Yesterday's News for September 2004

Yesterday's News for September 2004

40 years ago in 1964

•Gates-Chili Board of Education banned smoking by students in all district schools and approved strict enforcement regulations.

•Spencerport firemen held an open house and official dedication ceremony at their new fire house on Lyell Avenue.

•The congregation of the First Methodist Church of North Chili dedicated their new sanctuary, fellowship hall and religious education center with a series of evening services.

•Fire completely destroyed the farm buildings on the property of Dewitt Brower on South Union Street in Ogden.

35 years ago in 1969

•Spencerport’s new post office was dedicated September 7. The facility at 174 South Union Street was part of the Post Office Department’s lease construction program. The building retained private ownership but was leased to the federal government.

•Construction had begun on a 3,800 square foot addition to Imperial IGA Foodliner on Hovey Street in Hilton.

•Five organizations in Spencerport worked together to make the railroad underpass in the village a more pleasant sight by cleaning and repainting it in a lighter color.

30 years ago in 1974

•The League of Women Voters held a open house at their new North Goodman Street office as the first in a series of special events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Rochester League.

•Maple trees in the village of Hilton were being destroyed by an aphis invasion. The Hilton Highway Department used a powerful Rotomist to spray a combination of chemicals and water to saturate the foliage and trunks in an attempt to eliminate the aphis.

•Ogden Town Board set aside a proposal to build a new public library on Church Street in Spencerport. The $170,000 proposed library was opposed by area merchants who claimed parking facilities would be lacking for downtown shoppers. Alternative proposals were being considered.

•There was a celebration in Adams Basin on September 21 and 22 in honor of Alexander Milliner who served as George Washington’s drummer boy at age 14. Milliner lived in Adams Basin later in his life, and at the age of 105 he tried to volunteer as a drummer in the Civil War.

•The public had the opportunity to view the growth of the Gates and Chili areas on September 25 as part of the Gates Chili Motorcade. The bus tour highlighted over 200 businesses, industries and community services in the area.

•A new Ben Franklin store opened in Spencerport Village Plaza under the ownership of Robert Zingarella.

25 years ago in 1979

•The new Catholic Bishop of Rochester, Bishop Matthew H. Clark, made his first official visit to the Brockport area on September 9 to mark the 125th anniversary of Nativity Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

•Brockport Village Board hired a grantsman to handle over $275,000 which the village was entitled to, some retroactively, under the Community Development Act.

•The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development extended a grant totaling $370,000 for revitalization activities in Hilton’s central business district.

Hamlin Fire Department dedicated its new fire hall on Lake Road.

•Ogden Seniors met at the Lodge on the Green to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organization.

20 years ago in 1984

•The Town of Riga celebrated its 175th birthday on September 1 with a parade and full day of activities.

•Chili artist Helene Chudyk was showing some of her works at the Village Gallery in Hilton.

•The Village of Spencerport passed a local law providing for sidewalk repair by individual property owners within 10 days of receiving written notice from Spencerport Public Works. If owners didn’t take action within 10 days, village work crews would do the work and bill the property owners.

•The AFL-CIO Local 13 Plumbers and Steamfitters put up a picket line at the construction site of the new Caldwell Manufacturing Plant on Manitou Road. They were protesting sub-contractor E.G. Snyder’s use of non-union labor.

•Doug Puffer, 14, of Churchville, earned the title of 1984 MR II Stock Champion in the New York State Microd Association Championship races in Oswego. Puffer was clocked at 11.7 seconds on the one-tenth-mile course.

•Spencerport Board of Education unanimously accepted a bid for the purchase of the John T. Trowbridge building on Lyell Avenue. The winning bid of $318,500 was made by Richard Gollel, president of Ricell Construction Company, who planned to convert the school into an apartment building.

15 years ago in 1989

•Over 7,000 attended Parma Youth Appreciation day on September 3. Festivities included music by Nik and the Nice Guys, fireworks, and the dedication of the Parma-Hilton Playground.

•The Red Baron Squadron performed a demonstration at Sweden’s Ledgedale Airport on Labor Day weekend. The squadron of open cockpit biplanes was maintained by Red Baron Pizza Service.

•A retirement party was held for former Ogden Police Chief Russell Ruhl on September 14. The Ogden Town Board appointed Merritt Rahn as the new police chief after considering six candidates.

•Hamlin’s Lakefront Water Revitalization Plan was approved by the Town Board and was being sent to Albany for approval.

•Hilton attorney Herbert Lacy died suddenly of a heart attack. He was a founding partner of Lacy, Katzen, Ryan and Mittleman in 1950, and served as counsel for the Village of Hilton, and legal advisor for Hilton Baptist Church.

•Chili Lions Club celebrated their 25th anniversary with a party at the Ugly Mug in Chili-Paul Plaza.

•The seven-month renovation and new construction project at Hilton’s Village Elementary School was formally dedicated and opened to the community on September 24.

•In special ceremonies on September 24, Spencerport Fire Department members began a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of service to the community.

10 years ago in 1994
•Even though it was late and over budget, the six-mile Route 531 extension from the Gates town line to Washington Street opened September 1 with an official ribbon cutting at the Union Street bridge.

•The fifth annual Clarkson Good Neighbor Day festival was expanded to two days and included a celebration of the town’s 175th birthday.

•September 5 marked the 100th Labor Day celebrated in the United States. In 1894 President Grover Cleveland enacted the legislation making Labor Day a national legal holiday.

•Spencerport Central Schools began the school year with a new automated phone system in place. The system cost $27,000 and was included in the capital expansion.

•A Guinness World Record attempt was held in Hilton on September 10 for the Longest Continuous In-line Skating Conga Line. 318 skaters participated, and Hilton-Parma Recreation handed out free “I did the Conga in Hilton, NY” t-shirts.

•Biotechnology vendors were demonstrating the latest technologies in bioremediation at the Beadle Road clean-up site in Sweden. Each was trying to demonstrate the effectiveness of their methods. This pilot project was the first of its kind in the country.

•The bridge over Black Creek on Route 33 in Churchville was closed for replacement which was expected to take one year.

•After only nine months on the books, Clarkson Town Board repealed the controversial sprinkler ordinance which had required new commercial and industrial construction and multi-family housing, as well as remodeling projects valued at more than 50 percent of the property’s assessed value, be equipped with sprinklers.

•Churchville-Chili Board of Education voted to downsize their project to build a new junior high school because bids for the project came in $3.7 million higher than estimated.

•Spencerport mayor Clyde W. Carter died September 30 following a brief illness.

5 years ago in 1999
•Spencerport residents were upset over the new red, white and yellow paint job at the McDonalds on Route 31. The fast food restaurant did not have their painting plans approved by the Architectural Review Board.

•West Winds alternative church in Bergen celebrated its first anniversary.

•The Hilton Board of Education approved the appointment of David Dimbleby to the position of Interim High School principal following the resignation of Mary Jane Brooke.

•Over $20,000 was raised at a chicken barbecue fundraiser held to benefit the Torry Yahn Research study of the Aplastic Anemia Foundation of America in memory of the Churchville-Chili High School student who died from the condition at age 16.

•The Cobblestone Society hosted Old Timers Day in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the construction of the Cobblestone School in Childs.

•We learned about Brockport native Herbert W. Stanford (Stan) who died in a plane crash in World War II. In the 55 years following his death, his family knew none of the details. A young French man tracked down Stan’s wife, Marian Stanford Horek, and told her that villagers in Rabodanges, France considered Stan a hero for helping to save their village. She visited the crash site in France and attended a memorial service held by the village.

1 year ago in 2003

•Every Holley elementary school student would receive free breakfast during the 2003-04 school year. Holley was one of only 19 districts in upstate New York to be awarded Academics & Breakfast Connection (ABC) pilot funding by the Nutrition Consortium of New York state to establish the breakfast program.

•The Spencerport school district had new starting and dismissal times for the coming school year. The times were set to accommodate the district’s new three-tier transportation plan.

•GE and Black & Decker, former owners of the 200 State Street facility in Brockport, offered to replace a substantial portion of the village’s storm sewer pipe downstream of the facility. The work would remove tar-like material containing PCBs, though the two companies said their testing did not determine a source of the materials. Also, remedial work was continuing on stream segments north of the village. 3M was also involved in the soil removal work.

•Holley Mayor Dan Schiavone resigned his office citing personal reasons. The Holley Board of Trustees appointed village trustee William Quaranto mayor to replace Schiavone. Skip Carpenter, a former mayor and trustee, was appointed to fill Quaranto’s seat on the board.

•A group in Spencerport was organized to rehabilitate and relocate a building which once served as the trolley station.

•Citizens concerned with the proposed Fairfield Place housing project on Manitou Road in Parma, just north of Ridge Road West, attended a public hearing to offer comments about the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Many residents were concerned with traffic volume and density of the proposed project which includes apartments, town homes, patio homes, senior housing and single family homes planned for a 140 acre site.

•Roberts Wesleyan College dedicated a portion of a newly redesigned road through the campus in honor of alumnus and area public servant Ronald Starkweather.

•The Town of Sweden’s new skate park at the town park was dedicated.