September 3, 2014

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Put-in-Bay’s police under investigation for unlawful arrests

PUT-IN-BAY — Allegations of unlawful arrests and heavy-handed tactics against police in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay are being investigated by a county sheriff and a state agency. Numerous complaints from residents and business owners on South Bass Island sparked the investigation into the police department, said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick. Read More…

Scarecrow contest coming to Medina for upcoming harvest festival

Main Street Medina and Boyert’s Greenhouse are challenging residents to create the best scarecrow for the third annual Historic District Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrows will be placed in flowerpots on the sidewalk around the city’s historic district. “There have been really creative scarecrows in the past,” Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina, said. “It Read More…

Ohio’s statewide Buckeye Trail is being rerouted in Medina County

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Ohio’s Buckeye Trail is coming to downtown Medina. The Buckeye Trail — a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio — runs north from the Medina County Park District’s Lester Rail Trail in York Township, north along on Abbeyville Road to Hamilton Road in Medina Township, and then east toward the Hinckley Read More…

Medina mayor to give State of the City address before chamber

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Mayor Dennis Hanwell will stress the ways the city has been working to make Medina a great place to do business during his State of the City address today. Hanwell said he will detail how the city has appropriated $13 million worth of industrial infrastructure improvements from 2011 through 2015, but declined to provide specifics Read More…

Medina Township trustee interviews to be public

Medina Township trustees plan to conduct public interviews in October with candidates for Trustee Michael Todd’s seat. Trustee Ken DeMichael said Sunday he and Trustee Ray Jarrett have been accepting resumes since Aug. 19 after they received Todd’s letter of resignation, effective Oct. 1. DeMichael said he and Jarrett will interview any applicants for the Read More…

Pink Floyd tribute band closes out Rally in the Alley season

Mark Brennan, lead guitarist of Wish You Were Here, a Cleveland-based Pink Floyd tribute band, and Jon Darling, drums, perform at the final Rally in the Alley of the season Sunday night behind Main Street Cafe on Medina’s Public Square. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Rylee Deluna hasn’t missed the annual Rally in the Alley show featuring the Cleveland-based Pink Floyd tribute band, Wish You Were Here, in nine years. That’s her entire life. Rylee is 9. Since she was a baby, Rylee’s been rallying in the parking lot behind Main Street Cafe, 17 Public Square, on her favorite daddy-daughter Read More…

Hikers to be rewarded for walking park trails

Rain soaks the path at the Abbeyville Road entrance to the Lester Rail Trail on Sunday in York Township. The trail is one of 20 in the Medina County Park District’s Trekking Through Autumn self-guided hiking program, which begins today. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The Medina County Park District again is offering awards to hikers who cover at least eight of 20 designated trails. Trekking Through Autumn is a self-guided hiking program, which began in 2007 and is aimed at showcasing the beauty of fall in Medina County’s parks. The program begins today. To win an award, participants must Read More…

Library outreach coordinator Ann Plazek recognized

Ann Plazek, director of community outreach for the Medina County District Library, stands inside the library’s bookmobile last week. Plazek received the outreach award from the Ohio Library Council for her work to bring services to underserved areas of the community. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Medina Library Outreach Coordinator Ann Plazek has been awarded the Outreach Service Award from the Ohio Library Council. The award will be presented at a luncheon in October honoring top-performing libraries and staff throughout the state. Plazek said her outreach services staff, including eight employees and several volunteers, helped earn the award. “This is not Read More…

Heroin epidemic hitting Medina County families

Mead Wilkins, director of Job and Family Services of Medina County, updated county commissioners Tuesday on how the rise of heroin use in the county is effecting young children and families. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Heroin use across Medina County continues to rise among families with young children. In his monthly report to the county commissioners, Job and Family Services Director Mead Wilkins said 70 percent of the families served through child welfare have a dependence on heroin or a prescription drug such as OxyContin. “That was not true two Read More…

Wadsworth school treasurer’s raise halts contract talks with teachers

Teachers in the Wadsworth school district said negotiations with school administrators  have broken down since teachers learned earlier this year that the treasurer received a salary increase. Lori Robinson, co-president of the Wadsworth Education Association, which represents about 250 teachers in the district, said teachers were upset to learn Treasurer Douglas Beeman received a salary Read More…