March 27, 2015


Signs of spring are showing in Medina County

Spring has sprung all over the front yard of Barb Pasek's property on Wilbur Road in Granger Township. Her yard is covered in snow crocuses and honey bees already are taking advantage of them. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The calendar may say spring begins today, but an 80 percent chance of snow in the early morning hours and a forecasted low of 35 degrees tonight, it feels more like winter. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature will warm up to 53 degrees Saturday with a chance of rain before dropping to Read More…

Volunteers surprise Medina girl with playhouse

Kyla Reynolds, 8, is embraced by her mother, Molly Reynolds, as she gets a first look at a new playhouse donated by Autism Speaks and College Pro Painters on Thursday afternoon at her Medina home. Behind them, Laurie English, looks on. English works for the STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism, where Kyla attends school. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

An 8-year-old Medina girl got a big surprise Thursday afternoon when about 30 people showed up at her Wadsworth Road home to unload a new outdoor playhouse. Kyla Reynolds, who attends the STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism in Strongsville, received a playhouse painted by college students as part of a service project. “This is Read More…

Fulton family prepares Guilford Twp. farm for maple syrup season

The Fulton family includes fourth- and fifth-generation farmers. The family includes, from left, Heather, Clayton, 3, Andrew, Steve, Beth and Corey Fulton. Heather and Andrew are expecting their second son in April. In the center is a tree on the family-owned Maple Valley Farm in Guilford Township with a tap collecting sap to make maple syrup. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

After the cold winter pushed it back, maple syrup season officially is under way in Ohio. The sap is flowing quickly from the trees in the woods at Maple Valley Farm. This weekend, steam will rise from the farm’s sugarhouse on Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township as maple syrup production begins. The farm will Read More…

Olympian helps unveil recovered match torch

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Andrew Davis and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette Many communities host a distance running event once a year. But how many can brag that an Olympic Games gold medal winner was once the grand marshal of a festival parade that accompanied the race? Well, Wadsworth can. The city hosted a news conference Thursday to promote Read More…

New 4-H director to focus on leadership and life skills

Morgan Domokos

Korinne Caniglia | Special to The Gazette Morgan Domokos just added 1,300 youths to her family. Domokos recently joined Ohio State University Extension as the new educator of 4-H youth development in Medina County. She replaces Bill Harris, who retired after 35 years with Extension. The position is more than helping 4-H members develop projects, Read More…

Litchfield man, 61, gets 20 years for raping 3 teens

Gary Royer

A 61-year-old Litchfield Township man will spend 20 years in prison for raping three teenage boys last year. Gary Royer, of the 9200 block of Norwalk Road, pleaded no contest last month to seven counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition. The charges were first- and fourth-degree felonies. He faced up to Read More…

United Way of Medina County Executive Director Kujat to resign

Seth Kujat

United Way of Medina County Executive Director Seth Kujat will be stepping down, effective April 15. “I had a pretty great opportunity and it didn’t make sense for me not to take it,” he said, declining to elaborate. Kujat said the decision was made after a long talk with United Way’s Board of Directors. “There Read More…

President Barack Obama slams GOP budget in Cleveland

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Justin Sink | Bloomberg News President Barack Obama criticized the House Republican budget proposal during a visit to Cleveland on Wednesday, mocking their fiscal plans as “a path to prosperity for those who have already prospered.” Obama said the U.S. recovery from the depths of a recession when he first took office demonstrated that his Read More…

EMS workers trained to use new life-saving devices from Lodi hospital


Four local fire departments received new wireless heart monitors for their EMS teams Wednesday from Lodi Community Hospital. The hospital launched in January a “STEMI Rendezvous” program to provide faster treatment for patients who suffer heart attacks. Part of the program is making sure the surrounding fire departments have the right equipment. “This is going Read More…

Olympian to promote return of matchstick in Wadsworth

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In 1972, Wadsworth resident Dave Wottle stunned the world with a come-from-behind victory in the 800-meter dash at the Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. At the annual Blue Tip Festival the next year, Wottle was handed a large ceremonial match to symbolize the Olympics and his victory. Now Wottle will be joining Wadsworth city Read More…