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Remembering Kelpie, Sir Mack Rice and a collie’s trek to Canada

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.


March 2002
North American Medical Science Associates (NAMSA) broke ground on a $6.5 million expansion. Northwood Council approved 100 percent tax abatement.

Genoa Retirement Village opened its 20-unit assisted-living facility.

Cardinal Stritch celebrated its 40th anniversary.

In sports, J.D. Bergman, Oak Harbor, capped off a 43-0 season with a pin to win the Ohio High School State Championship at 189 pounds.
 
Hot then, gone today: Casa de Oro, The Pharm.


March 1992
Envirosafe offered the City of Oregon $1 million up front and more than $10 million over the life of its hazardous waste facility in exchange for peace with the company which included ceasing all litigation. The city declined.

Bob McCloskey, a long-time East Toledo activist, announced his run for Toledo City Council after Mark Pietrykowski announced he would resign.

Kelpie, an Australian manufacturer of pick-up trucks, announced it would delay construction of a $140 million factory in Northwood due to tight credit and a slumping auto market.

Twenty-two residents attended a Woodville Council meeting to support an ordinance calling for a leash law for cats. They accused cats of killing birds and using gardens as litter boxes. Later that month, Mayor Richard Harman said the village couldn’t find anyone to board wayward cats and he could not enforce a leash law.

The Danberry Realtors announced its Oregon office set a company sales record for March with 54 residential transactions totaling $4.02 million.

The East Toledo Club started a rehab project on a duplex on Oak Street in East Toledo. “Not a nickel of government money has been used,” stated Paul Hecklinger, coordinator.

Sir Mack Rice, author of Mustang Sally recorded by the Young Rascals, headlined a night of blues music at the Sun Oil Rec Center.
 
In sports, Coach Cindy Donahue and players Carrie Patton and Crystal Alexander led the Northwood girls’ basketball team to a Sectional title, despite a 4-16 record.
 
Hot then, gone today: Vern Miller Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Geo of Oak Harbor; Reflections of the Past, Woodville and MidAm Bank.
 

March 1982
Oregon Mayor Steve Toth instituted a hiring freeze and recommended eliminating cost of living allowances for some employees in an effort to reduce a budget deficit. Councilman Ted Federici suggested implementing a 32-hour work week for city employees. And, Councilman Jim Haley asked the administration to investigate the possibility of charging the MetroParks for dispatching services and fire protection for Pearson MetroPark.

Federici also said, “I think the citizens of Oregon would be shocked at the salaries of some of our officials. These people are very highly paid for a city of this size.”

The last person Sandy Diebert of Martin expected to take a phone call from was the dog catcher in Leamington, Ontario. But, one week after her pure-bred collie, Sonny, went missing, the dog catcher called with good news, according to Press reporter Jennifer Smith. Sonny was in Canada.

The story, however, left many unanswered questions. How had Sonny traveled to a city 30 miles east of Windsor when the wind-chill hit -50 during the week ending February 4th? Did Sonny cross frozen Lake Erie? Was he picked up by a snow-mobiler or ice fisherman who assumed he was lost? Was he kidnapped and released after a 140-mile drive from home?

Sandy’s husband, Walt, and their two sons, made the drive to Leamington, paid a $55 boarding fee and brought Sonny home.

The family was thankful Sonny wore a license on his collar.
 
Hot then, gone today: Carter Lumber, Millbury; Haylo Market, Genoa; Walbridge 5-Star, Walbridge; Circle Star Western Store, Bono; and State Home Savings, Pemberville & Gibsonburg.
 

Price check: Genoa Motors listed a 1982 two-door Ford Escort for $5,462 with a $275 cash rebate. Walbridge 5-Star sold chicken breasts for $1.39 lb. State Home Savings paid five-and-one-quarter percent interest on checking accounts.


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