Tom Batiuk

In 1972, area artist Tom Batiuk debuted syndicated comic Funky Winkerbean in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. The comic drew from the community and environment he thrived within, and through real-life situations he encounters, he has developed and matured his characters. Employing a slice-of-life approach, he flawlessly creates a narrative that allows him to tackle sensitive subjects such as teen pregnancy, alcoholism,…

Passion For Fashion

Lularoe provides comfortable fashion choices for the modern woman. The clothes are colorful, chic, and empowering. “I am 26, single, and I recently quit my other jobs to pursue Lularoe full time,” explains Lularoe Fashion Retailer Amanda Violi. “Lularoe provides stylish pieces that will complement a large range of shapes and sizes. The company actually collects pictures from their retailers,…

Canine Companions for Independence

"It isn't easy, letting them go after watching them grow up," says Mary Jane McGinnis, Puppy Raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. "But we always say to ourselves, somebody else will love them as much as we do, but they need 'em more."

Coffee as a Lifestyle

Coffee, it seems, is a powerful beverage. It has the power to make a busy morning tolerable, to foster friendships with its warmth, and to shape a community. It also has the power to fuel an adventure, as demonstrated this month by one very special event.

Celebrating Young Professionals

For the past two years, Brunswick City School’s nationally award winning backpack journalism and video production program, the BEAT, has been inducting alumni into their newly established Hall of Fame. This year, two more alumni were inducted in May; “Disco” Gabe Wasylko and Rohan Srivastava.

Painting With a Twist

Whether you are throwing a wedding shower, bachelor or bachelorette party, or just want to have some fun in an upbeat, social environment, Painting With a Twist Akron offers an experience unlike any other. “It's an experience for both people that like to paint and those who have never painted,” explains Owner Jean Kelly. “When you come in, one of…

Bringing Passion to Projects

Correy Petz had worked in landscaping and land care through college while he studied business and finance. After graduating, he was finally able to put on a suit and tie every day for work. However, when he was at work, he found that he missed the freedom of being in the great outdoors.

Using Creativity to Enhance Culture

“I have always had a fascination with music,” says Simon Russell. “My dad was a radio disc jockey, so I've always been in the music scene.” Simon is a familiar face in Wadsworth. As the Store Manager of Larry's Music Center in the city's Downtown, he has helped establish a comfortable environment in which young people are welcome to come…

Sparkle Squad

In 2014, Becky Lowe was instrumental in bringing a much-needed cheerleading program to Brunswick High School. Her daughter, Katie, is a cheerleader on the autism spectrum whose passion for the sport inspired other girls to step up and shine beside her. Now, the Sparkle Squad is lighting up the football field with their talents.

This Year, Go Vegan!

Since August, Sean Hennessy has served as the Greater Ohio Outreach Coordinator for Vegan Outreach. The non-profit animal advocacy organization educates on the importance of food choices to personal health. They emphasize the benefits of a plant-based diet, whether it is flexitarian (minimal meat consumption), vegetarian (no meat consumption), or vegan (free of meat, dairy, and eggs). As a vegan…

What Christmas Means to Me

Imagine waking up on a snowy December morning in first grade knowing that you will soon be going Christmas present shopping. However, instead of shopping with your parents, a police officer will personally escort you (lights, sirens, and all) to the store, where he will give you $125 to spend on your gifts. 
Then, you will enjoy lunch while Santa…

November 2016 Parting Thoughts

In college, I was required to take a colloquial-type class centered on conducting and discussing research. I was assigned to debate on why plastic bags are more environmentally friendly than paper bags, and I protested relentlessly. With a twinkle in her eye, my professor asked, "Have you done your research, or are you believing what you have seen online? Do…

Main Street Medina Continues to Grow

Ed Wright, one of the founding members of Main Street Medina, could not have imagined how the nonprofit organization would grow. Though he knew a group dedicated to preserving and enhancing the importance of the Medina Public Square Historic District would flourish, he did not expect that it would grow as quickly as it did.

Over a Century of Sound

In 1859, a group of people in Medina made a decision that would preserve a beloved aspect of local culture for years to come. They decided to form a town band, and young men from every walk of life eagerly purchased instruments and began studying sheet music. The concerts put on by the “Medina Brass Band” or “Medina Cornet Band”…

Dianne’s Summer Favorites

WHO: Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, the Chief Executive Officer of Medina Creative Housing, is a Medina County resident that puts passion into every project she pursues.

Strengthen Medina County, buy local

As a lifelong Medina County resident I am always tremendously impressed by the people and institutions that make this a great place to live. We have outstanding schools, outstanding non-profit organizations and most importantly – people who are willing to step in and help when needed. A question I often hear from people when I’m out and about in the…

Life in the fast lane

It all started when I was a youngster. My father owns R/C Hobby, the local hobby shop in Medina where remote control (R/C) vehicles are sold. When I was a kid, on his days off my dad would have me lay in the front yard, while he drove over me with the R/C monster trucks he had built. It didn’t…

Let’s get this party started

Medina resident Kevin Ward has been the deejay of choice for thousands of weddings since founding Midnight Music Entertainment right out of high school in 1992. Now with a staff of seven deejays, Midnight Music offers an exciting evening of reception music from the bridal entrance to the final dance.

Birds on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…