November 20, 2014

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Foundation laid for new hotel in Medina Township

Battling snow and cold weather, employees with Modern Poured Walls Construction Services Inc. work Wednesday on the new Fairfield Inn and Suites, 3125 Eastpointe Drive, Medina Township. The hotel is scheduled to open next summer. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The recovering economy is bringing more then just shops and restaurants to Medina County. It’s bringing a new hotel. Foundation work began for the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 3125 Eastpointe Drive, west of the Interstate 71 interchange with state Route 18 in Medina Township, at the beginning of the month. The owner, Aashish Patel of Read More…

PHOTO: Preparing to light up Brunswick

Tom Adams of the Brunswick Parks Department installs a snowflake light along Center Road on Wednesday afternoon. Adams said crews will be working to complete the installation of lights this week and the snowflakes are scheduled to light up next Wednesday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Victorian Christmas festivities begin

Joann King of the Medina Historical Society sits by the traditional Christmas tree on display at the John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood Ave., across the street from Medina City Hall. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

With the holidays just around the corner, the Medina County Historical Society will host a Victorian Christmas at the John Smart House Museum that begins this weekend during Medina’s Candlelight Walk festivities. Historical society volunteer Joann King said the event is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and the next two Sundays, Nov. 30 Read More…

Medina nonprofit hosts workshop to modify toys for special needs kids

Elyria High School sophomores William Bailey, 16, and Lindsey Broussard, 15, laugh as their toy begins to sing when they accidentally connected two pieces of wire on Tuesday afternoon. About high school science students volunteered to re-engineer and adapt the toys for students with disabilities during a workshop hosted by Medina-based RePlay for Kids. (KRISTIN BAUER / GAZETTE)

A table full of battery-operated toys sat in a classroom Tuesday at Elyria High School just waiting to be played with, but students who ripped and tugged at the toys’ plush fabric and wiring underneath were not looking to amuse themselves. The nearly 60 sophomore, junior and senior science students had volunteered to re-engineer and Read More…

PHOTO: Bears are stuffed with cheer

Nina Bates, left, a staff member of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities puts the finishing touches on a Karate Bear, along with Dr. Kaye Stanley-Bryson, director of children's services, as part of the Build-A-Bear program for disadvantaged children sponsored by the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club in partnership with the county Juvenile Court. About 140 bears were completed Tuesday by staff, volunteers and clients at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Achievement Center, 4691 Windfall Road, Granger Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Winter wallop: First the snow falls and then the freeze hits

Monday's first snowfall of the year blankets Allardale, the Medina County Park District's park in Granger Township. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Staff and wire reports | The Gazette Winter has arrived a month early — at least according to the calendar. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 2.5 inches of snow were recorded at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the National Weather Service reported. The white stuff is going to stay a while: Temperatures were expected to plunge Read More…

Band Shanren brings Chinese folk music to county

Chinese folk band Shanren performs a traditional tribal greeting song Monday evening at Lodi Library. The band will be at the Buckeye and Medina libraries today and will conduct workshops about traditional Chinese folk music. Shanren will perform at Highland High School on Saturday night. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The band Shanren plays a style of traditional Chinese folk music forged with the sensibilities of rock ‘n’ roll and reggae. The group gave its first of four performances in Medina County at Lodi Library on Monday night. Originally from Kumming, China, the band has gained critical and popular acclaim at major music festivals in Read More…

Artists open gallery, plan to offer classes in Medina


Artists Sandi Piper and Lacey Huffman are bringing their love of nature-inspired art to Public Square. Their new art gallery, Sand & Lace Fine Art Gallery, opened Friday at 23 Public Square in Medina. The landscapes and naturescapes of Piper and Huffman will be showcased, as well as the work of other local artists. The Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon counting down days to return next week


BEREA — Josh Gordon’s countdown is at three. “I see him in passing in the hallway and always ask him how many days, and he always knows the exact number of days,” coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “He’s been itching at this for a while.” The receiver’s 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy Read More…

Powerboat racing: Hinckley Township’s Mark Kowalski is a national and world champion

Stihl, piloted by Robert Noble and with Hinckley Township’s Mark Kowalski serving as the throttle man, competed in the Offshore World Championships in Key West, Florida last week. Kowalski, a former motocross star, in two decades as a powerboat racer owns a national championship and two world championships. (AP PHOTO)

Every time Mark Kowalski tries to get out, he gets pulled back in. That’s what happens when you’re as accomplished as the Hinckley Township resident is in powerboat racing. He has been a throttle man for almost 20 years and has a strong resume to boot. A Hall of Champions inductee, Kowalski estimates having won Read More…