Yesterday's News for December 2007

Yesterday's News for December 2007

40 years ago in 1967

•Donna Rae Koza of Spencerport placed third in Carvel’s “Miss Half-Pint Contest” beauty pageant in Yonkers. She competed against more than 1,000 entrants between the ages of two and five.

•A group of interested seniors from the Hilton-Parma area met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Klafehn and organized a club to be known as the Parma Seniors.

•Decisions by New York State and Monroe County altered duties of area towns. The state Department of Transportation placed winter maintenance of Route 490 in the hands of state crews, meaning town crews no longer had to clear their sections of the roadway. Monroe County also assumed full control of the welfare program eliminating town charge back systems and the towns’ individual welfare programs.

•For your holiday gift giving ... ladies’ blouses were $1.77, ladies’ wallets 77¢, mens’ dress shirts $1.97 and mens’ ski jackets $7.97 at Workingmans’ Family Store in Brockport. Russell Stover Candies Assorted Chocolates were $1.80 for a one pound box and $8.50 for a five pound box at Peterson Drugs in North Chili.


35 years ago in 1972

•Construction of a $400,000 pollution control facility was nearing completion at the 3M Dynacolor Corporation photographic processing station in Brockport to treat and control process wastewater before it was discharged into the Brockport sewer treatment system.

•Chili Library observed its 10th anniversary by constructing a symbolic time capsule including tape recorded insights from many who helped to build Chili’s first public library system. The capsule was to be unsealed in 1982.

•Jay Holbrook, Cornell University sophomore and former Spencerport schools athlete, started at fullback for the Cornell Soccer Team when it met UCLA in the 1972 NCAA playoffs at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

•Police in Ogden said they would reject their proposed contract with the town, claiming they had been subjected to political interference. Two officers alleged that police had been warned by the town board not to make too many arrests, and that two town councilmen had threatened to abolish the department.


30 years ago in 1977

•Ownership of the BOCES 2 buildings in Spencerport was transferred to the Monroe-Orleans Veritas Development Corporation which resulted in a $600,000 to $800,000 savings to the 11 local school districts served by BOCES.

•Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” in full version was performed by the Brockport Symphony and Botsford School of Dance at SUNY Brockport’s Hartwell Hall.

•Fixing a slow leak in the Erie Canal near Spencerport was part of an effort to bring the canal up to modern safety standards. The leak was located in a spillway on the north bank of the canal, 550 feet east of the village line. It was discovered during a study following the flooding of Bushnell’s Basin in 1974, but posed no immediate danger to the village.

•Some of the most requested items in the letters to Santa that were printed in the Suburban News included: Jill, Kelly and Sabrina Charlie’s Angels dolls; Donny and Marie Osmond dolls; Batman; watches; Stretch Armstrong; Holly Hobby oven; Bionic Man Steve Austin car; Fonzie; Baby Alive; and gumball machines.

•“Smokey and the Bandit” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” were playing at the Brockport Strand.

•December specials at the Last Call Lounge in North Chili’s Towne Plaza included $2 pitchers of beer, three shots of Schnapps for $1, and wine for 35¢ a glass.


25 years ago in 1982

•Area builder John Cannan put forth a proposal to build four to seven “hangar homes” on land in his Airpark on Vroom Road. Each home would border an existing air strip and would have an attached hangar where owners could keep their private planes. Although some town officials seemed enthusiastic about the idea, 103 neighbors signed a petition against it, asking for the plan to be dropped.

•After 12 years of fighting to keep a landfill out of their town, citizens of Riga vowed to go to court when Monroe County’s consulting engineering firm, Erdman, Anthony and Associates, stated that 90 out of the 225 acres of the Brew Road site should be developed for landfill.

•Ogden Town Justice Roy J. Burley retired for health reasons after 11 years of service. Burley joined Ogden Police Department in 1954, and served as chief from 1957 until 1969 when he resigned to become service manager for Hart Taylor Motors.

•Ten months after negotiations began, Spencerport teachers and the Spencerport school board agreed on a contract. Among other provisions, teachers got an average 8.5% increase in salary and the starting salary was raised from $12,600 to $13,167.

•Ferris Goodridge Unit 330 American Legion Auxiliary in Spencerport celebrated its 60th anniversary becoming one of the oldest auxiliaries still active.


20 years ago in 1987

•Football fans had the opportunity to meet Buffalo Bill star running back Robb Riddick at The Ump in Canning Street Square, Hilton.

•Two 18 year-old Riga residents were arrested and charged with the shotgun slaying of a Riga man in his home December 4.

•Hilton resident and retired Kodak researcher George M. Corney was inducted as an honorary member of the Radiological Society of North America during a ceremony in Chicago. This rare distinction rewarded Corney’s 40 years of dedication to the field of radiology. He was one of only six Americans out of the 30 people who had earned this honor since its inception in 1970.

•The first tenants moved into the newly constructed Park Ridge Professional Office Building, an 88,000 square foot building located on the Park Ridge Health Care Campus. The building was expected to be at full occupancy by mid-1988.

•Spencerport Paint and Paper owners Jean and Sam Sedam sold their business to Mark and Yvonne Pellingra of Webster. The new owners took over operation of the business in mid-December.

•Local builder Julie Kazmierski of Ogden completed 300 houses in three months ... gingerbread houses that is. The mass construction project involved six weeks of rolling and baking, six weeks of decorating, 25,200 chocolate pieces for roof shingles, 7,200 Skittles for lights, 3,000 gummy bears, 1,200 candy sticks, 300 Hershey Kisses, 6,000 cinnamon dots and more. Most of the houses were made for orders and family and friends.


15 years ago in 1992

•Spencerport fifth grader Tony Mannix was playing the role of Tiny Tim in GEVA’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”

•Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, spoke to a crowd of about 500 people on the SUNY Brockport campus on December 2. She urged all races to find some commonality in their humanity and work on positive elements in order to progress.

•By order of the Department of Environmental Conservation, Kleen-Brite Inc. stopped its production of fabric softener sheets at the company’s State Street site in Brockport. Kleen-Brite voluntarily closed its plant on December 4 in order to respond pro-actively to concerns about odors from Brockport neighbors and to take steps to obtain required permits and approvals.

•Roberts Wesleyan College launched a $15 million capital campaign to include a new $6 million academic facility to accommodate growing enrollment.

•Parma Supervisor Rick Lemcke hoped to start a new town tradition by having an official Christmas tree lighting at a brief ceremony at the Town Hall on December 12.

•NYSDOT and WEST held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the last planned phase (Stage II) of the Route 31 relocation project, a four lane divided highway from Union Street to Washington Street.


10 years ago in 1997

•Sweden Supervisor John Henion retired. He had been the town’s supervisor for six years. Murray Supervisor Jim Piedimonte also retired after serving the Murray community for over 20 years.

•A four-story addition to Lakeside Memorial Hospital, Lakeside Beikirch Care Center, was dedicated on December 5 with former president George H.W. Bush in attendance. Bush was also the guest speaker at the Lakeside Foundation’s Gala fundraising dinner that evening.

•It was announced that Brockport’s Post Office would be moving, but a new location had not been decided on.

•Hilton Lions Club marked its 30th anniversary.

•Corning Glassworks on Owens Road in Brockport was being demolished.

•A farewell party was held at Lodge on the Green for outgoing Ogden Supervisor Don Walzer. Walzer had served as supervisor since 1989, and had been a town councilman for five years before that.

•Results of a survey conducted by Hilton’s Economic Development Committee indicated that village residents wanted clothing and shoe stores as well as fast food and Chinese restaurants to come into the village.


5 years 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 results of the $57.9 million Capital Project that was approved by voters in December 2001. Plans included additional classrooms and increased safety at all school entrances.

•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 the successful completion of the campaign. A group of 112 volunteers raised $3,154,138+ which will be used 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 for their service 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.

•Six members of the soon-to-be-disbanded Joint Recreation Commission were recognized by Brockport Village Board officials at the December 16 meeting.

•Groundbreaking 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.