Yesterday's News forApril 2007

Yesterday's News for April 2007

40 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.

•Clarence Howe of North Chili was honored by area Boy Scouts for having been a Scoutmaster for 25 years.

•Lyle Williams was elected Commander of the Ferris Goodridge Post 330 American Legion.

•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.


35 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.

•Ogden Democratic Committee honored Eugene Wittman, Executive Committeeman since 1957, at a testimonial dinner on April 15 at Gitsis Steak House.

•Genesee Community College was dedicated on April 17.

•Ogden Town Assessor James Howarth was elected Vice President of the Monroe County Assessor’s Association.

•Merton Colby proposed a gift of three to four acres of land for new offices for the Town of Ogden. The site was south of Ogden Center Road on the east side of Union Street.

•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.


30 years ago in 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.

•WE-MO-CO held a tenth anniversary dinner-dance at the Americana Hotel in Rochester to celebrate a decade of teaching occupational skills to area students.

•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.

•A book about Chili’s bicentennial history, Hidden Strands, received national recognition in the “New England Historical and Genealogical Record,” the oldest continuous genealogical journal in the country.

•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.

•Chili residents Peter Bacher and Robert Nudd opened Piccadilly Square Restaurant at the former site of the Ugly Mug in Chili-Paul Plaza.


25 years ago in 1982

•Hilton School Superintendent Clifford Foelsch was notified by the state education department that the district should take steps to control the asbestos hazard at Northwood School by either encapsulating, containing or removing the hazard. Foelsh said the district couldn’t afford those alternatives which would cost anywhere from $239,400 to $719,250. Foelsch instead proposed closing the school to students and moving administrative offices there if the district was forced to comply with the Department of Education’s request.

•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.

•Republican William Steinfeldt was elected State Senator for the 54th District in a special election necessitated by Fred Eckert vacating the post to become Ambassador to the Figi Islands.

•Richard Simmonette Jr. of Spencerport caught a hammerhead shark while fishing in the annual Fort Lauderdale Fishing Festival. He was pictured with the shark which weighed in a 161 pounds and measured 97 inches.

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


20 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.

•Ogden-Parma Fire District proposed the construction of a new $750,000 fire station on South Union Street to serve the southern part of the district.

•Lakeside Memorial Hospital contracted with MEDIQ Mobile Services, Inc. to begin offering Computed Tomography (CT) scanning. Lakeside would share a mobile scanner with other community hospitals. CT services were scheduled to be available twice a week in Brockport beginning in the summer.

•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.


15 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.


10 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.”


5 years ago in 2002

•The Sweden Town Board appointed James Nealon the first recreation director for the Sweden Community Center.

•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 VFW’s 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.

•Brockport pared back its budget by more than $400,000, making the village tax increase 17.74 percent for the year. This was a significant decrease from the 27 percent increase expected after the passage of a preliminary budget in March.

•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.