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Kool-Aid caper goes sour, fleeing bandit arrested

The exits on The Nostalgia Highway are at 10 year increments. Enjoy the trip through the pages of The Press.

March 2003
News:  Flu hit the student populations of a few area schools. At the peak of the season, 142 of 470 students at Hilfiger Elementary in Gibsonburg and 58 of 250 first and second graders at Walbridge Elementary were out sick.

In the same issue of The Press in which the Oregon Walmart announced its grand opening, Food Town announced it would close its stores including those in East Toledo, Oregon and Lake Township, idling 400 workers.

The Ohio Newspaper Association honored Harold K. Douthit, founder of The Press and a pioneer in the offset print industry, with its First Families of Ohio Newspaper Award.

Sports: First-year coach Claude Noel led the Toledo Storm to the ECHL playoffs compiling a 23-4 record at the Sports Arena.

J.D. Bergman, Oak Harbor, won his second consecutive Ohio state wrestling title at 189 pounds. Bergman compiled an 85-0 record during that time.

Kate Achter, Clay; Megan Abbey, Woodmore; Whitney Hartman, Eastwood, Jessica Schult, Eastwood and Mallory Fleming, Gibsonburg were named to the All-Press girls’ basketball team. Zach Diekman, Genoa; Matt Donegan, Northwood; Tyler Rosenberger, Woodmore; Brent Snyder, Eastwood and Mike Matthews, Waite were named to the boys team.

Price check: Genoa Ford advertised a 2003 Ford Focus LX for $12,590. Genoa Bank offered a 48-month cd at 3.51 percent interest.

Hot then, gone now:   Clay Center Recreation, Clay Center; Jersey’s Sports Café, E. Toledo.


March 1993
News: A Kool-Aid Kaper went sour when a 28-year-old Detroit woman was arrested after pushing a cart load of Kool-Aid out of the Kroger store on Woodville Road. Two alert employees tried to stop the fleeing bandit as she sped away in her truck. Undeterred, she plowed into a shopping cart throwing one of the employees on the hood of the truck, then dodging the other. Her escape ended when she struck a car driven by a store patron who cut her off.

The Kool-Aid, 8,000 packets with an estimated value of $2,300, was recovered intact. Oregon Police arrested the bandit and held her on a $20,000 cash bond. Sweet.

Eight Years before terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center, Mike Donahue, a 1986 Clay grad, was visiting the New York landmark preparing to have lunch on the 107th floor when a bomb detonated in the parking garage below. Five people were killed and scores of others injured.

Donahue and 115 colleagues who were attending a Dean Witter training session walked down 107 flights to escape as the elevators were not working.

Sports: Carey Fouty, a Cardinal Stritch grad, averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds a game for Jim Welling’s Owens Express.

Coach Jude Meyers and forward Greg Sandrock (18.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game) led the Woodmore Wildcats, 16-3, to the SLL title.

Price check: John Connolly, owner of Gossips, an Irish bar in Oregon, advertised a Jiggs Dinner for $5.95. Roots Poultry sold a dozen eggs for $1.99.

Hot then, gone now: The Hot Closet and Emro Propane, Northwood.


March 1983
News: Local law enforcement departments were concerned about the ramifications of Ohio’s new drunk driving law. They expressed concern about the ambiguity of the law and, more importantly, how it would affect an already overcrowded jail system. Wood County Sheriff George Ginter said the county sent “1,000 drunks to school for alcohol education programs” in 1982. The new law stipulates a mandatory 72-hour jail sentence and the county only has jail space for 52.

Sports: The Lake Athletic Boosters announced it would start an Athletic Hall of Fame.

The SLL All-League Basketball Team featured four local players on the first team. They were: Dan Christie, 21.2 points per game, and brother Don Christie, 17.6 ppg, both from Oak Harbor; Jeff Haar, 23.6 ppg, from Woodmore and Eric Jones, 10.9 ppg, from Gibsonburg.

Price check: Hay-Lo Market in Genoa sold t-bone steaks for $2.79 lb. Macy’s Travel offered a flight to the Bahamas and a three-night hotel stay for $288.

Hot then, gone now:  Golden Slumber Upholstery, Curtice; Arlington Restaurant, E. Toledo.


March 1973
News: An ad for the Genoan Theater promoted a movie entitled The Legend of Nigger Charley, a movie about a pre-Civil War slave turned gunfighter. It was rated PG and called “A western with soul geared to the black and action market…Fred Williamson is quite impressive in the title role, a rugged combination of talent and charm.”

Sports: The Genoa Comets basketball team (17-0), coached by Dave Hitchens, broke the school record for wins set in 1941 and tied in 1966.

Price check: Kirwins Red & White in Gibsonburg was selling Nestle’s Crunch bars 10 for 29 cents. The DeMars Hotel in Oak Harbor advertised a 16 ounce Porterhouse for $4.69.

Hot then, gone now: Pina’s Beauty Salon, Woodville; Balliet Sentry Hardware, Genoa.


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