May 22, 2015

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Ohio Supreme Court: Police at private colleges are subject to open records law

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COLUMBUS — Private colleges’ police departments are subject to the state open records law, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case involving a lawsuit brought by a student journalist. The court’s 4-3 decision said the police department at Otterbein University in suburban Columbus is a public office because its personnel are state-certified Read More…

Leadership Medina County class of 2015 steps forward

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Leadership Medina County’s class of 2015 celebrated completing the educational and networking program Wednesday at Williams on the Lake in Medina.The class, named the “Bridge Builders,” couldn’t be more fitting, Leadership Executive Director Colleen Rice said. “They’ve built bridges for their class projects, they built bridges among each other and they’ve built bridges within our Read More…

Van Epps donate fountain to Medina’s Bicentennial Commons


Thanks to Medina residents Murray and Sue Van Epp, the Bicentennial Commons made a splash on Wednesday. The Commons, at the northeast corner of Public Square, received a 7-foot-11 water fountain, donated by the Van Epps, that has been talked about since 2012. The water attraction was added to the bright-looking grass and wide sidewalks Read More…

Westfield Insurance employees work on materials for Habitat homes

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For the third year, Westfield Insurance employees donated labor for a Habitat for Humanity of Summit County home-building project. Tuesday’s project at Westfield’s headquarters in Westfield Center involved employees painting trim and doors for two houses. “We’ve been working with Habitat since 2000, and we believe in the American dream, ” Westfield community investment leader 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 County auditor: NEXUS gas pipeline could reduce property values

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Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack said a proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline could have an adverse effect on property values if easements are secured and the line runs through or along a property. “The installation of the pipeline on properties will necessarily reduce the usage of those properties to some degree,” he said in a Read More…

Youths rally in Medina in support of law enforcement

Trevor Satterwaite speaks Saturday to a crowd assembled for a “Sea of Blue” rally in support of law enforcement officers. Participants marched from Medina High School to Medina’s Public Square. Trevor, an eighth-grader at A.I. Root Middle School, helped organize the rally and encouraged young people to come out and show support for local law enforcement. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Youths and law enforcement officers gathered Saturday at Medina’s Public Square for a “Sea of Blue” youth rally organized by A.I. Root Middle School eighth-grader Trevor Satterwaite. The rally in support of law enforcement officers drew hundreds for a walk that was inspired by the “Sea of Blue” rally in Cleveland in December. “It was Read More…

Medina County literacy group awarded $7,000 grant

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Project: LEARN of Medina County will enhance its literacy and GED programs in Lodi, thanks to a $7,000 grant the nonprofit received from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Project: LEARN was one of two Medina County nonprofits to receive money from retail company Dollar General. Friends of Medina County District Library, which helps support the Read More…

Records prop up Ohio’s claim to birthplace of flight

This framed photo in the Medina Municipal Airport shows A.I. Root in the passenger seat of a Wright Flyer at the Medina County Fair in 1915. Root was a supporter of aviation and the Wright Brothers. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

In which state did someone first fly a machine-powered aircraft? As far as Ohio is concerned, Connecticut can go fly a kite following its recent announcement — and a Medina connection backs up the Buckeye State’s historical claim. Ohio fired back at Connecticut lawmakers this week, refuting the statement that a man named Gustave Whitehead Read More…

Medina mini golf venue attracts tourists from across the country

Golfers can get refresh­ments in the “mushroom room” at Alien Vacation 3D Miniature Golf. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

A local entertainment venue is capturing the attention of travel groups from across the country. Alien Vacation 3D Miniature Golf has been pairing up with other Northeast Ohio attractions such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton to give tourists who are on Read More…