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Spokesman said Press stoked nuclear energy controversy

The Press celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. 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.

May 2002
News: Toledo Mayor Jack Ford reiterated his support for construction of a new arena in East Toledo to replace the aging Sports Arena. He said, “Let me be crystal clear: I am in support of the Marina District project which includes a sports arena going forward on the east side.” Developer Bruce Douglas led a group of investors for this incarnation of the $200 million project.

Oregon Mayor Marge Brown assembled a charter review committee to investigate whether council should hold executive sessions. Councilman Steve Kusian spoke against the secret meetings.

GenoaBank celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Price Check: Tanks offered center-cut pork loin chops for $2.29 lb.

Hot then, gone today: Mrs. Flints, Oregon; Abde’s Steakhouse, Curtice; Milano’s Pizza & Subs, E. Toledo; Richochet’s Teen Dance Club in the Woodville Mall and Robert’s Catering & Banquet Hall, Millbury.
 

May 1992
News: Press reporter Sharon Gaich interviewed Tom Skeldon, Lucas County dog warden, who reported that a group of inner-city youths had been staging dog fights and stealing well-fed pets in East Toledo to use as fodder to train pit bulls.

Kathy Steingraber, Lake Township trustee, unveiled a report suggesting an Amtrak stop at the CSX yard in Walbridge would attract tourists who could shuttle by bus to Metcalf Airport to fly to the Lake Erie Islands.

John Garcia, chairman of the Council of Neighborhood Associations in East Toledo, was investigating the hiring of foot patrols for $2,000 a week to patrol the Woodville-E. Broadway area.

Ric Cervantes, Waite High principal, said most of his teachers were discussing the acquittal of four white policemen in Los Angeles for their role in the beating of black motorist Rodney King.

Price check: To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Eastern Lanes charged bowlers only 35 cents for every other game; Oregon Village rented one and two bedroom apartments for $310 to $355 mo. Jack’s Meat Market sold boneless sirloin steaks for $2.99 lb.

Hot then, gone today: Farmers’ Savings Bank; Jack’s Royal Meat Market, Oregon; Elmer’s Car Wash, Oregon and Majestic Paint Center, Great Eastern.


May 1982
News: The City of Oregon received a grant to fund its new Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) to target DUI offenders.

Bob Wurst & the Countrified was selected as Ohio’s representative in a nationwide contest sponsored by Wrangler Jeans to pick the best country and western band in each state. The five-man band included local talent Jerry Lavender, branch manager of the GenoaBank in Millbury, and Genoa’s Rick Spitler. They were to compete at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Sports: Jim Witt, current Lake High superintendent, was among the leaders in hitting in the SLL. He was hitting .458.

Price check: Genoa SuperValu sold ground beef for 83 cents lb; Genoa Motors offered a Ford Fairmont with a rebate of $330 and 15.12 percent interest. DiSalle Realty listed a country home with a family room, 2-3 bedrooms and a 2.5 car garage for $67,500 at 11 percent interest.

Hot then, Gone today: Conner Bicycle Shop, Williston; Reeder Appliance, Elmore; Chick-fil-A and First Lady Beauty Salon, Woodville Mall.


May 1972
News: Officers of the Lake Erie Islands and Peninsula Vacationland Association sent a jar of Lake Erie water to U.S. Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson. Jackson had commented about the polluted state of the lake during a news broadcast.

Not so fast, said association president Fred Stamm. “The western basin of this lake is cleaner and clearer than anyone has known in more than a decade…No one denies that Lake Erie needs help, as do all lakes, but there’s lots of happy life in this old girl yet,” he said

Don Terrell, manager of public information for Toledo Edison, said opposition to the Davis Besse nuclear power plant isn’t as great as it may seem. He stated, “News reporters have blown the controversy out of proportion. By trying to include a balance of pro and con opinions in their articles, regardless of the true ratio, reporters have created the impression that ill feelings towards the plant are outweighed by favorable opinions.”

Gary Truman, Genoa police chief, arrested a Toledo man for stealing 640 pounds of copper wire from the Village of Genoa.

Candy Perry, Press reporter, wrote that Roland Turnow has been able to plant a portion of his 1,800 acres in wet spring weather with the help of his new oversize 555-pound tractor tires.

Hot then, gone today: Enid’s Flower & Gift Shop, Gibsonburg; Parks Chevrolet-Olds and Griest Motor Sales, Oak Harbor; Banky’s Sales, Graytown and Damschroeder Tire Service, Elmore.
 

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