Yesterday's News for March 2004
40 years ago in 1964
On March 1 the Town of Ogden held its first radiological exercise, coordinated through the Monroe County office of Civil Defense and Town Administrator Len Windhauser. It was the first chance for trained personnel to use detection instruments to monitor radiation levels in the area.
Reverend Joe Blinco, associate evangelist with Dr. Billy Graham, led a special crusade March 8 through 15 at Pearce Memorial Church in North Chili.
Parma Town Board asked Highway Superintendent Anthony Schalk to investigate the cost of adding more facilities to the Parma Town Park. The board was considering adding either pre-fabricated fireplaces or grills and some picnic table/bench combinations. The Parma Town Park was the only roadside park in the county available to travelers.
State Senator Barber Conable, the Republican choice to run for the 37th District Congressional seat in place of Representative Harold C. Ostertag, made his first public appearance in Monroe County when he spoke to the Chili Womens Republican Club.
Bergen Swamp was designated by Secretary of the Interior Stewart I. Udell as a natural history landmark in the recently established National Registry under the National Park Service. The swamp was cited as an example of Pleistocene glaciation.
Porterhouse and T-bone steaks were $0.89 a pound, sirloin steak $0.79 a pound, and ground beef $0.39 a pound at Century Loblaw Market on Chili Avenue
35 years ago in 1969
Spencerport School District received a $20,000 federal grant to acquire new library resource materials for the Junior High School. The grant program was very competitive and grants were awarded on the basis of merit and potential achievement.
A testimonial dinner to pay tribute to former Ogden Police Chief Roy Burley was attended by more than 200 friends and well wishers.
The Parma-Hilton Historical Society was formed and named. One of the groups first projects was arranging a display for the Local History Room in the Parma Town Hall. Leith Wright was elected president pro-tem and Shirley Husted was elected secretary pro-tem.
Marty Piraino, one of New Yorks best known professional bowlers, played in an exhibition match and clinic at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen. Piraino defeated Jim Gilbert, and received the first annual Doc Sardou Memorial Trophy, but handed the trophy over to Gilbert saying he only wanted the memory of the night.
The DeWitt Clinton Inn Restaurant and Lounge opened at the site of the old Horseshoe Restaurant on Route 31 between Brockport and Holley. Every Wednesday a T-bone steak dinner was $3.00.
Lt. Col. William D. Ray, professor of military science at RIT, revealed that the newly activated Army ROTC department had enrolled its first 25 cadets in the two-year program.
30 years ago in 1974
Joe Clement was appointed superintendent of the Spencerport Central School District.
Dave Leathersich retired after 29 years as a milkman along the Churchville-Chili milk routes.
Assemblyman Peter Berle of Manhattan introduced legislation to turn state lands along the Erie Canal into a state park with a continuous hiking and biking trail from Buffalo to Albany. The bill also established a Canal Conference consisting of representatives of local government units and recreation and conservation groups.
Rochester Savings Bank opened a new branch on Lake Road in Brockport. Day to day savings accounts were earning 5.25 percent interest.
The Ogden Town Board unanimously passed a resolution to lease the old Adams Basin School to the Monroe County Sheriffs Office for use as a substation. The building was presently being occupied by the county Health Department, but they were planning to move in June.
The Lake Ontario Shoreline Council was launched to promote waterfront property owners interests.
A $13,000 National Science Foundation grant for an Elementary Science Leadership Training Institute was awarded to Monroe-2 Orleans BOCES.
The Inter Church Planning Council of Riga was interested in determining if there was sufficient interest to warrant the formation of a local chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons in Riga.
25 years ago in 1979
The Spencerport Rangers Soccer Team won the first place trophy in the annual Eisenhauer College Indoor Soccer Tournament.
An Agricultural Advisory Board urged the Hilton School Board to reconsider its plans to phase out the high schools vocational program in agriculture. Hilton was the only school in Monroe County that still had an agricultural program.
After serving one term, Churchville mayor Willard Attridge decided not to seek re-election because he and his wife were planning to move to Florida. Joseph V. Carr Jr. was elected as the villages new mayor.
Doctors Geoffrey Stead and Leon Zoghlin relocated their family medicine offices to the Hilton Health Center on East Avenue.
The American Legion celebrated its 60th anniversary. The legion was founded March 15 through 17, 1919. Churchvilles Harvey C. Noone Post 954 held a celebration and euchre party on April 7.
The Ogden Town Board adopted the Flood Damage Prevention Law of the Town of Ogden to allow residents to become eligible for flood damage insurance.
Leon Roets was honored by Ogden senior citizens when the new addition to the Ogden Senior Center on Union Street was formally named for him.
20 years ago in 1984
The month began with a severe winter storm that ranked in the top 10 of Rochesters severest storms. Well over 30 inches of snow fell continuously over five days with wind gusts up to 30 mph.
Former Hilton teacher Helen Fabi Smagorinsky had her folk art work commissioned by the White House. Her handpainted eggs were commissioned for a spring display at the White House and after that were to become part of the Smithsonian Institutes Folk Art Collection.
The Ogden Town Board decided not to appeal a court decision which prohibited them from limiting the depth of excavation by Manitou Sand & Gravel.
Area farmers were upset about damaged crops caused by wheeled recreational vehicles, ATCs, ATVs and their unauthorized use. Legislation was being considered to regulate use of the vehicles to prevent trespassing on private land.
Spencerport wrestler John Suhr won the New York State High School 145-pound Championship Title.
State Supreme Court Justice Eugene Bergin ruled that Hiltons Northwood Elementary School must be free of all asbestos in its ceilings before students could return to classrooms.
15 years ago in 1989
Ogden Telephone Company was commended by the New York State Public Service Commission for the outstanding service quality it provided to its customers in 1988.
Churchville-Chili school district parents were invited to a meeting to find out about proposed redistricting for the elementary schools which would allow 135 students from Fairbanks Road to go to the other schools where more room was available. The school board later approved the redistricting plan.
Republican James MacConnell defeated incumbent Ralph Garnish 199-167 to become Bergens mayor.
The Pugliese family opened Glazed Goodies at 10 East Buffalo Street, Churchville, selling donuts, bagels and sandwiches. Rosemary Ellis and Elizabeth McElwan also relocated their Love of Crafts Shop from Chili Avenue to 10-1/2 East Buffalo Street.
An agreement was reached with the major airline companies serving the Greater Rochester International Airport to build a new and larger terminal building without any cost to county taxpayers. Proposed construction was expected to be completed by January 1992.
Dr. William Falcheck opened Falcheck Veterinary Clinic on Hilton-Parma Corners Road.
Andy Antonucci of Hilton won the state wrestling title at 119 pounds.
Tina Marcello of Churchville was crowned Miss Upstate New York Teenager.
10 years ago in 1994
The Holley K&K reopened bigger and better after a reconstruction that doubled its size and pumping facilities.
March Madness hit Brockport when SUNY Brockport won the SUNYAC championship and gained an automatic berth to the NCAA basketball tournament.
Spencerport sports had its ups and downs this month. The Rangers won their sixth straight Section V wrestling team title while Spencerport voters turned down a referendum to add football to the schools curriculum for the seventh time.
Director of Transportation Lynn Mullins resigned her position after 25 years of service to the Spencerport school district in order to accept the Director of Transportation for Gates Chili School District.
Municipal electric bills in Spencerport and Churchville were higher than usual because of higher electric use and the New York Power Authority changing its Purchase Power Adjustment Charge from yearly to monthly.
Bergen farmer Herb McPherson was honored by the Dairylea Milk Cooperative as one of the ten highest quality milk producers out of their 2,000 co-op members.
Hilton School Board approved a proposal for an alternative school to be housed in a wing at Village Elementary School and slated to open in September. Pupils would be placed in multi-age grouping based on their needs and interact with several teachers. Teachers, parents and pupils were all to take an active role in planning, teaching and evaluating.
Muhammad Ali was in Rochester to attend the Mission Bouts at the Aquinas Institute. He also helped the school dedicate the new Wegman-Napier Science and Physical Education Center.
5 years ago in 1999
Work began on the Amity Street site for the new Spencerport Post Office with the demolition of four houses.
For the first time in over a decade there was a contested Village Board race in Churchville. The incumbent Dean Arlidge and Lyle Warren defeated Nancy Perkins to retain their seats.
Walker Fire Department held a banquet on March 13 in honor of Charlie Hungerford who was retiring after 21 years as battalion coordinator. Hungerford served as fire chief from 1974 to 1977, served on several department committees, started Walker Explorer Post and Explorer posts in Hamlin and Morton.
In Spencerport it was voted that sidewalk maintenance and repair would be assumed by the village and would no longer be the homeowners responsibility.
Rural Opportunities and Rochester Housing Authority began site work on a 30 unit low income housing project off West Avenue in Clarkson.
A gala auction was held to support the fundraising effort to build a creative playground at Hiltons Northwood Elementary School.
Patty Uttaro took over as new director of the Ogden Farmers Library.
Brockport Boys Varsity basketball coach Charles Hage was voted Monroe County Division I Coach of the Year.
Local developer Oliver Perry, who developed much of North Chili, died following complications from surgery.
1 year ago in 2003
Brockport residents were asked to dial 911 for police emergencies while the fire department would continue to be dispatched locally.
Town of Albion residents and officials were studying a proposal for a landfill expansion in Orleans County. Waste Management of New York wanted approval from the state DEC to expand the existing Orleans Sanitary landfill and begin operations there. The site straddled three towns: Murray, Gaines and Albion. SPOC (Stop Polluting Orleans County) was lobbying against the project.
A new state law requiring at least one carbon monoxide detector/alarm to be installed in all one and two-family homes, co-ops, condominiums built or sold after March 6, 2003 went into effect.
The Brockport Blue Devils Hockey Team won the New York State Division I championship over Williamsville North in a game played in Utica. The Brockport area honored them with a parade down Main Street and cake provided by Ryans Big M.
Nearly 200 people attended a Candlelight Vigil at Chili American Legion Post 1830 on March 25. Prayers, patriotic music, a spirited singing of God Bless America were part of the program to show support for the U.S. troops in Iraq.
Hilton School District Superintendent Dr. John Cooper joined five students from Hiltons Quest School for one of several ceremonial groundbreaking ceremonies outside the Hilton Elementary School. The districts $57.9 million capital project was underway.