Yesterday's News for July 2006

Yesterday's News for July 2006

40 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.

•Riga Town Board adopted a resolution to establish Riga Water District #1.

•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.

35 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.

•Bob Sekel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sekel of Spencerport, signed with the Baltimore Orioles to continue his career as a baseball pitcher.

•On July 26 a wreath from the Town of Gates was placed on the Manhattan gravesite of General Horatio Gates for whom the town was named on the occasion of his 244th birthday. It was the first time the town had honored its namesake in its 162 year history.

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

30 years ago in 1976

•Hilton Crimson Cadets Marching Band performed at our Nation’s Birthday Celebration on July 3 in Philadelphia, and also marched in the more than five hour long Bicentennial Parade on July 4.

•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.

25 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.

•Spring weather took a terrible toll on the local cherry crop. One local grower’s trees were completely bare, while several others had about 60 percent less yield than usual. The scarcity of fruit caused the cost of cherries to double to 40 to 45 cents per pound.

•Former Spencerport soccer coach Ron Broadbent was appointed head varsity soccer coach at Brockport State College. In 21 seasons at Spencerport Broadbent had compiled at 235-83-47 record.

•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.”

20 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.

•To celebrate the 50th year of air traffic control, the FAA held an open house at the air traffic control tower at the Rochester International Airport on July 6.

•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.

•New York State police announced they would be enforcing the Village of Churchville’s youth curfew. Persons under 18 were not allowed on the streets after 10 p.m. unless supervised by a parent, guardian, or other adult with legal control.

15 years ago in 1991

•Dr. Carl Sansocie retired from Lakeside Memorial Hospital after serving in various capacities for 40 years. Sansocie played an integral part in the growth of the hospital during his tenure.

•The 134th Maintenance Company of Reservists returned home on July 3 after seven months in the Persian Gulf. The Reservists returned just in time for the holiday to crowds of well-wishers and a party at the Culver Road Armory.

•Ernest J. DelMonte of East Rochester donated Huffy bicycles to 1,000 Monroe County fourth graders. One boy and one girl from 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.

•Some residents of Route 33A in Riga were petitioning to have the speed limit, and possibly the weight limit, of the road reduced after years of accidents culminated with the death of a nine year-old boy who was hit by a truck while riding his bike along the road. The Department of Transportation was looking into their concerns.

•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.

10 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.

•Braddock Point Lighthouse was back in operation after more than 40 years of darkness. The lighthouse was put into operation in 1896, and was closed 58 years later because of hazardous conditions. In 1986 new owners Bob and Barbara Thulin began a labor of love to restore the lighthouse according to plans provided by the Coast Guard.

•The Orleans County Fair celebrated its 50th year.

5 years ago in 2001

•The Village of Brockport held a reorganization meeting to deal with all the changes in Brockport village government. Assessor/Code Enforcement Officer Bill Weber and Planning Board Chairman Tom Hare resigned their positions one day before the June elections. Historian Bill Andrews and attorney Roy Heise resigned their positions the day after the elections in which Josephine Matela defeated incumbent Mary Ann Thorpe for the position of Mayor.

•County Executive Jack Doyle announced that the proposed thruway exit in Chili would not become a reality based on the Preliminary Initial Findings Report that indicated limited economic development potential.

•Hilton Village Board chose Al Howe its 2001 Citizen of the Year for his many volunteer activities.

•Ferris Goodridge Post 330 of the American Legion dedicated the grounds west of the Legion post on Trimmer Road in Spencerport as “Jerry Peck Memorial Field” in honor of Peck’s many years of service to the post.

•Mulkin/Courtesy GM was purchased by the Spurr family of Brockport and became Spurr-Courtesy.