Yesterday's News for July 2004

Yesterday's News for July 2004

40 years ago in 1964

•Hamlin voters went to the polls to determine whether the town should buy 40 acres on Lake Road at a cost of $27,000 for a recreational park. The plan was defeated 458-79.

•Hilton Village Board, in the throes of a week-long lawn sprinkling ban, voted to negotiate a $120,000 bond issue to cover costs of increasing its daily water plant output by 500 gallons by laying a two mile long 12-inch main from North Avenue into the village proper.

•Marine Midland Bank held Grand Opening Days July 13 through 17 for the new branch office on Chili Avenue at Paul Road.

•Emily Elizabeth Slayton, one of Spencerport’s leading residents and humanitarians, died at age 102. She was a school teacher and Sunday school teacher at the First Congregational Church.

•Spencerport Zoning Board of Appeals approved an application to construct a self-service coin-operated car wash in the village’s new plaza.

•Bowling, a buffet and dancing was $6 per couple at Pleasure Lanes in Hilton.

•On July 31, Dr. Clarence E. Castle, D.D.S. retired and turned his practice over to Dr. Sam Rivoli, who was planning to re-open the office is September.

35 years ago in 1969

•A contract dispute between Spencerport teachers and the Board of Education ended when both parties voted to accept the recommendations of a state fact finder. The chief dispute was over the salary structure for teachers who had been with the district over 14 years. Under the new agreement teachers would start at $6,875, and after 11 years with a bachelor’s degree would earn $10,828. Those with a master’s degree could earn $13,872 after 15 years.

•Towpath Trail opened to the community in Ogden. The trail followed the old towpath on the north bank of the Barge Canal from Manitou Road to Adams Basin.

•Mr. and Mrs. Harold Felmlee of Hilton were proud of their son Jack Felmlee of California, an employee of North American Rockwell, who served as project liaison officer for the Apollo II space project in which astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon on July 20. Felmlee coordinated and maintained surveillance over the department’s manufacturing of the space craft and systems equipment.

30 years ago in 1974

•L.B. Smith, Inc., the largest privately owned construction equipment distribution operation in the county moved from Rochester to Turner Drive in Spencerport.

•Fire completely destroyed one barn and damaged another at the corner of South Union Street and Stony Point Road. The fire was started by cigarettes discarded by members of a band that were rehearsing on the second floor of the barn.

•Spencerport Board of Education appointed John C. Lauffer Assistant Superintendent for School Business Affairs. The position had been vacant since Joseph Clement Jr., who formerly held the position, was appointed Superintendent of Schools in March.

•A Ford Foundation grant, combined with matching local funds, provided the Chili Conservation Board with a budget of $3,250 to explore the feasibility of a proposed linear park along Black Creek in Chili. The Riga Town Board and Conservation Advisory Council also initiated a program aimed at restoring Black Creek to its rightful status as a Class A recreational waterway.

•Garbage was piling up around Ogden and Parma with the closing of the Trimmer Road landfill and the county’s lack of an alternate solution. While most allowed garbage to pile up, others took their trash to friends’ homes in the Village of Spencerport because the village has its own landfill and was continuing to collect refuse.

•Ogden Police received a new radio console that was part of a county-wide effort to modernize police radio equipment and communications.

25 years ago in 1979

•July 1 was Ed the Barber Day in Hamlin. In celebration of Ed’s 50 years of loyal service to the people of Hamlin, the Hamlin Businessmen’s Association held a parade and open house in his honor.

•Peter LeSage, the first Democrat ever elected to the Hamlin Town Council, and the first Democrat elected to any Hamlin office since 1962, announced he would not seek re-election in November. He was planning to move to New Mexico.

•The modest frame home where George Eastman was born in 1854 reopened in its new setting at Genesee Country Village in Mumford on July 12, the 125th anniversary of his birth. The celebration included the baking of a cake from an early 19th century recipe in an oven from that time. The cake was presented to Walter A. Fallon, Chairman of the Board of Eastman Kodak Company. Kodak underwrote the $50,000 cost of relocating the home to the museum.

•Four year old Tiffany Lee Holtz, of Spencerport, represented New York state in 1979 nation finals of the Miss Hemisphere Pageant held in New Jersey. The week-long pageant, the largest children’s beauty pageant in the world, included girls from across the country.

•Hilton Central School District announced the appointment of Robert C. McEvoy as Athletic Director.

•In an effort to save money, the Hilton school district closed its Henry Street facility and decided to relocate administrative offices to the Jonathan Underwood building at the Village Complex.

20 years ago in 1984

•Ogden and 14 other towns and villages along the Erie Canal hosted the Great Canal Caper on July 6 and 7 with festivities recalling their canalside heritage.

•Construction was underway in Hilton to improve the intersection of East Avenue, Rialroad Avenue and Upton Street, and to make it safer.

•Cosmo Morabito died at age 98. Morabito moved to Spencerport in 1914, and he and his wife, Laura, ran the Handy Store next to their home on Lyell Avenue. He volunteered his time working as a handyman for the Spencerport Fire Department.

•The Town of Chili closed the Chili Recycling Center.

•There weren’t as many parking spaces as originally planned, and there was no gazebo or band shelter, but Spencerport’s long-awaited parking area on the east side of Union Street, and a Canal Park were finally a reality.

15 years ago in 1989

•Monroe County and the Town of Wheatland reached an agreement to keep Oatka Creek Park open to the public. Under the agreement, the town was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the county-owned park.

•An information meeting was held at the Bergen Town Hall about the host benefit package Bergen was offered by Monroe County in conjunction with the proposed Mill Seat Landfill in Riga. Although Bergen was located in Genesee County, it was the closest community to the landfill. Agreements were reached between Monroe County and the Town of Bergen, Byron-Bergen Central School District, and Bergen Fire Deparment, and the package was accepted unanimously by the Town Board.

•Hilton social studies teacher Robert Phillips was named co-advisor of the 1989-90 International Model United Nations program by BOCES 2. The program was to be held January 18 through February 1, 1990 at The Hague, Netherlands.

•Construction began on the Greater Rochester International Airport Expansion Program to construct a new two-tier concourse.

•Former Hilton Fire Chief Joseph G. Gavigan Jr. died on July 5. Gavigan joined the department in 1954, and also served on the village Planning Board.

•Clarkson Planning Board gave unanimous approval to the final plans for Red Ridge Subdivision on Redman Road.

•Activity was returning to the old Duffy-Mott plant on Lake Road in Hamlin. Production at the plant ceased in 1977 and the warehouse was abandoned in 1982. New shops and businesses recently moved to the area included K&K, a barber shop, Draft-Tech, Auto Repair Center, and RFK Building Supplies.

•Holley Fire Department officials presented Diaz Corporation with its Community Service Award for their continuing support of the Fire Department “beyond the usual.”

•There was controversy in Clarkson over proposed expansion at the College Service Center. Neighbors opposed expansion saying the site was too small for the existing business, and that they were concerned about the impact expansion would have on the town’s Historic District. Expansion was approved in September.

10 years ago in 1994

•As part of the festivities surrounding the Brockport Merchants’ Association’s Sidewalk Sales, the Brockport Mason sponsored a bicycle parade.

•The Town of Clarendon received a $600,000 loan guarantee from the Rural Development Administration to develop a water district to benefit 130 homes. Construction was to begin in September.

•Some Brockport residents were fighting against a proposed access road from Fourth Section Road to SUNY Brockport and the Brockport Central School campuses.

•Kleen Brite Laboratories, Inc. signed a consent order with the DEC establishing cooperative procedures among Kleen Bright, the DEC and the Village of Brockport for abating noise and air emissions.

•Spencerport mayor Clyde Carter accepted the formal resignation of trustee James McKinney. Carter appointed Robert Castle to fill the term of office.

•Churchville-Chili Board of Education held special meetings to review options for moving forward with plans to build a new junior high school and other captial projects after bids came in $3.7 million higher than the estimated $14.2 million.

•The 1,200-pound bronze bell that was saved from demolition of the old St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hilton in 1992 was installed into a new 30-foot tower outside the congregation’s new sanctuary.

•Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen was marking 40 years in business.

•Wooden Christmas ornaments and shelf sitters depicting North Star School in Hamlin were being sold to mark the school’s 150th birthday.

•After more that 10 years of planning and hard work, a historical center in the old Holley railroad depot held a grand opening on July 31.

5 years ago in 1999

•The Bank of Castile opened a new branch office on Chili Avenue. The branch is headed by Chili residents Christine McCartney and Gary Gayton.

•Streeters Inn in Black Creek Park was dedicated as a historic landmark house in Chili.

•There was a grand opening ceremony for the Skate Park for skateboarders and in line skaters at Parma Town Hall Park.

•The Village of Spencerport adopted a 1999/2000 Sidewalk Plan calling for the repair, maintenance and replacement of existing sidewalks and the installation of new sidewalks.

•Hamlin residents gained full access to the resources of the Seymour Library through an arrangement in which the town pays the library $3,000 per month.

•Hamlin Councilman Jeff Simek resigned from the Town Board at its July 28 meeting. The board unanimously appointed George Todd to serve the remainder of Simek’s term.

•Clarkson celebrated the 100th Birthday of its Town Hall at the corner of Routes 19 and 104.

1 year ago in 2003

•Spencerport physician Mike Mazza retired. At the time of his retirement, he was a doctor in the Spencerport Family Medicine practice.

•Heritage Furniture helped furnish a Homearama home. Westside builders were showcased in the dream home community on display in Chili.

•Byron-Bergen Central Schools hired two new varsity coaches -- William Fitzpatrick for boys soccer, and Scott Schleede, a sixth grade teacher in the middle school, for boys basketball.

•Parma officials decided to tear down the popular 14 year old wooden playground at the town park and replace it with new play equipment funded in part by a $50,000 Monroe County Development grant. The pressure treated wood used in the playground was thought to be a health hazard. Plans for the new play area included features such as a mega rock mountain climb, tube slides and a log roll.

•Hilton village officials proposed a new form based design code to revitalize existing sectors of the business area. Board members hoped a fresh approach would encourage new businesses to come to the village center.

•Malcolm Perry was appointed to the Ogden Town Board to fill a seat made vacant with the death of Tom Vandertang. Another town position, Director of Parks and Recreation, was also open following Glenn Boetcher’s sudden death. Eric Bacon was named to that job.

•Three women planned a Jet Ski® trip around Lake Ontario beginning on July 31, a 550-mile trip. Participating were Susie Cotsworth, Gwen Comstra and Vicky Thomas.

•A fire at the former Duffy Mott site in Hamlin destroyed a part of Lake Ontario Storage. A hundred firefighters from seven area departments fought the blaze which resulted in the loss of boats and vehicles stored in the building.