Yesterday's News for October 2005
40 years ago in 1965
Roberts Wesleyan College celebrated its centennial homecoming. 100 Years was also the theme of homecoming at SUC Brockport because the class of 1966 would be the 100th class to graduate from the school.
Town tax rates were dropping. In preliminary budgets, Chili expected a $3.59 reduction to $9.98 and Ogden expected at $2.80 drop to $6.65 per $1000 assessed value.
The State Bank of Hilton moved from the Pleasure Bowling Lanes building to the Charles A. Lissow & Son building on Lake Avenue.
On October 26 crews from the New York State Highway Department and State Police blacked out angled parking lines on Churchvilles Main Street and painted new parallel parking lines. Some merchants lamented the decreased number of parking spaces, but overall, felt it was a safer option for on street parking.
You could buy a brand new 1966 Rambler for $40.91 a month at Ballantyne Rambler in Churchville.
35 years ago in 1970
A dedication ceremony and reception was held at the new Masonic Temple, home of Clio Lodge, on East Avenue in Hilton.
The Brockport Junior Womens Club held a dedication ceremony at Harvester Park. Development of the park along the canal by the Park Avenue bridge began in 1968 as a community improvement project for the club.
Construction was underway for a new Arco gas station being built at the corner of West Avenue and Union Street in Spencerport.
The bridge over Black Creek at Churchville Park, built in 1929, was undergoing extensive repairs. The bridge was scheduled to reopen at the end of November.
Bethany Chapel on Paul Road in Chili was officially dedicated.
At the Grand Opening of Eddies Chicken House in Holley, a bucket of 21 pieces of chicken cost $5.45.
30 years ago in 1975
A car and a bus carrying Spencerport High School athletes collided on Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. Six students were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals. The driver of the car was charged with failing to keep right, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with unsafe tires.
The White Church in Spencerport celebrated its 125th Anniversary by honoring its 40-plus year members.
There was a lengthy teachers strike at Spencerport Central Schools. The teachers remained on strike despite a court order to return to work.
The Riga Town Board finalized the sale of $668,200 worth of water district bonds to the Farmers Home Administration, saving taxpayers in the district over $350,000 in interest rates over the life of the bond issue.
Janine DeCroce, a Churchville-Chili High School senior, was chosen Miss Monroe County for 1976.
25 years ago in 1980
A retirement party was held for Hilton Village Administrator Robert Elliott. He had a 32-year career with the village.
Bergen Elementary School on Rochester Street in Bergen was sold at public auction after the district determined that the building was no longer needed.
Ray Furnal, owner of Hilton Big M, was named Retailer of the Year and was awarded the 1980 Presidents Cup by the President of P&C Food Markets.
Reverend Leroy M. Dancer was installed as pastor of Parma Baptist Community Church.
The Riga Town Board and Churchville Village Board both turned down a petition by three West Buffalo Street property owners who wanted to have their land annexed into the village.
The co-owners of Ridgewood Park were subpoenaed by Clarkson Town Justice Court and ordered to pay a fine for holding a jamboree at their ballpark on September 7 without obtaining a special use permit.
A ribbon cutting was held at Bauchs IGA in Hamlin. Grand opening specials included three loaves of bread for $1, Rice Krispies 99¢ a box, and sliced bacon for 69¢ a pound.
Joan Heinlein of Hamlin and her Apple Lemon Country Cake won the grand prize - a microwave oven from Page Appliances - in the Suburban News Cook-Off.
20 years ago in 1985
Hilton celebrated the 5th Annual Apple Fest. The festival had a centennial theme including historic displays and a time capsule because of Hiltons 100th Anniversary.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Roberts Wesleyan Colleges $5 million Life Fitness Center. It was the first athletic facility in the colleges 120-year history.
Volunteers spent a weekend constructing the Churhville-Chili Community Playground at Fairbanks Road School. The next weekend volunteers built the Ogden-Spencerport Community Playground at Pineway Ponds Park.
The Hilton Village Board was discussing the possible consolidation of the Village of Hilton Fire Department with the Parma Fire District as a means for more efficient operation of the Hilton F.D.
Churchville resident Roger Miller received a commendation from the Sheriffs Department for his efforts in helping an accident victim he found on the 490 expressway near Churchville.
15 years ago in 1990
Brockport firefighters Christian McCullough and Chad Zimmerman received Meritorious Service Awards stemming from a January 20 incident in which the firefighters entered the canal to rescue passengers from a car that had lost control on West Canal Road and overturned in the water.
Fire destroyed part of a warehouse at Luster Coate Metalizing Corp. in downtown Churchville. Fear that the smoke would carry toxic fumes from the solvents used at the factory caused a brief evacuation of the area.
The owner of the Orleans Sanitary Landfill in Albion agreed to pay a record fine of more than $3.25 million in civil penalties and closure fees for violating a 1987 administrative consent order limiting the amount of waste the landfill could accept. The owner also had to turn over day to day operations of the landfill to a DEC approved independent operator.
Over 300 angry citizens forced the cancellation of two DEC information meetings on proposed changes to wetlands regulations. Residents were concerned that large portions of towns would be considered wetlands thereby forcing property owners to obtain special permits to do work on their properties. The crowd was too large and unruly for the Lockport meeting location.
The first ever Spencerport Senior Bash (all-night, substance-free party to follow the Senior Ball in May) was in the planning stages. An informational meeting was held for parents and students.
Reverend I. Vincent Lloyd of Hilton died October 30 as a result of complications from surgery. Lloyd served as minister of Hilton Baptist Church from 1938 to 1973 and had since served as interim minister at serveral area Baptist churches.
10 years ago in 1995
The BOCES 2 Activities for Daily Living Center opened. The house was built by WE-MO-CO Vocational/Technical students for students with disabilities to learn daily activities in a real home setting.
Burton S. August, retired vice-president and director of Monro Muffler/Brake, and his brother Charles August, founder and retired president of Monroe Muffler/Brake, received the Brockport College Foundations 12th annual community award for their outstanding professional and civic contributions.
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES was funding a distance learning program using digital technology that would allow secondary students in school districts serviced by BOCES 2 to be able to take classes in any district and some area colleges without leaving their classroom. Distance learning studies had been done in the Hilton school district for two years.
Sweden senior Pat Sams was awarded an OASIS (Older Adult Service and Information System) Senior Role Model Award. Sams was the first Sweden senior to receive the Greater Rochester area award.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Clarksons first bank - Albion Federal Savings and Loan.
5 years ago in 2000
Churchville Trustees decided to have a retention pond in the Black Watch Hills development on South Main Street filled in and made into a detention pond after neighbors complained that the pond had degenerated into a stagnant mosquito-breeding pool of mud. Work on the project was not scheduled to begin until the summer of 2001.
Tim Rowe took over as interim Supervisor in Riga following Ron Hortons resignation from the post.
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 Chilis 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 Brockports five fire companies as 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 towns recreation commission until his death in 1995.
1 year ago in 2004
The new Ogden Highway Facility was dedicated on October 4.
A new historical marker was unveiled at the Lake Ontario end of Norway Road in Kendall on October 16 to commemorate the first settlement of the first group of Norwegian immigrants to North America.
With the help of $229,700 in loans and grants, the Hamlin Fire Department constructed a fire training and community activity building to replace a 40-year old pavilion-style building and was unveiled at an Open House on October 10.
Churchville held a public hearing on its proposed law to prohibit certain types of animals in the village. Under the proposal, village residents could not keep or own wild animals as defined by the state environmental conservation law. This included animals such as alligator, kangaroo, rhinoceros, tiger, polar bear, and mountain lion among many others. Also included in the village ban would be farm animals, including: chickens, goats, cattle, horses, donkeys, turkeys, swine, sheep and more.
A $34 million highway project to reconstruct State Route 104 (West Ridge Road) in the Town of Greece, Monroe County was announced by New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Boardman.
The new $8 million, 50,000 square foot YMCA on Elmgrove Road officially opened on October 18. The complex included a senior center, teen center, indoor pool (complete with inflatable slide and water park features), two aerobic studios, a whirlpool and steam sauna, a gymnasium, a fitness center and the family adventure center.