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The Bandstand in the Park - History of a Landmark Thursday, November 9, 20230

The Bandstand in the Park - History of a Landmark

 For over 100 years the bandstand has had a special spot in Edmund Lyon Park—the first park created in our community.  Originally called Vanderbilt Park, the area was just a large vacant space.  Then, Kate Gleason purchased the property, and donated the land to the village.  With help from the village’s Department of Public Works crew and workers from the Gleason Works Company in Rochester, the area was transformed into a beautiful park.  In 1916, the park was formally dedicated, and at Kate Gleason’s request, it was named in honor of Edmund Lyon, one of the founders of our community.

EAST ROCHESTER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT--125 YEARS OF SERVICE Thursday, July 13, 20230

EAST ROCHESTER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT--125 YEARS OF SERVICE

On May 23, 1898, a group of businessmen from Despatch (as East Rochester was known until 1906) met at Branshaud’s Hall on East Commercial Street to set up the first fire department.  On May 29th, the first official meeting was held, and the Despatch Fire District was formed.  During subsequent meetings committees were formed to find estimates for needed equipment, as well as for property and a fire hall.  It was determined that $1800.00 was the amount needed to outfit this first department.  Equipment included:  one dozen rubber coats, boots, and helmets, a hose cart, an alarm bell, a ladder truck, and three chemical carts.  Needless to say, the first fire trucks were either pulled by horses or pulled by hand.

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SEPTEMBER 1952—THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR ST. JEROME’S Monday, September 26, 20220

SEPTEMBER 1952—THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR ST. JEROME’S

The first day of the school year is always a special time.  The first day in a new school is doubly special.  And so, it was for St. Jerome’s School on September 3, 1952.

Monday, September 12, 2022

THE LITTLE VILLAGE THAT COULD  - 1952—FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION STATE OF NEW YORK ANNUAL CONVENTION

THE LITTLE VILLAGE THAT COULD 

1952—FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION STATE OF NEW YORK ANNUAL CONVENTION 

By Anita M. Mance, Historian, Research assisted by Seth Wagner, SUNY Geneseo Intern  

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IT HAPPENED ONE SATURDAY NIGHT — 60 YEARS AGO Tuesday, March 22, 20220

IT HAPPENED ONE SATURDAY NIGHT — 60 YEARS AGO

According to a number of area sportscasters, it wasn’t supposed to happen that way—the East Rochester Bombers beating the Lyons Lions, 58-57.   While both basketball teams entered the game undefeated, Lyons was known as a powerhouse.  By looking at the history of the two teams, however, perhaps March 24, 1962, was destined to be different.  And what made the outcome of the contest all the more special was that it happened before a crowd estimated to be more than 10,000.  

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