Thursday, February 16, 2017

The impact of BOCES and FFA at Roy-Hart

The importance of BOCES programming and the Future Farmers of America Club were discussed as the Royalton-Hartland Board of Education heard presentations from several visitors at its Feb. 9 meeting.

The US&J report:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Roger White's obituary

Roger White found eternal rest on Sunday February 12 after a courageous battle with sarcoma cancer He was surrounded by family and friends, under the care of Hospice.

Born December 31, 1950 to the late Raymond and Betty Sechler White. He is survived by his wife Beth (Miller) White, daughter Amy (John) Seefeldt and son Scott (Lisa) White. Also survived by grandchildren Emory, Sydney and Meghan Seefeldt and "Grand-dog" Ruger. Also survived by sisters Sandra (Robert) Kelley and Joanne (Herb) Goodenough. Sister in Laws, Pamela (William) Korff and Cheryl (James) Felvus as well as several nieces and nephews.

Roger was a dairy farmer who also served on various farm committees. He was the vice president of Milk for Health and a director for the American Dairy Association. He previously served as secretary and vice president of Niagara Milk Producers. He served on the Farm Bureau Board as well. He was a member of Gasport Lodge F&AM, Ames Chapter RAM and Lockport Eastern Star.

Roger loved his family and worked with them every day. Roger loved sharing his farm with others. Nursery school and Leadership Niagara were yearly tours. Anyone who stopped in was welcome even from Australia and India. He welcomed riders when he was working and explained how things worked, especially with family members.

Calling hours will be Thursday February 16th 7-9 and Friday February 17th 2-4 & 7-9 at Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, Genesee St Lockport. Services will be held Saturday at February 18th 2017 at 11:00 in the Covenant United Church of Christ, Main St Gasport. A Masonic service by the Gasport Lodge F&AM will be held Friday evening at 8:45 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Covenant Church or Niagara Hospice.

A cute Valentine's wedding in Gasport

Yesterday, WGRZ was in Gasport to cover a really cute Valentine's Day story. Two residents of Absolut Care got married --- a 91 year old groom and his 78 year old bride:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Roger White's calling hours

Calling hours for Roger White are at Prudden & Kandt, 242 Genesee Street Lockport. Thursday 2/16 from 7-9 and Friday 2/17 from 2-4 and 7-9. The funeral service is Saturday 2/18 11am at Covenant Church in Gasport.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Roger White has passed away

Yesterday, the Gasport community lost one of the REALLY good guys -- Roger White of Gasport View Dairy Farms. Roger was always quick with a smile, and he had a vibrant love for family, farming and community. He was also the perfect ambassador for agriculture -- for many years he welcomed every Leadership Niagara class to the farm to meet his family and interact with the animals and the operations of the farm. By doing so, he opened up the eyes of HUNDREDS of leaders to the wonders of farming, the wonders of Gasport, and the wonders of family.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Baseball/softball sign-up

Royalton-Hartland Youth Baseball/Softball sign-up will take place on Saturdays in February -- the 11th, 18th, and 25th -- from 10:00 AM till noon at the Middleport fire hall. For information about the leagues, costs, and registration visit their website at:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tiger Hale GoFundMe page

Many of you are familiar with Keith "Tiger" Hale, a longtime member of Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company who also served as an EMT with Rural/Metro. He recently had a medical setback and his leg was amputated below the knee. His friends have set-up a GoFundMe page to help with his medical costs

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Social media gun scare at Roy-Hart

Royalton-Hartland School officials had a scare today as a student sent a Snapchat image of a gun with the words “Don’t come to school”. The WIVB report:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Main Street development

In a lot of communities, economic development is only done when governments buy up properties or pour tons of money into them with grants and loans. Here in Gasport we are blessed with people who conduct economic development the old fashioned way -- with entrepreneurial spirit. This property on Main Street is the latest to be added to Dominick Ciliberto's portfolio. It will be interesting to see what the young man does with it. This property has housed the Main Street Station restaurant, a chiropractors' office, and a tutor.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Saplings for sale

Every spring the Niagara County Soil & water Conservation District sells DEC-raised saplings for local residents to plant for use in conservation projects and lawns. Over 60,000 trees are distributed across the county on an annual basis. The trees will be available in late April but you have to order them before March 1st.

It's a really great program for two reasons...

1) It gives you access to many different species of trees and shrubs suitable for a wide variety of soil. So, there are trees available for any conservation project you may have like creating a hedgerow, planting foodstuff for birds & mammals, starting a woodlot, stifling erosion, improving your lawn and more.

2) It's cheap. You could never buy these types and amounts of trees from nurseries or online without paying an arm and a leg. These trees are a great buy.

The order form is available in their Winter 2017 newsletter which can be downloaded here:

Roy-Hart retirements

The Lockport Union Sun & Journal is reporting that Carol Blumrick, Debra Holahan and Carl Husung will retire from Roy-Hart at the end of the school year.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Terry's Corners spaghetti dinner

Do you live in the Terry's Corners fire district? If so, they would like to meet you! Come on down to Terry's Corners for a FREE Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, January 29th 2017 at 4:00 PM.

They are trying to bring the Fire Hall back to being the center of the community like it once was. So, visit them to see what they are all about, what they do, how they raise money,
and learn about the benefits to joining the fire company as either a Firefighter, Auxiliary or as a social member on Team TC -- all while filling your appetite.

Please RSVP by Saturday the 28th so they can make sure to get enough food.
To RSVP, fill out the online form here:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mrs. Bridge has passed away

Long-time Royalton-Hartland residents will remember Mrs. Bridge who taught at our schools for 40 years before retiring in 1985. Mrs. Bridge passed away a few days ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and former students.

Her obituary:

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.