Yesterday's News for September 2001

Yesterday's News for September 2001

35 years ago in 1966

•The Chili Fire Department held an open house and dedication ceremony for their new $250,000 fire station in Chili Center. The “ultramodern” facility was the culmination of five years of planning.

•Reverend R. Henry Brauer accepted the call of Spencerport’s Trinity Lutheran Church.

•Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance was in the midst of a major recruitment drive in an effort to offer ambulance service 24 hours a day, and on September 21 the Corps moved in to their new headquarters on Lyell Avenue.

•At Krenzer Ford, Ltd. in Scottsville, a 1964 Fiat was $695, and a 1963 Ford Galaxie was $1,295. They also had a “good selection of cheapies from $25.00 up.”

30 years ago in 1971

•Regional Transit Service began new express bus services to Brockport and Spencerport with runs between downtown Rochester and Brockport, Spencerport and Ogden every two hours between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

•Lakeside Memorial Hospital opened a “Special Care Unit,” a forerunner for a formally approved ICU.

•Dale Austin opened Spencerport Pharmacy on South Union Street.

•Dino’s Restaurant opened in Churchville serving American and Italian food.

25 years ago in 1976

•In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion in the village of Spencerport, a traffic light was put up at the intersection of Union Street and West Avenue, and East Avenue was made a one way exit from Village Plaza.

•Residents and teachers in the Hilton Central School District were surprised by the suspension of high school principal Robert Huyck, and concerned by the administration’s refusal to comment on the reason for the suspension. Vice Principal Harry Fitzpatrick was also dismissed by the school board.

•The Chili Town Board named a new town recreation center the Rick DeMeco Memorial Center in memory of the 14 year-old who committed suicide in 1972. The boy’s parents started a fund to support the town’s recreation programs so that other children had a place to go to feel like they belonged.

20 years ago in 1981

•Conflicting reports on the asbestos levels in Hilton Northwood Elementary and Hazel Jenkins School led to controversy as to what action the district should take to remove it. Some concerned parents felt the asbestos should be completely removed, while others believed the levels were so low that they posed no threat to students. School opened on schedule without the asbestos being removed, and some parents picketed outside.

•Mike DiMartino of Churchville won the Class A New York State Horseshoe Pitching Title. He had been pitching competitively since 1973 and considered winning the title “like a dream come true.”

•Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli starred in “Arthur” which was playing at the Brockport Strand.

15 years ago in 1986

•Residents of Scottsville Chili Road, south of Black Creek, were seeking an extension of the Monroe County Water District to bring county water to their homes. The quality of well water in the area was poor.

•ANG on Buffalo Road in Churchville celebrated its 10th Anniversary.

•After much controversy, the Spencerport Zoning Board approved the erection of an illuminated free-standing sign for the proposed McDonald’s Restaurant at the corner of Routes 31 and 259. The approved sign was less than half the size of the originally proposed sign. The official groundbreaking for the fast food restaurant was held on September 30.

10 years ago in 1991

•Construction was underway to reshape the lay of the land to create the 96 acre Mill Seat Landfill in Riga. This was the first stage of the four-stage landfill creation process.

•Reverend Harold V. “Skip” Lloyd took over as pastor at the First Congregational Church “The White Church” in Spencerport.

•Local filmmaker Raymond Santoro created a 50 minute film “Holley Train Depot: The Moving of a Landmark,” and donated it to the Murray-Holley Historical Scoiety to show as a fundraiser.

5 years ago in 1996

•To crown its 130th Anniversary, Roberts Wesleyan College invited the community to the gala opening and inaugural concert at the 1,000 seat Hale Auditorium in its new Roberts Cultural Life Center.

•Sporting Dog Specialties was in the process of expanding because its parent company, PetSmart, purchased State Line Tack, an equine mail order company, and planned to move its headquarters to Sporting Dog’s Brockport location. The move was expected to create 100 more jobs in Brockport.

•Ice Ban America, Inc., based in Elma and Lyndonville, went public on NASDAQ. The derivative of the alcohol brewing process was being touted as an environmentally safe, non-corrosive agent that would improve the effectiveness of salt on icy roads.

1 year ago in 2000

•The Bergen Volunteer Fire Department secured funding from the state, the community and local industry Agrilink Foods to purchase a thermal camera to assist in rescues.

•The Hilton Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of two local laws enabling the village to form its own gas and electric utilities pending voter approval on November 14.

•Little League Baseball Commissioner Chris Daily was honored for his 18 years of service to the little league and his commitment to the more than 7,635 players he presided over during his career.

•The Roberts Wesleyan College-Community Orchestra celebrated their 15th year by performing a free concert.

•Hilton celebrated the fall apple harvest with their 20th Annual Apple Fest.

•The Sweden Senior Center held an open house to show off the new addition to their building as well as to celebrate the center’s 20th Anniversary. The 2,816 square foot addition was required in order to accommodate the diverse interests of area seniors.