By: Linda Brong Covell – Illustrated by: Vax Liu
Linda Brong Covell is a lifelong resident of the Lockport, New York area. She has a Master’s degree in educational counseling and was an elementary education teacher for 2 area districts. She retired as a special education counselor with Orleans Niagara BOCES in 1995 after 32 years as an educator. Ms. Covell has a copyright on a therapeutic card game, Fishing For Feelings, for use in families and by therapists working with families and children. She has written two other books, “Cold Spring Cemetery: A Place of Peace, History and Natural Beauty”, and “This is Our Last Cat and Other Broken Promises” about the Covell’s work in feline rescue. She and her husband The Rev. Dr. Roger Covell a retired American Baptist clergyman, are active volunteers in area organizations and with their church. Linda is the recipient of an Unsung Hero Award from the Union Sun and Journal in 2010 and was a nominee for the Niagara YWCA’s Outstanding Women 2012
VAX LIU was born in Taiwan and raised in the United States. She graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2012. While growing up and assimilating into new environments she found consistency and fascination with the different imagery each new place presented. People reacted differently to different images that had their own social meaning and personality. From then on she persisted to try to comprehend the underlying language of images and their relation to people. Arts and communication became a calling and inspiration came from anything and everything. Music, dance, and the arts are what drives her to learn and to embrace new thoughts and experiences.
By: Clare Apolito
Clare Apolito was an elementary school teacher in the Lockport City School District for 33 years where she taught grades 1-3. Her pursuit to write children’s books became a reality when she created Dinosaur Dreams, a book that originated from a teaching lesson. Clare was often able to find the appropriate balance between structured teaching and a creative learning environment for students. As a result, Clare entered a dinosaur contest from a Weekly Reader that her class was studying. With the help of her husband, Harry, they built an inflatable Stegosaurus from large pieces of black plastic. Out of the hard work, fun, and creative thinking, the dinosaur came to life, ten feet high and twenty feet long. Her students would also perform dinosaur songs and skits in front of the dinosaur model for other classes to watch.
Her sons, Christopher and Kevin, from a young age were always her inspiration giving her tips from a child’s perspective. Now, her grandchildren have had the opportunity to read her book, Dinosaur Dreams, and enjoyed it-already asking for the sequel. After many years of the book being dormant, her family has encouraged her to get it published.
“What child doesn’t love dinosaurs and the associated sense of adventure” says Clare. She had fun writing and illustrating it. She hopes you enjoy reading her book.
75 Years of 4-H in Niagara County
Celebrating the sesquicentennial of the 4-H program in the county.
Visions of Lockport
by Craig Bacon. A century in the blink of an eye from 1910-2010.
My Winning Season
by Dr. Louis Rosati who offers his memories of growing up Italian on Lockport’s west end.
One Hundred Paintings by Joe Whalen
Jake Grape and the Snake
by Carol Caisse. A lighthearted children’s book about a young boy who mistakenly brings a snake indoors.
Elvis is in the Scrumdown
by John Lang who makes Elvis come alive at Buffalo Bills football games.
Behind the Badge
The personal memoir of Dick Lang, retired Game Warden, coach and public servant.
The Life and Times of Birdsall Holly by: Madelynn “Maggie” Fredrickson
Fredrickson’s book, newly reprinted, is still the definitive work on the inventive genius of Birdsall Holly, Lockport’s “water-man.”
“The Amazing Seven Sutherland Sisters” by Brandon Stickney.
A complete history of the Seven Sutherland Sisters. 200+ pages. The fascinating story of seven sisters who became famous for their long hair and their singing abilities. They went on to create a fortune with “hair tonic” sales. They made millions of dollars at the turn of the century, but spent even more.
The Collective Life of Charles Rand Penney
The official biography of this world renowned collector and philanthropist. 145 pages.
+ $4 S&H
Historic New York
By Andy Olenick and published by the Landmark Society of WNY. 224 pages.
+ $5 S&H
Erie Canal Legacy
By Andy Olenick and published by the Landmark Society of WNY. 208 pages.
+ $5 S&H (Regular price $39.95)
Niagara County’s bicentennial fast approaching in 2008,
the History Center and the Niagara County Municipal Historians have
come together to produce, “Niagara County: A Bicentennial History.”
remarkable new heritage publication was written by a team of authors
and contributors including historians from each of the county’s
15 cities, towns and villages, as well as the Niagara County Historian’s
office, Tuscarora Nation, Niagara County Sheriff’s Department
and The Niagara County Historical Society.
The History Center
is spearheading sales of this hard-covered bicentennial history that
contains over 200 pages and three hundred high quality photographs
that further enhance the story told in the accompanying text. These
photographs have been gleaned from both private and public collections,
many of which have never been published before. The resulting
heirloom publication is a book that will stand the test of time that
you can proudly display in your home.
+ $4 S&H
Looking Back So That We May Move Ahead
A history of the Erie Canal, written for the 150th Anniversary in 1975 by Alexis Mueller, Jr. Sprial Binding, Reprinted, 109 Pages.
+ $4 S&H
Niagara County Bicentennial Moments Reprised
The fireworks, concerts, parades and events held to
celebrate the Bicentennial of Niagara County have come to a close, but the
memories of these celebrations still linger. The History Center of Niagara
County is pleased to add one final written publication to the list of several
others that were accomplished during the Bicentennial year.
For over a year during and before the actual Bicentennial
year of 2008, the History Center staff added to the written record of the
occasion with over one hundred topical articles on special moments and special
people in Niagara County’s history. These “Bicentennial Moments” were published weekly in several regional
newspapers. The same articles have
now been brought together in book form to serve as a final memento of this important
milestone in Niagara County’s history.
The History Center is very thankful for the financial
assistance of the Niagara County Bicentennial Committee and the printing
prowess of Kax Solutions of Lockport, who worked in tandem to make this
publication of “Bicentennial Moments” possible. The purchase price of the book is $11.95 per copy. The books
make great gifts and are now available for purchase at the History Center at
215 Niagara Street and the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church Street in
Lockport. The book is also available on-line at www.NiagaraHistory.org.
$11.95 + $4.00 S&H
John K. Hall Remembers
A nostalgic look into the past through the eyes of area historian and award winning agriculturalist, John K. Hall. $11.95 spiral bound, 120 pp, color photography.
+ $4.00 S&H
A Pictorial History of the Roman Catholic
Churches of Lockport
A complete history of all of the Catholic Churches of Lockport, written in cooperation with Father Dumphrey.
+ $4.00 S&H
Niagara County: The Weird, The Wacky, The Wonderful
Little known people and places around Niagara County.
The Seven Sutherland Sisters
Publication by Clarence Lewis. Reprinted 1991.
$4.00 + $4.00 S&H
Niagara Historic Trail, A self-guided historic tour of Niagara County. Updated and produced for the Niagara County Bicentennial. 166 pages with maps, pictures and driving instructions to scores of sites around the county.
$14.95 + $4 S&H
Cold Spring Cemetery, by Linda B. Covell. A full description of Cold Spring Cemetery, a place of peace, history and natural beauty.
$15.95 + $4 S&H
Andersonville and the Trail of Henry Wirz by John Howard Stibbs. The written account of the only Confederate officer to be tried and hanged for war crimes following the Civil War. Written by the last living member of the tribunal panel. Copy of original handwritten manuscript as well as new transcription.
$11.95 +$4 S&H
Stairway To Empire, by Patrick McGreevy, a thought-provoking book on
the history of Lockport and its role in the Erie Canal story. 309
pages, hard cover, $24.95 plus tax and $4 shipping
$24.95 + $4.00 S&H
Honor Thy Fathers & Mothers by Susanne Dietz, a look at the WWII
legacy of patriotism and survival on the Niagara Frontier, 404 pages,
soft cover, $24.94 plus tax and $4 shipping
$24.95 + $4.00 S&H
Twin Voices by Janice F. Nichols. A memoir of polio, the forgotten killer. Nichols, a polio survivor, chronicles the devastating effects of this once dread disease.
A Legacy of Mutual Trust by Gretchen A. Duling. Provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of men interred at the WWII POW Camp at Fort Niagara.
Impressions of Niagara by Christopher Lane. A catalog of the amazing art collection of Niagara images of Charles Rand Penney. (Soft)
Niagara County Transportation Book
A Birds Eye View Vol. 1
A Birds Eye View Vol. 2
A Birds Eye View Vol. 1 & 2
A Birds Eye View Vol. 1 & 2 + Soaring Over Niagara Vol. 1 DVD
“This is our last cat” and other broken promises…
By: Linda Brong Covell
“Once a Teacher” by Beverly Blewett
“Traveling Through the Town of Lockport” by John Hall
“A Birds Eye View Vol. III” Aerial photography from around Niagara County shot by pilot and photographer Dick Gallagher.
“A Birds Eye View Vol. IV” Aerial photography from around Niagara County shot by pilot and photographer Dick Gallagher.
“A Birds Eye View Vol. III & IV” Aerial photography from around Niagara County shot by pilot and photographer Dick Gallagher.
“A War Diary from Aboard the Uss Swearer (DE-186): Memoirs of a Gunner, 1943-194” by Barbara G. Haney-Jones. Based on the Diary of WWII gunner, Anthony Terrameo, Sr.
History Center Publishes Book of Lockport Postcards
The History Center of Niagara County has published a book of antique postcards showcasing Lockport at various times throughout the 20th century. The book contains 100 images, most of them in color, beginning with Lockport at the turn-of-the-20th-century right up through urban renewal of the 1970s. The postcards are from the History Center’s own extensive collection. Chapters include the Erie Canal, Street Scenes, Public Buildings and Monuments, Charitable Organizations, Churches and Schools, Old Home Week, Urban Renewal and Miscellaneous.
Former teacher Gerry Stafford has written a new children’s historical fiction book entitled, “Young Canaller.” She spent six years researching the topic to produce this accurate and interesting look at 19th century canal life.