Yesterday's News for April 2002

Yesterday's News for April 2002

35 years ago in 1967

•New owners Gene and Mona Curley took over operation of Western Auto Associate Store in Spencerport upon the retirement of former owners Harold and Ilma Wright.

•The Inaugural Dinner of the Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce was held April 13 at Ridgemont Country Club. The event was well attended by local dignitaries including Senator James E. Powers, Monroe County Legislator Peter Vandertang, Spencerport Mayor Lester Merz and Ogden Supervisor A. Ross Kitt.

•On April 20, a new 51,000 square foot W.T. Grant store officially opened in Brockport Plaza on Lake Road, replacing Grant’s former location. One highlight of the new store was the 88 seat Bradford Room restaurant.

•For your spring wardrobe... spring dresses were $4 at Austin’s Drugs/Department Store in Spencerport, and fully-lined women’s spring suits were $15.90 at the Fashion Bar in Brockport.

30 years ago in 1972

•The Town of Chili was about to launch “one of the most dynamic and forward looking approaches to the collection of refuse in Monroe County and in the State of New York.” The Town Board asked the highway department to establish a monthly schedule for the pick-up of household glass, scrap metal and newspaper for the purpose of recycling.

•Spencerport Paint and Paper opened in Spencerport Village Plaza. Pratt and Lambert Paint was $4.45 a gallon.

•Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” was playing at the Brockport Strand.

25 years ago in 1977

•St. Mary’s Hospital was planning a satellite facility in North Chili to be a primary care facility housing five to eight doctors. It was expected to open by October, 1977.

•Regular lunch-time customers at Lums restaurant on Howard Road in Gates had a surprise visit from comedian Milton Berle, the national spokesman for Lums.

•Hilton-Parma Memorial VFW Post No. 6105 celebrated its 10th anniversary with a dinner dance at Craig Hill Country Club.

•The State of New York marked its bicentennial on April 20.

20 years ago in 1982

•Taxes in Spencerport were on the rise due to a board decision to close the village landfill. The alternative of improving the landfill would have cost taxpayers even more.

•Voters in Hilton and Parma had to go to the polls twice on April 20 ... once to cast their vote for the 54th district state senate seat, and once to decide the fate of a Town of Parma Public Power Agency. Most had to cast their votes at different polling locations. William Steinfeldt defeated Gail Schott and Andrew Virgilio for the senate seat, and the proposal to establish a PPA to buy cheap hydroelectric power from the state was passed.

•Ed’s Mini Market on Buffalo Road opened under new management completely remodeled and expanded.

15 years ago in 1987

•State Senator Ralph Quattrociocchi and Assemblyman Steve Hawley introduced legislation calling for $15 million appropriation to the Department of Transportation for the completion of the extension of Route 531 from Manitou Road to Washington Street.

•Mark Cook, former student and athlete at Churchville-Chili, was selected to represent New York state on the Team USA Soccer Team to compete in Europe and the Soviet Union over the summer.

10 years ago in 1992

•Ogden resident Bill Merkel was tearing down his own house in an attempt to draw attention to what he termed the unfairness with which New York state handled the real estate purchases needed to build the Route 531 extension. Merkel was holding out in his home past the eviction deadline because he felt the state still owed him money for his property.

•Court was convened for the first time at the new Clarkson Court House on April 6. Town highway crews built the majority of the 80-foot by 36-foot wooden structure.

•The whistle from the former Duffy-Mott factory in Hamlin was donated to the North Star History Center. The whistle had been blown weekdays at 7 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. at the plant from the 1920s until 1977. The anonymous donor had the whistle polished and mounted on a wooden base.

•Lakeside Memorial Hospital held a Quality Care/Birthday Reception in honor of its 60th anniversary.

•McDonald’s Corporation received the preliminary go-ahead for a restaurant in Hilton at the April 27 planning board meeting.

5 years ago in 1997

•Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance kicked off their most ambitious fund drive ever to try and raise $100,000 for an overall upgrade of its equipment and services.

•Chuchville-Chili School District celebrated the completion of a $150,000 renovation of the Senior High Auditorium with a special commemorative concert. The renovation was made possible by a bequest from former teacher Nina Malloch who taught in the district for 33 years.

•The Ogden Town Board voted unanimously against rezoning of land on the southwest corner of Routes 31 and 259 for use by Monro Muffler Brake of Rochester for a six-bay auto repair shop.

•Brockport History Club marked its 100th anniversary.

•Carol Brehse retired after 60 years of playing the pipe organ at Kendall’s Concordia Lutheran Church. On April 27 the church honored her with a worship service in thanksgiving of her musical ministry.

•Work crews at Hamlin Beach State Park erected a 400-foot stone wall to protect the battered shoreline. It was a temporary measure to protect the remaining cliffs near “Devil’s Nose.”

1 year ago in 2001

•The investigation into allegations made against the Brockport Police Department was completed. The sheriff’s investigation determined that allegations of a criminal nature were unfounded, but revealed numerous procedural and administrative errors. Details of the investigation were not made public because they involved private personnel records.

•The third annual Max’s Mardi Gras Parade was held in Brockport on April 28. This year the event included a festival at SUNY Brockport. Sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lifetime Assistance, Camp Good Days and the United Cerebral Palsy Association, the event salutes all children with serious health issues.

•American Legion Post No. 330 donated $14,000 to help offset the cost of the new playground at Pineway Ponds Park in Ogden.

•Lions Club members from across New York State elected Churchville Lion John Rabideau their candidate for the International Board of Directors for Lions Club International. In July 2002 Rabideau will compete for one of seven open board seats at a Lions Club convention in Japan.