Yesterday's News for August 2004

Yesterday's News for August 2004

40 years ago in 1964

•Chili Town Board held a public meeting to help determine if the town should sell all of its water equipment to the Monroe County Water Authority and have Chili residents become retail customers of MCWA.

•Some Clarkson residents were opposed to plans by International Promotions Inc. to build a $200,000 tri-oval stock car race track on the Charles Aldrich farm - a 40 acre parcel at Drake Road and Lake Road.

•Hilton Board of Education voted to take immediate steps to investigate the availability of land or sites in the east or south east sections of the district for a new school. District residents also approved a special referendum allowing split sessions for grades six through 12 until the new Merton Williams Junior High School could be made ready for occupancy.

•Hamlin Recreation Commission elected Reverend David Higs, pastor of Morton Baptist Church, as its new chairman.

•Sealy Firm Golden Sleeper mattresses were $39.95 full or twin at Dunn’s Home Furnishings in Brockport.

35 years ago in 1969

•Several fundraisers were held August 24 - Chris Olson Day - to benefit the Spencerport teenager who was left paralyzed as a result of an accident on a tennis court in April.

•Hilton’s Northwood Elementary School received an Honorable Mention Certificate as a newsworthy school by Instructor Magazine. The award was given because of the new school’s innovative architectural design utilizing geometric forms in a flexible three-wing plan for a non-graded program. Northwood was one of 59 schools being recognized from nationwide nominations.

•Monroe Cherry House furniture store held a grand opening on August 10, but no business was transacted because it was a Sunday. The store was located in the building that now houses Abbott’s Frozen Custard and Lady Victoria’s Tea Room in Spencerport.

30 years ago in 1974

•An open house was held in honor of Dr. Fred and Mrs. Grainer on August 4 at the Morgan-Manning House upon Dr. Grainer’s retirement from private practice in Spencerport after 35 years, and from his responsibilities at Lakeside Memorial Hospital. Dr. Fred Grainer Day was also celebrated August 25 at the Ogden Senior Center. The Grainers were planning a move to Arizona.

•Dr. Frank Clune and seven archaeology students conducted an excavation and study in Adams Basin. The sites were the old Ryan house on Washington Street as well as an adjacent field that served as a school playground and carnival site until 1936.

•The Town of Riga was preparing to file a lawsuit against the Monroe County Water Authority for $125,000 to $150,000. The suit was being initiated because the water authority tied in the Village of Churchville to a $1.2 million water main financed mostly by Riga. Town officials claimed the tie-in violated the contract Riga had with the water authority that the town had the right to negotiate with new users.

•Ogden Police arrested two Brockport men in connection with a burglary at the American Legion Post 330 on Trimmer Road.

•Hilton Postmistress Margaret VanDeventer retired from public service on August 30 after 32 years in the post office. Frederick Allen of Newark was appointed the new Postmaster.

25 years ago in 1979

•Soviet artist Zurab Tsereteli and the government of the Soviet Union donated two bronze sculptures weighing 30 tons and valued at $1.2 million to State University College at Brockport in honor of the International Year of the Child and the fifth International Summer Special Olympic Games being held at the college August 9 through 11. Celebrities on hand for the event included Muhammad Ali, Christopher Reeve, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Phil Donahue, Barbara Walters, Rosey Greer, Maureen McCormick and more, but the Special Olympians were the true stars of the event. More that 22,000 spectators attended the opening ceremony.

•Fritz Neidert of the Albion Fire Department was presented with a plaque from the department for his acts of heroism upon discovering the Holiday Inn fire in Greece and rescuing people from the blaze. He was also named Fireman of the Year at the Western New York Convention held that July in Hamlin.

•Forty-four area men, all members of the First Bible Baptist Church in North Greece, went on a 10-day trip to the Arctic Circle to build a church in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada.

•A search committee presented a report on nine possible sites for a new landfill to the Monroe County Legislature’s Public Works Committee, but seemed to be zeroing in on the Iacovangelo property on Bromley Road in Riga.

20 years ago in 1984

•Spencerport Village Board was considering ways to deal with loitering and vandalism.

•The Loomis and Schieven families in Chili were busy converting a school bus into a roving therapy workshop complete with a peaked roof, paneling, back porch, an eight-person hot tub, a rainbow projector and a computer.

•The world’s longest rowing competition, 110 miles total, took place August 19 on the Erie Canal between the Genesee River and Lockport and back. Sponsored by the University of Rochester Rowing Club, the race surpassed the former record holding 99-mile race held in Switzerland annually.

•Chili Town Board passed a resolution prohibiting use of all tape recorders at board meetings. Several people in the media felt the ruling to be an unfair restriction of reporters’ rights, and the director of the state committee on Public Access to Records was concerned with the legality of the move. In September, the board rescinded the resolution and passed a new resolution prohibiting taping by members of the board.

15 years ago in 1989

•Dr. Timothy S. Bostley opened Hilton Veterinary Hospital on August 1.

•Parma Pony Club was represented at the National United States Pony Club Competition in Lexington, Kentucky on August 6 through 8. This was the first time Parma sent a Known-Down Team to the national competition.

•The Union Street bridge over the Erie Canal in Spencerport was closed on August 9 for repairs that were expected to take three months to complete.

•Residents along Riga’s Hotel Creek were trying to keep the Mill Seat Landfill from being constructed in Riga because it would damage the creek and surrounding wetlands, and because the steam was a breeding ground for trout.

•Summer programs at area libraries and recreation departments marked a huge increase in number of participants.

•Area resident Lorraine Curtis was leading as effort to inform people about the problems latex balloons cause in the ecosystem. She was especially concerned with the increasingly popular balloon launches being held at weddings and other festive occasions. In addition to pollution, birds and other wildlife would be endangered if they ingested the balloons. Her efforts led the Spencerport Board of Education to prohibit balloon launches by the school district.

•The steeple of Adams Basin United Methodist Church was being repaired after being struck by lightning on May 31.

•Electrical malfunction was the suspected cause of an August 27 fire at Village Ice Cream Churn and the Village Video and Hobby Shops in one of the oldest buildings in the village of Spencerport (circa 1835), located between what is now Ziggy’s Bar and Grill and Performing Hair. Over 200 firefighters responded to the fire, and several hundred neighbors and friends stood vigile. The fire left 17 people homeless.

•Memories of WWI was the theme at the Brockport Museum in August as the 75th anniversary of the conflict was observed.

•A swingset for handicapped individuals was installed at the playground behind the Hamlin Town Hall.

10 years ago in 1994

•Depot Hair Expressions opened in Hilton on August 1.

•Volunteers worked August 6 to build the Kendall Playground at Kendall Elementary School.

•Nik and the Nice Guys headlined a full day of entertainment on August 6 at the Hilton Firemens’ Field to support the Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Greater Rochester.

•Hamlin Historican Mary Smith held an open house in honor of 150 years of postal service in Hamlin.

•G. Richard Welles Sr., 82, of Clarkson, was killed when his ultralight airplane crashed at Spencerport Air Park off Vroom Road in Ogden.

•Brockport Village Board gave approval to plans for Brockport Billiards to open business on Main Street after initially recommending the plan be denied because of public outcry and traffic safety reasons.

•Ground was broken August 25 for a 9,000 square foot sales and service facility in Brockport for Mulkin Pontiac, Buick, GMC Truck to be located adjacent to the existing Mulkin Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Geo on Brockport-Spencerport Road.

•Brian LeSchander was planning to make 40 skydiving jumps to celebrate his 40th birthday on August 26, and raise money for the American Cancer Society.

•William Hayes retired after 21 years as Superintendent of Byron-Bergen schools effective August 31.

5 years ago in 1999

•Churchville Elementary School Principal George Wright retired after 38 years with the district.

•Avid pilot, local developer and Rotary Club member, Bud Hendershot, was named Hilton’s 1999 Citizen of the Year.

•Plans were progressing for the expansion of the Churchville Post Office.

•The Village of Hilton adopted a noise ordinance.

•Lori Marple, owner of The Apple Tree in Clarkson, was named Retailer of the Year by Country Business Magazine.

•Walker Fire Department celebrated its 75th Anniversary on August 7 with an open house, the rededication of Hiler Memorial Park and an antique fire truck parade.

•The Third Annual Great Orleans Unique Flying Machine Expo and Hot Air Balloon Fest was held at Pine Hill Airport in Albion.

•In an attempt to crack down on underage drinking and alcohol abuse, SUNY Brockport adopted a new, tougher alcohol policy.

1 year ago in 2003

•Ground was broken at the Parma Town Hall for a multi-purpose building designed, funded and built by the Hilton Raiders Football and Cheerleading organization and the Hilton Parma Soccer Club.

•A broad section of the northeastern United States went powerless on August 27 at approximately 4:45 p.m. as grid after grid of electrical lines went down in the Great Blackout of 2003.