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Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper


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

June, 2008

        News: George “Tater” Jensen of Luckey, an advocate for the Society of St. Andrew, a Christian ministry dedicated to feeding the nation’s hungry, asked local farmers to leave a row in their fields and orchards for gleaners. The Society over the years had delivered nearly 10.1 million pounds of salvaged potatoes and other food to feed the poor.



        The Oregon Vietnam Memorial Group honored seven Clay High graduates who died in Vietnam. Among them was Specialist 4th Arthur Heringhausen, a member of a Long-Range Recon Patrol, who was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in a firefight against overwhelming odds.

        Sports: Woodmore’s Erin Pendleton took first in the shot-put at the D-III regional meet in Tiffin. She also had the top-seeded length in the discus of 162-09, which also topped the top-seeded length for the boys at 157-11.

        Price check: First Federal Bank offered a 35-month CD at 4.03 percent interest, $10,000 minimum deposit.

        Hot then, gone now: The Barnacle Restaurant, Curtice.

June, 1998

        News: ProMedica announced it would build a new hospital on the Oregon-Northwood border, across from the Meijer store. The new hospital would not add beds to the Toledo area, but would better serve East Siders whose insurance dictated they cross the river to receive care at Toledo Hospital, according to Rose Glenn, vice president of development and communications. Plans called for the transfer of 100 beds from Toledo Hospital to what is currently named Bay Park Community Hospital.

        Sports: Dan Harder of Oak Harbor competed in the Super Bowl of Demolition Derbies at the Pontiac Silverdome. Although Harder did not win his heat and the $10,000 first prize, he was given the “Mad Dog” Award and $500 for being judged to have put on the best show in the prelims.


        The Toledo Tornadoes of the newly formed Regional Football League used its first draft pick to choose Quarterback Ron Powlus of Notre Dame. Other notables drafted included Wayne Williamson, Toledo running back; Greg Bellisari, Ohio State linebacker and Melvin Dansby, defensive lineman from Notre Dame. Ken James, Northwood High School coach, was named interim coach. The Toledo team never materialized and the spring league completed only one season.

        Price check: Elmore Recreation offered Glo-Bowling for $7 per bowler for two hours. Shoe rental included.

        Hot then, gone now: Hills Department Store, Lake Township.

June, 1988

        News: Congressman Marcy Kaptur spoke at the annual Memorial Day Service at Waite High School and announced she would lead a delegation of Congressional members to Caen, France for the official opening of the Battle of Normandy Museum of Peace. The ceremony was to take place on the 44th anniversary of the D-Day invasion which claimed the lives of 619 soldiers from the Toledo area.


        The federal government mailed out a brochure about the AIDS epidemic to 107 million households at a cost of $25 million. At the time, more than 50,000 Americans had been diagnosed with AIDS. One analysis put the cost of AIDS to the federal government at $22 billion over the following few years.


        An East Toledo woman urged the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to get tough on CB (citizens band) users. She claimed that what was a safety tool used to communicate during the Blizzard of 78, was being misused by people spewing profanity, lies and slander over the air waves.

        She told The Press, “You can stand on my sidewalk and call me a (name) and get arrested. You can call me anything you want over the air waves and get nothing.” A spokesperson for the FCC said they field about 160 complaints a month at the regional office which covers all of Ohio and parts of Michigan and Kentucky.


        In what was called “Good Clean Fun”, Duds ‘n Suds, an Oregon laundromat, hosted a singles night. Popcorn and soap were available for free.  

        Sports: Sugar Creek Golf Course in Elmore hosted Paul Hahn, professional trick-shot golfer. Hahn, a commercial pilot, had flown around the world in a twin-engine Aztec giving 65 exhibitions in 24 countries on five continents.

        Price check: Easton’s Meats sold 8-ounce New York Strip Steaks for $2.99.

        Hot then, gone now: Chick-fil-A, Woodville Mall.

June, 1978

        News: The first phase of the renovations of the Genoa Town Hall building was completed and spectators cheered as the bell tower, trimmed in Governor’s Palace Tan, was raised and put in place. The tower houses the 1886 Taft-Van Huesen Bell, which had been returned from the original foundry in Cincinnati where it had been sent for repairs.

        Sports: Dick Kandik, in 1977, coached the Clay Eagles baseball team to a record season of 20 wins, 8 losses. He followed that up in 1978 with a 20-3 record and the GLL and Sectional Titles. Rick Molnar led the team in hitting with a .470 average followed by Keith Belcik at .397. Belcik also finished with an 8-0 record on the mound and a 1.11 ERA.

        Price check: Dunn Chevy-Olds sold a new 1978 Chevy Impala, power steering, AM radio, white side wall tires and remote mirror for $4824

        Hot then, gone now: King Liquidators, Woodville Rd.


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