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Medina holds first concert at new bandstand

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 July 2019 at 9:30 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – The Who Dats perform this afternoon in the first concert at the new bandstand at State Street Park.

The band includes lead singer Lonnie Froman, John Borello on guitar, Ed Hilfiker on guitar, Marty Hobbs on guitar, and Aaron Robinson on drums.

Before the concert there was a ribbon-cutting celebration with from left: John Thomas, applied academic manager at Iroquois Job Corps; Jim Hancock, chairman of Medina Tourism Committee; Kathy Blackburn, administrator for the Orleans Renaissance Group; Medina Mayor Mike Sidari; Tim Elliott, village trustee; Diane Krenning, member of ORG; and Marguerite Sharman, village trustee.

The Orleans Renaissance Group helped spearhead the new bandstand.

Kathy Blackburn, the ORG administrator, thanked the Medina Department of Public Works prepping the site. Mayor Mike Sidari said the DPW also helped remove some decaying trees and planted new ones.

Sidari also praised employees at Baxter in Medina for repainting some of the playground equipment.

Blackburn said others helped with the project, including: the Iroquois Job Corps building crew which erected the bandstand; Orleans Concrete, which donated cement; Eric Watson Enterprises did cement work; Matt C.M. Contracting did the roofing; Tom Snyder did staining and varnishing.

Blackburn also thanked the Village Board for supporting the effort. The ORG is working to bring more concerts and improvements to the waterfront, Blackburn said.

The pavilion/bandstand was built with community donations and support of the Medina Business Association.

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