The Press Newspaper

Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper

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The exits on the Nostalgia Highway are in 10-year increments. Enjoy this trip through the pages of The Press.

News: Bob Bratton, Ottawa County sheriff, said he would continue plans to conduct spot checks of taverns, carry-outs and other establishments selling liquor. Sheriff Bratton made the announcement after a seminar for liquor dispensers was held in which 65 business owners were taught how to recognize a false identification. The seminars were an attempt to slow the sales of liquor to minors. In 2005, there were 1,754 complaints filed in Ohio related to sale of liquor to minors.

Sports: Former Lake High and Bowling Green State University baseball player Wade Diefenthaler was inducted into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Diefenthaler pitched the school’s first no hitter in MAC competition. In 1959, he hit an even .400. Diefenthaler was named the Falcons MVP in both 1958 and 1959. He is a charter member of the Lake High School Hall of Fame.

Price check: First Federal Bank offered a home equity loan at a three-year introductory rate of 6.25 percent.

Hot then, gone now: Big Apple Blossom Florist, Oregon.

News: Virginia Todd, Oregon Police Lieutenant, worked undercover for a month at the Everything Adult Erotic Video Store on Woodville Road. During that time, she collected enough evidence to close the store and managers and employees were charged with felony drug trafficking and the sale of drug paraphernalia.

Sports: Genoa Mayor Robert Skilliter issued a proclamation to have signs erected at the village limits that read “Home of the NHL’s Bryan Smolinski.” The New York Islanders forward grew up in Genoa, graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School and Michigan State, and was a member of the World Champion USA hockey team before beginning his NHL career.

Price check: GenoaBank offered a six-month CD at 6.01 percent annual percentage yield.

Hot then, gone now: The Chieftain Club, East Toledo.

News: Fifty local teens interviewed for a Suburban Press poll unanimously spoke out against the state’s change in the minimum drinking age from 19 to 21 The beer drinking age was being raised after the federal government threatened to withhold about $41 million of highway allocation over two years.

Larry Stine, a Clay High special education teacher, won more than $12,000 in money and prizes from his appearance on the NBC game show Wheel of Fortune.

Sports: South Toledoan John Veselka was amping up production of his Sure Shad lure, a favorite among walleye fisherman in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Veselka, a hairdresser by trade, was looking to manufacture 200,000 Sure Shad lures before the 1988 fishing season. Veselka was following in the footsteps of his father, also named John, who created the successful Helion, Sure Walleye and Pumpkin Head lures.

Price check: MidAm National Bank & Trust offered a nine-month CD, $100,000 minimum, at a 7.138 annual percentage yield.

Hot then, gone now: Russell’s Tuxedos, Woodville Mall.

News: Suburban Press editor Bob Mackowiak wrote about the new movie sensation—Star Wars. “Star Wars is pure escapist fare…The plot is simple. The good guys must rescue a beautiful princess who has the secret plans to overthrow the evil empire. There is little doubt who will win in the final reel. What makes the movie so fascinating, however, is the technology, photography, special effects and brilliance which went into the production.”

Sports: Tim Williams, Northwood and Miami of Ohio grad, was named head football coach at Gibsonburg. Williams, a quarterback at Northwood, was named the SLL player of the year when he led the Rangers to an undefeated season. He was a three-year starter as an end in college. In 1973, he received All-Mac honors as the undefeated Redskins won the MAC title and also beat Purdue and South Carolina. Williams recently turned over his restaurant, Big Apple Deli, to his daughter and son in law after manning the counter for 35 years.

Price check: Dunn Chevy Olds sold a new 1977 Monte Carlo for $4,532.

Hot then, gone now: The Yankee Carpenter, Unfinished Furniture, Great Eastern.


      The exits on the Nostalgia Highway are in 10-year increments. Enjoy this trip through the pages of The Press.  


        News: Harold K. Douthit, a pioneer in print publications, celebrated his 50th year in business. In 1958, Douthit founded the first off-set printing plant west of New York. This new printing process revolutionized the industry. It provided a cleaner look, more use of color and photography and was less expensive.

        Douthit built a company (DCI) that employed 300 and published newspapers and real estate magazines in Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Denver and Salt Lake City. DCI also developed proprietary ad-writing software for the real estate and publishing industry.   

You would think that after bicycling 9,040 miles around the perimeter of the United States and raising $28,000 for charity Al Thompson would be satisfied with his effort.

That nine-month trip ended in Portland, Oregon last May. But, it left Al with, if not the specter of failure, then at least the shadow of unfinished business which has hovered over him this past year.

Only one way to step outside that shadow—finish the unfinished business. Al took that first step when he flew out to Portland last Sunday. His goal is to bicycle 3,000 miles along the northern border and solicit $12,000 in donations to meet his unrealized goal of $40,000. That money is split between his two favorite charities--Save the Children and Habitat for Humanity.

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