Yesterday's News for May 2004
40 years ago in 1964
May 1 marked the Grand Opening of Matheos Velvet Ice Cream - Dairy Bar and Restaurant, on South Union Street in Spencerport.
Todd W. Coward and Arthur H. Perry purchased the Suburban News and other printing interests of Robert Tutty Association Inc. Robert Tutty, of Spencerport, had owned the business since its inception 12 years prior.
Parma officials turned their posts over to 12 high school students for half a day as part of the first Youth in Government Day. The students got a first-hand look at how a municipal government was run.
J. Lester Kincaid resigned from his position as Spencerport Postmaster after 30 years in order to take on the Transportation Manager position for Spencerport Schools.
A surprise testimonial dinner was held at the Spencerport Inn on May 23 to honor H. A. (Arch) Shafer for his 45 years of service to the Spencerport Fire Department.
Brand new 1964 Ramblers were $1,776 at Ballantyne Rambler Inc. in Churchville.
35 years ago in 1969
Arthur F. Schepler, real estate broker, opened his own office in Clarkson on May 1.
Reverend Frederick Helfrich of Spencerport was ordained as a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.
Construction began in Brockport for a new 24,000 auto showroom and parts center for Duryea Motors of Holley. When completed, the new facility would include 32 service bays and a showroom to accommodate seven new cars.
First Lady Patricia Nixon was presented with a bouquet of Highland Park lilacs and a bottle of Highland Lilac perfume as part of the annual Lilac Festival. A new lilac variety, Dwight David, was introduced this year in honor of the late President Eisenhower.
A retirement banquet was held at Logans on May 16 in honor of C. E. Olmsted, District Principal of Churchville-Chili Schools. More than 370 people attended.
A tour of seven Clarkson homes was sponsored by the Welcome Wagon Club in connection with the towns sesquicentennial celebration.
Big N Department Store opened May 21 at the intersection of Route 19 and 31 in Brockport. A fireworks display was held May 25 as part of the Grand Opening festivities.
Thomas Pack took over as Ogdens new Chief of Police.
30 years ago in 1974
Children Helping Children was the theme for the Junior Hike for Hope. Children ranging in age from preschoolers through 12 year-olds collected pledges and walked laps around Spencerports quarter-mile track. Monies raised went to local and worldwide childrens charities.
Churchville-Chili High School Band travelled to Marcellus, New York, May 2 through 4 to perform a concert at Marcellus High School. The students stayed as guests in the homes of Marcellus band students. Later in the month, the Marcellus Senior High Symphonic Band visited Churchville-Chili.
Fire completely destroyed a fully stocked warehouse belonging to McNalls Furniture on Ridge Road West.
Thunder, lightning and flash floods inundated area communities on May 17. Waters from Salmon Creek flowed over into the Hilton Fire Department headquarters and Village Two Apartments. Washington Street in Adams Basin was one of the hardest hit of all areas with an estimated seven feet of water covering the road near the railroad underpass.
St. Johns Church in Spencerport began holding Bingo games on Monday nights. 383 people played the first night.
A Memorial Dedication of the newly named Leo Bernabi School was held in Spencerport on May 24.
25 years ago in 1979
The Ogden Nutrition Program began serving hot meals on May 7 at the Ogden Senior Center.
A new historic marker to commemorate the history of the Clarkson Congregational Church, the oldest church in Monroe Country west of the Genesee River, was enroute from Erie, Pennsylvania.
Churchville-Chili School Board member Blair True resigned after almost 16 years of service. True was moving to Perry, New York to operate a dairy farm.
Spencerport school bus drivers reported that increasingly bad student bahavior of their buses was causing safety issues. School administrators were also concerned with increased vandalism.
Two lawsuits challenging property assessments in the towns of Ogden and Gates were settled out of court in favor of the plaintiffs, Spencerport Properties Inc. and Glenbrook Manor.
Senator Fred J. Eckert and Assemblyman Roger J. Robach introduced legislation to authorize New York state to sell or lease Braddock Bay State Park to the Town of Greece. Further negotiation was pending.
20 years ago in 1984
The Hilton Alcohol-Drug Awareness Task Force presented Hormer Marple with the HADA Citizenship Award for 1984 for his help with the program and his involvement in community affairs.
Brockport radio station WASB signed on the air May 10 at 1590 on the AM dial. The new station provided local news and sports along with adult contemporary music.
The Easton family, which had owned and operated Ace Swim Service since its founding in 1962, moved the companys showroom and retail operation to 3313 Chili Avenue. The company was also going to continue to use their old Paul Road location.
Dr. Richard E. Ten Haken, District Superintendenat of Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, was elected to the Council of the American Association of Educational Service Agencies which represented educational service agencies throughout the nation.
Members of Spencerport United Methodist Church were raising funds to repair their 75 year-old mechanical pipe organ.
15 years ago in 1989
The Union Street bridge in Spencerport was posted with a nine ton weight restriction after an in-depth DOT inspection found portions of the floor beams damaged by years of corrosion. The bridge had not previously had a weight restriction.
Members of the Town Council of the Italian town of Agropoli, Italy, arrived in Chili, their Sister City, for a week-long stay. Plans were also underway for a group from Chili to visit Agropoli in September.
Dr. Joseph Hoff, principal of Churchville-Chili Middle School received an Award of Honor from the National School Public Relations Association for his exemplary support of education.
President George Bush visited the Rochester area on May 17 and visited the Kodak Elmgrove Apparatus Division where he delivered a speech centered on the need for cooperation between education and industry.
Riga Free Librarys new wing was dedicated on May 21. The librarys name was changed to Newman Riga Library to reference philanthropist Floyd Newman.
A crew of hundreds of men and women from RG&E, Greater Rochester Cablevision, Hilton Fire Department and Ambulance, Monroe County Sheriffs Department, contractor Van Buiten Inc. and several subcontractors, gathered in Hilton to pick up a 70 ton home that stood at 158 East Avenue for over 130 years and move it to Old Wilder Road.
10 years ago in 1994
Fire destroyed a cabbage and pickle packing and storage facility owned by Phillip Passarell on Telegraph Road in Holley.
Avis Maier, wife of Hamlin Supervisor Charlie Maier, died May 7 at the age of 64 following a long illness.
Skywatchers witnessed an annular eclipse on May 10. The shadow of the moon was encircled by a bright sun. The phenomenon will not occur again until July 23, 2093.
Michael Barnes, a 1984 Hilton High School graduate, began a new job as strength and conditioning coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
A proposal to move Brockport Billiards from the old Bells Plaza south of the village, to 222 South Main Street, met with opposition from neighborhood residents.
Spencerport Trustees amended the villages sign codes limiting garage sale signs and allowing for a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Village Walk and Village Trail.
Ogden Baptist Church celebrated its 175th anniversary May 21 and 22.
Colby Street residents were fighting to prevent Rochester Telephone from constructing a 150-foot microwave transmission tower near Washington Street beside the Rt. 531 underpass. Ogden Planning Board denied approval on May 26.
Hillside Cemeterys Mortuary Chapel was opened to the public on Memorial Day to mark the buildings 100th anniversary.
5 years ago in 1999
Hamlin VFW Auxiliary held a 50th anniversary banquet on May 1. Four charter members were still actively involved with the group.
A nationally known exhibit from Keepsake Quilting was on display at the Parma Meetinghouse Museum.
Time Warner Cable customers in Churchville were switched from Buffalo programming to Rochester programming after being upgraded to fiber optic technology.
Volunteers built new playgrounds at two Hilton elementary schools - Northwood and Village Elementary.
School budgets were approved in Churchville-Chili, Hilton and Spencerport. In Spencerport, that meant over a 13 percent school tax hike.
The historic Carriage House on the grounds of the Morgan-Manning House in Brockport was dedicated after a renovation.
The Village of Brockport agreed to locate a fire truck in Clarkson to allow faster response time to calls from that area.
The Village of Brockport designated Main Street, between Canal and State Streets, and most of Market Street as a historic district.
1 year ago in 2003
The Village of Bergen Planning Board considered the application of Budvale Construction Corporation to develop a triangle of property formed by Route 19, Route 262 and Route 33 just south of the village center. Owner, George Bud Filowick of Churchville, proposed 40 single family homes, 40 townhomes and 40 luxury apartments for the site, formerly the Mayne family homestead. The company had recently finished a similar project in Churchville which is called Village Park. Bergen Mayor Tom LeSage said the project was still in the planning stages.
Work started on major repairs to the Gallup Road bridge and realignment of a curve on Canal Road.
In Hamlin, 16-year town board member Ed Evans was not designated by the Republican Committee for the November election. Endorsed were incumbent George Todd and Hamlin Water Superintendent David Rose. Republicans said an earlier decision by Evans to not seek re-election caused them to look for other candidates, even when Evans rescinded his letter stating he did not wish to run.
Kendall Schools ranked first in Orleans County and was listed as one of Business First magazines 50 Best Public School Districts in Western New York.
A microburst that was part of a severe thunderstorm on Mothers Day, May 11, uprooted several trees in the Spencerport area. Wayne County, still recovering from extensive damage to trees from the April 2003 ice storm, was once again hard hit with winds, strong enough to be ranked an F-1 tornado, the lowest level.