Friday, January 15, 2021

Sheriff's report: Greek Cuisine

On January 15th, 2021 at 06:51 Hours, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a fire at the Greek Cuisine Restaurant located at 7790 Ridge Road in the Town of Hartland. Niagara County Sheriff's Deputies responded and confirmed an active fire in the kitchen area and that the building's fire suppression system was engaged. The fire was subsequently extinguished by members of the Gasport, Hartland and Wright's Corners Volunteer Fire Companies who also responded to the scene. The building additionally sustained heavy smoke damage throughout due to the fire. The restaurant was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and an estimated value of loss is not available at this time. Investigation by the Niagara County Origin and Cause Team is continuing.

Greek Cuisine update


Standish Jones cute baby contest


Fire at Greek Cuisine

There's a fire call taking place at Greek Cuisine right now. Gasport, Hartland and Wright's Corners have been dispatched for a working kitchen fire. This is sad. It hasn't been easy for those ladies...opening a new business in the Covid crisis was tough enough, now this 🙁

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Hartland Highway has Covid response plan

New this year in the town of Hartland is a COVID-19 emergency plan which will be implemented should the highway department be “overrun” with the virus.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Jack McQueen has passed away

Jack McQueen lived a life of exemplary service and good citizenship. RIP.

Jack M. McQueen, age 98, entered peacefully into rest on January 4, 2021 in Lockport, NY. He was born September 3, 1922 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Melvin and Eva (Maddick) McQueen and had lived in this area for most of his life. Jack was a proud US Army Veteran of WWII, 28th Infantry Division, having received the following commendations for his service: European African Middle Eastern Co. 42 Battle Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Sharpshooter Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the NY Conspicuous Service Crest and the France Medal of Honor. Jack was a member and former Commander of the Gasport American Legion Post 1253, Boys State Coordinator, and proudly placed flags on cemetery graves for Memorial Day.

Jack was a US rural letter carrier for 35 years. He was also a lifelong active member of the Hartland United Methodist Church. Jack was a member of the Hartland Historical Society and Johnson Creek Senior Citizens and enjoyed square dancing with his wife. Helping others was a way of life for Jack. Through his years of service, he received the Niagara County Senior Volunteer Award, Niagara County Office of the Aging Volunteer of the Year Award, the Niagara County Unsung Hero Award, and volunteered for the Niagara County Office of the Aging Home Delivered Meals program for 33 years until the age of 95 ½. Jack was also an avid hunter, an excellent carpenter, handyman and baker.

Mr. McQueen was predeceased by his wife Lillian (1992), whom he married on 12/9/1943; a son Peter; brothers: Harry and Donald McQueen, sister: Leone Dolphin and granddaughter Michelle. He is survived by his children: Connie McQueen-Dove, Raymond McQueen, Robert (Judy) McQueen, Larry McQueen, and daughter-in-law: Rosemary McQueen. Grandpa will be sadly missed by Anissa, Sarah, Scott, Lindy, Jill, Jeff, Abigail, Jackie, Heather, David, Ryan, Rachele, Lauren and 13 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. Jack will always be remembered for his smile, kind, caring and helpful ways.

A celebration of Jack’s life will take place at a later date. Interment will be in Hartland Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gasport American Legion Post 1253 or the Niagara County Office of the Aging Home Delivered Meals Program. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sherrie Bream Funeral Home Gasport.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Agriculture Foundation launches

The new Royalton-Hartland Agriculture Foundation kicks off 2021 with a board of directors committed to providing investment and resources for innovative approaches to agriculture education, meeting needs of the Royalton-Hartland School District and the regional agricultural community.

Working cooperatively with the district, the RHAF plans to strengthen relationships with community leaders and businesses, increase leadership and character development opportunities for students, create a speakers bureau, arrange field trips for students and teachers, explore apprenticeship and job shadowing programs, and convene important conversations between the district and the community, said Mike Landers, president of the new foundation.

“The RHAF is separate from the district’s Board of Education,” Landers explained. “We believe we can bring countless opportunities to help the district, educators, administrators, students, parents and community. Our foundation is not responsible for any portion of the district’s budget.”

Joining Landers (Howell Motors) on the board include: Bob Confer (Confer Plastics), Dan Conley (USI Insurance Services), Mike Drum (Drum Oil & Propane), Steve Giroux (Middleport Family Health), Bob Masse (Frontier Airlines), Carisa Masse (JFK Middle School), Jeremy Silsby (Silsby Settlement Farms), Debi Sweeney (Maple View Dairy Farm) and John Sweeney (Maple View Dairy Farm). Non-voting members include Dr. Hank Stopinski, district superintendent, and Matthew Sweeney, Roy-Hart High School agriculture teacher.

A primary goal of the Foundation is to invest in creative educational programs and projects that have a significant positive impact on the lives of the students and families served. Beyond fund development, the RHAF seeks to provide networking opportunities, build relationships with stakeholder groups and the private sector, and offer culturally relevant information and training.

“In this unprecedented time for education, due to the pandemic and a reduction in state contracts, it is heartening that these high-profile community leaders are rallying others to learn about the exciting agriculture initiatives and programs in our schools,” Stopinski said. “Their leadership is gratifying to our school board, teachers and staff. The district looks forward to working with the Foundation to build a strong Agriculture Center of Excellence in the coming years.”

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Gym coming to Gasport

Coming to Gasport March 1st is Dinger Nation: batting cage and mound rentals, a membership gym, youth athletic training, gym classes and access to a personal trainer. Here's their Facebook page:

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Poverty rates at WNY schools

This report has the childhood poverty rates for all the school districts in WNY. East Aurora has the lowest, at 4.1%. Buffalo, the highest at 38.1%. Roy-Hart is at 9.3%

Monday, December 28, 2020

Zoning Board of Appeals: December 28


The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Royalton will be holding a virtual public hearing tonight, December 28, 2020, at 7:30 PM, by Zoom.

Items include:

An application by Gregory Zakrzewski for two area of variances to authorize the construction and use of an addition at the rear of the existing building on property located at 8415 State Street, Gasport.

An application by William and Brian Frey for a temporary conditional use permit to authorize a "hare scramble" (cross-country) race, AMA Sanctioned, on a date to be determined by the applicants, in June or July, 2021, on approximately 7.75 acres at 8206 Tonawanda Rd.

An application by Lee Roy and Antonia Marimon for (1) a special use permit to operate a Bed and Breakfast in the existing two unit structure and (2) a temporary conditional use permit to use the existing barn for events such as weddings, birthdays, and other social events, on premises located at 8441 Chestnut Ridge Rd.

Persons wishing to appear at the hearing may do so BUT ONLY BY participation in the Zoom Teleconference. For log-in details, contact the town of Royalton.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Roy-Hart planning survey

Roy-Hart stakeholders, the following questionnaire is designed to assist the Roy-Hart Planning Committee in developing a strategic plan. Please answer it when you get a chance. It's a brief one.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Drone demonstration at Roy-Hart


GHD employee Micah Santos (far right), contracted by FMC Middleport, offers instruction on a drone flight demonstration to Michelle Parker (far left), Royalton-Hartland High School technology teacher, and students (from center left to right) Tyrek Wright and Christopher McCullum, as part of FMC’s effort to better acquaint interested Roy-Hart teachers and students with this evolving technology.  Micah is a technologist and lead remote pilot for the GHD Aerial and Ground Intelligence Team. Drones are being used increasingly for commercial and consumer purposes, especially aerial photography. Michelle currently teaches a technology class at the high school and will be teaching a class section on drones in the upcoming school year.

Outdoor classrom gets grants

Roy-Hart received $1,000 in grants from Exxon and Crosby's that will go towards the outdoor classroom at the Elementary School

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Hartland town hall notice


On Tuesday, December 22nd the Town Hall will be once again be locking our doors for public access. Due to the recent increase in Covid 19 cases and for the health and safety of our residents and employees we feel it necessary to continue business on an appointment only basis. We encourage everyone to please use the drop box located in our parking lot. If you find you need in person assistance please call the Clerk's office @ 735 7179 to schedule an appointment.

Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask and be safe.

Thank you for understanding and stay well.

Supervisor W. Ross Annable