Beau Dusz
Ohio.com correspondent


Here are the top five stories of 2012 in Wadsworth as selected by Wadsworth.Ohio.com correspondent Beau Dusz:



Wadsworth opens four new school buildings



Four new school buildings, a high school and three elementary buildings were opened in September.



A 380,000-square foot high school was built at 625 Broad St. behind the former high school. Two of the elementary buildings, Isham and Valley View, were constructed on the same acreage as the previous buildings. Overlook Elementary was built on Broad Street across from the high school.



Each of the buildings incorporates energy-saving lighting systems, and geothermal heating and cooling was installed in the new high school.



Wadsworth Public Square center of celebrations



Downtown Wadsworth was alive with excitement at the Taste of Wadsworth, the Scare on the Square and the Candlelight Walk.



Each of those events brought hundreds of people to the public square.



At the Taste of Wadsworth, people feasted on delicious cuisine from Wadsworth restaurateurs on a beautiful night in September. After sampling the offerings, favorites were chosen and the winners declared.



On an evening in October, hundreds of costumed characters prowled the streets of the downtown to "beg" for treats during the Scare on the Square event. Characters of all shapes and sizes had to push their way through throngs of people.



Winners were declared in the costume contest and the decorated pumpkin contest held by the library.



On a cold night in November, the Candlelight Walk began the holiday season. The Wadsworth High School band played the songs of Christmas, the tree was lit at the historic house on High Street and the crowds gathered at St. Mark's Episcopal Church to hear the latest in the sagas by Roger Havens. The Jingle Bell Jaunt and Holiday Parade were held the next day.



Twenty fortunate children were presented with elves which had been hiding in the downtown businesses prior to the event.  The names of those 20 children had been entered into the drawing by finding the hidden elves.



Ann Romney, John Boehner visit Wadsworth



Wadsworth was visited by two high-profile people during the presidential campaign.



Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, spent some time in Wadsworth touting the Republican platform.



Later, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner spoke in support of the Republican cause at a rally on Weatherstone Drive.



Blue Tip Committee holds parade, festival



The Blue Tip Parade and Festival drew its usual crowds along the parade route in June.



Chairs, blankets and tape marked the spots staked out along the parade route days before the parade began. The nearly two hour parade followed a route from Silvercreek Drive to Isham Elementary School. Candy and other treats were distributed along the route to children eagerly holding bags to fill with the goodies.



Following the parade, the festival began with rides, delicacies and games for another four days.



The Blue Tip Committee distributed $14,000 to local charities from money earned from the event.



New community center opens



After years of waiting, the new community center opened for business in December. The fitness center replaces the Steiner Youth Center, which had been the city's recreation center for 40 years.



The new center has state-of-the art fitness equipment and indoor pools. Memberships to use the new facility are being taken. An outdoor pool is expected to open this summer.



This fitness center is part of a complex attached to the new high school. It includes the Soprema Senior Center and Café, expected to open in January, and a branch of Summa-Wadsworth Rittman Hospital, also expected to open in January. A home for Wadsworth Community Television is also part of the facility.



Which story do you think is the biggest story of 2012 for Wadsworth? Let us know in the comment section below and we'll announce the winner on Monday.