Yesterday's News for February 2005
40 years ago in 1965
The Monroe County Parks Department began acquisition of 972 acres of land between Route 31, Washington Street, Colby Street and Sweden-Walker Road for Salmon Creek County Park which is now Northampton Park.
The Ogden Town Board voted to change the status of their police force making it an official police department under Civil Service regulation. Roy (Tink) Burley was named the first chief.
The Towns of Chili and Ogden were considering tightening their dog control laws.
The North Chili Homeowners Association won the first round of their battle to have reversed the variance to erect an 84-unit apartment dwelling on Buffalo Road which had been granted by the Chili Zoning Board. The Supreme Court sent the variance back to the Chili Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Churchville Village Board approved a $7,000 to $15,000 expenditure for modernization of the Village Hall.
Andy's Chicken Villa on Buffalo Road in Churchville was serving a 16 piece family bucket of Kentucky fried chicken with biscuits and gravy for $2.50.
35 years ago in 1970
Chili residents opposed the rezoning of 38 acres for an extension of the Chili Industrial Park on Paul Road.
Former Ogden Town Attorney and lifelong Spencerport resident, Willard Holbrook, died after a long illness.
Those adding to their winter wardrobe found sweaters for $3, women's long sleeve blouses for 95¢, men's long sleeve shirts for $1.50 and turtlenecks for 77¢ at the Big N in Brockport.
Ken Curtis, who played Festus on Gunsmoke, was the guest star at the 46th annual Shrine Circus on February 18 at the Rochester War Memorial.
Moviegoers saw Robert Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl" at the Brockport Strand.
30 years ago in 1975
Stoney Point Garden Center at the corner of Stoney Point and Buffalo Roads was heavily damaged in an electrical fire.
Columbia Savings Bank held a grand opening celebration at their new Gates branch in Westmar Plaza. Regular savings accounts earned 5.47 percent interest.
The Super Duper in North Chili expanded, adding a bakery and delicatessen.
Chili Conservation Board gave a slide presentation to the New York State Association of Towns in New York City documenting the progress made in culling up Black Creek and the effect it would have on the future environment of the creek and surrounding properties.
The Town of Chilis battle against the Urban Development Corporations $8 million, 320-unit housing project located on a 32.8 acre site behind the Town Hall, came to an end when a U.S. District Court judge rejected Chilis 14-month old lawsuit. While awaiting a decision, construction had continued and was near completion.
Ground was broken for Union Processing Corporation on Union Street in Chili. When complete, the metal recycling plant would be able to completely shred a full size car in 40 seconds.
25 years ago in 1980
Members of Parma Baptist Community Church held a farewell dinner on February 2 for Reverend Albert A. Dickson and his wife Catherine, who had been with the church since 1956. The couple was leaving the area.
The Spencerport Rangers Swim Team was "Best in the West" after winning Monroe County Leagues Western Division Swimming Title.
Members of the First Bible Baptist Church in North Greece donated over $160,000 worth of gold, silver and other valuables to fund a new building to house the church's North Star Academy School.
Taking your sweetheart out for a Valentine's Day Dinner? Prime rib and Alaskan king crab legs for two was $14.50 at September Place on Ridge Road; steak dinner for two and dancing was $16.50 at the Pilot House in Spencerport; and steak dinner for two at the Johnson House in Churchville was only $12.95.
Area Rotary Clubs held a dinner dance at Gitsis Party House on February 23 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rotary International.
20 years ago in 1985
Ralph and Marion Kendall were named Churchville Citizens of the Year for 1985.
Spencerport school psychologist Dr. Neil Cronkite died after a battle with liver cancer.
Spencerport Rangers Varsity Wrestling team defeated the Hilton Cadets to win their second Monroe County West division title in three years. The Rangers were later defeated by East Rochester for the county title.
Eddie Murphy hit the big screen in "Beverly Hills Cop" while Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez had Saturday detention in "The Breakfast Club" playing at the Brockport Strand.
15 years ago in 1990
An open house was held to show off the new home of Sporting Dog Specialties in Sweden.
Page Appliances in Spencerport celebrated their 40th Anniversary.
Brockport High School hockey player Mike Depferd scored his 208th point, breaking a Section V record.
Harris Wilcox was named Citizen of the Year by the Churchville Chamber of Commerce.
Hilton resident Stanley J. Chiras won the U.S. Power Squadrons Charles F. Chapman Award for excellence in teaching boating safety. Chiras was also president of Diaz Corporation in Holley.
Ogden Police arrested and charged four men in connection with a county-wide burglary ring, including a January burglary on Brower Road.
10 years ago in 1995
The Parma Town Board turned down a proposal by the Vermicycle Corporation to operate a pilot program to convert household waste into a usable humus product. Bergen and Hamlin had previously turned down the proposal.
Dr. Knox Brittain, Spencerport doctor and ambulance supporter/instructor/advisor, died at age 94.
Dr. Dennis Kirst became Byron-Bergen Central School District Superintendent.
Olympic speed skating gold medalist Cathy Turner was the guest of honor at the grand opening of the Cathy Turner Ice Rink in Clarkson.
WE-MO-COs Job Training Partnership Act program received the Program of the Year Award from the Private Industry Council. The program helped students with special employment or training needs to receive training that frequently led to part-time or full-time employment.
A proposal to rezone three parcels at the northwest corner of Washington Street and Route 31 from residential to commercial drew fire from concerned neighbors. The zoning board passed the proposal.
Hilton Cadets girls volleyball team won the Division II Championship.
5 years ago in 2000
Gala performances over three days marked the opening of SUNY Brockports new dance theater and studios in the colleges 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 novels action takes place at SUNY Brockport.
On February 8 the New York State Board of Regents granted a charter to Hamlin Library. The new library was expected to open in late spring.
Richard Ambeau, the longest serving fire chief in Gates, was honored for his 50 years of service to the Gates Chili Fire Department.
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.
1 year ago in 2004
Euchre enthusiasts in Hamlin and Kendall were participating in the 50th Kendall-Hamlin Euchre Tournament sponsored by the towns fire departments.
Area residents were shocked by the news of the sudden death of Dennis A. Pelletier, 54, of Spencerport on Monday, February 2. Mr. Pelletier collapsed in Albany at the New York State Association of Counties legislative conference, there to deliver a tribute for another Monroe County official, Kevin Crerand, who had died the previous summer.
The federal government announced it would likely spend $5.8 million on a study to lengthen Route 531 about six miles west from Route 36 to Redman Road in Sweden. Estimated costs for the project could reach more than $70 million.
Bonnie Callaghan retired on February 27 after more than 22 years as a postal clerk with the Spencerport Post Office.
Hilton High School hockey coach John Farnham was named Coach of the Year in the White Division of the Monroe County High School Hockey League for the 2003-04 season.