Yesterday's News for August 2005

Yesterday's News for August 2005

40 years ago in 1965

•Reverend A. Sydney Kitts was installed in a ceremony at Chili's Lutheran Church of Our Savior.

•Members of Spencerport Junior Riflemen participated in the New York State Regional Matches held in Canandaigua, and at the team's annual awards picnic Gary Menchey was named club champion. He was the youngest shooter in the club's history to reach Distinguished Expert rank so fast and so young.

•Ogden Town Board approved the establishment of the Ogden-Gates Joint Water District, estimated at $581,600, to bring water to 225 homes. A major expansion of the Gates-Chili-Ogden Sewer District, costing upwards of $900,000, was being planned by the Monroe County Sewer Agency.

•It was the 30th anniversary of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s passage of the Social Security Act. The program had grown tremendously in the 30 years, growing from a basic retirement program to include disability and health care. In 1965 the Rochester district office was paying benefits of $72 million per year.

•Fish Fry dinners were 99¢ at Wanda's Restaurant in Spencerport.

35 years ago in 1970

•Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES in Spencerport received a federal grant for special education and special subject teachers to develop a curriculum guide for working with mentally handicapped children.

•Ellsworth J. Wilson retired from his position as district principal of Spencerport Central Schools after 40 years of service to the district.

•At age eight, Tim O'Brien of Hilton set a new age group world record for the 880 yard run with a time of 2:59.5. The previous record was 3:01.

•There was record attendance at the Ogden Republican picnic held at Churchville Park.

•Third generation police officer Thomas F. Brownell was appointed as Ogden’s new Chief of Police.

30 years ago in 1975

•Duryea Ford in Brockport celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a "Super Sale." A brand new 1975 Pinto was $2,851, and a new 1975 Maverick was $3,003.

•Reverend W. George Thornton, minister of the Spencerport and Churchville United Methodist Churches, was named Photo Journalist of the Year at the International Convention of the Photographic Society of America.

•Some Chambers Street residents were fighting against a proposed three-lot subdivision to be built on the road. They cited drainage problems in the area as their main concern.

•Andrew McKay of Greece became the International Toastmaster Club champion for 1975 with a talk on “The High Cost of Smiling” in front of 900 in Washington, DC at the Toastmasters Competition.

25 years ago in 1980

•A Grand Opening Celebration was held at Canning Street Square in Hilton. Ten stores including The Greenery, Scissor Stop, The Village Photographer and Once Around Twice, opened joining Marple Furniture in the building. More stores were expected to open in the fall.

•Ingram's Chimney Sweeps of Greece donated 15% of their August proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Ingram's cleaned chimneys dressed in traditional British chimney sweep gear - top hats and tails.

•The Village of Brockport was being plagued by vandals. There had been 15 occurences of vandalism on Main Street in three months.

•Dale Rath was sworn in as president of the Monroe County Legislature.

•According to figures from the Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, the Town of Riga had experienced an 85.5 percent gain in per capita income since 1969, the highest gain in the seven-town Suburban News readership area.

20 years ago in 1985

•Fundraising was underway for two area playgrounds. One was to be built near Fairbanks Road Elementary School in Churchville and the other was to be built at Pineway Ponds Park in Ogden.

•The 200 members of the Chili Golden Agers celebrated the group's 20th Anniversary with a dinner party at The Party House.

•Joseph Schuth, owner of Salmon Creek Country Club, died suddenly after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 66 years old.

•Beginning with the 1985-1986 school year the New York State Board of Regents increased requirements for foreign language instruction. Some area schools were scrambling to find teachers.

•A branch of Northrup Creek, flowing through Spencerport parallel to Coleman Avenue, completely dried up killing many of the fish in the creek. It had been more than 20 years since the creek had last dried up completely. Rain later in the month helped to refill the creek bed.

•At 80 years of age Helen Bassett was busy hand digging a foundation for an addition to her 1827 farmhouse on Brower Road in Ogden.

15 years ago in 1990

•Hilton launched their new recycling program with Recycling Expo '90 including a variety of recycling demonstrations and exhibits at Furnal's Big M.

•The Town of Riga joined forces with two citizens groups, ECOR and ROBBED, to prevent placement of Mill Seat landfill in the town.

•Spencerport Village Board passed an ordinance restricting skateboarding on village owned or leased lots, public parks and cemeteries.

•A proposed three-lot Sandy Shores Estates Subdivision in Hamlin was in danger of violating an international agreement between the United States and Canada because a drainage pipe from the project was designed to drain directly into Lake Ontario. The Planning Board approved the project providing that the possible treaty violation would be looked into.

•A loaded gas tanker truck overturned on Sweden Walker Road near Gordon Road on August 29 killing the driver. More than 1,500 gallons of gas leaked into a field. Sixteen fire departments responded and 645 gallons of foam concentrate was used to control the spill and prevent an explosion.

10 years ago in 1995

•A reception was held to celebrate the historic preservation designation of the Brockport Strand Theater. The Strand opened as a theater in 1916 and was believed to be the oldest motion picture theater in the area.

•Firefighters fought a blaze in the home of Holley Village Trustee Chris Harrington. The house was rendered uninhabitable, but there were no serious injuries.

•Pat Lupo Mayne of Gates was inducted into the New York State Twirlers Hall of Fame. She began baton twirling at age three and has taught over 2,000 students in the area over the past 35 years.

•Ogden Police Chief Christian Schrank was installed August 30 as head of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police at the group’s annual convention.

•New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health, and Diaz Chemical Corporation held a public availability session to describe proposed Interim Remedial Measures designed to address site related groundwater contamination and to hear comments on the proposed plan.

•Donald and Murial Ophardt of Church Road had become Hamlin’s first ostrich farmers.

•Groundbreaking was held on August 27 for the new Seymour Library building site on East Avenue in Brockport.

5 years 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.

•The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was searching for information about the murder of 83 year-old Parma resident Jean McAllister, who was bludgeoned to death in her home.

•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.

1 year ago in 2004

•Village of Brockport held a sign unveiling ceremony during the Brockport Summer Art Festival on August 14 in front of St. Luke's Episcopal Church to celebrate the listing of its historic commercial district on the national and state registers of historic places.

•Churchville received two grants totaling $17,595 from the NYS Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund. One grant was to have a Geographic Information System (GIS) needs assessments for a village and town-wide system, and the second to fund the purchase of Cemetery Office Management software for the Village's Creekside Cemetery.

•The Calvary Chapel Westside congregation celebrated the grand opening of its new building at 2407 Union Street, across from Ogden Presbyterian Church, on August 29.

•Hilton native Ryan Callahan was drafted in the fourth round of the National Hockey League draft by the New York Rangers. Callahan played on the varsity team at Hilton for one year as an eighth-grader under head coach John Farnham before moving on to the Junior Amerks and the Buffalo Lightning.

•In an effort to update outdated and irrelevant codes within the Village of Brockport, a code review committee was formed.

•Ferris Goodridge American Legion Post celebrated its 85th birthday on August 27.