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For a decade, ‘motor heads’ were drag racing at Metcalf
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:44

In the 1960s, if you were a “motor head,” the place to be was Metcalf Field, says 63-year-old retired Lake Township business owner Mike Evanoff.

From the late 1950s to late ‘60s, sanctioned drag races took place at Metcalf, drawings dozens of racers. Featured at Metcalf, today renamed Toledo Executive Airport, were hot rods, muscle cars, roadsters, and stock cars.

Even during racing, the airport took priority. Evanoff recalls clearing of a runway as racing took a temporary halt while a plane approached to land. Once the plane was safely grounded, racing resumed.

In the late 1950s, Metcalf’s drag strip was named “Vettesville.” Later, it became the Greater Toledo Dragway with offices at 513 Main Street in East Toledo.

A newsletter, the G.T. Exhaust Pipe, was published for each event. Here is a briefing from the October 21, 1966 issue about racers who experienced engine trouble on a cold day —

“All things were just fine until the breakdowns came. First, Grimes lost to head gaskets and gave the crankshaft a free shower. Then the ‘Wild Thing’ lost its clutch as Jerry was just feeling out the eight in a row and how they go. Then Wagner’s big 427 Porky Pine lost its quills in the gear box and for the final ‘miss-hap’ of the day Roger Miller Ford began to sweat about the cylinders, sooo to make a long story short ‘NUTS,’”

 
Northwood school board faced with budget woes
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:46

The Northwood school board will hold a meeting on June 17 at 6 p.m. in city council chambers to discuss the district’s five year forecast.

The district, which has an $11 million budget, is faced with budget cuts, layoffs, and a possible operating levy this year to ward off a deficit, according to Superintendent Greg Clark.

“Our five year forecast shows that we are going to have to make some changes in the way we do business here, most probably,” said Clark. “There may be some combination of cuts and asking for additional money or a whole lot of cuts and asking for a lot of money. Which direction our board goes with those options is still to be determined.”

Clark said the board wants public input on the options they will be considering to improve its financial outlook.

“We want to invite the community in to hear a presentation regarding what the five year forecast is looking like, and talk about a few of the items we may be looking at, which could include the closure of a school, and listen intently to what the people have to say about what they would like to see. We would like to have good participation.”

The district is expected to have a $300,000 budget deficit at the end of this school year, said Clark.

 
Lake Twp. - Road program hurt by climbing costs
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:48

For the Lake Township trustees, economic conditions have a direct effect on road conditions.

Much of the discussion during the trustees’ meeting last Tuesday focused on a property tax levy due to expire at the end of the year that funds the township’s road repair program.

Major repairs and resurfacing to several roads, including Isch and Wagner roads, are needed, said Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, but revenue generated by the township’s 1-mill, 5-year road district levy is overwhelmed by the costs of repairs.

“We cannot continue to put these roads on the back burner,” she said. “And in these economic times we don’t want to ask for more money. But at what point are you being not responsible by not asking for more money?”

Last year, it cost the township about $60,000 a mile to repair roads, Bowen said, adding the trustees will be seeking input from residents on whether or not the millage should be increased.

If the levy is put on the November ballot as a renewal issue, it would continue to generate the same dollar amount as it did when originally passed.

 
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