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“Will you marry me,” she said: “My wife won’t let me,” he said

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

June 2003
News: Toledo Public Schools announced it would build a middle school on 43 acres of land owned by Pilkington. The $10 million project on East Broadway was criticized by Bob McCloskey, East Toledo councilman, and Don Monroe, executive director of River East Economic Revitalization Corporation. They wanted the land for industrial development. Monroe said, “To take that entire parcel from me and the ability to create jobs is ludicrous.”

Josh Stagner, a Lake High student and Boy Scout, was featured in a story in the national magazine Boys’ Life. Stagner was recognized for his quick action after a teammate accidentally put his arm through a window. Stagner asked teammates to alert the coach and call 911 while he applied pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

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Nearly 80 competitors came to Maumee Bay State Park to compete in the Tudor Watch/
Mistral Windsurfing Series. (Press file photo by Ken Grosjean)

Toledo Police warned residents that the Irish Travelers, a nationally-known “confidence” group, was on its way to Toledo. The group specialized in scams involving home repair, painting, driveway sealing and lawn service.

Sports: Jamie Wonderly, who finished her high school career with a 96-11 record, led Gibsonburg to its third consecutive state title in softball. For Coach Erika Foster it was her third straight state title in just her third year as a head coach. Other seniors who contributed were Angela Ruiz, Melissa Bailey and Sarah Walby.

Chelsea Shelnick and Kathleen Bergman of Cardinal Stritch won state titles in track. Bergman won in the shot and Shelnick set a state record in the 300-meter hurdles.

Wes Blank, 8-0 with a 0.65 ERA, led the Lake Flyers to their third consecutive SLL title. Coach Greg Wilker’s team was 21-7.

Price check: The Scooter Shack in Woodville sold scooters for $250.

Hot then, gone now: Moku Bar & Grill, Curtice.


June 1993
News: Adam West, TV’s Batman, appeared at Northtowne Square and Buckwheat Zydeco performed at Toledo’s Rally by the River.

Woodmore, after two failed levy attempts, announced it would implement pay-to-play for extra curricular activities including athletics. Football would cost $40 and a family would pay no more than $100.

Sports: F.J. Skaff, a seven-year-old Genoa boy, went fishing with his grandfather Mike Nagy and reeled in a 29 ½ inch, nine pound walleye.

Nearly 80 competitors from as far away as Florida came to Maumee Bay State Park to compete in the Tudor Watch/Mistral Windsurfing Series, one of 15 stops on the “Grand Slam” tourney trail for windsurfers.

The Woodmore girls track team won a Division III State Title. Beth Parkins led the team with a first in the 400 meter run. Other contributors included: Rachel Harder, Angela Michael, Lindsey Hamilton, Stacy Heins, Andrea Jensen and Tracy Sandwisch.

Price check: Genoa Savings offered a 30-year fixed mortgage at 8.25 percent interest.

Hot then, gone now: Sisters Chicken & Biscuits, Oregon.


June 1983
News: Lt. M. D. Bush of the Ohio Highway Patrol was interviewed about Ohio’s new tougher drunk driving law. In the first five months of the year, the Walbridge Post arrested 311 for DUI, up from 270 for the same time the prior year.

Oregon residents voted an increase in the city income tax from 1.5 to 2.25 percent. The new funds would be used to recall laid-off workers and restore services.

Gibsonburg Mayor David Souder performed his 35th wedding service. Young women frequently called him with the request, “Will you marry me?” He said he usually told the caller, “I would like to, but my wife won’t let me.”

Sports: Rick Molnar, Clay grad and co-captain of the University of Toledo baseball team, was drafted by the New York Yankees and sent to their minor league team in Oneonta, New York. Molnar hit .331 for the Rockets.

The Clay Eagles won the GLL baseball title with a 10-0 record (24-3 overall). Dick Kandik was named Coach of the Year and Todd Bishop, Player of the Year. Bishop went 7-1 with a 1.99 ERA.

Bob Baird’s Genoa Comets won their third straight SLL title in baseball, finishing 12-2 in the league and 23-8 overall. Five Comets were named All-SLL first team: Rob Lowe, Jim Witt, Dan Thompson, Gary Stansbury and Brian Dickinson.

Price check: Vogel’s IGA in Genoa sold t-bone steak for $3.39 lb.

Hot then, gone now: Sport Fame, Great Eastern.


June 1973
News: Noted conservationist Laurel VanCamp spoke before a newly-formed citizens group whose goal was to “save Sugar Creek and still make life bearable for Sandusky, Wood and Ottawa farmers.” 

The Fox Theatre advertised Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry with the line, “You don’t assign him to murder cases, you just turn him loose.”

Sports: Harold Potter finished his 45th season as head baseball coach at Clay winning his 12th GLL title.

Mike Elders, Clay High pitcher with a 30-5 career record, signed with the Detroit Tigers and joined the Tiger farm club in Bristol, Tennessee.

Price check: Chris Berman’s Supper Club advertised a Special Sunday Brunch for $3.50.

Hot then, gone now: Hattery Real Estate, Northwood.


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