Yesterday's News for March 2001

Yesterday's News for March 2001

35 years ago in 1966

•Fire destroyed a three story storage building in the Spencerport Village Plaza that was owned by the Spencerport Lumber Company. The building contained sheet rock insulation, lumber and two trucks. The loss was estimated at $100,000.

•Leaders of Chili held their first “joint government” meeting to discuss the town’s problems including drainage, apartments and subdivision planning.

•Charles Schindler of Gillett Road in Spencerport celebrated his 100th birthday.

•Sean Connery was James Bond in “Thunderball” playing at the Brockport Strand.

30 years ago in 1971

•Petherbridge Motors Chevy dealership in Churchville celebrated 50 years in business. As part of their celebration they were giving away a new 1971 Vega.

•Hilton residents were considering forming a Sports Boosters Club to support the Hilton Central School’s athletic program.

•Haircuts were $2 at the Beauty Bee on Robertson Road in Churchville.

25 years ago in 1976

•Spencerport merchants joined together for their first winter Super Week with special sales and events.

•New owners Don and Frank Ioannone celebrated the grand opening of Hilton Super Duper on South Avenue. Ground beef was 69¢ a pound, butter 89¢ a pound and a six pack of Utica Club Beer was $1.08.

•Spencerport Lions celebrated their 20th year of service to the community.

•Jack Milner, varsity basketball coach at Churchville-Chili, was named Coach of the Year in the Section V AA Basketball.

•Local elections were uncontested except in Hilton where 800 voters turned out electing life-long village residents Perry Dunn and Douglas Marple as Village Trustees.

20 years ago in 1981

•The Spencerport Village Board unanimously adopted a proposal for revitalizing the downtown area. The six phase, six year, program included new sidewalks, trees, ornamental lightpoles, restoration of business facades, a canal park and Village Plaza improvements.

•Ann and Edward Seelbach of Hamlin were considering erecting a windmill in their back yard to help offset rising energy costs. In order to proceed they needed to get clearance from the power company and the Town of Hamlin.

15 years ago in 1986

•20 year-old Jeff Wood of Hilton was one of 5,000 Pro Peace marchers who participated in a nine and a half month long march from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. to make a statement for disarmament. The trek began on March 1.

•Hilton’s Dave Pitono and Spencerport’s Mike LoPresti and Rick Suhr earned championship honors in the NYSPHAA Intersectional Tournament. They were the only members of the Section V Wrestling Team to win titles in the two day tournament.

•The Hilton Crimson Cadets Marching Band participated in both the Washington D.C. and the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parades. The Cadets were named “Best Overall Band” in Washington.

10 years ago in 1991

•A devastating ice storm hit the area the night of Sunday, March 3. Power was out across the area which was in a state of emergency because of downed trees and powerlines. Schools were closed - most for an entire week or longer. It took months to clean up all the debris.

•D’Angelo’s held an open house to show off their newly expanded showroom as well as to celebrate the 25 years the family business has operated in the Spencerport area.

•The Village of Holley was divided over Diaz Chemical Corporation’s applications for renewals and modification of air permits needed to operate the chemical plant. While some were in favor of the company, others complained about odors eminating from the plant and potential health risks.

5 years ago in 1996

•Hilton Village Board and United States Postal Service decided on a location for a new Hilton Post Office on South Avenue at the corner of Raintree Lane.

•Churchville-Chili was one of 15 school districts in New York to be recognized by the State Education Department for model practices that identify and assist students with special needs. The district received a $13,000 grant to further develop its own programs, to create materials for staff development and become a technical assistance site for other districts seeking to improve practices.

•Monroe County Legislator Pete McCann declared March 5 “Lina Cottom Day” in Monroe County as the Hamlin Lions Club recognized her for her service to the community. They presented her with the Upplinger Award - the Lions Club’s highest national tribute given to a member of the community. Cottom, an 11 year veteran of the Town Board, had been a part of numerous community service projects.

1 year ago in 2000

•Gina Tojek was named Spencerport Village Administrator March 1 after the village board of trustees passed two new local laws establishing the position and its residency requirements (the administrator doesn’t have to live in the village or even Monroe County as long as they live in a neighboring county).

•Century old stained glass windows were removed from the First Congregational Church, The White Church, in Spencerport. The windows were taken to Stained Glass Resources’ Pittsburgh facility for repair and restoration. The project was funded by the estate donation of the late Clark Kunes. The restored windows were returned to the White Church in July.

•Voters in the Spencerport School District gave their approval on a $46.9 million building and renovation project, including the addition of classrooms, construction of a new elementary school and a new athletic field.

•The Bank of Castile celebrated the opening of its Chili branch and donated $500 to the Gates Chili Lions Club Chili Playground Fund.

•The Spencerport Post Office on South Union Street closed on Saturday, March 25, after more than 30 years at that location. The post office reopened on Monday, March 27, at a newly constructed facility at 11 Amity Street. The official ribbon-cutting wasn’t held until September.