Yesterday's News for October 2004

Yesterday's News for October 2004

40 years ago in 1964

•The Town on Sweden celebrated its sesquicentennial October 17 through 22.

•Feeding on 6,000 bales of hay, a raging fire leveled a dairy barn at 66 Curtis Road, Parma. Owner Fred Kattenburg estimated the loss at $60,000.

•A “town within a town” project for Parma was being studied by the town planning board. Figured for development on a 750-acre tract north of Peck Road and east of Parma Corners-Hilton Road, the self-contained community was expected to cost $50 million and include residential, commercial, industrial and park areas.

•St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church was raising funds to build a five classroom school to be used for released time religious instruction of public school students. The “School of Religion” was also to include a 300 person capacity parish hall.

•Installation of a pedestrian Walk-Don’t Walk signal at Buffalo Road and Union Street was finally ordered by the State Traffic Commission after a see-saw battle with the town.

•The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed when the aircraft crashed in a field one-half mile west of South Union Street in Ogden.

•Hilton school district residents voted in favor of purchasing a 62-acre tract along North Greece Road for future building purposes.

35 years ago in 1969

•Ogden Police Department began a new schedule that would allow for around the clock police coverage.

•The student board of St. John Fisher College asked for classes to be cancelled on October 15 to allow students to peacefully protest the war in Vietnam.

•Gates-Chili-Ogden Sewer District received state and federal grants totaling $940,530 for expansion of the primary water pollution control plant and intercepter sewer project.

•Dainty Delights Bakery opened in Big N Plaza in Brockport.

30 years ago in 1974

•Dr. Tariq Mahmood moved into the Grainer home on Coleman Avenue in Spencerport and took over Dr. Fred Grainer’s practice of internal and family medicine.

•Podgers and Son’s Hilton Wholesale Lumber and Hardware expanded its services to include all phases of home building, decoration and repair.

•The Town of Chili began erecting signs on all roads leading into the town proclaiming it the “Home of Little Guy Soccer.” The signs were the result of a resolution proposed by the Chili Recreation and Youth Commission. Little Guy Soccer began in Chili in 1970.

•Duffy-Mott Company in Hamlin was accepting applications for the 1974 Apple Crop. Wages were $2 per hour.

•The Glue Factory held their grand opening in North Chili’s Towne Plaza.

•“The Concert for Bangladesh,” with performances by Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Leon Russell and others, was playing at Brockport’s Studio Theatre. “Snoopy, Come Home,” which introduced Woodstock as the newest member of the Peanuts gang, was playing at the Brockport Strand.

25 years ago in 1979

•The Brockport Senior Citizens Center was one step closer to becoming reality now that bids for the work had been received and construction was underway.

•Republican Monroe County Sheriff candidate Andrew P. Meloni proposed the creation of a permanent Monroe County Organized Crime Task Force consisting of officers assigned from all the major police departments in the county to assure cooperation between the departments.

•Art Robb’s Sunoco service station at the corner of Gillett Road and Route 31 in Spencerport closed after 49 years. Robb was selling his station because one of the underground tanks was taking on water, and the Sun Oil Company, which owned the tanks, would only make repairs if Robb agreed to take over the responsibility for the tanks.

•Hilton Central Schools began a free milk policy for children whose family income fell below a certain level.

•About 150 people attended a Halloween party sponsored by Parma Center neighbors at the Old Meeting House on Parma Center Road. It was the first community event in the recently refurbished structure.

20 years ago in 1984

•Hilton’s Centennial Gazebo was dedicated on October 6, the opening day of Apple Fest. The committee received an early morning telegram of congratulations from President Ronald Reagan.

•Walker Fire Department celebrated its 60th anniversary on October 14 with fire prevention events, an antique fire truck parade and wagon rides with Kruger’s Clydesdales.

•The Palmer family transferred ownership of Palmer Dry Cleaners to James R. Stuewe of Spencerport. The business was renamed Spencerport Dry Cleaners.

•The Hilton Crimson Cadets played the half time show at the Buffalo Bills 25th anniversary game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

•Spencerport Village Board passed a local law providing for the institution, administration and collection of user charges for the operation and maintenance of the waste water treatment facility. The law was to take effect June 1, 1985 when use of the sewer system became a separate utility and no longer paid for through village tax assessments.

•A newly constructed metal transmitting and receiving tower erected by NYSDOT on South Union Street in Ogden was subject to several complaints to the Monroe County office of the FAA. Pilots flying into the Spencerport Airpark on Vroom Road said the tower was a hazard because of its height and proximity to the airfield.

15 years ago in 1989

•After meeting with strong opposition from Clarkson residents, Mark Clark, of Syracuse, chose to operate his Halloween attraction, Haunted Hayrides, out of Northampton Park rather than out of Kirby’s Farm Market.

•In a 3-2 vote, the Parma Town Board appointed Marlene Leeming to the six-year Tax Assessor’s term replacing Betty Everts who had held the job since 1985. Officials would not comment on the reason for the personnel change.

•Over 100 friends and colleagues of Alta Brew gathered in the Churchville-Chili High School media center on October 5 to pay tribute to the principal’s secretary after 31 years with the district.

•A historical marker recognizing the home site of Cleng Peerson at 1013 Kendall Road was dedicated on October 7. Peerson was the agent for the first settlers of Norwegian descent to locate in America in modern times.

•Member of Residents of Bergen Believe in Environment and Democracy (ROBBED) and the Environmental Committee of Riga (ECOR) were suing Monroe County and the Town of Riga is an attempt to stop the county’s proposed Mill Seat Landfill on Brew Road in Riga. In another attempt to stop construction of the landfill, attorney Alan Knauf proposed the secession of 475 acres in Riga from Monroe County. Petitions would have had to be signed by 20 percent of residents, or owners of half of the area’s assessed valuations, and presented to the towns of Riga and Bergen as well as Monroe and Genesee Counties to make the proposal formal.

•A truck driven by a Geneva man was struck by a Conrail train October 12 at Chili’s Westside Drive crossing. The 10-wheel, 20-foot long bed truck was struck on the passenger side and burst into flames following impact. The train pushed the truck 250-feet before stopping. The driver of the truck was in guarded condition.

•Iroquois Rock Products on Sweden Walker Road expressed an interest in expanding their mining operation. They wanted to expand into 60 acres at the southwest corner of Colby Street and Sweden Walker Roads.

•Greece Volunteer Ambulance held a 30th anniversary open house on October 22.

10 years ago in 1994

•A groundbreaking ceremony was held October 1 for the new Cultural Life Center at Roberts Wesleyan College.

•Hurd Orchards of Holley held an authentic 19th century barn raising, supper and square dance to celebrate the newest additions to their family farm and market.

•After a 14-month investigation, a multi-agency drug task force made four arrests and confiscated 225 pounds of marijuana, cash, cars and guns, bringing down a drug ring that supplied marijuana to western Monroe County.

•Albion Federal Savings and Loan was planning to open a branch on the northwest corner of Lake Road and West Avenue in Clarkson. It would be the first bank to ever operate in the town.

•A town designated wetlands on Redman Road in Hamlin was drained for use as agricultural land by its owner. Town officials questioned the legality of the process and litigation was pending.

•The family of Lincoln and Luke Jackson, of Churchville/Riga, was featured in Strong Museum’s exhibit “Between Two Worlds.” The exhibit was an exploration of African American identity, American racism, reactions to prejudice and discrimination, and influences of black culture on America.

•The public was invited to an open house at the Town of Riga Highway Department’s new 10,000 square foot building, the product of 13 years of planning and anticipation.

•Bonnie Seaburn, principal of Spencerport’s Munn Elementary School, was chosen Boss of the Year by radio station WRMM 101.3. Seaburn was nominated for the honor by Munn health aide Janet Bergstrasser.

5 years ago in 1999

•Six new local laws were passed by the Village of Spencerport Board of Trustees, most regarding building appearances and parking regulations.

•The Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc. of Hilton received the 1999 National Funeral Directors Association Pursuit of Excellence Emeritus award for outstanding community service, consumer relations and professional education programs.

•The Churchville-Chili Board of Education passed a resolution asking for $30.9 million to be spent on district improvements and additions.

•Restoration of the historic Seymour Building was underway in Brockport. The Village Board voted unanimously to move its offices to the building as soon as the interior could be remodeled to accommodate offices and a meeting room.

•Spencerport Assistant Wrestling Coach John Leone was named the 1999 National Scholastic Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

•Neil and Nancy Hartwick both retired from their positions as band directors in Brockport Central Schools.

•The Freemasons of Monroe County awarded WOKR-TV13 news anchor Don Alhart with their 40th Annual Distinguished Community Service Award.

1 year ago in 2003

•The new sidewalks were in, the road was paved and the construction of Route 31 was almost done, and downtown Holley was ready for business. A big community-wide celebration was planned for the end of the month.

•Roberts Wesleyan College announced it would receive a $1 million Hastings Foundation grant. The money would be used to create classrooms and other instructional areas in the library building.

•Groundbreaking for capital improvements at Hilton’s high school and middle school and transportation buildings was set. The Hilton Board of Education also granted a leave of absence to Superintendent Dr. John Cooper. In November, the board would accept the school leader’s resignation.

•Spencerport baseball coach and volunteer Steve Schockow retired from Spencerport Junior Baseball after 30 years of involvement.

•The Clarkson Historical Society announced plans to refurbish and reopen the Clarkson Schoolhouse. A fund was started to help pay for the work needed.

•The Hamlin Town Board fired the town building inspector, Larry Gursslin. Cindy Olds, Hamlin’s assistant building inspector, was filling in.

•Ogden, Sweden, Parma and other towns made announcements of town tax increases, due in large part to the loss of state revenues and the increase of state mandates.

•Holley schools planned to update gymnastic equipment and the village expected to construct a skate park with nearly $400,000 awarded from the U.S. Physical Education Department.