December 22, 2014

Medina
Partly cloudy
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Cheers & Chidings

CHEERS: to the 125 fifth-graders at Medina’s H.G. Blake Elementary School who turned old, donated wooden chairs into works of art to be auctioned today in a fundraiser. Students transformed 30 chairs into themed creations using paint, foam cutouts, buckeyes and more. Proceeds will go to Kikititi Secondary School in Tanzania and pay tuition, room, Read More…

Grateful for all who serve in ‘love’s austere and lonely offices’

By JOHN GLADDEN | Staff Columnist Our old farmhouse has few luxuries. It has extravagant woodwork, for one, and good airflow through the gaps in its doors and windows — providing a level of ventilation airtight new homes can only envy. Its big luxury is a woodstove. It’s a luxury because we don’t really need Read More…

Cheers & Chidings

CHEERS: to Saddlebred Rescue Inc., an organization that gives horses like Benny a second chance. Benny, who’s about 15 years old, was a working horse before his owners sent him to a livestock auction. His fate could have been the slaughterhouse, but Saddlebred Rescue did for Benny what it has for other Saddlebreds: it returned Read More…

You say you want a revolution? Well, you know …

By JOHN GLADDEN | Staff Columnist We need a bloodless revolution. That’s the thought that occurs to me after hearing all the speeches, commentary and debate about reviving the economy. Most of the plans to jump-start American commerce seem to have one thing in common: The federal government pours money into the top of the Read More…

Cheers & Chidings

CHEERS: to the Cloverleaf gymnastics team on its second-straight undefeated season, culminating in Tuesday’s league title at the Northeast Gymnastics Conference Meet. “We’re pretty excited,” said coach Wendy Armstrong. “You can’t count on winning it all until you do it.” The Colts, who will be competing in the Medina Sectional on Saturday, have won 33 Read More…

No offense, but trees are some of the best people we know

By JOHN GLADDEN | Staff Columnist It has been a tough winter for our trees. We live on a busy corner and we are accustomed to highway and electrical crews coming through in the summer, trimming along the road and under the power lines. That’s maintenance, which I can appreciate. The crews always go out Read More…

Cheers & Chidings

CHEERS: to all who pitched in to make Project Lifesaver a free service to Brunswick residents. Available since 2006, it’s a public safety program that helps locate those who may wander from home, such as Alzheimer’s patients and individuals with disabilities, using a small transmitting device placed on the ankle or wrist. Foundations, government agencies Read More…

Strickland relights the fire under Ohio education reform

By JOHN GLADDEN | Staff Columnist Agree or disagree with the public education reforms Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland unveiled in his State of the State Address last week, you’ve got to give him one thing: He is the first Buckeye governor in recent memory to behave as if the state public school system is a Read More…

Cheers & chidings

CHEERS: to the staff at Medina County Job and Family Services, which is working to meet increasing needs for food stamps and other benefits in the face of staff and budget cuts that make providing services more difficult. The agency continues to reach out and help where it is needed, recently announcing it will offer Read More…

Living in an old house can sometimes land you in cold water

By JOHN GLADDEN | Staff Columnist Through the convergence of the epic forces of weather and plumbing, a pipe inside our tankless water heater froze one recent blue-black cold January night. It dramatically unfroze the next morning when my wife woke to get ready for work and turned on the shower. She came back to Read More…