Sunday, December 16, 2018

Splash pad progress

Hartland Town Park is pretty awesome -- a playground, nature trails, lighted ball diamonds, a gaga ball pit. It gets even more awesome in 2019 when the splash pad goes into operation. Progress is coming along quite nicely. It looks great!

Friday, December 14, 2018

FMC helps food pantry

Employees from FMC Corporation’s Agricultural Solutions Plant in Middleport, working with Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and plant management, helped to collect and donate more than 600 pounds of food to the Middleport Area Community Food Pantry to assist the local community during the holiday season. Participating in the effort are (from left to right) FMC employees Bonnie Difino, Joe Burkett, and Taylor Kunzelman, and pantry volunteers Rosie Gaughn, Melanie Shuttleworth, and John Shuttleworth.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Roy-Hart recipient of school violence grant

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $215,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The grant will assist area schools and the Sheriff's Office in their efforts to prevent school violence.

The grants were offered to assist communities in combating school violence and were geared toward technology upgrades to assist in school security, as well as civilian staff, to assist in this project. The award for Niagara County will include a full time non-sworn staff member to act as the School Violence Prevention Coordinator. The grant was written to build on the partnership the Sheriff's Office has with local schools and will provide technology for the following school districts: Orleans/Niagara BOCES, Barker, Newfane, Royalton-Hartland and Starpoint. In addition, technology will be provided to assist Niagara Charter School with school safety and security.

The School Violence Prevention Coordinator will work with each of these schools to update and implement school safety plans, update site surveys at each of the school buildings and implement the technology acquired through the grant. The Coordinator will also be an active member at each of the schools required safety committees and will provide training to each district as needed in the area of school safety. They will also be a resource for the students in each of these schools and would also act as a liaison between the schools and the Sheriff's Office, as well as other local police departments.

The grant covers a two year period and requires a local match of $72,000, which has been committed by the schools and Niagara County. It will assist Niagara County in ensuring the safety of students throughout the county and the Sheriff's Office hopes to utilize the School Violence Prevention Coordinator in all of the schools in Niagara County if requested. "The program being awarded in Niagara County is a great achievement for local law enforcement and our citizens," commented James R. Voutour, Niagara County Sheriff. "There were only two awards from this grant in New York State and Niagara County received the highest amount. This position and technology will assist in our mission to protect the citizens of Niagara County, especially those in an educational environment".

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Gasport's Grammy nominee

It's not often that Gasport can claim to be home to a Grammy nominee. Victor Wainright and the Train are one of five nominees for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The Train's guitarist is none other than Pat Harrington. Congrats, Pat!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Ohol selected for All-State

Royalton-Hartland High School junior Madison Ohol was selected to the All-State Symphonic Band. She participated in a concert held at the acclaimed Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY during the annual Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) held from November 29 – December 2, 2018. Those chosen to participate in an ensemble at this conference represent the best high school musicians from all of New York State as determined by previous NYSSMA solo festival scores and teacher recommendation.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Adopt a Senior

Local resident Jess Keeton contacted Absolut Care in Gasport to see if they had an "Adopt a Senior" program for Christmas. Basically this would entail buying a gift for a senior for Christmas. They got back to her immediately and loved the idea and are welcoming anyone that is interested to join in to make their day more special. The resident Christmas Party is on December 13th. Anyone who would like to join in and "Adopt a Senior" or purchase a gift is more than welcome to. Gifts can be dropped off with a tag that says "to a special someone, friend, etc" and from "your family name" or you can make it anonymous. Jess created a Facebook event so questions can be answered. Kudos to Jess on starting this endeavor!


Doty wins Trench Trophy

Congrats to Gasport's Tyler Doty, a St. Joe's senior who has committed to play football at UB, on winning the Trench Trophy, which is awarded to the top two-way lineman in Western New York.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas in Gasport

The Gasport Beautification Committee's annual children's Christmas and tree lighting is this coming Sunday, December 9, at Gasport Fire company at 4 PM. Every kid gets to see Santa and take home a toy. There will also be horse and wagon rides around town, a basket raffle, cookies, pizza, crafts, Santa's elves, and singing around the tree at the lighting.

Hartland Fire officers

On Sunday, the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company had their annual election of officers for 2019:

President - Mike Carnes
Vice President - Paul Baughman
Secretary - Kim Wilson
Treasurer - Carolyn Myers
Chief - Bryan Ames
1st Assistant Chief - Paul Baughman
2nd Assistant Chief - John Cirillo
3rd Assistant Chief - Joe Mahar
Fire Police Captain - Mike Carnes
2nd Year Trustee - Bob Heschke
3rd Year Trustee - John Cirillo
Steward - Carleen Baughman
Sergeant at Arms - Bob Heschke
Bingo Chairperson - Carleen Baughman
Chaplin - John Cirillo

Friday, November 30, 2018

Mr. Fisgus is moving on

From the Superintendent of Schools...

Dear School Community Members,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that our long time Principal, Mr. John Fisgus has accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools in the Oakfield-Alabama School District effective January 2, 2019. Mr. Fisgus has served the District as Middle School Principal since 2008. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Fisgus is credited with leading our District’s School Safety efforts, the implementation of “Rachel’s Challenge” kindness and compassion model and developing a positive school culture with his staff and students. Mr. Fisgus will be missed.

It is the intention of the District to employ an interim Middle School Principal beginning in January through the appointment of the next Principal. A series of focus groups will take place to gather information on what the various stakeholders are looking for in their Principal and the position will be posted mid-December. Interviews will begin in January and involve the school community as part of its process. It is our hope to have the new Principal on board prior to April 1st. If you are interested in serving as part of a focus group scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11th or on the interview team, please contact the District Office at 735-2000 ext. 2318.

As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out and visit when you see me around the schools and town.


Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Standish-Jones Christmas Party

Standish-Jones is holding their first ever neighborhood Christmas Party this Saturday, December 1st, from 11 till 2.

- Visit with Santa Claus
- Christmas Cookie Cook-Off: try delicious seasonal cookies baked on the Big Green Egg and the Traeger & vote for your favorite!
- Coloring Contest and free coloring book for first 100 kids
- 5th Annual Holiday Basket Raffle to benefit Oishei Children's Hospital
- Fun for everyone!

Here's the Facebook event page:

Monday, November 26, 2018

Breakfast with Santa

Have fun with the kids this Sunday and at the same time support our community's Independence Day celebration...

Friday, November 23, 2018

12th annual Mitten Tree

When you’re out and about shopping for Christmas, please extend your giving beyond your family. Please buy a gift for a needy child in Gasport.

The Mitten Tree will be going up just before noon on November 27th and you have two weeks to donate.

This is the twelfth year for this awesome program that is run by the Gasport Lions Club.

Here’s how it works…

The tree is located out front of the Gasport post office at the corner of Main Street and Route 31. (There is also a tree at the Middleport post office).

Take a mitten from it and give a gift that is appropriate to the age/gender of the child noted on the mitten.

Attach the mitten to the unwrapped gift and drop it off at Absolut Care or Drum Oil (they have drop boxes) or at the Elementary School (under the tree in the lobby). The Lions Club will distribute the gifts in time for the holidays.

Please participate and make Christmas a little better for a child – maybe even your neighbor – who is in need. That’s what the holiday is all about.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Buy local, buy Gasport this Christmas

When out Christmas shopping on Black Friday and beyond don't forget to "buy local." Help keep money in Gasport, drive our economy and support your neighbors by buying wine at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, candy/jelly/honey at Schwab Farm Market, cheeses at Teacup Farm, meats at Hartland Abattoir Corp., Christmas items at Always Christmas, everything under the sun at Standish-Jones Building Supply, gifts at The Flower Barn & 1864 Boutique, gift certificates to dining establishments like Cup & Saucer Family Eatery and anything else you can think of at any number of local businesses.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Niagara Kraze is coming to Gasport

Here's some really big news about Gasport...

Niagara Kraze is pleased to announce that Niagara County's largest indoor inflatable park & entertainment facility is coming soon! Currently under construction on Rochester Rd. in Gasport (just east of Dollar General), our approximately 10,000 sq ft facility will offer the best value in family entertainment. With giant inflatables, arcade, "Lazer Kraze" / laser tag, interactive games, concessions, special events, shopping, and more, we're going to be the perfect destination for birthday parties, school, & corporate events! Be sure to give our Niagara Kraze Facebook page a "Like" and follow along with our construction process! Come see what all the "Kraze" is about & EXPERIENCE THE RUSH! COMING SOON - 2019


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Breakfast cart at Roy-Hart

Kudos to Roy-Hart on great utilization of a $3,000 grant from the Cornell Cooperative Extension office (and a big "thank you" to Niagara CCE). This farm-to-school breakfast cart is a great addition to the high school:

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Gasport house fire

On 11/17/2018 at about 2233 hrs, the Niagara County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from the homeowner of 8152 Telegraph Rd reporting a fire in the wall behind the wood burning stove at that residence. The Adult female caller and her husband were able to evacuate the single family residence and take their two dogs and cat to safety as well. Fire companies on location were able to extinguish the fire which did appear to originate at the wood stove chimney within the wall. No injuries were reported. No estimate of damage at this time.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Food pantry: November 17th

If you are or know of a family in need, the Gasport Food Pantry's monthly distribution is this Saturday November 17th and it features a special Thanksgiving meal package

Monday, November 12, 2018

GBC needs help with Christmas

The Gasport Beautification Committee's annual children's Christmas and tree lighting is December 9, at Gasport Fire company at 4 PM. They are in need of donations to help with this community-wide, family-friendly event. Toys, basket raffle items, cookies, cash donations, and volunteers at the event are needed. Santa sees close to 100 children and they each take home a toy. There will also be horse and wagon rides around town, basket raffle, cookies, pizza, crafts, Santa's elves, and singing around the tree at the lighting. Please contact Margie Granzow or any member to donate or volunteer. Margie's email address is

Friday, November 9, 2018

107 year old Ruthie Ripple passes away in Gasport

There aren't many centenarians on this Earth and we lost one last week as 107 year old Ruthie Ripple, formerly of Johnstown, PA, passed away while under care in Gasport. 107, think about that...she was born before the first World War!