Yesterday's News for November 2005

Yesterday's News for November 2005

40 years ago in 1965

•James Burke and Son Hardware opened on Lake Road in Hamlin.

•The old gristmill building at Hilton Milling and Storage Company, a Hilton landmark, was torn down. A new store was to be built on the site.

•Churchville-Chili defeated archrival Spencerport 2-1 to capture the Section V Class B Soccer Championship.

•John B. Kinnicutt of Brockport was appointed Philmont Promotion Chairman for the North Star District Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was to coordinate all district activities involving the 200,000 acre Philmont Ranch in New Mexico, a national Boy Scout camp.

•The Spencerport Cross Country tream won the Monroe County meet and the Section V Class B title. It was the first time a Spencerport Cross Country team had won both titles.

35 years ago in 1970

•A new bridge over the Erie Canal at Elmgrove Road opened. The old bridge had been condemned for safety reasons in February.

•Skelly’s Midway Inn on Chili Avenue was destroyed by fire. It took firefighters over three hours to bring the blaze under control.

•Parma Plaza opened on Ridge Road West. Stores in the plaza included Villa Roma Pizzeria, Silver Dry Cleaners and Evelyn’s Fashion and Yarn Shop.

•Brockport High School hosted the New York State Music Association Area All State Music Festival concert on November 21.

•The Village Store on Main Street in Brockport began a going out of business sale.

•Hilton Lions Club installed village information signs welcoming people to Hilton and identifying local organizations.

•For your Thanksgiving Dinner – turkey, 33¢ a pound; yams, 13¢ a pound; cranberry sauce, 19¢ a can; bread, 20¢ a loaf; and for dessert, frozen pumpkin and mince meat pies, three for $1 at Star Market.

30 years ago in 1975

•After a bitter election, the formerly Democratic Chili Town Board changed to a Republican controlled board with a 4-1 majority. James J. Powers, the incumbent Supervisor, was re-elected as the only Democrat on the board.

•Only seven votes kept Hilton on RG&E electric rather than allow the creation of a village owned electric company.

•Monroe County Sheriff Al Skinner died.

•A new county-wide code limiting smoking in public places went into effect.

•Chase Manhattan Bank of Greater Rochester opened its sixth office, a full-service facility, on Paul Road in Chili. Joseph W. Farrell of North Chili was named branch executive.

•Riga History Day was held on November 23 featuring historical displays at the Harvey C. Noone American Legion Post.

•Michael Krenzer, 16, of Spencerport, built his own battery charger and was named one of six national winners in the 4-H electric program. Krenzer received an $800 scholarship from Westinghouse Electric Corp.

25 years ago in 1980

•The Spencerport Cherry House furniture store closed its doors forever.

•Chili residents were opposed to a proposed expansion of the Monroe County Airport.

•The Parma Grange celebrated its 105th Anniversary and presented its Community Citizen’s Award to David Montrallo who purchased the Grange building in 1977 and converted it to offices and shops known as the Parma Grange Mall.

•Earl White, founder and first president of the Ogden Historical Society and Ogden Town Historian for over 30 years, died from heart disease at age 77.

•A dinner-dance was held at The Party House as a salute to Alvin Bauer who had retired as Ogden Town Clerk in July after 19 years of service to the town. Ann Wolfe was elected as Ogden’s new Town Clerk defeating opponent Carol Weegar.

•On the eve of the state deadline, the Ogden Town Board adopted a 1980-81 budget of $1.6 million causing tax increases in Spencerport and Ogden. The Supervisor’s salary was raised from $8,500 to $18,500 as the position went from part-time to full-time.

20 years ago in 1985

•A new contract, including higher salaries and better health benefits, was ratified by the Spencerport Central School District and Spencerport teachers. The teachers had been working without a contract since July 1.

•Community leaders participated in the Churchville-Chili School District’s “I’ve Been Back to School Day” as guest teachers.

•Chili’s Democratic Supervisor James Powers, a 14 year incumbent, was defeated in the town election by Republican Lorraine Anderson.

•Black Creek Turkey Farm in Riga had grown from just 20 turkeys in 1981 to 2,000 turkeys for the 1985 holiday season.

•Adams Basin residents attended a special meeting with State Senator Ralph Quattrociocchi to discuss problems with their water wells in an effort to have a water district formed.

•The Monday night special at Casey’s Restaurant in Brockport was a tray of 50 chicken wings for $5.99.

•The Ben Franklin Pre-Christmas Toy Sale featured Transformers Dinobots for $9.97, Dreamtime Barbie for $7.77, Voltron – Defender of the Universe for $10.97 and Musical Glo Worm for $13.97.

15 years ago in 1990

•First graders at Churchville-Chili’s Fairbanks Road School were making care packages including Kool-Aid, gum, books, magazines and cards to be sent to United States soldiers in the Persian Gulf in time for Christmas.

•The Spencerport boys volleyball team defeated Midlakes for the Section V Title.

•Hilton Fire Department Pumper 264 was sold to an individual in Syracuse for $2,263. The Hilton Fire Department had purchased the used pumper in 1948.

•First Baptist Church of Holley celebrated the centennial of their church building at 25 Geddes Street on November 17 and 18.

•Brockport’s Lady Devils won the Section V soccer title.

•Hamlin Ambulance Corps held an open house for their new facility at 1483 Lake Road. Ambulances previously housed at the fire hall were now at the new building.

•Members of the Brockport-Sweden Greenbelt Association passed a resolution urging the Sweden Town Board to enforce residential zoning in the town, especially on the north side of Route 31, as a show of support for Harrier Tract residents who opposed further commercial development eastward on Route 31.

•Holley Hawks boys soccer team won the state Class D title with a 2-1 overtime win over Long Island’s Southold.

•“Goodfellas,” “Rocky V” and “The Rescuers Down Under” were playing at the Brockport Strand.

10 years ago in 1995

•Brockport Historian Emily Knapp published the book “Not So Long Ago,” a collection of her writings on Brockport history.

•Hilton Central School District began an efficiency study on the topic of year-round schooling.

•John McNeil, percussion instructor at Roberts Wesleyan College, composed a piece for percussion ensemble entitled “The Blue Box” in which the instruments were recycled containers. The piece was premiered by the college’s percussion ensemble in a concert on November 14.

•The Sweden Town Board approved the purchase of 12.5 acres of land adjacent to the town garage on White Road to use for future needs.

•Brockport Central School Board accepted a donation of 10 acres of dormant farm land from Brockport Carpet owner George Hage. The district tentatively planned to use the site for playing fields.

5 years ago in 2000

•The SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles football team finished their season undefeated for the first time in school history. The Golden Eagles were also selected to host the NCAA Division III Tournament playoff game Thanksgiving weekend.

•Hundreds of migrating Monarch butterflies washed up on the beach at Troutberg just west of Hamlin Beach. It is believed that the butterflies were killed by a sudden drop in temperature.

•Seven months after being destroyed by fire, the Craft-Antique Co-op announced plans to re-open at the old Ruby Gordon Furniture building at 3200 Ridge Road West, next to Max Pies Carpet. Renovations on the building began in early November.

•Spencerport Jubilee grocery store announced that it was going out of business and closed its doors on November 15 leaving the village of Spencerport without a grocery store for the first time in many decades. Village residents were left wondering where they would shop.

•Three Spencerport firefighters – Bill Hallinan, Ray Young and Matt Palermo – were recognized for their bravery while responding to a fatal house fire on Brower Road in Ogden in August.

•For the first time ever, the Erie Canal was being “strategically dewatered” by having canal water controllably drained into area streams and creeks to support the region’s sport fishing.

•The Spencerport Board of Education named Phillip Langton as the district’s new superintendent on November 21. Langton was expected to assume his new position by the beginning of February, replacing Dr. Richard Timbs who took over as district superintendent for Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.

1 year ago in 2004

•The proposal to construct a joint municipal building for the Town of Murray and Village of Holley was defeated on November 2 by a margin of 615 against and 384 in favor of the construction.

•Byron-Bergen Central School Art Teacher Cindy Crowley was selected by the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) to be the Region I Art Educator of the Year.

•Hilton Cadets gymnasts successfully defended their Section Five gymnastics title with a team record 139.325 points in the championships held at SUNY Brockport November 8.

•Bergen’s propositions to build a new highway garage and town hall were defeated by an approximate vote of 250 against and 160 in favor of the construction, although no negative comments were voiced at either of the informational meetings held prior to the Town of Bergen's referendum votes on November 16.

•A steeple was installed on St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hilton November 16. The total roof mounting added about 30 feet to the height of the new church building, a 1.7 million dollar structure being built by Horning Construction of Rochester.

•Second seeded Byron-Bergen defeated top seed Honeoye to win the Section Five Class CC title and went on to defeat Candor from Section IV to win their first girls' volleyball state title.

•Chuck Henderson retired from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department on November 19 after 24 years of service.

•The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) and the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to assist those who suffered losses and damages as a direct result of the severe storms that occurred in the area August 13 to September 16.

•Congress approved $1 million for the redevelopment of Big Ridge Road and $2 million for the redevelopment of Mill Road as part of the Fiscal Year 2005 Transportation Appropriations bill which passed Congress before Thanksgiving.