May 30, 2015

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Brunswick hosts Memorial Day parade, ceremony (PHOTOS)

A Color Guard fires a rifle salute during Memorial Day ceremonies in Brunswick. (NIKKI RHOADES / GAZETTE)

Brunswick celebrated Memorial Day on Monday with a festive parade that traveled from Visintainer Middle School to Westview Cemetery, also called Brunswick Center Cemetery. At the cemetery, the program included an introduction by Tom Chester, invocation by deacon Clem Belter, presentation of colors by American Legion Post 234 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9520, Read More…

First Lady Michelle Obama sends off Oberlin College graduates

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Oberlin College commencement on Monday morning, May 25. (KRISTIN BAUER / GAZETTE)

“I should be here today,” first lady Michelle Obama told the crowd gathered Monday morning on Oberlin’s Tappan Square. She wasn’t forsaking her time at Princeton University, nor was she pandering to a packed audience. Instead, Obama was acknowledging a history that helped shape the 182-year-old college. “Oberlin is likely the only college I could Read More…

Those killed in action remembered in Medina County

Memorial Day is observed Sunday at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.  (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Hundreds fell silent Sunday afternoon to remember loved ones who were killed in action. People from all over Northeast Ohio gathered in front of the main flagpole at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery for a 3 p.m. ceremony to honor servicemen and women buried there. “People often think of Memorial Day as the kickoff Read More…

Genealogist studies past of historic cannons in Medina cemetery

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Nelson “Terry” Hart has spent 20 years researching, writing and giving classes on genealogy subjects, but it has always centered on people. Until now. As a member of the Medina County Genealogy Society, Hart was asked last year by fellow member John Gill to investigate the history of two cannons that decorate Spring Grove Cemetery Read More…

Wadsworth man deployed again after being named YMCA’s volunteer of the year

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Aaron Burnham of Wadsworth had just been honored as the 2015 Wadsworth YMCA Volunteer of the Year. But then, his country needed him — again. The recently deployed Burnham had been working with the YMCA Waves Swim Team. He went to every swim practice that his schedule allowed, also working as a timer at meets. Read More…

Veteran keeps reminders close in office at Blair Rubber Co.

Blair Rubber Co. General Manager Dave Jentzsch is shown with a display of U.S. Navy honors and artifacts from his military service that spanned 1980 to 2005. He was on active duty for nine years and was promoted to Commander during his service. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Blair Rubber Co. General Manager Dave Jentzsch stands with a display of U.S. Navy honors and artifacts from his military service that spanned 1980 to 2005. Jentzsch, 60, of Copley, was on active duty for nine years and was promoted to commander during his service. Honors, symbols and artifacts of Dave Jentzsch’s military career are Read More…

Couple’s Brunswick home takes shape, thanks to Bendix

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Andy Phillips watched like a hawk as each partially constructed wall of his new home was loaded on a truck outside Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Elyria for the short ride to his soon-to-be Brunswick address. “Why is that wall out?” Phillips called to a team of Bendix volunteers Friday afternoon who helped build the Read More…

France honors World War II vet from Medina Township

Rollene Potemski points out her father in a lineup photograph of the U.S. Army's 97th Infantry, 3rd Battalion, 386th Regiment. Her father, Roland Martin, was awarded a medal from the country of France this year as thanks from the country of France for helping to liberate it from Nazi control during World War II. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

The French government has honored a World War II veteran from Medina Township with a distinguished medal for his service during the war. Roland Martin, 91, served in the U.S. Army during the liberation of France, which at the time was occupied by Nazi Germany. “I was very surprised,” Martin said of receiving the award Read More…

Memorial Day activities and festivals in Medina County

American flags line the entrance to Medina’s Spring Grove Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day. The flags were leased from the Medina Evening Rotary Club as part of its Parade of Flags. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

A variety of activities and festivals are scheduled for the Memorial Day holiday around Medina County: Brunswick Memorial Day parade will start at Visintainer Middle School, 1459 Pearl Road, at 9 a.m. Monday and will travel to Brunswick Center Cemetery on Center Road for a ceremony. Medina Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. Read More…

Closings in observance of Memorial Day in Medina County


Medina County All Medina County offices and courts will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday. Brunswick Municipal offices and Brunswick Library will be closed for the holiday. Trash will not be picked up Monday and pickups will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. Medina Municipal offices and Medina Library Read More…