Yesterday's News for December 2004

Yesterday's News for December 2004

40 years ago in 1964

•Churchville-Chili School District had two of its buses specially equipped with a four light flasher system giving other motorists ample warning of when the bus was planning to stop. The new system, previously forbidden, was finally approved for use by selected school districts in New York by the state Department of Education as a test to see if it should become standard.

•A group of North Chili residents were appealing a Chili Zoning Board of Appeals decision granting a variance that would allow a large apartment project on Buffalo Road.

•Lee’s Display Signs in Spencerport moved to the former Durfee Chevrolet Building at 191 South Union Street, with an expanded line of products and services.

•At the Brockport Strand - The Beatles in their first full-length film, “A Hard Day’s Night;” Sidney Poitier in “Lilies of the Field;” and Elvis as “The Roustabout.”

•Gitsis Drive-In on Buffalo Road offered giant submarine sandwiches at $0.69 for ham and $0.49 for tuna. They also served a Friday fish fry for $0.75.

35 years ago in 1969

•James H. Cowley Sr., of Spencerport, died December 7 at age 77. Cowley attended Batavia School of the Blind and became the first president of the Association of the Blind. Cowley also served as a Field Representative for the New York State Commission for the Blind.

•Friends of the Chili Public Library sponsored a tea in the library on December 14 in honor of Robert J. Dobbs who had recently been appointed library director.

•Ogden Town Board created a five-member town planning board to help insure a “logical pattern of development” in Ogden. Charles W. Moore was named chairman.

•Roberts Wesleyan College received a $5,000 capital grant from the Gulf Oil Foundation. The grant was going to be used for the Merlin G. Smith Science Center under construction on the campus.

•Ground was broken for the largest expenditure the Town of Ogden had ever had. Over 1,100 apartments, some garden type, with one to three bedrooms, were going to be built on a site near Buffalo Road and Whittier Road.

•Mrs. Sherman Fisher presented the Town of Chili with a collection of personal papers from the Chili hamlet of Clifton’s famous “Harmon Era.” The century-old assortment of papers was the most important historical gift the town had ever received.

•Brockport Star Market was temporarily closed for complete renovation. The Brockport Strand was also closed for interior renovations including new larger seats, a new screen and redecoration. The theatre reopened on Christmas Eve with a showing of “Oliver!”

30 years ago in 1974

•Luster Coate Metalizing in Churchville was forced to lay off 40 employees, reducing their production staff to just nine people, including the president and vice-president.

•The winter drainage of the Erie Canal was expected to be delayed until March because of the energy crunch. Because Niagara Mohawk used canal waters as a source of power, the delayed drainage was expected to save the equivalent of 1.2 million gallons of oil.

•Pete Rowley, chief operator of the Village of Hilton water plant, retired one month short of 12 years of service.

•Peterson’s Drug Store in North Chili’s Towne Plaza added a new costume jewelry section with prices ranging from $1 to $10.

25 years ago in 1979

•Ceremonies marked the opening of the newly relocated Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Zone C assembly substation in a wing of the former Spencerport Elementary School at 71 Lyell Avenue. The new facilities offered a central location and additional space for expanded programs and services.

•NYSDOT finished a report on the proposed extension of I-490 for Elmgrove Road in Gates to the Orleans County line. They recommended that any extension terminate somewhere between Union Street and Washington Street in Ogden, saying that improvement beyond that could not be justified for the next 10 to 15 years.

•Monroe County Civil Service Commission approved the creation of the position of maintenance man in the Town of Parma.

•The Hilton Super Duper installed new retrofit glass doors over their refrigerated door cases to keep customers warmer, food colder, and conserve energy.

20 years ago in 1984

•Beginning December 1, police officers in New York began issuing warnings about using seat belts or restraint devices. The state’s mandatory seat belt law, the first law of its kind in the nation, was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 1985.

•Lakeside Memorial Hospital was planning several expansions over the next 18 months.

•The Kryger family of Greece was selected to be Parma’s Family of the Year. David and Joanne Kryger had 21 children, 15 of them adopted, and many with disabilities.

•Pamco Furniture on Church Street in Spencerport was closing, as owner Michael J. Francesco decided to retire after 37 years.

15 years ago in 1989
•The DEC supported the designation of Hotel Creek in Riga as a Critical Environmental Area, but other than changing the classification of the creek, there was nothing more they could do to prevent construction of the Mill Seat Landfill. Hotel Creek had been found to be a trout breeding area, but further study was needed.

•Marine Midland Bank had a Holiday CD special where a six-month CD earned 7.83 percent interest.

•Hamlin artist William Stewart was one of 12 finalists chosen for the first phase of art installations for the Greater Rochester International Airport Public Art Competition. There had been 269 artist entries.

•Fire damaged the Kendall K&K Food Mart. While the new store was being rebuilt, essentials were being offered at the former K&K location on the Four Corners.

•Brockport School Superintendent David Field presented his proposed space use changes for the 1990-91 school year at the Board of Education meeting. Significant changes in space use were needed because of the opening of a new elementary building.

•Emanuel “Manny” Amico retired as assistant principal of WE-MO-CO in Spencerport on December 31. Amico started as a masonry teacher in 1967. He became supervisor of Occupational Education in 1975, and his title was changed to assistant principal in 1982.

10 years ago in 1994

•Clarkson Planning Board granted approval for the Albion Federal Savings and Loan to operate a temporary branch office at the corner of Lake Road and West Avenue.

•Just two weeks after voters overwhelmingly approved the Brockport school district’s largest renovation and addition project ever, the administration and school board decided to put the $19.4 million project in the hands of a newly created architectural firm, Konopka Architecture.

•Former First Lady Barbara Bush was the keynote speaker at the Lakeside Foundation’s Annual Dinner.

•The Brockport School Board denied a request to allow a fourth grader being homeschooled to enroll in chorus and instrumental lessons at Hill School.

•The Churchville-Chili School District received donations from ABB Kent Taylor and RG&E to expand and update the district’s telephone system. The donations, which were expected to save the district $200,000, resulted from the efforts of district parent Ron Horton, a telecommunications engineer for RG&E.

•Sally Warthman of Spencerport published her first cookbook, “Goin’ to Grandma’s for Goodies.” The compilation of 152 recipes was selling beyond Warthman’s expectations, and she signed copies for bus drivers at Spencerport’s Transportation Department.

•Hilton Postmaster Sharon Prince retired from the post office after 33 years of service.

5 years ago in 1999

•Despite record-tying high temperatures, Spencerport kicked off the holiday season with the fourth annual Christmas on the Canal with hayrides, music and caroling by candlelight.

•Grammy award winning Christian music group Jars of Clay performed a holiday concert at Roberts Wesleyan College.

•The Spencerport Board of Trustees voted to accept a $100,000 endowment from former village mayor Lester C. Merz and to use the funds to develop an area along the Erie Canal as a public park in his honor.

•Residents and officials in Brockport were looking into developing a PACTAC - Police and Citizens Together Against Crime - program.

•An official ground breaking was held for Hickory Hollow, a 52 acre site off Spencerport Road across from the Spencerport High School, for a senior housing development.

•The bridge between the village of Churchville and Churchville Park reopened after repairs. The bridge was dedicated to the Churchville Lions Club and renamed the Churchville Lions Millennium Bridge in honor of the contributions the club has made to the community.

1 year ago in 2003

•Parma resident Joe Reinschmidt donated an evergreen tree from his property to the Village of Spencerport. It was planted near the Clyde Carter Memorial Gazebo and was decorated and lighted for the holiday season during Christmas on the Canal events in December.

•The Brockport Planning Board voted not to accept the Wal-Mart scope document, stating the board needed more environmental data.

•Ogden Highway Department was about to move into their new quarters, a 55,000 sq. ft., $3.8 million headquarters.

•Steve Beauvais was appointed to the Hilton Board of Education to fill Dale Beehler’s seat. Beehler resigned in July.

•A proposed Hamlin housing project was the topic of a great deal of discussion from residents.