Sunday, May 20, 2018

Roy-Hart color run

The Roy-Hart color run is a high energy, fun-packed family friendly 5K event. It will be held on Saturday, June 9th at Royalton Ravine Park. Color packet and t-shirt (t-shirt guarantee only when registered by 5/18) included in registration. Registration day of event starts at 8:15 and ends at 8:50. You may register at now.

The PTSA will be holding in person registration for the color run in the middle school this Monday the 21st during lunch time 10:30-1 for anyone who would like to sign up. Cash,credit and check are all accepted. Any questions the student have can also be answered. Any questions parents can contact Casey Pearl @ 716-446-3633 or

The Facebook event page for the color run is:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spaghetti dinner Tuesday May 22

The next All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the 2018 Salt & Light Festival is Tuesday, May 22nd, from 4 - 7 pm at Solid Rock Church, 8590 Rochester Road, Gasport. All You Can Eat for Donation! Take-out Available too!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Buffalo News highlights Canalside Inn tweet to Geraldo

I like that my suggestion to Geraldo Rivera to try a Canalside Inn beef on weck in Gasport while touring the Erie Canal made it into the Buffalo News' report on his trek across the state

Roy-Hart budget vote

Proposition 1 (2018-2019 Budget) Passed
Yes 218
No 64

Proposition 2 (Establish Capital Reserve Fund) Passed
Yes 216
No 64

Proposition 3 (Increase funding for the Royalton Hartland Community Library) Passed
Yes 210
No 73

Board Members
Chad Owen 236 votes
Carrie Choate 228 votes

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Geraldo is touring the Canal

Keep your eyes open for Geraldo Rivera in the coming days. He and his brother Craig are taking a tour of the Canal and then heading on through Lake Erie to Cleveland. They just passed through Schenectady today. I sent him a tweet that said he should dock here in Gasport and grab a beef on weck at the Canalside Inn. It's great to see a wonderful recreational asset like the Erie Canal gets some national publicity.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Destination Imagination

The US&J looks at the adventures -- and fundraising efforts -- of Missing Marbles, the local Destination Imagination team who are heading to the global competition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Roy-Hart 2028

Kudos to the school district for launching the Roy-Hart 2028 initiative. It's nice to see long-term planning for addressing the needs of students, families, and the economy:

Monday, May 7, 2018

Troop 18 clears out towpath

A big thanks to Troop 18 for cleaning up the Erie Canal towpath in Gasport!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Capital reserve item up for vote

Proposition 2 on next week's school budget vote: Shall the following resolution be adopted? RESOLVED, that the Board of Education (the "Board") of the Royalton-Hartland Central School District, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans Counties, New York (the "District") is hereby authorized to establish a capital improvements reserve fund pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law of the State of New York (the "Fund"); that the Fund shall be known as the "Capital Improvements Reserve Fund, 2018" of the District; that the Fund shall be established for the purpose of financing, in whole or in part, the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, expansion, renovation, alteration and improvement of buildings, facilities, sites and real property by the District, or the District's share of the cost of any capital improvements project undertaken by a Board of Cooperative Educational Services ("BOCES") of which the District is or may be a component district, including, in all cases, the acquisition of necessary furnishings, equipment, machinery and apparatus; that the ultimate amount of such Fund shall be not greater than $6,000,000 (plus interest earned thereon); that the probable term of such Fund shall be not longer than ten (10) years; and that the permissible sources from which the Board is authorized to appropriate monies to such Fund from time to time shall be (a) unappropriated fund balance of the District, (b) State aid received as reimbursement for expenditures by the District in connection with District capital improvements (whether or not such improvements were financed in whole or in part from the Fund), (c) the proceeds from the sale of unneeded District real or personal property, and (d) such other sources as the Board or the voters of the District may direct from time to time.

Library item up for vote next week

Proposition 3 during next week's school budget vote asks: Shall the funding for the Royalton-Hartland Community Library which is raised by annual levy of a tax upon the taxable real property within the Royalton-Hartland Central School District be increased from $103,000 to $105,000?

Next week's school budget vote

In a letter to residents posted on the School District website, Superintendent Hank Stopinski writes the following about next week's budget vote:

The school board is presenting an expenditure budget of $25,593,606 which represents a 5% increase in spending compared to 2017-2018. The budget proposes a 2.2% increase in the tax levy. This is the third consecutive year in which the proposed increase is below the allowable levy increase (under the New York tax cap).

The proposed budget includes the inclusion of a full-time Superintendent of Schools, the increase of a .5 FTE music teacher to a 1.0 FTE and the inclusion of a 1.0 FTE Agricultural Education Teacher. In addition, we are proposing to fund several improvements to our athletic program, curriculum and general facilities needs.

As part of our 2018-2019 budget, the District is planning a small Capital Outlay project of $100,000 as permitted by New York State. The process is simplified and is included in the proposed general fund budget. The current proposal is to improve the facilities and grounds at the elementary school.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Gasport man drives 2 hours to work every day

People fall in love with Gasport so much, they'll do anything to stay here -- even commute two hours to work. Erie, Pennsylvania's newspaper looks at the travels of Tim Harvey, a man who does just that:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Erie Canal Derby lives on

Lynn Harrington stopped by my office today. I'm so glad she's keeping the beloved Erie Canal Fishing Derby alive in memory of her husband Steve who passed away last fall. She has even rebranded the derby as the Stephen C. Harrington Memorial Erie Canal Fishing Derby. Be sure to support this event as a sponsor or angler -- it's a wonderful family-friendly activity that is now in its 28th year. It's made so many memories for so many families through the years.

Here's the US&J's report on how the Harrington family is keeping it going:

Monday, April 23, 2018

New B&B in Gasport

The owners of Graestone Manor on Root Road announced on Twitter last week that they are transforming the home into a bed and breakfast with soft opening that will occur in the next few weeks with the official grand opening to take place July 1st. In the meantime, they feature ghost hunts, paranormal expeditions, seances and tarot card readings:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018