Yesterday's News for May 2007

Yesterday's News for May 2007

40 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.

•Spencerport Lions Club donated $2,000 to the Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance to be used for the construction of the ambulance house on Lyell Avenue.

•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.

•Construction was underway on the new Marine Midland Bank in Spencerport Village Plaza.

•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¢.

•A Mother’s Day one-pound box of Russell Stover Candies was $1.70 at Peterson Drugs in North Chili’s Towne Plaza.


35 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.

•Dave Baxter broke a school record of 124 feet and 1/4 inches in the discus throw to put Spencerport Track and Field in first place in the event.

•John Liebeck became Fire Chief in Churchville.

•It was mailbox improvement week in the readership. Repairing, repainting and security improvements were recommended by area postmasters.

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


30 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.

•Doug Marple, a village trustee and Chairman of the Hilton Cable TV Committee, was trying to organize area villages and towns to ban together to find a suitable cable TV franchise for the communities.

•Steve Valvano was conducting a survey of Chili residents to determine concerns about youth and suggestions for programs which the community could offer teens.

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


25 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.

•Kathy Podger, a Hilton High School senior, won first place in the National American Industrial Arts Students Association poster competition.

•“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.


20 years ago in 1987

•Parma Free Methodist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary over the weekend of May 1 through 3.

•Because of a contract dispute between Monroe County and Seneca Meadows landfill in Seneca Falls, the county’s trash was now being hauled to Modern Landfill in Lewiston.

•Spencerport resident Pearl Haslip Hudson celebrated her 99th birthday on May 11. She was honored with a reception following services at First Congregational Church.

•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.

•Ogden Supervisor Robert Sickelco resigned effective May 31, after five and a half years in office.


15 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.


10 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.


5 years 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.

•An Open House was held at Parkminster Preschool in Chili on May 19 to honor school founder Susan Fuhrman on her retirement after 23 years as teacher and director.

•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.

•More than 10,000 signatures were collected and presented to Town of Greece officials urging them to halt construction on West Ridge Road. In addition to the cost of the five year plan to reconstruct the five miles between Dewey Avenue and North Greece Road, petitioners felt the planned median would hurt business and cause accidents.

•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.