November 24, 2014

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Candlelight Walk wraps up in Medina, candles lit for loved ones lost

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The 30th annual Candlelight Walk had a solemn note Sunday evening as a crowd of about 175 gathered around the Christmas tree in the Gazebo of Medina’s Public Square to pass on the flame of loved ones who have died. The 10th year Hospice of Medina County held their Circle of Light ceremony brought the Read More…

Candlelight Walk Christmas tree lit on a cold night

Dena McLaughlin, her daughter Taylor and hundreds more waited in the cold Friday night in Medina’s Public Square for the 30th annual Candlelight Walk Christmas tree lighting. The McLaughlins had never attended the Candlelight festivities. The family moved to Medina in February from Canton. “Everyone’s been talking about this all week,” Dena McLaughlin said. “It’s Read More…

Fledgling theater company is ready for the spotlight in Wadsworth

Members of the Wadsworth Theatre Company rehearse for their Nov. 30 production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” From left, Chuck Peery III (George Bailey), Jordan Pitts (Mary Hatch Bailey), Jay Sigler (Ernie Bishop), Anna Lambert (Frankie) and Kyle Callahan (Clarence). (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Theater has been a recurring theme in the lives of Nicole Ellesin and her husband, Donald. They both participated in theater productions in high school and college, and they met while performing in community theater in 2003. They performed in many shows together and even got engaged on stage before marrying in 2007. A Wadsworth Read More…

Foundation laid for new hotel in Medina Township

Battling snow and cold weather, employees with Modern Poured Walls Construction Services Inc. work Wednesday on the new Fairfield Inn and Suites, 3125 Eastpointe Drive, Medina Township. The hotel is scheduled to open next summer. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The recovering economy is bringing more then just shops and restaurants to Medina County. It’s bringing a new hotel. Foundation work began for the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 3125 Eastpointe Drive, west of the Interstate 71 interchange with state Route 18 in Medina Township, at the beginning of the month. The owner, Aashish Patel of Read More…

Victorian Christmas festivities begin

Joann King of the Medina Historical Society sits by the traditional Christmas tree on display at the John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood Ave., across the street from Medina City Hall. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

With the holidays just around the corner, the Medina County Historical Society will host a Victorian Christmas at the John Smart House Museum that begins this weekend during Medina’s Candlelight Walk festivities. Historical society volunteer Joann King said the event is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and the next two Sundays, Nov. 30 Read More…

Band Shanren brings Chinese folk music to county

Chinese folk band Shanren performs a traditional tribal greeting song Monday evening at Lodi Library. The band will be at the Buckeye and Medina libraries today and will conduct workshops about traditional Chinese folk music. Shanren will perform at Highland High School on Saturday night. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The band Shanren plays a style of traditional Chinese folk music forged with the sensibilities of rock ‘n’ roll and reggae. The group gave its first of four performances in Medina County at Lodi Library on Monday night. Originally from Kumming, China, the band has gained critical and popular acclaim at major music festivals in Read More…

Local crime statistics included in FBI report

To see a breakdown of crime statistics in Northeast Ohio, click here For the first time the police departments of all three cities in Medina County are represented in the FBI’s annual “Uniform Crime Reports” — the nation’s official tally of violent and property crimes. The latest report, which covers 2013 and was released last Read More…

Volunteers deck Medina’s Public Square for holidays

Quinn Behler, of Medina, and Chet Simmons, of Medina, finish wrapping one of the light poles in Mediina's Publc Square on Sunday.  More than 50 volunteers showed up  to decorate the square in preparation for this weekend's Candlelight Walk and the start of the holiday season. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

More than 50 volunteers on Sunday morning helped set up for this year’s 30th annual Candlelight Walk on Medina’s Public Square. “It’s so much easier when we have so many volunteers,” said Denise Trudell, coordinator of the event. The three-day celebration starts Friday with the lighting of luminarias lining the nine-block historic district at 4:30 Read More…

Artists open gallery, plan to offer classes in Medina

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Artists Sandi Piper and Lacey Huffman are bringing their love of nature-inspired art to Public Square. Their new art gallery, Sand & Lace Fine Art Gallery, opened Friday at 23 Public Square in Medina. The landscapes and naturescapes of Piper and Huffman will be showcased, as well as the work of other local artists. The Read More…

Medina man pleads guilty to allowing drug sales at his home

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A Bronson Street man who police say attracted criminal activity to the area pleaded guilty Thursday to letting his friend sell drugs at his Medina home in August. David Reed, whose home was padlocked last month as the result of a lawsuit by the city to label the house a “habitual resort” for criminals, was Read More…