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Bicentennial plate design revealed; proceeds to benefit historical society

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    Medina's Judith Barabas, center, won the Medina County Bicentennial license plate contest. The Medina County Historical Society's Tom Hilberg, right, was on hand for the ceremony, along with Medina County commissioners Adam Friedrick, left, Pat Geissman and Bill Hudson.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Judith Barabas, a graphic designer for more than 40 years, is the winner of the Medina County Bicentennial license plate contest.

The specialty license plates are expected to be available to county residents Jan. 1 after legislation is introduced and approved in the General Assembly.

“There will be an extra fee associated with getting a bicentennial license plate,” county Commissioner Bill Hudson said Tuesday.

He said the specialty plates will cost $20 on top of the regular fee at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

“That (extra) money will go to the Medina County Historical Society,” Hudson said. “We are going to enter into an agreement with the other historical societies in the county to share that.

“If people renew these in coming years, it will be a continuous stream of revenue for the historical societies.”

State Reps. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, and Darrell Kick, R-Loudonville, and Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, “have agreed to sponsor legislation that will enable the state to issue the bicentennial plate for Medina County,” Hudson said.

People attending the Medina County Fair in August voted on the best design, and about 500 votes were cast. Twelve different designs were submitted.

“I’m very happy (my design was picked),” Barabas said.

She said she’s also designed a logo for the Medina city bicentennial and a separate one for the Medina County bicentennial itself.

Her business is Red Swing Creative.

“I’ve been graphic designer for over 40 years,” said Barbas, who also works part time for the Medina County Treasurer’s Office.

“I do PR (for Treasurer John Burke) and if they need some ads designed, I do that,” she said. “I’m a jack-of-all trades.”

She said she didn’t win any prize for having the top design, just a pat on the back.

“It’s contemporary,” Barabas said. “It shows the shape of our county. This is how it will appear on the license plate.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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