Thursday, May 19, 2022

Perkins is an all-time great

Reanna Perkins, a senior at Roy-Hart is a superstar.

She's lights-out from the mound: 1.51 ERA, 150 strikeouts.

She's deadly at the plate: .632 average, .686 on-base percentage, 1.658 slugging percentage.

Wow.

https://www.lockportjournal.com/sports/high_school/roy-hart-softball-ready-to-vanquish-past-postseason-pitfalls/article_47de9695-a2bd-56a9-a2c6-09d6d2c0a2c0.html?fbclid=IwAR1Jz3tU4YVvNuE70qEd1ngtx8NiwWUX0fXlvu3c4XBaGSMXIzrR4XjNyvc

Upcoming dates at Roy-Hart

 


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Results of school budget/board vote

 

VOTING RESULTS


Proposition 1 (2022-2023 Budget) Passed


Yes  419


No   142


Proposition 2 (Use of Capital Reserve for Equipment) Passed


Yes  477


No    88 


Proposition 3 (Fund Repair Reserve) Passed


Yes  455


No   105


Proposition 4 (Community Library Funding) Passed


Yes  415 


No   143


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Board Members (3)

Brandi Silsby 291

Jesse Snyder 289

Sara Fry 239

Nicholas Mark 223

Brian Sullivan 211

Allen Griffith 117

Cassondra Long 116

Diana Daigler 97  






Friday, May 6, 2022

The "Hit List"

Authorities were called to the Middle School on Tuesday after a seventh-grade student was found in possession of a list of names in a notebook that had been titled “Hit List.”

https://www.lockportjournal.com/middle-school-hit-list-found-at-roy-hart/article_1e44ade1-f6ff-5f70-902e-f2223624957c.html

Monday, May 2, 2022

Norma Wollenberg has passed

Norma Wollenberg passed away last week at 95 years of age. Through the years, she did A LOT to celebrate and recognize the history and people of Gasport and Royalton. RIP.

Here is Norma's obituary:

Norma Jean Wollenberg, 95, passed away on April 28, 2022. She was born in Lockport, NY on Oct.5, 1926, the daughter of the late Frederick A. And Eldia Arns Zimmerman. Her husband 0f 49 years, Carl W. Wollenberg was the Director of the Physical Plant Facilities at Niagara Community College, deceased in 1998.

She is the loving mother of Bryan K. Wollenberg of Middleport. Residing in the Gasport area most of her life, she was a graduate of the last class of the Middleport High School (1944).

A cosmetologist and beauty salon owner for 50 plus years, she was a graduate of the Robert’s School of Beauty Culture and the Robert Fiance Hair Design Institute of New York City.

Through the years she and her husband were active in many community events in the Royalton area.

Her library and love of History and Genealogy brought forth interest and membership in numerous Historical Societies. Among the highlights in their life of volunteerism was the chairing and co-chairing of the ceremonies held at the Town of Royalton Bicentennial and the Gasport Sesquicentennial celebration in May of 1976 with the dedication of the art sculpture “Flame” in the park by the Erie Canal at Gasport, NY.

The Town of Royalton Historical Society’s interest in procuring recognition for the Royalton native Belva A. Lockwood, who ran for President if the United States, not once but twice 1884,1888 on a U.S. Postage Stamp resulted in a four-year campaign. It was successfully completed with a First Day of Issue Ceremonies in Middleport, N.Y in June 1986.

She was a past Matron and life member of the Gasport Chapter O.E.S.#153 with 72 plus years of membership. Her membership in the Covenant United Church in Gasport covered many years.

A sister Phyllis A. George of Rice, Texas predeceased her.

She is survived her son Bryan Wollenberg (Cathi McCaa), a niece Vicky Young of Rice Texas and a nephew James George (Sheri) of Garland Texas.

There will be no calling hours. Private graveside services will be held at Acacia Park Cemetery in N. Tonawanda.

Memorials may be contributed to the charity of one’s choice.

Norma’s arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St. Middleport.

To share a special memory of Norma, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Gasport Lions cash raffle

 


Victim of car crash identified

 




 

 

The Niagara County Sheriffs Office has identified the victim of Wednesday morning's one-car motor vehicle accident in Gasport as Emory Seefeldt, who was just 18 years of age.


Emory had long worked at Gasport View Dairy with his family, the Whites.

You might remember Emory being highlighted on this page a few years ago when radio host Bob Lonsberry, during a live broadcast from the State Fair, had interviewed for 10 minutes Emory and his mom Amy. That interview perfectly showed the passion that Emory had for farming and family.

Our heart goes out to his family and friends. RIP.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Jonesie has passed




Roy-Hart alumnus Gary Jones has passed away. As the lead of Jonesie and the Crusiers, he was a vital part of the community in Niagara and Orleans Counties. He performed in front of, and brought good times to, hundreds of thousands of people through the years, and he and his bands entertained at countless fundraisers that benefited all.
RIP


Gary E. “Jonesie” Jones passed away April 18, 2022. Born June 14, 1946 in Lockport, he was the son of Edward F. and Eleanor (Bistoff) Jones. Jonesie was a graduate of Roy-Hart, Class of 1964. He served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1968 and was a member of the United States Air Force Band. Since 1979, He worked for Strate Welding Supply, where he was a manager. He was best known as a musician since 1968, singing with Rotary Bed and then Jonesie & the Cruisers. Jonesie was an avid fan of both the Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees. He loved watching races at Ransomville Speedway and riding his motorcycle with friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his infant brother Edward F. Jones, Jr.

Jonesie is survived by his wife Tina L. (Barrancotta) Jones; children William E. (Julie Fumanti) Jones, Nadine (Michael) Pantano, and Ashley Jones; grandson Michael Pantano, Jr.; siblings Richard (Anne) Jones, Judy Jones-Bell, and Robert (Debi) Jones; also several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call Thursday, April 21st from 4-7 PM in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport where funeral services will beheld Friday, April 22nd at 10 AM. Interment will be in Cold Springs Cemetery. Visit pruddenandkandt.com.

 

Friday, April 8, 2022

Vacanti to highlight Salt and Light Festival

The Salt & Light festival in Gasport this July will have a singing competition judged by Lockport's Joshua Vacanti (he of "The Voice" fame) who will provide a concert after the contest. Registration is now open to contestants



FMC update

This link opens a fact sheet that provides an update about the environmental cleanup status for the FMC Corporation – Middleport Facility site within New York’s State Superfund Program:


https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/932014update0422.pdf

Dr. Stopinski is moving on to Depew

 

From the Superintendent's Desk

Roy-Hart Community Members,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that effective June 30, I will be resigning my position as the Royalton-Hartland Central School District Superintendent of Schools.

On Tuesday, July 1, I will begin the next step of my career as the Superintendent of Schools at the Depew Union Free School District.  Between now and then, I will offer my assistance to the Board of Education as they transition to their new Superintendent.

Over the past four years, we have collectively completed the goals that the Board of Education requested of us.  We have made significant progress in the areas of school safety, academics, finance, facilities and more.  Together, we have improved our schools with a 12.1 million dollar capital improvement project, invested over 1.7 million dollars in our STEAM and Agriculture programs with public and private investments and have made annual capital outlay projects that have improved many aspects of the schools.

I am proud to share that we have been able to develop a long-range financial plan, aligned our curriculum, completed a District Strategic Plan, and will soon complete a long-range Facilities Master Plan for the District that will guide its work for over 10 years.  We have navigated over two years of a COVID-19 pandemic and will invest over four million dollars to close the learning gaps and support students in need that were impacted by the pandemic.

During my time in Roy-Hart, I have enjoyed the athletic competitions, music performances, the musicals, awards ceremonies, reading to our elementary students and time spent with my student advisory committee.  Being present at the recognition ceremonies for our students and staff, attending sectional, regional and State championships have been truly enjoyable for me.  I appreciate the amazing work of the administration, teachers, and staff. The support from the Agriculture Foundation, Sports Booster Club, Music Parents and PTA, and all our parents and community members have offered over the years is a testament to the Roy-Hart community.  I will truly miss you, and the memories will last forever.

Once again, thank you for your support over the past four years.

Sincerely,

Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools