Yesterday's News for July 2005

Yesterday's News for July 2005

40 years ago in 1965

•Residents of Ogden were organizing to show their support for the organization of a volunteer ambulance service. Reverend Don Creech was selected as chairman of the Ogden-Spencerport Steering Committee.

•Monroe County received a state grant of $165,140 for a comprehensive study of sewerage needs for the northwestern part of the county including Hamlin, Clarkson, Sweden, Parma, Ogden and Greece. The study was expected to take two to three weeks to complete.

•Churchville-Chili school district residents approved a $350,000 bond issue on top of a previously approved bond issue for new school facilities because construction bids exceeded estimates.

•A State Supreme Court Justice annulled a Chili Zoning Board decision that has permitted construction of an 84-unit apartment project on Buffalo Road opposite Hubbard Drive stating that the Zoning Board had not been legally justified in granting the variance.

•"Mary Poppins" opened at the Brockport Strand. Tickets were $1.25 for adults and 75¢ for children.

35 years ago in 1970

•Star Market had all the fixin's for your 4th of July picnic. Conti's Texas or white hots were 59¢ a pound, ground beef 55¢ a pound, rib steaks 95¢ a pound, corn on the cob 98¢ a dozen and watermelons were 99¢ each.

•The New York State Education Department granted the Churchville-Chili School District superintendency status. Previously the chief district officer was called District Principal.

•William C. Munn was elected president of the Spencerport School Board after serving as a board member for four years.

•John Barry, owner of Barry Dodge in Brockport, received a Distinguished Dealer Award from Chrysler Motor Corporation.

•The Niagara District AAU Junior Olympic Synchronized Swim Meet was held at Sandpiper Swim Club in Gates.

30 years ago in 1975

•Chili residents voted on the first referendum ever held in the town - on whether the town board should be authorized to spend $125,000 to build an addition to the highway garage. Voters approved the referendum 332 to 237.

•J.C. Penney Co. announced plans to open a new department store at Long Ridge Mall in Greece in the location formerly occupied by J.B. Hunter. The new J.C. Penney was scheduled to open in the fall.

•An engineering firm under contract to Monroe County proposed three landfill sites - all in Riga. The town vowed to continue fighting to protect their town.

•Offices for the Town of Ogden moved from West Avenue to South Union Street, and the Village of Spencerport moved its offices to the West Avenue building.

•Spencerport School District and Spencerport Teachers’ Association agreed to a compromise settlement over improper practice charges leveled againts the district. Two teachers had missed three days of instruction to attend a teachers union assembly and the administration docked their pay. The district had previously allowed for this type of absence.

•Boaters on Braddock’s Bay petitioned to have the entrance to the bay dredged. Because of low water levels, some areas in the bay entrance were only three feet deep, and larger boats were being damaged.

•Construction was underway for two new buildings at the BOCES 2 complex on Big Ridge Road. One building would provide 40,000 additional square feet for WE-MO-CO, and the other was a 35,000 square foot Educational Services Center.

25 years ago in 1980

•Reverend Albert A. Dickson, retired pastor of Parma Baptist Church, wrote and published a book of meditations and prayers titled "Fascination of Faith." Many of the articles in his book were adapted from the "Godspell" column he wrote for the Suburban News from 1973-1976,

•Elsie Cromwell turned 100 and was named New York State's oldest Grange member. She had been an active member of the Ogden Grange for 75 years. She was also the oldest member of the First Congregational Church in Spencerport. Over 175 people attended her birthday reception at Hilton East Residential Home.

•Alvin Bauer retired from the position of Ogden Town Clerk after 19 years in the office.

•Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman was campaigning for a seat in the United States Senate by making a ten-day, 20 city boat tour of the Erie Canal region. She was the first candidate to campaign by canal since Franklin Delano Roosevelt campaigned for governor.

•Churchville-Chili School District welcomed David Ryan as the new Superintendent of Schools.

•Brockport residents passed a referendum to change the village’s municipal elections from March to June beginning in 1981. Students at SUC Brockport opposed the change saying it would make it more difficult for students to vote.

20 years ago in 1985

•Matthew DiRisio resigned as principal of Churchville-Chili High School to accept the position of Superintendent of Lyons Schools. The Churchville-Chili Board of Education appointed Richard Couture to fill the position.

•Monroe County Sheriff Gene Sokol retired after 13 years of serving the Hilton community. He planned to move to Florida.

•After having adopted an austerity budget for the 1985-86 school year, Hilton School Board placed two propositions before voters. One proposition for $197,000 included marching band, interscholastic and co-curricular programs, the other for $203,000 was to maintain transportation for students.

•Eastman Kodak Company was collecting both instant and traditional photos of families and individuals to be part of the “America’s Family Album” promotion the company was conducting in support of fundraising efforts for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.

•Municipal insurance rates soared leaving local towns and villages wondering how they would cover the cost. The Village of Spencerport’s rate jumped almost $64,000, and the Town of Parma faced a $49,000 jump.

•David Steedman retired from his jub as Park/Golf Course Superintendent at Churchville Park where he had worked for 32 years.

•Michael J. Fox went "Back to the Future" at the Brockport Strand.

15 years ago in 1990

•Spencerport Volunteer Fire Department celebrated their 100 years of service with a Community Centennial Celebration at Firemen's Park.

•The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association awarded its highest honors to Nancy Huffman of Churchville for outstanding service to the Association, her profession and the people of New York. Huffman was working at BOCES #1 in Rochester.

•Chili Recreation sponsored the First Annual "Chil-E" Festival. Festivities included a parade, 5K race, carnival, music, arts and crafts.

•Ogden voters approved a proposition to build a community center on land donated by James and Reta Colby on Ogden Center Road to house the Ogden Farmers' Library, Town offices, Ogden Police Department and a recreation area.

•Clarkson’s first Good Neighbor Day was held July 28. The event featured a quilt and art show as well as craft vendors.

•Hamlin Town Board members were opposed to a petition signed by close to 100 people proposing a building moratorium in the town until the Master Plan could be re-evaluated

•Some area residents had formed ChildVision to try and inform parents on research showing both the good and bad effects of television on children. Their main concern was about shows covering adult topics being aired when children were likely to be home alone. The group cited “The Geraldo Rivera Show” as an example.

•The Clarkson Town Board moved ahead with plans to rezone 35 acres of land on Lake Road, owned by David Hafner, to a Limited Industrial District in an effort to attract industry to the town.

10 years ago in 1995

•Both the Town of Ogden and the Village of Spencerport proclaimed the daylily their official flower.

•Hundreds of items belonging to the Kaiser family of Hamlin went on the auction block. The family decided to part with items including machinery, tools and memorabilia, that had been accumulating in their barn for over 60 years. Many items dated back to the 1800s.

•After 33 years of service to patrons of the Community Free Library in Holley, library aide Bernice Buelte retired.

•Brockport officials learned that additional monitoring of wells would be installed along the canal in the northeast quadrant of the village as part of a DEC-approved plan for continued monitoring of the inactive hazardous waste site at 200 State Street.

•Spencerport resident and Gates Chili track coach Ken Switnicki won the National Masters Pentathlon 30-34 age group. The event was held in Michgan.

•Sweden was one of eight municipalities to win local government records management grant for the installation of a Geographic Information Service (GIS) system. The system would allow for computer access to all geographical information for the town.

5 years 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.

•Rita Reber Carney published the book “Me and My One-Room Schoolhouse,” an account of growing up in rural Riga and attending District #5 School which was located on Attridge Road in Riga.

•The Town of Clarendon gave permission for the construction of a memorial gazebo on the east lawn of the Town Hall. The project was partially funded through a Buy-A-Brick program. A groundbreaking for the Clarendon Memorial Gazebo was held in September.

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

•The Churchville Village Board passed the “Action Awareness Plan” to address the village’s recent problems with vandalism by encouraging witnesses to report any such activity.

•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.

1 year ago in 2004

•Ogden Police Chief Christian Schrank retired in mid-July. He had been Ogden’s Chief since 1992. Douglas Nordquist succeeded him in the position.

•George Eastman House and the Rochester community celebrated the 150th anniversary of George Eastman's birth. A variety of commemoration events marked the impact Eastman had on Rochester and the world.

•The Bergen Historical Society was working to restore the old Harford House barn and livery stable located just east of the Bergen Town Hall. They planned to use the first floor as part of a museum, featuring displays of local agricultural items, business-related items and general “outside the home” items.

•At the July 13 town board meeting, Clarkson Supervisor Paul Kimball and the town board, declared July 13, 2004 as Donald and Donna Lowry Day in Clarkson. The Lowrys founded Lifetime Assistance in 1978.

•A 40 feet tall flag pole was dedicated to the memory of former Clarkson Highway Superintendent Gerald Zastrow at the Sweden Town Park on July 18. Zastrow had been instrumental in the construction of the first baseball fields at the site.

•The Genesee Transportation Council amended its 2003-2008 Transportation Improvement Program to include $5.8 million to advance the possible extension of Route 531 west to Redman Road in the Town of Sweden.

•The Holley village site formerly occupied by Diaz Chemical was named to the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund list allowing for federal funds to help with clean up at the site of the abandoned chemical plant.