Yesterday's News for August 2001

Yesterday's News for August 2001

35 years ago in 1966

•The Ogden Town Board put the finishing touches on plans for a new 15 acre municipal landfill off of Lyell Street.

•Hilton Ambulance celebrated 30 years of service by putting a new station wagon style ambulance in service.

•Ice cream was 43¢ a half gallon, Wheaties and Cheerios were 33¢ a box and corn on the cob was 39¢ a dozen at Bell’s Supermarket in Spencerport

30 years ago in 1971

•The Spencerport Board of Education asked residents to vote for the third time on a new budget. A $6.7 million budget had previously been turned down. The new budget had been pared down by $53,000.

•The Independent Party for Riga was formed by residents who felt that independent political leadership and a new direction was needed in the management of Riga town government. Members of the new party planned to run in the November elections.

•Arther H. Perry, publisher of Suburban News and the Hilton Record, purchased and took over publication of the Holley Standard and Brockport Republic Democrat.

25 years ago in 1976

•Several Chili residents expressed disapproval of the Chili Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision to grant a second request for a variance from Pizza Hut which wanted to build a restaurant on Chili Avenue. The Chili Planning Board denied an application for approval of the final site plans for the restaurant.

•Thomas E. Burger of Hilton opened a funeral home in the village.

•11 year-old Mark Castle of Brockport won the Barebow National Title, Cub Division, in the National Field Archery competition for the second year in a row.

•The recycling center in the Town of Parma was getting a boost as a group of concerned citizens decided to work together on updating, improving and publicizing the center.

20 years ago in 1981

•The Chili Fire Department held a Gala Celebration for their 50th Anniversary. Events included a parade, chicken barbecue and fireworks.

•Tony Pontillo’s opened a pizza parlor in Spencerport Village Plaza. The Spencerport Pontillo’s Pizzeria was his 20th restaurant and his ninth in the Rochester area.

•A Grand Jury indicted two teenagers on arson charges in connection with a fire at Hilton United Methodist Church. The fire had taken 16 hours to extinguish, and caused $500,000 of damage. Sheriff’s investigators believed the fire was set to cover a burglary at the church and that the incident was related to a string of burglaries at area churches.

15 years ago in 1986

•A New York State Supreme Court Judge ruled in favor of the Town of Ogden in a lawsuit brought against the town by Manitou Sand and Gravel. Manitou Sand and Gravel was trying to compel the town to accept the Environmental Impact Statement on their application to blast bedrock at their South Union Street location.

•Spencerport Rams Youth Football and Cheerleading celebrated their 15th Anniversary.

•Tom Cruise was “Top Gun” at the Studio Theatre in Brockport.

10 years ago in 1991

•Cathy Barnes and Mary Kamiski, residents of Route 33A, started a petition to have the speed limit and possibly the weight limit on the road reduced following the death of a nine year-old boy riding his bike along the road in July. The Department of Transportation was looking into their concerns.

•Kirby Oldham was appointed principal of the Fairbanks Road School by the Churchville-Chili Board of Education.

•Area emergency crews averted disaster by their quick response to a gasoline tanker accident at the intersection of Routes 31 and 259. Crews were able to contain the spill, but the area was evacuated due to danger of explosion.

5 years ago in 1996

•The Town of Parma celebrated the 200th Anniversary of its settlement with a day of activities and exhibits at the Parma Museum.

•Brockport Central Schools adopted a new tougher attendance policy stating that a student would not receive credit for any class attended less than 85% of the time, regardless of the student’s grade in the class.

•Elwood and Leona Peck moved from their home on Peck Road. They were the last members of the Peck family remaining on Peck Road more than 150 years after Caleb Peck settled a 169 acre farm there in 1841.

1 year ago in 2000

•The Village of Spencerport celebrated the dedication of the Lester Merz Memorial Park on August 13. The park, which was funded by an endowment from the village’s former mayor, includes a large clock and a picnic pavilion alongside the canal.

•First Bible Baptist Church and the Town of Greece celebrated the Grand Opening of the Grace and Truth Sports Park on North Greece Road.

•The Garland Methodist Church celebrated its 175th Anniversary.

•U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo and Holley Mayor Bud Passarell participated in the dedication and ribbon cutting for Holley’s Canal Park. The park’s nature trail was officially named in Cuomo’s honor.

•The Cobblestone Society in Childs celebrated its 40th Anniversary year with a new addition to their collection – a 1909 Monroe County Board of Elections voting booth which was donated to the group by the Town of Hamlin.

•Spencerport Village Administrator Gina Tojek resigned just four months after being named to the new position during which she endured public protest and debate over her appointment and salary.

•Monroe County submitted legislation for a New York State Thruway exit in Chili. Many Chili residents vehemently opposed the proposition.