Yesterday's News for April 2005

Yesterday's News for April 2005

40 years ago in 1965

•A benefit was held to aid local merchants whose businesses were damaged during the March fire in Hilton's business district. The Hilton Village Board voted to tear down the ruins of the fire-gutted village office and construct a new building. Several businesses relocated or set up temporary locations while rebuilding.

•The Ogden Town Board decided it would be too costly to have a privately owned ambulance stationed in the town. At the time Ogden had no ambulance service.

•Hart Taylor Motors on South Union Street in Spencerport held an open house in celebration of its latest expansion.

•A legal petition aimed at forming a new water district was being circulated in an area of Parma where residents had well water. Over 300 families in sections of Peck Road, Hilton-Spencerport Road, Ridge Road West, Hinkleyville Road, Parma Center Road, Bailey Road, Manitou Road, Dean Road and Webster Road were involved.

•Weegar’s Red and White held a grand opening in their new location on the corner of Union and Amity Streets in Spencerport. Scott tissue was 9¢ a roll, porterhouse steak 99¢ a pound, half-gallon of ice cream 49¢, five-pound bag of sugar 49¢.

•Chili residents rejected a proposed $90,000 bond issue to build a new library by a margin of 36 votes.

•A reception was held for Mrs. Florence Short in honor of the 70th anniversary of her membership in the First United Presbyterian Church of Chili.

35 years ago in 1970

•After 14 years of service, Robert P. Dye announced his retirement from the position of Superintendent of Schools of the Second Supervisory District of Monroe County.

•Brockport Junior Women's Club sponsored a contest to name a new park along the canal at Park Avenue and Market Street. The winning name was Harvester Park submitted by Harold A. Richards.

•Pizza Shack opened on Ridge Road West. A large cheese and pepperoni pizza cost $2.75.

•Dr. Paul L. Adams, professor of history and political theory at Roberts Wesleyan College, was nominated by the Conservative Party to run for governor of the state of New York.

• The Village of Hilton and Town of Parma held a contest for emblem designs. The guidelines stated that the emblem should be timeless in meaning, reflecting present and past heritage.

30 years ago in 1975

•James Viggiani won the Spencerport Village Plaza's Park Our Customers' Cars Contest. He designed the best new layout for the plaza parking lot.

•The Spencerport Rangers Wrestling team was honored for being undefeated in the 1974-1975 season.

•The Environmental Protection Agency granted Monroe County $7.6 million for pollution control.

•William Munn was given the Citizen of the Year Award by the Spencerport Jaycees.

•A re-enactment of the beginning of the Revolutionary War was held at Morgan Lodge in Black Creek Park on the bicentennial of the event.

•All-you-can-eat fresh ocean perch dinner was $1.95 on Friday evenings at the Spencerport Village Inn on Martha Street.

•Moviegoers at the Brockport Strand were intrigued by "Murder on the Orient Express" while "Towering Inferno" blazed at the Studio Theater.

25 years ago in 1980

•North Chili Community Church held a ground-breaking ceremony for their new building on Union Street.

•Bridge Youth Counseling Service moved to a new office on Union Street in Spencerport.

•Hilton High School drafting teacher Mary Good was selected New York State Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year for 1980.

•Churchville Cemetery rules and regulations, last passed in May of 1891, were revised and under village board review.

•Parma Auxiliary Police was seeking new members as their number of active members had dropped to just 10.

•Churchville native Ralph Ponti Jr. began a two-week tour with recording star Paul Anka.

•Rite-Aid Pharmacy opened in Spencerport Village Plaza.

20 years ago in 1985

•Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance elected Neva Clements the corps' first woman president after her 12 years of service as a driver-medic-dispatcher.

•DePaul Mental Health Service opened a new residence on South Union Street in Spencerport.

•Hilton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary marked their 60th Anniversary.

•Group W Cable extended their Vroom Road Tower 40 feet in order to improve reception in the Spencerport area.

•Sporting Dog Specialties, a mail-order pet supply store headquartered in Spencerport, was holding model photo tryouts for dogs to model pet fashions and accessories for their catalogs “Pedigrees” and “Sporting Dog.”

•Spencerport was becoming the subject of a board game as the Towpath Players community theatre group was producing “The Millionaire Game of Spencerport” as a fundraiser. The game, somewhat similar to Monopoly, was completely customized to Spencerport with positions on the game board named for sponsoring businesses in and around town.

•Amy Konezny, a seven-year-old Spencerport girl who was a patient at the Strong Children’s Medical Center at the University of Rochester, was selected by the New York State Kiwanis Clubs to be the poster child for their fund-raising effort to benefit children’s hospitals throughout the state.

15 years ago in 1990

•Grocery shopping would never be the same after Wegmans superstore opened in Brockport on April 1.

•Additions to Spencerport's Munn and Bernabi elementary schools were completed, and the school board approved the Spencerport Sports Boosters proposal for a school hockey team.

•Dr. Patricia Horkan was appointed Superintendent of Brockport Schools, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of David Field.

•Former servicemen and women from Brockport, Clarkson, Hamlin, Hilton, Holley, Kendall and Spencerport formed an organization, American Veterans Association, to serve all former servicemen and women.

•About 2,000 “Easter Bunnies” came to town on Easter Sunday for the 75th annual Rabbit Breeders Show held at the Dome Center in Henrietta.

•After an eight-year hiatus from speedskating, Hilton’s Cathy Turner was back in training and entering competitions with her sights set on a spot on the 1992 Olympic Speedskating Team.

10 years ago in 1995

•Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church opened their newly remodeled worship center on Lake Road in Hamlin.

•Verna Kimmel retired from the Clarkson Planning Board after a 22 year tenure.

•There was a grand opening sale at Durfee's Used Vehicle Center on Ridge Road West.

•Monroe County Special Olympics celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a gala at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

•Grace Church of the Nazarene in Ogden celebrated its 25th anniversary.

•The Soldiers’ Memorial Tower Committee, in an effort to restore and maintain the 100-year-old tower on Owens Road, applied for a $65,000 grant from the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

5 years ago in 2000

•Trimmer Road in Spencerport was designated a POW-MIA Memorial Highway.

•Station #2 of the Brockport Volunteer Fire Department was officially activated on April 2. It was the first station to be located in the Town of Clarkson. It was officially dedicated on September 9 during the Clarkson Good Neighbor Day festivities.

•The Hilton community was devastated by the loss of Canning Street Square which was completely destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of April 8. The building was an area attraction that housed the Craft-Antique Co-op, The Greenery, Impeccable Baskets, Bo’z Cards and Collectibles, The Village Photographer and more. The fire occurred three weeks after the Co-op celebrated its 10th Anniversary, and just two days after the Grand Opening of Hair Envy, also located in the building.

•Pettis Pools and Patio was honored by AQUA Magazine as one of the Top 100 businesses in the spa and pool industry.

•The second annual Max’s Mardi Gras Parade was held April 29 in the Village of Brockport.

1 year ago in 2004

•New York State Department of Transportation expected to begin preliminary engineering and environmental studies in the towns of Sweden, Clarkson, Ogden and the village of Brockport in Monroe County, to pursue the possible extension of Route 531 to the west.

•After working for more than one year without one, the Brockport police signed a new contract.

•Citing fundamental philosophical differences of opinions on key issues, Brockport's Mayor Josephine Matela released Mort Wexler from his position as vice mayor.

•The old Clarkson Schoolhouse on West Ridge Road was receiving a facelift. The Clarkson Historical Society took over the building in 2003 and received a 100 year lease allowing them to apply for grant funding. The group was in the process of re-roofing the building and re-creating an authentic old classroom on the first floor.

•The Easter weekend mail brought an unexpected surprise to some Ogden property owners -- reassessment notices. Ogden Assessor Robert Criddle said about 2,100 change notices were recently sent out, 700 to Spencerport village property owners and 1,400 to town real estate taxpayers.

•The rock grotto at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Holley was being dismantled for safety reasons and the individual rocks were being offered for sale to raise funds for church projects.