Yesterday's News for November 2003

Yesterday's News for November 2003

35 years ago in 1968

•After 14 years of service, Ogden Police Chief Roy Burley announced his resignation from the department for personal reasons. In December he took over as Service Manager for Hart Taylor Lincoln Mercury in Spencerport.

•The store formerly known as Clover Farms expanded and became Alexander Bros. Clover Farms Foodland. Ownership of the store did not change, but the corporation branched out to include more members of the Alexander family.

•Members of the Churchville Methodist Church and Churchville village residents were working together to investigate the feasibility of preserving the church-owned former Cobblestone Schoolhouse. The Landmark Society found the building to be structurally sound and worthy of preservation. A committee was formed to investigate the cost of repairs and to suggest a use of the building.

•Two new revolutionary devices about to be employed by New York State Police were unveiled to local law enforcement: Vascar, a computerized speed measuring device capable of clocking automobiles going in either direction; and the controversial Breathalizer for measuring an individual’s alcohol consumption.

•Those shopping for their Thanksgiving dinners at Star Market in Brockport found turkey for $0.29 a pound, two cans of cranberry sauce for $0.39, two pounds of yams for $0.29 and three Top Frost pumpkin pies for $1.

•“Westside Story” was playing at the Brockport Strand.

30 years ago in 1973

•On November 12 the first families moved into Churchville Greene which was the largest housing project in Riga.

•Grease recycling returned to Monroe County. Residents were asked to save kitchen grease, oil and meat cuttings in metal containers for deposit in drums at designated collection sites.

•The Union Street Bridge in Spencerport was undergoing reconstruction after 60 years of use.

•The James A. Viele Company Wallpaper and Paint Sundries held a grand opening in Spencerport. Owner Jim Viele had 19 years of experience in the paint and wallpaper business.

•April Ann Poles, 16, of Rochester became the 21,000th member of the Otetiana Council of Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts had been accepting girls as registered members for two years.

•Duffy-Mott Company in Hamlin was accepting applications for the 1973 Apple Pack. The wage was $2 per hour.

•The Eastman Kodak Company was the sole sponsor of the live four-hour telecast of the wedding of England’s Princess Anne to Army Captain Mark Phillips at London’s Westminster Abbey. Shown on CBS, Kodak only planned to use 18 of the 24 commercial minutes available. Kodak was hoping that the impact of sole sponsorship would build goodwill toward their company and products.

25 years ago in 1978

•Efforts by a group of Brockport citizens to establish a community-based program in western Monroe County for mentally and developmentally challenged adults culminated with the November 1 opening of a day treatment center operated by Lifetime Assistance Inc. in the village.

•The United Methodist Church of North Chili marked its 125th anniversary while Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencerport commemorated its 20th anniversary with a special anniversary service.

•Donald F. Davison, Ogden Telephone founder and president, died on November 7 at age 74.

•Hilton dedicated its new municipal building to Robert S. Elliott for his numerous accomplishments and sacrifices on behalf of the village citizenry.

•The New York State United Teachers Organization, the Spencerport Teachers Association and two past and one present Spencerport teachers were found in contempt of court and fined $25,000, $7,500 and $250 respectively as a result of a 1975 teachers strike in Spencerport.

20 years ago in 1983

•Hilton Village Board granted permission for the construction of a gazebo on the grounds of the Hilton Community Center as part of the village’s preparation for its centennial celebration in 1985.

•The Eastman Kodak Company received a prestigious I-R 100 Award from Industrial Research and Development magazine in recognition of disc photography development. Spencerport resident David E. Monks, assistant director of Kodak’s Photographic Technology Division, participated in the design of the system and accepted the award on behalf of the company during a presentation ceremony of the Museum of Science and Industry Awards presented annually by the magazine to the 100 most significant technological advances of the year.

•Spencerport Girls Varsity Cross Country team won the Section Five Championship a week after becoming Monroe County Champs.

•Republican Lorraine V. Anderson became the first woman elected to the Chili Town Board.

•Salvage work began to remove the Earl Adams house on the corner of Hubbell Road and Colby Street in Northampton Park. The house had been empty for several years, and stipulations required the house to be moved from the site if sold. Given the weight of the structure, moving it would be near impossible. The house was going to be torn down and the foundation filled in, leaving no evidence of a house ever being there.

•Park Ridge Hospital petitioned the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency for permission to build an acute psychiatric care unit with 35 beds. At the time there were no beds in western Monroe County for acute psychiatric patients.

15 years ago in 1988

•Bob Sperandio, owner of the Spencerport-based Sporting Dog Specialties, received the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Businessperson of the Year award. Sporting Dog Specialties was the world’s largest mail order supplier of pet products.

•Mel Love celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of his first area jewelry store, Love’s Jewelers, at the Lyell-Mt. Read Plaza. The store opened on November 5, 1948.

•Hilton Elementary School students participated in an experiment in children’s telecommunication. The students wrote poems and letters promoting “World Peace Through USSR-USA Friendship.” Their message traveled all over the world thanks to computers with modems which were supplied by AT&T.

•A scoreboard was dedicated at Spencerport’s soccer stadium in memory of Jim Magin, a Spencerport Central School alumni and employee.

•Riga residents protested a proposed Brew Road landfill.

•Members of the Ferris-Goodridge Post #330 American Legion dedicated the newly constructed memorial in front of their Post Home on Trimmer Road “to all deceased veterans, no matter what war or service they served in.”

•After 101 years of occupancy at the corner of Lake Avenue and Stutson Street in Rochester, St. George’s Episcopal Church was planning to relocate to Hilton on a ten-acre triangle-shaped property on Wilder Road and Old Wilder Road.

•Life had taken on a new wrinkle for George Bush since his namesake was campaigning for the presidency. A wave of crank calls was plaguing this 41 year-old city firefighter from Gates. He wasn’t the only George Bush in the area though. His father, also George Bush, resided in Greece.

•Police had no clues, but lots of questions about the November 29 murder of 74 year-old Viola Manville of Hilton.

10 years ago in 1993

•Sweden voters had a chance to practice voting on new Advantage Voting Machines before casting their real votes on election day. Instructions were provided along with a mock ballot including candidates like Abraham Lincoln to acquaint voters with the new machines.

•Brockport High School senior Denise Leckenby won her first state swimming championship in the 100 meter freestyle.

•A retirement party was held for Ann Wolfe on November 7 at Pinewood Country Club. Ogden Town Clerk since 1981, Wolfe decided not to seek re-election in order to spend more time with her family.

•97 year old Hilton resident E.W. Bayley was one of seven veterans honored with a World War I 75th Anniversary Commemorative Medal in recognition of his service in WWI during a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the V.A. Medical Center in Batavia.

•Spencerport natives Ken Brody, John Kovaleski, Brian Keane and Allen Brady had their locally produced comedy/horror film, “Johnny...Nobody Said He Was an Angel,” shown at Lincoln Center. It was one of three films chosen by New York Women in Film to be showcased that year.

•The Churchville ArrowMart Convenience Store was reduced to rubble by Empire Wrecking on November 18 so that a new store could be constructed further back on the lot.

•Hamlin’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan pushed to get more areas of Hamlin Beach State Park, including the Devil’s Nose Bluffs, opened to the public.

•Dan’s Van Day, a community fundraiser in Spencerport and Randolph, was held on November 20. The goal of the event was to raise $25,000 to purchase a lift equipped van for Dan Hinman who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis.

•Park Ridge Health System’s Edna Tina Wilson Living Center was dedicated on November 30. The center was one of only two projects selected to participate in the New York State Skilled Nursing Facility Demonstration Project calling for innovative architectural designs that fostered greater independence and interaction among residents.

5 years ago in 1998

•A historic marker was placed at 163 Erie Street in Brockport, the former home of Fanny Barrier Williams, suffragette and black rights activist. A Brockport native, Williams was honored posthumously for being a Notable Woman of New York State.

•Citizens Communications officially became the new name for Ogden Telephone Company on November 2 although Citizens had taken over ownership of the phone company on December 31, 1997.

•Pastor Albert Zoller of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hilton began the push for a running, walking and biking path to run parallel to the Lake Ontario State Parkway from I-390 to Hamlin Beach State Park.

•Yanty Wall was constructed in Hamlin to protect Yanty Marsh. The 1,835 foot stretch of rock that extended along Hamlin Beach State Park’s shoreline from the easternmost jetty of Area A to the mouth of Yanty Creek was completed in just 28 days.

•Chili Town Hall moved to a new building at 3333 Chili Avenue which opened on November 17. The official dedication ceremony was held on December 5.

•Ogden Presbyterian Church celebrated Heritage Sunday on November 22 recognizing the 175th anniversary of the building of its sanctuary in 1823.

•Churchville residents were concerned about air emissions from the new Qualicoat plant in the village. The DEC said the plant was well below emission limits.

1 year ago in 2002

•Churchville-Chili Board of Education appointed Annemarie Spadafora the district’s new Superintendent of Schools, culminating a five month search.

•Twenty Hilton High School graphic arts students received national Gutenberg Awards from members of the Printers and Imaging Association of New York. Over 500 entries were received for consideration from the United States and Canada.

•Churchville-Chili Saints girl’s soccer team defeated Mercy 1-0 for their first Class A Sectional soccer championship November 4. Senior Joanna Patalano, in the week previous to the game, was also named Co Player-of-the-Year in Monroe County Class A.

•Brockport Village Board passed a proposal to utilize Monroe County’s 911 service for dispatching police calls while the village would retain its own dispatch services for fire and ambulance.

•Churchville-Chili schools hosted a building dedication ceremony on November 16 to dedicate their new Transportation Facility and Math and Science Technology Wing.

•The Holley Central School District unanimously appointed Michael J. Gilbert as secondary school principal 7-12 replacing William Pileggi, who retired after 28 years.

•Father Norbert Kyumu left St. Christopher’s Church in North Chili to return to his native Kenya after serving as substitute pastor for four years. Parishioners at St. Christopher’s were reluctant to say goodbye to Father Norbert and were raising funds to buy him a vehicle to help him serve his parishes in Kenya.

•The Village of Brockport received a $25,000 grant from the Main Street Small Cities Grant program to help fund the construction of a visitor’s center along the banks of the Erie Canal.

•Former Brockport resident Richard L. Booth, Jr. came forward as the donor of the Sweden Clarkson Community Center. At their November 26 board meeting, the Town of Sweden was presented with the deed for the Community Center building free and clear. Booth’s donation totaled $3 million.