Yesterday's News for September 2003

Yesterday's News for September 2003

35 years ago in 1968

•Chili’s new library building was officially dedicated September 8. The library had been operating for six years out of temporary quarters at the Chili Town Hall.

•A groundbreaking ceremony was held September 8 for the new Parma Free Methodist Church to be erected on the corner of Parma-Hilton Road and Burritt Road, Hilton.

•“Journey From Infinity” was the first program the public was invited to see at the Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum and Science Center when it opened on September 22.

•Spencerport soldier Sp-4 Paul Symes Jr., a member of the “Wolfhounds” search and destroy specialists of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Division, received his third purple heart in five months for his service in Viet Nam.

•During Spencerport Village Plaza’s Sidewalk Sale, Bell’s grocery store offered hot dogs for 10¢ and coffee for 5¢.

30 years ago in 1973

•Mildred Huey was appointed North Chili Postmaster. The 30-year resident of North Chili had 17 years experience in the postal service.

•The Town of Ogden approved the application of a group of local investors to rezone a 10-acre parcel on Lyell Avenue adjoining the Village of Spencerport, and across from Spencerport schools, to permit the construction of Village Walk which was to consist of 120 garden apartments.

•Ann Mayer, third grade teacher at Churchville-Chili’s Fairbanks Road Elementary School, had two of her biographies for children published by the Creative Educational Society. The Two Worlds of Beatrice Potter and Sir Frederick Banting - A Doctor Against Diabetes were the first of her full length books to be published.

•The Town of Chili completed the purchase of a parkland that was to eventually become the home of a new community center. The 37-acre parcel was bordered by the Penn Central railroad tracks, Bucky Drive, Paul Road and Andony Lane.

•Twenty people met at Clifton Baptist Church and formed a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Douglas Merchant was elected temporary chairperson. The new chapter was to cover the territory from Mt. Morris in the south to Lake Ontario in the north, and from the edge of Rochester in the east to the east of Batavia in the west.

•The Independent Party of Riga won a lawsuit against the Monroe County Board of Elections and the State of New York allowing them to appear on two rows in the November ballots. The lawsuit came about when the Conservative Party of Monroe County wanted to endorse the Independent Party of Riga, but a state law passed in 1971 would not allow an independent political group to also appear as candidates on the Republican, Democrat, Conservative or Liberal lines. However, the same law allowed the four major parties to cross endorse to appear on multiple lines. The Independent Party felt the law was unfair and unconstitutional because it discriminated against their party. A restraining order was issued against the Monroe County Board of Elections allowing the Independents to appear on two lines. The State Senate was looking into changing the law.

25 years ago in 1978

•Students in grades four through 12 at Spencerport Schools were required to bring their own towels for showers after gym classes and sports events. A measure by the Board of Education discontinued the district’s previous program of renting towels to students from an outside laundry service and charging towel fees to students.

•Churchville-Chili School District was one of 27 districts in the state that joined together and brought legal action against the State Department of Education and successfully challenged the state’s method of funding public education. Nassau County Supreme Court ruled that the state’s financing system was unconstitutional because it discriminated against students in low wealth districts.

•The Town of Sweden was planning to build a center for its senior citizens at 133 State Street, Brockport. Plans called for a building approximately 5,000 square feet with a recreation room, kitchen, lounge, library and an arts and crafts room.

•Construction began at the site for the joint Ogden-Parma Fire District firehall at the corner of Routes 104 and 259.

•The Chief of the Churchville Volunteer Fire Department, in a letter to the Village Board, termed the condition of newly-installed water mains in the village to be inexcusable, unsatisfactory and dangerous. In flushing tests of the new system, two Churchville fire truck pumps were damaged.

•The Monroe County Legislature voted to test three sites in the Town of Riga for a new county landfill.

20 years ago in 1983

•1971 Spencerport graduate Tom Villard was starring in a new NBC sitcom “We Got It Made” which premiered on September 8. At the time the show was described as a “rather lightweight, though energetic combination of ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘Three’s Company.’”

•The White Church in Spencerport sent out an S.O.S. (Save Our Steeple). The box portion that held up the steeple was badly undermined by dry rot and the congregation was trying to raise $23,000 for repairs.

•Mike DiMartino of Churchville won his second “Class A” NYS Horseshoe Pitching Title in three years over Labor Day weekend. He compiled a 12-1 record with 72 percent ringers. He was planning to participate in the World Championship in 1984.

•The Hilton School Board voted unanimously to wrap up the long-standing legal dispute over the presence of asbestos in the Northwood School by advising their attorney to settle differences with the NYS Education Department. The board’s motion came after hearing the results of precise air-sample testing which confirmed the presence of airborne asbestos fibers at Northwood.

•Chili Recreation dedicated its Memorial Park Soccer Field as “Ed Merante Field” in honor of the founder of Little Guy Soccer who spent many years as coach and administrator. Over 1,000 people attended the dedication on September 26.

15 years ago in 1988

•St. Jude’s Parish, 4100 Lyell Road, held a 20th Anniversary Festival September 16 through 18.

•A $370,000 road reconstruction project on East Avenue, Hilton, was underway to make the road safer.

•Art in the Park was the theme of Hamlin’s first art show held September 17 at Hamlin Town Hall. A photograph of Troutberg at the turn of the century was selected by historical Mary Smith to be printed as a limited edition poster commemorating Art in the Park.

•Ogden was facing bridge problems with the closing of the Gillett Road bridge and reduced tonnage limits on the Martha Street bridge resulting in limited fire protection north of the canal.

•The Chili Community Center Advisory Committee proposed that the town build a new highway garage to ease space restrictions in the town hall complex. Under the proposal, the existing highway garage would be renovated to house the library, and the town hall could expand into the library wing.

•Customers at Jerry’s Family Restaurant were having a hard time telling their waitresses apart since 18 year-old identical twins Debbie and Heidi Hinckley started working at the Spencerport eatery.

•More than 125 people crowded into Firehouse Number 1 in Chili on September 13 to share their opinions about what should be done to improve the Chili Avenue corridor. Residents suggested everything from planting flowers to widening Chili Avenue to a four-lane highway.

•Bergen celebrated its 175th anniversary with a celebration September 17 that included a Civil War Reenactment and historical displays.

10 years ago in 1993

•When Brockport High School students returned to school they had a new 85-minute class schedule which reduced the number of times students changed classes. The new schedule allowed for two weeks worth of additional instructional time without increasing the length of the school day or adding days to the calendar. Brockport students also had a new Superintendent, as James C. Fallon was appointed to the position on September 7.

•The Chili Lions Club celebrated their 30th anniversary.

•The card catalog was removed from the Seymour Library to make room for seven computer terminals which went online September 7 when all 38 Monroe County libraries tapped into the database known as CARL, a computerized card catalog of all area libraries and an index of magazine articles, radio and television broadcasts.

•Monroe County officials held an open house at Mill Seat Landfill in Riga on September 18. Two busses shuttled more than 200 visitors on a tour of the landfill, DEC officials spoke, and there were informational displays all attempting to make the local community more comfortable with the landfill that had caused a great deal of turmoil for over 10 years.

•New property assessments in Parma affected homeowners in Hamlin, Clarkson, Spencerport, Gates and Greece because of the equalization rate that the town received from the state. The affected towns were asking the state to investigate the increased rate.

•The Erie Canal Bar and Grill in the Spencerport business district was severely damaged by fire on September 19. Investigators ruled the fire as an arson to cover a burglary.

•Volunteers constructed the Hamlin Community Playground September 22 through 26.

5 years ago in 1998

•Though not officially a tornado, a tornado-like storm ripped through the area on September 7 causing over $1 million in damages in Holley, toppling trees in Brockport and causing extensive damage to the Brockport High School roof.

•A community celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held September 16 to officially open the newly constructed First National Bank at the corner of Routes 19 and 31 in Brockport.

•Monroe County Legislator Tracy Logel announced that the county planned to purchase the historic Streeter’s Inn in Chili for restoration and preservation of the site as a community resource.

•The congregation of the Bergen Presbyterian Church celebrated the completion of its two-year renovation project. The 200-member congregation and friends did much of the work themselves with over 8,000 volunteer hours logged. They cut the cost to $450,000 from the original $1.6 million estimate.

•A grand opening celebration was held at Heritage Furniture on West Ridge Road at the corner of Trimmer Road in Spencerport. The store was owned by Patty Lendeck and Mark Perry who had operated the original Heritage Furniture in Batavia.

•The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile rolled into Hilton on September 18 making a stop at the Hilton Big M and collecting canned goods for the Hilton Food Cupboard.

•John Klock donated a Victorian-style clock to the Hilton community on September 19 in honor of his grandfather John E. Cooper. The clock was placed in Hovey Square between M&T Bank and Ben Franklin.

1 year ago in 2002

•An official Grand Opening was held at the Sweden/Clarkson Community Center on September 2.

•A ceremony establishing the Spencerport Fire District was held September 3 at the village gazebo. In July, the towns of Ogden and Parma and Spencerport village leaders agreed to consolidate fire service responsibilities of the Ogden-Parma Fire District and the Village of Spencerport.

•A dedication ceremony for the Hilton Veteran’s Memorial at the Hilton Community Center was held September 12.

•Ogden Supervisor Gay Lenhard appointed 30-year Ogden resident Carol Coburn to the position of Town Historian.

•Kim Hinkley, a former Rochester City Police Department officer and long time Holley resident, came out of retirement to accept the position of acting Holley Police Chief.