Yesterday's News for May 2006

Yesterday's News for May 2006

40 years ago in 1966

•Rochester Telephone customers in Bergen and Churchville started using a new streamlined dial telephone service. Along with the conversion to dial phones, customers began using new all numerical seven-digit telephone numbers.

•Chili Supervisor Samuel Kent proclaimed May 19 as Senior Citizen’s Day and there was a buffet supper to “honor these people for their unheralded contribution to the community.”

•Lifelong Ogden resident Kenneth Barclay, Commissioner of Jurors and owner of Barclay and Fowler Oil Corp. was chosen to run on the Republican ticket for the state Senate seat held by the retiring Frank VanLare.

•Hilton school district was considering developing an acre of land near the Junior High School, and a four-acre plot adjoining the proposed elementary school on North Greece Road, for woodland nature study, biology, art and other classes.

•Mesdames Fashions Through the Years was the theme of a showing of the collection of gowns owned by Helen Root of Bergen at Roberts Wesleyan College. The showing of historical fashions emphasized the college’s centennial year.

35 years ago in 1971

•Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at the site for the new Grace Church of the Nazarene on the corner of Union Street and Stony Point Road.

•A retirement dinner was held May 27 at Logan’s Restaurant for Spencerport Central School District Principal Ellsworth J. Wilson. Over 300 friends and associates attended the dinner for Wilson who had been with the school district for 40 years as teacher, school principal and district principal.

•The Hilton High School Drama Club presented the musical “Oliver!”

•An all-you-can-eat Smorgasbord was $1.70 at the Family Restaurant in Spencerport’s Erie Canal Village.

•Town Pump General Store, at the corner of Washington Street and Whittier Road, featured Texaco gas for $0.359 per gallon.

30 years ago in 1976

•Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance purchased a new van-style rig for $17,800. They chose the van style model over the Cadillac style because of space and cost considerations.

•The Spencerport Rotary Club was formed with 23 charter members. The group held their charter night at Gitsis Party House in North Chili.

•The United States Marine Corps Reserve was working with the Monroe County Parks Department to develop the recreation prospects of Black Creek Park. The Marines were helping to clear the land on weekends.

•Raymond Morgan Sr., a former dairy farmer, U.S. Marshall and Ogden Town Supervisor in the 1930s and 40s, died at age 85.

•Chili Councilman Randy Pikuet presented his idea for a Town Center along the south side of Chili Avenue, between Old Scottsville Road and Chili-Coldwater Road, to the planning board. He envisioned a commercial area with a historic theme where people would park and walk to shops.

25 years ago in 1981

•Bernard Kedian, life-long resident of the Hilton-Parma community and president and chairman of the board of Hilton’s Chemical Bank, was named Citizen of the Year by the Hilton Rotary Club.

•Lakeside Memorial Hospital was in the midst of a fundraising drive hoping to raise $1.6 million of a $6 million expansion and renovation program.

•Hilton’s Hazel Jenkins, West Avenue, and Northwood schools were undergoing air sampling tests because there was asbestos in the ceilings of the schools. School officials said there was no hazard to the children.

•Local school districts were practicing “guesstimate” budgeting as they were building their 1981-82 school budgets without a clear picture of revenues. The state budget had not been passed, and schools had no idea about the amount of state aid they would be receiving. At the county level there was talk about a possible redistribution of sales tax revenues which would impact the budgets.

•Mike Sadden of Churchville was appointed Monroe County Fire Coordinator. Sadden was responsible for supervising and administering training programs for the county’s volunteer firemen.

20 years ago in 1986

•Garbage woes plagued the area. Towns were finding the annual spring clean-up too expensive, and those who did offer the service were reconsidering. Monroe County has a multitude of problems - a $62 million resource recovery facility failed; a proposal for a landfill on Brew Road, Riga, was put on hold due to lack of funding; the the City of Rochester refused to pay the same costs as other municipalities for garbage disposal; and there were contractural issues with landfill operators.

•Monroe County Legislator Tom Parker presented Brockport’s Seymour Library with a proclamation declaring May 15 Seymour Library Day in recognition of the library’s 50th anniversary.

•In a unanimous vote, members of the Spencerport Kiwanis Club went on record in support of Kiwanis International’s proposal to amend the club’s rules in order to allow women members.

•Linda Greenfield, owner of the Chili Doll Hospital and Victorian Doll Museum on Buffalo Road in North Chili, received a state proclamation recognizing her and her shop as contributing to the historical, cultural and educational value of New York state.

15 years ago in 1991

•Spencerport emergency and fire crews recreated their responses to a July 1990 rescue of Eric Jensen to be featured on the “Rescue 911” television show. With the help of the Brockport Fire Department, an appropriate house on Colby Street was found for the four-day filming of the reenactment.

•Spencerport Central School’s varsity baseball field was renamed the Harold E. “Chick” Schum Field in a dedication ceremony on May 10. Schum, former district teacher, coach and athletic director, died in 1989.

•Suzanne Waldmiller, a 1987 graduate of Churchville-Chili High School, auditioned for and was chosen to be a Buffalo Jill Cheerleader. It was her first try-out for the squad.

•Ogden officials and residents had concerns over the “improvements” Monroe County made to the intersection of Gillett Road and Ogden Center Road. They were concerned with the steepness coming in to the intersection, as well as reduced visibility due to the placement of a retaining wall. The number of accidents at the intersection had increased since the improvements.

•Spencerport was the backdrop for a 12-minute film produced by Eastman Kodak Company to introduce and promote a new motion picture “Gemini” film product. The film was shot May 8 through 10 on West Avenue, Coleman Avenue and Maplewood Avenue.

•At an open forum, several Riga residents urged the Town Board to continue fighting against the proposed county landfill. The battle had been ongoing for more than 20 years.

10 years ago in 1996

•The 100th anniversary of the naming of the Village of Hilton was celebrated on May 4 with a parade, kite flying contest, doll parade and softball game.

•The Town of Hamlin held a “Tribute to Charlie Maier” chicken barbecue to thank the former town supervisor for his 18 years of service to the community.

•Some Parma residents were opposed to Rochester Telephone Mobile Communications plans to build a 150-foot cellular phone tower on Curtis Road.

•Hilton Crimson Cadets Marching Band was named Grand Champion at Prattsburg Pageant of Bands on May 25.

•A grand opening celebration was underway at Unique Gift Boutique in Brockport.

5 years 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.

•Western-Monroe Historical Society honored historian Eunice Chesnut with an open house celebrating her 21 years of service to the society.

•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.