Yesterday's News for April 2004
40 years ago in 1964
Mrs. Frank W. Epke retired as Administrator of Lakeside Memorial Hospital. Under her 20 year administration the hospital grew and improved patient care.
April 4 marked the 100th anniversary of the Priestly family farm at 892 Lawrence Road in Clarkson. Mr. and Mrs. Buryl Priestly were the third generation to own the house.
Parma residents were asked to vote on a referendum as to whether the town should join with Hamlin to form a joint water district.
First Methodist Church of North Chili held a ground breaking ceremony on April 19 at their new site on the corner of Buffalo Road and Westside Drive. Construction was expected to be completed by July.
Petherbridge Chevrolet hosted The Fastest Gun Alive Joe Bodrie, star of stage, screen and television, for a demonstration of his lightning-like draw, fancy gun handling and twirling as well as firearm safety. Bodrie could draw and fire a gun in .17 of a second.
Alexander Clover Farm Market opened in North Chili, owned and operated by Bob Alexander and sons.
35 years ago in 1969
Chili resident William Gray was appointed Legislative Assistant to State Senator James E. Powers.
A new multi-use van was put into service by the Town of Ogden for use by the Highway Department, ground maintenance, meter reading and Dog Warden.
Page Appliances held a three-day sale to celebrate their appointment as an authorized Frigidaire dealer. The Goldcrown Royal 146 refrigerator/freezer cost $297. Also, the first 100 ladies into the store each day received free double orchid corsages flown in from Hawaii.
Dr. Lawrence R. Schoenhals was inaugurated as president of Roberts Wesleyan College.
The fate of the former Methodist Church on Buffalo Road in North Chili was being decided by trustees. The congregation moved to a church in 1964 and the old building had been both rented and vacant over the past five years. Trustees were trying to determine if the building should be dismantled and contents sold, or if it should be moved to a historical location.
The Chili Fire Department transferred an obsolete 1,000 gallon tanker to Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America to be used at the Massawepie Scout Reservation.
Jerry and Sam Gitsis, new owners of the historical Chili Blacksmith Shop, were planning to restore the building for use as either office space or a sandwich and pizza shop.
Romeo and Juliet and 2001: A Space Odyssey were playing at the Brockport Strand. Tickets were $1.50 for adults and $0.50 for children.
30 years ago in 1974
Hilton East residential home opened its doors to residents on April 1. The three million dollar, 205-bed facility provided protective living services to ambulatory seniors and the handicapped.
Chili Memorial Post #412 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars held its post institution and installation of officers. A new VFW post was also being organized in Spencerport.
Plans were being made for a new Ben Franklin store to be built in Spencerport Village Plaza.
The Riga Conservation Advisory Council and Town Board set up recycling centers in three locations. The village parking area and town garage accepted glass, tin and paper, while the town landfill only accepted glass and tin.
Marine Midland Bank-Rochester announced plans to open its 35th banking office to be located at 100 South Avenue, Hilton.
E.G. Snyder Co., Inc. on South Union Street in Spencerport, completed a 15,000 square foot addition to house an automated sheet metal machine that would be one of only four in the country. The machine took raw materials from 10,000 pound bolts and made it into duct work at the rate of 50 feet per second.
Several residents of Hilton Heights Apartments agreed to withhold rent payments until construction and maintenance problem were resolved. They felt that poor construction and insulation was resulting in high heating bills.
Democrats in Chili held a victory dinner at The Party House on Beahan Road to honor Supervisor James Powers, Councilman Donald OConnor, and Councilman William C. Gray Jr., all winners in the fall elections.
25 years ago in 1979
Erie Canal News (covering Brockport, Clarkson, Hamlin and Holley) and Suburban News (including the Brockport Republic-Democrat, Hamlin Herald, Hilton Record, Holley Standard, and Suburban News) consolidated their publications.
Across the area, residents were busy raising funds in preparation for the fifth annual International Special Olympics which were going to be held in August at the Brockport college campus.
After 13 years, Walter Teike resigned from his position as Spencerport wrestling coach. Although giving up coaching, Teike remained as a physical education teacher for the district.
Trinity Lutheran Church on Nichols Street in Spencerport broke ground for a $125,000 addition to include new facilities for youth activities, classrooms, fellowship lounge, offices and storage space.
Reassessments in Clarkson and Hamlin greatly impacted farmers, with many having their taxes doubled.
Riga residents revitalized a citizens committee to oppose any attempts by Monroe County to put a landfill in the town. Town and county representatives said their efforts were premature because no specific sites had been decided on for consideration.
A booklet on Brockports history was released in celebration of the villages 150th birthday.
Churchvilles new 500,000 gallon water tower was drained so that contractors could find the source of pinhole leaks that had developed in the tank.
20 years ago in 1984
The Town of Parma celebrated its 175th birthday with a tea and birthday cake at the Parma Town Hall.
Spencerport students held a 14-hour dance marathon and raised over $1,750 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
A State Supreme Court Justice ruled that Hiltons Northwood Elementary School had to be freed of all asbestos in its ceilings before students could return to classes there. The Hilton School Board felt that the asbestos levels were not high enough to be a health hazard, but the court found the mere presence was a risk. The school had been closed since 1987 because of declining enrollment.
Kodak hosted Walt Disney World character Donald Duck and 1984 Disney World Ambassador Susan Ralston, formerly of the Gates-Chili area, in Rochester April 26 through 29 in conjunction with the citys sesquicentennial. Donald Ducks visit coincided with his own 50th birthday which was going to be celebrated on June 9.
The Hilton Central Employees Association was battling with the Hilton School Board over pay increases. The HCEA was asking for an eight percent increase in pay, while the board wanted to give 6.5 percent. Association members had been working without a contract since July of 1983.
15 years ago in 1989
Construction began at the new Furnals Big M in Hilton.
Some Chili residents were angry about a proposed restricted business zone along two Chili Avenue corridors. Residents in neighboring areas didnt want more businesses being used as a buffer between residential and general business zones, preferring open spaces. The rezoning of the corridors was later passed by the board.
Lifelong Hilton resident Vernon Pickett died at age 71. He had been highly involved with the Hilton Fire Department and Parma town government. Pickett organized the first ambulance service on the westside, and was instrumental in setting up the county-wide dispatching service.
In recognition of exemplary humanitarian service, James R. Schiebel of Hilton received the Melvin Jones Fellowship from Lions Club International.
Hamlin Town Clerk Joyce Holdgate and Town Attorney Richard Olson resigned their posts within days of each other. Both submitted resignation letters just one sentence long. Holdgate stated that she did not agree with town leaders on many issues, and felt she shouldnt make statements against them while still collecting a paycheck from the town.
Workshops were being held in four location across Monroe County to provide information on the countys proposed landfill on Brew Road in Riga.
Spencerport Board of Education presented Superintendent Joseph Clement Jr. with an engraved desk set celebrating his 15 years in the position.
Ground was broken for a new 102,400 square foot distribution facility in Brockport for Sporting Dog Specialties.
10 years ago in 1994
Clarkson commemorated its 175th birthday with cannon fire and a celebration of local history.
Spencerport senior Kara Tudman became the first basketball player in the schools history to score both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
The basement wall of a duplex on Washington Street in Ogden caved in following heavy rains on April 13. NYSDOT officials were studying if the poor drainage along Route 31 near the Washington Street intersection was caused by roadwork done in conjunction with the construction of nearby Route 531.
Akzo Salt in Retsof, Livingston County, began pumping salt water from their mine that collapsed in March, after receiving a permit from the states DEC to discharge the salt water into the Genesee River.
Churchville-Chili music groups won a number of trophies and medals at the Heritage Music Festival in Orlando. 140 students won a combined total of three trophies, five gold medals and a silver medal. The group also won the Sweepstakes Trophy for the most outstanding group at the festival.
Motorists driving north on Route 19 who were attempting to make a left turn on to Centennial Drive in Brockport between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. on April 19 and 28 were pulled over and asked to take part in a traffic survey to help the village better understand the problems in one of the villages worst bottleneck areas.
Monroe County wanted to allow local refuse haulers the option of dumping directly at the Mill Seat Landfill in Riga instead of the Emerson Street Waste Transfer Station in Rochester where loads were weighed, inspected and transferred to larger trucks for the trip to Mill Seat. Use of the Transfer Station was required by the Host Community Agreement the county had with Riga and Bergen.
The New York State Thruway Authority dropped the $50 charge for a permit allowing people living along the Erie Canal to mow or maintain land adjacent to the waterway.
The Town of Sweden bestowed landmark designation on the Soldiers Memorial Tower on Owens Road.
5 years ago in 1999
The New York Association for Continuing and Community Education named BOCES 2 instructor Kay Schneider their 1999 Teacher of the Year.
Lifetime Assistance began a new Senior Moments program for older adults with developmental disabilities at their Weiland Road facility.
The State Supreme Court determined that the Dolomite Corporation would be allowed to blast at Manitou Sand and Gravel on Union Street in Ogden.
Nancy Duff, manager of the Sweden Senior Center, was selected one of New York States Women of Distinction.
A new senior citizen facility offering programs and services for seniors opened at the former site of the Chili Public Library at 3235 Chili Avenue.
The first Mardi Gras Parade was held in Brockport as part of HIV positive fifth grader Max Monaghans wish to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Charter One Bank opened its new Brockport branch office.
1 year ago in 2003
Ice coated trees and everything else as April got off to a wintery start April 3. As trees were weighed with heavy glaze, branches broke and electrical wires came down. Readership residents were without power for varying amounts of time. Crews came from as far away as Tennessee and Missouri to help repair RG&E power lines. Following the ice storm, and just as workers were making progress with the clean-up, the area was hit with about seven more inches of snow in an April 7 storm.
Parma residents were upset about a proposed housing project, Fairfield Place, that would require re-zoning. A committee formed in opposition to the project took the name NO RIP (No Rezoning In Parma).
Four Erie Canal bridges were added to the list of bridges to be repaired: Butts Road on the east side of Albion; Marshall Road on the west side of Medina; Groth Road in Murray and Trimmer Road in Ogden. Concrete approach spans, pier columns, and steel trusses were replaced in the $1.6 million plan.
The NYSDOT held a public meeting in North Chili to present plans to reconstruct the Route 33 (Buffalo Road) and Route 259 (Union Street) intersection.
Hilton showed its support for the troops in Iraq by tying yellow ribbons round village trees, light posts and on the village gazebo. Debbie Bausch had the idea; Carol Deuel, owner of The Creators Hands Florist, created the bows.
Wal-Mart Supercenter proposal discussion included environmental scope documents presented by Wal-Mart to the Town of Sweden officials. STAND (Sweden Taxpayers Against Needless Development) lobbied against the proposal for the super store citing traffic congestion, variances which exceeded local standards, and quality of life issues.
Riga began construction on the town hall/courthouse, a 12,000 square feet municipal building on Buffalo Road.