Yesterday's News for April 2006

Yesterday's News for April 2006

110 years ago in 1896

•The first modern day Olympic events began in Athens, Greece. The American team walked away with 75 percent of the medals, winning nine of the 12 events.

•The first public exhibition of a moving picture took place in a New York City music hall. The program featured: two blonde girls performing the umbrella dance; a view of the surf breaking on a beach; a skirt dance; and a comic boxing exhibition. The production was hailed by one observer as “an object of magical wonder, the crown and flower of 19th century magic.”

40 years ago in 1966

•Churchville’s Famous Landmark Inn reopened its dining facilities as The Johnson House.

•The Countryside Garden Club and Town of Ogden were moving forward with plans for a Memorial Park honoring those who had served in the Armed Forces at the intersection of South Union Street and Spencerport-Brockport Road.

•Churchville was seeking a $34,000 federal loan to underwrite the cost of preparing final plans for a proposed $1 million sewer system and treatment plant. At this time the entire village relied on septic tanks, but there were many illegal connections into storm sewers eventually polluting Black Creek.

•Ice cream was 39¢ a half gallon, bread 19¢ a loaf, chedder cheese 79¢ a pound and soda pop 5¢ a can at Bell’s Market in Spencerport.

•For 90¢ adults could watch Richard Burton starring in “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” and kids could see “Bambi” for 35¢ at the Brockport Strand.

35 years ago in 1971

•Vandals caused $2,000 worth of damage at Spencerport’s Fairfield Cemetery.

•Citizens to Save Ogden was fighting to stop the placement of a dump in Ogden. The group was encouraging concerned citizens to send a telegram to Governor Rockefeller. More than 1,300 people attended an information meeting, and not one person spoke in favor of the dump.

•Monroe County was celebrating its sesquicentennial. Coins commemorating the anniversary were available at area banks, and Parma and Hilton threw a Grand Sesquicentennial Banquet for the county at the Clinton House in Brockport.

•Harold H. Embling, 70, Riga supervisor from 1946 to 1957, and a former town officer, died at Strong Memorial Hospital.

•Eastman Kodak Company and Monroe County worked out a cooperative arrangement for the installation of traffic signal lights at two entrances to the company’s Elmgrove Road Plant.

•Westinghouse washers were $188.88, dryers $138.88 and air conditioners $109.95 at Fannon’s Appliance and Home Furnishing Center on South Union Street, Spencerport.

30 years ago in 1976

•The Ogden Farmers’ Library closed its West Avenue location on April 27. Community volunteers were assisting with the library’s move to the old Village of Spencerport office building on Amity Street.

•There was a lot of talk about Cable TV coming to the area. Sweden Supervisor John Sodoma and Brockport Mayor James Stull didn’t think it was needed. Hilton Mayor Tom Younker thought it would be “a tremendous asset” because local access channels would be available to keep residents informed. Spencerport took the first step towards acquiring Cable TV by forming a citizen’s advisory committee. Cable had already been introduced in the Churchville Green development as an alternative to placing antennas on all 212 units, but the temporary permit was soon expiring and the Village would have to start at the beginning to receive a new permit.

•Spencerport Board of Education passed a resolution to rename the Manitou Road School the William C. Munn Jr. Elementary School. Munn, who died February 24, had served on the school board since 1966 and was president from 1970 to 1975.

25 years ago in 1981

•The Chili Town Board set public hearings for a number of proposed laws to clean up the town. Hearings were scheduled to discuss brush control, littering and dumping.

•There was growing concern over a possible future water shortage on a national level as daily water consumption per person was on the rise, and some areas of the country were running dry. There was concern that water from the Great Lakes would be increasingly diverted to those areas causing lake levels to drop by up to an estimated six feet by the year 2035.

•Former Hamlin resident Bernard Charles Welch Jr. was convicted of murder in the shooting death of a Washington, DC cardiologist in December 1980, and faced life in prison. Welch, 40, had been on the FBI’s wanted list for six years. He had previously been convicted of 52 house burglaries in six upstate New York counties, and several burglaries in other states.

20 years ago in 1986

•The Town of Hamlin was considering what to do with a 3.3 acre parcel of land recently purchased adjacent to the Town Hall on Lake Road. Part of the land was to be used for storage and parking. Other projects being considered were a Recreation Department building and a senior center.

•John Lynd, a ninth grade social studies teacher at Churchville-Chili High School, was selected Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Classroom Teacher of the Year by the New York State Council for the Social Studies. Lynd had been with the school district since 1970.

•Rev. Rupert Bowen “Bo” Harris gave his last sermon at Ogden Presbyterian Church on Easter Sunday. After 13 years with the congregation, Harris was moving to a new pastorate in Oregon.

•Three months of community events and fundraising allowed the recently formed Harry Gardner-Sally Edelman Cancer Research Foundation of Hilton to make a $30,000 grant to the University of Rochester Cancer Center’s Division of Experimental Therapeutics over the next three years.

15 years ago in 1991

•A Clock Restoration Fund was established by the Brockport Village Board of Trustees to repair the village-owned clock on the face of the Methodist Church tower on Main Street. The Seth Thomas Clock, donated to the village by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1914, was in need of $2,200 worth of repairs.

•Thumbs Up! Enterteenment Center officially opened on April 6. The newly renovated teen club was located in the old Prof’s Place Restaurant in Hilton’s Canning Street Square. A reception and ribbon-cutting was well attended by the community and Senator Ralph Quattrociocchi.

•Voters in the Spencerport Central School District approved a $10.9 million secondary school bond. The district planned to swap the schools, making the Cosgrove building a high school for grades 9-12 and the Wilson building a junior high school for grades seven and eight. Improvements were planned for both buildings as well as a major expansion project at the Cosgrove building.

10 years ago in 1996

•James Howarth, owner of Earthborn Builders Inc., was seeking approval from the Spencerport Village Board to build an inn and restaurant on the grassy lot in the center of the village where the Village Diner was located until it was destroyed by fire in 1982. While many favored the proposal, others raised concerns over the limited parking space in the village.

•Additions and renovations were underway at Brockport’s A.D. Oliver Middle School. The 74,000 square foot additions on the north and west sides of the school were to house 30 new classrooms as well as a new cafeteria and kitchen facilities.

•Churchville-Chili Senior High School vocal music director Rob Goodling was chosen Teacher of the Year by students at the school. Goodling was also chosen Outstanding Choral Director by the Rochester Philharmonic’s Music Awards for Outstanding Music Educators.

5 years ago in 2001

•Residents of Lyman and Oxford Streets in Brockport put up signs showing their frustration with the contamination clean-up efforts by 3M and General Electric. The residents were part of a $300 million lawsuit against the two companies.

•Heartland Farm and Family Center opened less than a year after Hilton Agway closed its Gorton Avenue location.

•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.

•Ferris-Goodridge 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.