Yesterday's News for December 2003

Yesterday's News for December 2003

35 years ago in 1968

•Ogden Telephone Company extended its free calling area for Hilton’s 392 exchange. Customers in Hilton could now call Brockport and Hamlin exchanges toll free.

•Clarkson selected an official town emblem which depicted the town and its location in both Monroe County and New York State. The emblem was designed by Robert Hogan for a contest held by the Town Board.

•Clark and Riter, a Ford tractor and implement dealer in Bergen, was building new quarters to handle expanded business.

•Plaques were installed identifying individuals for whom sections of Hilton’s Northwood Elementary School were named.

•It was announced that first year tax rates for the Riga Water District #1 would be 20 percent below estimated costs.

•State and local leaders from the nine-county Genesee Region met to discuss new efforts being launched to create a Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority. Besides mass transit, the authority would also develop the region’s waterways for recreational use.

30 years ago in 1973

•Brockport mayor and life long resident George Hamil died on December 2.

•During December, Star Supermarkets tied each loaf of bread with special holiday themed fasteners that could be colored, cut out, and used as Christmas tree ornaments.

•Monroe County Department of Public Works was forced to close the Paul Road bridge over the Penn Central railroad tracks in Chili because it was declared unsafe for all vehicular traffic. The bridge was to remain closed for an indefinite time until Penn Central made the necessary repairs.

•The Spencerport Methodist Church on Amity Street got a new steeple.

• The Board of Trustees of Nazareth College in Rochester authorized the college administration to recruit both male and female students, and to make adjustments in programs and facilities to accomplish that goal. The college first admitted men in 1971, but this was the first attempt made by the college to actively recruit them.

•Two voting booths from the west side of Rochester were moved to Hamlin for the Hamlin Historical Society. Since the Society didn’t have the financial resources to purchase a building for a museum, president Mary Smith conceived the idea to acquiring several small buildings to be grouped as a settlement or village of mini-museums.

25 years ago in 1978

•Spencerport Central School District was 17 percent under capacity, and it was projected that enrollment would continue to drop through the early 1980s. Village residents were awaiting a decision as to whether the district would close one of its four elementary schools.

•Parma Town Clerk William Waters retired after 13 years of service to the town, 11 of them as Town Clerk.

•Construction began on an animal shelter on Chili town property adjacent to the highway garage.

•Reverend William Calkins of Elmgrove United Methodist Church personally delivered a fire truck to the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. The Mission had appealed to Calkins for help because they had no fire equipment. Calkins found a fire truck for sale for $5,000 and put down $2,500 of his own money as a down payment because there was not enough time to organize a fundraiser.

•Rochester Chapter of Certified Football Officials selected Sean Ryan of Spencerport, a fifth grade teacher at Bernabi Elementary School, recipient of the Outstanding Football Official of the Year Award.

•“Superman” flew into the Brockport Strand where “Grease” was still the word.

20 years ago in 1983

•Caldwell Manufacturing was negotiating to buy 53 acres of land on the northwest corner of Shepard and Manitou Road for the relocation of their window hardware business.

•New York Farm Bureau presented Randy Robb with the bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer Award because of the diversification of his farm operation which allowed him the chance to make a profit in one area even if another area suffered a set back. Robb bought the 524-acre farm on Gallup Road from his father in 1980 making him the third generation Robb to run it.

•At six years-old, Monica Whalen of Churchville appeared in the film “All By Myself: The Parapodium, an Alternative for the Paraplegic Child,” which was awarded a Golden Eagle Certificate by the National Council on International Non-theatrical Events. The film told the story of Whalen’s achievements using the Rochester Parapodium which was developed at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Born with spina bifida and unable to use her legs, the parapodium allowed Whalen to walk, sit and stand by herself without arm braces or a wheelchair.

15 years ago in 1988

•A ribbon cutting ceremony was held a Ledgedale Airport on Colby Street. The airport provided an alternative landing space for small planes.

•Construction was well underway for a new Lifetime Assistance facility in Hamlin. This facility was unique because it was the first to be built from the ground up, and was designed around the special needs of the individuals living there.

•A committee of Parma-Hilton area children assisted the architect in the design of their ideal playground on December 15. This Design Day officially kicked off the community effort for a creative play area and family center to be located behind Parma Town Hall.

•Glen S. Johnson, the Parma Town Board’s lone Democratic Councilman, resigned his seat to accept a position with the Central Office of Mental Health in Albany.

•Construction was underway on Brockport’s new 1,000 pupil elementary school thus far being called Brockport Elementary School. The building was expected to be completed by February 1990.

•A $75 million gas pipeline, proposed for construction by November 1989, was planned to traverse Bergen, Riga and Chili. The Empire State Pipeline, a 155-mile, 24-inch pipe would have a capacity of 150 million cubic feet per day and stretch from Grand Isle to Clay, New York. Public hearings on the environmental impact were ongoing.

•Churchville-Chili music director Ron Goodling was heading up a campaign to raise $180,000 to send C-C’s concert choir to Paris to perform at the Notre Dame and help Parisians celebrate their bicentennial. The choir was invited to represent New York State in the celebration because they received the first division rating at the All-American Music Festival in 1987.

•In Albany County there was a precedent-setting judgment that allowed DNA as a reliable form of identification. As a result, the Assembly Codes and Judiciary Committees conducted a public forum as part of a joint project to investigate the application of DNA testing and its possible uses in civil and criminal cases.

10 years ago in 1993

•Kendall craftsman Thomas Markusen was one of 60 craftsmen nationwide invited to a reception at the White House. Markusen’s brass and copper candle holders became part of the first permanent White House craft collection.

•Clarkson became the second town in Monroe County to require sprinkler systems in new constructions.

•Unexplained sights and sounds led SUNY Brockport students to wonder if their Hartwell Hall was haunted. After spending a night in the hall, four WBSU broadcasters determined that there definitely was something, or someone, haunting the building.

•In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the writing of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Hilton’s Craft Antique Co-op transformed into an 1800s village for three weeks before Christmas for their first Old Fashioned Dickens Festival. The festival also featured costumed characters from the novel, carolers, and a sampling of foods of the time.

•Lyndonville, Yates, Clarendon, Gaines, Murray and Kendall received a total of $2.2 million in grants from HUD under its “small cities” Community Development Block Grant program to improve water systems.

•Conrail made a last run on the rail line between Brockport and Gates to remove the rails. As rails were lifted they were fed onto a quarter-mile long train of specially slotted rail cars.

•Bergen resident Russell Drews donated two parcels of land, 50 acres in all, located between Swamp Road and West Sweden Road, to the town for a nature center and recreational reserve.

5 years ago in 1998

•Dr. Mary Vadas opened Towne & Country Eyecare Associates in Spencerport on December 1.

•The old Towne Super Duper in North Chili reopened as Towne Plaza IGA under the ownership of Mike and Scott Ward and Doug Defillips.

•May Epke, former Lakeside Memorial Hospital administrator, celebrated her 100th birthday on December 4 with General Colin Powell, Lakeside’s 10th annual Gala Dinner keynote speaker. In his address at the gala, Powell said meeting Epke had been the highlight of his day.

•Brockport school district residents approved a $19.1 million bond issue 883-394 to fund renovations and additions to the various school buildings with the majority of the work planned for the High School and Ginther School.

•A ground breaking ceremony was held December 16 for Seldon Square Apartments, a 30-unit apartment complex in Clarkson.

•The Spencerport Village Board was investigating the recommendation of the Sidewalk Committee to have the village take over responsibility for installation, repair and maintenance of sidewalks from the individual homeowners.

•Nearly 200 Brockport High School band members and color guard and their 31 chaperones traveled to Jacksonville, Florida on December 28 to take part in the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day.

•On December 29, 15 people were inducted into the first Hilton Central School District Athletic Hall of Fame.

1 year ago in 2002

•Funds were secured to preserve 35 acres in the Town of Parma slated for preservation under Monroe County’s Green Space Initiative. The acreage contained 1,400 feet of lakeshore frontage, freshwater wetlands and small streams running along the Lake Ontario shore.

•The Long Range Planning Committee of Hilton schools unveiled the final architectural plans for the $57.9 million Capital Project that was approved by voters in December 2001.

•The Village of Spencerport completed the Union Street Lighting Project which involved replacing streetlights from the canal bridge to the old railroad bridge on the south side of the business district. Lights on Amity Street and East Avenue and those near the post office and village parking lots were also replaced as part of the $60,000 project.

•Secretary Madeleine Albright was the guest speaker at the Lakeside Foundation’s Annual Gala Dinner on December 6. Bud Hendershot, honorary co-chair of Lakeside’s “Building for the Next Generation” Capital Campaign, announced that $3,154,138+ was raised to renovate the OB Department and expand and renovate the OR Department.

•Dick McQuilkin, Millard “Red” Fairley and Lyle Zarpentine were all celebrating their 50th anniversary with the Spencerport Volunteer Fireman’s Association, and were honored at the firemen’s annual banquet.

•Students in Brockport High School’s Engineering, Design and Development class were in the midst of designing a Skate Park for the Town of Sweden.

•Ground breaking took place on Phase I of the Sanitary Sewer project to serve the Union Street area north of the West Shore rail line and south of King Road, an area of approximately 300 acres.

•Richard (Pep) Martin was inducted into the Holley Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony December 28.