MEDINA

Free rides for veterans

MEDINA: Medina County Public Transit will start offering free bus rides to veterans Sunday, the Medina Gazette reported.

The Medina County Veterans Service Office is paying about $28,000 a year to provide the free service.

“We’re going to try this from July 1 to the end of the year to see how it works,” Veterans Service Office Director Ed Zackery told the newspaper.

“There are a couple reasons for this,” he continued. “Historically, veterans ride public transit across the United States for free. Secondly, it could be an economy boost.”

Retired astronaut to speak

MEDINA: Retired astronaut Mike Foreman will make a special appearance during the city’s Bicentennial Homecoming Week — along with a visit by NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow traveling exhibit and a replica of the Orion spacecraft.

Foreman, who grew up in Wadsworth, will talk about his career with guests and answer questions at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St.

He also will meet with people from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Journey to Tomorrow exhibit, a 53-foot trailer that includes informational stations, activities and a moon rock brought to Earth by Apollo 17’s crew members.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is bringing the exhibit to the celebration. It will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 7 in the Medina County Administration Building parking lot on East Liberty Street.

The Mobile Orion Vehicle Explorer also will make an appearance at the celebration. The replica of the Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts on their missions, will be in the parade.

The Bicentennial Celebration Parade travels through Medina Square starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

NASA, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, also will distribute “Golden Astronaut” tickets to tour Glenn Research Center on Sept. 29. NASA is randomly distributing the tickets at events throughout the summer.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Cemetery expansion planned

RITTMAN: The U.S. Senate has approved funding to add 35 acres to the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, the Medina Gazette reported.

“It is a pretty big deal because we are locked in at 273 acres total and of course way past my time they will start to get to the point where they are going to be low on burial space,” cemetery director Mark Polen told the newspaper.

The expansion is expected to cost $29 million.

The appropriations bill approved by the Senate must now go back to the House, the newspaper reported.

STARK COUNTY

Woman killed in cycle crash

SUGAR CREEK TWP.: A motorcycle crash involving a deer killed a woman passenger late Thursday night just outside Brewster, the Canton Repository reported.

Beach City residents Norman S. Winland, 49, and Marissa M. Winland, 36, were traveling south on State Route 93 when Norman Winland hit a deer that entered the road about a half-mile south of Brewster, according to a news release from Lt. Leo Shirkey of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Canton post. The motorcycle overturned, ejecting the Winlands.

Norman Winland suffered minor injuries, and Marissa Winland suffered a severe head injury, Shirkey said. She was taken to Aultman Hospital in Canton, where she died as a result of her injuries.

Neither of the Winlands was wearing a helmet, authorities said.

Shirkey said that alcohol and drugs were not a suspected factor in the collision.

Information about the deer was not available.

The crash remained under investigation Friday, the Canton newspaper reported.