Yesterday's News for December 2005

Yesterday's News for December 2005

40 years ago in 1965

•The Churchville-Chili Junior High Home Economics Club prepared and sent Christmas care packages to United States servicemen in Vietnam.

•Lincoln Rochester Trust Company opened its 31st branch office in North Chili’s Towne Plaza.

•Some landowners were seeking annexation of 72 acres of land in the Town of Parma to the Village of Hilton in order to secure sewer and water services available in the village and facilitate development as residential tracts. The land covered an irregularly shaped strip extending north and south across East Avenue east of New York Central Railroad crossing. Public hearings were to be held in the new year.

•The Beatles starred in “A Hard Day’s Night” at the Brockport Strand.

35 years ago in 1970

•Residents of the Town of Riga were upset by Monroe County’s plans to dump all county refuse in Riga. The county gained approval from its Ways and Means Committee but Riga was preparing a plan to block the dumping.

•A new expressway, 47 North, opened to traffic to provided north and south expressway travel between Ridge Road West and Scottsville Road and direct connection to the Western Expressway.

•Over 300 children attended the Churchville Lions 1st Annual Children’s Christmas Party at Churchville Elementary School.

•There was a New Year’s Eve Party at The Attic in Brockport. The continuous open bar and smorgasbord was open from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and cost $17.50 per couple, $10 stag.

30 years ago in 1975

•Churchville Lions Club celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a reception at Three Acres Party House.

•Brockport merchants sponsored a Disneyland Christmas Parade featuring Disney characters, floats, the Love Bug, and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

•Local reaction was mixed to the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that teachers and other school officials were allowed to spank children for misbehaving if certain conditions were met and guidelines followed. Hilton, Spencerport and Churchville-Chili had already permitted teachers to spank while at Gates Chili only the principal was allowed to spank unruly children.

•Motorists were warned that Ogden and Spencerport roadways would be sloppier, slicker and more hazardous because the state and county asked the highway departments to reduce salt and sand usage.

25 years ago in 1980

•Margaret Stevenson, 12 year director of the Ogden Farmers’ Library, retired. Judy Jennejohn assumed the duties of director.

•The Churchville Volunteer Fire Department honored firefighter Robert Zorn at a testimonial dinner to commemorate his 50 years of active service with the department.

•The Village of Churchville hired Larsen Engineering to complete an application for a feasibility study to the Clean Lakes Project, a federal grant program. The goal was to remove sludge from the creek.

•Ogden Telephone was encouraging its customers to convert to touch-tone phone by offering a savings of $15.50 with conversion during the holiday season.

•A Monroe County Grand Jury was investigating irregularities in the conduct of business in the Spencerport School District.

20 years ago in 1985

•Residents living along the canal in Ogden and Adams Basin were suffering from water woes. Their wells had been contaminated when the canal was drained. Bacteria was found in their water that even sophisticated water treatment systems couldn’t remove. Residents of the area were pushing for a water district.

•The Canalside Inn in Adams Basin received a plaque commemorating the 160 year-old inn’s placement on the U.S. National Historic Register.

•The Town of Ogden was offering a $300 reward for information leading to the conviction of persons found guilty of starting a fire that destroyed $8,000 toilet facilities at Pineway Ponds Park.

•Mid-December through mid-January was prime viewing time in this area for Halley’s Comet. The comet wouldn’t be visible again until 2060.

•Students at Spencerport’s E.J. Wilson High School raised over $1,000 to purchase Toys for Tots.

•Over 1,300 Ogden residents signed a petition requesting 24-hour police protection. The petition was presented to the Town Council.

15 years ago in 1990

•A one room schoolhouse, formerly District School #11 of Clarendon, was transported to a new site on Fourth Section Road to be preserved as a local history museum.

•Spencerport Village Trustee Alvin Zarnstorff was honored by the New York State Conference of Mayors for his many years of public service. He was a 47-year veteran of the Spencerport Fire Department and had served on the village board since the late 1960s, among many other volunteer organizations.

•A fundraising campaign was underway to purchase a retired ambulance from the Hamlin Ambulance Corps to send to Hungary where modern rigs were needed. It was the longtime dream of Joe Varga made possible because of a conversation with Milt Kaiser who came up with the plan.

•The Craft Antique Co-op opened December 14 at Canning Steet Square in Hilton. It was the first co-op of its kind in the area.

•New York State was considering cutting snowplowing services for roadways parallel to Lake Ontario Parkway. The state also asked local towns to cut back by 30 percent the amount of plowing and salting on state highways on nights and weekends because of deficits in the state budget.

•Park Ridge Health System was awarded a $500,000 grant by the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation for construction of an innovative long term care facility at Parkway Health Care Campus in Greece. The facilty would be named for Edna Tina Wilson, a long-time associate of the foundation.

•America fell in love with Macaulay Culkin who was “Home Alone” at the Brockport Strand.

10 years ago in 1995

•Former president Gerald R. Ford was the keynote speaker at the Lakeside Foundation dinner on December 1.

•Village of Brockport Superintendent of Public Works Elliott Reynolds was named the 1995 Public Works Leader of the Year by the American Public Works Association for his “inspired excellence and dedication in public service.”

•There was an official groundbreaking for the Rochester Sports Dome, an indoor golf driving range on Ridge Road near the intersection of Manitou, to be operated by the Schuth family, owners of Salmon Creek Country Club.

•Rochester Oratorio Society marked the beginning of their 50th anniversary season with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

•Brockport Trustee Fred Montag resigned from his position because his new career in real property management caused him to have business dealings with the village, and he didn’t want the appearance of a conflict of interest. The board appointed Robert Muesebeck to fill Montag’s term.

•Hilton Central School District received grants from the NYS Education Department totaling more than $150,000 to further its seven-year professional staff development project, a cooperative training grant and a collaborative project with the Fairport School District.

5 years ago in 2000

•Construction began on a new 30,000 square foot facility on West Ridge Road for Spencerport Building Materials Inc. The company opened in 1971 and its current expansion project is to allow room for more specialty retail items.

•Grand Opening celebrations were held for two new businesses on Spencerport’s main street – Evelyn’s Ambry women’s clothing store and Union St. Primitives craft and antique store – during the village’s annual Christmas on the Canal festivities.

•SUNY Brockport women’s soccer coach Joan Schockow, who led her team to the semifinals of both the SUNYAC and ECAC Upstate New York tournaments, was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas New York/Northeast Coach of the Year for 2000.

•In response to the Monroe County Water Authority raising water rates in the Town of Sweden for the second time in two years, the town announced increased water rates beginning January 1, 2001.

•History was made in Hamlin on December 9 when Ryan and Erin Moses lit the tree at the town's first annual tree lighting ceremony sponsored by The Friends of the Hamlin Public Library.

•Basel's Restaurant, on Ridge Road, was destroyed by fire December 10. It took firefighters about an hour Sunday night, beginning at 9:40 p.m. to bring the blaze under control. The fire rekindled Monday morning at about 4 a.m. It took firefighters about an hour and a half to bring the second blaze under control. The restaurant was closed at the time of both fires and no one was injured.

1 year ago in 2004

•SUNY Brockport, along with the New York State Dormitory Authority, chose Chaintreuil, Jensen & Stark Architects to design a two-story apartment-style facility on the west side of Plateau Field, scheduled to open in fall 2007.

•Christ Community Church School won the Western NY Chrisitan Athletic Association (WNYCAA) Soccer Championships for the second year in a row.

•After more than two years of working toward receiving accreditation, the Brockport Police Department was recognized at a ceremony on December 3. Along with Brockport's achievement with earning accreditation, Monroe County was also put on the map as the first county in New York state to have all 12 of its police departments accredited.

•Julio Mendoza of Holley was a unanimous choice for Soccer Player of the Year in the Genesee Region. The senior had 19 goals and eight assists in the 2004 season leading the Hawks to its first league title in five years.

•Riga Town Board voted to allow Monroe County to serve as lead agency in a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process as it related to proposed changes at the Mill Seat Landfill and on amendments to the wording in the Host Agreement.

•A gash in an underground pipe in the Erie Canal in Gates spilled close to 30,000 gallons of fuel, which migrated west toward Spencerport and Adams Basin in Ogden and on to the village of Brockport. The leak was discovered on December 15. The DEC placed booms to contain the spill and workers collected contaminated ice by hand.