September 5, 2015

Medina
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Medina International Fest attracts 17,000

BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE
James Beaton, of Medina, known as "The Bald Piper," headed the kids' parade at the Medina International Fest on Saturday at Public Square. Beaton was followed by Frank the Buffalo, of Frontier Communications, and several children.

Medina’s largest one-day event of the year appeared to be a rousing success Saturday judging by the scarcity of parking spots around Public Square. Matt Wiederhold, executive director of the business and development group Main Street Medina, estimated attendance at the seventh Medina International Fest at 17,000. The day was filled with ethnic food from Read More…

Medina VFW post’s luau benefits area veterans

Medina Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137's Hawaiian luau Saturday attracted between 75 and 100 people, officials said. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

It’s all about helping the veterans. The Hawaiian luau on Saturday was one of about six major events this year for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Road, in Medina. Many of the post’s commanders dressed up in grass skirts to go along with the theme of the evening. An estimated 75 to Read More…

Medina resident plans 600-mile pilgrimage on Camino de Santiago

Carol Vaccariello stands in her backyard near a statute of an angel. Vaccariello is planning a 600 mile pilgrimage next month known as the Camino de Santiago. The route she will take starts in France and ends in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A Medina resident is planning a 600-mile pilgrimage from France to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Carol Vaccariello wants to walk the Camino de Santiago, or St. James Trail, in the hopes of spiritual growth. The former Catholic nun said she doesn’t know Read More…

The Weather Channel segment to feature Medina in nationwide competition

About 2,000 candlelit luminaries line the sidewalks of Medina’s Public Square and the surrounding nine-block historic district during the 30th Annual Candlelight Walk. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Medina leaders will appear on national television Saturday to talk about the next step in a nationwide competition of best places to live and work. Frontier Communications and Dish Network are among the corporate sponsors of the contest called America’s Best Communities, and the city of Medina is one of 50 semifinalists. At 7:40 a.m. Read More…

Eric Warfel denied bond reduction, must get psych eval

Eric Warfel, 34, of Medina, listens to arguments Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina father accused of leaving his daughter’s body in her crib for six weeks after she died will remain in the Medina County Jail until he completes a psychological evaluation. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ruled Monday that Eric Warfel, 34, can ask again to have his bond reduced after he’s evaluated. Warfel Read More…

Seville, Medina stores join Square to Square event

Storefronts featuring green balloons dotted the state Route 3 landscape as a part of a Square to Square event Saturday. More than 40 local businesses between Medina and Seville participated in the “shop local, shop small” event hosted by the Seville Chamber of Commerce and Visit Medina County. Participating stores offered sales and refreshments and Read More…

Rep. Renacci to visit Medina Walgreens store Monday

The office of Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, announced that the congressman will visit Medina on Monday to tour the Walgreens store at 805 N. Court St. He will meet with Walgreens employees and discuss the role of community pharmacies in health care. Renacci’s office said he has been traveling in the district over the last Read More…

Medina’s Tom Borror earns statewide Kiwanis award

Tom Borror has devoted his life to helping others. The 61-year-old Medina resident will be honored Saturday morning with the Albert and Iris Gilbert Humanitarian Award at the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation’s annual meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 3663 Park East Drive, Beachwood. Borror will be recognized for his charitable work in the Medina Read More…

Attorney: Medina man didn’t use trash to conceal smell of daughter’s body

Eric Warfel

Police and prosecutors might have erred in reporting a Medina father put trash in his dead toddler’s room to hide the smell of her decomposing body, according to court documents expected to be filed today. Eric Warfel, 34, is accused in Medina County Common Pleas Court of failing to tell family, friends, police and medical Read More…

Castle Noel’s latest venue will offer visitors a chance to escape

LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE
Castle Noel owner Mark Klaus was joined by Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell for the announcement that a new entertainment venue called "Escape The Castle" will open in a few months. The idea of people being put in a room and solving puzzles or answering challenges to get out of the room began in Budapest, Hungary, and has become popular in China and Canada, Klaus said.

It’s a worldwide phenomenon. Just ask Mark Klaus, owner of Castle Noel, its gift shop and Alien Vacation mini-golf, 260 S. Court St., in Medina. The popular Christmas museum will expand by adding a new entertainment venue downtown when Klaus opens his new innovation called Escape the Castle. The Hinckley Township resident called the opening Read More…