Yesterday's News for September 2005

Yesterday's News for September 2005

40 years ago in 1965

•Over 700 Spencerport elementary school students had to attend half-day sessions at the beginning of the school year because construction of a new school at the corner of Manitou and Spencerport Roads was behind schedule.

•Kenneth Barclay donated two self-contained oxygen units to equip both Ogden Police Department patrol cars. The oxygen units were to be used at emergency scenes until medical personnel arrived.

•Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr. was guest of honor at the Testimonial Dinner for Assemblyman James Powers.

•Hilton district residents were asked to vote on a bond issue to cover construction costs for a new elementary school that would be constructed on district owned property on North Greece Road.

•McNall-Marple Inc., whose furniture store was destroyed in the March fire in Hilton’s business district, was granted a use variance for a site on West Ridge Road for McNall’s Furniture.

35 years ago in 1970

•Hilton Central School's Crimson Cadets marching band won three competition trophies at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

•Hart Taylor Lincoln-Mercury, Inc. was awarded franchises for Datsun, Honda and Rupp and opened a separate sales and service division for the new lines on South Union Street in Spencerport.

•A certificate of incorporation was finally presented to the Chili Fire Department. Due to an oversight, the certificate had never been presented since the department’s incorporation in 1931.

•Television Channel 21 announced the election of Burton Silberman, Churchville-Chili Superintendent, as trustee of the Rochester Area Educational Television Association, which owned Channel 21. He was to serve as a representative for Monroe County’s western school districts.

•Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin and Jacqueline Bisset starred in "Airport" which was playing at the Brockport Strand.

30 years ago in 1975

•In an attempt to curb vandalism, Churchville was considering adopting a 10 p.m. curfew for children under the age of 18.

•Construction was wrapping up on Monroe County's newest, most modern health care facility - Park Ridge Hospital. Planning was already underway for a professional office building to be constructed to the right of the hospital.

•Because of the new right on red law, the New York State Department of Transportation was busy installing "Right on Red After Stop" signs. Over 280 signs were installed in Monroe County, but only two in Ogden - on the north and south sides of the intersection of Routes 259 and 31.

•New York State Power Authority approved a request by the Village of Spencerport to increase rates charged by the village for electricity. This first rate increase since 1961 was to allow the village electric department to upgrade its distribution system to supply new customers because of the housing construction surge in the area.

•A carillon was installed at Pearce Memorial Church in North Chili. The carillon was a gift from Harriet Stowe Davis in memory of her parents, James and Lucy Stowe.

•Hilton voters defeated a $675,000 bond issue to remodel the West Avenue School.

25 years ago in 1980

•The Sweden Senior Center opened its doors with a dedication ceremony held on September 7. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries and hundreds of local residents.

•The Country Twirlers Square Dance Club, one of the oldest and largest square dancing clubs, celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

•Donna Mancuso took over as Library Director at the Riga Free Library upon the retirement of Julia Erickson.

•Perfection Audio and Records in Brockport became a Ticketron outlet. The SUC Brockport Student Government had been attempting to acquire the Ticketron service to be placed on the college’s campus, but failed to meet the application deadline.

•John Marello, 19, of Spencerport, was helping to keep Elvis’ spirit alive by performing tribute concerts to the late singer several nights a week at local clubs and restaurants.

•"Airplane" flew into the Brockport Strand while John Travolta was an "Urban Cowboy" at the Studio Theater.

20 years ago in 1985

•The YMCA Latchkey program began at Spencerport School to supervise children in kindergarten through sixth grade from dismissal until 6 p.m.

•Hilton's North Avenue Water Treatment Plant was found to be in violation of discharge standards and the Department of Environmental Conservation issued the ultimatum to make improvements or close by December 1 and hook up to the Monroe County Water Authority.

•The Spencerport Masons celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the founding of their Etolian Masonic Lodge. Their lodge was founded eight years before the Village of Spencerport.

•The Hollyday Shop opened in the Union Ridge Plaza in Spencerport.

•Mike and Peg Naughton, owners of The Johnson House restaurant in Churchville, were marking the centennial of their building which was contructed in 1885 by George A. Smith, with a week of Centennial Specials. Prime rib and crab legs or prime rib and twin lobster tails for $11.95.

15 years ago in 1990

•Back-to-school items for sale at Hilton Pharmacy featured images of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the New Kids on the Block and The Simpsons.

•Judy Rossi brought the Jazzercise phenomenon to Hilton offering classes at the Hilton Village Offices three days a week.

•Lakeside Child Care Center opened in Brockport with a ribbon cutting on September 21. The new child care center was the latest division of Lakeside Health System.

•P.A. Floramo’s Home Improvement Showcase was holding an “Ugly Kitchen Contest.” The person with the ugliest kitchen on the westside would win a custom kitchen worth $6,000.

•Paul Klopp retired as organist at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamlin. He served as principal of the church school from 1947 until his retirement in 1974, but stayed on as organist for 16 more years.

10 years ago in 1995

•Brockport’s new law requiring a carbon monoxide detector in all village homes went into effect on September 1.

•Hilton-Parma Recreation and Hilton Agway sponsored the Backyard 400 Lawn Mower Race at the Village Community Center. There were both riding and push categories, and 16 individuals raced.

•Fire seriously damaged the historical Hamlin Inn on Lake Road, leaving nine people homeless.

•Brockport Plaza, at the corner of Routes 19 and 31, was getting a facelift which included a new facade, roof, signage and a redesigned parking lot.

•Hilton High School chemistry teacher Tom Dowd was named Hilton Teacher of the Year. Dowd had been with the district for 28 years.

•Area residents welcomed golfers to the 31st Ryder Cup Tournament being held at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford. Fred Couples and Davis Love III were among the participants.

5 years 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 15 year-old wooden playground equipment at Spencerport’s Pineway Ponds Park was demolished. New metal playground equipment went up beginning the next week.

•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.

1 year ago in 2004

•In the early morning hours of September 9, Brockport, Spencerport and Ogden officials toured their communities to assess conditions following nearly a full day and night rainfall. What they and many other town and village leaders throughout the area found were roadways flooded and impassable. Spared the brunt of Hurricane Frances which caused so much damage in Bermuda and Florida during Labor Day weekend, the northeast was not spared the torrential precipitation. In the Spencerport Village Plaza parking lot, water flowed to a depth of two feet at times. At one point, the underpass on Washington Street in Adams Basin had seven feet of standing water. Two families were evacuated from the area and a large section of the road had washed away. Salmon Creek in Hilton rose more than 7-1/2 higher than it ever had before, flooding the Hilton Fire Department and several homes and businesses. More than 5,600 homes were without power.

•The Spencerport School District dedicated their new sports stadium on September 11 before the football team’s home opener.

•The Village of Churchville's carillon on the Village Clock Tower rang in memory of September 11, 2001 as the village dedicated the clock tower to the many lives lost, their families and the heroes of September 11.

•Brockport firefighters, in cooperation with the Village of Brockport, retired the oldest active fire engine in the fleet. Their 1971 Hahn was donated to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, NY, by the department in memory of the late Chief D. Scott Warthman.

•The Town of Sweden held a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new road, Bader’s Way, to serve the Sweden/Clarkson Community Center and Royal Garden Apartments. The road was dedicated in memory of Alan Bader who had served as the Town of Sweden's assessor for 28 years until his death in June. Bader had been instrumental in planning the new road by helping to obtain funding and easements.