December 19, 2014


Scrooge strolls Medina square in video shot during Candelight Walk


The magic of Medina’s Candlelight Walk has the power to warm even the coldest heart — that of Ebenezer Scrooge. That’s the message of a video created by a Brunswick filmmaker and posted Tuesday on YouTube. Zebulon Thomas’s video, “A Night Out with Ebenezer Scrooge,” stars his father, Kim Thomas, as Scrooge, the infamous money-grubbing Read More…

Transit funding won’t be part of May social services levy

Medina County commissioners have scaled back a proposed social services levy aimed at the May primary ballot by dropping the county bus system from the agencies the tax would support. Commissioners took the action Tuesday after county Auditor Mike Kovack warned that state law bars financing transit systems with a social services levy. Ohio Revised Read More…

NEXUS pipeline opponents consider nonprofit collective

Property owners opposing the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline are considering incorporating as a nonprofit organization. The group’s leaders will hold a private meeting Saturday at an Oberlin church in Lorain County to “refine strategies” for how to get the route for the proposed pipeline moved out of Medina County, Paul Gierosky, of York Township, said. Read More…

Huth & Harris wine business in Medina is Akron pair’s realized dream

Whitney Harris and Patrick Huth are proprietors of the new H2 Wine Merchants on South Court Street in Medina. Establishing the wine bar and retail store was the couple’s dream. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

The opening of Huth & Harris Wine Merchants in Medina’s historic district was the dream of Akron couple Patrick Huth and Whitney Harris. “We had a vision of our business as a casual, comfortable and refined environment, with a historic element,” Harris said. “When Patrick and I attended the Medina Ice Festival last February, we Read More…

PHOTOS: Kids shop with cops as Christmas approaches


About 130 youngsters received $100 gift certificates in this year’s Shop With a Cop event, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 204, which represents the police departments of the city of Medina, Medina Township, Montville Township, Hinckley Township, the village of Spenser and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Wadsworth’s Louis Perry is retiring on his own terms

Louis Perry

Louis Perry said retirement has been a goal for the past couple of years but not at the expense of his company, employees and clients. Last year, the 75-year-old Sharon Township resident started looking for companies interested in continuing his industrial legacy in Wadsworth — the Louis Perry Group, an engineering, architectural, design and construction Read More…

Here’s the hibachi: Restaurant opens in Medina

A water wall feature greets guests in the entranceway of Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi. The restaurant, which opened this week, features live hibachi grill seats, a dining room and sushi bar. The restaurant, at 1132 N. Court St., replaced three vacant storefronts, and includes interior designs from owner Kevin Zhao.

Hibachi lovers no longer have to plan a night of travel to enjoy a hibachi dinner out with family or friends. Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi opened its doors this week in the plaza at the northeast corner of North Court Street and East Reagan Parkway in Medina. “I wanted to bring the hibachi here because Read More…

Envision sues county over recycling

A judge on Wednesday ordered Medina County commissioners not to accept bids for operating the county’s recycling center as a waste transfer station. In its lawsuit filed Tuesday, Cleveland-based Envision Waste alleges commissioners “abused their discretion” and violated Ohio law by planning to operate the Medina County Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township as a Read More…

Residents weigh in on proposed social services levy

Several residents attended the Medina County commissioners meeting Thursday to protest the proposed social services levy. If voters approve the proposed 0.9-mill levy, a single property tax would generate $21.4 million over five years to finance four social service agencies — Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, Medina County Job and Family Read More…

High school students, adults learn life’s hard lessons at poverty simulation

United Way Executive Director Seth Kujat guides students in the Leadership Medina County class of 2015 through a brainstorming session Wednesday afternoon at Western Reserve Masonic Community on Nettleton Road in Medina Township. Kujat is a 2013 graduate of the leadership program. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A Brunswick High school junior learned Wednesday what it’s like to be a single mom and struggle to survive. She was among members of Junior Leadership Medina County and Leadership Medina County who participated in a simulation designed to help understand the needs of people living in poverty. Colleen Rice, executive director of Leadership Medina Read More…