Yesterday's News for May 2005
40 years ago in 1965
A Massey-Ferguson Hodeo Competition for backhoe operators was held May 1 at Kaiser-Wilcox Corp. in Bergen.
Hilton Foodline IGA opened May 5 in Hilton, and a Grand Opening was held at Ed's Atlantic Service on Buffalo Street in Churchville.
Construction began on a new fire house for the Chili Volunteer Fire Department.
The United States Library of Congress sent over 500 books to the Hilton Public Library as replacements for some of the many volumes lost in the March fire.
Criticism was mounting among Chili residents about parts of the $2 million Lexington plan for a self-contained residential community. Most of the opposition focused on the plans small housing lots and townhouses to be on both sides of Marshall Road between Paul Road and Chili Avenue.
Brockport Village Board rescinded the home rule message that would have paved the way for the State Senate passage of a bill enabling the village to set up an urban renewal agency. Brockports prospects for urban renewal were nixed at least until the next session of the State Legislature.
Preliminary plans for an extension of the Spencerport Expressway to Brockport were completed by the district office of the state Department of Public Works. The first half-mile of the expressway to Elmgrove Road opened in 1963. A public hearing was planned for within the year.
35 years ago in 1970
Marple Furniture in Hilton held a gala celebration for their 2nd Anniversary.
Sawyer Business College announced plans to open a branch in the Rochester area for women interested in secretarial careers.
The Town of Parma was beginning to take a stricter stance on the zoning ordinance against junk cars. The town attorney was asked to prepare legal action against offenders.
For your Memorial Day picnic: hot dogs were 69¢ a pound, rolls 29¢, watermelon 9¢ a pound, and two-and-a-half pounds of potato salad was just 59¢ at Star Market.
30 years ago in 1975
An organizational meeting was held to form the Ladies Auxiliary of the Chili Memorial Post #412 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Parma Veterans Memorial at Parma Town Hall was dedicated in a Memorial Day ceremony. This was part of a full day of events put on by the Parma-Hilton Bicentennial Heritage Committee honoring the 200th anniversary of Americas military forces, General George Washingtons appointment as commander of the Continental Army in 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the birth of the American Navy.
The Ogden Conservation Board officially opened Turner Park on Big Ridge Road.
25 years ago in 1980
Eastman Kodak kicked off a summer long celebration in honor of the company's 100th Birthday.
State University College at Brockport received the Special Olympics Award for Distinguished Service to the Mentally Retarded through Sports. The college was one of 15 award winners out of 450 nominees, and was recognized for all the work that went on in preparation for and during the International Special Olympics which were held on the campus in August 1979.
Churchville Agency, Inc. celebrated its 70th anniversary with the grand opening of its new office at 16 Main Street.
The Fairbanks Road School in Churchville celebrated its 25th Birthday.
Hamlin and Sweden applied for participation in the Safer Local Roads and Streets Program to receive funding for road work.
Mothers Day specials at area restaurants included: veal cutlet dinner for $4.95 at the Viking Valhalla Room in Bergen; open face prime rib dinner at Bosdyks in Gates; roast leg of lamb for $5.95 at Dinos in Churchville.
20 years ago in 1985
A formal Gala Ball was held as part of Hilton's year-long Centennial Celebration.
The Spencerport Village Board sold the villages former water well site property to Trimmer Road residents adjacent to the site. The residents wanted the site to be a buffer between their homes and the excavating and landfill operations of Monarch Sand and Gravel. The owner of Monarch Sand and Gravel had also been interested in acquiring the property in order to expand his operation.
Caldwell Manufacturing was in the process of moving from their Rochester plant to a newly constructed facility at the corner of Shepard and Manitou Roads.
A groundbreaking celebration was held at the site of the Lakeside Memorial Hospital expansion project which was scheduled for completion January, 1987.
Cox Hall on the Roberts Wesleyan College campus in North Chili was the recipient of the first Heritage Award given by the Chili Historical Society to encourage the preservation and restoration of interesting old buildings in the town of Chili.
J. Merton Colby, Ogden farmer, church leader and community servant, died at age 88 following a brief illness.
Approximately 20 gallons of herbicides and pesticides were dumped into a storm drain near Woodgate Apartments on Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. The leftover lawn treatment chemicals contaminated the drain and a nearby stream. The contaminated water was removed and the drain was flushed.
15 years ago in 1990
After four years of searching, the Town of Hamlin and Lakeside Memorial Hospital found a doctor to open a practice in the town. A press conference was held May 2 to introduce Dr. Tom Arnone to the community. Arnone planned to open an office in Bauchs Plaza on Hamlin-Clarkson Townline Road on June 20. There had not been a doctor in the town for more than 30 years.
NYSDOT began reconstruction of four miles of Route 259 from Big Ridge Road to Route 18, Parma Center Road intersection.
Over 20 gallons of fuel oil spilled at Holley High School when a fuel tank malfunctioned. It took the efforts and equipment of nine area fire departments to clean the spill and vent the fumes.
Patricia Brueckner Cleary, publisher and editor of the Spencerport Star, died at age 74. Cleary had been a charter member of the Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance and the Spencerport Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary as well as past president of the Ferris Goodridge American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
Tennis champion Arthur Ashe delivered the keynote address and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the SUNY Brockport commencement ceremony.
The Lakeside Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 23 for a day care center to be built on the 12-acre lot directly behind the hospital.
10 years ago in 1995
The luxury tour boat "Celebration" arrived in Spencerport to provide canal cruises during the summer and fall months.
Albion Federal Savings and Loan held groundbreaking ceremonies for its new Brockport branch office building on the corner of West Avenue and Route 19. Groundbreaking ceremonies were also held for a new Churchville-Chili Junior High School.
Ogden Town Board voted to abolish the title and position of Assistant to the Supervisor, a position held by Gay Lenhard for over ten years.
Spencerport Central School District was being plagued by vandalism. The brake lines of over half the districts busses were cut twice in four days.
The Town of Albion held an information meeting regarding a proposal by Waste Management to build another landfill in the town.
A weekly farmers market opened May 20 in Spencerport.
The DEC conducted a dye study at the Sweden-3 Chapman hazardous waste site on Beadle Road to measure the extent, direction and rate of movement of groundwater recirculation at the site.
5 years ago in 2000
Brockport adopted a third party billing system for its ambulance service to go into effect on July 1. Under the new system, commercial ambulances bill the village for services and Brockport contracted with Med-Ex, who will seek reimbursement from both Medicare and insurance companies.
Kendall businessman Kevin Noon offered to donate 37 acres of land to the Kendall Central School District for use in expanding athletic playing fields and construction of a new bus garage. The donation was contingent on voter approval of funds necessary to build the garage and playing fields.
Volunteers were tending to 25,000 Chinook salmon and 5,000 Steelhead trout as part of the pen-rearing project at Sandy Creek. Volunteers hoped that by raising the fingerlings in Sandy Creek, the fish would return to the area to spawn in three years.
Hubbard Park was re-opened. It was the first park to be completed in the joint venture between the Town of Chili and the Chili Lions Club.
Reverend G. Rheanolte LeBarbour retired from the ministry. He had served as pastor of Hilton Baptist Church since 1980.
The Spencerport Chamber of Commerce inducted the first six high school juniors and seniors into their new Youth Hall of Fame. Those inducted were Katherine Burel, Amy Knight, Scott Ellsworth, Andrew Peer, Kimberly Goddard and Scott Tronolone.
1 year ago in 2004
Hilton-Parma Senior Citizens celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their Senior Center on Saturday, May 1 at the Hilton Fire Exempts.
The Village of Brockport accepted bids for Brockport's Visitors Center and Canal Museum construction. More than a year had passed since the village received grant funds to revamp a section of the Erie Canal in order to make it more attractive to visitors.
Alexander Angelov of Bulgaria graduated top in his class at Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili on May 15. Angelov was only the second undergraduate with a 4.0 GPA in the college's history.
The First Presbyterian Church of Brockport received a $5,000 grant towards roof replacement of the 1853 building from the Sacred Sites Program of the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The church, at 35 State Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Scotty Eisenmenger, a second grade student at Quest Elementary in Hilton, was selected as the Buffalo Sabres' 7th Kid in a nationwide contest held by the National Hockey League (NHL) and its 30 member teams to find the most dedicated young fan (ages 7-17) in the U.S. and Canada.
The hotly contested Fairfield Place proposed residential development which called for building apartments, town homes, patio homes, senior housing and single family homes on a site located on the west side of Manitou Road, just north of Ridge Road West, received rezoning approval, but still had to go before the Parma Town Board one more time before continuing on to the town's planning board.
With more than five inches of rain falling over the May 22 to 24 weekend, area residents had to deal with flooded basements and back yards, downed power lines and flooded roadways. Hilton was the hardest hit area.