Yesterday's News for January 2005
40 years ago in 1965
Ogden Grange broke ground for its new home on South Union Street, adjacent to the Highway Department Building.
New telephone directories were deliverd around January 17 with many new listings, and all numeric phone numbers instead of the combination of letter and numbers. Ogden Telephones exchanges converted from EX2 to 392, LY4 to 594 and EL2 to 352. The conversion to all numeric phone numbers would allow local phones to be included in the world wide telephone system allowing for overseas calls.
Hiscock-Fishbaugh American Legion Post 788 supplied the new Merton Williams Jr. Sr. High School in Hilton with all new American flags as part of its Americanism program. Their donation included flags for every classroom, a ceremonial flag for the auditorium and a large outdoor flag.
On Sunday, January 31, Lancaster Homes, Inc., the New York Division of award winning Ryan Homes of Pennsylvania, opened their Rolling Acres subdivision on Union Street one mile north of the Village of Spencerport. The company planned to build 40 to 50 homes per year in Ogden. Their featured model was The Seneca, a four bedroom, one-and-one-half bath, 1,400 square foot Colonial at a cost of $19,300.
35 years ago in 1970
Gitsis Steak House and Cocktail Lounge opened on Buffalo Road.
Town Supervisor Frank Schillaci and Councilmen John Mullaly and Norm Hubbard were sworn in to the Ogden Town Council.
Baseball Hall of Famer and civil rights champion Jackie Robinson spoke at RIT on January 20.
A Navy man from Spencerport, Loren L. Putney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Holbrook, was decorated for meritorius achievement in aerial combat while serving with the Navys only armed helicopter squadron in Vietnams Mekong Delta.
Larry Pettis, president of Pettis Pools Inc., was named president of the Western New York Swimming Pool Association.
It cost $5 to have both state and federal tax returns done at H&R Block in Brockport.
"101 Dalmatians" and "Easy Rider" were playing at the Brockport Strand. Tickets cost $1.50 for adults and 50¢ for children.
30 years ago in 1975
"Insight," a mobile counseling center for area youth, was established in the Gates-Chili area.
New York State minimum wage was raised to $1.80 for agricultural jobs and $2.10 for non-agricultural jobs.
Dudley D. Tullar was elected president of Chili Plastics, Inc. Tullar had been with the company since its beginning and came up through the ranks, working in all phases of injection molding manufacturing and sales.
Spencerport High School senior Jim Berardicurti was named to the National All-American soccer team. He was the Rangers high scorer the past season and led them to the Section V Class A Championship.
North Chili electrician Richard Beeman was in Alaska working on the 800-mile long Alaskan Oil Pipeline. He had already been there several months, and expected to spend another year there.
The year 2001 seemed so far away as movie-goers watched "2001: A Space Odyssey" at the Brockport Strand.
25 years ago in 1980
Larry Merritt, former Hamlin Town Supervisor for the past 14 years, was appointed to the director of finance position for the Town of Irondequoit.
The Hilton Rotary Club named Lloyd "Hy" Burritt, past chief and member of Hilton Fire Department, the recipient of their first annual Citizen of the Year award.
Churchville's and Bergen's municipal utilities were notified that they had sixty days to pay their bill to the Power Authority of the State of New York or be shut off. The villages refused to pay because they claimed the Power Authority had forced them to buy more expensive nuclear power instead of the hydropower that the villages contracted for.
The DePaul Clinic was seeking a zoning variance in an attempt to convert the former Gra-Mar Hall in Churchville into one of its community residences.
Brockport Chapter, USA 191, of Amnesty International was given its official charter making it only the second branch of the international organization established in upstate New York.
Ponderosa Steakhouse opened on Route 31 in Brockport.
20 years ago in 1985
Hilton resident Daniels Dowd won a $10,000 award from Caldwell Manufacturing Co. for a suggestion he made about modifying rod dies. His suggestion was expected to save the company thousands of dollars.
Hilton kicked off a year-long centennial celebration with a winter carnival.
The first winter storm of the year hit the area on January 19. Dubbed by weather forecasters as the Alberta Clipper, the storm dumped over 10 inches of snow and sent temperatures plummeting to a Rochester record low of -9 degrees with winds averaging 20 to 30 miles per hour.
Apollo 10, 12 and 15 astronaut James Irwin visited area schools as part of the Encounters in Excellence program.
Local Kiwanis members celebrated the 70th Birthday of Kiwanis International.
15 years ago in 1990
Serial killer Arthur Shawcross was apprehended in Spencerport after two bodies were found in Northampton Park and the surrounding area. He was charged with eight murders in the Rochester area over the previous year.
A testimonial dinner was held January 13 to honor retiring Sweden Supervisor Jean Martin Brooks.
Furnals Big M moved from Hovey Street to a 28,000 square foot store on South Avenue in Hilton.
Fire broke out in the Byron-Bergen High School art room. The art room was destroyed and other classrooms were damaged by smoke.
Chili's Historical Society dedicated the great room of the Society House to the memory of founding member and past-president Vern Johnson.
Spencerports Martha Street bridge was closed for repair and replacement of structural supports. Repairs were expected to take six months.
Doctors Paul DiEgidio and Elizabeth Feltner opened Spencerport Family Medicine.
Reverend Robert Winterkorn was named Citizen of the Year by the Ogden Chamber of Commerce.
10 years ago in 1995
Ownership of Family Hardware in Spencerport switched hands when Dave Ritchie purchased the store from Charlie White.
The Churchville Chamber of Commerce named Jim Matson, owner and operator of Churchville Agway Farm and Home, their Business Person of the Year.
Dispatching for the Ogden Police Department switched completely to the 911 emergency system.
The Rochester Knighthawks introduced indoor lacrosse to the area with a win in their debut game at the Rochester War Memorial.
Joseph Battisti, owner of Battistis European Hair Styling and Battistis Hair Studio on Chili Avenue, died at age 50 after a bout with stomach cancer.
The Spencerport Board of Education approved a football program that would allow for one team run by the district but with no cost to the district. The program was to be totally funded by the Spencerport Football Committee which had until April 11 to raise all funds needed for the first year of program operation.
5 years ago in 2000
Caitlin Marie Fronkowiak was Lakeside Memorial Hospitals millennium baby. Parents Debra Arataro and Jerry Fronkowiak welcomed the baby at 8:19 a.m. on January 1, 2000.
The Brockport Central School Districts 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 districts schools.
It was a very snowy January, as snow fell nearly every day causing problems for area road crews.
1 year ago in 2004
Brockport Firefighters Memorial Monument was featured with a mention and a photograph in a book called Firefighters, published by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
In memory of former resident and businessman Bob Adams, his wife Kay, established a special collection of large print and audio materials at the Newman Riga Library.
Parma Library began offering an Anime/Manga Discussion Club for middle and high school students to discuss the popular style of comic books.
Scott Hopsicker, former Brockport varsity football coach and current JV football coach, was named as the recipient of the first James Fallon Award to be presented annually by the Brockport Football Booster Club to an outstanding individual who exemplifies leadership, dedication, commitment and humanitarian qualities.
Hamlin residents were meeting to explore the construction of a community center.
The Spencerport Trolley Depot Restoration Project committee has received a grant in the amount of $1,000 on behalf of the Genesee Country Antique Dealers Association.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Riga Town Hall and Court.
Brockport High School varsity cheerleaders competed in the Spirit Challenge Championship 2004 January 17. They took home a first place finish in the large co-ed varsity division. They also won Grand Champions when the judges awarded them a perfect score for their routine, beating out 26 varsity teams for the title.