Thursday, February 4, 2016


Congrats to Roy-Hart senior Emma Lindke on her NCAA Division 1 soccer scholarship from Niagara University.

The report from the Orleans Hub:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


If you've lived in Gasport for any length of time you've no doubt been touched by the love of the Brown family. Regina Brown was a long-time teacher at Roy-Hart and her daughter Jennifer Perkins is following in her foot steps.

They've suffered a loss as Mr. Brown has passed away. He, like his wife and daughter, was a loving soul to area youth as a coach, mentor and church leader.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family -- they're good people.

Dennis Edward Brown, age 65, of Gasport, passed into the everlasting arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, February 1, 2016. He was born on July 15, 1950 in Buffalo. Denny is the son of Julia (Martelli) Brown and the late Robert E. Brown.

Denny was a graduate of Royalton Harland Central School and attained his Associates Degree from Niagara County Community College. He married Regina A. Scott on June 10, 1972 at Hartland Bible Church. He worked for Fisher Price Toys in Medina.

Denny enjoyed spending time with his loving family, his church family, and friends. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, football, and baseball. He especially loved coaching and umpiring girls' softball. Also, he enjoyed being a youth director of Christian Junior Astronauts with his wife for 43 years at Hartland Bible Church – where he was a Deacon and Elder for many years.

Denny is survived by his loving wife and soul mate: Regina (Scott) Brown, children: Jennifer (Gerry) Perkins and Ann (Jordan) Branch, grandchildren: Reanna Perkins and Jordana Branch, Mother: Julia (Martelli) Brown. Brother of Linda (Stephen) Walsh, Kathy Coughenour, the late Deborah (Debbie) Brown, the late David Brown, and the late Anne Brown. Sister-in-law, Nancy (Roy) Alvord. Uncle of Lisa (Amel) Jowdy, Tom (Stephanie) Alvord, Felicia Coughenour, Michele (James) Kennedy, Richie, David, and Michael Wisniewski. Great Uncle of Zachary, Nicholas, Madelyn, Sarah, Joshua, Amel, Madelynne, Evan, TJ, Noah, and Taylor. Also survived by Aunt Carmela Martelli of Tonawanda and several cousins.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial celebration of life on Friday, February 5 at 5:00 p. m. with Rev. Jonathan Goodwin officiating. A private burial will be arranged at the discretion of the family at a later date.

Memorials to the Hartland Bible Church would be appreciated by the Brown Family.

Arrangements by the Bates Wallace Heath Funeral Home, Middleport, NY.



Gasport Chemical Hose is having their annual Hawaii raffle on Saturday, March 5th from 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM at the Gasport fire hall. Food is served until 4:30 and the drawings are completed by 5:00.

Tickets are $25 each. To buy one, see any Gasport firefighter. Tickets also can be purchased at Drum Oil. Bell jar tickets will also be available during the raffle. Need not to be present to win. There will also be side raffles too. Come out and support the fully-volunteer Gasport Fire Company.

There are only 777 tickets sold.

For more information or a complete list of terms and conditions, please contact the Gasport Fire Hall at 716.772.7751.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Yesterday, the Niagara USA Chamber announced their distinguished honorees that will be recognized at the Chamber's annual dinner on March 18th at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Among the honorees 6 organizations or individuals being awarded is Gasport's own Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards.

Congratulations on the much-deserved honor!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


The Niagara History Center is taking applications to fill two student positions funded by the Grigg Lewis Foundation Workership Program at the museum this summer. The grant will support the student positions of a registrar assistant and an office assistant. Both staff will work from late May to mid-August, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

The registrar assistant will be supervised by the curator and executive director and will work at the 215 Niagara St. museum complex and Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., both in Lockport.

This person must have good organizational skills, Microsoft Office program knowledge and aptitude for customer relations. This individual should also be highly motivated, have phone skills and multi-tasking abilities. The registrar will need to learn Erie Canal history to assist the education curator with school tours of the Flight of Five Locks restoration on site. In addition, the candidate will need to learn use of the History Center’s Past-Perfect museum software.

The office assistant would work primarily at the 215 Niagara St. site but also at the Erie Canal Discovery Center and Bond-Hawley House, 143 Ontario St. in Lockport.

This individual should possess good organizational, customer relations and phone skills, Microsoft program knowledge, multi-tasking ability and ease in speaking before a group. The assistant will be required to assist in interpreting the Flight of Five Locks restoration for visitors when others are not available. The audience would include tourists and locktenders.

Both positions will also include light housekeeping and assisting with moving light objects, such as books and artifacts, writing, filing, copying and working in the museum gift shop.

Summer is particularly busy at the History Center, with many additional visitors and research requests. Both positions will enable staff to be more responsive to visitors’ needs. The diversity of duties and skills in our non-profit museum setting offers students many opportunities for new learning experiences.

Eligible applicants must be students currently enrolled in college or accepted for college this fall, and must be residents of Eastern Niagara County. Applicants cannot be a close relative of a History Center staff or Board member.

Interested students should contact the History Center for an application at 434-7433 or email

The Grigg Lewis Workerships are intended to provide financial assistance to local college students, allow institutions to expand summer programs and provide meaningful summer experiences to participating students.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Check out this WIVB report about a car accident that occurred on Dale Road, just south of Humphrey Road, overnight...


Zion Lutheran Church in Gasport has a brand new website. Check it out at:

Sunday, January 24, 2016


The 45th annual Installation Dinner of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company, Ladies Auxiliary and Exempts was held recently to induct the 2016 officers and present awards.

The report from the US&J:


The Royalton-Hartland Board of Education has been presented with a proposal to host a BOCES personal training program at the high school. Details at the Lockport Union Sun and Journal's website:

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Applications are now being accepted for the position of Library Clerk at the Royalton Hartland Community Library.

Hours: Approximately 4-10 hours per week, consisting of evenings and Saturdays.

Candidates must possess excellent customer service skills and demonstrate a comfort with new computer skills and technology programs. They’re on the lookout for someone with a cheerful outlook and a passion for libraries!

Education: candidates must have a High School diploma.

Duties include staffing the Circulation Desk, patron registration, issuing, renewing, discharging and shelving library material, as well as other related tasks. Training will be provided. Additional consideration will be given to those with proven interest and experience in social media, teen programming or bookkeeping duties.

Qualified candidates’ resumes and cover letters must be received by 4pm on Saturday, February 6th by email to the Director ( or by mail to the Royalton Hartland Community Library, 9 S. Vernon St., Middleport, NY.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $11.00 /hour


The Royalton-Hartland Central School District has been overtaxing residents for years, creating a surplus far larger than allowed by law, according to an audit released Thursday by the State Comptroller's Office.

Details are available at the Buffalo News:

Friday, January 22, 2016


Thursday's Lockport paper featured a cover story about the PARP program at Roy-Hart and how the elementary school students celebrated it by soaking the principal with paint on Wednesday.

PARP's special event -- a family fun night -- takes place at the Elementary School tonight.

Here's the US&J article:

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Today I broke up the monotony of a winter day by taking the lil' one for a hike on the Hartland Nature Trail. You can tell by the tracks in the snow that it's hardly been used lately, which is's really a nice little spot and a hike is a great way to get kids away from video games, phones and the TV. Here's a 2014 nature column I wrote looking at that under-appreciated trail:


Roy-Hart is looking to fill an anticipated vacancy for School Business Administrator...

Friday, January 15, 2016


Becker Farms is hosting a Valentine's Dinner on Saturday, February 13th with eight scheduled seatings from 5:30 to 9:00.

$75 includes food and a bottle of wine for two


Appetizer (choose one)

Cheese Plate for Two: A local selection of cheeses, fresh fruit, candied walnuts, and crispy flatbread.

Baked Flatbread: Crispy flatbread topped with a sweet cranberry compote, crumbled goat cheese, and candied walnuts.


Grilled Chicken and Fettuccine: Grilled chicken marinated in balsamic over fettuccine in a fresh tomato bruschetta.

Braised Short Ribs and Creamy Grits: Short Ribs and root vegetables braised in Vizcarra Pinot Noir over creamy grits.

Portabella Napoleon: Herbed marinated portabella mushrooms stacked high with layers of quinoa pilaf and a fresh pesto sauce.


Chocolate Molten Lava Cake: Hot chocolate molten lava cake with pecan vanilla ice cream and a salted caramel sauce.

Pre-Pay online by clicking the link below or reserve your seats over the phone at 716-772-2211 ext 106 Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Some Roy-Hart sixth graders are collecting hats & gloves for children in need. The report from WIVB....

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Do you have 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 last year 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....

Friday, February 19th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 20th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

If you 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.