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Pete Rose visits, police confiscate hitchhiker’s pipe

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.

July 2002
News: Paramount Health Care, a subsidiary of ProMedica Health System, terminated its health insurance contracts with Mercy St. Charles and Riverside Hospitals. The move occurred eight months after ProMedica built Bay Park Community Hospital in the shadow of St. Charles and The Mercy Health Care System announced an August opening for St. Anne’s Hospital near ProMedica’s Toledo Hospital.

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Alan Huss (L), East Toledo Club president, and Pat Hecklinger, project coordinator, on the porch of the first house the East Toledo Club renovated in 1992. (Press file photo)

The $200 million Marina District project was awarded $6 million in grants from the State of Ohio to clean up the site contaminated by heavy industry.

Union workers picketed the site of the future Wal-Mart store on Navarre in Oregon. They were protesting the use of non-local workers.

The Dunn-Chevy dealership in Oregon added the Buick line to replace the Oldsmobile line which General Motors had discontinued. Ironically, in 1950 Dunn’s had terminated the Buick line in favor of Olds.

Larry Durivage, president and owner of Durivage Pattern & Manufacturing, a machine shop located in Williston, met with U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur to inform her that America’s machine shops are failing at an alarming rate. Some 250 machine shops had closed their doors in the last year. Chinese subsidies of their machine shops and a strong U.S. dollar were cited as reasons.

Sports: Pete Rose, Major League Baseball’s all-time hit leader, was scheduled to visit Sports Mania, a card shop located in the Woodville Mall.

The Clay Junior Acme baseball team coached by Jason Halka advanced to the Ohio State Tournament.

Price check: Frobose Meat Locker, Pemberville, sold boneless rib-eye steaks for $5.99 lb; Johnny’s-on-the-Spot sold a carton of Marlboro for $30.84.

Hot then, gone today: Marsh Realty, Northwood; Ivy’s Vine, Genoa; Boomer’s Family Restaurant, E. Toledo.


July 1992
News: Bob McCloskey, an east side activist, stated in a Press article gambling was the best way to raise revenue in the City of Toledo. “The first Monte Carlo I went to, I just couldn’t believe it. People will smoke a pack of cigarettes, drink six bottles of coke, eat a big plate of spaghetti and continue playing. They just won’t get away from that table. I’ve had people chew me out because I’ve tried to empty their ashtray.”

Bungee jumping was the new craze. Locals got their fill at Banzai Bungee in Port Clinton.

Organizers for H. Ross Perot, Independent candidate for president, spoke at the Navarre Park Shelter House.

Envirosafe, a Toledo company which operates a hazardous waste facility in Oregon, announced it would move its corporate headquarters and 35 to 40 jobs from downtown Toledo to Oregon. No strings attached.

The Village of Gibsonburg announced it would close its streets for the annual Grand Prix 5 race held on August 2.

The East Toledo Club bought a 103-year-old home in East Toledo for $1 from the City of Toledo, renovated it and sold it for $35,000. The club’s goal is to raise property values by renovating the worst house on a block.

A tornado hit Graytown and parts of Ottawa County near Genoa. While there was property damage, no one was killed.

Sports: Officials at Lake High School announced they would drop football if an August 4 levy did not pass.

Price check: Spurgeon Chevrolet listed a 1992 Chevy conversion van for $21,499; Roots Poultry was selling 2 and a half dozen eggs for $1.29; Jack’s Royal Meats sold Daisyfield ham hocks for 99 cents lb.

Hot then, gone today: Gulish Villa, Jerusalem Twp.; Herman’s IGA, Gibsonburg.


July 1982
News: The Millbury Fire Department set up a mock disaster train derailment to test its readiness should a number of railroad cars crash into the Millbury Fire Hall during a social function. Residents acted in the drill and neighboring fire departments from six communities participated. Deadly bromine chloride gas was released in theory and the Jaws-of-Life was used to remove victims from a damaged auto. Clarence Wilburn, Millbury fire chief, organized the drill.

Fondessy Enterprises sold its solid waste/refuse hauling business to Waste Management.

Sports: Donna Lopez, third baseman for Clay Nicholson in the 30-and-over Oregon Rec League, completed a rare unassisted triple play with runners on second and third. She caught a line drive, stepped on third to get that runner and tagged the runner from second. The game ended in a 9-9 tie.

Price check: King Liquidators sold a one-acre bug buster for $79.50.

Hot then, gone today: Matrix-Suburban Cablevision; The Angry Irishman, Woodville; Fought’s Fireplace, Genoa.


1972
News: Five independent Super Dollar markets combined to advertise their stores in the Suburban Press. They were: Chuck’s (Gibsonburg & Luckey); Latham’s (Genoa, Millbury & Clyde); Elmore Super Dollar (Elmore); Del’s (Woodville); and Wilhelm’s (Rocky Ridge).

Stony Ridge held a centennial celebration. Entertainment included Pemberville’s Brick Street Players, a local theatre group; a waterball battle between local fire departments and a contest to judge the best beard or handlebar mustache.

Woodville’s drug dog sniffed out a marijuana pipe carried in the backpack of a hitchhiker. No drugs were found. No charges filed. But, the wayfarer lost his pipe.

Sports: Hidden Hills Golf Course announced its grand opening with a best ball scramble and a free deer burger and coffee. Cost $5 for non-members.

Price check: The Super Dollar Markets advertised chuck roast for 59 cents lb; Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper for 48 cents a box and Oxydol Detergent for 99 cents for a king size box.


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