A Look Back At 2002 -
Some residences in Holley were power washed to remove any residue from a January 5 accidental release of chemicals from the Diaz Chemical Corp.
Participants in the senior center program sponsored by the Town of Parma gather around Karen Strauss (she's standing on tip toe). Strauss served the community and area senior citizens for 29 years before retiring February 1.
Hundreds of area residents joined in a salute to 2002 Winter Olympics Silver Medalist, 16 year-old Lyndsay Wall, at a March 9 parade through her hometown of Churchville.
Public opinion was mixed about the proposed expansion of Star of the West Milling Company in Churchville.
In ceremonies April 6, Spencerport school officials, Board of Education members and district residents joined together to break ground for a new elementary school which was part of the districts Capital Building Project.
Max Monaghan takes time out to pose with his father, Mike, at Brockports annual Maxs Mardi Gras parade April 27. On his float, Max used a bat to hit foam balls to the crowd embossed with the message: Wishes really do come true.
The Hamlin Fire Department celebrated its 75th anniversay during Hamlin Wheel Fest on May 31 and June 1.
The American flag was raised to full staff, then lowered to half-staff in reverence to the lives lost and heroic acts achieved in the events of September 11, 2001. More than 1,000 people crowded around the triangle of land in front of Capen Hose #4 on Main Street in Brockport on Sunday, August 18 for the unveiling of the Firefighter's Memorial Monument.
The Colby Homestead Farm in Ogden marked its bicentennial.
Drums from the 137th New York at attention at a Civil War Re-enactment Saturday, August 17, 2002 at Hamlin Beach State Park.
Donna Haire (left) and June Clase discuss the Newman Riga Library's new collection of operatic singer Reneé Fleming's works.
This years Clarkson Good Neighbor Day on August 24 included a Lumberjack and Jill Contest. Shown above is part of the log rolling competition.
Spencerport's downtown area along Route 259 was enhanced with new street lights. Shown above, with Mayor Ted Walker (left) are some who served on the project committee: Jack Linder, Ted Rauber, Terry Russell, Sue Howarth, George Fellows, Steve Russell.
The Year in Review
ESL Federal Credit Union completed its merger with Wegmans Federal Credit Union. WFCU members officially became ESL members when their accounts were converted on January 1.
A malfunctioning release valve caused an accidental release of chemicals from the Diaz Chemical Corporation in Holley on January 5. Approximately 80 gallons of chemicals were released, one of the compounds so new that neither Diaz nor the DEC could be sure of the long or short term effects of exposure. The Diaz Corporation paid for clean-up and removal of residue, and for lodging for area residents who chose not to stay in their homes. Fear of the unknown effects of the chemicals caused some residents to remain out of their homes for months.
Following much public comment condemning Trustee Peter DeToys alleged conduct during two tape recorded phone conversations with police dispatchers, Brockport officials unanimously approved a resolution to seek DeToys removal from office at their January 7 meeting. DeToy took actions to block his removal, and the sanctions against him were lifted by the board in March.
The Gates Historical Society closed on the Hinchey Homestead, 634 Hinchey Road, and began the planned conversion of the homestead into a community museum.
Following an investigation into misappropriation of town property, the Town of Sweden accepted the resignation of Highway Superintendent Craig Smith.
The SUNY Brockport gymnastics team was ranked second in the country after winning the Brockport Invitational.
The Town of Hamlin held an informational meeting on a proposed radio tower for WMJQ-FM to be located west of Wiler Road and south of Brick Schoolhouse Road. It would have required rezoning and two variances in order for the tower to be built. The majority of those in attendance at the meeting were opposed to the proposal.
Daniel Varrenti was sworn in as the new Brockport Chief of Police in a ceremony January 25.
Allied Frozen Food Storage Inc. was granted final approval for their site plan to upgrade the former Owens-Illinois complex on Owens Road in Brockport.
The Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Awards Dinner on January 25, and named Ralph Pembroke the Clyde W. Carter Citizen of the Year, Jospeh Peworchik, owner of Walker Brothers Co. Funeral Home Inc., Business Person of the Year, and Denny Marra, owner of Barefoot Landing, received the Civic Beautification Award.
Karen Strauss retired from the Hilton-Parma Recreation Department, effective February 1, after serving nearly 29 years programming adult and youth activities and directing the senior citizen program.
Freezing rain and wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour toppled trees and downed power lines across much of the region. The Churchville area was without power for 36 hours. Crews from as far away as Massachusetts were called upon to help restore power.
The Spencerport boys basketball program donated a record $11,300 to the American Cancer Society through the Coaches vs. Cancer program. The donation was made February 6 in memory of Diana Przybycien, a former Spencerport High School English teacher who lost her battle with cancer in 2001.
An accident involving one vehicle completely demolished the Village of Hilton Centennial sign and a brick wall surrounding the sign near the Community Center on Henry Street. The sign had been in place for over 15 years, and the village expected to rebuild.
At age 16, Churchvilles Lyndsay Wall became the youngest woman hockey player to ever compete in the Olympics. Wall brought home a silver medal from the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The Village of Churchville held a rally and parade on March 9 to welcome home their Olympian.
Byron-Bergen girls basketball head coach Tom Sherwood was named Class CCC Coach of the Year at a Section V luncheon on February 14.
Churchville-Chili Transportation Department moved into its new facility at the corner of Westside Drive and Fairbanks Road over February break. The new facility offered added space and security.
Local food shelves were feeling the effects of the economic downturn, with food requests from several new clients, mainly because of job layoffs.
A Grand Opening was held for Visions in Orleans County to provide the homeless with shelter and skills necessary to move toward economic self-sufficiency.
Joseph L. LaMarca, transportation director of Brockport Central School District, received certification as a Director of Pupil Transportation by the National Association for Pupil Transportation. LaMarca was only the 63rd person in the country to receive this recognition.
The Community Free Library in Holley celebrated 55 years of service. The anniversay was being marked by a historical window display, artifacts displayed throughout the library, and patrons signing a memory book.
Brockport Blue Devils defeated Gates-Chili 5-2 in the Class A high school hockey championship game.
The Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Churchville kicked off their year-long sesquicentennial celebration on February 24 with a balloon release and dedication of the restored stained glass windows with parishioners dressed in period clothing.
The Apple Tree, in Brockport, celebrated its 20th anniversary.
NYSDOT announced that the $21 million project to widen and reconstruct Route 104 in the Town of Greece and the City of Rochester was underway.
The Rochester Sports Dome on West Ridge Road was blown down by severe winds. The Dome did not go back up until November.
Brockport residents voiced their concerns about a proposed 311-acre Crystal Ridge housing project at a March 5 meeting. Many feared the development would change the small town feel of Brockport and increase traffic congestion.
Star of the West Milling Company in Churchville announced plans to build eight towering grain silos at its South Main Street site. Public opinion was mixed about the expansion of Churchvilles oldest business, in operation for 192 years. The companys proposal for contruction of the silos still had to go through village zoning and planning boards.
The Sweden Community Center, located at the former Golden Heights Christian Center church building, officially opened on March 10. More than 400 community members attended the Open House for tours and entertainment.
Churchville-Chili Saints girls basketball team defeated the Greece Athena Spartans 57-53 to win their second consecutive sectional title. C-Cs Joanna Patalano was named Monroe County Player of the Year.
It was announced at this years State of the Lake public information meeting that there had been a decline of native Atlantic salmon, but a dramatic rise in the size of trout in Lake Ontario. Results also indicated the Chinook salmon pen-rearing program had been successful.
McGinnitys Restaurant and Party House on West Ridge Road was rebuilt and restored following a December 2001 fire that heavily damaged part of the restaurant. The restoration was just in time for St. Patricks Day when McGinnitys planned to serve up to 1,000 pounds of corned beef and cabbage.
The Brockport Fire Department held an Anniversary Banquet to commemorate 125 years of service to the community. The department was presented with plaques from local officials and agencies as well as congratulatory correspondance from New York state officials and President Bush.
Lakeside Memorial Hospital celebrated its 70th anniversary.
Joe Rovisa (aka Joe Rose) died March 29 while vacationing in Florida. Rovisa had owned Churchville Tire and Supply Company, Inc. since 1969.
Genesee County celebrated its bicentennial with a grand birthday party on March 30.
The Sweden Town Board appointed James Nealon the first recreation director for the Sweden Community Center.
Spencerport residents had the opportunity to learn more about the Spencerport Central School District Capital Building Project plans at the April 6 groundbreaking ceremony.
Members of the Rochester Scottish Pipe Band joined pipers and drummers from 25 countries when they took part in Scottish Power Tunes of Glory, the largest pipe band and display of kilts, in New York City on April 6.
Bergen Business and Civic Association held a recognition dinner in honor of retired Town Supervisor Michael Stoll. He served as supervisor for 18 years, and also served two terms as a town councilman.
Hamlin VFWs proposal to restore 50 acres of wooded wetlands behind their post home on Lake Road was selected for funding by the Wetlands Reserve Program of the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. They planned to have the Hamlin Wetlands Nature Park a reality by summer with duck ponds, a nature trail and center as well as athletic fields.
Brockport pared back its budget by more than $400,000, making the village tax increase 17.74 percent for the year. This was a significant decrease from the 27 percent increase expected after the passage of a preliminary budget in March.
Gerald Hochreiter retired after 19 years as director of the WE-MO-CO Career and Technical Education Center. Hochreiter spent a total of 33 years working in career and technical education at WE-MO-CO.
Wegmans celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of their Brockport store and the 25th year of Brockport Chase-Pitkin with special sales April 20 through 28.
A 200 bed residence hall at Roberts Wesleyan College was named April 23 in honor of Donald and Maxine B. Davison, former owners of Ogden Telephone Company and long time supporters of the college.
The voting body of St. John Lutheran Church in Hamlin decided to discontinue their K-6 school program which had been offered for more than 100 years, and focus on their pre-school programs for three and four year-olds.
Christ Community Church in Brockport installed Rev. Bruce Plummer as its new senior pastor. Rev. John Benedetti, who had been the churchs senior pastor for 25 years, was remaining with the church, but focusing full-time on developing his international ministry.
Church of the Epiphany on Buffalo Road in Gates hosted a commemorative worship service on May 1 as part of its 125th anniversary celebration. The order of the service followed that used in 1876.
Kendall Central School District was selected the best school district in Orleans County and one of Busines First Magazines 50 Best Public School Districts in Western New York.
ESL Federal Credit Union opened its 20th branch in Brockports Wegmans Plaza. The official ribbon cutting was held May 6.
On May 9, Governor Pataki announced from Spencerport that more than $50 million would flow through the area as part of a five year plan to revitalize the 348 mile stretch of the Erie Canal. The first project, to involve a 17 mile stretch from Adams Basin to Albion, was slated to begin over the summer.
The North Chili Post Office offered a special cancellation starting May 11 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stuart Road Bridge in Chili. The cancellation showed a drawing of the bridge made by Christine Wilcox, granddaughter of Bill and Bernice Wilcox of Chili Mills.
An Open House was held at Parkminster Preschool in Chili on May 19 to honor school founder Susan Fuhrman on her retirement after 23 years as teacher and director.
At age 83, Joe Andreano of Holley received his bachelors degree in criminal justice and became the oldest graduate to ever walk across SUNY Brockports stage.
Monroe County was awarded $251,000 under the Great Lakes Coastal Watershed Restoration Program to acquire 35 acres of lakefront property in Parma for preservation. Known as the Scharping property, it was the largest of its kind left in Parma.
More than 10,000 signatures were collected and presented to Town of Greece officials urging them to halt construction on West Ridge Road. In addition to the cost of the five year plan to reconstruct the five miles between Dewey Avenue and North Greece Road, petitioners felt the planned median would hurt business and cause accidents.
Katie Paxton and Mike Johnson, two Hilton teachers and an engaged couple, participated in the Avon Breast Cancer Three Day Walk from Fitchburg to Boston, Massachusetts. They joined more than 3,000 participants in the 20 mile per day walk-a-thon. The couple hoped to contribute $3,800 to the cause from pledges.
After having dealt with contaminated wells and low water levels for more than 20 years, Vroom Road residents now had fresh, clean public water from Ogdens newest water line.
A 230-unit housing development, on 117.32 acres, called Brockport Village Landing, was in the planning stages. Plans included six professional business offices and three forever wild sites.
The Town of Hamlin celebrated its sesquicentennial along with the Hamlin Fire Departments 75th anniversary at Hamlin Wheel Fest on May 31 and June 1.
Roberts Wesleyan College received, as a gift, the collected works of the late Alan Keith-Lucas, longtime professor of social work at the University of North Carolina, and a pioneer in the integration of Christian faith and social work practice.
The New York State Assembly passed legislation on June 4 to increase the states hourly minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.75 effective January 1, 2003.
Churchville-Chili school superintendent Mary Alice Price was appointed superintendent of Pittsford schools. Price had been at C-C since 1996.
The Adams Basin canal lift bridge was locked in the up position for the duration of the boating season. The Washington Street bridges operating components were found to be deteriorated to the point where it caused safety concerns after an April 30 inspection. The bridge was lowered to vehicular traffic on November 3 with the same 4 ton limit.
Renovations were underway at the Parma Town Hall to add space, increase usability and create a more defined entranceway. Construction was expected to last four months.
David Peasley, age 15, of Spencerport, was on the Rochester River Challenge youth team racing on the Genesee River on June 15. Peasley, born with cerebral palsy, has use of only one arm, but has been canoeing for five years and racing competitively for three years.
Three Orleans County police officers, including Holleys Chief of Police Michael Grattan, were arrested June 17 and charged with cocaine possession.
Voters in the Town of Chili approved a proposal to transfer a parcel of land to St. Pius X Church to convert into soccer fields that could be used by the town. Some town residents were vocal in their opposition citing a desire for the land to be used for other purposes as well as separation of church and state.
The New York Council for the Humanities in New York City awarded a $1,390 grant to the Parma Meetinghouse Museum to aid in the preparation of two panel exhibits for the Parma Town Historians Office.
The Village of Hilton was approved to receive $166,500 in funding for the Hilton Village Park Project, to include the acquisition of 6.82 acres of land and development of a park site. Funding was made available under the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES named Kathy Kelly, graphic artist, as the recipient of the first annual Crystal Apple Award which recognizes individual contributions to the BOCES 2 mission, vision, or strategic goals for quality, cost effectiveness and customer service.
Ownership of Clarksons Habitat for Humanity house on Lake Road was returned to the building organization. The home was built in 1999, and was the first Habitat house in Monroe County outside of the city of Rochester. The group was looking for a new qualified family for the home.
The maximum speed limit on Route 531 was raised to 65 miles per hour.
Gates Fire District dedicated the new Company No. 1 fire station on Chili Avenue and celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Gates-Chili Fire District on June 29.
Excavation was again underway at the Byron Dig. For three weeks, approximately 150 volunteers assisted Dr. Richard Laub and his team of specialists as they carefully and systematically sifted through layers of soil searching for bones and artifacts from the Ice Age. The Hiscock site in Byron is one of the largest and longest ongoing digs in existence and constitutes one of the richest finds of Mastadon bones east of the Mississippi.
Brockport High School choruses past and present held a reception July 12 honoring Maryellen Giese, choral director and music department chair, for 31 years of service and dedication.
Congressman John LaFalce announced that he would not seek re-election after serving 28 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Twenty volunteers worked in three shifts the weekend of July 13 to construct a vending building at Parma Town Park.
Floyd H. Johnson was appointed new pastor of Garland United Methodist Church in Brockport. Johnson is also a computer science professor at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Dr. Samuel Beach Bradleys 19th century Hoosick office was being reconstructed and restored at the Parma Meetinghouse Grounds. Dr. Bradley built the office with his own two hands on Manitou Road, but the office was moved to the Parma Museum grounds after the roof collapsed from snow damage. Parma Historian Shirley Cox Husted said the volunteer project was expected to take two years.
The Village of Brockport was looking into the opportunity to acquire a contract to offer exclusive pouring rights in the village to Coca-Cola®. Sales of Coca-Cola® products from vending machines, and cases and fountain drinks at municipal offices and not for profits would return a percentage of the profits back to the village.
Warren Kozireski, station manager of SUNY Brockports student radio station 89.1 The Point, was awarded the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the highest honor given to those who work in the SUNY system. Kozireski is a freelance sports writer for Westside News Inc.
North Chili resident and Churchville-Chili Board of Education president Sheryl Johnson was elected president of the Monroe County School Boards Association.
Spencerport Canal Days fireworks were cancelled because of the construction at the school districts main campus, the usual fireworks launch site, and instead held a street dance at the village gazebo. One other new feature this year was a canoe race and decorating contest.
The 585 area code became permanent on August 17.
The Town of Ogden proclaimed August 17 as Colby Homestead Farms Day as the Colby family celebrated the 200th anniversary of their farm.
The Brockport Fire Department unveiled and dedicated their Firefighters Memorial Monument located at Capen Hose Company Station #4, South Main Street, on August 18. The monument features wood carvings by Brockports Richard Kron similar to the famous photograph of three firefighters raising the American flag on a leaning pole at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001.
Flashing lights were installed at the intersections of East and West Fork Lake Road and Brick Schoolhouse Road in Hamlin after the town requested that the DOT study the intersections because of accident history.
This years Clarkson Good Neighbor Day on August 24 featured for the first time a 13 event Lumberjack and Jill Contest.
GE/Black and Decker and 3M/Dynacolor signed a formal agreement outlining the specifics of the clean-up plan of contaminated soil in Brockport. 3M/Dynacolor was to remove contaminated soil along Tributary 3 of Brockport Creek, while GE was responsible for removing soil from nine residential properties north of their former State Street facility. Actual clean-up began in September and was expected to take 2 to 3 months.
June Clase of Bergen created a collection of more than 30 CDs, nine or ten operas, three soundtracks and an assortment of DVDs and videos featuring opera singer Renee Fleming (who was raised in Churchville) to donate to the Newman Riga Library for everyone to borrow. Clase also set up an endowment to allow the library to purchase new materials as they become available.
After an extensive search involving more than 60 candidates, Lakeside Health System Board of Directors hired Charles W. Smith as CEO of Lakeside Health System and President of Lakeside Memorial Hospital, replacing Robert W. Harris, who retired.
Hilton resident Karen Musson was in the beginning stages of creating a Teen Center for local youths with no place to go. Musson was still searching for a facility, staff and funding for her center that would offer recreation and crisis intervention for youths in grades six through 12.
The historic homestead at 90 South Lake Avenue, Bergen, was sold at auction. The old farmhouse was built by the Wilcox family when Bergen was just becoming a community, and it was last farmed by the Mayne family.
An official Grand Opening was held at the Sweden/Clarkson Community Center on September 2. The day of events with a community picnic atmosphere gave attendees the chance to tour the facility, meet the director and see what programs the center has to offer.
A ceremony establishing the Spencerport Fire District was held September 3 at the village gazebo. In July, the towns of Ogden and Parma and Spencerport village leaders agreed to consolidate fire service responsibilities of the Ogden-Parma Fire District and the Village of Spencerport.
Several events were held locally to commemorate the one year anniversay of September 11, 2001. Churches held special services, there were special displays and memorials, and New York City firefighter John Picarello spoke at SUNY Brockport.
A dedication ceremony for the Hilton Veterans Memorial at the Hilton Community Center was held September 12.
SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King and SUNY Brockport President Paul Yu officially opened the SUNY Brockport MetroCenter on St. Paul Street in Rochester on September 17. The MetoCenter became the home base for the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program and the Small Business Development Center.
Ogden Supervisor Gay Lenhard appointed 30-year Ogden resident Carol Coburn to the position of Town Historian.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra kicked off their 80th Anniversary Season with a free open house at the Eastman Theatre on September 21.
Spencerport Superintendent of Schools appointed Dan Milgate, principal of the districts new elementary school, as co-chair of the Task Force on Elementary School Attendance Boundaries. The task force, with community input, was to develop options for school redistricting when the new school opens in September, 2003.
Kim Hinkley, a former Rochester City Police Department officer and long time Holley resident, came out of retirement to accept the position of acting Holley Police Chief.
Hilton native Barry MacNaughton, owner of Padillac Boats, hosted the first annual Canoeing for Cancer, a fundraiser for the Sally Edelman and Harry Gardner Cancer Research Foundation. Six teams traveled the five mile course from Bennett Road to Breakers at Bayview, netting $1,000 for the charity.
Dr. John Martin was inaugurated as the new president of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary on October 4 even though he took office in May, following Dr. William Crothers retirement after 20 years.
NFL backup quarterback Frank Reich spoke about courage in the face of adversity at Pearce Memorial Church in North Chili on October 7.
Local mystery writer Stephen Wilcox spoke at the Newman Riga Library about his series of Hackshaw mysteries set in the western Monroe County village of Kirkville a.k.a. Churchville.
A group of Brockport taxpayers banded together to form the Brockport Tax Reduction Group in an effort to do away with duplication of services. The group wanted to eliminate the Brockport Police Department, and $1.7 million from the village budget, and rely on county sheriffs and state troopers.
The Unique Shop in Spencerport celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Construction was underway for a gazebo and clock tower at the Village of Churchvilles new municipal park on the banks of Black Creek on East Buffalo Street. Mayor Ehrmentraut hoped to schedule events at the gazebo by Christmas.
A new Empire Zone was approved for Genesee County with acreage in the city and town of Batavia and surrounding area.
Strong Museum became the official home of the National Toy Hall of Fame®, a showcase for honored toys that have achieved longevity and national significance in the world of play. The Hall of Fame had 26 honorees including Legos, Play-Doh, Crayola Crayons, Barbie, Slinky and Tonka trucks.
Hilton High School social studies teacher and varsity wrestling coach Chuck Partridge was named the 2002-2003 Hilton Teacher of the Year.
Childrens author/illustrator Jan Brett premiered her newest book Whos That Knocking on Christmas Eve? at a book signing at Lift Bridge Book Store in Brockport.
Spencerport Board of Education selected Canal View Elementary School as the name of the districts new school under construction. A committee of community members recommended the name based on the areas geographic and historic legacy.
The Glue Factory Gift Shop was named first runner up as National Retailer of the Year 2002 by Country Business Magazine.
The Towns of Sweden and Clarkson were recognized as finalists in the inaugural New York State Governors Quality Communities Award for Excellence for their commitment to providing a community center and full time recreation program.
After a one year endeavor, the nine member Search Committee of the Spencerport U.C.C. Church (The White Church) chose Rev. John Dennis Vertigan as their new pastor by a unanimous vote. Vertigan will begin his service on January 1, 2003.
Students from the NYS School for the Blind in Batavia recognized the Spencerport Lions Club for their dedication to the school and the dinner dance the organization holds for the students each year. The school gave the service organization a citation for their volunteerism and named a student store at the school Spencers Port, in honor of the local Lions chapter.
Class of 1999 Kendall graduate Jillian Pritchard made her solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic on November 3 as part of a Casual Sunday Matinee Series concert highlighting some of the Eastman School of Musics leading musicians.
Churchville-Chili Board of Education appointed Annemarie Spadafora the districts new Superintendent of Schools, culminating a five month search.
Twenty Hilton High School graphic arts students received national Gutenberg Awards from members of the Printers and Imaging Association of New York. Over 500 entries were received for consideration from the United States and Canada.
Just as the Adams Basin Washington Street bridge reopened to vehicular traffic, NYSDOT closed the Gallup Road bridge for repairs.
Churchville-Chili Saints girls soccer team defeated Mercy 1-0 for their first Class A Sectional soccer championship November 4. Senior Joanna Patalano, in the week previous to the game, was also named Co Player-of-the-Year in Monroe County Class A.
Brockport Village Board passed a proposal to utilize Monroe Countys 911 service for dispatching police calls while the village would retain its own dispatch services for fire and ambulance. The dispatch center would operate with the present two full time personnel and would be supplemented with part time staff.
Churchville-Chili schools hosted a building dedication ceremony on November 16 to dedicate their new Transportation Facility and Math and Science Technology Wing. At the ceremony they also opened a time capsule from 1968 which was removed from the cornerstone of the former junior high school, and placed a new time capsule.
The Holley Central School District unanimously appointed Michael J. Gilbert as secondary school principal 7-12 replacing William Pileggi, who retired after 28 years.
Father Norbert Kyumu left St. Christophers Church in North Chili to return to his native Kenya after serving as substitute pastor for four years. Parishioners at St. Christophers were reluctant to say goodbye to Father Norbert and were raising funds to buy him a vehicle to help him serve his parishes in Kenya.
The Village of Brockport received a $25,000 grant from the Main Street Small Cities Grant program to help fund the construction of a visitors center along the banks of the Erie Canal. When completed, the visitor center will cater to boaters, hikers and bikers and will feature a shower facility, handicapped accessible bathroom facilities and a stacking-type washer and dryer. The Brockport Development Corporation was also granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS, being viewed as a not-for-profit organization when it comes to applying for grant funding for both the visitor center and a museum that is in the planning stages.
Eighty concerned Hilton and Parma residents met at the Village Community Center to discuss their concerns about juvenile mischief and develop a strategy to deal with the problem.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held November 26 for Seldon Square Apartments, Phase II in Clarkson.
Former Brockport resident Richard L. Booth, Jr. came forward as the donor of the Sweden Clarkson Community Center. At their November 26 board meeting, the Town of Sweden was presented with the deed for the Community Center building free and clear. Booths donation totaled $3 million.
Funds were secured to preserve 35 acres in the Town of Parma slated for preservation under Monroe Countys Green Space Initiative. The acreage contains 1,400 feet of lakeshore frontage, freshwater wetlands and small streams running along the Lake Ontario shore.
The Long Range Planning Committee of Hilton schools unveiled the final architectural results of the $57.9 million Capital Project that was approved by voters in December 2001. Plans included additional classrooms and increased safety at all school entrances.
The Village of Spencerport completed the Union Street Lighting Project which involved replacing streetlights from the canal bridge to the old railroad bridge on the south side of the business district. Lights on Amity Street and East Avenue and those near the post office and village parking lots were also replaced as part of the $60,000 project.
Secretary Madeleine Albright was the guest speaker at the Lakeside Foundations Annual Gala Dinner on December 6. Bud Hendershot, honorary co-chair of Lakesides Building for the Next Generation Capital Campaign, announced the successful completion of the campaign. A group of 112 volunteers raised $3,154,138+ which will be used to renovate the OB Department and expand and renovate the OR Department.
Dick McQuilkin, Millard Red Fairley and Lyle Zarpentine were all celebrating their 50th anniversary with the Spencerport Volunteer Firemans Association, and were honored for their service at the firemens annual banquet.
Students in Brockport High Schools Engineering, Design and Development class were in the midst of designing a Skate Park for the Town of Sweden.
Six members of the soon-to-be-disbanded Joint Recreation Commission were recognized by Brockport Village Board officials at the December 16 meeting.
Groundbreaking took place on Phase I of the Sanitary Sewer project to serve the Union Street area north of the West Shore rail line and south of King Road, an area of approximately 300 acres.
Richard (Pep) Martin was inducted into the Holley Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony December 28.