Yesterday's News for January 2004

Yesterday's News for January 2004

40 years ago in 1964

•Spencerport school district residents voted to purchase a 22-acre parcel of land known as the Morgenberger property, located on the southwest corner of Manitou and Spencerport Roads, for $44,578 to construct the district’s third elementary school.

•Donald A. Mitchell of Chili retired as Assistant Chief Deputy Sheriff of Monroe County after 35 years with the department. Mitchell was also a longtime Chili Republican town leader.

•Working jointly, the Riga Town Board and the Town Board of Appeals completed the drafting of Riga’s Master Plan to serve as a guide for town development for the next 20 to 25 years. The town felt it was very important to have the Master Plan in place before an expected growth spurt following the opening of the Western Expressway that was planned for later in the year.

•Merchants and professionals operating establishments in North Chili’s Towne Plaza formed the Towne Plaza Association to coordinate efforts to maintain an inviting shopping center and serve the needs of a growing community.

•A ruling by the New York State Supreme Court upholding the decision of the Churchville Village Board of Appeal to allow the installation of the Rochester Telephone Corporation’s dial exchange building on Fitch Street was being appealed by two area residents.

•Ed Merante opened Chili-Paul Barbers in Chili-Paul Plaza on January 6.

•A strip steak dinner was $1.50 and a fish fry was 90¢ at The Stardusters at Spencerport Inn on Martha Street.

35 years ago in 1969

•Both the Chili Public Library and the Ogden Farmers’ Library began circulating prints of famous artworks. They had 25 different prints available for 28-day loans.

•Monroe County Manager Gordon Howe announced that all plans for locating a landfill in Parma had been abandoned.

•Gates-Chili residents voted on plans for a new $8.8 million high school facility to be built on the district owned Marshall Road site. The proposed high school would accommodate 2,800 students and was scheduled to open in 1971.

•State University College at Brockport was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the U.S. Committee for UNICEF because more than $500 was raised when two student dining halls were closed for a Saturday evening meal and the monetary equivalent of meals not served was turned over to the committee for children’s relief in Biafra.

•A new $1.2 million web offset six-color printing press was installed at Case-Hoyt’s Chili plant. This was the second press of its kind at Graphic Park, and kicked off Case-Hoyt’s 50th anniversary year.

•Dave’s New Orbit Car Wash opened in North Chili’s Towne Plaza. An automatic wax and wash was $1.

30 years ago in 1974

•Monroe County Sheriff Albert Skinner retired after 36 years. He was elected Monroe County Sheriff in 1938 after having served 12 years as a deputy U.S. Marshall.

•Spencerport was chosen as one of 43 school districts in New York to participate in the “Right to Read” project for 1974. Under the direction of Dr. Frank Ferris, Spencerport’s Director of Reading, the program’s goal was to develop a comprehensive plan to eliminate reading deficiencies.

•The Rochester Street Historic District in Scottsville was accepted for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

•Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Perry retired as publisher and editor of the Erie Canal Newspaper Chain. They began their business in the area in 1964, and over the years their operations expanded to include the Spencerport Suburban News, Brockport Republic Democrat, Holley Standard, Hilton Record, and the Hamlin Herald.

•Joseph R. McElrath, an English instructor at SUC Brockport, was leading a post-graduate seminar on the works of Brockport novelist Mary Jane Holmes. Holmes lived in Brockport most of her adult life and published 29 novels by the time of her death in 1907. Although more than two million copies of her books were sold in the United States and England, Holmes never before had received scholarly attention. The college’s library was also trying to obtain a complete set of her novels.

•Hilton Varsity Wrestling Team won the Section V Class A Championship with an 11-0-0 record.

•Grand Opening celebrations were held for the newly expanded Bell’s Market in Spencerport’s Village Plaza. Owners Walter and Dave George were excited about the expansion which doubled the store’s floor space.

25 years ago in 1979

•The Spencerport Board of Education voted to close Spencerport Elementary at the end of the school year. The kindergarten through third grade classes being held in the elementary school were going to move to the Leo Bernabi School at the beginning of the 1979-1980 school year.

•Bergen Village Board appointed a committee of residents to consider changes in the village water system. Under consideration was whether or not to update the current system, purchase water at the county line, or lease the Bergen system to the Monroe County Water Authority.

•General Electric celebrated its 30th anniversary year in Brockport.

•Legal court battles were being fought between Monroe County and the Town of Riga over a proposal to test the Clarence J. Maher property in Riga for a county landfill. The county was challenging the town’s intervention on Maher’s behalf to prevent the testing. A State Supreme Court judge threw the case out of court denying Monroe County’s request to test the site.

•A new outdoor ice skating rink opened in Spencerport Park. The rink was a joint effort of Ogden Recreation and the Spencerport Rotary Club.

•The Hilton School District received a Lunar Sample Education Kit from Johnson Space Center in Texas. Each building in the district was using the kit, giving every student the opportunity to see the lunar rocks and soil samples which were sealed in protective plastic discs.

•At age 79, Edward F. Cosgrove, Spencerport clerk treasurer and assessor for 27 years, died January 29 at Park Ridge Hospital. He had been appointed Village Clerk in 1939.

20 years ago in 1984

•While serving his second term in the Monroe County Legislature, Spencerport attorney Fred Holbrook was elected Republican majority leader.

•Spencerport native, and goal-tender for the Cortland State Red Dragons, Jean Schockow, made women’s collegiate soccer history by becoming the first ever four-tme All-America soccer player.

•The Ogden Town Board unanimously approved the rezoning of 55 acres of land on the northwest corner of Shepard and Manitou Roads from residential to industrial allowing Caldwell Manufacturing to build a plant at that location.

•The Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society named Churchville-Chili High School chemistry teacher Grant E. Carey “Teacher of the Year” for 1983. The award was given in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the teaching profession and pursuit of excellence in his field.

•There was controversy in Parma over three members of the Town Board voting to replace the town’s Receiver of Taxes and a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals with appointees who had supported their candidacies in November elections. In addition, the board failed to fill a vacancy in the Chief of Auxiliary Police and Civil Defense Administrator position.

15 years ago in 1989

•Residents of Hamlin and Clarkson were fighting to get public water in their towns. Many residents experienced severe water shortages because of inadequate wells.

•Chili Town Board appointed Alfred J. Heilman to replace Daniel Miller as Town Attorney. Miller took over the newly created position of Associate Town Attorney.

•Former Churchville resident Floyd R. Newman donated $25,000 to the library expansion fund and $10,000 to the Village of Churchville for library refurbishing. These monies were in addition to the $50,000 gift he gave in 1988 which kicked off the Riga Free Library’s expansion plans.

•The Evergreen Restaurant opened in the historic Flaherty home on Lake Road in Hamlin.

•Hilton Schools began a Buy-A-Board program to raise money for the construction of the Parma-Hilton Community Playground. All students were given five boards to sell for $3 each.

•Eastman Kodak Company was seeking a major reduction in their assessments at properties in Gates and Greece which were part of the Spencerport School District.

10 years ago in 1994

•Chili Councilwoman Tracy Logel was appointed to the Monroe County Legislature, filling the 3rd District post left vacant by Republican William Kelly who took over as Chili Town Supervisor on January 1. Logel resigned from the Chili Town Board on January 3 and the board decided to leave her seat vacant until they could reach a consensus as to who should fill it.

•Brockport elementary schools began a school breakfast program. The popular program allowed students to buy breakfast for 75¢.

•Gordie’s Service Station on Main Street, Hilton, closed after 28 years in business. Owner Gordon Bennett sold the business to his chief mechanic and planned to enjoy his retirement in Nevada.

•Sergeant Paul Fortner retired from the Brockport Police Department after 20 years of working on projects such as BACA (Brockport Against Chemical Abuse) and DARE. Fortner planned to substitute teach in area schools, coach high school sports and work with the Ogden Police Department on their DARE program.

•Lorie Marple, owner of The Apple Tree Gift Shop, spent her birthday in New York City getting kissed by Regis Philbin on the set of “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,” and later appearing on the “David Letterman Show” to discuss the incident.

•Hilton Alcohol and Drug Awareness Task Force (HADA) disbanded after 10 years of serving the Hilton community because of declining volunteer support. The group started with 30 members, and over the years the number dwindled to just two.

5 years ago in 1999

•The Brockport High School Marching Band and Color Guard triumphed at the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day bringing home ten major awards including First in Field Show and First in Parade Show.

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

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

•The Post Office announced that a second Brockport facility would be built in Sweden while maintaining the current post office at a retail facility. The new facility would have retail services and serve as a bulk mail center and carrier base.

•The Church Street railroad crossing in Bergen was permanently closed to traffic as a result of the Highway-Rail Crossing Consolidation and Elimination public safety initiative.

•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.

•Monroe County Health Department was looking for volunteers to be part of the Community Water Watch Program to improve the quality of water in small creeks and streams in effect improving the overall health of Lake Ontario. Local teams were needed to monitor waterways and determine problem areas.

•Karen Rosolowski was receiving a warm welcome as the new director of the Community Free Library in Holley.

1 year ago in 2003

•A conceptual design of the proposed 203,622 square foot Wal-Mart Supercenter was presented at a public hearing on January 13 at Brockport High School.

•The Town of Sweden received $19,450 in state aid for assessment record keeping.

•Hamlin officials and members of the No Tower Committee completed a 26-page tower law outlining the application process and procedures for review. The law also promoted the sharing of existing towers for communication transmission needs.

•Churchville leaders approved a $2.7 million 2003-04 budget for the village that would allow the tax rate to remain the same for the eighth year in a row.

•A dinner was held to honor Brockport Public Safety Dispatcher Dave Smith upon his retirement after 30 years of service to the community.