March 4, 2015


Peter Radke honored for his heroism after he died saving drowning girl

Peter Radke

Last June the waters off Huntington Beach Park in Bay Village became a choppy mix of heroism and tragedy. After Peter Radke, 43, of Medina Township, witnessed a young girl struggling just beyond the breakers, he jumped in to save her. The girl was pulled to safety, but Radke lost his life. Now Radke is Read More…

Animal shelters across Ohio seek help catching thieves

The Norwalk Police Department in Huron County released this still of burglars, captured by security cameras at the Huron County Humane Society. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Animal shelter directors are angry about a string of break-ins and thefts that have occurred the past two months at a dozen humane societies and shelters in central, northwest and Northeast Ohio. No animals have been harmed or stolen. Thieves instead are taking money and electronics from shelters in counties such as Medina and Madison. Read More…

Perfect your palate: Expert shows how to wine and dine for maximum flavor


Bill Krauss knows wine — 3,200 different wines to be exact. That’s how many different wine labels the wine shop manager stocks at Akron’s West Point Market. Wadsworth native Krauss and his team of six wine stewards guide West Point Market shoppers in finding just the right wine for just the right occasion. And that Read More…

Pizzeria looks to bring New York style to Medina’s Public Square as family fare


Family, good vibes and the smell of a fresh-baked, New York-style pizza pie. All of these things are what Jeff Miller is planning to bring to Medina’s Public Square. Miller is renovating the old Whitey’s Army and Navy supply store, at 2 Public Square, and turning it into Courthouse Pizzeria — a pizza-by-the-slice establishment that Read More…

Medina Gazette welcomes new managing editor

Larry Pantages

The Gazette announced Monday the appointment of Lawrence A. Pantages as managing editor. Pantages, 59, succeeds David Knox, who plans to pursue projects as an independent journalist. Knox served as managing editor at The Gazette since 2012. “I turned 66 this month and there are some issues I want to explore,” Knox said. “I’ll always Read More…

Zoning tweaks in works for Mapleside Farms’ wedding venue

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Plans to construct a barn to host wedding receptions and ceremonial events at Mapleside Farms are moving ahead after Brunswick City Council approved a few items related to the zoning of the new building last week. Council members approved a motion that explains how the new facility would fit into the current zoning code. The Read More…

Medina Ice Festival sculptures standing strong two weeks later

Many of the ice sculptures from Medina’s 21st annual Ice Festival are still looking good on Friday, two weeks after the event thanks to the bitter cold. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

This week’s bitter cold may be bad for people, but it’s good for the ice sculptures that surround Medina’s Public Square. The sculptures were created during the Medina Ice Festival, Feb. 13-16 and most are holding up well weeks later. Usually the sculptures melt away within days. Some uptown businesses have seen slightly increased customer Read More…

Landmark net neutrality rules win FCC approval in party-line 3-2 vote

Tom Wheeler

WASHINGTON — In a landmark decision for the future of the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved tough net neutrality regulations to oversee online traffic. The new rules prohibit Internet service providers from discriminating against legal content flowing through their wired or wireless networks, such as by charging websites for faster delivery of Read More…

Indoor kart course on track for March opening in Medina

The quarter-mile-long track at High Voltage Indoor Karting in Medina encompasses 50,000 square feet and is the first indoor track of its kind in Northeast Ohio. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Employees of High Voltage Indoor Karting are putting the finishing touches on the track in preparation for their grand opening March 9. The quarter-mile track features tight turns and fast straights, which they say will satisfy the adrenaline demands of both beginners and advanced racers alike. “The fastest lap we have had in testing is Read More…

United Way officially launches effort to help jobless Medina County residents


The United Way of Medina County on Wednesday officially rolled out Employing Medina County — the third area of its revamped funding schedule — by announcing a $150,000 grant from Westfield Insurance. Executive Director Seth Kujat said the grant, which will be disbursed over a three-year period, will fund the program until it is self Read More…