Yesterday's News for April 2003
35 years ago in 1968
Kens Shop Wise supermarket on Route 33, just west of Churchville, held a grand opening.
LaVergne Stothard sold Stothard Hardware in Hilton to Harold and Alan Beardsley who continued operation of the store.
Gates-Albert, producers of screw machine parts in a variety of shapes and sizes, opened their manufacturing plant and offices on Union Street in North Chili.
Richard Spurr was honored at a testimonial banquet on April 20. The lifelong Clarkson resident had recently retired as chairman of the Clarkson Town Committee after having served as their leader for 10 years and serving as a committeeman for more than 20 years before that.
An explosion totally destroyed the Spencerport Explosive Corporation on Big Ridge Road. The blast was heard as far away as Southtown Plaza. Over the previous 20 years there had been several fires and accidents at the building where fireworks were made.
The Community Shoe Store on Union Street in Spencerport was having a going out of business sale. Italian sandals were $2.99 a pair, mens work shoes were $6 to $11, and P.F. Flyers sneakers were being sold at cost.
30 years ago in 1973
Sunday, April 1, Reverend Edward J. Lintz, pastor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brockport, celebrated his 35th anniversary as a priest with a special Latin High Mass and reception.
Churchville Chamber of Commerce heard plans for Churchville Greene, a new residential community being built on a 21-acre hillside on the north side of Buffalo Street between Washington Street and Ridgefield Drive. In the planned community, four homes would be clustered together into one estate-like building with exteriors and grounds maintained by a homeowners association. Construction was expected to begin by the end of April.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Leibeck of Washington Street, Churchville, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. There was a reception in honor of the lifelong area residents at the American Legion Home in Churchville.
Roberts Wesleyan Colleges $750,000 library building was named in honor of Kenneth B. Keating, former United States Senator and Ambassador to India, in ceremonies at the collge on April 30. It was the first time the college so honored a national figure.
The World of Abbott and Costello was playing at The Pocket theater in North Chili, and The Godfather was playing at the Kallet Strand in Brockport.
25 years ago in 1978
Ada M. Cosgrove, who taught school from 1902 to 1949, including 31 years in Spencerport schools, died April 10 at Lakeside Memorial Hospital. She was 91.
A high speed car chase April 20 in the village of Spencerport, town of Ogden and the town of Riga ended with the arrest of one Spencerport youth and a possible arrest of another Spencerport man. The incident started around 11:16 p.m. when a 1971 Ford Torino pulled into the driveway of Ogden Police Chief Russ Ruhl and began blowing its horn. When Ruhl went to investigate, the car fled at high speed with Ruhl in pursuit.
From the classifieds: Byron-Bergen Farmette, 15 acres, restored spacious 4 bedroom farmhome with 3 baths. Central heatilator fireplace, built-ins. Many trees, barn, in-ground pool, low taxes. Low $50s.
John Travolta was disco dancing in Saturday Night Fever at the Brockport Strand.
20 years ago in 1983
The Hilton Public Works Department was replacing about 20 outdated fire hydrants throughout the village. The hydrants were put in between 1915 and 1918 when the water system was originally built.
Spencerport School District hired educational pros Dr. Ronald Edmonds and Dr. Lawrence Lezotte of Michigan State Universitys Institute of Research on Teaching to assist with a long range project to make their schools more effective.
Lorraine Tarkulichs drawing of an apple tree and its reflection was selected from 31 entries to be used as Hiltons official centennial logo for festivities beginning June 19, 1984 and culminating on June 29, 1985, on the 100th anniversary of the villages incorporation.
Zenith Video Cassette Recorders from only $449; Zenith 19-inch color TV with remote control only $479; Zenith Best Slimline, Hi-Tech VCR with wireless remote only $699 at Page Appliances in Spencerport.
Personal Radio Paging Service became available through Ogden Telephone. Each pager had a number which directed calls to the North Chili telephone office where the paging terminal was located. The terminal sent signals to a transmitter on Widger Road which sent radio signals to the pager being called. The system could only be used to page people within Monroe County. Trained personnel were giving demonstrations at the Phone Trends office in Spencerport.
15 years ago in 1988
Effective April 1, patients in hospitals and nursing homes had the right to request that no medical efforts be made to resuscitate them if breathing or heartbeat had stopped.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held April 9 to officially open Trowbridge Court, the former Trowbridge School in Spencerport converted into 54 one and two bedroom apartments with commercial space in the former gym. Rent for a two bedroom apartment was $450.
Riga Town Council members gave unanimous approval to a resolution to purchase the Churchville Pharmacy building located adjacent to the Town Hall in Churchville. Initial plans were to move the justice court facilities to the first floor of the new building. Churchville Pharmacy was looking to relocate.
Parma Town Board voted to rezone a 500 foot strip near the corner of Manitou Road and Route 104 to allow commercial use, giving approval to the construction of a Rinky Dink Miniature Golf Course on the parcel.
Westside News Inc. began publication of the Hamlin-Clarkson Herald, a sister publication of the Suburban News.
10 years ago in 1993
A Grand Opening was held April 1 for Wal-Mart in Brockports University Plaza. The store opening created 170 jobs.
Monroe County turned the management of Springdale Farm over to Heritage Christian Home effective April 1. Ownership of the farm remained with the county, but Heritage Christian Home became financially responsible for the farms operation.
Spencerport residents Dave Stutzman, owner of the Guitar Center, and Tom Lockwood, teamed up to produce their own brand of guitar. Their American Acoustech was competitive with high end guitars in tonal quality, but cosmetically simple and half the price of high end guitars.
Despite some extremely limiting handicaps, eight special education students in Denice Deverells Spencerport class completed a community project making pillows for hospital patients which won first place (school division) in a contest sponsored by USA Weekender magazine. Two of the students flew to Washington, D.C. on April 21 where they were honored by President Clinton at a Points of Light ceremony, and received $1,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice.
Brockport native Gary Zimmer was appointed the villages new Chief of Police by the village board.
25 Brockport merchants petitioned the village board to take measures to stop large groups of youths from hanging out blocking foot traffic on sidewalks and sitting on business stoops. The merchants suggested a loitering ordinace or a youth curfew.
Clarkson Town Board officially accepted a gift of five acres of canal front property from Dr. Carl Sansoucie and his wife, Frances. Located along Route 31, the property was going to be named SanSouci Park.
5 years ago in 1998
The village of Hilton was dealing with traffic slow downs and detours as the $3 million road construction and rehabilitation project on Route 18 and intersecting roads was heading toward completion. The project was six months ahead of schedule and expected to be completed by June.
The 100 year-old building at the corner of Union and Amity Street which housed Video Junction and Casual Tastes Inc. catering business was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday. The building was owned by Odd Fellows Parma Lodge 199 which had meeting rooms upstairs.
After a four month search, Churchville-Chili Board of Education appointed Karen Jensen principal of Chestnut Ridge Elementary School.
Local merchants, including Unique Gift Boutique, Lift Bridge Kids and The Bunny Patch, were dealing with the Beanie Baby® craze. Many had to limit quantities that could be purchased at one time in order to keep some in stock as collectors went from store to store searching for the new, retired or favorite Beanies.
Sweden Town Board voted 4-1 in favor of the first townwide reassessment in almost 30 years. Over two to three years every property would be assessed at 100 percent of market value by an outside agency.
1 year ago in 2002
Spencerport residents had the opportunity to learn more about the Spencerport Central School District Capital Building Project plans at the April 6 groundbreaking ceremony.
Bergen Business and Civic Association held a recognition dinner in honor of retired Town Supervisor Michael Stoll. He served as supervisor for 18 years, and also served two terms as a town councilman.
Hamlin VFWs proposal to restore 50 acres of wooded wetlands behind their post home on Lake Road was selected for funding by the Wetlands Reserve Program of the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. They planned to have the Hamlin Wetlands Nature Park a reality by summer with duck ponds, a nature trail and center as well as athletic fields.
Gerald Hochreiter retired after 19 years as director of the WE-MO-CO Career and Technical Education Center. Hochreiter spent a total of 33 years working in career and technical education at WE-MO-CO.
Wegmans celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of their Brockport store and the 25th year of Brockport Chase-Pitkin with special sales April 20 through 28.
A 200 bed residence hall at Roberts Wesleyan College was named April 23 in honor of Donald and Maxine B. Davison, former owners of Ogden Telephone Company and long time supporters of the college.
The voting body of St. John Lutheran Church in Hamlin decided to discontinue their K-6 school program which had been offered for more than 100 years, and focus on their pre-school programs for three and four year-olds.