Niagara Gazette


August 16, 2013

Annual Griffon Manor reunion set for Saturday

Niagara Gazette — Niagara Falls resident and resident former Griffon Manor resident Richard Thomas and friends have put together a “Bring Your Own Food and Dish to Pass” 7th annual Griffon Manor Reunion event set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the LaSalle Facility community center on Colvin and 95th Street, the former site of Griffon Manor housing complex.

The original Griffon Manor was war housing that was built in the 1940s and soon thereafter, it was occupied by families who came to a growing Niagara Falls for the many industrial and tourist jobs that the city offered.

Because the housing was temporary housing, and relied upon antiquated mechanicals, officials moved families, demolished it and then rebuilt it in 1971.

Then came the Love Canal discovery, which required another evacuation of the housing complex and a part of the surrounding community.

Despite the many moves that its residents had to endure, what they discovered was an enduring love for their old community and the dear friends that they made there.

And so, once a year, former residents get together with their friends and families, and the families and friends of those friends and families, to reminisce.

They all share a slice of the city’s history by having a good time in the same fashion that the Alabama farmers and Pennsylvania coalminers did when they became the complex’s first permanent residents of the complex – with barbeque grills and dishes to pass to each other.

This year’s entertainment will be the bands Rough Draft, 4.0 and the Soul Providers. The O.G. Cruisers Car Club will have their classic cars on display for the delight of participants.

For further information on the Griffon Manor Reunion contact Richard Thomas at 280-9251, Mary Hosey at 531-8367 and/or Mike Cole at 280-9251.

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