Yesterday's News for August 2006

Yesterday's News for August 2006

40 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.

•Spencerport businessman and restaurant owner Lee Cammirelli died suddenly. He opened OK Plaza, Lee’s Displays and Nina’s Restaurant, and was former treasurer of the Businessmen’s Association.

•Hamlin Town Board added two seats to the Zoning Board of Appeals, enlarging the panel from five to seven members.

•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

35 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, Edgar Moore, John Webster and Thomas Caulfield, planned to run in the November elections.

•Herbert Brueckner died suddenly at his Spencerport restaurant. In addition to his restaurant, he also helped publish the Spencerport Star, and was a member of the Spencerport Volunteer Fire Department.

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

30 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.

•Ogden Zoning Board held a hearing August 12 on the proposed expansion of the Stoney Point Garden Center on Buffalo Road. Owner Lynn Leastman had asked the town several times for permits, variances and rezoning in order to expand his business, and was turned down every time. Most neighbors were in favor of expansion, but did not want the parcel rezoned from residential to commercial. Leastman was again turned down by the board.

•A few Parma residents wanted to know why the town had not held a public referendum on the proposed new library. Town Supervisor Jack Jennejahn said there hadn’t been any opposition to the library, and the board felt a referendum was unnecessary unless residents petitioned for a vote. Residents petitioned and a vote was set for September 29.

25 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 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.

•A proposal by the Power Authority for the State of New York to redistribute inexpensive hydropower around the state threatened to drastically increase rates paid by municipal electric customers in the area 173 percent by 1991.

•A proposal to build a new bus compound and maintenance garage in the Spencerport School District was defeated by one vote.

•A groundbreaking ceremony in Spencerport marked the start of Phase I of a community development project to revitalize the downtown area with new sidewalks with brick borders and trees and new street lights.

20 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.

•Spencerport native Tom Villard was in town for a visit shortly after filming “Heartbreak Ridge” with Clint Eastwood. Another of Villard’s movies, “One Crazy Summer” was playing in theaters at the time.

•Twenty Hilton School District teachers attended a “Language and Literacy” institute at SUNY Geneseo that focused on the practice of whole language reading and writing taught by internationally-known educators from New Zealand, the country with the world’s highest literacy rate.

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

15 years ago in 1991

•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.

•Chili resident Gerald Rosenberg was appointed chief executive officer of Peterson Drug Company of Western New York.

•Paul Road in Chili was closed while road crews worked on the re-alignment of the Chili Avenue/Paul Road intersection. The work was part of an $11 million project to rebuild Chili-Coldwater Road from the 490 expressway to the intersection.

•Four-year-old Chelsea Dobson of Spencerport was the winner of the Pee Wee Division for being a top fundraiser for “Bowling for Miracles” which helped raise money for children’s hospitals and youth bowling programs.

10 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.

•Ogden Telephone Company was discussing a possible sale to Citizens Utilities, potentially becoming part of Citizens Telecom.

•Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp was to be the keynote speaker at Lakeside Foundation’s Eighth Annual Gala Dinner.

•Mary Alice Price was named Superintendent of the Churchville-Chili School District, replacing retiring Superintendent David P. Ryan.

•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.

5 years ago in 2001

•Holley marked the 150th anniversary of its incorporation with a Sesquicentennial Celebration on August 4 that included a parade, pageant, fireworks, band performances and arts and crafts show.

•The Park It in Parma Town Celebration featured the “World’s Largest Egg Drop.” Children in the Hilton-Parma Recreation Summer Playground worked to construct a giant chicken made of foam, paper mache and duct tape into which an egg was placed and dropped from 70 feet.

•Retired Spencerport teacher Mildred Snyder celebrated her 100th birthday. She received many honors for her years of dedicated service to education as well as more than 300 birthday cards.

•Area residents raised concerns about the proposed soccer complex between Manitou Road, the Erie Canal and Erie Canal Park. Residents concerned about increased traffic and saving the park from commercial exploitation formed Citizens for the Integrity of Greece Canal Park. Lawn signs put up by the group were stolen.

•Lakeside Memorial Hospital was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation in support of their “Building for the Next Generation” capital campaign.

•Ogden Skate Park was dedicated to Rotarian Pete Bacher, who initiated the project before his death in December, 1999.

•A Farewell Open House was held to say goodbye to the White Church’s pastor Rev. Harold “Skip” Lloyd. He had served at the Spencerport church for 10 years. Lloyd would conduct his last service on September 2 before moving to Massachusetts to serve at Athol United Church of Christ.

•Dragon Boat races were part of the Brockport Summer Art Festival for the first time this year.