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Man’s effort to harass ex-police chief with junk mail backfires

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

August 2003
News: The long awaited groundbreaking for the $7.2 million Starboard Side project on the Maumee River in East Toledo was set for August 18. Condos in the 24-unit development were priced from $250,000 to $300,000.

Genoa was the most aggressive school district to use open enrollment to shore up sagging enrollment. For the 2003-2004 school year, the district attracted 74 students from other districts while losing seven. The net revenue gain was $328,300, according to Superintendent Dennis Mock.

Sports: Charlie Delker retired as head football coach at Waite with a record of 61-88. He was known for his “Delkerisms,” one of which was “You get humble playing football, especially the linemen. You get your brains beat out every play.”

Mollie Berry of Oregon gunned down six runners from right field to earn All-Tournament First Team at the National USSSA Tournament held in Orlando, Florida. Berry played for the Lady Irish, a 14 & under girls’ softball team from Toledo. The Lady Irish won the tournament beating teams from Alabama, Indiana, Washington and Texas.

Price check:  J.C. Penney Furniture Outlet in Great Eastern sold a three-piece leather sectional couch, regularly priced at $2,848, for $999

Hot then, gone now: Mona Lisa Opticians, Oregon.

August 1993
News: Former Lake Township Police Chief Ed Brucker and his wife were awarded $8,000 in damages by a Wood County Common Pleas Court judge. The judgment was against a former township police officer for invasion of privacy and emotional distress caused when he signed the Bruckers up for unwanted magazines, catalogues and junk mail and had the bills sent to their home.

“The recent shooting and fire bombing at Ravine Park and the swastika painted on the (Willis B.) Boyer are troubling for the whole community,” said Toledo Councilman and mayoral candidate Peter Silverman. He planned “aggressive action to improve race relations in this city” and outlined a five-point plan centered on community policing, recreational opportunities and job creation.

All five members of the parks board in Elmore resigned to protest a village council decision to reduce space in Ory Park to widen Maple Street.

The Lucas County Board of Elections upheld a complaint from the Oregon Democratic Party regarding irregularities in signatures collected on a nominating petition for council president James Haley. The ruling kept Haley off the mayoral ballot, leaving Democratic Party nominee Leonard Wasserman as the lone candidate.

Paul Toppin, long-time publisher of the East Toledo Sun, passed away at age 77.

Sports: Fifty-six softball teams and their families attended the American Softball Association’s National Tournament for girls 14 & under held in Oregon. The teams came from 18 states including Florida, Texas, South Dakota and Arkansas. The Arkansas team defeated a team from Georgia in the final game. An estimated crowd of 2,100 attended on the final day.

Pamela Peters of Oregon won a national title in the women’s 3/8 ounce bait cast at the 85th American Casting Association National Tournament held in San Francisco, California

Price check: Hostess Bakery sold a 10-count box of Twinkies for 99 cents. 

Hot then, gone now: Sideways Bar, Genoa.

August 1983
News: John Ault, Wood county commissioner, said county officials would go to Columbus to meet with Ohio Governor Dick Celeste and other officials in an effort to get funding for an interchange at S.R. 795 and I-75 in Perrysburg Township.

Sports: The Oregon girls’ peewee softball team won the State ASA Tournament held in Hamilton, Ohio. The team was coached by Shirley Csehi and led by Dena Romstadt who hit .550 with 11 RBIs; Tammy Schneider who hit .467 and scored 13 runs, Tammy Susor who hit .429 with 8 RBIs and Cyndi Sibberson, pitcher.

Jennifer Slocum and the Northwood girls’ softball team (ages 15-18) registered a rare no-hitter in slo-pitch softball when they beat the Walbridge senior girls at the Tri-County Tournament 11-0.

Price check: Dandy Donut in Oregon sold a Baker’s Dozen for $2.69. 

Hot then, gone now: Jerry & Terry’s Café on Starr in East Toledo. The hosts were Jerry Anderson, television anchor, and Terry Cooper, entertainer.

August 1973
News: Ostrich races, gospel music, tractor pulls and harness racing were the announced highlights for the Ottawa County Fair.

A nationwide beef shortage and a price freeze affected shoppers accustomed to finding an ample selection of beef at local grocery stores. One store, Latham’s in Genoa, purchased cattle from local sources, although it was more expensive.

Rick Hemmer, Suburban Press general manager, resigned at age 26 to take a sales position with the Orlando Sentinel-Star, a 200,000 plus circulation daily in Central Florida.

Price check: Dunn’s sold a 1973 El Camino for $2,998.

Hot then, gone now: Flying Bridge Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge, Curtice.

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