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Live mannequin enters “The Twilight Zone” posing as Union soldier

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

May 2003
News: Chad Albert stood stationary for four hours atop a two-foot by two-foot platform, 12-feet above the ground. Albert was posing as a Union soldier during a fundraiser to restore the Soldiers’ Memorial at Oregon’s Willow Cemetery where many Union soldiers are buried.

Albert would later discover that his great-great-great grandfather, Henry Newcomer, was a Union spy who was unmasked and nearly hanged by Confederate Captain William Forest, an ancestor of one of Albert’s coworkers at The Andersons—Jacob Forest.

Cedar Point has once again claimed the nation’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. The $25 million “Top Thrill Dragster” stands 420-feet tall and can each 120 miles per hour in four seconds.

Sports: The Clay Eagles baseball team had an uncharacteristic year compiling an 11-8 record in its last year in the GLL. Clay would leave the league with 21 championships, the most of any team in the league’s 50-year history. The Eagles would join the Toledo City League in 2004.

The Cardinal Stritch softball team won the TAAC despite a deceptive 15-12 overall record. The Cardinals finished 9-1 in league play, led by Nicole Billups who hit .341 and compiled a 11-6 record on the mound.

Price check: Sky Bank offered a 12-month SuperSaver account paying 2.25 percent APR; Tank’s Meats sold ground chuck for $1.89 lb.

Hot then, gone now: Chili’s Grill & Bar and Jed’s Barbeque and Brew, two restaurants that announced they were coming to Oregon but eventually chose not to, according to the Oregon Economic Development Foundation. Gone before they were hot.

May 1993
News: Mark Derwin, A.C..Mallet in the soap Guiding Light, appeared at the Woodville Mall.

The Lake Township trustees held a groundbreaking for its new administration building located at S.R. 795 and Cummins Road. Expected cost was $800,648. The building replaced one on Main Street in Walbridge built in 1910 for $1,500.

The State of Ohio required that, before July 1, school districts state whether they would become an open enrollment district and allow transfers from adjacent districts or stay a closed district. Genoa was the only area school to adopt open enrollment.

Sports: The doubles team of Butch Bond and Kurt Pfefferle compiled a 20-0 record leading the Clay tennis team to a school record 15 wins and a share of the GLL title.

Rick LaCourse, pro fisherman from Oregon, finished second in the Abu Garcia/G. Loomis Eastern Pro-Am walleye tournament held at Put-in-Bay. LaCourse landed a three-day total of 15 fish weighing 121.46 pounds and took home $12,000 in prize money.

Price check: Huntington Bank was offering a personal credit line at 5.75 percent interest; Spurgeon Chevrolet in Genoa listed a 1992 GEO Storm 2 X 2 Sport Coupe for $9.995, regularly priced at $13,470.

Hot then, gone now: All-Starr Athletics, E. Toledo; Sisters Chicken & Biscuits, Oregon.

May 1983
News: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oregon, and Memorial United Church of Christ, East Toledo, united to form an Employment Resource Center to help persons who are laid off, changing jobs or new to the job market.

Dr. Calvin Gerber said the center is a place to talk about family, feelings, job pressures, financial problems and an opportunity to access community resources and discover new ways to hunt for jobs.

Jacob Giesler, 90, of Elmore, the oldest living World War I vet in Ottawa County was honored by village council during Memorial Day Services. Gielser served under General John J. Pershing and marched through the streets of Paris under the Arc de Triumph during the victory parade.

Sports: Mike Gladieux, a Cardinal Stritch senior, received the 1983 University of Michigan Honor Trophy Award from the University of Michigan Club of Toledo for achievements in scholarship, athletics and leadership. Gladieux was a member of the National Honor Society and played football, basketball and baseball.

Price check: Brandow Real Estate listed a three-bedroom home on the Portage River with a formal living room, den, fireplace, new kitchen and more for $67,500. Hay-Lo Market, Genoa, sold Maxwell House coffee for $2.39 lb.

Hot then, gone now:  J.C. Penney Styling Salon, Northwood.

May 1973
News: A citizens group formed to Save Sugar Creek. Thirteen residents signed a petition for cleaning, deepening, widening and straightening the creek

Sports: Fred Martinelli, Ashland College football coach with a record of 86-39-8 in 14 years, will speak at the Genoa All-Sports banquet. His 1972 team led the NCAA in defense allowing 5.6 points per game.

Jeff Little, Woodmore, struck out 24 batters in two sectional games while hurling shutouts against Tiffin Columbian and Cardinal Stritch.

Price check: Super Dollar Markets sold round or Swiss steak for $1.29 lb; Spangler-Nau Motor Sales sold a 1973 Dodge Swinger for $2,750.

Hot then, gone now: L & M Drive-Thru Carry Out on Woodville Road, Lake Twp.

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