Saturday, September 20, 2014


The Hartland Volunteer Fire Department is holding its annual chicken barbecue fundraiser from noon Sunday until the food is sold out at the fire hall, 8945 Ridge Road. The price of a dinner is $9 and takeout will be available.

Friday, September 12, 2014


All I can say is "wow!" Domstock once again kicked butt in securing donations for charity. This year's event garnered $11,000 for the Alzheimer's Association of WNY. Kudos to Domstock organizer Dominick Ciliberto, his fellow volunteers & sponsors and all race participants.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Sky watchers in Gasport should be on the lookout for northern lights this weekend. We have a very good chance of seeing them. Check out for details

Friday, September 5, 2014


Dominick Ciliberto, the young buck behind All Metal Works and Petunia's Pizzeria, is hosting his 6th annual Domstock 5K Run and Pig Roast this Saturday, September 6, 2014.

The day starts out with a scenic 5K Run that begins at the corner of East Avenue and Bolton Road and proceeds along the historic Erie Canal, looping through residential neighborhoods. The race ends at the All Metal Works office on Bolton Road where medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of our specified age groups.

After running in the event you can enjoy great music with his live bands that will be playing throughout the day and evening. There will be a pig roast (bought from the local 4-H fair program), side dishes and plenty of refreshments.

Whether you are looking for a challenging run or to enjoy the day and evening with friends and family, they invite you join us on September 6th in Gasport, New York to support a wonderful charity!

The event is sponsored by All Metal Works Inc., A Superior Concrete, ABC Rental, Comtec, Cragco, Inc., F. Rehm, Jerry Gradyl Motors, KJ Motorsports, Party Tyme Catering, Petunia's Pizzeria and "Tent"-atively Yours. 100% of monies raised from the event will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY.

The registration fee for 5K Run, T-Shirt and Pig Roast is $35.

Registration for Pig Roast Only: $20

You can register online here:


Here's a nice feel-good story to close out the week: Roy-Hart fifth grader Molly Russell has donated 123 pairs of sneakers to those in need. Read the report here:

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.