Written by John Szozda
October 26, 2012
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.
News: The Metroparks purchased 360 acres for $2.05 million to double the size of Pearson Park. A grant from the Clean Ohio Fund accounted for $820,000 of the purchase price.
Eastsider Johnny Reed of Johnny and Houserockers won a local blues contest sponsored by the Black Swamp Blues Society and a free trip to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge.
Using new technology, Juan and Shana Bruggeman-Munoz, with the help of Bay Park Community Hospital, set up a webcast to share live video of their one-day-old daughter with Juan’s relatives in Spain.
Sports: Clay volleyball, led by coach Dave Habegger and players Kristin Crawford and Kristin Habegger, won the GLL title with an 18-4 record.
Craig Thames, who later starred on the University of Toledo basketball team, was inducted into the Waite High Hall of Fame.
Price check: Johnny’s on the Spot sold a carton of Marlboros for $29.34; Lee Williams sold 100 percent pure ground round for $2.39 lb.; and Edward Jones in Genoa offered Freddie Mac notes at 5.25 percent interest.
Hot then, gone today: Genoa Savings, Genoa, The Exchange Bank, Walbridge; Ivy’s Vine, Genoa.
News: “Freeway” Fred Deering, a state representative for 20 years, retired at age 69. Rep Deering was instrumental in passing the gas tax to build and maintain Ohio highways and he fought to add exits on the Ohio Turnpike to spur economic development. He also led the drive to renovate the Ohio Veterans Home.
The U.S. EPA and the more than 40 companies responsible for cleaning up the PCB saturated Commercial Oil dump site in Oregon were at an impasse. Meanwhile, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was conducting a criminal investigation into why it had to destroy 25 PCB-contaminated Canada geese that flew into the lagoons at the dump site.
Sports: New Cardinal Stritch baseball coach Tom Kontak announced he would take his varsity team to the MetroDome in Minneapolis to play two games.
The Clay golf team won its second straight GLL title and advanced to the District tournament for the first time in its history. Players included: Josh Breier, Derek Schlageter, Mike Timoff, Dan Tobias, Scott Harrington and Dan Leskai.
Price check: Veh & Son Furniture in Gibsonburg sold Posturepedic twin mattresses for $165.95; Fox Cinemas showed the Mighty Ducks for $5 for adults.
Hot then, gone today: Pember Haus, Pemberville; Oak Harbor Hotel, Oak Harbor.
News: Cindy Shumaker, former assistant press secretary for First Lady Pat Nixon, spoke at the East YMCA about her days in the White House.
Sports: The SLL cage coaches picked Oak Harbor to win the SLL for the second consecutive year. Their 1982 league title was the school’s first basketball title in 30 years.
Rusty Waters and Dean Helm led Eastwood golfers to first place in both the sectional and district AA tournaments and an 11th place finish in the state tournament. The team finished 23-1 in dual matches and 53-11 in tournament play.
Price check: Genoa Motors sold a 1982 T-Bird or Mustang at 11.9 percent APR; Macy’s in the Woodville Mall sold a Sony 13” Trinitron color television for $349; Beth Allen Florist, Oregon, sold a dozen Sweetheart roses for $15.
Hot then, gone today: King Liquidators, Northwood; Kowalka Guns & Sporting Goods, Northwood; Carr’s True Value Hardware, East Toledo; Kirsch’s Sporting Goods, Gibsonburg.
News: The Ohio Division of Wildlife alleged the Village of Elmore was responsible for a fish kill in the Portage River due to discharges from its waste disposal system. The village is considering separation of its sanitary and storm sewer systems.
The 500-foot cooling tower at Davis-Besse nuclear power plant was nearing completion. The plant was expected to start producing power in 1974.
The Presidential Campaign for George McGovern-R. Sargent Shriver placed an ad in the Suburban Press.
Ohio voters were being asked to pass a constitutional amendment to repeal the new graduated taxes on corporations and individuals. The amendment would eliminate the 10 percent rollback on property taxes, end the homestead exemption, repeal Ohio’s first tax on industrial profits and eliminate forever the possibility of a graduated income tax.
Price check: LaSalle’s at Woodville Mall sold Junior’s corduroy pants for $7.88; men’s double-knit sport coats for $27.77 and dress shirts for $3.88.