Yesterday's News for July 2007

Yesterday's News for July 2007

40 years ago in 1967

•Memory Days were held as part of the Ogden Sesquicentennial and Spencerport Centennial celebration. Festivities included a canal regatta, canoe races and canalside sing-a-long. A few days later the Erie Canal Sesquicentennial Exhibition docked in Spencerport. The floating museum contained displays depicting the construction of the canal, typical canal scenes, an operating scale model of a canal lock and more.

•Ralph Dollinger, the leading car salesman in New York state for six years, took over Easton Pontiac of Brockport and it became Dollinger Pontiac, Inc.

•Hilton Parma Recreation opened a second playground with only a 10 acre cornfield in Parma Center and a $300 budget for equipment.

•Ogden Town Council proposed a new landfill on Lyell Street despite neighbors’ objection. The new site was sought to replace the old town dump on Brower Road.

•Al and Jeannette Zarnstorff of Barrett Avenue, Spencerport, were chosen as campaign managers for Ken Barclay, candidate for the 51st state senatorial district.

•At the Super Duper in North Chili ground beef was 49¢ a pound, pork chops 79¢ a pound, leaf lettuce 15¢ a head and Charmin toilet tissue was 29¢ for a four-roll pack.


35 years ago in 1972

•The Town of Ogden approved the application for rezoning of the DeWitt Brower farm on Union Street near Route 31 to permit the construction of Holiday Trace of Ogden consisting of townhouses and apartments to house 448 families.

•Discount tickets for Snyder’s Darien Lake were available at Bell’s Market in Spencerport. The all-day passes regularly $5 were just $1.

•Jim Barnard Chevrolet, on Buffalo Road in Churchville, became the area’s newest Chevrolet dealership on July 1.

•Pamela Moore, Monroe County Dairy Princess, addressed the Kiwanis Club of Churchville at their weekly meeting. Moore, the daughter of Riga Supervisor and Mrs. Edgar Moore, represented the Dairy Council in the county.

•The fifth annual Texas Style Pit Barbecue, Auction and Field Day was held at North Bergen Presbyterian Church. Over 350 pounds of top round steak and over 90 pies were prepared for the smorgasbord-style dinner.

•Deli roast beef, corned beef and turkey were 85¢ a half pound at Beli Deli on South Union Street in Spencerport.


30 years ago in 1977

•Batavia Downs Racetrack commemorated 7/7/77, the luckiest day of the century, by giving out good luck charms to patrons. The charms were coins about the size of a silver dollar with a harness horse on one side and the wheel of fortune on the other.

•The Brockport Fire Department celebrated its 100th anniversary at the Downtown Brockport Sidewalk Sale.

•The Village of Churchville announced that low income village residents would be eligible for grants of up to $2,000 for home repairs because the village received assistance through the Monroe County Community Development Program.

•A public information meeting on the reconstruction of Manitou Road to Route 31 brought 100 angry residents to the William Munn School for a meeting. More than 30 people spoke against expanding Manitou Road to four lanes.

•Work was in progress on the new Parma Library.


25 years ago in 1982

•A redistricting plan, approved by a federal panel of judges, took Ogden out of Congressman Barber Conable’s district and put it into Congressman John J. LaFalce’s new 32nd district.

•The Hilton village flag was lowered to half mast on July 3 in memory of former Mayor Frank W. Pickett who died July 1 at age 85. Pickett served as mayor from 1945 to 1952 and also served as Town Justice and Town Board member for many years.

•Churchville’s old water tower came down after 56 years. Sinisgalli Wrecking Co. in Rochester won the bid ($9,500) to remove the old tower.

•Fire destroyed the popular Spencerport Village Diner on South Union Street. There was evidence of a short circuit in the panel box in the kitchen.

•The Spencerport Sidewalk Sale was expanded to become the first Spencerport Canal Days including arts and crafts displays, live entertainment, canal cruises, pony rides and fireworks.

•The Town of Ogden opened its new recycling center at the rear of the Town Highway Garage lot on South Union Street. The center was a long-term project of the Ogden Conservation Board.

•59 year-old nature photographer Emily Holden of Spencerport was lost for two days in Bergen Swamp. A massive search was conducted. Holden had been taking pictures in the swamp and couldn’t find the trail out.

•Edmund DeFrank of Riga was unemployed when he went out for a gallon of milk and bought a lottery ticket with his last dollar. The ticket won him second place in the New York State Lottery and made him $50,000 richer.


20 years ago in 1987

•Brockport Merchants Association celebrated its 30th anniversary with a four-day Sidewalk Sale.

•The Towns of Ogden, Parma and Riga were feeling pressure to grow and bring in industrial and commercial development. Of the three towns, Riga was the only one with a Master Plan ready for adoption. Ogden had drawn up a master plan 17 years earlier but had never adopted it, and Parma was in the preliminary stages of developing a plan.

•Former Democratic Monroe County Legislator Claire Montgomery of Chili was leading a petition drive to earn an Independent Party designation for Edward Merante, Republican candidate for Chili Town Board in the November election. Merante said he was grateful for the support that crossed party lines.

•Hilton School District Superintendent Dr. Arthur Herd presented an award of appreciation to the owners of Flower City Printing to recognize ten years of cooperation between the school’s Graphic Communication program and the business.

•Eight of the New York State Barge Canal bridges on the west side of Rochester were in questionable states of structural stability. Greece Town Councilman George “Ray” Tobin, Jr., was meeting with officials from the Towns of Gates, Greece, Ogden and the Village of Spencerport in an effort to pass resolutions requesting NYSDOT to speed up repair or replacement of the bridges.

•Northwest Family YMCA on Long Pond Road was being rebuilt. The branch had been partially destroyed by fire in 1986.

•Tom & Nancy’s Pizza held their grand opening during Spencerport Canal Days.


15 years ago in 1992

•New York State, Monroe County and Ogden town officials and representatives of the State DOT and WEST participated in the official groundbreaking ceremonies of the Manitou Road to Union Street leg of Route 531.

•An informational meeting was held on a construction/demolition debris processing and disposal facility proposed for a site on Lynch Road in Murray. The proposed facility would only accept nonhazardous debris such as wood, brick and other building materials. Members of the group SPOC, Stop Polluting Orleans County, Inc., opposed the facility for environmental and economic reasons.

•A request filed in Ogden by Wegmans to rezone 24 acres on Route 31 from R-1 residential to commercial brought a lot of negative comments at a July 8 town board meeting. The board heard more than two hours of comments against the rezoning; nobody spoke in favor of it.

•The 17 members of Chili’s Facilities Committee agreed that the town’s library, town hall and highway garage needed more space, but they could not agree on a plan. Eight members supported one plan and seven supported another. Both recommendations were submitted to the town board.

•After two years of work, the Parma Lakefront Committee received a negative response to their survey to determine if there was public support for the development of a lakefront park in the town. About one-third was in favor of the park, but even those people felt it was not the best time for the town to spend tax money on the park.


10 years ago in 1997

•Land was chosen in Clarkson to be the site of the first Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Monroe County outside of the city of Rochester. A groundbreaking was held August 25.

•The Hilton Fire Department celebrated their 100th birthday at their annual carnival.

•Brockport Village Historian Emily Knapp died at age 80.

•The Clyde Carter Memorial Gazebo was dedicated on July 20. The centerpiece of Spencerport’s canalside development originated as a memorial to the village’s late mayor who envisioned a developed canalside in the village.

•The Village of Hilton and Cottrone Development Inc. held an informational meeting on the proposed development of Unionville Station, located off South Avenue, for senior housing.

•Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES dedicated a plaque in memory of Robert P. Dye, the first superintendent of the second supervisory district of Monroe County after BOCES was officially incorporated. The plaque was purchased with memorial funds contributed in Dye’s name after his death in 1996.


5 years ago in 2002

•Excavation was again underway at the Byron Dig. For three weeks, approximately 150 volunteers assisted Dr. Richard Laub and his team of specialists as they carefully and systematically sifted through layers of soil searching for bones and artifacts from the Ice Age. The Hiscock site in Byron is one of the largest and longest ongoing digs in existence and constitutes one of the richest finds of Mastadon bones east of the Mississippi.

•Brockport High School choruses past and present held a reception July 12 honoring Maryellen Giese, choral director and music department chair, for 31 years of service and dedication.

•Congressman John LaFalce announced that he would not seek re-election after serving 28 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

•Dr. Samuel Beach Bradley’s 19th century Hoosick office was being reconstructed and restored at the Parma Meetinghouse Grounds. Dr. Bradley built the office with his own two hands on Manitou Road, but the office was moved to the Parma Museum grounds after the roof collapsed from snow damage. Parma Historian Shirley Cox Husted said the volunteer project was expected to take two years.

•The Village of Brockport was looking into the opportunity to acquire a contract to offer exclusive pouring rights in the village to Coca-Cola®. Sales of Coca-Cola® products from vending machines, and cases and fountain drinks at municipal offices and not for profits would return a percentage of the profits back to the village.

•Warren Kozireski, station manager of SUNY Brockport’s student radio station 89.1 The Point, was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the highest honor given to those who work in the SUNY system.