Yesterday's News for February 2001

Yesterday's News for February 2001

35 years ago in 1966

•Spencerport Junior and Senior High Schools were staying open four nights a week with teachers and counselors on hand to help students with homework and daily learning problems as part of a federally financed project to help underachieving pupils.

•Hilton Central School District received $76,351 in federal funds under new federal aid-to-education legislation. The district planned to divide the funds for use in three major projects.

•Steak and potatoes were on sale at Bell’s in Spencerport. T-bone steaks were 99¢ a pound, sirloin steaks 85¢ a pound and a 20 pound bag of potatoes was 69¢.

30 years ago in 1971

•19 year-old Bob Sekel of Spencerport was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates major league baseball team. While he was at Spencerport High School, he was a star pitcher on the baseball team as well as a star basketball player.

•Monroe County celebrated its sesquicentennial on February 23.

•On Friday nights, $1.29 would buy you all the fish you could eat at the Bradford House Restaurant in Grant’s Brockport Plaza. The restaurant also featured all-you-can-eat pancakes for 60¢.

25 years ago in 1976

•Employees of The Hurlbut Nursing Home in Brighton who were also members of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (Local 1199) picketed outside the Wedgewood Nursing Home in Spencerport because they felt Wedgewood and Hurlbut owner Robert Hurlbut was unfair to the union.

•Durfee Chevrolet expanded by opening a lot just for used cars across the street from their original site, which then became dedicated to new cars.

•William C. Munn Jr., member and past president of the Spencerport Board of Education and community leader, died following brain surgery at the age of 54.

20 years ago in 1981

•Fire leveled the Lucky Stop Tavern at the corner of Brockport-Spencerport Road and Sweden Walker Road. Firefighters’ attempts to control the blaze were hampered -10º temperatures and 30 mile per hour winds.

•Feminist leader Gloria Steinem spoke at SUNY Brockport about women’s issues and how Ronald Reagan’s presidency would impact women and minorities.

•Children playing with matches started a house fire in Parma that sent 12 firefighters to area hospitals with smoke poisoning. A fire official said a combination of wall paneling and plastic furniture in the home contributed to the toxicity of the smoke.

15 years ago in 1986

•The Churchville-Chili School District was making plans to move sixth graders into the junior high building to form a middle school. Many school officials felt that the middle school approach was a better way to educate children.

•Former Churchville Fire Chief Michael Sadden died at age 34 less than a month after receiving a bone marrow transplant. He had been suffering from leukemia for over three years. Sadden joined the Churchville Volunteer Fire Department in 1969 and became Chief in 1983. He also served briefly as Monroe County Fire Coordinator.

•Fire destroyed the Washington Street home of Ogden Highway Superintendent Verne Voorheis. The structure, a Town Pump landmark, had been in the Voorheis family for over 100 years.

10 years ago in 1991

•National Headquarters of the American Veterans Association formed a new organization in Hilton known as the American Veterans Association Post #2 to serve all former service men and women.

•Bergen residents Gregory Stefl and Mark Cander opened the Racque Center, a youth recreation center including arcade games, a pool table, jukebox and pinball machine.

•February 5 was declared Dr. Knox Brittain Day in Ogden in celebration of “Doc’s” 90th birthday and in honor of his years of service to the community.

•Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance celebrated 25 years of service.

5 years ago in 1996

•Greg and Debbie Dean were in the process of remodeling the old Nothnagle Realty building in Hilton’s Canning Street Square into a new shop, Beautiful Angel, to cater to those who have suffered a loss. The idea for the shop was inspired by the Deans’ difficult time coping with the loss of their daughter, Sherri Ann, in a car accident four years earlier.

•An Appellate Division Court ordered an environmental review of the Rochester Telephone cellular tower on Colby Street in Ogden. The court ordered Rochester Telephone to complete State Environmental Quality Review forms and submit full Environmental Assessment Forms to the County Planning Board for review.

•Tops Friendly Markets announced plans to build a 47,000 square foot “County Store” in Hamlin which would include the town’s first pharmacy.

1 year ago in 2000

•Gala performances over three days marked the opening of SUNY Brockport’s new dance theater and studios in the college’s preserved and renewed Hartwell Hall.

•Hamlin Ambulance celebrated 50 years of volunteerism.

•LeRoy attorney Bob Fussell published his first novel “Human-itis B, Family at War.” Some of the novel’s action takes place at SUNY Brockport.

•Jeannie Nielsen, assistant principal of the Churchville Elementary School, retired after 33 years with the district.

•There was controversy in Bergen and Sweden over a power line that Bergen wanted to construct from the Niagara Mohawk main lines on Fourth Section Road down West Sweden Road through the Village of Bergen. Construction of the lines would have required easements from all property owners along the route. Some residents felt bullied and harassed by Bergen village representatives attempting to secure the easements.