November 21, 2014

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PHOTOS: Ballooning literacy at Seville Library

Harlow Johnson, 3, and her mother, Katie Herald, delight in a balloon rabbit she received at the Seville Library on Friday afternoon. The Samurai Balloon Guy, also known as Tim Brown, crafted dragons, rhinoceros, ponies and cows for children who successfully completed the summer reading program at the library. Children also treated to Popsicles. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE PHOTOS)

Drunken driving personal for former sheriff’s deputy

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A retired sheriff’s deputy tearfully shared Thursday how losing two of his family members in a crash caused by a drunken driver changed his life. “I had 28 years in law enforcement and I thought I understood and I didn’t. I didn’t know nothing,” Tom Tomasheski, a retired Lorain County sheriff’s deputy, said of the Read More…

Lodi man dies in ATV crash

A Lodi man died last week after he crashed his all-terrain vehicle on his Bank Street property. According to a police report, police and rescuers were called to the 700 block of Bank Street at 7:21 p.m. Friday. They found Anthony Gentry, 51, partially ejected from an ATV. The report said Gentry was attempting to Read More…

This week’s Medina County park events listing for the month of August

The following is a list of Medina County Park District programs and activities for this week and the month of August. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit or call (330) 722-9364. Thursday • Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Ride, Chippewa Rail Trail, parking lot on south side of Read More…

Sex with teen begets a year in prison for Gloria Glens Park man, 19

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A 19-year-old Gloria Glens Park man was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison for having sex with a teenage girl and having a nude photo on his phone of another girl. Trebor Simon, of the first block of Lakefield Lane, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and illegal use of a Read More…

Lodi Library to close for inspection

The Lodi Library branch of Medina County District Library will close for three days, July 31 to Aug. 2, to allow workers to inspect the original wood beams used in the construction of the building in 2006. District Library Director Carole Kowell said the inspection was needed in connection with the lawsuit filed by the Read More…

David Matejczyk builds Wiffle ball field of dreams in Seville


It was a picture-perfect early evening in Seville and the setting sun was illuminating the scene as David “Mouse” Matejczyk paced throughout his backyard, talking in such excited circles he often interrupted one story to launch into another. The 56-year-old insurance lawyer was in his element rambling about the loves of his life. There’s his Read More…

TASTY TREAT-MENT: Festival serves up corn, ice cream

Gordon Ruggles, co-owner of J.G. Kettle Corn in Ashland, dumps a freshly cooked batch of kettle corn Friday afternoon at the Lodi Sweet Corn Festival. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

LODI — The Lodi Sweet Corn Festival was popping Friday in the tent of a new vendor, J.G. Kettle Corn of Ashland. As co-owner Gordon Ruggles stirred the large kettle, some kernels exploded outside, leaving a circle of crunchy corn on the ground around the tent, set up in the middle of Letha House Field. Read More…

Lodi Sweet Corn Festival kicks off, to last through Saturday


The 33rd annual Lodi Sweet Corn Festival opened Thursday afternoon and continues through Saturday night at the Letha House Field on Wooster Street. More than 250 dozen ears of corn are predicted to be consumed during the festival. SCHEDULE Today 4 p.m. — Festival opens 6 p.m. — Westfield Fire & Rescue serving root beer Read More…

Seville merchants hope to promote village as a shopping destination

Flags and flowers line Seville’s Main Street this summer. NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE

A group of 13 retailers from the Center and Main streets area are active members of the 2-year-old Downtown Seville Business Association with the goal of drawing tourists and shoppers to historic downtown Seville. One of the group’s key members is Jane Webb, owner of Seville Flower & Gift Shop. Webb has operated the store Read More…