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Gas prices plunge at the pumps; gas leaks near the Whippy Dip

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

January 2003
News:  The $1.5 million Challenger Learning Center announced it would open in September. The center, located in the Jay Shuer Building in Oregon, would offer students and teachers the opportunity to participate in simulated space missions.

Luke, a stray black Labrador retriever picked up in East Toledo by the Lucas County dog warden, avoided a dire fate when it was adopted by the U.S. Customs Service and trained to work as a narcotics detector dog.

Sports: Kate Achter led the Clay girls’ basketball team to its third consecutive River East Holiday Tournament title. Achter was named MVP.

Mark Kerr, former state wrestling champ at Waite and NCAA Division I champ at Syracuse, was the subject of a HBO documentary on no-holds-barred fighting.

The Eastwood girls’ basketball team, under coach Jim Gracyk, won its 500th game, placing it seventh on the all-time win list in the state of Ohio for girls’ basketball teams.

Price check: Alan Miller Jewelers celebrated the 13th birthday of his quad daughters with a sale offering 40 percent off all items in stock.

Hot then, gone now: The White River Group Mortgage Specialists, Woodville Mall; Sky Bank.


January 1993
News: Two Woodville police officers, Lew Vargo and Mike Lento, were on foot patrol when they averted a potential disaster by discovering a gas leak in the line running along Main Street. The gas had been moving underground toward the Whippy Dip.

The new year saw gas prices plunge. Unleaded, which had averaged $1.09 throughout the year, was advertised at the Clark station on Woodville Road for 94.9.

Northwood police officer Bob Bratton left the force to join the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department as a Lieutenant. Bratton started his public service at age 18 when he was elected to village council in Swanton where he was later elected mayor.

An East Toledo resident leaving for work in the early morning found his dog shot to death. The Toledo Humane Society said the dog was one of three shot with buckshot on the same day supposedly by the same person. A spokesperson called the perp a “disturbed angry individual.”  The suspect remained at large.

Sports: Troy Fowler, Northwood Junior wrestler, was 17-0 at 135 lbs. Fowler had finished the previous year fourth in the state (130 lbs) sporting a 32-4 record.

Carrie Heringhausen became the first girl to play for the Lake Flyers hockey team. She was a right wing.

Price check: Chef Dan at Toledo Five Family Restaurant was selling a half-pound Patriot burger for $2.79. Damschroder’s in Elmore was having a quitting business sale with 80 percent off.

Hot then, gone now: Sportscard Plus, Oregon.


January 1983
News: The Oregon Board of Education approved contracts with the teachers’ union. A starting teacher would be paid $13,215 a year and one with a Masters degree and 27 years experience $28,705.

Local farmers entered the computer age with the new Agriculture Communications & Resource Service (ACRES). The program provides up-to-date weather, futures quotes and updates on pending farm legislation.

Sports: The Clay hockey club team, led by hockey advisor Tom Roberts and head coach Jim Gramza, led the Northwest Ohio High School Hockey League with a 7-0 record.

Price check: Genoa Motors was selling all new Fords at 11.9 percent APR.

Hot then, gone now: Shaffer’s Eats & Ale, Woodville Mall; Starr Lumber, East Toledo; WoolCo, Northwood.


January 1973
News: The headline read Care for handicapped, retarded is evolving in area center. The headline was written pre-political correctness which would have substituted “mentally challenged” for retarded. In the story, the Luther Home of Mercy board ok’d a proposal to provide short-term care in addition to its tradition of long-term care. Founded in 1929 by Max Schleicher and managed by his son Edmund, the Williston facility attracts residents from 15 states, Canada and the Virgin Islands.

Sports: Woodmore’s Doug Harms, 132 lbs, was voted MVP at the Lakota Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

Price check: Super Dollar Markets sold four 20oz loaves of bread for 99 cents and oxtails for 49 cents lb. Peoples’ Savings offered five-and-a-quarter percent interest on a passbook savings account.

Hot then, gone now: .Hercules TV, Western Auto, Oak Harbor; Peoples’ Savings, Oregon.


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