Old News – Expressway

The expressway in this newspaper article has been on the works for many years but never completed. Route 531 ends at Washington Street in the Town of Ogden and never has made it to Brockport. Last year a project was started to completely re-construct Route 31 from Washington Street to Brockport. That project will continue this summer with more detours. Hopefully it will help the traffic flow in the end.

I picked an auto ad to go with the article. The B&W picture in the ad didn’t look very well so I replaced it with a color picture of a 1968 Buick.

Brockport, NY

Thursday, April 4, 1968

Hope Given For More Action on New Expressway

The proposed expressway of Route 31 through western Monroe and Orleans and Niagara Counties has a new name – the Orleans Expressway. At present only a mile has been constructed – a spur which branches off Interstate Route 490, the Western Expressway, and ends at Elmgrove Rd.

There is now a hope that a revision in priorities by the State Department of Transportation will advance the starting date for the continuation of the highway. However, it was stated that it will be more than two years before construction begins.

First proposed in 1964, the Orleans Expressway plans were shelved because it was felt that other super highways were needed to relieve traffic congestion in the immediate Rochester area. Therefore priority was given to the Outer Loop (Route 47), the Irondequoit – Wayne and Keeler St. Expressways, and the Genesee Valley Expressway. D. Dominic Masucci, sate planning engineer of the Rochester District office of the State Department of Transportation, said that there was not enough manpower to devote as much time as they would have liked to the Orleans Expressway.

The first step is to plot the line of the highway and then set about acquiring land for the rights-of-way. A public hearing is held after the line has been plotted.

The state engineers have now begun to move ahead on the project “as fast as they can” because of the expansion of the State University College at Brockport and plans for another shopping center at the intersection of Rts. 31 and 10 south of Brockport..

The expressway will roughly run parallel to Route 31. with interchanges to serve Spencerport, Adams Basin, and Brockport. It will be continued through Orleans County, to serve Holley, Albion, and Medina, and then will go west through Niagara County to join proposed expressways to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

NY Geography

Besides the things that I scan for the Monroe County GenWeb I also scan other books that I put on the Internet Archive. The most recent book is one that is to teach elementary students the geography of New York State. I also have another geography text book that covers the whole world. Another text book is to teach spelling and reading to children. Then also there is a book to teach Spanish to elementary school children.

There are also some children’s books that I have scanned. Those as with all the books on Internet Archive can be viewed online or downloaded in many formats for you to read at home.


Relative Race

This is the genealogy TV show that you probably have not heard of. “Relative Race” is part game show and part family search. Four teams travel to a new location every day. They each have a different allotted time to get to their new location. If they are the last to arrive they get a strike. Three strikes and they are out of the competition. They also have some games to play before they are given the location of their relative. Often the relative is a second cousin but on season two, one man in his twenties met his father for the first time. Then this season they have topped that. Not all family revelation are happy ones.

They are currently showing season three on BYU-TV. That station is on Dish Network and new episodes air Sunday nights with repeats throughout the week. If you can’t get BYU-TV on your TV then you can watch “Relative Race” on the internet after an episode airs on TV. You can also watch all of season One and season two online.

Filed under TV

Hit Songs of 1968 – #11

This song gets complicated. It is “Valleri” that was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart for The Monkees. The song was recorded by Boyce & Hart’s background group Candy Store Prophets. Studio musician Louie Shelton played the flamencoesque guitar solo. Then they added Davy Jones’ vocal. The song was used on the TV show on Feb. 20, 1967 and April 17, 1967 but it wasn’t released on any record.

The Monkees were starting to get control over their music production and in late December 1967 they went back to the studio to rerecord the song with more of their vocals. This production also had Louie Shelton play the guitar solo but added some brass background. It was released a few months later.

On New Years Day 1968 a group from Watertown, NY called Pineapple Heard recorded a version of “Valleri” in a studio in New York City. Their 45 record came out soon after. We had been playing their version at our college radio station for a few weeks. That was until we received a copy of The Monkees record. After that nobody played the Pineapple Heard record ever again.

“Valleri” by The Monkees was the number one song on the Cash Box Top 100 chart for the weeks of March 24 – April 6. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart the song only made it up to #3. More important is that this was the last song by The Monkees to make it to the top 10.

The Monkees TV show was cancelled in March 1968 but reruns were on until September. It would live on for a while as a Saturday morning show. It still can be found some TV stations.

Below are two videos. First the version by Pineapple Heard. The second one is the second version by The Monkees but with video from the TV show. It appears that Mike Nesmith is playing the solo but it really is not him.