Yesterday's News for March 2002

Yesterday's News for March 2002

35 years ago in 1967

•North Greece Plaza officially opened as home to the North Greece branch of the Bank of Hilton, North Greece Liquors, Samuels Cleaners, Antelli Hair Fashions, North Greece Barber Shop, Flower Shop and Food Land supermarket.

•Grant’s Department Store in Brockport held a gigantic pre-opening sale featuring the Rodeo Rider Play Gym Swing Set for $34.88.

•Spencerport Fire Department purchased a new 1967 Ford Emergency Truck for $12,000 to replace the 1947 Chevrolet truck they had been using.

•Spareribs were 39¢ a pound, rock Cornish hens 49¢ a pound, Spaghettios 12¢ a can and Sunkist oranges 33¢ a dozen at Super Duper in North Chili.

30 years ago in 1972

•Buttons were being sold to celebrate Chili Sesquicentennial. Buttons could be worn by all, but would serve as extra protection for beardless men. May 22 through 27 any beardless and buttonless men found in Chili Paul Plaza were to be arrested by the Volunteer Sesquicentennial Police and put in a jail booth for five minutes.

•LDL Pools (formerly Outdoor World) opened at the corner of Lyell and Manitou Roads. The grand opening special was a 24-foot Diagonal Home and Roam Mariner Pool for $451.

25 years ago in 1977

•Ted Fosmire defeated Gerard Lefeber to retain his mayoral position in Spencerport.

•The 55 members of the youth group at Faith Baptist Church in North Chili ate a 48-foot long banana split in just 10 minutes. Group commander Dan Carter said they did it just for the sake of having a banana split.

•Donald and Gay Lenhard were selected by the Spencerport Jaycees as Ogden’s Citizens of the Year for 1976 in recognition of their efforts in organizing the town’s Fourth of July celebrations

•Rochester-born musician Chuck Mangione performed at Spencerport’s E.J. Wilson High School on St. Patrick’s Day. More than 1,200 attended the concert.

•March 19 was proclaimed Ada M. Cosgrove Day in Spencerport in honor of the 90th birthday of the former school teacher and Spencerport resident.

•The Spencerport Star weekly newspaper stopped its presses, ending almost 90 years of community service.

20 years ago in 1982

•Brockport Carpet and Linoleum Center celebrated its 10th anniversary by reducing all in-store floor covering 20 to 50 percent.

•Larry Gursslin defeated Gary Blair to be elected mayor of Hilton in Monroe County’s only contested mayoral race.

•Gordon S. Brodie was a surprise winner in the Churchville elections. Brodie, who never formally announced his candidacy, won one of two seats on the village board as a write-in candidate.

•Ogden Telephone celebrated 75 years of service to the community.

15 years ago in 1987

•A record number of Churchville residents went to the polls on March 18 to elect Donald Ehrmentraut mayor over incumbent Joseph Carr.

•Christopher and Daniel Fogg of Spencerport, ages eight and six respectively, were named 1987 Muscular Dystrophy Association New York State Poster Children. Both boys, who have spinal muscular atrophy, had served as local MDA poster children in 1986.

•J-J Village Mini Mall opened in Spencerport Village Plaza. Stores included The Downstairs Attic, Party Factory Outlet and Greeting Cards and Phyllis Chocolate Treats.

•The Apple Tree held a 5th Anniversary Sale at its Canning Street Square location.

10 years ago in 1992

•More than 300 people attended a special information meeting held by the Albion Town Board about two new landfills proposed for the town.

•Spencerport village trustees adopted a local law allowing user fees for trash collection for residential and commercial property owners. Under the new guidelines, the owner of a one unit residential property could leave two 32-gallon trash bags or containers at the curbside per week.

•Hilton’s Crimson Cadets 140 member marching band placed first in the Alexandria, Virginia parade on March 14. The next day the group marched down Constitution Avenue as part of Washington D.C.’s St. Patrick’s Day parade where they also placed first.

5 years ago in 1997

•Plans were unveiled for the public, 18-hole, Mill Creek Golf Course to be built on farm land owned by the Sacketts of Hosmer Road on the Riga-Wheatland border.

•After three years of study and planning, the SUNY Brockport campus access road project to connect Fourth Section Road and New Campus Drive began construction.

•Members of the Spencerport Board of Education accepted a plan to redistribute students at the district’s three elementary schools beginning in the fall of 1997. The plan which divided the village, sending some students to Taylor and some to Bernabi, drew criticism from parents.

•Abortion protestors from Rescue Rochester carried signs and distributed literature on public sidewalks in front of Brockport’s A.D. Oliver Middle School. Some parents were upset that their children had been exposed to the graphic materials. The group was planning for demonstrations at other area schools.

•On Easter Sunday, Churchville’s “Mansion on the Hill” at 99 South Main Street, opened as Gatherings at the Senator’s Mansion, a 150 seat reception and banquet hall.

1 year ago in 2001

•3M Company finalized a deal to purchase five Oxford Street residences in the village of Brockport. 3M also acknowledged some responsibility for the presence of hazardous waste in the vicinity of its former plant.

•Residents of Hilton East Adult Care Community were learning how to use a computer and e-mail to keep in touch with relatives.

•Volunteers in the skilled trades donated their time to expand the Hamlin Library into an empty retail space next door.

•Riga residents urged the Riga Town Council to reconsider constructing a joint municipal building with the Village of Churchville rather than build their own $1.9 million facility on East Buffalo Street.

•Students at Brockport’s Barclay Elementary School celebrated the completion of their new gymnasium, nearly double the size of their old gym facility. The new gym was part of the $19.1 million capital project approved by voters in 1998.

•Churchville village trustees honored and thanked Trustee Marian Gowan, who retired after more than 10 years on the village board. She was presented with a clock featuring a Churchville Municipal Electric Department electric meter.