Yesterday's News for May 2003

Yesterday's News for May 2003

35 years ago in 1968

•North Chili Post Office moved to its new location at 4357 Buffalo Road on May 25.

•The first annual benefit Antique and Classic Car Show, sponsored by the North Chili Men’s Civic Association, was held May 25. Approximately 100 cars were on display at the Towne Plaza.

•Property of the World Famous Albion Christmas Park was sold at auction on May 25. Among the items being auctioned off by Harris Wilcox Inc. was a famous Christmas Sleigh used by Charles Howard in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

•A Lobster Dinner sponsored by St. Mary’s Episcopal Mission was held at the Spencerport Legion Hall. Tickets were $4

30 years ago in 1973

•Chemical New York filed an application with the New York State Department of Banking to change the name of State Bank of Hilton to Chemical Bank of Rochester and make it the company’s headquarters for the Rochester area.

•The Ogden Police Department moved from the old station under the Public Library to new headquarters at the Grange Hall on Union Street next to the Highway Building.

•The Town of Chili took steps to modernize its highway equipment with the purchase of its own asphalt road paver. In the past, the town had to rent a paver when needed.

•Douglas and Debra Metzger both graduated from St. John Fisher on May 20 becoming the first married couple to graduate from the college since it became coeducational in 1971.

•The Russian Olympic wrestling team came to State University College at Brockport on May 30 to face the U.S. wrestling team at the college’s gym. Brockport was one of four colleges to host the Russian wrestlers. Many wrestlers from the 1972 U.S. team, including medalists Dan Gable and Chris Taylor, were in Brockport for the meet

25 years ago in 1978

•Spencerport Jaycees announced their selection of Wallace Lessord as Citizen of the Year for his involvement with a wide range of groups, people and especially children.

•Kathy Irwin, a Spencerport bus driver, won first prize in the first annual Monroe County “School Bus Rodeo” competition at Gates-Chili High School on May 2. Sixty-three drivers competed in the event.

•The two proposed county landfill sites in Riga were rejected by the county legislature in a meeting May 9 because of cost and site logistics.

•Mother’s Day Special at the Viking Valhalla Room in Bergen was a prime rib dinner with soup and salad bar for $5.50. The Village Diner in Spencerport offered a surf & turf dinner for $8.95 and a roast turkey dinner for $2.85.

20 years ago in 1983

•Chili’s Davis Park was dedicated in ceremonies highlighted by two days of special events May 14 and 15.

•Members of the Canalside Toastmasters Club awarded Floyd Seeley, a.k.a. Seal the Clown, the Toastmasters International’s Communication Achievement Award for his unique contributions to the community, especially in his dedication to the sick and handicapped, the elderly and firemen, and for communication excellence for his willingness to teach others the art of clowning.

•On their fourth try, the Hilton Board of Education passed a $15.4 million compromise budget. The budget was an increase of 1.9 percent over the previous year, and reflected large teacher and staff cuts, decreased enrollment and cuts in supplies and equipment.

•Group W Cable opened a satellite office in Spencerport. About 60 percent of households contacted had signed up for the cable service even though no firm date had been set for transmission to begin. Group W Cable’s FCC license had yet to be approved.

15 years ago in 1988

•The Hilton Board of Education voted to reopen the West Avenue School by August 1 to house students and staff of Hazel Jenkins School which would be closed for renovation and asbestos removal.

•Clarence and Gladys LaPree of Churchville celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. A dinner was held in their honor at the Churchville Moose Lodge. According to Gladys, a good marriage is ensured by good eating, hard work and learning to give as well as take.

•The Town of Bergen celebrated the 175th anniversary of incorporation with a “Remember When” roast beef dinner at the new fire hall on May 14. The official anniversary celebration of the town began May 1, 1988 and ended April 30, 1989, although the town was formed April 2, 1813.

•A dedication of SUNY College at Brockport’s new carillon in memory of Ronald A. Watts was held May 14. Watts had been involved in public relations for the college for almost 20 years. The new carillon was the first part of the East Quadrangle Restoration Project and provided peals of bells on the half-hour as well as a variety of musical selections.

•Groundbreaking for the expansion of Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance’s operations headquarters was held May 14. The $165,000 capital project added a wing to the building.

10 years ago in 1993

•Construction was completed on the first Habitat for Humanity home in Orleans County. It was located on East Bank Street in Albion.

•The Town of Sweden received notification from Monroe County’s Environmental Management Council that sites within the town had been chosen to be studied as environmentally sensitive areas.

•A special part of Spencerport Junior Baseball’s opening day events on May 8 was a tribute to 20-year volunteer Steve Schockow.

•The first loads of trash were dumped at the Mill Seat Landfill in Riga the week of May 12.

•Spencerport Village Trustee Al Zarnstorff announced his resignation from the town board position he held for 26 years so he could accept the post of village building inspector.

•Work began on refurbishing the Gillett Road bridge which had been closed in 1986 for safety reasons. The bridge was expected to reopen in the spring of 1994.

5 years ago in 1998

•Churchville Trustees voted May 4 to deny the second proposal by developer Al Spaziano to build a 168-unit apartment complex in the village citing resident opposition to a large increase in rental population. The Ogden Town Board also voted unanimously to deny an application to rezone property in northern Ogden to allow construction of a housing complex proposed by Masi Management.

•Stone’s Countryside Restaurant in Churchville celebrated 20 years in business on May 4.

•Friends, colleagues and dignitaries gathered at Hilton Exempt Club to honor Larry Gursslin as he ended his many years of service as Hilton’s mayor. A letter from Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle declared May 17 “Larry Gursslin Day” in the county.

•After 21 years, Joe Reinschmidt retired as Parma Building and Development Coordinator. He was hired in 1977 as the first full time employee at Parma Town Hall other than the town clerk.

•Churchville-Chili Board of Education decided there were too many unanswered questions regarding cost, space, transportation and access to recommend a pre-kindergarten program for the next school year.

•Brockport High School Band competed against 260 others at the Heritage Music Festival in New Orleans. The band received the field show gold award as well as many other gold and silver awards. Brockport also received the Spirit of New Orleans Award for best representing their school, community and state, and were invited to perform at the 1999 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.

•Holley had to fill four seats on its Board of Education, but only one candidate filed a petition. School Board Trustee Kim Thomas was reelected to her seat, and the other three seats were filled by write-in candidates Steve Tipton, Donna Bopp and David Griggs.

•Fieldwork for an environmental investigation of the former 3M/Dynacolor site at Oxford and Spring Streets in Brockport began in May to define the nature and extent of contamination at the site.

1 year ago in 2002

•Kendall Central School District was selected the best school district in Orleans County and one of “Business First Magazine’s” 50 Best Public School Districts in Western New York.

•On May 9, Governor Pataki announced from Spencerport that more than $50 million would flow through the area as part of a five year plan to revitalize the 348 mile stretch of the Erie Canal. The first project, to involve a 17 mile stretch from Adams Basin to Albion, was slated to begin over the summer.

•The North Chili Post Office offered a special cancellation starting May 11 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stuart Road Bridge in Chili. The cancellation showed a drawing of the bridge made by Christine Wilcox, granddaughter of Bill and Bernice Wilcox of Chili Mills.

•At age 83, Joe Andreano of Holley received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and became the oldest graduate to ever walk across SUNY Brockport’s stage.

•Monroe County was awarded $251,000 under the Great Lakes Coastal Watershed Restoration Program to acquire 35 acres of lakefront property in Parma for preservation. Known as the Scharping property, it was the largest of its kind left in Parma.

•After having dealt with contaminated wells and low water levels for more than 20 years, Vroom Road residents now had fresh, clean public water from Ogden’s newest water line.

•The Town of Hamlin celebrated its sesquicentennial along with the Hamlin Fire Department’s 75th anniversary at Hamlin Wheel Fest on May 31 and June 1.