June 17, 2018
Business Almanac A Celebration
of the longevity, strength, diversity and evolution of area businesses and communities.
A Chronological Review A special congratulations to these establishments that have been part of our community since the 1800s. Founded in 1824
Founded in 1830â€™s
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In 2003, the Brockport Fire Department Museum received an old fire helmet formerly worn by Assistant Chief Engineer Leonard Krausey in 1882. Krausey was a commanding chief during one of the largest fires in Brockport history on June 22 and 23, 1882 when the Johnson Harvester Factory on North Main Street burned. The fire left 450 men out of work and the factory was never rebuilt. Brockport Village Historian Jackie Morris is pictured with (l to r) Chief Retired D. Scott Warthman, Fire Department Historian Gerald Remington, Museum Curator and Fire Chief Gregory Wing, as she presented the helmet to the Fire Department.
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June 17, 2018
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The Brockport band taken about 1913. A few identified are Fred Flagler, Walter Sendal, Edward Kornes, James Dalton, John Hutchinson, Charles Jennings, Edward Graves, Joe Carter and Fred Heinrich. The band played each Thursday on Main Street during summer months. Several Holley musicians are in the photo. Photo courtesy of Ray Tuttle.
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erport-o gDeN After fire des troys her bus iness, Karen bolstered by Anne begins friends, family again, and her faith
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generally a pretty Karen Anne Lowenguth has strong person. things and censed massage I can get through been in practice therapist for a as a li- me outside move forward. But, with 18 years. She Anne’s Therapeut this, God really lot of my box. moved pushed ton to Spencerpo ic Massage” from her hometown“Karen it, didn’t understan He really had a plan; I just didn’t see rt’s Barefoot d it, and I said, of Hil- go to years ago. On Landing Plaza this extreme?’ ‘Did you really Friday, April over three and I was attached have to 6, her first appointme at 11 a.m., so had a to those personal she turned off nt was of weeks, lot of money invested in my things her cell phone, sleep in. “I got practice. For I couldn’t planning to up at 8 o’clock, a couple woke up at night, think straight. I had nightmare all of a sudden turned on my it boots up,” she phone, and my first thought s. If I driving I have 20 text said, wondering was the fire. messages, that’s I would be , “Why do check someplace and think, ‘I her neighbor unreal?” She will stop at my on ... Oh, I can’t Theresa’s message, first checked office and … there is no time to just let your loss; praying reading, “I am office.’ It took me a long go. she had the right for you!” Karen texted back sorry for person and what asking if A The reply: “Don’t providential was she talking purchase you That shock started know, your plaza’s on fire?” about. Karen’s new location is 31 Clinton Karen on an emotional “This place fell journey through Street in Brockport and spiritual in the trauma of . move to Spencerpomy lap at about the same business. The a devastatin journey g loss of her time rt,” she said. investment with her, a slow purposefu includes reflection on It was purchased as the God’s plan for her boyfriend as an l recovery “Dale and my of 22 years, Dale “patience of Job.” That journey still under way, and the brother Steve were wonderful Robinson. of this. Between professionally, began when and includes through all she started her interrupte together to rent the two of them they pulled her loss, people d plan, grieving out this place who look like a beauty as offices, neutralizing herself for recovery. helped her, and, finally, it so it did not focusing on salon anymore.” done on the Before the work Brockport facility, was Spencerport plaza. Spencerport the office Now, the Brockport fire occurred in the her permanen Karen uses “Karen like “home” building will t business become Anne” as a business location. just didn’t see her friends call name and says it, didn’t understan “He really had a plan; I her “Karen.” protest to God from the Finger She received for going to “this d it,” she said about her her license Lakes School lived in Hilton of extreme.” where she first Massage in Ithaca. She A base of support: her lease was set up her practice. up, friends, family, When “The 2015, intending she moved to Spencerport biggest support church in February, to stay there I have comes Bob Lowengut until retiremen port was very from Dale, my h, my brother good t. “Spencerfather Steve, Pastor church family there,” she said, to me. I met a lot of wonderful Jim Fox and at the Living adding that about clients said, my Hope Assembly from Hilton had adding, “I receive 95 percent of of God,” Karen followed her a lot of great to the new location. clients cards from clients “My office was support in texts not and friends.” and home to my clients just an office,” she said, “Dale has never “It was like a pushed me to in a way.” Her just Karen Anne Lowenguth waiting room get been office was essentially back to work. there with He has has been a licensed a the fire, Dale for me; he has been my out of sight down her desk in it and the treatment for 18 years, the rock. A week massage threw me a last three of them the hall. “When after room Karen surprise ‘cheer-mefelt like you were in Spencerport until therapist you entered, up party,’” fire in April this year. She sits you never have said. He proposed a “date walking into a disastrous It was homey, in the waiting room a night” which for a while. welcoming. There clinic or a doctor’s office. they did not under renovation at of her new facility Starting the 31 Clinton Street turn out tea, nice calming date, he said were comfortab in Brockport, expected he forgot to open in the near le chairs, stopped the lights after working music. It was future. Photo by my special things, very personal, on to the in and, building. Dianne Hickerson. “All the lights filled with with memorabilia, They were would say it’s balloons and antiques. My like walking food, then everyoneon, tables were set up clients ‘Surprise!’ into a friend’s she completed Her time is jumped out shouting, ” she said. house.” When a continuing filled with settling education class, hang the certificate Generous support working to bring insurance claims she would whom the property artistically on also and she was active Certificate of up to code for she had mutually came from a chiropract Occupancy. With in the profession the wall to show clients the Village’s or with referred clients. dall generously that certificate . “Dr Scott Coyken- do what she calls a offered me space , Karen “soft opening,” it,” she said. “I To God: “Did and start to see will did not take him for free as long as I needed people. She looks forward you really a few or emotional to some of her have to go to ly ready to start up on it. I was not mentally returning and new ones this extreme? from Brockport former clients again for a good After receiving Before starting ” timates it will starting. month.” the text message, take until April up, “I need time plaza’s on fire?” That lack of regular clients next year to know She esfor me right “Don’t you know, readiness to now.” Karen turned will be. With who her your Karen start up right the fire. “Part some unknowns on the TV news is optimistic. as away is clear of me was in “I wasn’t planning ahead, she and saw asking, she imagines clients coming to denial and I and see it,” she to move here. “What in and innocently the fire happened, and didn’t want to said, until her But, when go have to relive happened? How are you once said, “You need brother Steve doing?” “I would this as a great opportunit I got my head together, that several times Lowenguth to go for closure.” I saw y. The Lord provided; the next six weeks,” a day, available. And, I pulled myself As Karen tells He has been he made it together, drove she said. “I was five days a week, for it: did not want devasted; there blessing me by me with good down there and not ready for to talk about surrounding people, love and was nothing that and I was I was it. I feel a left. For the a half, I was understanding.” not there for next week and just not myself, my clients, but little guilty because myself, I won’t I was very depressed. Note: For a if I don’t take be able to take Westside News care of Barefoot I am for me care of them. report and photos right now.” Landing Plaza I need time on the fire, go to http://www newsny.com/news/20 .westside18-04-09/fi in-spencerport/) re-at-barefoot-landi Hamlin Firemen ng’s Carniva
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June 1968: Senator Robert F. Kennedy planned to visit Rochester on June 13 for a campaign dinner in the Sheraton ballroom ahead of the June 18 New York primary. This advertisement seeking campaign volunteers appeared in the June 5, 1968 issue of Suburban News. Kennedy was mortally wounded by multiple gunshots at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles shortly after midnight that same day and was pronounced dead about 26 hours later at 1:44 a.m. on June 6.
50 Years Ago in 1968 •The Gates Lions Club was heading up a fundraising campaign to help the Park Ridge Hospital Venture to acquire 156 acres on Long Pond Road. The organization was still trying to raise the last $23,000 of the $450,000 total needed to purchase the land. (January) •Churchville-Chili school system officially dedicated its new Junior High School building on Fairbanks Road on March 3. The building was constructed for $2.4 million, and had opened at the beginning of the 1967-1968 school year. •Almost 200 firefighters and public officials attended a testimonial dinner at the Spencerport Inn for Spencerport Fire Chief Robert Barton. The outgoing fire chief was cited for his many contributive hours devoted to the advancement of the volunteer company he served for 20 years. (March) •Richard Spurr was honored at a testimonial banquet on April 20. The lifelong Clarkson resident had recently retired as chairman of the Clarkson Town Committee after having served as their leader for 10 years and serving as a committeeman for more than 20 years before that. •Property of the World Famous Albion Christmas Park was sold at auction on May 25. Among the items being auctioned off by Harris Wilcox Inc. was a famous Christmas Sleigh used by Charles Howard in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. •James “Sleepy Jim” Crowley, one of Notre Dame’s legendary Four Horsemen from their 1924 season, appeared at Churchville-Chili High School, courtesy of Genesee Brewing Company, for the Varsity Club’s athletic banquet on June 6. This was the first year that mothers could attend the banquet to see their sons honored. •After serving 20 years as Spencerport’s mayor, Lester Merz resigned his position effective July 22 to pursue other interests. Vice Mayor Edward McKinney took over as mayor. •Chili’s library settled into its first permanent home. Volunteers carried the library system’s 18,000 volumes to its newly constructed library building which adjoined the Town Hall on the east. The library was officially dedicated September 8. •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. (December) •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. (December)
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April 1968: An explosion totally destroyed the Spencerport Explosive Corporation on Big Ridge Road. The blast was heard as far away as Southtown Plaza. Over the previous 20 years there had been several fires and accidents at the building where fireworks were made.
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•A spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated that spring flood damage in the Hamlin/Hilton/Ontario lakefront area could run as high as $6.3 million and damage up to 258 homes with damage being impossible to prevent to homes closest to the lake. (February) •Gary Boughter, a senior at Spencerport ’s Wilson High School, was selected to the High School All-American Soccer Team. He was the first player in Spencerport’s soccer history to be selected to the All-American team. (March) •Churchville Chamber of Commerce heard plans for Churchville Greene, a new residential community being built on a 21-acre hillside on the north side of Buffalo Street between Washington Street and Ridge- Gary Boughter field Drive. In the planned community, four homes would be clustered together into one estate-like building with exteriors and grounds maintained by a homeowners association. Construction was expected to begin by the end of April. The first families moved into the community in November. •The Spencerport canal lift bridge on Route 259 was closed beginning June 4 for repair and rehabilitation after 60 years of use. The bridge was scheduled to be closed for 270 days. •Ground was broken July 8 on land at 6605 Fourth Section Road, Brockport, for a new church building for the First German Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Congregation which had been formed in 1886. •J. Merton Colby was honored at a dinner July 11 commemorating his 30 years of service to the Ogden community. As a token of appreciation, Colby was given a pewter tray embellished with the town seal and signatures of people connected with the Zoning Board. •Chili East Pultney Society hosted an Open House at the Chili Cobblestone Schoolhouse on Scottsville Road as part of the celebration of the school’s 125th birthday. This open house was believed to be one of the first held since the school’s construction in 1848. (July) •The new Dome Arena at the Monroe County Fairground was the scene of a Gala and Dinner on August 13 to celebrate the 150th Fair in Monroe County. •A free outdoor rock concert was held to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of S.U.C. Brockport. Katz ‘n Jammer, a band made up of Brockport students and alumni, performed. (October) •The Eastman Kodak Company was the sole sponsor of the live four-hour telecast of the wedding of England’s Princess Anne to Army Captain Mark Phillips at London’s Westminster Abbey. Shown on CBS, Kodak only planned to use 18 of the 24 commercial minutes available. Kodak was hoping that the impact of sole sponsorship would build goodwill toward their company and products. (November) •Brockport mayor and life long resident George Hamil died on December 2. •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 of acquiring several small buildings to be grouped as a settlement or village of mini-museums. (December)
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40 Years Ago in 1978 April 1, 1973: Reverend Edward J. Lintz, pastor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brockport, celebrated his 35th anniversary as a priest with a special Latin High Mass and reception. Father Lintz is presented The Papal Blessing by Father James Burke during the reception.
The 1978 Brockport Blue Devils cheerleading squad.
•The Department of Transportation announced in January that it had narrowed the field of possible transportation links between Gates and the Orleans County line to one “corridor” which closely paralleled Route 31. Design analysis was set to begin in the Spring. •On March 4, the Hilton Lions held a Charter Birthday Party to celebrate 10 years of service to the Hilton community. They also formed a new Leo Club for Hilton youth. •Gordon Taylor, principal of Churchville-Chili Senior High School, announced that he would retire at the end of the school year after 37 years with the district. (March) •Ada M. Cosgrove, who taught school from 1902 to 1949, including 31 years in Spencerport schools, died April 10 at Lakeside Memorial Hospital. She was 91. •North Chili Super Duper celebrated its 20th anniversary in June. The North Chili store was the first Super Duper to open its doors in the Rochester area. North Chili’s Towne Plaza and Peterson Drugs also marked their 20th anniversaries. •The Parma Public Library was officially dedicated on July 16, a little more than five months after it opened its doors to customers. •Ogden Senior Citizens received a $20,000 grant for additions to the Senior Center on Union Street in Spencerport under Title V of the Older Americans Act. (July)
•Although its origins date back to 1888, the Hilton Fire Department celebrated the 50th anniversary of its incorporation at their annual carnival in July. •The Chief of the Churchville Volunteer Fire Department, in a letter to the Village Board, termed the condition of newly-installed water mains in the village to be inexcusable, unsatisfactory and dangerous. In flushing tests of the new system, two Churchville fire truck pumps were damaged. (September) •In an effort to combat sex discrimination in schools, approximately 40 guidance counselors and vocational teachers from Brockport, Gates, Hilton and Spencerport were studying sex stereotyping in a class taught at BOCES 2 by members of the NYS College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. (October) •Father Klocek of St. Leo’s Church in Hilton attended the installation of his friend Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II in Rome. (October) •Donald F. Davison, Ogden Telephone founder and president, died on November 7 at age 74. •Hilton dedicated its new municipal building to Robert S. Elliott for his numerous accomplishments and sacrifices on behalf of the village citizenry. (November)
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35 Years Ago in 1983 •Spencerport Mayor Edward “Ted” Fosmire announced he would not seek a fifth term in the March election. Fosmire had been mayor since 1975. He died October 17 at age 59. •Suburban News ran a three-part series on computers in the classroom. The Spencerport district had a total of 25 computers with four more soon to be purchased through a Chapter I Grant. Hilton had 31 computers - mostly Atari and Apple, and the newest IBM computers were just beginning to be used to teach word processing. Churchville-Chili had 10 Apple II computers in the high school where 200 students were signed up for computer programming electives. (January) •Diane Cunningham, president of the Churchville Chamber of Commerce, received the Churchville Citizen of the Year Award. It was the first such award presented by the chamber. (February) •Vince Pimpinella, a senior at Spencerport’s Wilson High School, became the first male is the district’s history to try out for, and make, the cheerleading squad, cheering for varsity basketball. (February) •A brand new senior citizens center opened March 6 in Hilton. A joint venture of the Town of Parma and the Village of Hilton, the Hilton-Parma Senior Citizens Center took up activities in two newly carpeted and furnished rooms at the Community Center on Henry Street. •Personal Radio Paging Service became available through Ogden Telephone. Each pager had a number which directed calls to the North Chili telephone office where the paging terminal was located. The terminal sent signals to a transmitter on Widger Road which sent radio signals to the pager being called. The system could only be used to page people within Monroe County. Trained personnel were giving demonstrations at the Phone Trends office in Spencerport. (April) •Former Hilton fire chief and semi-professional baseball player, Charles “Joe” Kerwin, 78, died of cancer on July 6 at Highland Hospital. He was an infielder for the Hilton Peaches semi-pro team from 1925 to 1930. Kerwin served as Hilton fire chief in 1935 and 1936, and in 1948 he was elected the first president of the Hilton Fire Department. •Chili Recreation dedicated its Memorial Park Soccer Field as “Ed Merante Field” in honor of the founder of Little Guy Soccer who spent many years as coach and administrator. Over 1,000 people attended the dedication on September 26. •Spencerport Girls Varsity Cross Country team won the Section Five Championship a week after becoming Monroe County Champs. (November)
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30 Years Ago in 1988 •Churchville native Floyd R. Newman donated $50,000 to the Riga Free Library Association. While no definite decisions had been made, the Library Board of Trustees felt expansion of the library building would be the best use of the funds. (February) •The Town of Bergen celebrated the 175th anniversary of incorporation with a “Remember When” roast beef dinner at the new fire hall on May 14. The official anniversary celebration of the town began May 1, 1988 and ended April 30, 1989, although the town was formed April 2, 1813. •Ehrmentraut Hardware was preparing to close its doors after 42 years, as owners and lifelong Churchville residents Fran and Hazel Ehrmentraut decided to retire. (June) •When the Rochester Museum and Science Center decided not to host their annual International Folk Festival, the Spencerport Kiwanis Club took over the hosting duties, holding the festival at Pineway Ponds Park. More than 2,500 attended the June 18 festival. •Approximately 100 Catamarans raced in the tenth annual Ontario Open Regatta August 6 and 7 at Hamlin Beach State Park. The race was a qualifier for the Northeastern Championships. •Ogden was facing bridge problems with the closing of the Gillett Road bridge and reduced tonnage limits on the Martha Street bridge resulting in limited fire protection north of the canal. (September) •The pavilion at Chili’s Davis Park was dedicated The Craig S. Stockton Memorial Pavilion in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Craig S. Stockton, of Chili, a casualty of the 1983 Marine Corps barracks explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. (October) •Hilton Elementary School students participated in an experiment in children’s telecommunication. The students wrote poems and letters promoting “World Peace Through USSR-USA Friendship.” Their message traveled all over the world thanks to computers with modems which were supplied by AT&T. (November) •After 101 years of occupancy at the corner of Lake Avenue and Stutson Street in Rochester, St. George’s Episcopal Church was planning to relocate to Hilton on a ten-acre triangle-shaped property on Wilder Road and Old Wilder Road. (November) •A ribbon cutting ceremony was held a Ledgedale Airport on Colby Street. The airport provided an alternative landing space for small planes. (December)
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Brockport Police Stories of strong Chief Daniel P. Varrenti’s farewell bonds at home and at the depar reception: tment
by Doug Hickerson
Two Brockport front of 49 State Police patrol cars were parked in Street on the Their brilliant afternoon of flashing lights March 29. welcome to the were farewell reception not a warning, but a Chief Dan Varrenti. for Brockport’s Police The State Street address is the home, having historic Seymour served as the family village’s and museum (continuing upstairs), library downstairs port Village offices. and then the BrockNow, the first Village Court, floor is the Brockport an appropriate place to Chief. Establishing the Village Court honor the retiring in his 16-years is one of his legacies tenure with the village.
Proclamation Summar y
It joined its sister publication Suburban News in service to the communities in April 1988.
March 29, 2018 Daniel P. Varrenti served as the Village of Brockport Police Chief of Police of January 21, Department 2002. since He worked on behalf of the of Brockport, people of the enforcing our Village laws and safeguarding lives and property. He achieved New 2004 by revamping York State Accreditation the General in procedures of Brockport’s retiring the Brockport Orders, policies and Chief of Police Dan Police Department. He maintained the Chief’s retirement Varrenti (right) stands this level of successful re-accreditation high standards reception on March with Village Mayor by 29. Lt. Cuzzupoli Margay Blackman in 2009 and He created a became Chief of 2014. and Lt. Mark Cuzzupoli Police on April 1. the Brockport progressive environment With about 150 during Photo by Dianne within Police Department people attending Hickerson the room was learn, grow and the two-hour filled with chatter instill the concept that thrives to event, in me development array of friends, and laughter of professional and am truly at all levels. officials, and grateful.” Lt. He urged the arrived (see law enforcement as a wide “pay it forward” side and “to continue Cuzzupoli vowed to lice Department,full staffing of the Brockport Chief Varrenti. bar on page 2), all greeted colleagues accomplished the success we Poincluding K-9 as a team,” with warmly by have Village Board “Brock,” advised emphasize professional the Chief ’s major Others there members on to honor the goal “to such, and saw to fruition. development Macpherson, leaders come Chief included it come and President of from within Dr. Heidi He urged the the department.” have future the College at Dr. Lesli Myers, Brockport, and Superintendent Court, advised creation of a Brockport School District. Mayor Margay of the Brockport Village Village Board Their presence Blackman and members saw it come to large educational was a reminder Central Brockport’s Mayor fruition in January, on such, and a Proclamation that two his Blackman thanked He played a in the purview institutions (plus a major key role in several 2015. 16 years of dedicated Chief Varrenti hospital) are of of the Law Enforcement service from sub-committees for service to the Department. port and the small village’s Village of BrockCouncil such communications Police fostered for “the outstanding police as radio department he and supervised.” Traffic Safety , training, and the Monroe has She expressed County Board. Lt. Mark Cuzzupoli Chief Cuzzupoli confidence that He served as an “would assure Opening comments a safe place that Brockport Rochester Area Executive Advisor for the to live, work, remains were Greater Narcotics Enforcement made by Lt. and who was about Mark Cuzzupoli official proclamation signed visit.” She then read He served as to become Brockport’s Team. an the President on April 1. He trustees. (See by her and of the Monroe Police Chiefs new Chief of the board of side bar.) first acknowledged County Association, Police family members having played role as the voice present, revealing Chief Varrenti’s many a major for Law Enforcement with them over A supportive, a familiarity sues that presented on many isthe years. He loving family developed first adding that the Close human diligently to improvethemselves including ties seemed Chief has often named the Chief ’s wife, working and affect change a main theme glue that kept Varrenti’s comments, told in the New York and reform everything running him that “Ann is the with Chief State Parole whether in family was always there mentoring officers System. March 29, 2018 smoothly at relationships home for him.” About marks the occasion to or ment; Katie, the Lieutenant daughters Christy and ability. He reflected develop to their best professional of his retireon “thirty-nine said, “Simply and lice work people who are BE IT THEREFORE years of my life and sixteen here family-first types stated, they are great in poRESOLVED, B. Blackman, at the Village their dad immensely.” He first of daughters I, Margaret of Brockport.” by the authority Naming granddaughters who love looking thanked his family. “To my Mayor, and vested in me Mara, he said, mother on down from heaven “I always enjoy Lucy and the hereby tender behalf of the Village Board, as today, you were and father when he tells seeing the Chief best this do us and remain light up thanked parents anyone could hope Daniel P. Varrenti proclamation and congratulate knew of the Chief stories about them.” Lt. for.” “my on He praised and Cuzzupoli also his retirement loving wife, ’s bond with our citizens to Ann, of 36 years and encourage “I can’t help complained his parents, extend to him but think that or made me now departed. their best wishes. feel guilty about who never his mom and today, and saying, dad are present family events or time on interrupted ‘Son, we are the phone, but done a great guidance and proud of you. always job.’” support.” He You have for expressed loving provided The Chief-to-be others of his family present: gratitude said about Chief 16 years of training, Katie, sister Varrenti, “I think Karen, son-in-law daughters Christy and wisdom, and of the ters Davide, and granddaughcoaching he has Lucy and Mara. invested
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25 Years Ago in 1993 •More than 100 attended the Grand Opening and Open House at the Hamlin Volunteer Ambulance Corps to officially open the group’s new Operation Center on January 9. •Spencerport senior Sirrell Gissendanner became only the fourth Section V wrestler to be named the NYSPHSAA wrestling tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler when he won the 167 lb. weight class at the tournament on March 5 and 6 in Syracuse. He ended his career with a 40-0 record in his senior year and was among the top three wrestling recruits in the nation. •Clarkson Town Board officially accepted a gift of five acres of canal front property from Dr. Carl Sansoucie and his wife, Frances. Located along Route 31, the property was going to be named SanSouci Park. (April) •The first loads of trash were dumped at the Mill Seat Landfill in Riga the week of May 12. •Hilton students organized a peaceful protest on June 11 in an attempt to get back what 2,084 district residents said they couldn’t have – athletics for the 1993-94 school year. The proposition to fund athletics, field trips, equipment purchases beyond state mandates, and community use of school facilities was defeated on June 9 by only 12 votes. Petitions were also being circulated. •Dennis Klopper of Greece was honored by the Town of Hamlin and Hamlin Lions Club for his many philanthropic donations to non-profits in the town totaling over $31,000 in three years. (June) •Brockport’s Capen Hose Fire Company No. 4 celebrated 100 years of service at a banquet on August 28. The company’s historic leather fire brigade bucket, give to them by village founder William H. Seymour, was returned to the company after being missing since 1899. •Volunteers constructed the Hamlin Community Playground September 22 through 26. •A community celebration was held October 3 for a Transition/Building Dedication Ceremony for the Spencerport High School and Ada M. Cosgrove Middle School. What was once Ada M. Cosgrove Junior High was expanded and became Spencerport High School, while the former E.J. Wilson High School became the Cosgrove Middle School. •The three Cobblestone Museum buildings in Childs were designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. •97 year old Hilton resident E.W. Bayley was one of seven veterans honored with a World War I 75th Anniversary Commemorative Medal in recognition of his service in WWI during a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the V.A. Medical Center in Batavia. (November) •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. (December)
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April 1993: A Sandy Harbor, Hamlin resident pondered what Lake Ontario would do next. Still at higher-thannormal levels for April, Lake Ontario storms would prove especially destructive if high winds were to hit. Residents used sandbags, rocks and boxes filled with ballast to protect the shoreline.
December 1993: 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. (December)
•Brockport High School Band competed against 260 others at the Heritage Music Festival in New Orleans. The band received the field show gold award as well as many other gold and silver awards. Brockport also received the Spirit of New Orleans Award for best representing their school, community and state, and were invited to perform at the 1999 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. (May) •Churchville Elementary School honored school principal George Wright for 30 years of dedicated service. Students sang a song for him written by music teacher Ruth Heitz. The school’s playground was also dedicated in his honor. (June) •After 40 years of darkness, the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse at Golden Hill State Park in Barker, was relit on July 12. It had been decommissioned 40 years prior in favor of a more modern light in a steel tower nearby. Friends of Thirty Mile Point were instrumental in the restoration of the historic lighthouse. •The Duane R. Ivison Memorial Gazebo in Byron Community Park was dedicated in a ceremony on August 9. •Though not officially a tornado, a tornado-like storm ripped through the area on September 7 causing over $1 million in damages in Holley, toppling trees in Brockport and causing extensive damage to the Brockport High School roof. •Kendall Central School District formally rededicated the Elementary School and High School on October 1 marking the completion of a $6.5 million renovation project. •A historic marker was placed at 163 Erie Street in Brockport, the former home of Fanny Barrier Williams, suffragette and black rights activist. A Brockport native, Williams was honored posthumously for being a Notable Woman of New York State. (November) •Yanty Wall was constructed in Hamlin to protect Yanty Marsh. The 1,835 foot stretch of rock that extended along Hamlin Beach State Park’s shoreline from the easternmost jetty of Area A to the mouth of Yanty Creek was completed in just 28 days. (November)
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•Doug Hurlbutt, Hilton Dairy milkman, announced he would retire and sell the dairy. The lifelong Hilton resident also served in community activities and several elected positions, including village trustee, mayor and as a volunteer firefighter. (February) •The Brockport Blue Devils Hockey Team won the New York State Division I championship. The Brockport area honored them with a parade down Main Street and cake provided by Ryan’s Big M. (March) •Parma residents were upset about a proposed housing project, Fairfield Place, that would require re-zoning. A committee formed in opposition to the project took the name NO RIP (No Rezoning In Parma). (April) •Work began in May on major repairs to the Gallup Road bridge and realignment of a curve on Canal Road. •The first piece of firefighting apparatus purchased by the Hamlin Fire Department in 1931 was going to be restored by the Engine 55 Club. Members estimated it would cost $40,000 to spruce up the truck. (June)
•Parma officials decided to tear down the popular 14 year old wooden playground at the town park and replace it with new play equipment funded in part by a $50,000 Monroe County Development grant. (July) •A fire at the former Duffy Mott site in Hamlin destroyed a part of Lake Ontario Storage. A hundred firefighters from seven area departments fought the blaze which resulted in the loss of boats and vehicles stored in the building. (July) •The new sidewalks were in, the road was paved and the construction of Route 31 was almost done, and downtown Holley was ready for business. A big community-wide celebration was planned for the end of October. •Spencerport baseball coach and volunteer Steve Schockow retired from Spencerport Junior Baseball after 30 years of involvement. (October) •The Clarkson Historical Society announced plans to refurbish and reopen the Clarkson Schoolhouse. A fund was started to help pay for the work needed. (October)
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October 2003: Members of the Buffalo, Lockport, Rochester (BL&R) Trolley Depot Restoration Committee take a short break from their efforts on a rainy afternoon. Construction Supervisor Bud Nichols is the second person from the right, on the ground, the chairman is Bernie Cubitt, the third person from the right, standing on the scaffold. Part of the effort of the volunteers was the removal of a porch and added room in order to make the historic preservation authentic. File photo by Walter Horylev. May 23, 2005: Crowds gathered to watch the depot make the trip down West Avenue, maneuver the intersection with Union Street, and return to a spot along the Canal near it’s original location. The move took just under three hours to complete. The Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum was formally dedicated in May 2007 and continues to serve as a museum, library and Welcome Center for canal travellers. File photo by Walter Horylev.
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5 Years Ago in 2013 •In early April, Hamlin Public Library supporters rallied before a meeting of the Planning Board scheduled to review the application for the building. Ground was broken December 14 for the building. •Union Street (Route 259) railroad bridge, the Washington Street bridge and the railroad bridge over Manitou Road in Ogden were demolished after years of discussion. (April) •Despite efforts by hospital supporters with the state health department to keep it open, Brockport’s Lakeside Memorial Hospital closed in April after 80 years of service to the community.
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