Yesterday's News for June 2003

Yesterday's News for June 2003

35 years ago in 1968

•A Grand Opening was held on June 4 for a big, bright, new Star Market on Lake Road South in Brockport. Ragu spaghetti sauce was 59¢ a quart, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise 39¢ a quart, chuck roast 49¢ a pound, and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 23¢ a box.

•James “Sleepy Jim” Crowley, one of Notre Dame’s legendary Four Horsemen from their 1924 season, appeared at Churchville-Chili High School, courtesy of Genesee Brewing Company, for the Varsity Club’s athletic banquet on June 6. This was the first year that mothers could attend the banquet to see their sons honored.

•Churchville-Chili School Board approved a $4.6 million 1968-69 budget. The 25% budget increase was due to a 12% increase in student enrollment, increased wages and increased cost of supplies.

•The new Hilton Post Office was dedicated in a ceremony June 23. Meanwhile, the Post Office Department was seeking new bids to either build or lease a new building for the Spencerport Post Office.

30 years ago in 1973

•The Spencerport canal lift bridge on Route 259 was closed beginning June 4 for repair and rehabilitation. The bridge was scheduled to be closed for 270 days.

•Pearl Rathke resigned as principal of Spencerport’s Town Line Elementary School. She came to the district as an elementary teacher in 1956 and was appointed principal of Town Line upon the school’s completion. C. Roger Ressman was appointed to fill Rathke’s position.

•Some Chili residents were fighting to stop a proposed landfill at Black Creek Park.

•Walter M. Pelkey was appointed Town Justice by the Chili Town Board to fill the recently vacated seat.

25 years ago in 1978

•Residents in the Churchville-Chili district voted 404-1,182 not to include varsity football in the next school year’s budget.

•St. Jude’s Church on Lyell Road celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of their parish on June 11 with a special mass and open house.

•Three persons were arrested following a melee at Black Creek Park in Chili in which a sheriff’s deputy and a youth were injured on June 11.

•North Chili Super Duper celebrated its 20th anniversary. The North Chili store was the first Super Duper to open its doors in the Rochester area. North Chili’s Towne Plaza and Peterson Drugs also marked their 20th anniversaries.

•The Brockport village attorney, head of the village DPW, and chairman of the Brockport Water Board met with a representative of Senator Patrick Moynihan’s office to protest a federal mandate which could have required the village to build a sludge removal plant priced at $300,000. Village representatives felt the mandates were meant to control industrial pollution and not Brockport’s type of operation which involved no industrial pollutants.

20 years ago in 1983

•Monroe Savings Bank opened a new branch in Spencerport Village Plaza. As part of the Grand Opening, popular TV character Crowley appeared at the branch to sign autographs and greet visitors.

•Churchville Elementary School officially opened its School-Community Nature Center on June 6 with a ribbon-cutting, dedication ceremony and balloon launch.

•Parishioners of St. Vincent DePaul Church in Churchville bid farewell to Father Louis Hohman after 11 years as he was transferred to St. Louis’ parish in Pittsford. More than 600 attended the farewell dinner held by the congregation at Mapledale Party House on June 15.

•School budgets were passed in Churchville-Chili, Hilton and Spencerport, but a proposition to add interscholastic football to Spencerport’s sports program was defeated 1,217 to 433.

•Construction was underway at Hilton United Methodist Church. Arson destroyed the original 1884 church in August of 1981, and since then church members had been working on clean-up, repair and rebuilding.

•100 Riga residents attended a meeting held by Monroe County officials to decide what should be included in an environmental impact statement on a proposed Brew Road landfill.

•Ben Franklin opened on Hovey Street in Hilton under the ownership of Bob and Marie Zingerella, who also owned the Spencerport store.

15 years ago in 1988

•Harold Hefke, assistant to the Superintendent of Churchville-Chili Schools, retired after 30 years in the position. Richard D. Castaldo was appointed to fill the position.

•Samuel Spagnola, a Spencerport School District science teacher for many years, died June 9 at age 49 following a prolonged battle with cancer. Spagnola had been forced to leave the classroom in 1987 because of his poor health.

•Spencerport’s Wilson High School Division III Odyssey of the Mind Sweet Potato Team traveled to the University of Maryland to compete in the OM World Finals. This was the fourth year in a row that the team had been to the World Championships.

•When the Rochester Museum and Science Center decided not to host their annual International Folk Festival, the Spencerport Kiwanis Club took over the hosting duties, holding the festival at Pineway Ponds Park. More than 2,500 attend the June 18 festival.

•Ehrmentraut Hardware was preparing to close its doors after 42 years, as owners and lifelong Churchville residents Fran and Hazel Ehrmentraut decided to retire.

•Students, teachers and friends gathered June 17 to celebrate the 20th birthday of Spencerport’s Town Line Elementary School.

10 years ago in 1993

•SUNY Brockport and residents of the adjacent Erie Street neighborhood were at odds about use of a plot of land behind the college’s Fine Arts building which the village owned. The college wanted to buy the land and place a sculpture garden on it, and neighbors wanted the space left as it was so it could continue to be used as a play area for their children. The village board denied the college’s bid to buy the land.

•North Chili’s Kay Alexander and Clarkson’s Millie Gianfagna, doubles tennis players from Salmon Creek Country Club, qualified for the U.S. National Senior Sports Classic IV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana June 12 through 18.

•Twenty-year veteran Brockport Mayor Jim Stull left office to live a more private life. He planned to remain active in the community, but have the freedom to devote more time to his family and lumber business.

•Hilton students organized a peaceful protest on June 11 in an attempt to get back what 2,084 district residents said they couldn’t have – athletics for the 1993-94 school year. The proposition to fund athletics, field trips, equipment purchases beyond state mandates, and community use of school facilities was defeated on June 9 by only 12 votes. Petitions were also being circulated.

•Dennis Klopper of Greece was honored by the Town of Hamlin and Hamlin Lions Club for his many philanthropic donations to non-profits in the town totaling over $31,000 in three years.

•Father Chester Michael Klocek retired as pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Hilton after 25 years of service to the parish.

5 years ago in 1998

•The real estate market in Spencerport was hot causing Nothnagle Realtors to open a branch office in the village on June 1. The new branch was going to be managed by Joyce Lobene.

•A Grand Opening was held for Barefoot Landing on North Union Street next to Pineway Ponds Park in Spencerport.

•Rev. William J. Amann, founding pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Hamlin, retired after 16 years with the parish and 44 years in the priesthood.

•A special use permit was granted to Rochester Telephone and Mobile Communications to build a cellular communication site at the water tower on Brockport Road in Spencerport.

•Spencerport Board of Education appointed Dr. Richard Timbs as the new Superintendent of Schools, succeeding Dr. Henry Peris who left in March to become Superintendent of Brighton Schools.

•Churchville Elementary School honored school principal George Wright for 30 years of dedicated service. Students sang a song for him written by music teacher Ruth Heitz. The school’s playground was also dedicated in his honor.

•Village of Holley hosted a luncheon in Canal Park on East Avenue for boaters and bikers participating in the New York State Canal Cruise and Trail Trek.

•Dr. Louise Sheinman, Spencerport’s Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, died June 13 of cancer. Prior to her work at Spencerport, she was principal of T.J. Connor School in the Wheatland-Chili School District.

•Diaz Chemical Company in Holley began Phase V of a remedial investigation to clean up and eliminate off-site migration of hazardous waste. It was expected to take four months to complete the sampling at neighboring homes, installation of better drainage and groundwater monitoring well clusters.

1 year ago in 2002

•Churchville-Chili School Superintendent Mary Alice Price was appointed superintendent of Pittsford schools. Price had been at C-C since 1996.

•The Adams Basin canal lift bridge was locked in the up position for the duration of the boating season. The Washington Street bridge’s operating components were found to be deteriorated to the point where it caused safety concerns after an April 30 inspection. The bridge was lowered to vehicular traffic on November 3 with the same 4 ton limit.

•Renovations were underway at the Parma Town Hall to add space, increase usability and create a more defined entranceway. Construction was expected to last four months.

•Three Orleans County police officers, including Holley’s Chief of Police Michael Grattan, were arrested June 17 and charged with cocaine possession.

•Voters in the Town of Chili approved a proposal to transfer a parcel of land to St. Pius X Church to convert into soccer fields that could be used by the town. Some town residents were vocal in their opposition citing a desire for the land to be used for other purposes as well as separation of church and state.

•Ownership of Clarkson’s Habitat for Humanity house on Lake Road was returned to the building organization. The home was built in 1999, and was the first Habitat house in Monroe County outside of the city of Rochester. The group was looking for a new qualified family for the home.

•The maximum speed limit on Route 531 was raised to 65 miles per hour.

•Gates Fire District dedicated the new Company No. 1 fire station on Chili Avenue and celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Gates-Chili Fire District on June 29.