“Leap Day Snowstorm” in 1984 left 191 motorists stranded
The exits on The Nostalgia Highway are at 10-year increments. Enjoy the trip through the pages of The Press.
News: Menards started negotiations with development officials to build a home improvement store on an 18-acre site on Brown Road on the Northwood-Oregon border.
Fred Schnoor, Benton-Carroll-Salem superintendent, stated the district attracted 40 students and some $200,000 from the state during its first year of open enrollment.
Sports: Coach Dan Christie’s Woodmore Wildcats basketball team, led by David Bowen and Tyler Rosenberger, won 13 straight games to win the SLL title.
Drew Lashaway, Eastwood’s 130-pound wrestler, won a state championship in Division II while compiling a 47-3 record.
Lake High inducted the 1935 baseball team. The team finished with a 13-4 record and was the runner-up in the state tournament.
Gary Lemle’s Cardinal Stritch girls’ basketball team, 21-3, advanced to the regional finals in the state basketball tournament. The team was led by Kristen Ameling, Kelcee Evans, Apryl Pocse and Julie Kusian.
Price check: Lee Williams, Oregon, sold 100-percent ground chuck for $1.99 lb.
Hot then, gone now: Statewide Funding, Oregon.
News: Cardinal Stritch, the smallest school in the Toledo City League, announced it would leave and play an independent schedule. Enrollment had dropped from more than 800 students in the early 1980s to 285.
The Ohio Senate passed a bill to make it easier to clean-up contaminated land. The Millard Avenue overpass and the Front Street widening were two of the first projects to benefit from the new law and subsequent funding.
Sports: The Northwest Ohio Pocket Billiards Association Tournament was held at Woodville Mall.
Lonnie Rivera, Clay grad and current superintendent of the Oregon City Schools, won the MidAm Conference championship at 190 pounds. The University of Toledo junior compiled a 26-5 record for the Rocket matmen.
Brian May, 17, a Woodmore junior, rolled a perfect 300 game while competing in a junior tournament in Lorain, Ohio.
Price check: National Bank of Oak Harbor offered a 24-month CD at 4.13 percent APR.
Hot then, gone now: Reflections of the Past, Woodville.
News: The “Leap day Snowstorm” left motorists stranded in Genoa, Woodville and Clyde. The Ottawa County Red Cross housed 32 motorists at the Genoa Fire Hall. Sixteen motorists spent the night at the Woodville Fire Hall and another 33 were housed in a shelter in Clyde. Another 110 displaced travelers were housed in Bowling Green shelters.
In Woodville, it took more than 500 volunteer hours to clear the road of 6 to 12 inches of drifting snow. Meanwhile, to dig out Oregon Mayor James Haley reported using 12 pieces of city-owned equipment and 27 employees in addition to several private contractors.
Sports: The All-SLL Girls’ Basketball Team included: Terri Poggemeyer and Jodi Juergens of Eastwood; Amy Gabel, Lakota; Kelly Kratz, Oak Harbor and Corrine Schaeffer, Gibsonburg.
Local players on the All-SLL Boys’ team included: Brad Tefft, Eastwood; Don Christie, Oak Harbor and Jeff Haar, Woodmore.
Mike Baker, 1983 Lake grad and a freshman at Ohio Northern, finished fourth in the NCAA Division III College Wrestling Tournament. He compiled a 23-9 record.
Price check: Macy’s Travel offered a flight to London for as low as $590.
Hot then, gone now: InstaCopy Printing Center, Northwood.
News: Architect Michael Barthold, landmarks committee chairperson for the Maumee Valley Historical Society, came to Genoa to research the Genoa Town Hall and the Genoa Privvy. It was believed the privy was the only Victorian brick outhouse in the state.
Sports: Richard Tressel, brother of the former head coach of The Ohio State University Jim Tressel, was released from his contract at Gibsonburg High School to take a job as a backfield coach for Wayne State University. While the head coach for the Golden Bears, he compiled a 19-9-2 record in three years.
Woody Hayes, OSU football coach, was scheduled to speak at the annual banquet of the OSU Alumni Club of Sandusky County. In 28 years, Hayes teams compiled a 192-60-8 record (159-49-8 at OSU).
Cardinal Stritch won its fourth consecutive Maumee Wrestling Tournament. Sectional champs were: Brian Haynes, Jake Sanchez, Jim Reeves, Mike Reeves, Paul Luther, Chris Covill and Earl Gould.
The Genoa Comets basketball team, 21-1, defeated Elyria 64-48 to advance to the state tournament in Columbus. Ron Hammye scored 23 points and Jeff Shaneck 17.
Price check: Durdel’s in Great Eastern offered a Harmony Guitar for $64.50.
Hot then, gone now: Carter Lumber, Millbury.