Yesterday's News for March 2005
40 years ago in 1965
Fred Snyder, Ogden Town Councilman and past president of the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council of New York, died after a six week illness.
Hilton was devastated on March 21 when fire destroyed a block-long stretch of the business district including the post office, town hall, village office and McNall's Furniture and damaging other buildings including the library. It was the costliest fire in the history of Monroe County at the time with damages near $2 million. Over 500 firefighters from 15 surrounding localities and 38 pieces of fire equipment were used to battle the blaze.
Chilis one room Cobblestone school on Scottsville Road near Morgan Road was to be renovated under the direction of a committee appointed by the Town Board. There were plans for the building to open as a museum in June.
Churchville-Chili School Board voted to add nine teachers to its district staff for the 1965-66 school year at an estimated cost of $49,500. The board also voted to raise the minimum salary for starting teachers with a bachelors degree to $5,100. The maximum salary for teachers with a masters degree was $10,752.
Chilis Town Board succumbed to public outcry and withdrew a petition to establish a landfill in the Chili-Scottsville Road area from Zoning Board consideration.
Wanda's Restaurant in downtown Spencerport was serving two eggs, toast and coffee for 40¢ and a hot roast beef sandwich with "taters" for 75¢.
35 years ago in 1970
A Regional Planning Engineer for the state Department of Transportation told citizens at an informational meeting that the relocation of Route 31 and construction of the Western Expressway was at least ten years off because recent law changes would require additional hearings during the planning stages.
Hilton Milling, a lumber-hardware-paint store, adopted a cash and carry policy.
Star Market in Brockport reopened March 24 after renovations. Their re-opening specials included bread for 20¢ a loaf, luncheon meats for 79¢ a pound and ice cream for 59¢ a half gallon.
A Flood Plain Information Report for Black Creek was presented March 25 at the Chili Town Hall to assist residents in the Black Creek and Genesee River flood plain and offer suggestions for development in the area.
The Family Restaurant in Spencerport held a grand opening celebration. A fish fry dinner was $1.25 and a roast turkey dinner was $1.50.
30 years ago in 1975
The Village of Spencerport planned to purchase four connecting parking lots to create a municipal parking lot bordering Main Street, Amity Street, Church Street and West Avenue.
A shooting death on Big Ridge Road in Ogden was the first murder in the town in 11 years.
Florence Sage became the first woman to be elected mayor of the Village of Churchville, and Edward Fosmire was elected mayor of Spencerport. He handed out loaves of bread as he campaigned door-to-door.
The Cedar Chest Dress Shop opened in North Chilis Towne Plaza.
Ogdens oldest known citizen, Samuel J. Way, died March 17 at age 97.
Security Trust Companys Churchville branch was celebrating its 25th anniversary year, and became the first business to move into the new Churchville Commons shopping plaza.
Spencerport Village Plaza began their Park Our Customers Cars Contest offering a $50 savings bond to the person who designed the best layout for the plazas parking lot. Suburban News offered an additional $50 bond to the winner, James Viggiani.
25 years ago in 1980
The 20 member group Citizens to Save Ogden formed in an effort to block blasting for dolomite at Manitou Sand and Gravel.
Residents of the Town of Parma were angry about a proposed landfill to be placed on the north side of Pine Hill Road.
A fire at the Henry Street School in Hilton gave students an unexpected holiday, but destroyed the former gym and auditorium.
Four-year-old Jennifer Neufeglise, daughter of Steve and Peggy Neufeglise of Bucky Drive, Chili, was selected as the 1980 Easter Seal Child of Monroe County. She was born with spina bifida.
20 years ago in 1985
Judy Squirrell became the first woman ever inducted as a member of the Hilton Volunteer Fire Department since its formation in 1897.
A new one-stop job center, designed to help displaced workers of Owens Illinois in Brockport, opened March 4 on the SUNY College at Brockport campus. The job center was to help the workers find out about job possibilities, training programs and social services available to them.
Mrs. Henryka Menge of Ogden was a contestant in the 1985 Mrs. New York State Pageant.
Voters in the Hilton Central School District defeated two proposals placed before them by the Board of Education. The proposals were for $1.75 million to repair and reopen Northwood Elementary School, and $1.5 million to construct a bus maintenance facility.
Gladys Doan of Spencerport won the grand prize in the Suburban News Cook-off for her strawberry-pecan muffins.
Neva Clements was the first woman to be elected president of the Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance, and was also leading an all female slate of officers.
Six-year-old Michelle Dussinberre of Churchville was having lots of fun working as a model for photographs, fashion shows and even local commercials.
15 years ago in 1990
Jim Kelly and other Buffalo Bills played in a charity basketball game at Gates Chili High School. The Bills defeated the Gates Chili faculty 106-76.
Barbara Burgess cited health reasons when she resigned as Parma Director of Finance, a post she had held for 12 years.
Hamlin Planning Board gave permission for the Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department to construct a training center behind the carnival grounds on Lake Road.
Hilton native John Denaro was having success with a sports drink he invented. Intense Force replaces lost fluids and helps rejuvenate the muscles. The drink was quickly gaining popularity at Stulpins gym and with the Rochester Amerks and Buffalo Sabres.
The button collection of Holley's Betty Gleason was on display at the Holley Library.
Yanty Creek residents were opposed to a proposed sewage treatment plant on the creek to serve a 74-unit housing development proposed for Route 18 east of Kendall Road, Kendall. Residents were concerned with the nearness of the plant to homes and possible contamination of the creek.
There was something for everyone at the movies. "Pretty Woman," "Driving Miss Daisy," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" were all playing at the Brockport Strand.
10 years ago in 1995
George Maziarz won the New York State 61st Senate district seat in a special election.
Hilton parents were working to educate children about stranger danger after Patrick Distaffen of Greece was arrested for allegedly molesting two Hilton boys.
Chili began town-wide tax reassessments. The last time a new tax-roll base was created in Chili was 1956.
Dr. Hidetaka Sagawa, former president of Lakeside Memorial Hospital medical staff and chief of surgery, died at age 66.
5 years 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 doesnt 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 wasnt held until September.
1 year ago in 2004
Brockport's Belmont Development Corp was one step closer to the construction of its proposed 32-unit senior citizens apartment complex at 222 Main Street. Planning board officials unanimously gave final site approval to the complex following a public hearing on March 8.
Bulk trash pick-up within the village of Spencerport was reduced. Instead of the first Monday of every month, after the March pickup bulk items would only be picked up in January, March, May, July and September.
Property owners in Clarkson received new full value property assessments. Previous assessments in the town were approximately 50 percent of the property value.
Former Village of Holley Mayor Stanley "Skip" Carpenter regained that seat in the March 16 village elections.
Bergen's Mayor Thomas LeSage, 62, succumbed to cancer Thursday, March 18 at his home. He had been battling the disease for several months.