Yesterday's News for October 2007

Yesterday's News for October 2007

40 years ago in 1967

•Lakeside Memorial Hospital Twig Association celebrated it’s 30th anniversary with a dinner party at Craig Hill Country Club.

•On a quiet 400-acre hillside near the village of Mumford, a major effort was underway to reconstruct an early 19th century village. The village’s buildings were being moved to Mumford from areas throughout western New York to be the focal point of the Museum of the Genesee Country.

•Contruction began on Riga Water District #1. Initial phases began on Gilman Road, Washington Street and Buffalo Road.

•Representative Barber Conable Jr. designated the Drake Memorial Library at Brockport State University as a federal depository library. The designation enabled the library to receive all government documents and publications without charge.

•Richard Padguta was appointed Chili Recreation Director.

•Rib Eye Steak Dinner including vegetables, potatoes, rolls and coffee was $1.25 at the recently renovated Gitsis Restaurant on Buffalo Road.


35 years ago in 1972

•Richard L. Booth, Brockport resident and insurance agency executive, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Independent Mutual Insurance Agents of New York State. Booth was president of the Booth of Brockport Agency, Inc. and Booth-Phelps, Inc. of Brockport.

•The Chili Recreation Commission appointed Ronald Fodge as the new Recreation Director for the Town of Chili.

•Arson was suspected to be the cause of an early-morning fire that destroyed a lumber warehouse at the Hilton Milling Co., Inc. and damaged five Hilton village homes.

•The Town of Ogden was the only town in Monroe County, and perhaps in New York State, to not have adopted either a tentative or preliminary budget by the September 30 deadline set by state law.

•A brand new 1973 Monte Carlo S Coupe was $3,509.50 at Durfee Chevrolet on Ridge Road West, and Mobil gas was 35.9¢ per gallon at Sweden Car Wash in Brockport.


30 years ago in 1977

•Union Street in Spencerport was getting a shot in the arm with the arrival of new businesses and a new look. The Pilot House restaurant and bar opened; the Palmers were renovating the new home of Spencerport Printing; and business was growing at Struck Floors and Spencerport Florist, both of which had recently moved to Union Street.

•For the first time in the history of Chili, the Board of Elections had accepted an Independent petition for a Chili town office. Elizabeth “Bette” Mullaney, Democrat-Conservative Chili Town Council candidate, was carried by a group from all political parties who felt she was the candidate who could best represent the people of Chili.

•Monroe County Legislature approved conveying a 65-acre parcel situated just north of Spencerport to the Town of Ogden for parks purposes.

•The Webster Business and Professional Women’s Club honored Ruth Bircher of Spencerport as their “Woman of the Year.” She was cited for her service to the club and her active political party committee duties.

•A simple suggestion by Hilton resident George Wheton to pack cameras with batteries, film and flash just prior to dealer orders, resulted in a $50,000 award, the largest total award under the Eastman Kodak Company suggestion plan.


25 years ago in 1982

•The world’s largest apple pie was the main attraction of the second annual Hilton Apple Harvest Festival. The pie was 18 feet wide, 18 inches deep, and was made with 600 pounds of crust and 22,000 pounds of filling. The $2,900, 1,600 pound aluminum pie pan used to bake the giant dessert was made by welding students at WE-MO-CO.

•A Jubilee Mass was held at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport to mark Sister Karen Berl’s 25th anniversary of taking her vows in the Order of the Sisters of Mercy.

•The Riga Free Library celebrated its 30th anniversay in its present location. The library was built with funds donated by former Churchville resident Floyd Newman.

•After years of planning and generous donations from the community, Special Olympics Park at SUNY Brockport became a reality. The park, which surrounded a statue sculpted by Zurab Tseretell for the 1979 International Special Olympics, was dedicated in a formal ceremony on October 8.

•Friends and members of the Parma Baptist Community Church celebrated 150 years of ministry at Parma Corners with a banquet, special worship service and exhibit of photos and memorabilia.

•Hilton Big M opened in its new South Avenue location on October 31 leaving the old store on Hovey Street for temporary storage and back-up stock. Negotiations were ongoing to bring a Ben Franklin store to the Hovey Street building.

•A public hearing was scheduled to consider alternatives for the extension of I-490 from Elmgrove Road to Washington Street.


20 years ago in 1987

•Basketball star Julius “Dr. J” Erving, was the featured speaker October 3 at Roberts Wesleyan College’s dedication ceremony for the school’s Life Fitness Center. A capacity crowd of 2,500 attended.

•A community hearing was held to consider a proposal for a $9.8 million major building and renovation project in the Churchville-Chili School District. The project would add 31 new classrooms to the middle and elementary schools and renovate and repair existing facilities. Voters ultimately passed the proposal.

•Daniel Wilson of Spencerport was gaining fame as a local inventor, patent and all. Wilson invented the Tool Handle Attachment to keep the heads of tools including pick axes, sledge hammers, and mauls from sliding down the handle, or sliding off completely. It took him ten days to go from concept to construction. Wilson was looking to make a deal with a major hardware maker to produce and market his invention.

•All were invited to waltz right in to the grand opening of the Starlight Ballroom, west of the Lyell Avenue exit off 390 North, which featured a 10,000 square foot hardwood dance floor.

•Some “Apple Tips” from George’s Bells supermarket: to peel apples, dip them quickly in and out of boiling water and the skin will come off much more readily; to keep apples crisp longer, store them at 32 degrees; apples soften five times as quickly at 40 degrees and ten times as quickly at 70 degrees.


15 years ago in 1992

•As of October 1, Jack and Rita Ginther no longer presided over the Adams Basin Post Office because of postal service cutbacks. Jack Ginther became the Adams Basin postmaster in 1952 and Rita Ginther had worked at the post office for more that 35 years.

•The Italian Civic League planned a Gala Dinner Dance on October 10 to mark the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s discovery of North America.

•An early morning call on October 16 for the Clarendon Fire Company turned out to be their own fire house engulfed in flames. Of the six rescue vehicles in the department, only the ambulance was lost in the fire. Two pumpers were retrieved from the building and used to fight the blaze.

•Clarendon’s Farwell Falls Festival on October 17 marked the opening of Farwell’s Settlement, a local history museum.

•Hilton McDonalds opened on October 17 and set a new regional opening day visitor record.

•Ogden residents turned out in force to support their elected officials who were trying to regulate the newly opened Toppers night club on Whittier Road.

•Conrail filed paperwork with the Interstate Commerce Commission in order to begin abandonment of the Falls Road Secondary rail line between Gates and Brockport. They planned for salvage and removal of rail, track materials and crossties.

•Adams Basin United Methodist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary.


10 years ago in 1997

•Local quilt teacher Linda Glantz of Clarendon wrote a new book on quilting entitled “Variegreat” which was being published by the American Quilters Society.

•Harlan G. Hartman was honored on October 23 for his 22 years of service to the Village of Hilton with a plaque and key to the village. Hartman had served on the Parma Town Board, Parma Zoning Board of Appeals, Hilton Zoning Board of Appeals and The Village Park Committee.

•Brockport resident Chris Wilson competed at the World Championship of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Performers from 20 countries competed in the Olympic-style event. Wilson won a gold medal for singing Paul Simon’s “Kathy’s Song,” and brought home the trophy for Best Overall Male Vocalist.

•Volunteers from the Brockport community installed the final two phases of a new playground at Corbett Park.

•After five years of planning, the Italian American Community Center opened its doors to the public on Columbus Day.


5 years ago in 2002

•Dr. John Martin was inaugurated as the new president of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary on October 4 even though he took office in May, following Dr. William Crothers’ retirement after 20 years.

•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. Mayor Ehrmentraut hoped to schedule events at the gazebo by Christmas.

•Hilton High School social studies teacher and varsity wrestling coach Chuck Partridge was named the 2002-2003 Hilton Teacher of the Year.

•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 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.