Yesterday's News for October 2003

Yesterday's News for October 2003

35 years ago in 1968

•The Board of Directors of Lakeside Memorial Hospital announced plans for the immediate construction of a one floor medical office building adjacent to the west side of the hospital. The new building was to be connected to the hospital by a new administrative wing.

•Hart Taylor Lincoln Mercury moved into a new facility on Ridge Road West. The new agency succeeded Hart Taylor Motors in Spencerport which was the oldest established Mercury agency in Monroe County.

•Dr. Clark Whited retired as coach of Brockport’s Golden Eagles baseball team which he had been coaching for 21 years with a 140-74 record. Whited remained as Chairman of the Men’s Physical Education Department.

•The Town of Riga entered an agreement with the Town of Chili to handle refuse from Chili’s special fall trash pickup. Chili would pay on a load basis, an amount that would cover landfill operating expenses.

•In celebration of 125 years of incorporation, Parma-Greece United Church of Christ, on Manitou Road and Latta Road, held two special worship services on October 20 and 27.

30 years ago in 1973

•Parma Town Hall debuted an exhibit about the history and growth of the apple industry in the town. Town Historian Shirley Husted said the exhibit would show how Hilton developed into the “Apple Capital of the World.”

•A free outdoor rock concert was held to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of S.U.C. Brockport. Katz ‘n Jammer, a band made up of Brockport students and alumni, performed.

•The Kodak Celebrity Golf Classic drew celebrities including Lee Majors, Glen Campbell, Joe DiMaggio and Joe Garagiola to the Oak Hill Country Club.

•Over 1,000 duplicate bridge players from the eastern United States and Canada played over 100,000 hands of bridge in Rochester’s biggest card tournament ever. The tournament was held October 10 through 14 at the Flagship Hotel.

•North Chili residents Alton and Florence Dailey received the Roberts Wesleyan Hall of Fame Award. Both worked for the college at times with Florence in the registration office for more than 25 years. Alton had been president of Chili Plastics for over 20 years, and provided work opportunities to hundreds of Roberts students.

•“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was playing at The Pocket Theater in North Chili.

25 years ago in 1978

•A Hilton woman filed a one million dollar lawsuit against the Hilton Volunteer Fire Department claiming she was denied membership as an active firefighter solely because she was a woman, and that she was expelled from Hilton Ambulance Corps in retaliation for her efforts to become a firefighter. She had been a member of the Ambulance Corps for three years.

•The Hiscock-Fishbaugh Post 788 Auxiliary Unit disbanded after 56 years as a chartered auxiliary.

•Parma Town Historian and Monroe County Historian Shirley Cox Husted was elected President of the County Historians Association of New York State.

•Hilton High School hosted the New York State Field Band Conference Competition. 1,200 high school musicians from all of New York and parts of Pennsylvania competed.

•Reverend Donald M. Scott left his position as pastor of Ogden Baptist Church to accept the post as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rome, New York.

•In an effort to combat sex discrimination in schools, approximately 40 guidance counselors and vocational teachers from Brockport, Gates, Hilton and Spencerport were studying sex stereotyping in a class taught at BOCES 2 by members of the NYS College of Human Ecology at Cornell University.

•Father Klocek of St. Leo’s Church in Hilton attended the installation of his friend Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II in Rome.

•The question of whether there would be sidewalks in the Village Walk tract of Domus Homes in Spencerport was still unresolved even though site plans approved by the planning board six years earlier had included them. Domus was asking not to be required to put in the sidewalks, and the board was trying to determine whether residents wanted them. Some residents were against the sidewalks because they had already put money into landscaping and driveways and didn’t want it torn up. However, they felt that Domus should offer them some compensation for not having the sidewalks.

20 years ago in 1983

•Hilton Apple Fest introduced the world’s smallest apple pie, made in a bottle cap and containing 1/2 teaspoon of apple slices.

•Former Spencerport mayor Edward “Ted” Fosmire died October 17 at age 59.

•Roberts Wesleyan College presented their Community Service Award to Harris Wilcox, president of Harris Wilcox, Inc., during the college’s Alumni Banquet on October 8. Wilcox was honored for his contributions through his civic, professional and financial expertise.

•Local supermarkets had issues with the three month old Bottle Bill. They were faced with a glut of bottle returns, and lacked the space to sort and store containers. Several area stores reported needing additional staff hours. Ray Furnal, owner of Hilton Big M, spent $20,000 getting the store ready to handle returns, and said he didn’t like that the state was mandating stores to become refuse collectors without having the Board of Health provide input into the sanitary handling of the used containers.

•The Village of Spencerport was prohibited from allowing any additional sewer hookups to its existing sanitary sewage collection and treatment facilities. The hookup ban, which amounted to a building moratorium in the village, was imposed by NYSDEC because the village had not met the compliance schedule of consent order issued in 1981.

•The steeple went up on Hilton United Methodist Church. The one ton steeple was a landmark in the rebuilding of the church which was destroyed by fire in 1982.

15 years ago in 1988

•The pavilion at Chili’s Davis Park was dedicated The Craig S. Stockton Memorial Pavilion in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Craig S. Stockton, of Chili, a casualty of the 1983 Marine Corps barracks explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

•Hilton Central School District’s newsletter, “Insight,” won an award of honor in photography in the annual New York State School Public Relations Publication Contest. “Insight” was one of only 16 winners out of over 600 entries.

•“In the Lee of Ontario,” a quilted wall hanging created by Jean Becker as a tribute to the area’s fruit belt communities and to the Monroe County Parks Department’s 100th anniversary, was on display at Hilton Apple Fest. The quilt was done in a map design done to scale using one inch quilt squares.

•Nearly 1,000 residents turned out in Brockport on October 11 to vote on a $1.5 million supplemental bond issue for a new elementary school for the district. The bond passed by a vote of 717 to 280.

•Attempts were being made to secure funding for the restoration of the historic Stuart Road Bridge over Black Creek in Chili Mills. At the end of August, Monroe County had received notification from the state that the bridge was unable to support the three ton minimum, and was given 60 days to repair or close it.

•A small group of Hilton and Parma area merchants were trying to form a Chamber of Commerce. The idea had been kicked around for two years, and in light of recent growth, the committee felt it was a good time to organize.

•The Kids on the Block educational puppet show began a program to teach area students about AIDS.

•Suburban News celebrated its 35th Anniversary by organizing a Sock Hop at Salmon Creek Country Club.

10 years ago in 1993

•A community celebration was held October 3 for a Transition/Building Dedication Ceremony for the Spencerport High School and Ada M. Cosgrove Middle School. What was once Ada M. Cosgrove Junior High was expanded and became Spencerport High School, while the former E.J. Wilson High School became the Cosgrove Middle School.

•John Soehner of Hilton grew a 635.5 pound pumpkin which ranked 18th in the World Pumpkin Contest.

•The three Cobblestone Museum buildings in Childs were designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.

•10 year old Richie Merriam, of Fairbanks Road Elementary School, was the United States premier marathon runner in the age 10 to 12 division. His many trophies were on display at his school

•Officials announced that the opening of Route 531 would be delayed until the summer of 1994.

•Public hearings were held in Clarendon on the town budget appropriation for the Clarendon Fire Department. The department wanted to build a new $400,000 fire hall to replace the one gutted by fire in 1992. The plans were met with strong opposition from those who felt in was more than the rural community could afford.

•Nothnagle Realtors opened an office in Hilton.

•A meandering nature trail through a nine-acre tract of woods was dedicated as the Robert A. Ellis Nature Trail in honor of the man who donated the woods to the Brockport Central School District in 1989.

•Because of redistricting, Congressman John LaFalce from the 29th district moved his business headquarters from downtown Rochester to Ogden’s old town hall on South Union Street on October 28.

5 years ago in 1998

•Kendall Central School District formally rededicated the Elementary School and High School on October 1 marking the completion of a $6.5 million renovation project.

•The Village of Brockport rejected all bids submitted for the restoration of the Seymour Building on State Street. The village had not yet decided what to do with the building as a whole.

•William Parkinson, longtime volunteer with the Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance and the American Red Cross, was recognized by the Red Cross with the prestigious Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Honor Award for his 30 years of teaching CPR to others.

•Assemblymember Susan John secured $500,000 in state funds to reconnect Paul Road to Union Street (Route 259) in Chili. There had been no direct route to Union Street from Paul Road since the old bridge linking the streets was removed several years before.

•Spencerport Village Trustees voted unanimously to take $220,000 from the water fund capital reserve to begin repairs and maintenance on the village’s water system. This was the first phase of $1 million worth of repairs needed to bring performance up to par for insurance standards.

•The corner of Amity Street and South Union Street in Spencerport was selected as the location of the new Spencerport Post Office, keeping the facility in the village’s central business district.

•The celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church’s 150 year existence in Brockport culminated with a special mass on October 25.

1 year ago in 2002

•A group of Brockport taxpayers banded together to form the Brockport Tax Reduction Group in an effort to do away with duplication of services. The group wanted to eliminate the Brockport Police Department, and $1.7 million from the village budget, and rely on county sheriffs and state troopers.

•Construction was underway for a gazebo and clock tower at the Village of Churchville’s new municipal park on the banks of Black Creek on East Buffalo Street.

•Spencerport Board of Education selected Canal View Elementary School as the name of the district’s new school under construction. A committee of community members recommended the name based on the area’s geographic and historic legacy.

•The Glue Factory Gift Shop in North Chili was named first runner up as National Retailer of the Year 2002 by Country Business Magazine.

•The Towns of Sweden and Clarkson were recognized as finalists in the inaugural New York State Governor’s Quality Communities Award for Excellence for their commitment to providing a community center and full time recreation program.

•Students from the NYS School for the Blind in Batavia recognized the Spencerport Lions Club for their dedication to the school and the dinner dance the organization holds for the students each year. The school gave the service organization a citation for their volunteerism and named a student store at the school “Spencer’s Port,” in honor of the local Lions chapter.