Yesterday's News for June 2006

Yesterday's News for June 2006

40 years ago in 1966

•The Brockport Village Board voted to buy a gasoline station at West Avenue and Carolin Drive. It was expected to be used to house one of the village’s five fire companies. It would be the first time any fire equipment would be housed north of the Erie Canal.

•Ogden Town Board moved to adopt the “Suburban Town Law,” a legal structure eliminating justices of the peace from the Town Board.

•Chili United Presbyterian Church held a two-day celebration for its 150th Anniversary.

•The first services were held at the new Pearce Memorial Church of North Chili on June 19. After the ten-month construction project, the new church had seating for 1,600 and space for Sunday School attendance of 1,200.

•For your summer picnic ... white hots were 79¢ a pound, sirloin steaks 89¢ a pound, potato salad 23¢ a pound and strawberries 33¢ a quart at Bell’s Market in Spencerport.

35 years ago in 1971

•Jean E. Hoyt was appointed Postmaster at Clarkson Post Office. Hoyt joined the postal service in 1968.

•Veronica Cooper was the first female recipient of a Spencerport Central Varsity Letter. The sophomore earned her letter playing tennis.

•Spencerport Central High School was renamed the Ellsworth J. Wilson School in honor of the retiring District Principal.

•McDonald’s held a Grand Opening Celebration at its new Brockport location on Brockport-Spencerport Road, opposite the Big N shopping center.

•President Nixon visited the Rochester area.

•2001 seemed so far away when Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” was playing at the Brockport Strand.

30 years ago in 1976

•New York State cut the number of bridge operators between Spencerport and Medina from 10 to three leaving the three men of cover the 10 operational lift bridges in the area. Boaters were experiencing increased delays, in some cases up to two hours.

•Evalyn Quinn of Hilton died at age 78. She had served as Master of the Parma Grange for two years, and had been a lecturer for the Grange for 14 years. She had also been a 4-H leader for 44 years.

•More than 20 fire hydrants in Spencerport were decorated with red, white and blue paint by residents participating in the bicentennial hydrant painting contest sponsored by the Ogden Bicentennial Commission.

•Gioia’s Shoe Repair in Churchville was going out of business after 39 years. Owner Thomas Gioia decided to retire.

•Harriet Stowe Davis celebrated her 102nd birthday at her Chili home on June 15 with 40 friends and relatives. She was believed to be Chili’s oldest citizen, and the oldest to have always lived there.

•The Peterson Drug Company of Western New York, comprising 15 retail pharmacies, commemorated its 50th Anniversary.

25 years ago in 1981

•Air samples taken at two Hilton elementary schools indicated an insignificantly low presence of some asbestos fibers. The levels found in Hilton were 200% lower than permissible levels set by OSHA.

•Ten candidates were running for four positions on the Spencerport School Board. Three incumbents - Larry Becker, Anthony Mazza and Gay Lenhard - were elected along with new member Beverly Brust.

•Father Robert Winterkorn, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport, celebrated 25 years in the priesthood with a special mass and dinner with over 1,200 friends and parishioners. The dinner was held at the Rochester Dome Arena and was catered, free of charge, by Stan Zamiara, owner of Plantation Party House, as a gift to Winterkorn.

•The Ogden-Spencerport-Brockport Youth Project known as “The Bridge” was matching young people looking for jobs with potential employers. The Bridge also set up training sessions to help youths obtain jobs.

•Arson was suspected in fires that destroyed two barns in Spencerport and Chili within two hours of each other. The owners reported hay and several pieces of farm machinery lost in the blazes.

•Pudgie’s Pizza on Buffalo Road in North Chili held a Grand Re-opening to celebrate their new pizza formula, new menu and new outlook.

20 years ago in 1986

•Renovations updating structures at Spencerport’s Waste Water Treatment Facility on Big Ridge Road were ongoing, but two months behind schedule. The renovations were mandated by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the EPA in 1983 because the plant was unable to treat waste water sufficiently to meet state and federal standards for ammonia content after treatment.

•On June 7, the Ogden Police Department began 24-hour police coverage of the town. The department of eight officers had previously provided coverage for all but two and one half early morning hours. The added coverage was requested by residents who signed a petition.

•Westside Economic Development Council (WEST) held their first public meeting on June 9 to present survey findings which indicated westside residents were concerned about the area’s economic situation, and were dissatisfied with the share of the attention and monies available from government agencies as compared with that earmarked for the eastside.

15 years ago in 1991

•Brockport Fire Chief Laurence C. Vaughan was honored in formal ceremonies at the 85th Annual Conference of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs when they presented him with their “Excellence in Leadership” award on June 10. Vaughan was the only recipient that year for the award based on innovation, achievement and exceptional dedication and leadership capabilities.

•Adrian and Nellie Vandertang of Ogden decided to retire and close their Village Shoe Store in the Spencerport Village Plaza. The store opened in 1967.

•Ralph Maniscalo, principal of Churchville-Chili’s Fairbanks Road School since 1967, retired. In honor of his years of service the Fairbanks Road Elementary School Parents Association and the Churchville-Chili Board of Education dedicated the community playground, built at the school during his tenure, in his name.

•Suzanne Waldmiller of Chili was chosen to be a Buffalo Jills cheerleader.

•New York Parks and Conservation Association was spearheading a project to create a greenway between Rochester and Letchworth State Park along the dry Genesee Valley Canal and the Genesee River.

•Brockport Lady Devils softball team defeated Irondequoit to win their second straight Section V championship.

10 years ago in 1996

•A Grand Opening was held on June 1 for the new carousel at Seabreeze amusement park. Built on the site of the carousel lost in a 1994 fire, the new carousel featured 46 handcarved, handpainted horses, including six that were saved from the fire.

•Parma Town Board unanimously voted in favor of changing its propery assesments from partial to full market value.

•Spencerport Rangers varsity golf team was named as the NYSPHSAA Team Scholar-Athlete State Champions. The team had the highest GPA of the 58 other schools who qualified.

•The Brockport Elks Club held American Fest ‘96 - four days of carnival rides, shows, performances and fireworks.

•Hamlin Park Chief Leon Randall retired after 20 years as supervisor of Hamlin Beach State Park.

•The Olympic Torch Run, en route to the Summer Games in Atlanta, passed through the Rochester area on June 12 with several westsiders participating.

•The Chili Historic Preservation Board designated the Streeter’s Inn, built in 1811, an official landmark.

5 years ago in 2001

•Lift Bridge Book Shop and Lift Bridge Kids moved into the Brockport Main Street space vacated by Mark and Dale’s. For the first time ever, the two book stores were under the same roof.

•Ogden Skate Park hosted a Skate Jam fundraiser to inaugurate the park. The 15,000 square-foot blacktop surface was constructed by volunteers.

•The Town of Parma received a $252,250 grant from Clean Water, Clean Air Bond Act, an EPA Fund, to expand the town park.

•Phase II of Brockport’s canal revitalization plan began with a ceremonial groundbreaking at Harvester Park. Plans for revitalization included a small amphitheater, landscaping, park benches, lighting and a paved walkway.

•Churchville-Chili School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new transportation facility to be built on the former Pengelly sheep farm at the corner of Westside Drive and Fairbanks Road.

•Clarendon Historical Society opened a photo exhibit of pre-WWII Clarendon barns. Four local photographers captured the images of all 110 existing barns in Clarendon.

•Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle proposed development of a 22 field soccer facility on county-owned land in Greece next to Greece Canal Park.

•June 24 through June 30 was proclaimed Fletcher M. and Alice Garlock Week in Brockport. The couple was being honored for their lifetimes of generosity and commitment to the Brockport community, particularly in the areas of local history and preservation efforts.