Yesterday's News for July 2001

Yesterday's News for July 2001

35 years ago in 1966

•Brockport held its 5th Annual Sidewalk Sale July 7 through 9. Friday was Kid’s Day with elephant and pony rides, aerialists, rides and clowns.

•McNall-Marple Inc. began construction of an all new furniture store on West Ridge Road near Parma Corners. The new store would be in addition to the Hilton and Albion locations.

•Russell Fraize, Spencerport Village Board Trustee and past president of the Spencerport Lions Club and Spencerport Firemen’s Association, died at age 50 following a brief illness.

•For your Fourth of July picnic... ground beef was 53¢ a pound, white hots 79¢ a pound and strawberries were 33¢ a quart at Bell’s Market in Spencerport.

30 years ago in 1971

•D.B. Wharton’s Great All-Star Circus came to Churchville’s American Legion Grounds on Buffalo Road for two performances. Tickets to the show were $1.

•Over 150 people attended a retirement party in honor of R. Wendell Hall, principal of the Hazel Jenkins School in Hilton. Hall retired after 40 years in education, the last 15 years as principal of Hazel Jenkins School.

•“Love Story” starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal was playing at the Brockport Strand.

25 years ago in 1976

•Hart Taylor Datsun on South Union Street in Spencerport celebrated its 5th Anniversary by discounting all cars in stock. New cars were available for $2,804 and up.

•The Ogden-Spencerport Bicentennial Weekend Celebration was held. The parade had more than 100 marching units - bigger than downtown Rochester’s parade. Over the bicentennial weekend there were also family activities, revolutionary war re-enactments, a street dance, and the dedication of the Ogden Farmers’ Library at their new Amity Street location.

•First grade teacher, Marian Quackenbush, was named Hilton’s Teacher of the Year for 1976-1977. Quackenbush had been teaching at Hilton schools for 25 years.

20 years ago in 1981

•Spencerport teachers were planning how to best utilize new microcomputers that would be in the schools in the fall. Each elementary school and the junior high would have one computer and the high school would have three. Teachers had mixed opinions on how useful the computers would be.

•Dining out... Friday fish fry cost $3.75 at The Pilot House in Spencerport while a prime rib dinner was $5.95 at the Viking Valhalla Room in Bergen.

•Marple Furniture in Hilton was holding a drawing in which the grand prize was a one square foot parcel of Southfork Ranch in Texas. The Southfork Ranch had been made famous by the hit TV show “Dallas.”

15 years ago in 1986

•The Ogden Town Board approved a purchase offer of $355,000 for the Matheos Building on South Union Street. The town wanted to convert the building into a new town hall.

•New York State Department of Transportation agreed to conduct a study on feasibility of constructing an extension of Route 531 west from its Manitou Road termination.

•The future of the Gillett Road bridge was in question. The bridge had been closed when NYSDOT determined it to be beyond repair. Officials felt that the bridge would not be constructed for at least five years.

10 years ago in 1991

•Ernest J. DelMonte of East Rochester donated Huffy bicycles to 1,000 Monroe County fourth graders. One boy and one girl for each fourth grade class were selected because of “special abilities, talent, achievement of leadership and continuance of super citizenship.”

•The Churchville Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a re-enactment of the famous Willard Block Fire of 1890. The fire consumed an entire block of Main Street and led to the creation of the department.

•Frank Sterling of Hilton was arrested and charged with second degree murder in the 1988 murder of 74 year-old Viola Manville. Sterling confessed to the murder, saying that strong feelings of family allegiance and a chance meeting with Manville caused him to attack. Sterling’s brother, Glen, was serving three to nine years in prison for a 1985 attack on Manville.

5 years ago in 1996

•Two local residents were seeking first-hand accounts of hauntings, extraterrestrial visits and psychic experiences for a quarterly newsletter to be distributed through their Brockport based company, Upstate Paranormal.

•An 800 square foot addition to the Sweden Senior Center was nearing completion.

•Ground was broken on July 25 for the new Tops Country Store in Hamlin.

•The Orleans County Fair celebrated its 50th year.

1 year ago in 2000

•In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall went on display for one week at the Ferris Goodridge Post 330 of the American Legion in Spencerport.

•Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a full weekend of events.

•The new Hamlin Public Library opened on July 10.

•Spencerport Lions Club elected Kathy Hare as the first female president in the club’s 45-year history.

•Pavilion State Bank opened its North Chili branch.

•Volunteers built the first phase of a new handicapped accessible playground at Utica and Holley Streets in Brockport.