Niagara Gazette

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October 14, 2013

HIGGS: Beech Avenue School and city integration

Niagara Gazette — First, I need to “fess up” about an error I made in my Sept. 23 column as I mentioned that a “campus-type high school on Military Road where the former Plantation Restaurant and Club was located.” Well, it appears I have at least two readers who noted the misinformation about the Plantation Restaurant as it was indeed still up and running on the property adjacent to the new high school. And, it was still owned by the Broda family which I incorrectly named the Baran family. I apologize as I am not a resident of the LaSalle section of neither Niagara Falls, nor am I all that familiar with its history and furthermore, I should have looked into this before I stated that it was already demolished.

One reader, Gloria Yacoots Pasquale, brought me up to speed on the Plantation and added some comments about her class of 1961 and how they felt about the “early demise (of this “state-of-the-art” school) after only 44 years of service to the students of this area.” She mentioned that many alumni felt they would see their children and grandchildren go on to also be graduates of LaSalle, their alma mater. The only memory left is the granite wall that graced the walkway entrance which states “LaSalle Senior High School 1956.” Apparently it was rescued from demolition by some members of the class of 1961 and with the help of many classes before and after them with donations and a lot of work the “Wall” has been placed in front of LaSalle Jr. High School on 76th and Buffalo Avenue, (now known as LaSalle Preparatory School). She said “the hard work and dedication shows the “Pride & Spirit of LaSalle.” I feel her comments are worth sharing as it tells an important part of the story.

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