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July 8, 2013

HIGGS: One door closes, another opens

Niagara Gazette — Plans were brought to life for the May 6, 1988, open house at Trott Vocational High School. This was an idea of Lynn Weed Perry who graduated in 1972 and she formed a committee with Helen Kress as chairman. The event drew a crowd of former students and faculty and everyone shared memories. 600 balloons, 10 for each of the 60 years of Trott Vocational High School were sent aloft at the end of the evening by former students, faculty, administrators and friends of Trott.

The open house was followed by a dinner dance on July 31, 1988, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Trott Vocational. General chairman was Lynn Weed Perry with John Beltrano as program chairman and Roger Spurback, chairman of the program book. It was held at the American Legion Portage Post, where all important events geared to draw a large crowd were held. The evening began with cocktails followed by a possession to the head table of dignitaries and speakers. Nick Zawicki sang “God Bless the U.S.A.” and Weed Perry began with a welcome. City Councilman Anthony Quaranto was toastmaster and a moment of silence followed in memory of deceased Trott students and faculty. The Invocation was presented by Robert Bradley, Jr. from St. John A.M.E Church. Mayor Michael O’Laughlin read a city proclamation and John Beltrano read the Chronology of Trott. Remarks followed from William Sdao, superintendent of Schools. “Eventful Years” 60 Years of Memories were presented by Rodger Hailey, Donald MacKender, Arthur Calendrelli and Willie Cheeley. Past principals spoke about their years at Trott and the Benediction was followed by “Niagara on The Move” performed by Nick Zawicki. Dancing followed until midnight.

Credit is given to former Gazette reporter Mary Wozniak for her factual article dated June 5, 1988, for much of the information for the articles on Trott. James Trott’s building lives on with different kinds of community service now located inside but those who attended the vocational school will always think of it as “their school”.

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