May 29, 2015


Party in Medina’s Public Square celebrates end of school year (PHOTOS)

Maria Leng, left, shows customers her handmade jewelry and silk wall hangings at a booth on Medina’s Public Square during Main Street Medina’s Stroll the Square event Thursday evening. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Hula hoops, beach balls, jump ropes and hundreds of children made Medina’s Public Square a colorful, smile-filled place Thursday evening during what was called the first end-of-school dance party. Medina Schools sponsored the party 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the end of the academic year. Rock musician Alice Cooper’s song “School’s Out” started off Read More…

Recycling bins on hold until contracts with cities signed


It could be another month before the promised community recycling drop-off bins are available, county and city officials said. Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli told The Gazette two weeks ago that 38 single-stream recycling bins should be up and running by the end of May. But a contract for the service between the cities of Read More…

“Xenodochium” trips up Medina speller

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Owen Kovalik, a sixth-grader from Medina, spelled his way to Washington, D.C., for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But the word that eliminated him during the Thursday afternoon session was “xenodochium,” a medieval house for the care of the poor, strangers, pilgrims or the sick. Owen spelled it “x-e-n-o-d-i-c-c-i-u-m.” Owen had reached the semifinals and Read More…

Teen who gave out $100 bills at school charged with theft from elderly

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Juvenile delinquency charges have been filed against a teenager who police said handed out $100 bills at Claggett Middle School last month after he stole $25,000 from his 83-year-old grandfather. The boy, who was 13 years old at the time, was charged with delinquency by way of theft from the elderly, a third-degree felony for Read More…

Columbia Gas to replace lines in Medina in $1.6 million project

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Columbia Gas of Ohio soon will replace more than 10,000 feet of natural gas lines in Medina. The company said it will invest $1.6 million to replace steel and cast iron pipe with plastic pipes and hopes to complete the project within four months, according to a news release. “Over time, our system ages and Read More…

Medina Christian Academy student competing in national spelling bee

Owen Kovalik

A Medina sixth-grader is competing this week in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Owen Kovalik, a 12-year-old who attends Medina Christian Academy, won the Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee in March, advancing to the national bee that begins today in the Maryland Ballroom within the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Read More…

Thousands attend Memorial Day parade, ceremony in Medina (PHOTOS)

The Color Guard fires a 21-gun salute for fallen soldiers at a Memorial Day ceremony in Medina’s Spring Grove Cemetery on Monday morning. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Thousands of people attended a Memorial Day parade in Medina on Monday morning to pay homage to fallen American servicemen and women. Marching bands, veterans, Boy Scouts and more took part in the parade, which started at 10 a.m. on Medina’s Public Square and ended at Spring Grove Cemetery. Following the parade, the cemetery became Read More…

Genealogist studies past of historic cannons in Medina cemetery

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Nelson “Terry” Hart has spent 20 years researching, writing and giving classes on genealogy subjects, but it has always centered on people. Until now. As a member of the Medina County Genealogy Society, Hart was asked last year by fellow member John Gill to investigate the history of two cannons that decorate Spring Grove Cemetery Read More…

Couple’s Brunswick home takes shape, thanks to Bendix

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Andy Phillips watched like a hawk as each partially constructed wall of his new home was loaded on a truck outside Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Elyria for the short ride to his soon-to-be Brunswick address. “Why is that wall out?” Phillips called to a team of Bendix volunteers Friday afternoon who helped build the Read More…

Van Epps donate fountain to Medina’s Bicentennial Commons


Thanks to Medina residents Murray and Sue Van Epp, the Bicentennial Commons made a splash on Wednesday. The Commons, at the northeast corner of Public Square, received a 7-foot-11 water fountain, donated by the Van Epps, that has been talked about since 2012. The water attraction was added to the bright-looking grass and wide sidewalks Read More…