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Your front page picture on Oct. 27 of Gov. Rockefeller turning the first shovel for the new community college (Niagara County Community College) left out the names of the other participants.

From left to right were Ernest Notar, president of the college; J. Paul Hewitt, then chairman of the Niagara County Legislature; the governor; and Ernest Curto, the local assemblyman. Also, in the background was the smiling face of the late George Churakos of the Alps Restaurant family, and Stanley Brzynski, supervisor, Town of Wheatfield.

At that time, I was the first assistant county attorney and worked on some aspects of establishing the college at its new location. However, most of the legal work was done by Myles Lance, formerly of North Tonawanda and now a municipal attorney in Florida.

One interesting story concerns the acquisition of the land. At the meeting the Legislature was to vote on the site, a motion was made to acquire more than 500 acres at the intersection of Saunders Settlement Road and Townline Road (Route 429). Leon Walker, then a legislator from the Town of Hartland and a farmer, stood up and said: "You people from the city do not know how much land you are talking about. This is a huge parcel. You only need a little over 200 acres."

As a result, the members passed the motion as amended and recommended by Mr. Walker, and the result is the beautiful site as we know it today.


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