December 18, 2014


Huth & Harris wine business in Medina is Akron pair’s realized dream

Whitney Harris and Patrick Huth are proprietors of the new H2 Wine Merchants on South Court Street in Medina. Establishing the wine bar and retail store was the couple’s dream. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

The opening of Huth & Harris Wine Merchants in Medina’s historic district was the dream of Akron couple Patrick Huth and Whitney Harris. “We had a vision of our business as a casual, comfortable and refined environment, with a historic element,” Harris said. “When Patrick and I attended the Medina Ice Festival last February, we Read More…

PHOTOS: Kids shop with cops as Christmas approaches


About 130 youngsters received $100 gift certificates in this year’s Shop With a Cop event, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 204, which represents the police departments of the city of Medina, Medina Township, Montville Township, Hinckley Township, the village of Spenser and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Conservative group hosts forum for county commissioner candidates

A local grassroots conservative group hosted a forum Saturday for county commissioner candidates. Guests included more than a third of the members of the Medina County Republican Party’s Central Committee, who will vote next month on a replacement for Commissioner Steve Hambley, who won a state House seat in November. Co-founder Lisa Woods said Medina Read More…

Medina Twp. police have a new home

Medina Township police will be moving into a new home today. The new building, at 4877 Fenn Road, just west of Pearl Road, was purchased last year by the township because the Police Department was outgrowing its offices. “They were just running out of space,” Trustee Ken DeMichael said. The township bought the one-story office Read More…

Spencer native pens tale of surviving Vietnam captivity

Paul Kari will sign copies of his book, "“The Strength to Endure,” 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Medina County Veterans Hall, 620 N. Broadway St., in Medina.

Captured by the Viet Cong in 1965 when his F-4C Phantom II fighter jet was struck by anti-aircraft fire, Paul Kari, a Spencer farm boy turned Air Force fighter pilot, survived his nearly eight years in captivity with faith, hope and resilience. “My faith in God got me through it,” Kari said in a phone Read More…

Wadsworth’s Louis Perry is retiring on his own terms

Louis Perry

Louis Perry said retirement has been a goal for the past couple of years but not at the expense of his company, employees and clients. Last year, the 75-year-old Sharon Township resident started looking for companies interested in continuing his industrial legacy in Wadsworth — the Louis Perry Group, an engineering, architectural, design and construction Read More…

Here’s the hibachi: Restaurant opens in Medina

A water wall feature greets guests in the entranceway of Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi. The restaurant, which opened this week, features live hibachi grill seats, a dining room and sushi bar. The restaurant, at 1132 N. Court St., replaced three vacant storefronts, and includes interior designs from owner Kevin Zhao.

Hibachi lovers no longer have to plan a night of travel to enjoy a hibachi dinner out with family or friends. Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi opened its doors this week in the plaza at the northeast corner of North Court Street and East Reagan Parkway in Medina. “I wanted to bring the hibachi here because Read More…

Envision sues county over recycling

A judge on Wednesday ordered Medina County commissioners not to accept bids for operating the county’s recycling center as a waste transfer station. In its lawsuit filed Tuesday, Cleveland-based Envision Waste alleges commissioners “abused their discretion” and violated Ohio law by planning to operate the Medina County Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township as a Read More…

Students write computer code to light up White House Christmas tree

Isabella DeBarr, 8, left, and Christian Balassy, 8, second from left, practice writing code Thursday in Stefani Gruber’s third-grade class at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Brunswick. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Students hunched over computers Thursday at St. Ambrose Catholic School, busily designing lights for a Christmas tree at the White House. Kids of every age at the Brunswick school had the chance to write computer code during Thursday’s National Hour of Code. “I want to be an engineer, so I know I’m going to use Read More…

Residents weigh in on proposed social services levy

Several residents attended the Medina County commissioners meeting Thursday to protest the proposed social services levy. If voters approve the proposed 0.9-mill levy, a single property tax would generate $21.4 million over five years to finance four social service agencies — Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, Medina County Job and Family Read More…