Yesterday's News for March 2007
40 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.
Ralph Rogers was appointed Town Civil Defense Administrator by Ogden Town Supervisor Ross Kitt.
Grants 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.
Ogden adopted its official emblem which was designed by Terrence Kemp of Washington Street.
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.
35 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.
Assemblymen Don W. Cook and Frank A. Carroll joined with other Monroe County respresentatives as state and county governmental levels to express their concerns to the Department of Transportation over stalled highway projects in the area. They were primarily concerned with the lack of action on the Orleans Expressway, bridge repairs in Holley, and Route 33 access to 490.
Spencerport Community Band was forming. A slate of officers was elected and member registration was to be held in April.
Ground was broken for the $28 million Gates-Chili-Ogden Sewage Treatment Expansion. Construction was expected to start immediately.
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.
30 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 Ogdens Citizens of the Year for 1976 in recognition of their efforts in organizing the towns Fourth of July celebrations
Rochester-born musician Chuck Mangione performed at Spencerports E.J. Wilson High School on St. Patricks 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 Monroe County Sheriffs Department was forming a unit to track down and arrest persons who were abusive or using obscene language over citizen band (C.B.) radios.
The Spencerport Star weekly newspaper stopped its presses, ending almost 90 years of community service.
25 years ago in 1982
Brockport Carpet and Linoleum Center celebrated its 10th anniversary by reducing all in-store floor covering 20 to 50 percent.
The Apple Tree held a Grand Opening March 10 through 13 at Hiltons Canning Street Square.
Larry Gursslin defeated Gary Blair to be elected mayor of Hilton in Monroe Countys 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.
Municipal electric customers in Spencerport and Churchville saw their utility bills increase about 25 percent because the local electric companies were exceeding their allotment of inexpensive hydropower and were being forced to purchase more expensive nuclear power.
Mendal Dick, Spencerport social studies teacher and Ogden Town Councilman, was inducted into the Roberts Wesleyan College Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in track and field and cross country with his undefeated Roberts Wesleyan teams before his graduation in 1958.
20 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.
Plans for the highway Route 531 were on the drawing board, but unsettled funding was causing delays. A Department of Transportation engineer said an optimistic scenario would include two years of study and property acquisition and another two years for construction.
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.
15 years ago in 1992
SUNY Brockport Eagles wrestling team won the Division III National title. Senior Brian Quick became the third two-time National Champion in school history as he won the 190 poound class.
Area Girl Scouts were participating in several events locally to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Girl Scouting.
Temperatures were in the upper 50s on March 10, but the warmth didnt last. Over 20 inches of snow blanketed the area on March 11 and 12 giving children a snow day.
Hiltons 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. Patricks Day parade where they also placed first.
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.
Clarkson Planning Board voted to deny an application for a recreational go-cart track proposed for Clarkridge Drive because it didnt fit with the areas industrial zoning.
10 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 districts 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 Brockports 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, Churchvilles Mansion on the Hill at 99 South Main Street, opened as Gatherings at the Senators Mansion, a 150 seat reception and banquet hall.
5 years 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 Churchvilles oldest business, in operation for 192 years. The companys proposal for contruction of the silos still had to go through village zoning and planning boards.
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.
The Brockport Fire Department held an Anniversary Banquet to commemorate 125 years of service to the community. The department was presented with plaques from local officials and agencies as well as congratulatory correspondance from New York state officials and President Bush.
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.