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Four student actors discover .22 blanks aren’t harmless

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

April 2003
News: Separation of church and state was in the news when the ACLU filed suit to force removal of the Ten Commandments from the Lucas County Courthouse lawn. Meanwhile, Mike Hopkins, president of the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society, boasted that Brandville School, home to the society, may be the only public school building in the nation to display the Ten Commandments.

The Challenger Learning Center expected to start renovations of the Jay Shuer School in Oregon. The center would feature simulated space missions produced with the guidance of NASA experts.

Sports: Jamie Wonderly, Gibsonburg senior pitcher, was expected  to lead the Golden Bears to their third straight SLL title and compete for a third consecutive state title. In three years, Wonderly had compiled a 72-8 record with a .046 ERA and 854 strikeouts in 549 innings.

Clay Eagles softball was 9-0 and state-ranked. The team was led by Coach Brenda Radabaugh and players Kristin Crawford, Monica Sigurdson, Kate Yenrick and Ashley Henney.

Price check: The Andersons held its grand opening of the Woodville Mall store and featured $10 off all Foreman grills in stock.  

Hot then, gone now: Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant, Oregon.

April 1993
News: Tony Packo’s Restaurant capitalized on the celebrity fame of Jamie Farr to attract diners, so it should come as no surprise the East Toledo eatery set aside a room for another celebrity—Rush Limbaugh. Fans of the conservative talk-show host could listen to “His Pompousness” in a special venue called ‘The Rush Room’ without disturbing other patrons.

Helen Lybarger was the first recipient of the Fredric E. Hansen Humanitarian Award from the East Toledo-Oregon Kiwanis. Lybarger was recognized for her efforts in organizing the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society.

Sports: The Perrysburg Yellow Jackets beat Jeff Thompson’s Genoa Comets in an exhibition baseball game played at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, home of the Pirates.

Clay juniors Shane Jesion and Matt Ammiller won state championships in the Ohio High School Power Lifting Tournament and led Clay to a second place finish.

Price check: Gladieux Lumber offered Shankland’s Maumee River Death Dogs for 25 cents as part of its “Big Barn Sale.” NuTel Phone Mart sold a Toshiba Cordless phone for $59.99

Hot then, gone now:  Nautica Isle (Formerly Star & Lil’s, Genoa.)

April 1983
News: The Toledo-Lucas County Safety Council presented three area men with the President’s Award for Heroism for their efforts to save a life. They were: George Rodriquez of Oregon who stopped his car on the Cherry Street Bridge and saved a woman attempting to commit suicide; James Blaylock of Curtice who ran into a smoke-filled home and led his neighbor to safety just before the roof collapsed and Ediberto Garcia of Martin who pulled a mail carrier from his smoking car just before it exploded.

John Plahovinsak, Gibsonburg’s village administrator, said the federal government would supply the village with 38,000 pounds of surplus in June. The cheese was to be shared with Helena, Lindsey, Genoa and Woodville.

Sports: Rick Molnar, Clay grad, was leading the University of Toledo baseball team in hits, total bases, doubles and triples. Randy Coy, a Northwood grad, led the team in home runs and RBIs.

Kris Livingston, Lake grad, became Miami (Ohio) University’s second leading career scorer in women’s basketball compiling 1,226 points. Her teammate, senior Amy Cooley, a Cardinal Stritch grad, finished her career ranked second in rebounds with 575. She was named Second Team All-Mac and Livingston was named Honorable Mention.

The Eastwood Board of Education approved a motion to form a club soccer program.

Price check: Collins & Parker sold a two liter Pepsi for $1.09; Sears Portrait Studio sold 14 four-color portraits for $19.95

Hot then, gone now: Macy’s Travel, Northwood; Starr Glenn Home Health Care Center, Oregon.

April 1973
News:  Four Genoa students filming a mock fight for a folklore class failed to realize that firing a gun loaded with wadding and blanks can be perilous at close range. One student had furnished a .22 caliber pistol to make the scene more realistic. It was.

The four were transported to St. Charles Hospital, treated and released. None were injured seriously.

Franklin Netcher of Elmore has turned a hobby into a business. He collects old hand plows and horse-drawn farm implements, repairs them and sells to Amish farmers in Southern Ohio.

The hot topic for the Migrant Ministry Committee was providing adequate housing and a day center for migrants arriving in the spring to work Ottawa County farms.

Sports: Jon Geisler, Woodmore, future NFL player with the Miami Dolphins, set a personal record in the shot-put at 50’ 3 ¼”.

The All-SLL basketball team was: Doug Alexander, Eastwood; Doug Reynolds, Elmwood and Ron Hammye, John Shessler and Jeff Shaneck, Genoa.

Price check: Genoa Motors sold a new Ford Pinto wagon for $2,459.

Hot then, gone now:  Luckey Gigolo, Luckey; The Pancake House at I-280 and Woodville.

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