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Business Association says mailer falsely claims Medina events would cease with dissolution

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 January 2015 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – A souvenir glass from the Ale in Autumn is pictured in September 2013. Ale in Autumn started in 2009 and sells out with 750 participants at each event.

MEDINA – The postcard mailer proclaimed there would be no more Ale in Autumn, Wine About Winter and other events if dissolution goes through on Jan. 20.

Medina’s heritage is at stake with the vote, according tot the mailer from “Taxpayers for Medina.”

“If the village was dissolved we would lose our history and identity,” the mailer states. “Our rich cultural traditions set us apart from other communities. Events like Wine About Winter and Ale in Autumn make Medina great. They would not continue.”

The mailer has irked the Medina Business Association’s president. Cindy Robinson, leader of the group, said the dissolution vote won’t have an impact on the events, which are paid for and planned by the Business Association.

“The events will go on regardless of dissolution,” she said. “They are being done by the MBA. There is no reason we would stop doing it.”

The MBA teams with the Village Tourism Committee for the Olde Tyme Christmas celebration the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, an all-day celebration that is capped with a Parade of Lights. If the village dissolves and the Tourism Committee goes away, Robinson said MBA could step up and fill the roles from the Tourism Committee.

The postcard includes images of downtown banners and decorations that were paid for by the MBA, not the village. The clock at Rotary Park, also featured on the postcard, was a local fund-raising effort, and wasn’t paid for by the village.