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The Nostalgia Highway: A man makes the Martha Stewart Show


The Press celebrates it 40th anniversary this April. I’ve been here for almost 29 of those years. Beginning with this column and continuing once a month until the end of the year, I will take you on a short trip through the pages of The Press.

The exits on The Nostalgia Highway are at 10 year increments. Enjoy the trip.

January, 2002
Outgoing Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner OK’ d $150,000 in low-interest loans to allow developers to secure $7.1 million in bank financing for construction of Starboard Side, a 24-unit luxury condo development on the banks of the Maumee River in East Toledo.

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Colonel Tom Henricks paid a visit to his hometown of Woodville in 1992.

The Northwood Plan Commission derailed a proposal by Turner Vault to build a crematorium on property the company owns at Andrus and Tracy Roads. The commission stated the use didn’t comply with the site’s M-2 heavy industrial zoning.

The Martha Stewart Christmas Show featured Paul Drake’s home on Holly Drive in Oregon. Drake spent an estimated 90 to 100 hours to string his 60, 275 lights across his home and yard.

Gone: Remember these businesses which are no longer with us: Mel Berman’s Restaurant and Golden Jade, Oregon; Realty World, Properties by Blair, Elmore; and Cavalear Realty, Toledo.


January, 1992
The City of Oregon announced it would go to the Ohio Supreme Court to appeal a ruling by the Franklin County Court of Appeals that rejected a city claim that the Hazardous Waste Facilities Board acted illegally in granted Envirosafe a permit to expand its hazardous waste dump.

The owner of the Clay Center Bowling Alley accused village police of harassing his patrons by running radar and unnecessary license plate checks.

Marcy Kaptur, Ninth District Congresswoman, wrote in a letter to the editor that the Federal Government’s only interest in purchasing the Howard Farms property along Lake Erie was to preserve wetland habitat.

Nearly 2,000 people packed the Woodmore gym to welcome home Colonel Tom Henricks, the Woodmore grad and astronaut who piloted the NASA Shuttle Atlantis.

John Donegan was sworn in as Northwood’s mayor, having defeated incumbent John Hageman in the November election.

Dick Kandik, Clay High baseball coach, was inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. At the time, his 17-year-record at Clay stood at 341-127 and included a state championship.

The Clay hockey team, under the direction of Jim Gramza, won the Metro Hockey League with a record of 15-2.

Ray Grob, an outdoors columnist for the Press for eight years, retired. He averaged 240 slide-show presentations a year to schools and organizations regaling them with his adventures around the world.

Gone: Remember these—Martin Jeweler, East Toledo; The Grapevine, Curtice; Herman’s IGA, Gibsonburg; and Blue Chip Auto Parts, Northwood.


January, 1982
Tom Everett, managing officer at Genoa Savings & Loan, applied for a loan through the Community Investment Fund program to remodel store fronts at 12.5 percent interest. Tomme Bergman, secretary of the Genoa Downtown Design & Development Corporation, said the committee would apply to the Ohio Historical Society for registration of downtown Genoa as a commercial historic district.

Bette Buffington led a drive to raise funds for playgrounds at Camper and Brunner elementary schools in Genoa.

Coy Elementary School in Oregon reopened after being closed for six-months for a $1.1 million renovation.

Tanks Meats in Elmore was selling pork chops at $1.69 lb and Red Carpet Mohon Realty offered 11 homes for sale at 11 to 13 percent interest.

Gone: King Liquidators, Northwood; Weizer Furniture, East Toledo; The Original Pancake House, Oregon; Reeder Appliance, Elmore; Giant Food Warehouse, Northwood.


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