Yesterday's News for January 2007

Yesterday's News for January 2007

40 years ago in 1967

•Beginning January 1, the Town of Ogden took on the status of a First Class Suburban Town with four councilmen, a supervisor and two justices of the peace. For years the town had been classified as a Second Class Town, but a recent population explosion qualified the town for first class status.

•1967 marked the creation of a County Legislature, ending a 120-year era of the Town Supervisor being both a town and county representative. Peter Vandertang was the area’s first Monroe County Legislator.

•New three- and five-bedroom homes built by Hibbard Homes of Chili were selling for $24,900. Each home had a blacktop driveway, family room, fireplace, built-in range, dishwasher and garbage disposal.

•Bank of Hilton’s North Greece Branch opened on January 17 at the corner of North Greece Road and Latta Road.

•McNall’s Furniture on West Ridge Road held their Grand Opening. Among the grand opening specials were a sofa and chair set for $229 and a queen size Sealy Posturpedic mattress for $99.50.

•A dinner on January 24 was the first of four major events planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of State University College at Brockport. At the dinner, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen was scheduled to make his first major public address since his appointment to the Rochester diocese.

•The nation’s first helium, gas-cooled atomic power station (nuclear power plant) began generating power in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania. RG&E helped in the construction of the power station.


35 years ago in 1972

•Rochester Transit Service expanded west side service with evening service from Brockport, Spencerport and Parma Corners to the Ridge Road shopping centers and express commuter service from Brockport, Spencerport and Parma Corners to Kodak and Rochester every weekday.

•Spencerport Jaycees held a dinner honoring their 1971 Citizen of the Year, Dr. Knox Brittain.

•The speed limit on Route 31 between the Spencerport village and Washington Street was reduced from 55 to 45 miles per hour because of a petition by local residents and the support of Senator James Powers.

•Chili’s newly elected supervisor, James J. Powers, announced the appointment of Patrick J. Pietropaoli as Town Attorney and Alfred Heilman as Deputy Town Attorney.

•Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Strickland were honored for their many years of service to Pearce Memorial Free Methodist Church. An antique clock from the church office was given to Mr. Strickland as a token of appreciation.

•Commercial bottled waters could not be sold in this area unless they had first been certified by the State Health Department. Residents were encouraged to call the Monroe County Department of Health to determine whether particular bottled waters were approved after one unapproved brand of water was found being sold at an area store.

•Chili Town Board approved the adoption of a Town Flower, the chrysanthemum, and a Town Tree, the red oak, based on results of a vote conducted by the Chili Garden Club.


30 years ago in 1977

•On January 1, motorists across New York began making right turns on red lights unless otherwise posted. The new law was intended to help speed the flow of traffic and reduce fuel consumption.

• Churchville Postmaster Gerald Thompson retired after 30 years with the United States Postal Service. He had been the village’s postmaster since 1971.

•The end of January brought a blizzard into western New York. Hamlin was one of the worst areas for blowing and drifting snow. Roads were impassable for three days. Some people were evacuated by snowmobiles when power outages caused temperatures inside homes to dip below freezing. Stranded motorists stayed at town halls, fire halls and schools.

•There was some debate in Parma over whether or not the town needed to form a Conservation Board. Some interested residents volunteered to serve on a board, but Supervisor John Jennejahn wanted to be sure volunteers were really concerned with conservation, and not just serving as another hurdle for area builders.

•Spencerport fifth grade teacher Kathy Wojtowicz was serving as a member of the Buffalo Jills, the 20 woman cheerleading squad for the Buffalo Bills. Jills were required to be at least 22 years old, married and living with their husbands, and to attend weekly training sessions.


25 years ago in 1982

•The Town of Ogden and Village of Spencerport granted a franchise for cable television to the Teleprompter Corporation of New York City. The company also had a franchise with Brockport, Sweden, Clarkson, Holley and Hamlin. It would still be several months before local residents could have cable hooked up to their homes.

•The search was on for a new landfill. Landfills in Ogden, Spencerport, Sweden and Riga were either closed, or would be closing in 1982 under orders from the DEC.

•Churchville Village Board adopted a budget that would cause tax rates to go up 45 percent.

•A committee of parents, teachers and administrators submitted a plan to the Spencerport School Board for expanding the district’s gifted program (Triad) through seventh and eighth grade.

•The State Education Department determined that BOCES 2 had received over $1,000,000 in aid overpayments since 1975. Divided among the component districts, the overpayment could result in the loss of around $100,000 in aid to each of the area school districts.

•Parma-Hilton Historical Society Museum reopened. It had been closed since the Henry Street building was destroyed by fire in the spring of 1980.


20 years ago in 1987

•Specialists in hydrogeology, blasting and environmental effects presented their findings and opinions to town officials and concerned residents about the possible impact that blasting at Manitou Sand and Gravel Company’s South Union Street site could have on the surrounding area.

•Parma Senior Citizens celebrated their 20th Anniversary.

•Hilton Village Board was reviewing plans with Monroe County Department of Transportation to improve East Avenue in the village. A section between Railroad Avenue and Bennett Road needed widening, shoulders added and resurfacing.

•The Victorian Doll Museum in North Chili received the 1986 Heritage Award from the Chili Historical Society in recognition of the preservation and restoration of an interesting old building in the Town of Chili.

•Ogden voters turned down a $1.1 million proposal to purchase the Matheos Building on South Union Street and renovate it for use as a town office complex.

•Hilton Board of Education unanimously passed resolutions to reopen Northwood School and to begin the process of selecting a permanent Superintendent of Schools. Northwood had been closed since 1982 because of asbestos concerns, but was now deemed safe for use.


15 years ago in 1992

•Brockport village officials were involved in negotiation to clean-up a hazardous waste site at Brockport Landfill which had been closed since 1985. Water leaking from the landfill contained traces of trichloroethylene higher than minimum standard allowed.

•Holley residents expressed their concerns about a late December spill at the Diaz Chemical Company in which 15 gallons of highly caustic nitric and sulfuric acid blew a pressure valve off a tank and then escaped into the atmosphere, leaving residue on neighboring properties. Nobody was injured and officials assured that there was minimal health risk from the chemicals.

•Monroe County’s mandatory recycling law went into effect on January 13.

•Vandals slashed and punctured close to 160 tires, temporarily disabling most of the buses in Churchville-Chili’s 72 bus fleet.

•After 25 years of service, Eldon Kleinhenz retired from his position as Ogden’s Dog Control Officer. A retirement party was held January 25 at the American Legion Post on Trimmer Road.


10 years ago in 1997

•On January 1, the Village of Brockport sold its Newco Drive water plant and transmission lines to the Monroe County Water Authority for nearly $2 million. Brockport retained ownership of distribution lines within the village and would purchase water wholesale from the MCWA and retail it to residents.

•Hilton Central School Teachers’ Association and the Hilton Board of Education ratified a four year agreement that they had been negotiating for over three years. The new agreement included salary and benefits increases as well as a technology incentive.

•Doan’s Honey Farm in Kendall placed first runner up at the National Achievement Awards hosted by the American Farm Bureau.

•Brockport Mayor Mary Ann Thorpe “adopted” the first duck at the January 10 kick-off of BISCO’s Duck Event, a canal race scheduled for August 10 during the Brockport Arts Fest. The goal was for 9,000 ducks to be adopted before the race.

•A committee began study into potential locations for a new post office in Spencerport.


5 years ago in 2002

•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.

•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.