November 24, 2014

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PHOTO: Preparing to light up Brunswick

Tom Adams of the Brunswick Parks Department installs a snowflake light along Center Road on Wednesday afternoon. Adams said crews will be working to complete the installation of lights this week and the snowflakes are scheduled to light up next Wednesday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

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…

Montville trustees purchase more Blue Heron land for park

The Montville Township trustees are moving forward with the transformation of the unused Blue Heron golf course into a public park. Trustees purchased an additional parcel for $25,000 from 6061 River Styx LLC, the company that owned the golf course, which closed in 2012. The land will serve as a separate entrance to the park Read More…

Cleveland proposes Medina County help turn trash into fuel

Medina County commissioners met with Cleveland officials Tuesday to talk trash. Three members of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s staff came to Medina to propose Medina County’s trash be turned into fuel. Jenita McGowan, chief of sustainability for Cleveland, said the city has been considering ways to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills Read More…

Highland agrees to compensation plan for Discount Drug Mart

Highland school officials have agreed to a compensation plan from Discount Drug Mart as part of a 14-year tax abatement planned in Sharon Township. The agreement calls for Discount Drug Mart to pay the school district $3,500 annually over 14 years for a total of $49,000. The Medina County Economic Development Corp. brokered a deal Read More…

Litchfield man, 21, pleads not guilty to rape

A Litchfield Township man pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, burglary and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Casey Dimitrov, 21, of the 8500 block of Branch Road, was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in September. On March 25, a Medina County grand jury Read More…

Medina nonprofit hosts workshop to modify toys for special needs kids

Elyria High School sophomores William Bailey, 16, and Lindsey Broussard, 15, laugh as their toy begins to sing when they accidentally connected two pieces of wire on Tuesday afternoon. About high school science students volunteered to re-engineer and adapt the toys for students with disabilities during a workshop hosted by Medina-based RePlay for Kids. (KRISTIN BAUER / GAZETTE)

A table full of battery-operated toys sat in a classroom Tuesday at Elyria High School just waiting to be played with, but students who ripped and tugged at the toys’ plush fabric and wiring underneath were not looking to amuse themselves. The nearly 60 sophomore, junior and senior science students had volunteered to re-engineer and Read More…

PHOTO: Bears are stuffed with cheer

Nina Bates, left, a staff member of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities puts the finishing touches on a Karate Bear, along with Dr. Kaye Stanley-Bryson, director of children's services, as part of the Build-A-Bear program for disadvantaged children sponsored by the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club in partnership with the county Juvenile Court. About 140 bears were completed Tuesday by staff, volunteers and clients at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Achievement Center, 4691 Windfall Road, Granger Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

PHOTO: Youth help decorate Medina’s Public Square for holidays

There were plenty of young people among the more than 50 volunteers who helped decorate Medina’s Public Square in preparation for this weekend’s 30th annual Candlelight Walk: from left, Joe Obermeier, 15, of Medina; Ian Otter, 16, of Medina Township; Loren Sefcik, 14, of Montville Township; Sydney Wagner, 15, of Medina Township; and Katie Otter, 14, of Medina Township. The Candlelight Walk begins 4:30 p.m. Friday with the lighting of luminarias lining Public Square. The Holiday Parade of Lights around the square begins 5:30 p.m. Saturday followed by a fireworks presentation. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Winter wallop: First the snow falls and then the freeze hits

Monday's first snowfall of the year blankets Allardale, the Medina County Park District's park in Granger Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Staff and wire reports | The Gazette Winter has arrived a month early — at least according to the calendar. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 2.5 inches of snow were recorded at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the National Weather Service reported. The white stuff is going to stay a while: Temperatures were expected to plunge Read More…