Yesterday's News for September 2006

Yesterday's News for September 2006

40 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.

•Bernard E. Morgan, a 30 year Spencerport resident, was appointed to succeed the late Russell Fraize as a trustee of the Village Board until the next election in March.

•Patti Rogers opened the Fashion Bar, a gentlewomen’s clothing store, on Main Street, Brockport.

•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.”

35 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.

•Spencerport Teachers’ Association opened an office on Amity Street for the purpose of informing the public of the crisis between the teachers and Spencerport Board of Education.

•Over 100 members and friends of Parma Baptist “Community” Church held a surprise party for their pastor and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Dickson, in honor of their 15 years of service to the church and community.

•Dale Austin opened Spencerport Pharmacy on South Union Street.

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

30 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.

•Ogden Republicans roasted Congressman Barber Conable at their annual dinner dance.

•Twelve students from Hilton’s German classes were visiting Mayen, West Germany for five weeks as part of an exchange program.

25 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.”

•Plans for Hilton’s first Apple Harvest Festival were well underway.

•Elementary school teachers were following revised New York State Mathematics Syllabus this year that placed greater emphasis on the metric system of measurement. Parents were encouraged to familiarize themselves with the metric system to help their children.

•Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church dedicated its new facility on Elmgrove Road on Septemeber 20.

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

20 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.

•Hilton Central School Teachers’ Association named kindergarten teacher Mary Ann O’Brien 1986 Teacher of the Year. O’Brien had taught in the district for 30 years.

•St. Paul Lutheran School celebrated its 30th year of operation.

•Matthew Natalie, principal at the William C. Munn School in Spencerport, announced retirement plans effective at the end of the school year. A part of the Spencerport School District since 1956, he served as elementary principal for 20 years.

•St. John the Evangelist Church is Spencerport held dedication ceremonies for a new outdoor shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the side lawn between the parish rectory and the church, it was constructed of stones from parishioners’ properties and built by Alvin Zarnstorff.

•Former Ogden Town Supervisor and Monroe County Legislator Peter Vandertang died on September 25.

15 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.

•Beginning the week of September 16, every Monroe County resident who received trash collection would be able to recycle newsprint. This was the first phase of a countywide recycling law.

•The Town of Ogden adopted a cat law to make cat owners keep their feline friends from being a nuisance to others.

•The Town of Greece purchased a 68 acre site off North Greece Road for leaf composting.

10 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.

•SUNY College at Brockport President John Van de Wetering announced plans to retire effective July 1, 1997.

•Walker Fire Department dedicated an addition to their fire hall to house a large meeting room, records retention and radio control center.

5 years ago in 2001

•Local communities and residents reached out in support of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. Flags were flying across the area as vigils, rallies, blood drives and fundraisers dominated local events. More than 300 people attended a candlelight vigil at the Hilton Gazebo. Local emergency service and law enforcement personnel volunteered time on September 20 to “Pass the Boot” as part of a county-wide effort to raise funds for the families of emergency service workers lost at the World Trade Center. Boy scouts held a rally for patriotism at Frontier Field. Members of St. John Lutheran Church in Hamlin hosted the “Lift Up America! Ham Dinner” with proceeds going to relief efforts. Seven members of Spencerport Ambulance covered two 12 hour shifts working near Ground Zero.

•A Grand Opening was held for the newly expanded Pearce Memorial Church in North Chili. The 38,000 square foot expansion was handicapped accessible and included new classrooms and a Family Life Center for athletic activities.

•The Town of Murray was awarded a $775,000 low-interest loan under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. The town decided to use the funds for a new Town Hall.

•Residents of Ballard Avenue in Spencerport were upset about a plan by Home Pride Builders to construct five homes on a one-and-one-half acre lot owned by Citizens Communications at the end of the dead end road.

•A groundbreaking ceremony was held September 28 at the Hamlin Town Hall to kick off the renovation of a recreation storage building into a new town justice court.

•Special Olympics of Monroe County named Churchville native Linda Burlingame and her family “Family of the Year” for her 22 years of involvement in Special Olympics and providing foster care.

•Spencerport resident and prominent local writer Paul Humphrey died on September 28 at age 86. He was a frequent contributor to the Suburban News and Hamlin Clarkson Herald. His works known as “The Lighter Touch” had appeared in the Westside News publications since the mid-1980s.