Nov
19

Farewell, Paul

Posted in death, faith, lessons
by Jennifer

A friend’s life will be celebrated today in a funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church.
You wouldn’t have read about him in the paper, even in the obituaries. He didn’t have any relatives in Medina. In fact, only a few known relatives exist: a sister, and a younger brother, Joe, who lives two hours away. Joe didn’t think anyone would care that this 71-year-old man who lived alone and never married or had children, who had retired years ago and mostly kept to himself, was no longer walking the Earth. He wasn’t being unkind; it’s simply what it would appear from the outside.
But this friend is perhaps one of the best-known members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, and …
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Nov
15

Welcome to south Medina, Discount Drug Mart!

Posted in Medina activities, shopping
by Jennifer

All summer we watched with eager anticipation as Discount Drug Mart built its new location at 5923 Wooster Pike (the intersection of Lexington Ridge Road and Route 3), across from the McDonald’s.
That’s because there hasn’t been a lot of retail on the south end of Medina, where we live. Yes, the good old Hawkins grocery isn’t far — and certainly a lot closer than Giant Eagle or either of the Buehler’s locations — but it was just far enough and, let’s face it, lacks a certain flair. While I don’t want to pay extra for “flair,” bright lights and a fresh ambiance do make for a more pleasant shopping experience.
As the DDM building was starting to look fairly …
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Oct
27

Yes, Trick or Treat is still Friday night in Medina

Posted in adventures in parenting, halloween, Holidays & Seasonal
by Jennifer

One of the first things we noticed about the high school football schedule this fall was that the last game of the year falls on Halloween night.
Although Medina’s always held it’s trick-or-treat on Oct. 31, surely it would be moved to another night so it wouldn’t conflict with the home game, we reasoned. With hundreds of people crowding the stands inside Kenneth Dukes Stadium on a normal evening game, and the craziness of the traffic along the residential streets bordering the high school, certainly city officials would want to reschedule a tradition that involves thousands of small children motivated by candy to dart across streets in the twilight and darkness. Right?
Wrong.
So, like hundreds of parents of football …
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Oct
16

Winner selected for Trick or Treat Street tickets

Posted in Free, halloween, Holidays & Seasonal
by Jennifer

Congratulations to Donna (haneyd8) of Medina, who is our winner of a four-pack of tickets to the I-X Center Trick or Treat Street this weekend and next!
Donna, check your email for information on how to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who entered! …
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Oct
15

Win 4 tickets to Trick or Treat Street at I-X Center

Posted in Free, halloween, Holidays & Seasonal, Mom Stuff
by Jennifer

This time of year, the weather can be so uncertain. All of the weeks spent planning and prepping just the right costume for your kids can be undone by cold wind and rain — and that’s when the coats and umbrellas cover up all your hard work, IF the kids make it out at all.
That’s just one reason I like the I-X Trick or Treat Street, which will be held this weekend and next (Oct. 18-19 and 25-26) at the I-X Center. With so much fun under one roof, the kids can ditch the coats, run around in their costumes, and enjoy rides and treats and so much more without worrying about the potential for rain or mud.

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Oct
09

Free Farmpark and Arboretum admission this weekend

Posted in Free, Holidays & Seasonal, kids, Things to do
by Jennifer

Before we moved to Medina in 2000, we lived in Lake County for eight years.
Like Medina County, Lake County is blessed with a great park system and, of course, a front row view of Lake Erie. As much as I love Medina County, I sure do miss that lake.
With leaves just about at their peak — although some trees seem a bit barren already — this weekend might be a good time to make the trek back north.
As part of its continuing centennial celebration, the Cleveland Foundation is offering free admission to Holden Arboretum on Saturday, Oct. 11, and the Lake Metroparks Farmpark on Sunday, Oct. 12.
Both attractions will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 …
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Sep
29

Free parenting program offers advice on raising young children

Posted in children, Free, growing up, Medina activities, parenting adventures, parenting foibles, Things to do
by Jennifer

I distinctly remember bringing our oldest daughter home from what was then Meridia Euclid Hospital. We were just sure that every car that dared to cross our path wasn’t going to stop in time and was carelessly unaware of the precious cargo we had on board.
After we carried her car seat into the kitchen and set it on the floor (lest it topple over), we looked at each other and thought: “Now what?”
Despite being the second-oldest of five children, having babysat my share of youngsters and completing a Lamaze course, a sense of alarm threatened to take root in my heart. I couldn’t believe that “they” actually let us take this fragile newborn baby home with us. What …
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Sep
23

Medina ‘Just Kid’s Stuff’ sale is Saturday

Posted in clothes/shoes, great deals, Medina activities, shopping
by Jennifer

If you’re looking to stock up on some new-used items for your children, Saturday’s “Just Kid’s Stuff” sale at the Medina Community Recreation Center is the place you will want to be.
The twice-yearly sale, sponsored by the Medina Early Childhood PTA, runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Shoppers enter through the back entrance to the field house (signs will be posted, but park in lots D, E & F).
The sale features individual vendors (other families) selling their stuff — sports equipment, clothes, toys, maternity items, baby stuff, and more — at tables set up in the field house. Admission to the sale is $5 for the first hour and $1 beginning at 10 a.m.
The rec center is …
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Sep
17

Less than 100 days till Christmas – let the lists begin

Posted in adventures in parenting, Holidays & Seasonal, toys
by Jennifer

The weather has just started to turn a bit chilly, prompting debates about turning on the heat, and my children have begun to talk about Christmas.
Wait, what about the World Series? Halloween? Thanksgiving? I’ve got lots of living to do before I start plans for Christmas. Holy cow, at Christmas the school year is half over! Didn’t we just start?
Regardless, I came home from work yesterday afternoon to be met at the door with two Christmas lists.
My 9-year-old’s list:
Goosebumps special edition “Zombie Halloween”
Guinness Book of World Records 2015
OK, I can tell that he was scouring the latest Scholastic Books flyer that came home from school. This is starting to make sense to me.
That …
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Sep
16

Busing builds neighborhoods

Posted in back to school, school
by Jennifer

Living at the end of the cul-de-sac has its benefits.
For one, you know it is either a neighbor or a complete stranger who is likely lost when a car drives by your house. The number of cars that do pass by can be counted on one hand. Everyone stops, looks up, and watches to see where the car is going so we can scoot the kids out of the road or make sure that the driver has good intentions.
On the other hand, however, it can be easy to isolate yourself from the rest of the neighborhood. Our kids have the run of the planted circle at the end of our street and the yards that face it.
Before …
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