Niagara Gazette — The LaSalle brand name was linked to that of French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle. A companion of Father Louis Hennepin, the missionary who penned a famous description of Niagara Falls, LaSalle also built the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes, launching the vessel in the present-day site of the residential area known as LaSalle. The automobile had a longer life than the Edsel, lasting 13 years till production stopped in 1940.
Some historians find it strange that a car would be named for a guy who walked thousands of miles during his life. In fact, the story goes, that if he ran short of a particular item that he felt was needed, he wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to walk 100 miles or so to get it.
CITED FOR SERVICE: Several area residents will be honored at the Heart, Love and Soul Recognition Dinner April 2 at the agency’s dining facility in the city’s North End. The event is set for 5:30 p.m.
Among the honorees: Partners in Ministry Award - Bud and Rae Beiter, Mortimer’s; “The Spirit of Heart & Soul Award - Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, retired president of Niagara University; The FrancesFicorilli Volunteer Award - Don Bowman, Ernie Ninham and Jackie Collins; Special Recognition - Sister Marygrace Polino and Sister Mary Kay Stahl.
Sister Beth Brosmer, OSF, executive director of Heart & Soul, said students from the Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, under the direction of Scott Beahen, will be preparing the dinner. Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour, an experienced auctioneer, will conduct the live auction. Heart & Soul, 939 Ontario Ave., was founded more than 30 years ago by a prayer group at the former Sacred Heart Parish, 11th Street and South Avenue. Today, an average of 145 meals are served daily in the dining room and the food pantry serves about 375 households per month. Much of the food is obtained through the Food Bank of Western New York.