Saturday, December 20, 2014


New York's high school graduation rate improved slightly to 76.4 % last year, even with higher learning standards, education officials said Thursday.
Roy-Hart showed major improvement. Its mark of 85 % was higher than the 77.4 % of a year ago.

Read the Lockport Union Sun and Journal's report on local results here:

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Roy-Hart’s Future Teachers Club will be reading children’s books and playing Christmas music again this year in the Community Room at the Royalton Hartland Community Library on Saturday, December 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community members are invited to attend this annual event that takes place at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

Local residents have enjoyed this free and fun holiday celebration hosted by students from the Royalton-Hartland Central High School for the past several years. The Future Teachers Club members look forward to this festive community event which is a great time for anyone, at any age, who loves Christmas to come and listen to holiday music and stories.

There will be coloring and activity sheets for the children and everyone can enjoy the delicious holiday treats and cider that will be served. Children can even bring their own favorite Christmas story for the Future Teachers to read aloud. The Community Christmas at the library is a great opportunity to hear the Christmas classics once again.

The future teachers from Roy-Hart hope to see lots of local residents including singles, families, adults and children at their annual Future Teachers and the Community Christmas event.

For more information, please call 716-735-3281, or visit the Royalton Hartland Community Library at 9 Vernon St., Middleport, NY, or find more information on the library’s website at


If you'd like to be entertained and experience the joy of the holiday season, attend the annual Sunday School Christmas Pageant put on by the children of Zion Lutheran Church at the Church's 10:30 AM service this Sunday, December 14th.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


The last day to hand-in toys for the annual mitten tree toy drive is Monday, December 15th.

Monday, December 8, 2014

FMC Grant Helps Start-Up of Roy-Hart Schools FFA Chapter

FMC Supports Roy-Hart FFA Chapter.  FMC Community Liaison Jessica Heideman (second from right) oversees the presentation of a grant check from FMC Corporation supporting the start-up of the Royalton-Hartland Schools chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Accepting (from left to right) are Diana O'Rourke Daigler, chapter co-advisor, Nathan Grant, Megan Blackburn, chapter president, Becca Albrecht, Jesse Wilcox, chapter sentinel, Emma Halstead, chapter vice president, Ian Becker and (far right) Carolyn Waters, chapter treasurer.

MIDDLEPORT, N.Y. –  FMC Corporation, which operates the Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport, has awarded a $4,500 grant to help with the start-up of a chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for the Royalton-Hartland Schools.

The grant, one of three made nationwide to FFA chapters in each of the company’s Agricultural Solutions plant communities, illustrates FMC’s commitment to investing in farming’s future by supporting youth agricultural education.

"To continue America's leadership in agriculture, we need to engage students now," said John Kasper, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America commercial business director.

"FFA prepares students for more than 300 careers and reaches more than 600,000 members,” Kasper said. “Our support can make a positive difference in the lives of many young people who will be the future scientists, business leaders and educators in global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource industries."

FMC’s support is aimed at helping expand students’ interest in science and agriculture by engaging with FMC visiting scientists and developing vital career skills through participation in career development events.

“The students are very appreciative to FMC for their generosity in this grant that will directly benefit the students in working towards the goals they have established,” said Megan Blackburn, FFA Roy-Hart Chapter president, and Emma Halstead, chapter vice president.

In addition to the grants, FMC is co-sponsoring the national FFA Agriscience Plant Systems Research Proficiency Award. This award recognizes student research covering the life cycles, classifications, functions, and practices of plant systems related to crops, turf grass, trees and shrubs, and/or ornamental plants.


Light Up Gasport Christmas Party hosted by the Gasport Beautification Committee

Free Fun for the Whole Family!

When: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Place: Gasport Firehall
Time: 4:00pm

Festivities will include: Santa Claus, Music, Caroling, Decorating and Lighting of Community Christmas Tree, Basket Raffles and more!

Last year 85 kids participated and every one of them went home with a gift thaks to donations from the community and local business.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Are you racking your brain trying to figure out what to get a loved one for Christmas?

I suggest these books steeped in Gasport history....

Back in 2010, Frederick Fierch of Middleport, in conjunction with Arcadia Publishing, released a pictorial book, Images of America: Royalton, Hartland and Middleport that features a great collection of awesome pictures highlighting our community's history.

This book is available online at Barnes and Noble for $16.99 (plus taxes, shipping) at:

Another Gasport-themed book that would make a great Christmas present is the 2012 release by retired DEC officer, former Roy-Hart wrestling coach, and former Royalton supervisor Dick Lang.

It's an easy and fun read that's a collection of adventures from his days with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Entitled "Behind The Badge: My Life as a Game Warden", the 368-page tome is described as follows:

Whoever thought conservation work could be so exciting! After 34 years as a New York State Environmental Conservation Officer, Dick Lang has more stories than could fit into any one volume. Join him as he watches a fellow officer give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a deer, runs high-speed chases after dark, moves a cougar in the patrol car, finds a skeleton in the trunk of a car, and many more fun stories. Told in Dick’s comfortable, easy-to-read style and embellished with photos and illustrations, this is a book that will appeal to all ages and is a tribute to the dedication of our Environmental Conservation Officers, regardless of which state they patrol.

You can find copies of this book for $17.28 on Amazon:

Another excellent book is 2003's "Gasport Girl." It's an enjoyable read and I strongly suggest Gasport residents get a copy to get a feel for the village's history during the World War II era.

The book is a memoir of sorts by Jean Lang who used to write for the Henrietta (NY) Post. She gives accounts of the summers and holidays of her youth that were spent with her grandparents in Gasport.

This book is getting difficult to find. It is no longer available online through Trafford Books. Your best bet is to check out local bookshops or antique shops in hopes of stumbling on one. Also, peridoically check eBay.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


When you’re out and about shopping for Christmas, please extend your giving beyond your family. Please buy a gift for a needy child in Gasport.

The Mitten Tree is back this year.

This is the eighth year for this awesome program that is run by the Gasport Lions Club.

Here’s how it works…

The tree is located out front of the Gasport post office at the corner of Main Street and Route 31.

Take a mitten from it and give a gift that is appropriate to the age/gender of the child noted on the mitten.

Attach the mitten to the unwrapped gift and drop it off at Absolut Care or Drum Oil (they have drop boxes) or at the Elementary School (under the tree in the lobby). The Lions Club will distribute the gifts in time for the holidays.

It’s extremely important that the community supports the Mitten Tree. The economy is still  a little messy, unemployment (and underemployment) is still high, and we need folks to help those who are struggling.

Please participate and make Christmas a little better for a child – maybe even your neighbor – who is in need. That’s what the holiday is all about.


The codification of the Town of Royalton's records is complete.  Here is the link to look up general information, local laws and ordinances:

Monday, December 1, 2014


It’s movie time at the Monday, December 8 meeting of the Royalton Hartland Library’s Book Club when the group will watch “The Pilot’s Wife”. The made-for-TV movie is based on the 1998 bestseller by Anita Shreve about a young American widow’s discovery that her husband was living a second life with another wife and two children who live in England.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., which is an earlier than usual meeting time for the group due to this special viewing of “The Pilot’s Wife,” which will be shown at 7 p.m.

Interested residents and prospective new members are always welcome to attend the meetings of the Royalton Hartland Book Club. During the meeting, the members choose the book that they will discuss at the following meeting and a wide variety of genres are always considered.

For more information about the Royalton Hartland Book Club and the library’s other programs please call the library at (716) 735-3281. Additional details can be found online at the library’s website at .


Santa Claus will be visiting the Royalton Hartland Community Library on Thursday, December 4 from 7 to 8 p.m.  Everyone is invited to come and see Old St. Nick at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

While Santa is at the library, children will be able sing a Christmas song with him, which is one of Santa’s favorite holiday things to do.  After visiting with the children in the group, Old St. Nick himself will read a Christmas story at about 7:15 p.m.

Following the story and song, children will be able to sit on Santa’s lap so that parents can get a photo. There will be a small candy treat for everyone from Santa, as well as wrapped books for the younger children.

To complete this holiday celebration with Santa, Christmas cookies will also be served.

For more information, please call 716-735-3281, or visit the Royalton Hartland Community Library at 9 Vernon St., Middleport, NY, or find more information on the library’s website at

Sunday, November 30, 2014


The town of Royalton will have a public hearing at 7:00 PM on December 8th to consider two laws...

Local Law 4 of 2014, known as "Private Driveway and Covert Installation of the Town of Royalton", would amend Local Law 2 of 1991. It would prohibit concrete structures in the town's right-of-way and require permits for all driveway work done in the right-of-way.

Local Law 5 of 2014, known as "Dog Licensing and Control in the Town of Royalton", would amend Local Law 3 of 2010. This would change the 5-day hold to a 3-day hold before the Town's Dog Control Officer can transfer the dog to the SPCA or rescue group. 


If you heard a boom and felt the earth shake yesterday evening, you weren't alone. A lot of people experienced what was a small earthquake at that time --- epicenter: Lockport

The report from the East Niagara Post:

Friday, November 28, 2014


When out Christmas shopping, don't forget to "buy local." Help keep money in Gasport, drive our economy and support your neighbors by buying wine at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, candy/jelly/honey at Schwab Farm Market, cheeses at Teacup Farm, meats at Hartland Abattoir Corp., Christmas items at Always Christmas, everything under the sun at Standish-Jones Building Supply and anything else you can think of at any number of local businesses.


Yesterday's fire at a barn on Wruck Road destroyed that structure. Here's the report from East Niagara Post:

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Hartland and Gasport fire have been dispatched to 3876 Wruck Road for a barn fire. Animals inside. Owners not home. Totally involved per firemen on site. Middleport has also been dispatched. House is in danger of catching -- just 20 feet from fire.

Monday, November 24, 2014


Becker Brewing at Becker Farms is having their annual Thanksgiving Eve celebration from 7:30 PM till midnight Wednesday. There will be live music with Dave Stockton and Pocket Change. Enjoy your favorite locally-brewed beers and Estate produced wine and their new BBC Traditional Hard Cider. They also have a full bar and drink specials.


Family Travel Forum (FTF), the award-winning resource for family vacation planners, in association with Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism (I LOVE NEW YORK) congratulates the winners of the 2014 ILNY Teen Travel Writing Scholarship.

Designed to promote teen literacy, the merit competition challenged students to blog about what they love most about New York State, with college grants to be awarded for the top three teen writers.

According to Gavin Landry, Executive Director of Tourism at Empire State Development, “We love the idea of young voices in the market promoting New York State Travel. There is so much to see and do in our amazing state, and so many life-long memories to be made for young people traveling with friends and their families.”

Judging was done by FTF and I LOVE NEW YORK staff, the Society of American Travel Writers, and Eileen Ogintz, author of “The Kids Guide to New York City.”

Submissions ranged from tales of hiking the Adirondacks, to swimming in the Finger Lakes, to visiting grandparents along the Erie Canal, and to the excitement of Times Square.

They congratulate the winners of the ILNY Teen Travel Writing Scholarship, one of three merit scholarships offered this year by Family Travel Forum that drew more than 2,000 applicants. They encourage the young authors to continue exploring New York State and sharing their great travel adventures and memorable experiences.

1st Place, or $1,000, went to Samantha Carney, Age 15, Gasport.

Her winning entry -- entitled  Escape Into Letchworth: Sehgahunda, “Vale of Three Falls”--- can be seen here:


The Lockport Union Sun and Journal's has published these season previews for Roy-Hart basketball...