Yesterday's News for November 2006

Yesterday's News for November 2006

40 years ago in 1966

•The old railroad depot on Coldwater Road in Gates was remodeled by owner Victor Bromley and converted into Furniture Mart.

•Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance began 24 hour service to the community free of charge.

•Chili Town Board decided that something needed to be done about the Union Street railroad crossing after a train rammed a tractor trailer that had stalled there. The road bed was higher than the street and the bump was causing problems for motorists. Between June and September there had been 28 accidents at the crossing.

•Frank T. Lamb, Gordon A. Howe and Charles F. Stockmeister were selected as delegates to the Constitutional Convention. James E. Powers was elected Senator and Barber B. Conable was elected to the House of Representatives.

•A Friday Fish Fry was just 99¢ at White House Restaurant in Churchville and at Villa Capri on Route 19 north of Brockport.


35 years ago in 1971

•Peterson’s drug store opened in North Chili’s Towne Plaza. Among their Grand Opening Specials were Head and Shoulders Shampoo for 49¢, Miss Breck Hair Spray for 49¢ and Lavoris Mouthwash for 99¢.

•Spencerport’s boys soccer team won the Western Division Class B Soccer trophy. The Rangers defeated Wayne Central Schools’ team to win the championship.

•A nine foot by 12 foot sign was erected at the intersection of Routes 31 and 259 to welcome visitors to Spencerport. The sign was a project of the Spencerport Jaycees and was designed by Mike Shearing, a student at Spencerport High School and We-Mo-Co.

•An area-wide simulated emergency had fire and ambulance personnel from Spencerport, Chili, Churchville and Hilton responding to the First Congregational Church in Spencerport for a practive drill.

•Why cook when a Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie was just $1.56 at the Bradford House Restaurant in Brockport Plaza?


30 years ago in 1976

•Two centuries of female progress was the subject of a display at the historian’s office at the Parma Town Hall. Victorian dresses and early 20th century household utensils were among the items of display.

•Merchants in the Chili-Paul Plaza were hopeful about the plaza’s future in anticipation of the opening of Grossman’s, a retail home improvement center, and Bell’s Supermarket by the end of the year.

•Spencerport Village Board wanted the Spencerport Inn on Martha Street to be demolished because of dangerous conditions. The building had been boarded up since being heavily damaged by fire in December 1975.

•Joe Schuth opened Salmon Creek Tennis Club adjoining Salmon Creek Golf Club on Washington Street, Spencerport. The club featured six indoor courts and at the time was the only tennis club of its kind between Rochester and Buffalo.

•Adrian Vandertang of Spencerport finally received his 32 year-old WWII award from the Republic of China for serving in the China-Burma-India theatre of operation. The order for the award, along with thousands of others, was lost after the war and had only recently been recovered.


25 years ago in 1981

•Danny Boy’s restaurant on Ridge Road West in Parma was gutted by a fire which started in the kitchen.

•The Town of Parma and Village of Hilton declared November 22 through 28 as Family Unity Week to encourage people to join in meaningful family activities.

•St. Paul Lutheran School in Hilton celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a potluck dinner and slide presentation.

•Hilton defeated Liverpool to win the first Intersectionals Class A Championship game in the history of girls soccer. The game was scoreless throughout regular play. The Cadettes won in double overtime.

•Southwest Parma Neighborhood Association, a residents group, was fighting for stricter regulations on mining and landfill operations in the town. In the past 10 years there had been two gravel mining operations and two landfills in their corner of town with very few regulations.

•There were big changes in local town leadership following November elections. Robert J. Sickelco unseated incumbent Ogden Supervisor Gail Schott by over 2,000 votes. The main issue in the race was the supervisor’s salary. Hilton Mayor Thomas Younker defeated incumbent Jack Jennejahn Jr. for the Parma Supervisor position. In Riga, Ronald E. Griffith defeated Edgar E. Moore who had been Riga Supervisor for 10 years.

•“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” starring Harrison Ford, was playing at the Studio Theater in Brockport.


20 years ago in 1986

•Ogden Presbyterian Church, the first church built in Ogden, celebrated its 175th Anniversary on November 1 and 2 with an open house and special “old style” church service.

•Bill and Donna Ehrmentraut were developing the Hidden Meadows Community in Bergen. Away from the traffic of Route 19, the community of modular homes was being developed for adults age 55 and over.

•Burglars broke in to Resch Automotive in Ogden and stole $30,000 worth of tools.

•Ogden Town Council put plans to purchase the Matheos Building on South Union Street for a town office complex on hold when figures submitted by their architectural firm were signicantly higher than those presented at an information meeting in September. They were looking into ways to reduce the cost of the project.

•Churchville Legionnaires prepared Thanksgiving Dinner for 100 area residents who were alone, lonely or in need of food.


15 years ago in 1991

•Members of Spencerport High School’s band were flown to California to perform as part of the Disney Channel’s Tribute to the American Teacher. Spencerport music teacher Terry Taylor was selected as Disney’s American Teacher of the Year in the performing arts category.

•Century Mold Company, Inc. expanded and opened a new 80,000 square foot headquarters and manufacturing facility on Vantage Point Drive in Ogden.

•A new voting system was being tested in Riga on election day. The Optech III-P Eagle required the voter to fill out a paper ballot which was then fed into a machine to record the votes. The recording machine was much smaller than the traditional lever-style voting machines.

•Republican Bob King defeated incumbent Tom Frey to become Monroe County Executive.

•Alan Buell of Holley traveled to New York City to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of the All Star American Drum Corps.

•Local boy scouts Tom Kiesling and Jeff Marsiglio were leading clean-up efforts at cemeteries on Dresser Road and Brower Road in Ogden. Working towards Eagle Scout status, the boys cleared out brush and garbage and also located, reassembled and reset grave markers.

•A retirement party was held November 30 to honor Mike Paduchak who was retiring after 32 years as Kendall Town Supervisor.


10 years ago in 1996

•Pettis Pools was in the process of demolishing part of their Greece store so that they could rebuild at the same location. They believed it was more cost effective to rebuild rather than extensively remodel the existing building.

•Churchville-Chili Superintendent of Schools David P. Ryan was honored at a retirement celebration at Logan’s Party House. Ryan had served as Superintendent for 16 years.

•Forget the presidential election - the closest race in 1996 was the race for Sweden Town Council. Only three votes separated Democratic challenger Mort Wexler and Republican incumbent Jim Rice. A tabulating machine failure delayed the counting of 175 absentee ballots. After all the votes had been counted, Wexler was declared the winner.

•The Western Monroe Historical Society held a lighting ceremony and reception to thank the community for its support with their recent fundraising campaign. In just over six weeks the group raised $15,000 to pave the driveway of the Morgan-Manning House in Brockport and to install period exterior lighting.

•The Village of Brockport unanimously approved an agreement allowing Sprint to erect a tower at the village’s abandoned sewer plant on East Avenue to provide better cellular phone service. The Murray planning board also approved a Sprint tower to be located on Lynch Road.


5 years ago in 2001

•On November 1 it became illegal to use hand-held cellular phones while operating a motor vehicle in New York State.

•Churchville’s new 4,700 square foot, $600,000 Village Hall opened.

•While most area political candidates were running unopposed, Paul Kimball defeated Christa Filipowicz to retain his position as Clarkson Supervisor and newcomer James Maley Jr. defeated incumbent Kathleen Mullaly for Parma Town Justice.

•On November 5, Dolomite, leasor of the Manitou Sand and Gravel pit, conducted a blast to open a new lift (or level) in the quarry floor. That blast, as well as an earlier blast on September 17, resulted in flyrock. Rocks as large as 30 pounds were blasted out of the pit onto adjacent property. Representatives of Dolomite stressed that these incidents were accidental.

•The area code for Orleans, Genesee, Monroe and Wyoming counties changed from 716 to 585 effective November 15. The Buffalo area retained the 716 area code.

•The Village of Brockport announced the selection of Irondequoit Police Department Lieutenant Daniel P. Varrenti as the next Brockport Police Chief. Varrenti will assume the position on January 1, 2002.

•Falcheck Veterinary Clinic merged with Hilton Veterinary Clinic in order to provide more convenient hours, more complete care and better service.

•The Spencerport Zoning Board of Appeals held a special meeting November 29 to discuss the proposed controversial renovations of St. John's Church in Spencerport. The application for variances needed for construction of an addition to the masonry at the corner of Martha and Amity Streets in the village was denied.