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The Nostalgia Highway
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:35

Asian Carp: An issue for Great Lakes for at least 10 years

The Press celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Once a month until the end of the year, I will take you on a short trip through The Press archives.

The exits on The Nostalgia Highway are at 10 year increments. Enjoy the trip.

September 2002
News: Communities across the nation stopped for a silent moment to reflect on the one year anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. In East Toledo, John Simpson made his statement by painting his pick-up truck red, white, and blue in the image of an American flag. Local musician Ernie Fodor also wrote a song entitled On 9-11, 2001.

Birmingham Elementary School in East Toledo ranked first or second among the seven elementary schools in the Waite system in reading, math, citizenship and science. Attendance was up and suspensions were down. Principal Barb Guthrie attributed the success to a program from the 1960s entitled MicroSociety in which students create businesses, make financial transactions, have jobs and form governments.

Asian Carp was deemed a threat to the Great Lakes but government officials stated the electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal may effectively prevent the voracious fish from entering Lake Michigan.

Sports: The Eastwood boys cross country team was ranked sixth in the state in Division II. Clay, Northwood and Oak Harbor all started the grid iron season at 5-0. The Ray St. John family of East Toledo enjoyed a day with the Stanley Cup, won by the Detroit Red Wings. The group attended regular season Red Wing games, driving a converted school bus they named Red Bus One.

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Price check: Genoa Ford listed a 2002 Windstar van from $18,990. Reed Vision offered an eye glass special for $99.

Hot then, gone today: Mark Berman announced he would close Mel Berman’s Restaurant, the popular Oregon gathering place Mel Berman opened in 1962. Also gone: Kiwi Bay in the Woodville Mall and The Stony Ridge Inn.


September, 1992
News:  The Press co-sponsored its annual PrimeTime Affair at the Woodville Mall. Headliners were the Johnny Knorr Orchestra, The John Ory Vaudeville Show and Michael Jordan, illusionist. WNWO’s Don Edwards hosted the fashion show.

State Senator Paul Peiffer introduced a bill that would eliminate the patient-physician privilege regarding blood alcohol content testing within a hospital setting. The bill would leave drunk drivers one less place to hide.

The Oregon Growth Corporation and City of Oregon officials announced they would work together to create the Oregon Economic Development Foundation, a public-private partnership to attract and retain business.

St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gibsonburg celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Ohio Governor George Voinovich spoke at the Ohio Lake Erie Conference held at Maumee Bay State Park. He spoke about the threat of zebra mussels and global climate change.

Sports: The Eastwood volleyball team was 9-1 and ranked third in the state.

Price Check: Temple Furniture of Woodville was selling full-size firm mattress sets for $129. The Iron Skillet offered an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $3.99.

Hot then, gone today: E.B. Brown Opticians, Woodville Mall; Olan Mills, Oregon; Huss Lawnmower, East Toledo.


September, 1982
News: Lorna Richey, 24, a 1977 Clay grad and University of Toledo senior, was training for a coast-to-coast run from Springfield, Oregon to New York City. She expected to average 30 miles a day and be on the road for two-and- half  months.

Sports: Dave Shook, former football player and assistant coach at Clay High School, was named new head football coach replacing the legendary Ted Federici who coached Clay for 32 years.

Price Check: Genoa SuperValu sold Keebler Pecan Sandies for $1.19; Sears Portrait Studio sold 23 color portraits for $14.95 and Kewpee’s gave diners one free Q-Rib sandwich with the purchase of one for $1.59.

Hot then, gone today: Captain Nemo’s Water Bedroom in the Northwood Plaza; Creations Unlimited in Oregon and ABC Center in Oregon.


September, 1972
News: Lathams, the precursor to Genoa SuperValu and Miller’s NewMarket, opened its new $600,000, 20,000 square-foot supermarket in Genoa.

Elmore Fire Chief Clarence Wilburn expressed concern to village council that something needed to be done to restrict vehicles and gawkers at fire scenes because they impeded the work of the firemen.

Patrolman Craig Emahiser resigned from the Genoa Police Department. He stated that while it was an honor and pleasure to serve with men on the force he could not say the same for village council.

The resignation came because of alleged false statements some council members made to the media shortly after the resignation of then police chief Thomas Muck

Hot then, gone today: Hunk & Chunk Meat Market, Millbury and Hay-Lo Market, Genoa.


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