The Year in Review - A Recap of 1999

The Year in Review - A Recap of 1999

1999 was a year of contemplation and reflection on a global level as the world prepared to say goodbye to the 1900s and welcome not only a new year and a new century, but a new millennium. Locally there were anniversaries, great accomplishments, changes that marked endings and hopeful new beginnings. Local people were recognized on the local, state and national levels for their achievements. Local town officials, educators and businesspeople retired. Several new businesses opened and others expanded to better serve our growing communities. Reminisce a little as we take a look back at the westsideâs memorable moments of 1999.

January:

•Brockport High School Marching Band and Color Guard triumphed at the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day bringing home ten awards.

•Spencerport Mayor Robert Kincaid retired from his office. Deputy Mayor and Trustee Ted Walker assumed the leadership duties.

•The Church Street railroad crossing in Bergen was permanently closed to traffic as a result of a public safety initiative.

•The Post Office announced that a second Brockport facility would be built in Sweden, and on January 10 the price of a first class stamp increased to 33 cents.

•Area DPWs had to battle the three weeks of nearly continuous snowfall that kicked off 1999.

•North Chili IGA in the Towne Plaza celebrated their Grand Opening.

•The Village of Brockport and the Town of Sweden shared the American Public Works Association (Genesee Region Chapter) Project of the Year Award for the South Avenue extension project.

February:

•A rash of five break-ins in which food and money were stolen were reported in Churchville on February 1. The village's ambulance was used as a get away vehicle. A suspect was arrested one week later and was tied to other burglaries across the county.

•Hilton-Parma Senior Center celebrated its 15th Anniversary.

•LeRoy's Jell-O Gallery was featured on the cable show "Great Day America" on the PAX network.

•An on-line petition was launched urging the New York Public Service Commission to keep the 716 area code in the Rochester area.

•The Rural New York Grant Program awarded thousands of dollars for locally based land conservation and restoration projects including $46,000 to the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society.

•Susan Meier, principal of Hilton's Merton Williams Middle School, resigned and accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES.

•The Brockport Habitat for Humanity dedicated its first house after two years of planning, fundraising and building.

March

Work began on the Amity Street site for the new Spencerport Post Office with the demolition of four houses.

For the first time in over a decade there was a contested Village Board race in Churchville. The incumbent Dean Arlidge and Lyle Warren defeated Nancy Perkins to retain their seats.

In Spencerport it was voted that sidewalk maintenance and repair would be assumed by the village and would no longer be the homeowner's responsibility.

Rural Opportunities and Rochester Housing Authority began site work on a 30 unit low income housing project off West Avenue in Clarkson.

A gala auction was held to support the fundraising effort to build a creative playground at Hilton's Northwood Elementary School.

Brockport Boys Varsity basketball coach Charles Hage was voted Monroe County Division I Coach of the Year.

Local developer Oliver Perry who developed much of North Chili died following complications from surgery.

April:

•A Mardi Gras Parade was held in Brockport as part of HIV positive fifth grader Max Monaghan's wish to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

•The New York Association for Continuing and Community Education named BOCES 2 instructor Kay Schneider their 1999 Teacher of the Year.

•Lifetime Assistance began a new Senior Moments program for older adults with developmental disabilities at their Weiland Road facility.

•The State Supreme Court determined that the Dolomite Corporation would be allowed to blast at Manitou Sand and Gravel on Union Street in Ogden.

•Nancy Duff, manager of the Sweden Senior Center was selected one of New York State's Women of Distinction.

•A new senior citizen facility offering programs and services for seniors opened at the former site of Chili Public Library at 3235 Chili Avenue.

•Charter One Bank opened its new Brockport branch office.

May:

•A nationally known exhibit from Keepsake Quilting was on display at the Parma Meetinghouse Museum.

•Time Warner Cable customers in Churchville were switched from Buffalo programming to Rochester programming after being upgraded to fiber optic technology.

•Volunteers built new playgrounds at two Hilton elementary schools - Northwood and Village Elementary.

•School budgets were approved in Churchville-Chili, Hilton and Spencerport. In Spencerport that meant over a 13% school tax hike.

•The historic Carriage House on the grounds of the Morgan-Manning House in Brockport was dedicated after a renovation.

•Rochester Mobile Telephone Communications submitted an application to the Ogden Planning Board to build a 120 foot cellular communications tower on Colby Street west of Washington Street.

•The Village of Brockport agreed to locate a fire truck in Clarkson to allow faster response time to calls from that area.

•The Village of Brockport designated Main Street, between Canal and State Streets, and most of Market Street as a historic district.

June:

•Ogden Town Supervisor Gay Lenhard appointed a Commission to Analyze Saving and Efficiency (CASE) to help the Ogden town government identify ways to deliver town services in a more cost effective way.

•Chili Memorial Post #412 celebrated its 25th Anniversary as a VFW post.

•Frontier Cellular announced the selection of a cellular tower site in Parma to replace the tower on Colby Street in Ogden.

•Hamlin celebrated the second annual Hamlin Wheel Fest on June 12.

•Churchville-Chili Jr. High School Principal Lucia VerSteeg retired after 20 years in education.

July:

•The Bank of Castile opened a new branch office on Chili Avenue. The branch is headed by Chili residents Christine McCartney and Gary Gayton.

•Streeters Inn in Black Creek Park was dedicated as a historic landmark house in Chili.

•There was a grand opening ceremony for the Skate Park for skateboarders and in line skaters at Parma Town Hall Park.

•The Village of Spencerport adopted a 1999/2000 Sidewalk Plan calling for the repair, maintenance and replacement of existing sidewalks and the installation of new sidewalks.

•Hamlin residents gained full access to the resources of the Seymour Library through an arrangement in which the town pays the library $3,000 per month.

•Hamlin Councilman Jeff Simek resigned from the Town Board at its July 28 meeting. The board unanimously appointed George Todd to serve the remainder of Simek's term.

Clarkson celebrated the 100th Birthday of its Town Hall at the corner of Routes 19 and 104.

August

•Churchville Elementary School Principal George Wright retired after 38 years with the district.

•Avid pilot, local developer and Rotary Club member, Bud Hendershot, was named Hilton's 1999 Citizen of the Year.

•Plans were progressing for the expansion of the Churchville Post Office.

•The Village of Hilton adopted a noise ordinance.

•Lori Marple, owner of The Apple Tree in Clarkson, was named Retailer of the Year by Country Business Magazine.

•Walker Fire Department celebrated its 75th Anniversary on August 7 with an open house, the rededication of Hiler Memorial Park and an antique fire truck parade.

•The Third Annual Great Orleans Unique Flying Machine Expo and Hot Air Balloon Fest was held at Pine Hill Airport in Albion.

•In an attempt to crack down on underage drinking and alcohol abuse, SUNY Brockport adopted a new, tougher alcohol policy.

September:

Spencerport residents were upset over the new red, white and yellow paint job at the McDonalds on Route 31. The fast food restaurant did not have their painting plans approved by the Architectural Review Board.

West Winds alternative church in Bergen celebrated its first anniversary.

The Hilton Board of Education approved the appointment of David Dimbleby to the position of Interim High School principal following the resignation of Mary Jane Brooke.

Over $20,000 was raised at a chicken barbecue fundraiser held to benefit the Torry Yahn Research study of the Aplastic Anemia Foundation of America in memory of the Churchville-Chili High School student who died from the condition at age 16.

The Cobblestone Society hosted Old Timers Day in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the construction of the Cobblestone School in Childs.

We learned about Brockport native Herbert W. Stanford (Stan) who died in a plane crash in World War II. In the 55 years following his death, his family knew none of the details. A young French man tracked down Stan's wife, Marian Stanford Horek, and told her that villagers in Rabodanges, France considered Stan a hero for helping to save their village. She visited the crash site in France and attended a memorial service held by the village.

October:

Six new local laws were passed by the Village of Spencerport Board of Trustees, most regarding building appearances and parking regulations.

•The Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc. of Hilton received the 1999 National Funeral Directors Association Pursuit of Excellence Emeritus award for outstanding community service, consumer relations and professional education programs.

•The Churchville-Chili Board of Education passed a resolution asking for $30.9 million to be spent on district improvements and additions.

•Restoration of the historic Seymour Building was underway in Brockport. The Village Board voted unanimously to move its offices to the building as soon as the interior could be remodeled to accommodate offices and a meeting room.

•Spencerport Assistant Wrestling Coach John Leone was named the 1999 National Scholastic Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

•Neil and Nancy Hartwick both retired from their positions as band directors in Brockport Central Schools.

•The Freemasons of Monroe County awarded WOKR-13 news anchor Don Alhart with their 40th Annual Distinguished Community Service Award.

November

•In local elections - Austin Warner won the Hamlin Town Supervisor seat and Gay Lenhard retained her Supervisor position in Ogden.

•The proposition to purchase the firemen's recreation field in Clarendon failed by only one vote.

•Rochester's first large format IMAX theater, Cinemark IMAX, opened at Tinseltown in Gates.

•Rick Furnal, owner of the Hilton Big M, competed against 70 other Big M owners in New York and Pennsylvania and was named "Retailer of the Year."

•Country Corners antique and craft co-op opened in the former McNall's Furniture building which had been vacant since the furniture store closed in 1997.

•There were a lot of changes happening in North Chili. The Towne Plaza Restaurant was demolished, the Glue Factory opened at its new Union Street location and Jitters coffee shop opened in the old post office building.

•Dr. Henry Paszko opened Churchville Family Medicine, dedicated to treating the entire family unit.

•After much debate it was decided that the Monroe County Holiday Light Show would be held at Northampton Park.

December:

•Despite record tying high temperatures, Spencerport kicked off the holiday season with the fourth annual Christmas on the Canal with hayrides, music and caroling by candlelight.

•Grammy award winning Christian music group Jars of Clay performed a holiday concert at Roberts Wesleyan College.

•The Spencerport Board of Trustees voted to accept a $100,000 endowment from former village mayor Lester C. Merz and to use the funds to develop an area along the Erie Canal as a public park in his honor.

•Residents and officials in Brockport were looking into developing a PACTAC - Police and Citizens Together Against Crime - program.

•An official ground breaking was held for Hickory Hollow, a 52 acre site off Spencerport Road across from the Spencerport High School for a senior housing development.

•The bridge between the village of Churchville and Churchville Park reopened after repairs. The bridge was dedicated to the Churchville Lions Club and renamed the Churchville Lions Millennium Bridge in honor of the contributions the club has made to the community.