Yesterday's News for October 2006

Yesterday's News for October 2006

40 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.

•More than 30 Spencerport residents debated a proposed leash law for more than two hours at a public hearing before the Village Board. Mayor Lester Merz believed the laws were too general and didn’t go far enough in controlling pets.

•Spencerport Lions Club dedicated the new Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance service house on Lyell Avenue.

•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).


35 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.

•Luraina Robbins was promoted to Chili Town Clerk following the resignation of Mary Parkhurst.

•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.

•The Harlem Diplomats, a basketball team known for its basketball antics and expertise, were in town for a game against the Spencerport Central School Faculty All-Stars on October 29.


30 years ago in 1976

•Dr. Harry F. Anderson of North Chili was honored with the Hall of Fame Award by alumni of Roberts Wesleyan College. Anderson had retired in June after 43 years as professor and coach at the college, the longest teaching record devoted to the college.

•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.

•The Town of Chili purchased four engraving pens for use by Chili residents in a effort to fight home burglaries.

•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.

•Marjorie Walker of Hilton won two first prize ribbons in a cake decorating contest at Longridge Mall. The awards came less than two years after Walker enrolled in a cake decorating class taught by Mary Ann Sweetser at Hilton night school.


25 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.

•There was debate in Ogden as to whether the Supervisor position should be a full-time job. Incumbent Gail Schott made the position full-time and voted to raise her salary from $10,000 to $18,500 during her first term. Her opponents, Walter Litolff and Robert Sickelco, felt the position should be part-time and promised to cut hours and pay if elected in November.


20 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.

•NYSDOT allocated $100,000 for preliminary engineering studies for continuation of Route 531 to Brockport. At the time the highway ended at Manitou Road.

•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.

•Spencerport resident Herbert H. Stevenson, chairman of the board of trustees at Houghton College since 1974, received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at Houghton’s Founders Day Convocation.

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


15 years ago in 1991

•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 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.

•After witnessing a fatal accident outside his home at the intersection of Roosevelt Highway and Drake Road, Michael deGroat was spearheading a campaign for safety improvements at the intersection. The Hamlin Town Board voted to request a safety study by NYSDOT.

•Westside News held an Open Forum at SUNY Brockport so area residents could ask questions of candidates for Monroe County Executive, Thomas Frey and Bob King.

•The Town of Riga threatened to sue Monroe County as negotiations 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.

•A public hearing was held October 28 about a proposed Wal-Mart store in Sweden.

•Holley defeated Kendall for the Class DDD boys soccer title.


10 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.

•Space was at a premium in many area school districts. Enrollments were up and districts were looking at how to best utilize their space and where to make additions.

•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.”

•The Churchville-Chili football team made their Sectional debut after just four years as a varsity program, but was defeated by the Hilton Cadets.


5 years ago in 2001

•Village of Spencerport building inspector Scott Zarnstorff resigned his position to become building inspector/assessor of the Village of Brockport.

•Monroe County entered into an agreement to lease the day-to-day operations of the Mill Seat Landfill in Riga to Waste Management.

•Hilton students presented a Musical Salute to America on October 25. All Hilton school musical groups as well as other local groups, including church choirs, performed. More than $3,000 was raised at the event and added to the $16,500 already contributed by Hilton Schools and distributed to 9-11 disaster relief funds.

•Five Oxford Street homes in Brockport were demolished by the 3M Company which purchased the homes due to hazardous waste contamination levels that made them unsafe for human habitation.

•More than 20 years after Vroom Road residents began trying to obtain public water, some funds became available through a grant from Senator Maziarz’s Strategic Investment Program. A public meeting was held in mid-October to form a water district.

•Some members of St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport were opposed to a major renovation project proposed by the church’s Renovation Study Committee. While most members agreed that the church needed some refurbishment including handicapped accessability, many opposed a large scale renovation that would dramatically alter the appearance of the church.

•B. Thomas Golisano, owner of Paychex, donated $5 million to Roberts Wesleyan College for a new library facility. It was the largest personal gift in the college’s 135-year history.