Yesterday's News for October 2001

Yesterday's News for October 2001

35 years ago in 1966

•Delays in construction of the new Churchville-Chili Junior High School caused a shortage of classrooms leaving sixth grade teachers with the task of teaching 180 students in large group lectures in the Fairbanks Road Elementary gym.

•The formal dedication service of the new Pearce Memorial Free Methodist Church was held on October 16.

•The Spencerport Business Association voted to join the National Chamber of Commerce.

•Among the items on sale at Bell’s Market in the Spencerport Village Plaza were Maxwell House Coffee (69¢ a can), Pillsbury cake mixes (24¢ each) and standing rib roast (68¢ a pound).

30 years ago in 1971

•The first football team in existence at Hilton High School won the first game they played defeating Batavia 22-20. Several hundred fans turned out for the game.

•Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the first planned community in the village of Brockport. Willowbrooke Manor was being developed on a 142 acre site on West Avenue.

•County Legislator Peter VanderTang announced that recreation skiing facilities would be available at Northampton Park in the winter. Over $100,000 was used for the development of the area, tow equipment and lodge.

•A Grand Opening was held at the Studio Theatre on King Street in Brockport. The first movie shown was “Friends” by director Lewis Gilbert. General admission was $1.50.

25 years ago in 1976

•The Church of the Epiphany on Buffalo Road and the Holy Ghost Church jointly celebrated their 100th Anniversary with a service of thanksgiving and praise on October 17.

•Joyce and Peter Korn retired as manager of the Holley IGA supermarket. The Korns sold the store to Charles Ward of Albion who took over as manager. Peter Korn planned to spend his retirement as a full time agent with West Ridge Realty.

•Reverend Louis J. Hohman, pastor of St. Vincent DePaul’s Catholic Church in Churchville, celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood with a special liturgy and reception.

20 years ago in 1981

•Hilton held the first annual Apple Harvest Festival on October 10 and 11. The festival featured crafters, entertainment, an auto show and a five-foot apple pie bake.

•Residents of southwest Parma were seeking stricter regulation on mining and landfill operations after having two gravel mining operations and two landfills in their corner of town in the past few years.

•Kevin Leastman, owner of Kev’s Garden Barn on Buffalo Road, constructed a 25-foot high cornstalk teepee outside his store. The teepee was constructed using an acre of cornstalks, five 30-foot locust logs and 125 feet of chicken wire. The completed teepee weighed three tons and had a diameter of 27 feet.

15 years ago in 1986

•Springdale Farm on Colby Street in Ogden celebrated its tenth year as an educational farm with a two-day Fall Festival.

•Hasman Farm Market opened on Ridge Road West.

•Work was in progress for the expansion of the Northstar Bank Churchville Office in Churchville Commons Plaza.

•Construction was ongoing for Roberts Wesleyan College’s $5 million, 82,000 square foot Life Fitness Center.

This barn in Ogden would soon become a teen center in October 1991. It was a labor of love for members of the Grace Church of the Nazarene and would be called Crossroads Youth Center.

Clean-up was continuing at the Beadle Road, Sweden waste site. More than 1,500 drums had been removed as of mid-October 1991.

Good Luck Chinese Restaurant in Village Plaza, Spencerport, suffered fire damage October 16, 1991. Nearby businesses including Bells supermarket suffered smoke and water damage and had to close for a day or longer. Arson was ruled as the cause. Fire Investigator Mike Fantigrossi said there was more than one point of origin and the cash register was found in a different location than usual.

10 years ago in 1991

•The old O’Brien barn near the intersection of Route 259 and Stony Point Road was being converted into a teen center to be run by Grace Church of the Nazarene. Donations from the community were making the center a reality. Once completed, the center would house a gym area for basketball and volleyball, game room, kitchen and dining area and a film viewing room. The center would also offer counseling and referral services.

•As of October 1, the Department of Environmental Conservation reported that 1,535 drums of toxic waste had been excavated from the Beadle Road site in Sweden, and that 200 to 300 more were to be removed. It was originally believed that there were only 1,000 drums at the site. The waste consisted of mostly inks and solvents. Testing on the waste, soil and neighboring wells was ongoing.

•The Town of Riga threatened to sue Monroe County as negotiation broke down over the town’s host benefits package in regard to the Mill Seat Landfill.

•Arson was determined to be the cause of a fire at the Good Luck Chinese Restaurant in the Spencerport Village Plaza. The restaurant was heavily damaged; neighboring businesses suffered smoke damage.

5 years ago in 1996

•An open house was held to show off the newly expanded kitchen area of the Sweden Senior Center. Representatives of the Office for the Aging said that the center should be held up as an example for centers statewide because the facility was designed to accommodate several diferent activities at once.

•Norman and Norma Thom of Holley received the Spirit Award for their 18 years and more than 6,000 hours of volunteerism at Park Ridge Nursing Home. The Spirit Award was a statewide award presented by the AALTP, a group that promotes service to the elderly.

•Joe Dimbleby received a Scroll Award at the Rochestarian’s annual dinner for his efforts as the enthusiastic Farmer Joe, the main tour guide at Springdale Farm. The Rochestarians organization shows appreciation for the qualities Rochester’s founders believed essential to making Rochester “America’s Friendliest City.”

1 year ago in 2000

•Construction was ongoing at most of the Brockport Central Schools as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation project.

•The Chili Art Group celebrated its 40th Anniversary, and to show their appreciation to the Town of Chili and its residents, group members worked on a Millennium Quilt Project. The artists in the group each did paintings in their own style that depicted a part of Chili’s history. The pictures were then mounted together in a frame and placed on permanent display at the Chili Public Library.

•Capen Hose Fire Company was in the process of raising funds to restore its 1905 building which is home to one of Brockport’s five fire companies and well as a firefighters museum.

•The William Maher Memorial Lodge at the new park on Sanford Road in Riga was dedicated on October 25. Maher served on the town’s recreation commission until his death in 1995.