Yesterday's News for March 2003

Yesterday's News for March 2003

35 years ago in 1968

•Churchville-Chili school system officially dedicated its new Junior High School building on Fairbanks Road on March 3. The building was constructed for $2.4 million, and had opened at the beginning of the 1967-1968 school year.

•Rochester Gas & Electric opened a store on Hovey Street in Hilton. The company’s original Hilton store had been destroyed by the fire of 1965, and had been operating out of a temporary store on Railroad Avenue. During their Grand Opening there were free gifts for everyone and a series of cooking classes. A Frigidaire Electric Range was $219.95, a Frigidaire Jet-Action Washer was $197 and the matching electric dryer was $137.

•Marple Furniture Inc. opened March 14 at 10 Canning Street, Hilton. The unique furniture store offered guaranteed satisfaction on all purchases, same day delivery when needed, free decorating service, in-the-home carpet service and a 10-day trial on all custom furniture.

•Almost 200 firefighters and public officials attended a testimonial dinner at the Spencerport Inn for Spencerport Fire Chief Robert Barton. The outgoing fire chief was cited for his many contributive hours devoted to the advancement of the volunteer company he served for 20 years.

•After 25 years in food service, Max Hill, with his wife Louise, opened Chef’s Tote’Em Out Foods in Spencerport Village Plaza.

30 years ago in 1973

•Community interest in cable television resulted in the formation of the Citizens Committee for Cable Television, Inc., a non-profit organization seeking to bring together members of the community into an effective group to ensure that the development of cable television in the Rochester area would be in the public interest.

•Gary Boughter, a senior at Spencerport’s Wilson High School, was selected to the High School All-American Soccer Team. He was the first player in Spencerport’s soccer history to be selected to the All-American team.

•Ruth Hammel of Churchville was appointed Riga Town Clerk filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Lois Erbelding.

•Ogden Supervisor Frank Schillaci announced he would not seek re-election when his term was up. Schillaci said he did not believe elected officials should hold office more than two terms, and he was looking forward to spending time with his family.

•Ogden Telephone received permission to cut the banks and bottom of the Erie Canal west of the Martha Street bridge in Spencerport in order to place 16 four-inch, concrete encased pipes under the canal bottom to carry telephone cables to accommodate approximately 50,000 telephone circuits.

•At Durfee Chevrolet’s St. Patrick’s Day Sale, a new 1973 Vega was $2,089, a 1973 Chevelle was $2,676, and a 1973 Bel Air was $3,155.

•Ogden Police Chief Thomas Brownell was suspended with pay for 30 days while the Town Board investigated allegations against him; however, no details were released as to the nature of the allegations.

•Bosdyk’s, 430 Spencerport Road, offered the following breakfast specials: steak and eggs, hash browned potatoes and toast for $2.45; three hot cakes with three sausage links for $1.25; and two eggs and toast for 70¢.

25 years ago in 1978

•The old kindergarten building on Buffalo Road in Chili was being converted into a community recreation center by the town.

•On March 4, the Hilton Lions held a Charter Birthday Party to celebrate 10 years of service to the Hilton community. They also formed a new Leo Club for Hilton youth.

•Gordon Taylor, principal of Churchville-Chili Senior High School, announced that he would retire at the end of the school year after 37 years with the district.

•Reversing a policy created in May 1977, the Hilton Board of Education voted 5-2 to reinstate corporal punishment into the district’s discipline code.

•Ogden-Spencerport senior citizens decided not to purchase a new center on Martha Street in the village because of its location. Instead, they submitted a proposal to the State Office of Aging requesting a grant for an addition to the seniors’ present facility.

20 years ago in 1983

•Budget cuts threatened to force the closing of the Rochester office of the state Department of Transportation. With the possibility of decisions about Rochester roads being made in Buffalo, Hornell and Syracuse, several projects (including the expansion of I-490) were expected to be delayed if not halted altogether.

•A brand new senior citizens center opened March 6 in Hilton. A joint venture of the Town of Parma and the Village of Hilton, the Hilton-Parma Senior Citizens Center took up activities in two newly carpeted and furnished rooms at the Community Center on Henry Street.

•Iris Elmes won the 1983 Suburban News Cook-Off with her recipe for Carrot Charms muffins. The grand prize was a microwave oven from Page Appliances.

•The Rochester Drive Inn Theater on Scottsville Road was torn down. Property owner Elliott Press was working informally with the Town of Chili on a proposal for office space or a light industrial park to be built on the site.

•For the first time in 12 years of team existence, the Hilton Boys Varsity Swim Team sent a swimmer to the State Meet. Fred Barthelmann place ninth in the 200 Individual Medley at States.

•Police apprehended four area teenagers in connection to a wave of burglaries at Hilton churches.

•Roy J. Burley, former Ogden Police Chief and Town Justice, died March 30 at age 57 from complications following heart surgery. Burley began his career with the Ogden Police Department in 1954, and resigned as Police Chief in 1969. At the time of his death, Burley was service manager at Hart Taylor Lincoln Mercury, Inc., where he had worked since leaving the police force.

15 years ago in 1988

•Spencerport’s E.J. Wilson High School was one of three New York state schools featured in a teleconference on school improvement that was aired locally on March 1 on WXXI. Spencerport was chosen because of its extensive work over the previous five years in the More Effective Schools/Teaching program.

•The Town of Ogden and Manitou Sand and Gravel agreed to a temporary adjournment of litigations and applications in order to enter into settlement discussion. MS&G was pursuing a blasting permit for their South Union Street location.

•Chili Planning Board tabled a project proposed by Norm Leenhouts for 200 adult residences to be built on 86 acres owned by Roberts Wesleyan College pending further study. As part of the plan, a resident would have purchased a home, and when ready to move, a subsidiary of the college would buy the home back at the original purchase price and resell it at a profit to benefit the college’s endowment fund.

•Chili Town Councilman William Callahan died March 18 at age 55 of complications from surgery. The Town Board had a great deal of trouble filling his vacant council seat.

•A fire at Luster-Coate in Churchville damaged two of the company’s warehouses.

•The Spencerport Federal Credit Union was hoping to relocate their office to the Hildebrand property at 2775 Lyell Avenue pending a special use variance from the Ogden Zoning Board. Up to this point the SFCU had been operating out of an office rented from the Spencerport School District in the Administration Building.

•Churchville-Chili Senior High Chorus and Concert Choir received top honors at the All American Music Festival in Orlando, Florida. The Concert Choir earned a Division I rating, the highest given. The Chorus received a Division II rating above select groups from some of the country’s private academies and schools.

10 years ago in 1993

•Spencerport residents voted Clyde Carter as village mayor replacing John Hubbard who, after serving for a decade, decide not to run for re-election.

•Monroe County accepted the role of lead agency in the possible acquisition of land being abandoned by Conrail along the railroad tracks between Gates and Sweden. Conrail was removing tracks along the 12-mile line, and the county was interested in acquiring the land so that it wouldn’t be returned to former owners and their heirs.

•Spencerport senior Sirrell Gissendanner became only the fourth Section V wrestler to be named the NYSPHSAA wrestling tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler when he won the 167 lb. weight class at the tournament on March 5 and 6 in Syracuse. He ended his career with a 40-0 record in his senior year and was among the top three wrestling recruits in the nation.

•A Testimonial Dinner was held at the Arlington Restaurant on March 9 in recognition of Leith Cox Wright’s 25 years of service as Hilton’s Village Historian.

•Chili added an ordinance to the town’s code to regulate the methods of lead-based removal to protect the health, safety and welfare of those removing the paint and those in the area of the removal.

•More than 23 inches of snow fell and was blown by 50 mph winds during the Blizzard of ‘93 on March 13. People in Churchville pulled together to house 65 stranded travelers. During the worst of the blizzard, plows escorted a Churchville ambulance to Strong Hospital so Kathy and Andy Barnard could welcome their son David John to the world. By the end of the month, runoff from melting snow and heavy rains caused high water conditions in Chili and Riga. Black Creek rose to nine feet, three feet above flood level, closing many roads.

•The Village of Bergen reduced taxes for the fifth straight year.

5 years ago in 1998

•Marty Pavone, physical education teacher at Spencerport’s Bernabi School, was selected “Teacher of the Year” for elementary physical education by the Central Western Zone of the NYS Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance because of his innovative teaching practices, involvement with curriculum development and his Integrated Physical Education program.

•Churchville Board of Trustees approved the application from Cellular Realty to install communication devices on the village’s water tower for a rental fee of $1,000 per month pending approval by the board’s attorney.

•Bill Burns, longtime Suburban News delivery person, died at age 78 while visiting friends at the Ogden Police Department. Burns had a longstanding relationship with baseball and the Rochester Red Wings.

•Former Churchville mayor and Flour Mill manager Enoch W. Parry, age 80, died in Florida on March 17.

•Wal-mart celebrated five successful years in Brockport.

•Albion Purple Eagles Marching Band was selected to represent New York State in the 1998 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Albion’s band was one of no more than 25 chosen for the parade.

•Five Brockport buildings became designated landmarks. The Village’s Historic Preservation Board bestowed the designation on the Post Office on Main Street, Capen Hose Fire House on South Main Street, the Jubenville residence at 101 Park Avenue, the Cook residence at 107 Park Avenue, and 87 Park Avenue which was owned by the Ketchums.

•Student’s in Amy Harris’ Elementary Band at Holley Intermediate School teamed up with internationally known composer Dr. Ira Schwarz to create a unique musical composition that they performed at a concert on March 26.

1 year ago in 2002

•NYSDOT announced that the $21 million project to widen and reconstruct Route 104 in the Town of Greece and the City of Rochester was underway.

•The Rochester Sports Dome on West Ridge Road was blown down by severe winds. The Dome did not go back up until November.

•Star of the West Milling Company in Churchville announced plans to build eight towering grain silos at its South Main Street site. Public opinion was mixed about the expansion of Churchville’s oldest business, in operation for 192 years.

•The Sweden Community Center, located at the former Golden Heights Christian Center church building, officially opened on March 10. More than 400 community members attended the Open House for tours and entertainment.

•McGinnity’s Restaurant and Party House on West Ridge Road was rebuilt and restored following a December 2001 fire that heavily damaged part of the restaurant. The restoration was just in time for St. Patrick’s Day when McGinnity’s planned to serve up to 1,000 pounds of corned beef and cabbage.

•The Brockport Fire Department held an Anniversary Banquet to commemorate 125 years of service to the community.

•Joe Rovisa (aka Joe Rose) died March 29 while vacationing in Florida. Rovisa had owned Churchville Tire and Supply Company, Inc. since 1969.

•Genesee County celebrated its bicentennial with a grand birthday party on March 30.