January 28, 2015

Medina
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New Medina Creative Housing lodge assists with life skills

From left, Chad Houseman, a “life-stepper” with Medina Creative Housing, Michael Carlson, president of the board of directors for Medina Creative Housing, and Christopher Milota, a “life-stepper,” cut the ribbon Tuesday on the new Life Skills Training Lodge, 5200 Lake Road, Lafayette. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina Creative Housing has opened a new facility to help people with disabilities learn skills that will enable them to live more independently. Creative Housing’s staff, volunteers and people benefiting from the life-skills program gathered Tuesday at the new Life Skills Training Lodge, 5200 Lake Road, Lafayette Township, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This lodge is Read More…

Medina Council picks designer for new municipal courthouse

The city of Medina has entered into an agreement with Silling Associates for preliminary architectural and engineering services regarding plans for a new municipal courthouse. The West Virginia-based architectural firm will be paid $103,500 for its services. “This is a big step,” City Council President John Coyne said. Council picked Silling Associates as the architect Read More…

Brunswick Council sets guidelines for planned hotel

Brunswick officials agreed Monday to set guidelines for the design of a long-sought hotel at Brunswick Town Center. But City Council rejected a city Planning Commission recommendation that would have provided more regulation over the project. The Planning Commission asked Council to approve hotels only as a “conditional use” in the special planning district in Read More…

Reporter: Waiting is the worst part of taking the polar plunge

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There’s only one thing worse than jumping into freezing water in a hole cut in frozen Chippewa Lake. Waiting to take the plunge. I already had been standing in the frigid wind in my Gazette T-shirt and athletic shorts for half an hour and was next up when I learned I’d have to wait minutes Read More…

Sister begins fund for drug rehab facility after brother’s death

Alex Jenkins, left, with his younger sister, Kierstin, who set up a fund in her brother’s memory to raise awareness about drug addiction. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Kierstin Jenkins is determined not to let her brother’s death become another statistic. Alex Jenkins, 26, of Akron, died of a drug overdose on Monday. “I would like people to know that addiction affects everyone,” she said. “He had all these people in his life that were affected by his addiction.” Jenkins, of Guilford Township, Read More…

Lafayette trustees won’t pass resolution against pipeline

Lynda Bowers

Unlike trustees in five Medina County townships, Lafayette Township officials say they will not pass a resolution opposing the location of the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline. The 36- to 42-inch natural gas pipeline, a project managed by Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., would run underground through Medina, Lorain, Summit and eight other Ohio counties on Read More…

Medina County Commissioners raise $21,000 at charity ball

Guests begin to dance after dinner Saturday evening during the Commissioners Charity Ball at the Weymouth Country Club. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Medina County commissioners raised $21,000 for local charities at the 16th annual Commissioners Charity Ball on Jan. 17 at Weymouth Country Club. More than 140 people attended the black-tie-optional affair, which featured music from the Gene Fiocca Band, of Akron, and professional ballroom dancers from Cuyahoga County. “It was a delightful evening, a great place Read More…

District library settles lawsuit over Lodi branch defects for $640,000

Lodi Library management closed about a third of the building in November 2011 because the roof was structurally unsound. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The Medina County District Library will receive $640,000 in an out-of-court settlement ending a lawsuit over defects in the construction of the Lodi Library. The library was closed in November 2011 for 2 1/2 years after officials said the wooden beams in the cathedral ceiling of the new library’s main room were weak because they Read More…

Mike’s Jerky in Medina meets a meaty demand for product

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The employees of Just Mike’s Jerky Co. meticulously lay out thinly sliced raw, seasoned beef on screens before carting it off into an oven to cook down to jerky. Owner Mike Fullard said the process that creates beef jerky takes about three days. “We have the capabilities to turnout 3,000 pounds of jerky per day Read More…

Cannabis advocate says wait and see about legalization amendment

Cher Neufer

A local woman who founded Ohio’s chapter of a national pro-marijuana group wants more information before endorsing a proposed amendment to legalize the drug in the Buckeye State. Plans for the proposed amendment were released by ResponsibleOhio, a political-action committee whose website went live with the details Tuesday. But the website does not yet include Read More…