Niagara Gazette — In case you’re not convinced of the need that exists in this community, consider that the rate of poverty for Niagara Falls — based on the 2010 Census — is 17.3 percent, compared with 14.9 percent for the state and 9.9 percent for the nation.
OFF THE PRESS: “Love Canal,” by Penelope D. Ploughman (Arcadia Publishing, 128 pages, paperback, $21.99) features numerous photos of the community’s early development and the former Hooker Electrochemical Co.’s use of the canal to dump industrial waste from 1942 to 1953. Ploughman’s interest in the Love Canal story is traced to her graduate studies in the Sociology Department at the State University at Buffalo.
The paperback is packed with a wide array of photos, maps and charts that offer an excellent overview of the environmental disaster that forced hundreds of families out of their homes in August 1978. The cover spotlights William T. Love turning the sod for his dream in that LaSalle neighborhood: a power canal and the model city project that never came to fruition.
A graduate of the State University at Buffalo Law School, Ploughman wrote the dissertation for her Ph.D. on the role of the news media at Love Canal. Subsequently she pursued her interest in environmental law.
Ploughman will be at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport at 1 p.m. April 20 to sign copies of the book and to offer observations from her research. Additional information is available by calling 439-0431.
ACROSS THE BORDER: Pat Simon and his wife Rose, who had operated “Simon’s Restaurant” on Bridge Street in Niagara Falls, Ont., began closing down their landmark business last December. Some records indicate it was established at another site in 1884 before moving to the current location.
Business owners retiring after a prolonged period sometimes have to weed through countless items collected over the years. Among those helping with the task: three of Pat’s nieces from the U.S. side the river. They’re daughters of the late John V. Simon of Lewiston, a longtime local attorney and Pat’s older brother.
SENIOR MOMENT: Norah Ephron, 69, author of “I Remember Nothing,” told a writer that she has a number of symptoms of old age. As an example, she says, “I have no idea who anyone in People magazine is.”Contact reporter Don Glynnat 282-2311, ext. 2246.