Sunday, December 10, 2017

Why the Erie Canal is full again

Many are wondering why the Erie Canal filled back up with water. That is the Canal Authority's way of checking the success of repairs and maintenance on various culverts. It's a sort of lesson learned from the 2016 situtaion when the Hulberton culvert received a needed repair in June (something should have been inspected and addressed earlier in the year). That repair closed the canal for an expanded period and it had a major impact on local communities during the Canal's tourism season.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Light up Gasport & Christmas Party

Light up Gasport & Christmas Party

Free Fun for the Whole Family

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Place: Gasport Firehall
Time: 4:00pm

Festivities will include: Santa Claus, Music, Caroling, Decorating and Lighting of Community Christmas Tree, Basket Raffle, Hot Chocolate, Christmas Cookies, Apple Cider and Sleigh rides!

All proceeds go to the Gasport Beautification Committee to help support this event and decorating of Main St. Gasport.

For more information about this committee please contact committee member Debbie Babcock at 417.0718.

Monday, December 4, 2017

11th 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 is up and you have until December 14th to donate.

This is the eleventh 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.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Looking for photos of any Ruthven Kill paintings

The late Ruthven "Bud" Kill took up painting when he retired from farm & orchard work and he painted many pictures of Gasport scenery, including this of my house, done when he was was in his 80s in the 1980s. I'm curious how many other locals might have farm scenes and Erie Canal scenes that he painted. If you have a Kill original,email me a photo that I can share here. My email is

RIP Steve Harrington

Earlier this week, Steve Harrington passed away while deer hunting off Royalton Center Road in Gasport.

The news of his passing is saddening. Steve was one of the really good guys. I know that sentiment is thrown around a lot when people pass but it certainly rang true with Steve. His love of life -- and people -- was outstanding and contagious.

I enjoyed his visits to my office a few times a year when he'd be out and about looking for sponsors, and then giving updates to those sponsors, for the Erie Canal Derby. He always brightened up the day with his smile and that hearty laugh of his.

It was that Derby that showed how special Steve was. His goal with the event the past 27 years was to do everything he could to get families outdoors together. Where better than the Erie Canal -- a body of water that was instrumental in our history and one that has an unprecedented amount of accessibility. He saw the value of that public asset in getting kids interested in the outdoors and in spending quality time with their parents, making a lifetime of memories. The Derby has been a success because Steve put his heart into it.

The community has lost a wonderful man.

RIP, Steve.

Here is Steve's obituary:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

DEC makes arrest

The DEC arrested a hunter in Royalton who had an illegal rifle, a woman's hunting license, and a crack pipe:

NCSO report about Gasport hunter's death

Press release from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office regarding yesterday's situation:

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a hunter had fallen from a tree stand in the woods behind 4562 Royalton Center Rd.

Emergency units from Gasport Chemical Hose Volunteer Fire Company, Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company, Mercy Flight, Niagara County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police responded to the scene and located the male lying unresponsive at the base of his tree stand. Unsuccessful life saving treatment was given to the 68 year old male at the scene where he was pronounced deceased.

Initial investigation indicates the male appeared to suffer from a medical emergency while up in the tree stand and then fell from the tree stand to the ground. Niagara County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Bureau is continuing to investigate the incident.

The victim's name will not be released at this time pending notification to his family.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gasport hunter needs EMS

There is currently a fire/EMS call underway (morning of November 29th) to Royalton Center Road for a hunter who had cardiac arrest and fell from his deer stand. Terry's Corners ATV has been called into use, patient is a ways back in the woods/field.

How to help the Seibs

There are two ways you can give help to the Seibs who lost their home in yesterday's fire..

Hartland Bible Church on West Ave. in Gasport will be accepting donations from 9am until 7:30pm today (Wednesday the 29th). They are asking that only gifts of cash and gift cards be given at this time. Should specific needs arise the Church will inform us at that time. Pastor Jon asks that you fervently commit Doug, Lorna, Eliza, Ella and Lucaiah in your prayers!

A charity page has also been set-up online here:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fire destroys Royalton Home

Such a sad thing to happen to such good people (Doug and Lorna Seib and their kids). Anytime this happens it's horrible, but especially so during the holidays...
On November 28, 2017 at 1404 hours, the Niagara County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from an occupant of 8448 Bunker Hill Road stating that she saw flames in the residence and that alarms were going off. She was instructed that everyone should leave the house immediately.

NCSO units arrived and found the rear of the residence fully engulfed by flames. The reporting person was the only one home at the time and was able to escape to safety with the family dog.

Wolcottsville Fire Company responded to the scene. They were assisted by several Fire Companies which are listed below. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the three adults and two children displaced by the fire. The two story structure and contents are a total loss.

The investigation will be conducted by Niagara County Cause and Origin.

Pistol recert outreach

There is so much confusion about the pistol permit recertification process that the Niagara County Clerk's Office is holding a public meeting in Gasport this Wednesday.  It will be held at 7:00 PM at the Hartland Town Hall on Ridge Road. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Buy local this Christmas

When out Christmas shopping, 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, gift certificates to our dining establishments and anything else you can think of at any number of local businesses.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dr. Kloda is named FMC's plant manager

Dr. Roberta Kloda, a resident of Lewiston, NY, has been named manager of FMC’s Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport.

Dr. Kloda has more than 10 years of environmental, health and safety knowledge and experience and a strong background in heavy industrial manufacturing. She previously served as Environmental, Health and Safety manager for the FMC Middleport Plant where she also managed environmental requirements and waste reduction projects. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council and on the Board of the Western New York Safety Council.

Dr. Kloda received a Doctorate in Leadership and Policy from Niagara University, and a Master’s in Public Health and Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Recombinant Gene Technology from Western Kentucky University.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Covenant United Church

Michelle's Memorial 5K Run

The goal of Michelle's Memorial is to provide a scholarship at Royalton Hartland for graduating Seniors, encourage sports in our community as well as offer the remembrance of Michelle Bewley (Schuler) who, in 2006, passed away at the age of 29 in a car accident.

The goal is to reward a student that took part in music and sports, excelled academically and portrayed a whole lot of heart both on and off the field, just as Michelle did.

The 6th annual Michelle's Memorial 5k will take place on Saturday, November 18th at 9:00 AM at the fire hall in Middleport. Registration begins at 8:00 AM.

For more information, visit Middleport's website: