October 31, 2014

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Editorial: On the night I lost my mom, basketball brought some comfort

The Nolands — Skip, Terri, Becky and Rick — pose for a quick family picture at a relative’s North Akron home on Christmas Eve in the early 1980s. Skip, whose given first name was Victor, died on New Year’s Day, 2001. Becky passed away on her 48th birthday, 25 years ago today. June 13, 1989, remains memorable to her son, Rick, for another reason as well. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Seventy-three years ago today, my mom, Becky, was born to John Rachubka (ruh-HOOP-kuh) and the former Stella “Lefty” Szwejk (shwake, rhymes with cake). Like my Uncle Jack, who will turn 78 later this month, Mom attended St. Hedwig’s School, which was where virtually all the Polish kids in North Akron went. A small school, it Read More…

Opinion: Nothing illegal about open carry, but I won’t stick around

I frequently visit Medina with my husband and two young children because that’s where I grew up and my parents still live there. The Gazette tells me that next time I’m on the Square with my kids, I might see people from the activist group Northeast Open Carry patrolling the area with firearms in holsters Read More…

Where’s Owens?

Trying to track down Medina mayoral candidate Clarence E. Owens is like playing a rigged game of Where’s Waldo. Each election year, The Gazette makes every attempt to provide readers with information on candidates running for office. Despite repeated attempts to obtain information on Owens’ candidacy, he has been as elusive as a public option Read More…

Cheers & chidings

CHEERS: to Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier for tackling not only his caseload, but 120 hours of coursework on complex science and technology issues. Scientific advancement “is happening so fast that it is often difficult for a person that works just in the law to keep up with it, let alone the Read More…

Cheers & chidings

CHEERS: to competition in the electric industry that is allowing Medina County to save thousands on utility bills. “Since May, the market for electricity has dropped and competition has entered the Ohio Edison area,” County Administrator Chris Jakab said. “So we’re taking advantage of discount pricing that’s being offered by various companies.” The end result Read More…

Cheers & chidings

CHEERS: to Medina County residents who deal with tragedy by volunteering. On Sept. 12, eight years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, members of Medina First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) dedicated the weekend to helping others. Some painted walls at the Medina Salvation Army and built shelves for the food pantry. Others helped out Read More…

Cheers & chidings

CHEERS: to school districts in Medina County for receiving the highest grade possible from the state on report cards released Tuesday. Five out of seven districts — Brunswick, Buckeye, Highland, Medina and Wadsworth — received an “excellent with distinction” rating, meaning they previously were rated “excellent” and experienced improved test scores for at least two Read More…

Cheers & Chidings

CHEERS: to the legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a champion of the Special Olympics. Shriver, who suffered a series of strokes in recent years, died Tuesday. She was 88. Rosemary Kennedy, the mentally disabled sister of Shriver and John F., Robert F. and Edward Kennedy, had a lobotomy at age 23 and was institutionalized for Read More…

Tuckered out, hungry after night of tucking ’em in

Bedtime at our house is a relative thing, like the arrival of spring. Sure, there is an official time it is supposed to occur, but it’s really more of a process. A slow process. It’s 8 p.m. and I say to the 8-year-old: “OK, girl. Time to hit the showers.” “But I wanted a snack,” Read More…

Historical society is the keeper of our collective family story

Who is the keeper of your family’s stories? Who looks after Grandpa’s letters home from the war and the heirloom quilt? Who holds on to all the old photographs — and more importantly — can tell you the stories of the people in them? As a community, the keeper of our collective family story is Read More…