Yesterday's News for February 2002

Yesterday's News for February 2002

35 years ago in 1967

•A testimonial dinner was held at Salmon Creek Country Club to honor Spencerport Village Clerk Ted Cosgrove on his retirement after 28 years of dedicated service.

•The new main office of the Bank of Hilton opened in the village on February 14.

•The DeWitt Clinton Inn Restaurant and Lounge opened offering dining alongside the canal. The restaurant was located at the site of the Old Horseshoe Restaurant on Route 31 between Brockport and Holley. Bud DeTar and his group entertained on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

•Louis Marcello of Mr. Louis Hair Fashions in Spencerport assumed management and operation of the Ramblewood Beauty Salon on Buffalo Road.

30 years ago in 1972

•Lift Bridge Book Shop opened on Main Street in Brockport.

•Members of Spencerport’s E.J. Wilson High School student union collected contributions for war striken refugees in Bangladesh.

•“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was playing at Kallet Strand Theater in Brockport. All seats were 75¢.

•Bell’s Market in Spencerport held a Birthday Sale. Ice cream was 39¢ a half gallon, Pillsbury fudge brownie mix was 14¢, sirloin steak $1.19 a pound, and 20 pounds of potatoes were 79¢.

25 years ago in 1977

•Ed Merante resigned from the Chili Soccer Association after 12 years serving the children of Chili. Merante helped found the association and Little Guy Soccer.

•Cosmo Morabito turned 90 years old on February 5. He was an honorary member of the Spencerport Fire Department, former Citizen of the Year, a member of St. John’s Church and the Ogden Senior Center. Morabito worked for Central Railroad for 48 years. From 1924-1934 he, with his wife, Laura, operated Lyell Avenue Handy Store next to his Spencerport home.

•George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, was inducted into the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame.

20 years ago in 1982

•Municipal electric company officials in Churchville and Spencerport launched a counterattack to a proposal by Power Authority Chairman John Dyson to redistribute the state’s hydropower to benefit downstate customers and supposedly equalize electric rates across the state. Officials from Churchville argued that the proposal would cause electric rates in the village to increase by 173% making an average bill of $17.14 jump to $46.79.

•Bound editions and microfilm from the Holley Standard for issues dating from 1878 through 1964 and the Brockport Republic (later the Brockport Republic-Democrat) dating from 1856 to 1972 were donated to the respective libraries and historical societies of Holley and Brockport by Suburban News publisher James O’Connor.

•The newly formed Kiwanis Club of Spencerport was chartered in a ceremony held at Salmon Creek Country Club.

Study in lines and contrasts, from the February 8, 1987 issue of Suburban News, was the first photo by John Clifford printed in our newspapers. His sustained interest in making images, improving his skills and maximizing his talent helped us “show the world what it looks like” throughout his tenure. First a free lance photographer, he became staff photographer for Westside News Inc., and is now a photographer at the Rome Sentinel, a daily in central New York. His pride in having this photo in print was genuine and is sustained -- he’s included it on his web site with a gracious mention of where he started his career.


15 years ago in 1987

•Lake Ontario South Shore Council, Inc. announced the filing of a class action lawsuit against the federal government and the New York State Power Authority on behalf of property owners whose Lake Ontario shoreline had been damaged by the lake’s high water levels over the past six years. The suit maintained that lake levels had been kept artificially high to better serve shipping and power interests.

•13 year-old Joey Barretta of Spencerport recounted his experiences working as a stunt double on the set of “Lady in White,” a film shot in Lyons, New York. With three years of BMX bike racing experience, the youth filmed biking stunts for nine-year-old actor Lucas Haas.

•Ogden Town Council arrived at a unanimous decision to deny a blasting permit request made by Manitou Sand and Gravel Company. The decision temporarily ended several years of studies and inquiries.

•The Hilton Board of Education voted to close the West Avenue School as of June 30, 1987 because of a problem with the school’s heating system.

10 years ago in 1992

•Hilton speedskater Cathy Turner won the gold medal in the women’s 500-meter short-track and the silver medal in the short-track relays during the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Over 500 well-wishers welcomed Turner home at the Greater Rochester Airport on February 25.

•Kendall wrestler Wade Marriott won his fifth Genesee Region wrestling title.

•Ogden Town Offices moved from South Union Street to their new location in the Ogden Community Center on Ogden Center Road. The Ogden Police Department also moved into the new building.

•The Short family of Spencerport, area ice cream distributors, brought back the famous Matheos Velvet Ice Cream after a 20 year absence from the local marketplace.

5 years ago in 1997

•Tops Friendly Markets opened in Hamlin on February 11. The new 47,000 square-foot store included Hamlin’s first pharmacy.

•Spencerport Rangers wrestling team won their sixth straight, and 16th overall Monroe County wrestling title. Five team members were champions in their weight classes. Later in the month the team won their ninth straight Class A wrestling title, breaking Canandaigua’s record.

•The Rochester Sports Dome collapsed in 70 mph winds. Dome owners believed the high winds, along with an open door, created a vacuum and perhaps a rip. It was expected to take three to six weeks for repairs.

•The Town of Chili celebrated its 175th anniversary with a dinner dance held February 22 at Logan’s Party House.

•Citizens Utilities Company entered into an agreement to acquire Ogden Telephone Company.

1 year ago in 2001

•The landmark gold dome and most of the tower of Ogden Presbyterian Church was removed so that necessary repairs could be made to the deteriorating structure. The tower had been deemed unsafe and unable to support the heavy brass bell atop the church tower.

•Environmental attorney Ed Masry and his staff, including the real Erin Brockovich, came to Brockport to conduct environmental sampling and testing and to review all records pertaining to the Oxford and Lyman Street contamination sites.

•Senior Citizens of Riga/Churchville (SCOR) celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a dinner party at Gatherings at the Senator’s Mansion.

•Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Office of Professional Standards launched an investigation into accusations made against Brockport Police Department. Police Chief Gary Zimmer took paid administrative leave of absence durng the investigation.

•The Department of Environmental Conservation met with Parma officials and residents to discuss plans for remediation at the Trimmer Road landfill site. The DEC classified the landfill a Class 2 site meaning it posed “a significant threat or potential significant threat to human health or the environment.” The DEC proposed the use of the evapotranspiration process to clean up the site.