Yesterday's News for January 2001

Yesterday's News for January 2001

35 years ago in 1966

•Pearce Memorial Church of North Chili was offering for sale $150,000 in Trust Bonds yielding 5.5% annual interest to help fund the construction of their new building.

•Construction began at the Lyell Avenue site of the Spencerport Ambulance. The project was headed up by the Spencerport Lions and was widely supported by area businesses.

•Durfee Chevrolet was celebrating their 5th birthday with a used car sale. A 1965 Biscayne Fordor was $1,999, a 1964 Fleetside Pickup was $1,399 and a 1964 Impala Fordor was $2,099.

30 years ago in 1971

•Ogden Councilmam Norm Hubbard appealed to the Rochester Regional Transportation Authority to extend city bus service to the village of Spencerport.

•Brockport hosted its first annual Snow Carnival including a USSA sanctioned snowmobile race and the crowning of a “Snow Queen.”

•St. Christopher’s Parish officially moved to its new quarters at the corner of King Road and Union Street in North Chili.

•Churchville-Chili senior Randy Shaffer was named to the Region II High School All American Soccer Team made up of the top 33 players in New York State. Shaffer was the first athlete from Churchville-Chili to receive High School All American honors.

25 years ago in 1976

•A Neighborhood Watch Program was launched in the Chuchville-Chili area because similar programs had met with great success in Henrietta and Pittsford in 1975.

•The Parma Citizens Library Committee was searching for an architect to assist them with plans for the design of a new Parma Public Library to be located on West Avenue in Hilton.

•A special birthday celebration was in progress at Bell’s Supermarket in Spencerport to commemorate 12 years as an independent food store.

•Fire devastated the clubhouse of Braemar Country Club. Fire companies from Greece battled the blaze which raged out of control for hours.

20 years ago in 1981

•A grand jury inquiry into the financial matters of the Spencerport Central School District was underway in part because the district paid out over $70,000 for contractual work without publishing requests for competitive bids.

•The Village of Hilton moved its general offices and Hilton-Parma Recreation offices into the old Henry Street School which the village bought to convert into a community center. Renovation plans for a true community center were progressing slowly.

•Four creditors of Income Realty, developer of the Hamlin Plaza, petitioned to get the firm into Federal Bankruptcy Court in an attempt to stall mortgage foreclosure proceedings begun by Chemical Bank of Syracuse who financed the plaza with a $725,000 loan. The four creditors filed an involuntary Chapter 11 against Income Realty to recover over $300,000 owed them.

15 years ago in 1986

•The Town of Chili was struggling to organize its Town Council. Council members were deadlocked when it came to filling a council seat left vacant when Lorraine Anderson resigned to take over the Town Supervisor position.

•Spencerport Central School Board of Education authorized board president Gay Lenhard to accept a purchase offer on the John T. Trowbridge building on Lyell Avenue. The $200,000 offer was made by Al Spaziano of the Union Hill Development Corporation.

•Ogden Town Council asked Ogden Building Inspector James Cady to resign his position. Cady felt that his “letter of law” enforcement of zoning and building codes led to the council’s decision.

10 years ago in 1991

•Sweden Highway Superintendent Charlie McCullough retired after 30 years in the Highway Department, 20 of them as Supervisor.

•In protest to potential war in the Middle East a group of about 75 students gathered in the hallway at Brockport High School for a sit-in on the morning of January 16. By that evening the world heard news that the first attacks on Iraqi targets had been fired and war had begun. Brockport High School administrators invited Congressman John LaFalce to speak to students about U.S. involvement in Desert Storm.

•Dean Ashton, member of the Gates Volunteer Fire Department, and a former member of the Spencerport Volunteer Fire Department, began publishing a new magazine “Firefighter, The Last American Hero” aimed at active and retired firefighters, fire brigade members and emergency medical personnel in New York state.

5 years ago in 1996

•Some Ogden residents were urging the Town Board to deny a request by Monro Muffler Brake of Rochester to have the southwest corner at the intersection of Routes 31 and 259 rezoned from residential to commercial.

•The Ogden-Spencerport Chamber of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce named Alvin “Curly” Zarnstorff its Citizen of the Year and John Page, one of the owners of Page Appliance, its Business Person of the Year at their annual awards dinner.

•Holley High School junior Ashley-John Grillo earned the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the Clayton Barnard Tournament.

•Brockport Public Works Superintent Elliott Reynolds was unanimously selected the 1995 Public Works Leader of the Year by the American Public Works Association. Nominated by Brockport Mayor Mary Ann Thorpe, Reynolds had been Brockport’s Public Works Superintendent for 20 years.

1 year ago in 2000

•The Brockport Central School District’s new administration building opened just southwest of Ginther Elementary School, freeing up space in the high school for a growing student population.

•Hilton Central School District welcomed new district Superintendent John Cooper. He spent his first two weeks on the job getting to know students and staff.

•The Chili Town Board voted 3-2 to eliminate the position of Parks and Recreation Director Ron Fodge in spite of over 200 protestors accusing the board and Supervisor Stephen Hendershott of political wrongdoing.

•The Churchville-Chili School District voted in favor of a $30.9 million building and renovation project to upgrade the district’s schools.