July 30, 2014

Medina
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Business beat: Happy Blankie is one ‘big idea’ for local youth

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By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer David Holdridge is one of the few 8-year-olds in the world who has a portfolio for his inventions. Sitting in his Medina living room, David picked up his blue plastic folder, which is labeled “David’s Portfolio” in an 8-year-old’s scribble — and withdrew plans for his newest invention. This one, Read More…

Business beat: Deal to bring student pilots in from overseas

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By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer Jean-Charles Van Der Wielen, 26, of Liege, Belgium, spent the month of April soaring through the skies above Medina County and accruing training hours for his private pilot’s license. Thanks to a new deal SkyPark airport in Guilford Township has with a Japanese-based company, pilots from around the world will Read More…

Business beat: Partners on and off the track

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By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer On July 20, IndyCar drivers at the Mid-Ohio School’s Lexington race track will reach speeds of nearly 180 mph — roughly a football field traveled every second and a half — and pass under a bridge that bears a banner for Westfield Insurance of Westfield Center. All the while, the Read More…

Business beat: County firms garner safety awards

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer The Medina County Safety Council invited members to its annual awards banquet at Weymouth Country Club in Medina Township on Tuesday to honor many of them for their safety efforts. But the council was honored with an award of its own. The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation named the Medina Read More…

Business beat: A taste of Ireland to open in Medina

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer Sully’s Irish Pub at 117 W. Liberty St. in Medina has been under construction for nearly a year. But construction workers tore down the brown paper covering the new restaurant’s windows last week in anticipation of the pub’s grand opening Friday. Owners John Sullivan, Mike Perrotti and Scott Reid Sr. Read More…

Business beat: The ‘Cadillac’ of cremators

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By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer In the Medina warehouse of Facultatieve Technologies’ American division (FT-USA), those who build the business’s cremation equipment refer to it as the top of the line. “The way (my employees) phrase it is, ‘Why would you buy a Ford when you could buy a Cadillac,’ ” said Paul Matthews, vice Read More…

Business beat: Shoppers look for deals

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By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer Tonia Latarewicz of Chippewa Lake placed a gallon of milk in her cart at Hawkins Market in Medina, as she walked through the store’s dairy section with her 2- and 8-year-old sons in tow. “A gallon probably lasts me a day and a half, if that. We’re all heavy milk Read More…

Business Beat: Energy costs could double in Ohio

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer The inconvenient truth is not so much that the world could face climatological disaster, said Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative’s general manager Markus Bryant, but that energy prices soon could double for Americans. In the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore talked about the global warming crisis while Read More…

Spring’s around the corner

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer The area experienced more than a foot of snow last weekend — a sure sign March’s “lion” is still roaring. But with the 2008 Medina County Home and Flower Show right around the corner, it is not too early to be thinking about the “lamb” and gentle weather ahead. The Read More…

Business Beat: Main Street chooses director

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer Matt Wiederhold assisted as downtown sections of Toledo and Cleveland aimed at historic preservation and economic revitalization. Now, as the newly appointed program director for Main Street Medina, he will be doing the same for a more suburban area. “I personally felt it was time to step back a bit Read More…