Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cuomo releases school aid budget

Last night, the Governor's office released his budget proposal including school aid. Roy-Hart is slated to receive under Cuomo's proposal $13,709,217 in formula-based aid plus another $1,197,557 for the Smart Schools initiative. 

USJ introduces new reporter

If you're looking to have something newsworthy covered by the Union Sun & Journal, they have a new reporter on the Royalton beat -- Tim Fenster:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Summer Sizzler 2017

In celebration of Royalton's 200th anniversary -- and of the Summer Sizzlers of yore -- there will be a Summer Sizzler at Terry's Corners this year on Saturday, July 22nd.

The bands are...


There will be a huge beer tent, a collection of food trucks, a $20,000 raffle, and a VIP tent.

Admission to the event is free.

Monday, January 16, 2017

FMC's Kloda appointed to NSC board

Roberta Kloda, Environmental, Health and Safety manager for FMC’s Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council.

The nation's leading safety advocate for more than 100 years, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization of more than 55,000 members with the mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

Dr. Kloda has more than 10 years of environmental, health and safety knowledge and a strong background in heavy industrial manufacturing. She leads the safety and health programs for the FMC Middleport plant and also manages environmental requirements and waste reduction projects.

She 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. Dr. Kloda, a resident of Lewiston, also serves on the Board of the Western New York Safety Council.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Royalton calendars

The town of Royalton bicentennial calendars are in! In the calendar there are over 100 old time pictures from around the town. They will be available starting Monday at the following places... Middleport Village Hall, Royalton Hartland Community Library and at the Royalton Town Hall. The price is only $6.00. If you want one mailed to you the price will be $8.00 each. Send check or money order payable to Royalton Bicentennial Committee. Send it to Middleport Village Hall, Attention Christa Lutz, PO Box 186, Middleport, NY 14105.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bad Ash BBQ opening in February

A BBQ joint in Gasport? Our quaint burg is becoming a little more perfect. The good people at Bad Ash BBQ -- which has been a popular food truck in the area for a few years now -- are opening their first brick and mortar restaurant, right here in Gasport. They are taking over the facility that once housed Gina's, Talk of the Town and the Gasport Diner. They announced today on Facebook that opening day is Wednesday, February 8th, with hours of 11:00 to 9:00. You can follow them on Facebook at:

Free prom dresses in Gasport

Do you know a family member in financial need who might find it difficult to send their daughter to the prom this spring? There is help available. Read on...

Becca's Closet was created as a legacy to Rebecca Kirtman and the project she created prior to her passing in 2003. Becca's Closet donates formal attire to high school girls with financial need who otherwise would not be able to attend their schools' military balls, homecomings and proms. Their mission is to continue her vision and dream of helping others. You can learn about Becca's Closet here:

The Women Helping Others organization at Zion Lutheran Church in Gasport opened a chapter of Becca's Closet in 2015 and they have hundreds of slightly used or new prom dresses to distribute at NO COST to girls in need in the area.

They will be distributing the dresses (sizes 0 to 26, with accessories) from Zion Lutheran Church on these dates....

Tuesday, February 21st from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wednesday, February 22nd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, April 8th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

If you have any questions or are in need of a dress, please schedule your appointment by contacting Paula at or 716.957.8157.

This is yet another example of the excellent local missions conducted by the good people at Zion.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gasport Fire Company Raffle

The Gasport volunteer fire company will be holding a raffle on February 18th. This is a critical fundraiser for this critical service. Tickets can be purchased from any Gasport fire member or at Drum Oil and Standish & Jones.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gasport bingo

The good people at Gasport Chemical Hose have a new bingo schedule underway. Here's a peek at what they are offering:

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

A successful Gasport Lions mitten tree...a wonderful light-up Gasport event by the Gasport Beautification Committee...Pack 18 bringing Christmas to a family in need of support...Zion Church's shoebox Christmas bringing gifts to children around the world...the Gasport food pantry keeping families fed for the holidays...a packed house at Christmas at the Barn at Becker Farms. These are just a few of the things that show that while we might be a small community, we've got big hearts. Thank you to everyone who makes Gasport so special and lives by the meaning of the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas, everyone...may your day be chock full of awesome memories!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Pack 18 makes a difference on Christmas

Watch this story from WIVB -- this is why I love Scouting. Scott Schultz exemplifies the Scouting Way. Under his leadership, Cub Scout Pack 18 of Gasport brought Christmas to a young Lockport family who lost their husband & father to cancer last month. You can rest assured America's future is in good hands when leaders like Scott instill love of community and fellow man into today's youth.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas with Zion

Pastor Rodney Klinzing and the Zion Lutheran Church will be celebrating Christmas at these services:
Christmas at the Barn: 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve at Becker Farms

Christmas Eve Service: 7:00 PM on Christmas Eve at the Church

Christmas Eve Late Service: 11:00 PM on Christmas Eve at the Church

There are no services on Christmas day.

The entire community is welcome to attend any of these services!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Roy-Hart update


Lead testing at Roy-Hart

As an outcome of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, the New York State legislature passed a bill requiring schools to check all drinking water systems for lead. Roy-Hart recently conducted the tests and here are the results (the document opens as a PDF):

Monday, December 12, 2016

Gasport man charged with killing infant son

It would be nice if we could only publish good news on this page, but Gasport is not immune to the ills of society....WIVB reports on a Gasport man charged with killing his baby:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Scott Brauer featured in Buffalo News

In last week's outdoors page for the Buffalo News, Bill Hilts, Jr. offered a primer on ice fishing -- and who better for him to use as the centerpiece of the article than Gasport's ice fishing guru Scott Brauer.

Here's the article:

Light Up Gasport

The Gasport Beautification Committee's annual Lighting of the Tree and Community Christmas for the Children will be on Sunday December 11th from 4-6pm at the Gasport fire hall. Santa will be there, along with crafts for the kids, refreshments, and a large basket raffle. There will be horse and wagon rides and the lighting of the tree. The committee is still accepting donations of new unwrapped toys along with basket raffle items. Items can be dropped off at Drum Oil. Contact Margie 628-7273 to arrange pick up or bring to the firehall the day of event between 2 & 4 pm.

Monday, December 5, 2016

10th 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 our community.

Last Tuesday, the Mitten Tree went up.

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

Here’s how it works…

There is a tree is located out front of the Gasport post office at the corner of Main Street and Route 31. New this year, are trees located at the Middleport Post Office, Drum Oil, and the Roy-Hart Schools.

Take a mitten from the tree 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 one of the drop off sites listed on the mitten. 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 2, 2016

Christmas at the Schoolhouse

Christmas at the Schoolhouse will take place this Sunday the 4th at the town of Hartland's cobblestone schoolhouse at Carmen and Seamen Roads. Festivities begin at 11 a. m. and run until 3 p. m., with a ham or turkey dinner ($9 adults, $4.50 children), raffles, a bake sale, and Christmas music.