina High putting on “Grease” this weekend

The cast of Medina High School’s production of “Grease” poses after a number during a dress rehearsal Thursday evening. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Medina High School is presenting the musical “Grease” today and Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Medina High School student Collin Husbands will play Danny Zuko and Megan Hascher will be Sandy Dumbrowski. The production is directed by Tina Callari. Read More…

Facebook confusion: ‘American Pickers’ comes to Brunswick … Georgia

This Facebook photograph of Mike Wolf, left, and Frank Fritz, right, of “American Pickers,” with police Sgt. Donald Babbin, of Brunswick, Ga., received almost 
1,000 shares this week on social media. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Yes, the cast of a TV show came to Brunswick, all right — but it was Brunswick, Ga. “American Pickers” visited the Georgia city on Monday, but people in Ohio and in Brunswick, Md., too, were buzzing Wednesday about what they thought was local news. Some thought the stars, Mike Wolf and Frank Fritz, were Read More…

British fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

Terry Pratchett

LONDON — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the right of critically ill Read More…

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

In this 2009 file photo, actor Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in “Star Trek,” poses for a portrait. Nimoy died Friday in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. (AP PHOTO)

LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83. Although Read More…

This year’s drive-yourself Fall Foliage Tour scheduled for Oct. 11, 12


The splendor of autumn in Medina County is never more apparent than during the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour, a county tradition since 1968. Scheduled this year for Oct. 11 and 12 from noon until 6 p.m. each day, this year’s drive-yourself tour will take visitors through the county’s southwest townships — Lafayette, Chatham, Spencer, Read More…

Medina Twp.’s Dick Goddard to get woolly

Fox 8 meteorologist Dick Goddard reveals his winter weather prediction for Northeast Ohio following the conclusion of the 41st Woollybear Festival in Vermilion last year. (GAZETTE FILE)

Time to bear down again. Caterpillars crawl, bands march, musicians play and Dick Goddard prognosticates at Sunday’s 42nd annual Woollybear Festival in Vermilion. The event is premised on the thickness of the coat of a woolly bear — a caterpillar with woolly hairs — predicting the weather for the upcoming winter. Goddard, festival founder, Fox Read More…