November 29, 2014

Medina
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29°F

Churches, groups hosting Thanksgiving dinners

Thanksgiving dinners are being hosted by several churches and other groups this week. They include: • St. Ambrose Parish, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick, will open its doors to the community for the seventh annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hilkert Hall. More than 450 volunteers from the parish and around Read More…

Candlelight Walk wraps up in Medina, candles lit for loved ones lost

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The 30th annual Candlelight Walk had a solemn note Sunday evening as a crowd of about 175 gathered around the Christmas tree in the Gazebo of Medina’s Public Square to pass on the flame of loved ones who have died. The 10th year Hospice of Medina County held their Circle of Light ceremony brought the Read More…

Mapleside to expand in Brunswick

Greg and Kelly Clement, owners of Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, stand on the site where they hope to construct a new barn this spring. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Mapleside Farms owners Greg and Kelly Clement want to add banquet facilities to their 100-acre farm next year and expand their apple orchards. “When we bought Mapleside in 2010, I always saw it as a destination,” Greg Clement said. The farm has well-attended concerts and fall festivals, they said, and visitors also can enjoy a Read More…

Fledgling theater company is ready for the spotlight in Wadsworth

Members of the Wadsworth Theatre Company rehearse for their Nov. 30 production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” From left, Chuck Peery III (George Bailey), Jordan Pitts (Mary Hatch Bailey), Jay Sigler (Ernie Bishop), Anna Lambert (Frankie) and Kyle Callahan (Clarence). (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Theater has been a recurring theme in the lives of Nicole Ellesin and her husband, Donald. They both participated in theater productions in high school and college, and they met while performing in community theater in 2003. They performed in many shows together and even got engaged on stage before marrying in 2007. A Wadsworth Read More…

Foundation laid for new hotel in Medina Township

Battling snow and cold weather, employees with Modern Poured Walls Construction Services Inc. work Wednesday on the new Fairfield Inn and Suites, 3125 Eastpointe Drive, Medina Township. The hotel is scheduled to open next summer. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The recovering economy is bringing more then just shops and restaurants to Medina County. It’s bringing a new hotel. Foundation work began for the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 3125 Eastpointe Drive, west of the Interstate 71 interchange with state Route 18 in Medina Township, at the beginning of the month. The owner, Aashish Patel of Read More…

Victorian Christmas festivities begin

Joann King of the Medina Historical Society sits by the traditional Christmas tree on display at the John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood Ave., across the street from Medina City Hall. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

With the holidays just around the corner, the Medina County Historical Society will host a Victorian Christmas at the John Smart House Museum that begins this weekend during Medina’s Candlelight Walk festivities. Historical society volunteer Joann King said the event is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and the next two Sundays, Nov. 30 Read More…

Montville trustees purchase more Blue Heron land for park

The Montville Township trustees are moving forward with the transformation of the unused Blue Heron golf course into a public park. Trustees purchased an additional parcel for $25,000 from 6061 River Styx LLC, the company that owned the golf course, which closed in 2012. The land will serve as a separate entrance to the park Read More…

Highland agrees to compensation plan for Discount Drug Mart

Highland school officials have agreed to a compensation plan from Discount Drug Mart as part of a 14-year tax abatement planned in Sharon Township. The agreement calls for Discount Drug Mart to pay the school district $3,500 annually over 14 years for a total of $49,000. The Medina County Economic Development Corp. brokered a deal Read More…

Volunteers deck Medina’s Public Square for holidays

Quinn Behler, of Medina, and Chet Simmons, of Medina, finish wrapping one of the light poles in Mediina's Publc Square on Sunday.  More than 50 volunteers showed up  to decorate the square in preparation for this weekend's Candlelight Walk and the start of the holiday season. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

More than 50 volunteers on Sunday morning helped set up for this year’s 30th annual Candlelight Walk on Medina’s Public Square. “It’s so much easier when we have so many volunteers,” said Denise Trudell, coordinator of the event. The three-day celebration starts Friday with the lighting of luminarias lining the nine-block historic district at 4:30 Read More…

Gazette launches annual Not-Forgotten Box donation drive with Salvation Army

From left, Lorain County Printing and Publishing employees Lucy Velez and Barb Ritsko-Stephens put up signs and holiday decorations for the Not Forgotten Box, a food and toy drive for families in need during the holiday season. The drive will begin Monday and will go through Dec. 12.  (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The Gazette’s Medina office will start to look a lot like Santa’s workshop next week. On Monday, the newspaper launches its Not-Forgotten Box to collect new, unopened toys for underprivileged children through Dec. 12. This year’s goal is 2,000 toys. Last year it reached 1,400. The Gazette also will accept nonperishable food items with all Read More…