October 31, 2014

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Festival of Trees lights up holiday giving

Christmas is eight weeks away, but it isn’t too early for some to think about buying a holiday tree, especially if it benefits a good cause. More than 300 people already have registered for the eighth annual Festival of Trees Nov. 6 at Weymouth Country Club in Medina Township. “This is the biggest crowd we’ve Read More…

History lesson: Weymouth School was once the first of its kind

An Ohio Historical Marker plaque, unveiled Saturday, honors the role community members played in supporting the school as the first school for disabled students in the state.Loren Genson / Gazette

A plaque from the state of Ohio now marks the historical importance of the Weymouth School in Medina Township which was the first county supported as the first school for disabled students in the state of Ohio. The Ohio Historical Marker plaque, which was unveiled Saturday, honors community members support of the school. Built in Read More…

Gazette, staff receive awards from Society of Professional Journalists

The Gazette was runner-up for Ohio’s best daily newspaper under 75,000 circulation in the 2014 Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition, sponsored by Society of Professional Journalists chapters in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. The Gazette’s sister paper, The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram won first. The staff of The Gazette won 10 individual awards. Managing Editor David Knox and reporters Read More…

PHOTOS: Hundreds of people, dogs participate in 5K SPCA event

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Nearly 500 two-legged runners and several hundred four-legged companions braved a chilly morning Saturday to participate in the second annual Paws for the Cause 5K to benefit the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Both the 5K and a mile Fun Run started and finished on Medina’s Public Square. Participants — Read More…

Men of Wadsworth Chorus bicentennial performance gets an ‘Amen’

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After an audience of nearly 200 people gave them a standing ovation, the Men of Wadsworth Chorus knew what to do for an encore — a rousing version of the gospel song “Amen.” The 4 p.m. concert at Trinity United Church of Christ, 215 High St., was part of Wadsworth’s bicentennial celebration. “The rest of Read More…

New Wadsworth bike trail will connect to Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

A new two-mile bike trail will connect downtown Wadsworth to the 85-mile Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail that runs from Tuscarawas County to Cuyahoga County. The city of Wadsworth was awarded a $372,185 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Ohio Trails Fund, allowing the city to build the trail that will Read More…

Medina County jobless rate drops to lowest point in seven years

Medina County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent last month — the lowest in nearly seven years. The September labor market report, released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, found 90,700 county residents had jobs in September — an increase of 1,200 compared to September 2013. Over the same period, Read More…

Library bouncy ball drop wraps up ‘Wonder’ book program (with video)

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MEDINA — More than 2,000 bouncy balls were dropped from the top floor of the Medina County District Library in Medina to the lobby on Friday to wrap up the library’s One Book, One Community program. The program consisted of dozens of events, speakers and book clubs focused on “Wonder,” a short novel by R.J. Read More…

November workshop for parents, teachers to focus on drug prevention

Medina County Drug Abuse Commission

Drug awareness educators next month will host a workshop for parents, teachers, counselors and social workers about how to spot the signs of drug abuse and what drugs are popular among teenagers. “Education is really the key. It’s an opportunity to be more educated and more aware of the issue,” said Brian Nowak, director of Read More…

Gazette reporter runs from zombies for Project: LEARN 5K fundraiser

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I was trying to keep a good pace as I approached the forest edge. I’d already encountered three or so groups of the undead, and I entered the safe zone thinking I was already a goner. I peeked over my shoulder to find my flags missing, stolen by the first waves of zombies as I Read More…