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Mayor addressed blocked X-ings, Reaganomics visits Oregon

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

December  2002
News: Ivy Steel closed its doors on its Oregon plant. Forty employees lost their jobs adding to the 40 previously laid off earlier in the year.

Harold K. Douthit, founder of The Press and its parent company DCI, was honored when the Ohio Newspaper Association presented the Douthit family with the First Families of Ohio Newspaper Award. Douthit pioneered computerized typesetting and web offset printing in 1957 when he opened his printing plant in Sandusky.

Ohio passed a law to control electronic junk mail (spam).

The Lake Township Trustees honored Jack Buzza, 70, of Walbridge for his 58 years of service to the township fire department. Buzza started volunteering in 1944 at age 12.

Sports: Mike DeMaria, a 1999 Cardinal Stritch grad, was a walk-on, red-shirt sophomore for the Ohio State Buckeyes, which would play for a national championship in the Fiesta Bowl against the University of Miami.

Oak Harbor’s J.D. Bergman was named first-team All Ohio running back. He rushed for 1,735 yards.

Owens Community College, 10-0 and coached by Eastwood grad Jim Welling, was ranked number one in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Price check: Nu-Tel Phone Mart sold Cricket phones for $19.99. Fifth Third Bank offered an annuity at 5.53 percent interest rate for one year and a guaranteed 3 percent after one year.

Hot then, gone now: Wally’s Restaurant, Walbridge; Touch of Class Cleaners, Oregon.


December 1992
News: Conrail officials met with Northwood Mayor John Donegan to discuss $74,465 in fines the city assessed from 211 violations for blocking railroad crossings. Donegan said the city appreciates the jobs and economic value of the railroads but wants to strike a better balance for area motorists. Under a new fee schedule, fines could reach $300,000 in 1993 for Conrail if it blocked crossings at the same rate as in 1992.

The Ohio Highway patrol and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department conducted a county-wide operation on the weekend of December 18-20. The result: 16 DUI arrests, 136 speed violations and 24 seat belt offenses.

Sports: Bryan Smolinski, Cardinal Stritch grad, senior at Michigan State University, and a Boston Bruins draft pick, had 11 goals and 11 assists to lead the Spartans to a 7-3 record.

Brothers Doug and Dan Dippman coached boys’ varsity basketball at neighboring schools but had yet to face each other. Doug was coaching at Clay, compiling a 56-55 record, while Dan coaching at Genoa, compiling a 40-26 record.

Price check: Alan Miller Jewelers sold ArtCarved class rings for $69.95, after a mail-in rebate; Herman’s IGA, Gibsonburg, sold turkey at 45 cents per lb.

Hot then, gone now: Gulish Villa, Jerusalem, Twp.; Northwood Aquarium, Oregon.


December  1982
News: Oregon City council, facing a tight budget, was considering layoffs. Councilman Frank Szollosi said, “layoffs are not a nice fact of life…It ought to be apparent to everybody (federal) revenue sharing is going to be cut by 50 percent…Reaganomics has come to Oregon, Ohio.”

The Village of Gibsonburg received the okay from the IRS to allow it to receive donations of material and personal property from residents. The residents would then be able to claim a deduction for the relative worth of the items. John Plahovinsak, administrator, said the village would welcome a Christmas tree, some rope and utility poles. Not needed are “moose heads or sofas.”

Sports: The Clay girls’ basketball team was off to a fast 4-0 start led by team captain Teresa Dombkowski, a 6’3” senior, a future Ohio State Buckeye.

Darlene Mercer of Genoa caught a 25 ounce, 14 5/8” perch near the water intake in Lake Erie.

Price check: Bottom Dollar in East Toledo sold two-litre bottles of Coke for 75 cents; Shamrock Kawasaki & Suzuki of Genoa sold a Kawasaki 100 dirt bike for $599.

Hot then, gone now: Peter Pan Beauty Salon, Woodville; Oregon Family Restaurant, Oregon; Mud Flap Jack’s Saloon & Food at Exit 5; Carmel’s East, Genoa.


December  1972
News: Reeder Appliance in Elmore urged Suburban Press readers to “Make the greatest cooking discovery since fire” and save up to 75 percent cooking time with an Amana microwave oven.

The Press reported Genoa Mayor William Peloquin was still at odds with two village councilmen concerning the hiring of a new police chief to replace Thomas Muck. Ten applicants had been rejected during the five-month search. Meanwhile, Gary Truman, acting police chief, was still collecting his sergeant’s salary while serving as the top man. Sgt. Truman had applied for the job and Joseph Verkin, safety committee chairman, and councilman John Harbal praised Truman’s work. However, Mayor Peloquin said, “I would say it would be proper to accept more applications”

Hot then, gone now: Highland Appliance, Northwood.

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