Yesterday's News for June 2004

Yesterday's News for June 2004

40 years ago in 1964

•The new Bells Supermarket, owned by Walter George, opened in Spencerport Plaza.

•A. Gould Klock, 73, of Walker, president of Klock Oil Company, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Klock started the oil business 30 years prior, was director of the State Bank of Hilton for 32 years, and was president of the board at the time of his death.

•Contractor, Podgers and Son Inc., was seeking approval to annex 75 acres from the Town of Parma to be the site of a 270-home subdivision with municipal water and sewer systems.

•The land situated in the approximate area of the Chili site once proposed for MCC was being considered as a possible future county park. The 600 to 1,000 acre area east of Green Road in West Chili was being studied as a possible alternative to the proposed Black Creek Park.

•Chili Lumber Incorporated opened on Chili Avenue.

•The 25th anniversary of the Rochester Products Division of General Motors Corporation was celebrated June 30 and July 1.

35 years ago in 1969

•Marshall McLuhan, “the 20th century’s high priest of communications,” was the commencement speaker at St. John Fisher College.

•The phone number of the Ogden Police Department was added to all patrol cars in the department. Also, all patrol cars were now equipped with a life preserver and 100 feet of line for added safety in and around the Erie Canal.

•The American Falls at Niagara Falls was stilled temporarily on June 12. The dewatering allowed for a six-month study by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to halt the erosion that had allowed rocks to pile up at the base of the cataract.

•Margeret Ross Hutchinson, a dance teacher in the area for many years, died June 20 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Hutchinson taught dance in Greece since 1957, and danced in many well known stage productions during her career, including the “Ziegfeld Follies.”

•Walter George of Bell’s Supermarket in Spencerport announced the installation of a Marketing System Electronic Data Transmitter. This system of recording data electronically and transmitting it at a high speed via telephone made inventory and ordering faster and easier.

•A grand opening celebration was held June 28 at Arnold Driving Range at the corner of Buffalo Road and Westside Drive.

30 years ago in 1974

•Roberts Wesleyan College received a million dollar property gift from Dallas D. Davis of Chili. At the time it was the single largest gift in the history of the institution. William K. Sittig, chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, also announced the appointment of Paul L. Adams as president of the college. Adams was expected to assume the office on September 1.

•Harriet Stowe Davis of Chili celebrated her 100th birthday.

•George Mercer, a seventh-grader at Hilton Junior High, was named Western Monroe County’s first official Bicentennial Drummer Boy, and was set to participate in bicentennial celebrations in Spencerport and Ogden. Mercer was to represent Alexander Milliner, who at age 14 was a drummer for George Washington’s personal guard unit, and in his later years lived in Adams Basin.

•The Parma-Greece area was hit by a severe wind and rain storm that downed power lines and damaged 29 telephone poles.

•Ogden went down to the wire deciding what to do with garbage upon the July 1 closing of the Trimmer Road landfill. The town refused to allow the dumping of all Ogden waste at the Lyell Street site near the widewaters, and encouraged recycling to alleviate the garbage problem.

•St. Theodore’s Church on Spencerport Road in Gates celebrated its 50th anniversary with a mass on June 30.

25 years ago in 1979

•A half-hour documentary “Erie Water” aired on WXXI. The locally produced program traced the history of the Erie Canal and its influences on the growth of Rochester and upstate New York.

•The Lyell Street bridge crossing the canal in Adams Basin was closed permanently by NYSDOT because of structural deterioration.

•Hamlin Town Board approved a resolution to increase the board of assessment review from three to five members. The board named Richard A. Mattle and Rocky R. Ellsworth to the new positions.

•Reverend W. George Thornton, minister of the United Methodist Church in Spencerport, was retired by action of the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church after 41 years of service in the ministry.

•Parma’s baseball field #1 was dedicated in memory of Walter Sherwood, one of Hilton-Parma’s strongest promoters of youth baseball.

•Ogden Town Board renewed Walter Przybycien’s excavation permit for his Manitou Sand and Gravel operation, but prohibited blasting and the excavation of bedrock. Area residents complained about blowing dust and noise.

20 years ago in 1984

•DePaul Mental Health Services notified the Spencerport Village Board of their intent to establish a community residence on South Union Street for 13 mentally challenged adults.

•Frank Ciliberto, a 1979 graduate of Spencerport’s Wilson High School, became a professional athlete, becoming starting defender for the new Rochester Flash of the United Soccer League. In his senior year at Spencerport, he was the varsity team’s leading scorer.

•Voter turnout was up 25 percent in Hilton as the school budget and two other propositions went down in defeat.

•A commemorative wall plate went on sale as a souvenir of Parma’s 175th birthday. Designed by Parma Town Historian Shirley Cox Husted, the plate featured a wagon wheel design with 10 line drawings of historical interest between the spokes.

•Town of Ogden and Monroe County officials came out in force to help Caldwell Manufacturing break ground for its new world headquarters and manufacturing plant on Manitou Road. The new facility was expected to employ 150 people.

•Construction began on Hilton’s Centennial Gazebo Project.

15 years ago in 1989

•Spencerport residents received blue boxes for recycling newsprint, glass and cans. The 1,300 residents were part of a pilot program organized through Monroe County to get people in the habit of curbside recycling. The first pick-up was June 5.

•Faber Homes celebrated the ribbon cutting and grand opening of their Mill Crest Park neighborhood in Clarkson on June 10.

•Hundreds of volunteers went on a five day construction spree June 14 through 18 to build the Parma-Hilton Community Playground near the Parma Town Hall. The project was coordinated by Bernice Blossom.

•Byron-Bergen School Board voted to seek residents’ approval for an addition to the Junior-Senior High School building.

•Ogden Town Board members decided to make a purchase offer on the E.G. Snyder Building on South Union Street after determining that the building had enough space to house all town functions.

•Riga Town Board accepted Monroe County’s benefits package agreeing to be a landfill host. Monroe County Legislator Tom Parker introduced 16 amendment points to the package in an attempt to further protect Riga residents, but only two of his amendments passed. Plans for a $2.5 million exit at Bovee Road to serve the proposed 400-acre Riga landfill were scrapped by NYSDOT because they felt that the increase in the amount of traffic would not be enough to warrant a separate exit.

•Ogden Police Chief Russell R. Ruhl retired after 20 years with the department.

10 years ago in 1994

•A new law took effect June 1 requiring bicyclists under 14 to wear approved helmets when riding or when a passenger on a bike.

•Over 2,200 students from 60 school districts in the region converged on Churchville-Chili High School on June 3 and 4 for the New York State School Music Association’s spring evaluation festival.

•June 6 marked the 50th anniversary of D-Day when allied forces landed on Normandy beaches.

•An open house reunion was held June 11 in celebration of the 175 years that Holley Presbyterian Church served the community.

•A fire at Kleen Bright’s Farr Street facility in Brockport was contained to a stainless steel drying tower. A Kleen Brite spokesperson said it served as a good drill of their emergency procedures.

•When asked his opinion of the O.J. Simpson case, Jeff Davis of Spencerport said, “There was too much reporting on it. I oversaw the whole chase scene, and if the news doesn’t have anything better to do, then they’re in sad shape.” In Pat Peters’ Perspective on Sports column he wrote, “Regardless of whether O.J. Simpson is ultimately found guilty, his humanness has been revealed in even more explicit fashion. As godlike as he may have seemed, Simpson is also somebody who runs from police and contemplates suicide.”

•Officials and residents in Brockport were at odds over the merits of a proposed $2.5 million college/school district access road and Park and Ride. Some felt it would ease traffic congestion, others thought it was a waste of money.

•Chili Town Board voted in favor of a resolution to create a rural agricultural overlay district in the Ballantyne Road area.

•Rochester Telephone sued the Town of Ogden to reverse the Planning Board’s decision to deny final approvals for a 150-foot tower on Colby Street. The utility went ahead and began construction without approval. They later received a court order allowing them to build the tower while awaiting a decision.

•Ogden Police began an “Are You Okay?” program using a computerized calling system to check in on shut-ins and the elderly.

5 years ago in 1999

•Ogden Town Supervisor Gay Lenhard appointed a Commission to Analyze Saving and Efficiency (CASE) to help the Ogden town government identify ways to deliver town services in a more cost effective way.

•Chili Memorial Post #412 celebrated its 25th Anniversary as a VFW post.

•Frontier Cellular announced the selection of a cellular tower site in Parma to replace the tower on Colby Street in Ogden.

•Hamlin celebrated the second annual Hamlin Wheel Fest on June 12.

•Churchville-Chili Jr. High School Principal Lucia VerSteeg retired after 20 years in education.

1 year ago in 2003

•The Ogden Historical Society celebrated their 40th anniversary with an afternoon of tours of the Pulver House, demonstrations and refreshments.

•The first piece of firefighting apparatus purchased by the Hamlin Fire Department in 1931 was going to be restored by the Engine 55 Club. Members estimated it would cost $40,000 to spruce up the truck.

•Holley school district cut their tax levy to 8.77 percent from 17 percent projected because the state legislature passed a preliminary budget which restored some state aid to schools.

•Sgt. Lewis DuSett returned home to Adams Basin, arriving to a community-wide celebration. He had been gone since January. A Marine reservist, the call to duty was his first. He served in Kuwait, about 35 miles from the Iraqi border.

•The EPA and DEC were conducting site assessments at the abandoned former Kleen Brite Laboratories facilities at 200 State Street and 100 Fair Street in Brockport village. The agencies were determining if any hazards existed due to manufacturing wastes left at the sites.

•Fire department volunteers from Hilton and five area communities fought an early morning blaze that started in the wooden office portion attached to the southern end of the Hilton Cold Storage building on Canning Street in the village.

•Nora Tamblin, and her husband, Eric, owners of Gearings Store on Washington Street in the hamlet of Adams Basin, closed the store on June 27. A store had been at the site for over 50 years and the couple had operated one there for 19 years and closed with sadness. Reduced traffic caused by the seasonal closing of the Washington Street Erie Canal lift bridge made accessing the store from the hamlet and from the Salmon Creek Golf Course on the north side of the canal very difficult.