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Energy crisis leads to cold classrooms, reduced store hours
The exits on The Nostalgia Highway are at 10-year increments. Enjoy the trip through the pages of The Press.

December, 2003
News: Steamtrain Maury Graham, King of the Hoboes, visited The Skillet restaurant in Walbridge to see his friend, owner Parker Hensen. Graham started riding the rails during The Great Depression and continued until the late 1970s. Walbridge, a railroad town, calls itself “The Town on The Right Track.”

The Holiday Bureau was expected to provide baskets of food, coats, gloves, soaps and toys to more than 850 families in Ottawa County.

Fred Dailey, Ohio’s Director of Agriculture, cautioned hunters and ca

Stacy Drake, 19, a nursing student at Owens
Technical College, became the first female
firefighter in Jerusalem Township. (Press file

mpers to refrain from transporting firewood to guard against the invasion of the emerald ash borer. The borer had destroyed six million ash trees in southern Michigan.

The Clean Ohio Council approved the City of Toledo’s application for a grant to remediate 34 acres on Miami Street owned by Pilkington. The city intended to purchase the property for an upscale housing project along the Maumee River. Today, it is the site of Hollywood Casino.

Sports: Derek Besgrove, Clay grad, finished his college career as a running back for the Walsh Cavaliers setting records for career yards gained (5,738) and touchdowns (71)

Lake’s Mike Coopman won the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the Jim Derr Memorial Tournament held at Northwood High School.

Price check: Keller Chevrolet in Gibsonburg sold a 2004 Chevy Silverado LS 1500, 4 x 4, ext cab for $27,150 (Reg. price $33.035).

Hot then, gone now: Faye’s Whippy Dip, Woodville.

December, 1993
News: Stacy Drake, 19, a nursing student at Owens Technical College, became the first female firefighter in Jerusalem Township.

James Barton was returned to Northwood Council when he won a coin flip with Rick Radocy. Both tallied 549 votes in the November election. Radocy called heads, but tails turned up. Ironically, Barton would have called heads had he been the one to call the flip.

Hi Flo K-Omega, a Northwood manufacturer specializing in sound deadening products, received state income tax credits for its $500,000 improvement project expected to add 100 jobs over three years.

Sports: Coach Joe Guerrero and his Waite Indians got off to a fast 4-0 start led by Michael LaCourse and Domingo Vasquez.

Price check: Genoa Ford sold a 1993 Ford Taurus for $15,137 (Reg. price $19,237)

Hot then, gone now: All-Star Athletics, E. Toledo.

December, 1983
News: Gary and Ann Swartz of Walbridge won a six-day Caribbean Cruise when Gary uncovered the letter awarding the cruise at the Woodville Mall. Swartz was among the 400+ Press readers who went to the mall to hear the fifth contest clue. That night, no one found the clue. Swartz returned two days later and discovered the letter sticking out from one of the shingles at the First Lady Beauty Salon. The contest was sponsored by The Press, the mall, Macy’s Travel and PanAm.

Sports: Sophomores Kreig Spahn of Luckey and Ben Waggoner of Walbridge received letters in football at Kenyon College helping the team to a 5-3-1 record.

Price check: Macy’s Travel offered a flight and three night stay in Las Vegas for $279.

Hot then, gone now: Carmel’s East, Genoa.

December, 1973
News: Six area schools announced they would change class and bus schedules and curtail field trips to conserve energy during the national energy crisis. Woodmore and Lake reduced room temperatures to 68. Meanwhile, Super Dollar grocery stores in Woodville, Rocky Ridge, Gibsonburg, Luckey, Elmore, Genoa and Millbury announced they would reduce hours.

Mrs. Blair Miller and Mrs. Eugene Kontak and a number of Elmore residents considered nominating the town for the National Register of Historic Places to coincide with the town’s 125th anniversary celebration in 1976.

Sports: Joe Bergman, a Genoa grad, wrestled for the University of Toledo in the 167-pound weight class. His record was 7-3-3.

Cardinal Stritch head wrestling coach Karl Pankratz, a Toledo City League  and Big Ten champion at Indiana University, said his team was gearing up for another run at a state championship. The Cardinals were state runner-ups the previous two years. Top wrestlers were expected to be captain Jim Reeves, Denny Bihn, Matt Chovanec and Paul Luther.

Price check: Phillips Jewelers, Oregon, sold Timex watches for $7.95.

Hot then, gone now: Kings Row Fireplace Shop, Northwood.

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