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Mustang’s bid for freedom ends 20 miles, seven hours later
The exits on The Nostalgia Highway are at 10-year increments. Enjoy the trip through the pages of The Press.

September 2003
News: “Everybody gambles. It’s not about gambling. We want to capture our dollars right here in Northwest Ohio,” said Toledo councilman Bob McCloskey about bringing a casino to East Toledo.

Toledo Mayor Jack Ford said the new arena to replace the Sports Arena would be built in East Toledo. “I think we can make this project the envy of many cities. It will change the way the East Side is viewed. Nothing but good stuff for East Toledo,” he said.

Cheyenne loses ground to modern day wranglers (R to L) Oregon Police Sgt.
Don Metzger, Dave Parker, Metropark Mounted patrol, Lew Vargo, assistant
manager of Pearson Metropark and Officer Gomoll. Pushing is Wendy Tollison.

Area law enforcement officials spent two days searching for the remains of two New Hampshire children, ages 14 and 11, allegedly murdered by their father. He claimed he buried the bodies in the Midwest, near the turnpike, on his way to California.

The Gibsonburg Veterans Memorial was dedicated Sept. 13 ending two years of organization and fund-raising led by Ed Herman Jr.

Sports: Clay linebacker Mitch Mack led the Eagles in tackles with 38 in three games including 22 solos and six tackles for loss.

Eastwood’s Kyle Brossia was named SLL golfer of the year. He led the Eagles to the league championship by shooting a 77 at Green Hills in Clyde.

Price check: Bench’s sold Hardy Mums for $3.99

Hot then, gone now: Rick’s Coffee House & Music Café, Northwood.

September 1993
News: The Woodville Road Strip was adopted as the new designation for the area between Great Eastern and Farmer John’s, just east of the Woodville Mall. It was announced a treasure hunt at Great Eastern would highlight a day-long festival which would include the unveiling of 48 new street lights.

Sports: Terry Carroll, owner of a Northwood Tae Kwon Do school and chairman of the Ohio AAU Tae Kwon Do Association, announced the national championships would be held in July, 1994 in the City of Toledo. Approximately 1,200 to 1,500 competitors were expected to attend.

Price check: RiteAid sold two 12-packs of Coke for $5.

Hot then, gone now: Pet Library & Learning Center, Great Eastern.

September 1983
News: A wild mustang’s bid for freedom ended after a seven-hour, 20-mile chase through Jerusalem Township and Oregon. Wendy Shivak, owner of the 750-pound horse named Cheyenne, said the mustang escaped from her corral just east of Yondota Road.

The spooked horse eluded Oregon police officers and two men mounted on horses, one from the Metropark Mounted Patrol and the other, a horse trainer. After numerous attempts to corner Cheyenne behind the Oregon police station, the Jewish Cemetery on Otter Creek Road and the Church of the Open Bible on Seaman, the horse was finally herded into a fenced-in yard on Coy. The chase was over. No injuries. No accidents. No need to dart the horse.

Harold McMaster, a Woodville resident and chairman and CEO of GlassTech, told the Press that industry leaders should place more emphasis on new technology and give engineers and scientists a bigger role in corporate decision making. McMaster also founded Solar Cells Inc, which later was sold and renamed First Solar.

Sports: John Spengler, owner of Spenco Sporting Goods in Gibsonburg and Perrysburg and former place kicker for Bowling Green State University, told The Press he was going to try out for his fifth pro football team before giving up and concentrating on his businesses. At BGSU, Spengler had a string of 75 consecutive successful extra-point attempts.

Becky Szozda landed a 13-inch, one-and-a-half pound bluegill on a small lake in Michigan. Oregon taxidermist Earl Wolfe mounted the circling slab of swirling energy.

Price check: SportFame on Navarre in Oregon sold Adidas basketball shoes for $19.88

Hot then, gone now: Abe’s Lounge, Walbridge.

September 1973
News: Two fishermen who weren’t catching anything but a buzz were nabbed by a wildlife agent for possession of marijuana and fined $200 each. The agent’s supervisor said his officers are trained in narcotics detection. “We will prosecute to the limit of the law; no breaks,” he said, and added that wildlife officers are working hand-in-hand with police, sheriffs and other agencies to “curb this dreadful habit.”

Sports: Grant Murray, instrumental in the construction of field houses at Waite, Scott and Libbey and who as a young man recruited student-athletes from Genoa, Curtice and other outlying areas to enroll at Waite  during the school’s national prominence as a football powerhouse, died at age 84. The field house at Waite is named in his honor. 

Price check: Super Dollar Markets sold Dinner Bell bacon for $1.39 lb.

Hot then, gone now: The DeMars Hotel, Oak Harbor.

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