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A ban on drilling proposed and a rookie officer makes a big bust

The Press celebrates its 40th anniversary this April. Once a month until the end of the year, I will take you on a short trip through The Press archives.

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

February, 2002
The Ohio Public Interest Research Group released a study called Dirty Drilling: The Threat of Oil and Gas Drilling in Lake Erie. The study argued for a ban on drilling in the states bordering the lake. The authors claimed Canada experienced 51 natural gas spills between 1997 and 2001.

Other findings included:
• Three weeks of tourism along the lake adds more money to Ohio’s economy than a year of natural gas drilling;

• One beach closing could result in an estimated $3.75 million loss in tourism revenue;

• The ODNR estimated a drilling ban would result in a loss of $112 million in permit fees, lease rentals, royalties and severance taxes over 20 years, but the report also concluded that drilling would threaten Lake Erie tourism, which contributes $1.5 billion annually to Ohio’s economy.

Jack Billings was a 20-year-old serviceman serving in Korea in 1968 when he had his picture taken with Hollywood movie starlet Ann Margret. When she was in Cleveland 34 years later appearing in a production of the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Jack’s friend, Tom Fuller, arranged for the two to meet. Billings came away with an autographed photo and a memory for a lifetime.

The Oregon Planning Commission nixed a zoning change on Navarre, reversed itself in March, but it was too late--Home Depot decided not to build.

In sports, Sarah Taulker became the third basketball player in Gibsonburg history to score 1,000 points, Kate Achter led the Clay girls’ basketball team to its second straight GLL title and Ryan Gargas, 13, bowled a 300 game at Eastern Freeway Lanes.
Hot then, gone today: Wilson’s Steakhouse, Oregon; National Camperland, Toledo, and Sallock’s Restaurants, Lake Township and Northwood.

February 1992
Ken Reno, Oregon rookie police officer, stopped a driver on Navarre Avenue going 77 in a 50. He noticed a hand gun on the seat when he approached the car. He grabbed the gun, arrested three Lorain men and confiscated 60 grams of crack cocaine worth an estimated $11,000.

The state, in an effort to balance its budget, announced it would cut school funding by $88 million. Toledo Public Schools, $1.6 million, and Oregon City Schools, $141,706, took the biggest hits.

Six local dealers participated in the annual Woodville Mall Auto Show co-sponsored by The Press.

The Village of Woodville considered a leash law for cats.

Genoa Ford advertised a new Ford Aerostar Van for $13,799.

Hot then, gone today: Hancock Interiors, Genoa; J & J Country Creations, Elliston; Little Shop on The Portage, Woodville; J.C. Penney Furniture Warehouse Outlet, Great Eastern.

February, 1982
The Jack Runyan Orchestra provided the music for the Oregon Mayor’s Ball held at Oak Shade Grove. Tickets for the affair honoring Mayor Steve Toth cost $25.

Reporter Sarah Bringman reported someone broke into the Woodville Police Department on February 15 and stole $100. The thief also scored $2 from the clerk’s office.

Gibsonburg named John Plahovinsak the village’s first administrator.

Darrell Opfer announced his candidacy for Ottawa County Commissioner. 

In sports, Genoa’s Harold “Oosie” Dunn was inducted into the University of Toledo Hall of Fame. Dunn lettered in football and track for four years between 1926 and 1929. He was, “a veritable dreadnaught when turned loose on the chalk-lined field,” according to a Blade article. Dunn played both ways on a team that fielded 20 players and who played in front of 200 fans. Opponents included Bluffton, Defiance and Findlay.

Price Check: Kirwen’s Supermarket in Gibsonburg sold sirloin steak for $2.55 lb; The Cornerstone Inn in Curtice offered diners an 8 oz steak and five fan-tail shrimp for $7.95 and Kowalka’s Guns & Sporting Goods in Northwood boasted of having more than 2,000 guns in stock.

Hot then, gone today:  Migliori’s Food Imports, East Toledo; M.J. Tavern, Oregon; Connie Barron’s, Oregon.

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