Yesterday's News for February 2007

Yesterday's News for February 2007

40 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.

•Reverend Wayne P. Mullen established First Bible Baptist Church in Greece with services to be temporarily held in his home.


35 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.

•A public meeting was held in Spencerport on February 15 to give information concerning a proposed “Planned Residential Development” or “PRD” ordinance for the village. The Planning Board explained the need for PRD which involved planning neighborhoods rather than individual lots and would increase housing capacity and keep homes affordably priced.

•“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¢.


30 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.

•Glen Boetcher assumed the responsibilites of full time Recreation Director for the Town of Ogden and Village of Spencerport.

•The Hahm family of Sherwood Drive, Hilton, sculpted a 50-foot long “human worm” using snow plowed from the street.

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


25 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.

•A Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation told the Spencerport School Board that it would take over $64,000 to correct safety hazards in the district’s bus maintenance facility. The board approved the expenditure plus additional funds to modernize restrooms and move the Director of Transportation’s office to the Leo Bernabi School.

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


20 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.

•It was announced that lighting was going to be installed along Route 531 at intersections with Manitou and Elmgrove Roads to improve safety especially during the winter months. The lighting was in response to a request from Monroe County Legislators Frederick Holbrook and Peter Formicola.

•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.


15 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 welcomedTurner 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.


10 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.


5 years ago in 2002

•Karen Strauss retired from the Hilton-Parma Recreation Department, effective February 1, after serving nearly 29 years programming adult and youth activities and directing the senior citizen program.

•Freezing rain and wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour toppled trees and downed power lines across much of the region. The Churchville area was without power for 36 hours. Crews from as far away as Massachusetts were called upon to help restore power.

•The Spencerport boys’ basketball program donated a record $11,300 to the American Cancer Society through the Coaches vs. Cancer program. The donation was made February 6 in memory of Diana Przybycien, a former Spencerport High School English teacher who lost her battle with cancer in 2001.

•An accident involving one vehicle completely demolished the Village of Hilton Centennial sign and a brick wall surrounding the sign near the Community Center on Henry Street. The sign had been in place for over 15 years, and the village expected to rebuild.

•At age 16, Churchville’s Lyndsay Wall became the youngest woman hockey player to ever compete in the Olympics. Wall brought home a silver medal from the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

•Churchville-Chili Transportation Department moved into its new facility at the corner of Westside Drive and Fairbanks Road over February break. The new facility offered added space and security.

•The Community Free Library in Holley celebrated 55 years of service. The anniversay was being marked by a historical window display, artifacts displayed throughout the library, and patrons signing a memory book.

•The Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Churchville kicked off their year-long sesquicentennial celebration on February 24 with a balloon release and dedication of the restored stained glass windows with parishioners dressed in period clothing.