July 25, 2014

Medina
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Brunswick hopes for Sonic boom

The first SONIC in Medina County and the fourth in Ohio opened Friday in Brunswick at 3280 Center Road. The official grand opening for the drive-in is today from 6 a.m. to midnight.  (Becky Tener / Gazette)

Becky Tener The Gazette BRUNSWICK — Medina County is getting its first taste of Sonic, one of three franchises opening in the city. Along with Sonic, Brunswick will welcome Chipotle Mexican Grill on Wednesday at 3362 Center Road, and Panini’s Bar and Grill, an Ohio-based chain, will open in early July at 3520 Center Road. Read More…

The simple life

From left, Katlind Bradley, 11, Clemens Grove, Ohio; Dorothy Duckworth, 11, of Independence, Ky.; Kathy Richmond, 11, of Massillon; and Emelia Weinel, 12, of Pittsburgh, Pa., visit  in their 1840s outfits at the campsite of the Old Northwest Territory Primitive Rendezvous Tuesday in Spencer Township.

Becky Tener The Gazette SPENCER TWP. — Under a small wooden pavilion four young girls sit dressed in long, cotton dresses, their hair pulled back in braids. There’s a sea of white canvas tents behind them and the smell of a campfire smoke in the air. It’s a scene from the 1840s, but the girls Read More…

Pet Palooza

Jennifer Mille, an employee at the Brunswick library, reads to a group of kids, dogs and a guinea pig just before the library’s “Strut Your Mutt” parade Friday. (Marie Kacik Kula / Gazette)

BRUNSWICK — The librarians didn’t blink an eye as a parade of dogs made its way through the Brunswick library on Friday, but some of the patrons had to take a second look. This week, the Brunswick branch of the Medina County District Library has been holding its second annual Pet Palooza event. Librarian Carmen Read More…

Big gun goes away

Mark Schmuck of Transcounty Towing in Medina secures an anti-tank gun to a truck bed Friday. The gun was taken from the American Legion hall at 620 N. Broadway Street, Medina, to an auto body shop for restoration work. (Maria Kacik / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Something was missing Friday morning from in front of American Legion Post 202. Something big. “It looks naked,” post Commander William Parker said. He and several others had just moved an anti-tank gun that has been outside the post’s Veterans Memorial Hall since it opened in the 1960s at 620 N. Broadway St. Read More…

Summer splash bash

BRUNSWICK — Kids in the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center’s summer camp were cannonballing into the pool Thursday afternoon. But just weeks ago, no one was splashing around at the rec center. The pool closed in March after a mechanical failure damaged equipment and the pool liner. The pool reopened last week and Parks Read More…

Rolling down memory lane

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Her bedroom window faced Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, and every summer morning Cindi Rudes awakened to the clacking of the rollercoaster chains. “It was a great little place back then,” said Rudes, 57, who still lives in the township. “You just don’t want to give up on the memories.” Rudes and other Read More…

High honors for greatest generation

Westfield Township World War II veteran George Kilkenny (center) poses in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C., along with his son Brien, left, and grandson John (right) during Kilkenny’s Honor Flight trip in May. (Photo provided)

The Honor Flight Network honors America’s older veterans by flying them to view the national war memorials in Washington, D.C., but it’s the veterans who honor us — consecrating these monuments to service and sacrifice with their footsteps. World War II veterans are leaving us at a rate of 1,000 per day and the nonprofit Read More…

Gold, record

Dan Brown The Gazette While they each had different paths to Columbus on Saturday, the trio of Medina’s Taylor Burke, Highland’s Natalie Zidd and Wadsworth’s Jake Hiltner had similar finishes. Burke surpassed her own record at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium en route to a second consecutive state title in the high jump, while Zidd and Read More…

Man killed in home invasion

Authorities respond Thursday afternoon to a home invasion at 5394 Richman Road in Chatham Township. A male victim died at the scene. (Kaitlin Bushinski / Gazette)

CHATHAM TWP. — A man is dead following an apparent home invasion Thursday afternoon on Richman Road, authorities said. Medina County Sheriff Neil Hassinger and Chief Deputy Ken Baca would not confirm the victim’s name late Thursday night pending notification of family, but Frank G. Munz is listed as a resident at 5394 Richman Road. Read More…

Crash shuts down Route 3

MONTVILLE TWP. — An accident involving a semi tractor-trailer and car temporarily shut down state Route 3 on Wednesday afternoon because the truck’s fuel tank was leaking. No one was seriously injured. At 12:19 p.m., Claude Piwinski, 50, of Cleveland, was northbound on Route 3 in a tractor-trailer and attempted to turn left onto state Read More…