Friday, August 29, 2014


Earlier this year, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County announced its first annual photo contest. The entries needed to be photographs of Niagara County with the theme "A Good Thing Growing: Celebrating Niagara County Agriculture". Voting by the community (in person at the fair and by Facebook "Likes") decided the winning photographs.

Chaya Shepard of Gasport was the big winner. She had photos that got her both first place and second place!

Photographed above is Chaya with her photos. Chaya has been a 4-H member for 6 years and has been named one of their 2015 4-H Royalty.

For more information about CCE Niagara, visit


A month after switching the day and time of the monthly board meetings, the school board has decided to switch them back to where they were.

Here's the Lockport Union Sun and Journal's report:

Thursday, August 28, 2014


The Royalton-Hartland school board meets tonight at 8:00 at the High School media Center.

The agenda and associated documents can be downloaded here:

The entire packet is 43 pages long, so watch your data usage on your wireless service.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


There's never a lack of fun things to do and produce to enjoy at Becker Farms in the fall. This article by Paula Thompson discusses all of that:

Monday, August 25, 2014


On September 20th, Chestnut Ridge Equestrian Center will be hosting their 9th annual Saddle Up for Roswell event.

This is a wonderful horse show where the riders raise money for Roswell. The day benefits cancer research and patient care in Western New York at Roswell park Cancer Institute.

The Chestnut Ridge Equestrian community is passionate about cancer, a cause that has touched so many in one way or another. They are proud to partner with Roswell Park to assist those who face this disease. Over the past 8 years, they have raised over $103,000.

In order to continue this special event, they are seeking both in-kind and monetary donations. They also sponsor a basket raffle at the event. Donors would receive exposure on many levels from hundreds of participants, ads in the newspapers, TV spots, links with USEA (United States Eventing Association) and USDF (United States Dressage Foundation).

For more information please contact Megan Gamin, Co-Chair of Saddle Up for Roswell, at (716) 772-7703 or

To donate to Roswell Park Cancer Institute on behalf of this event, make checks payable to Roswell Park Cancer Institute and send to: Chestnut Ridge Equestrian Center, Saddle Up for Roswell, 7913 Chestnut Ridge Road, P.O. Box 372, Gasport, NY, 14067.

Information for participants and donors can be found on the Equestrian Center's website:

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center. The Institute was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or e-mail

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Sunday, August 24 from noon to 4:00 the Town of Royalton will be holding their 2nd Annual Community Day.

The event will take place at Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Rd, Middleport. The local Fire Departments, Wolcottsville, Middleport, Terry's Corners and Gasport will be showing off their trucks and equipment as well as providing information about membership and fire safety.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office will have the Mobile Command Center set up from noon until 2:00 for anyone who would like to tour.

The Town Historian, Jesse Bieber will be in his office to share photos and information as well as the Town Clerks office will be open to answer questions and handing out tourism information. Local organizations, groups and businesses will be set up.

They will be giving away pop and hot dogs to all who stop by. Any local Royalton Business, group or organization can still sign up and set up a table at no cost, by simply calling Jennifer Bieber, Town Supervisor, at 716.628.0179.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Royalton Hartland Book Club Discussing “The Age of Miracles”
Bestseller that portrays fictional future is the topic of August 25 meeting

Julia is a quiet girl who listens carefully. She has a lot to process as the earth’s rotations slow, the days and nights get longer, and the whole world changes. And that doesn’t include her parents’ dissolving marriage, the loss of old friends and a grandfather convinced that the government is taking over.

This fictional future and its challenges are captured in the book “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker, which will be discussed at the August 25 meeting of the Royalton Hartland Community Library Book Club. The group will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

The story’s narrator, Julia, a ten-year-old from the suburbs, opens up in Walker’s book to describe how she adjusts to the new normal through a world changing event they call “the slowing”.  The book, a New York Times Bestseller, depicts how life goes on even in times of profound uncertainty.

The members of the Royalton Hartland Book Club meet monthly to discuss a wide number of literary selections and a variety of opinions and new members are always welcome.

Interested readers are invited to attend this month’s meeting, or any of the future meetings at the library, which are posted online at

Please call the library at 716-735-3281 with any questions or for more information.

Monday, August 11, 2014


A soil sampling event will be conducted by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) at the Royalton-Hartland Central School District property in Middleport to evaluate soil conditions on this property.

The school yard has been sampled before and a partial soil removal was performed in 1996 and 1999 in the vicinity of the football field. This additional sampling is necessary to fully define the extent of the arsenic contamination on the remainder of the property and to determine exactly what needs to be removed to completely address the school property.

Please use this link to view a fact sheet about the upcoming soil sampling event:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Niagara County Safety and Crime Awareness Day will be held at Hartland Volunteer Fire Company, 8945 Ridge Road on September 6th from noon till 9:00.

They will have free food and drink and  things for all ages to do.

Among the booths:

1. Middleport Hartland and Gasport Block Club Council
2. Red Cross
3. Catholic Health will have Cholesterol and blood pressure testing for free at 2:00 PM to 6:00pm
4. Blood Drive Noon to 4:00 PM- UNTYS
5.Crusade Against Impaired Driving
6. Car Show from Noon to 8:00 PM
7. NYS Department Of Environmental Conservation (DEC)- Spill Team and Environment Conservation Officers
8. Hartland Volunteer Fire Company
9. Niagara County Haz-Mat Team
10. State Police-Rollover & Fatal plus Vision Goggles from NOON - 5:00 PM
11. State senate candidate Gia Arnold

Information tables:

1.American Lung Association
2.National Fuel- weatherization kits containing vinyl foam weather seal, window insulation kits, outlet seals, air deflectors and a large can of Great Stuff Foam
3. Dale Association
4.(Take 25) From National Center For Missing and Explored Children
5. National Crime Prevention Council

Friday, July 25, 2014


The Hartland Fire Company bike rally will be held on Saturday, August 9th at the fire hall starting at noon. There will be live music all day, food, cold beer, a bike rodeo and a burnout contest with $300 for first place. For more information call Barb Mongeon 716.308.7301

Monday, July 21, 2014


Building off of the excitement and love of community that was made evident at the town of Hartland's 200th birthday celebration in 2012, the town will be holding a special Community Day on Sunday, August 10th. The event will be held from 1:00 till 4:00 at the Hartland Town Park, just behind the Hartland Fire Hall.

There will be entertainment provided by local musicians, fresh produce from Hartland farmers and handmade crafts. As for refreshments, the snack pavilion will be open and an ice cream truck will be on-site.

Hartland residents interested in setting up a table for their produce, craft or community organization  should call the town hall at 716.735.7179.

Friday, July 18, 2014


We are sorry to report that John Schnabel, the man who was at the controls of the July 5th plane crash at the Royalton airport, passed away on Wednesday from internal injuries sustained in the crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

His obituary:

Schnabel, John Arthur; March 11, 1936-July 16, 2014; beloved husband of Karole (nee Piper) Schnabel; loving father to John (Birthe), Jeffrey (Jaime), James (Bodil), Kay Marie (Richard) Kassel and Jack (Kim) Schnabel; cherished grandfather of John, Jr., Christopher, Sarah, Adam, Michael, Mary, Maxwell, Evelyn, Caroline, William, Thomas, Joseph and Alex; son of the late John and Casimera Schnabel.

John was a 1954 Graduate of Lafayette High School, 1958 Graduate of Buffalo State College, longtime member of the West Side Rowing Club, he served for 39 years in the U.S. Military which included 4 years U.S. Navy Reserve, 13 years U.S. Marine Corps, 22 years U.S. National Guard and had 30 years service at American Airlines as a captain.

The family will be present Saturday and Sunday from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner Hopkins Road) where prayers will be offered on Monday at 9:15 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM from St. Pius X Church.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014


The town of Royalton Highway Department will be paving Ernest Road today, between Gasport Rd and Royalton Center Rd. Anticipated opening back up around 4:00 today. During paving, the road will remain open to EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY


“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Anaya Mathis Topic of July 28 Book Club Meeting

The Royalton Hartland Book Club will discuss the plight of Hattie Shepherd, the main character of “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Anaya Mathis at their Monday, July 28 meeting at 7 p.m. at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

The story begins in 1923 when fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd leaves Georgia to go north as part of “The Great Migration” that took place between the 1910s and the 1960s. The fictional story tracks Hattie, one of the 6 million African Americans that moved north during this movement, as she settles in Philadelphia for what she hopes is a brighter future. Hattie’s hopes fade as she experiences a series of disappointments, all of which harden her resolve as well as the way she raises her children.

This Roylaton Hartland Book Club’s selection for their July meeting written by first-time author Anaya Mathias’ has been named NPR’s Best Book of the Year and a New York Times “Notable Book”.

The members of the Royalton Hartland Book Club meet monthly to discuss a wide number of literary selections and a variety of opinions and new members are always welcome.

Interested readers are invited to attend this month’s meeting, or any of the future meetings at the library, which are posted online at

Please call the library at 716-735-3281 with any questions or for more information.


This event will take place at East Amherst Fire Hall at 9100 Transit Road, beginning at 9:00.


Last year, Chris Kelley started an endeavor to restore and recreate tractors, engines and sprayers that were manufactured by Friend Mfg. Co., which once was a very large manufacturer in Gasport.

In celebration of Friend and other antique farm equipment, Chris and Becker Farms are hosting the second annual Friend Fest on August 10th, in conjunction with Becker's 120th anniversary celebration.

Among the highlights is an antique tractor ride that will lead a procession of tractors from Becker Farms to Gasport View Dairy on Mountain Road and back.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014