Friday, July 13, 2018

Another Gasport gas study is out

Another study regarding naturally-occurring gas seeps is out. This is related to samples a scientist from Indiana University took at Gasport and other places last summer.

The abstract can be read here (the full report requires a paid subscription):

The supporting documents can be read here:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Stop whining about July 3rd fireworks

Some people across social media have angrily criticized the organizers of the Independence Day festivities for choosing July 3rd to run the event.

Just stop.

Those folks are running an event out of the kindness of the hearts. This is not a government-run celebration as you would see in the local cities. The folks running the Hartland event are volunteers who are making it work -- and work well -- with their time, energy and monetary donations and the donations of others.

They are doing it for YOU and your kids. They aren't doing it for glory. Appreciate that someone is giving up hours, days and dollars to celebrate America and make Hartland and Royalton a little special for the holiday.

It's pretty awesome that someone would do that.

Look around...other fireworks displays were on the 3rd...Olcott and Lockport are prime examples.

And, remember, those volunteers are working people who had to go back to work on the 5th. Business schedules are a little off this week with the fourth falling at mid-week. It would be tough going back to work after a long day running around, setting things up for a community-wide the oppressive heat no less.

So, I extend a hearty THANK YOU to those volunteers and donors. THANK YOU for continuing to show why Gasport is an AWESOME place to live.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Bad Ash BBQ closing Gasport restaurant

This was posted on Bad Ash's Facebook page...

I've been trying to figure out a way to say this there is no easy way bad ash BBQ will be closed due to relocating to Olcott Beach Gasport was one hell of a ride I gave it my all But as time goes on I have to do what I feel in my gut and whats best for my family I'm sorry for the locals that came in all the time I made a lot of great friends but with that being said I'm not closing bad ash BBQ for good I'm just relocating 2 Olcott to where I have many different opportunities for me and my family Thanks for Everything Gasport and the New Journey will begin we will be opening the bad ash bbq restaurant and bar in Olcott July 3rd hope to see all my old and new bad ash family again soon!!!! Plus ill have the bad ash bbq trailer in gasport port again soon so u can get your fix please share to get the word out

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Erie Canal Derby begins Wednesday

The 28th annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby begins Wednesday. It's the first without its founder, the lovable Steve Harrington who passed away last November. His family is keeping the dream alive.Take part in this family-friendly event that highlights a awesome public resource:

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A study about the microbes in Gasport's gas has been released

If you have a keen interest in science, one of the studies that focused on the microbes found in the gas seep in Gasport and at other places in WNY (like the Eternal Flame) was just published and can be found here:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Town of Royalton yard sale

JUNE 29, JUNE 30, and JULY 1, 2018

6856 Wolcottsville Road June 29, June 30, July 1
6590 Wolcottsville Road June 30
8160 Akron Road June 29, June 30, July 1
6208 Royalton Center Road June 29
6212 Royalton Center Road June 29, June 30, July 1
6182 Royalton Center Road June 29, June 30

8784 Chestnut Ridge Road June 29
8427 Dale Road (Off Gasport Road) June 29, June 30
8611 Dale Road June 29, June 30, July 1
8684 Ernest Road June 29, June 30
8440 Mountain Road June 29, June 30, July 1
8885 Haseley Road June 29, June 30, July 1
7750 Rochester Road June 29, June 30, July 1
4669 Gasport Road June 29, June 30
5715 Royalton Center Road June 29, June 30, July 1
4870 Gasport Road June 29, June 30, July 1
8414 Dale Road June 30, July 1
4487 Royalton Center Road June 29
8860 Haseley Road June 29, June 30

7709 Chestnut Ridge Road June 30
7614 Chestnut Ridge Road June 29, June 30

5315 Royalton Center Road June 29, June 30
102 Telegraph Road ( Rt 31) June 29, June 30 & July 1
5787 Lewiston Road June 29, June 30
8958 Chestnut Ridge Road June 29, June 30 & July 1
9738 Rochester Road June 30

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Road closure

Griswold Street between Chestnut Ridge Road and NYS Route 31 will be closed from 6-26-18 until approximately 8-31-18 for culvert replacement.

Independence Day in Gasport

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Roy-Hart's graduation ceremony available online

If you missed Roy-Hart's commencement last night either in person or online, fear not. The entire ceremony is now available on YouTube:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scientists visit Gasport

Gasport continues to be a hotbed of scientific study. Today, I took a team of scientists from Canada and France -- led by a University of Toronto professor -- to the bubbling gas that gave Gasport its name. They are trying to determine the origin of the random gas seeps in the region and will be investigating the Eternal Flame and Amherst gas seep in Erie County today, too. Last year, we were visited by professors from Indiana and the UK. It's pretty cool to have a geological oddity that interests scientists from all over the world.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

Roy-Hart's ranking among WNY schools

Buffalo Business First's annual rankings of WNY school districts arrived in today's mail.

Royalton-Hartland comes in ranked 58 of 104 public school districts and private schools, up 7 places from 65th last year.

Roy-Hart outperformed 31% of WNY school districts in English, 44% in math, 30% in science, and 24% in social studies.

The school's achievement index (which measures students' outcomes as a result of or versus socioeconomic issues) was 92nd in the region, painting Roy-Hart as an underachieving district.

Cost effectiveness (posting strong academic results despite low spending) had the district as 10th best in WNY.

Administrative efficiency (ranking schools with tight budgets and lean staffs) had Roy-Hart as 14th best in WNY.

The socioeconomic climate placed 28th best.

Teacher experience came in at 44th out of 102.

Roy-Hart's overall ranking of 58 might make some people cringe, but we went up 7 places in one year and we were as low as 79th place in recent years. So, the trend is in the right direction.

Plus, never believe that Roy-Hart isn't an excellent district for your family. The quality of life is good, the administrators are accessible, and the teachers care and can teach.

Two years ago, I gave the commencement speech at Roy-Hart's graduation and focused on the super powers our students gain by being educated in a small school and being raised in a small town. Those words still ring true....

Roy-Hart's Flag Day

The Lockport Union Sun & Journal reports on the always awesome Flag day events at Roy-Hart Elementary:

Roy-Hart seniors secure scholarships

Congrats to Madeline Keyes and Delaney Draper on securing scholarships from the FFA and Ford: