Yesterday's News for May 2002

Yesterday's News for May 2002

35 years ago in 1967

•St. Mary’s Episcopal Mission hosted a Maine Lobster Dinner at the Ogden Grange Hall. The cost was $3.50 for a complete dinner featuring a fresh whole Maine lobster.

•Ray Brown Hardware in Churchville closed after 45 years in business.

•Members of Hilton Fire Department went door to door through the village to find out details about each residence including number of residents, type of heat and nearest water source, to be compiled in a Cardex file so information could be relayed to firefighters enroute to an emergency.

•A gallon of “the World’s Creamiest” Root Beer was 85¢ at Dog ‘N’ Suds at the corner of Spencerport and Long Pond Roads. The restaurant with car hop service also had french fries for 30¢ and a burger, cole slaw and fries meal for 85¢.

30 years ago in 1972

•Construction began in Brockport on The Villager Apartments, new modular efficiency apartments designed for college students, singles and young marrieds. The two-story furnished apartments including utilities were expected to rent for between $135 and $200 per month.

•Nearly 250 volunteers participated in “Creek Clean-up Day” at Black Creek. The volunteers walked the banks and waded in the creek bed from the dam site in Churchville downstream to the disposal plant near the expressway exit on Route 36. The Westside Sportsmans Club served breakfast and the Lions Club served refreshments and lunch. This was the first major project of the Riga Conservation Advisory Council.

•Chili celebrated their sesquicentennial with a parade on May 27.

25 years ago in 1977

•Union Congregational Church of Christ on North Main Street in Churchville celebrated its 125th birthday during the month of May.

•The Ogden-Spencerport Joint Recreation Commission was in its first year of being run by a full-time director, Glen Boetcher, who felt that the program was growing bigger and better.

•Supervisors and assessors for the towns of Sweden and Ogden flew to Albany to appeal tentative equalization rates established by the State Board of Equalizations and Assessment. The rates they were disputing threatened more tax responsibility to the Brockport School District.

•A Haddock Fish Fry was $1.99 at Salmon Creek Country Club.

20 years ago in 1982

•Local celebrity and Brockport native, Joel Loy, co-host of Channel 13’s PM Magazine, spoke to about 40 women at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencerport.

•Mary Ann and John Townley were operating the Merry-Jac Tennesee Walking Horse Farm in Riga, and were the only breeders of Tennesee Walking Horses in New York State.

•The National Advisory Group of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf honored Richard Elliott of Hilton as NTID’s resident expert on cooperative education.

•“I Love Churchville Day” was held on May 31. It included Bed Race Finals, a Memorial Day Parade and a historic display of Churchville’s past.

15 years ago in 1987

•The Bergen Business and Civic Association and Bergen politicians held a recognition banquet to honor former mayor Benjamin Zuber who retired after 11 years.

•With enrollment figures in the Spencerport School District on the rise, Superintendent Joseph Clement and the school board were studying ways to add classrooms to the district’s elementary schools.

•Pettis Pools celebrated its 25th anniversary.

•Millie Huey retired from her position as North Chili postmaster. She had been with the North Chili post office for 31 years.

•Arson was determined to be the cause of a fire which totally destroyed the bathroom and equipment storage facility at Ogden’s Pineway Ponds Park. The park’s bathroom had previously been damaged by arson in December 1985.

10 years ago in 1992

•Donna West, 23, of Hamlin, traveled to Colorado to compete in the Women’s National Collegiate Pocket Billiards Championships only two years after she started playing the game.

•The Town of Ogden formally dedicated their new Community Center in a special program on May 16.

•As construction progressed at Riga’s Mill Seat Landfill, town residents continued to raise objections about the benefits package.

•Local cobblestone mason Bruce Midkiff was asked to present at a symposium in Cairo, Eqypt with his recommendations on how the Sphinx should be restored after centuries of deterioration from water, salt and sand.

5 years ago in 1997

•Westside News distributed their first Hometown Business Directory with categorized listings and display ads for local businesses.

•St. Mary’s Hospital and Park Ridge Health System joined forces to become Unity Health System.

•Seminary Lane, which meets Westside Drive across from the Roberts Wesleyan College campus, was renamed Nelson Morton Drive in honor of the man who managed the college farm from 1933 to 1937 then served on the Board of Trustees from 1946-1973.

•The Elementary School Organizational Committee in Brockport recommended that all Brockport Elementary Schools be reconfigured to K-5 rather than be divided by grade level.

•A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Pettis Pools on Manitou Road to open its new store. The old store had been demolished in November, 1996 so the new building could be constructed in its place.

•Residents along Kendall’s Lake Ontario shoreline were experiencing some of the worst erosion damage in 20 years. Trees were toppling and beach sand and dirt was being washed away at the rate of several feet per day in some areas. High wave action, high lake levels and strong northwest winds were to blame for the erosion.

1 year ago in 2001

•Village Plaza IGA opened in Spencerport under the ownership of Mike and Scott Ward and Doug DeFillips. The village had been without a grocery store since Jubilee closed in November of 2000. The new IGA featured one of the area’s first self-checkout scanners for do-it-yourself check-out.

•150 year-old stained glass windows were removed from Union Congregational Church of Christ on North Main Street, Churchville. The windows were being sent to Bovard Studios in Iowa for cleaning and repair.

•Brockport Police Chief Gary Zimmer was reinstated as chief pending his retirement on June 17. He had been on paid administrative leave since February. Zimmer had been a Brockport police officer for 33 years, the last seven as police chief. He is also president of the Brockport Board of Education and a former chief of the Brockport Fire Department.

•Union Station Park on Union Street in Chili was dedicated on May 10. A donation of land from James Howarth of Earthborn Builders and a $300,000 grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation made the park possible.