Friday, September 20, 2019

Caroline Stoddard Go Fund Me campaign

The Stoddard family of Middleport could use the community's help to bring veteran and Roy-Hart alumna Caroline Stoddard home. She was electrocuted in a small town just outside Cancun, Mexico. Sixty percent of her body is covered in 2nd and 3rd degree burns. The family needs to bring her back to the states to get the medical care and family support she needs. She can't be transported via a commercial airline, so the Go Fund Me campaign would help fund an air ambulance:

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Splash pad to close for season on 9/22

From the Town of Hartland's facebook...

Well Hartland, this summer has been amazing! The weather was great, our Recreation program was fun filled and the Splash Pad was a big hit. However, Fall is quickly approaching bringing our summer fun to a close. That being said, this will be our last weekend for the Splash Pad ending our water fun for this year. It looks like we will have beautiful weather in the 80's so this will be your last chance for some "Fun in the Sun" to Splash! Enjoy everyone, we will see you in the Park next year

8th annual Michelle's Memorial

The goal of Michelle's Memorial is to provide a scholarship at Royalton Hartland for graduating Seniors, encourage sports in our community as well as the remembrance of Michelle Bewley (Schuler) who, in 2006, passed away at the age of 29 in a car accident.

The scholarship rewards a student that took part in music and sports, excelled academically and portrayed a whole lot of heart both on and off the field, just as Michelle did.

The 8th annual Michelle's Memorial 5k will take place on Saturday, November 16th at 9:00 AM at the fire hall in Middleport. Registration begins at 8:00 AM.

Runners who register by November 1st will receive a free pint of syrup from Wolf Maple Products. 

You can register here for $20:

You can also register the day of the event for $25.

For more information, the Michelle's Memorial Facebook page can be liked here:

The Facebook event page for this year's event is:

For questions about sponsoring, volunteering, donating or running, please contact Brooke Gypson at

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Quaker settlements in Niagara County

If you like history, a recent Niagara Discoveries column in the Lockport paper looked back at the Quaker settlements in Niagara County, including those in Hartland:

Canal bridge needs help

A significant number of bridges statewide and in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area are rated in poor/structurally deficient or fair condition, according to a new report from TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, DC.

Bridges that are rated poor/structurally deficient have significant deterioration to the major components of the bridge.

TRIP's report lists 25 Buffalo-Niagara Falls area bridges with the lowest average rating for deck, substructure and superstructure.

One Gasport bridge shows up on that list: the Slayton Settlement Road bridge over the Erie Canal, which comes in as the 24th-lowest rated bridge in the region.

The full report can be downloaded here:

Thursday, September 12, 2019

What's happening at the Park?

Many people, including yours truly, have been wondering what project was underway at or around Royalton Ravine Park with the massive culverts that were recently stored on site and the opening of the access road to the north of the old Gasport reservoir where Red Creek flows through.

I reached out to Niagara County today and below is the response from Garret Meal, Commissioner of Public Works. I appreciate what he and his team are doing to maintain the integrity of Gasport Road and the creek.

Here's his response:

The work that you are seeing is repairs to the culvert carrying Gasport Road over the creek. The original stone arch bridge was constructed around 1915, the culvert was extended both east and west in the 1950’s using steel plate arch pipe to raise the profile of the road. This culvert was showing signs of age and was damaged in a few spots, requiring repairs.

In order to fix this situation, we installed a continuous liner pipe through the entire length of the culvert and filled the annular space between the old and new pipe with concrete grout. This liner pipe is what you saw stored at the park. This project will provide a permanent fix to protect the road.

Gottman gets 100 career wins as a coach

Gasport's own Mike Gottman is doing awesome things coaching high school football in Florida:

Open house pic

Open house was at the elementary school in Gasport last night. We're big fans of Royalton-Hartland School District superintendent Dr. Stopinski. He's a great guy whose vision, leadership, collaboration and actions are perfect for our school and community.

Gasport's old playground

Yesterday, my daughter asked me if the big playground was there at the Elementary School when I was her age. Nope. That got me thinking -- do you remember the play area at Gasport Elementary back in the day? It was where the BOCES wing is now. It was bare bones -- swings and a metal slide, a set of steel monkey bars to the north, and best of all, that simple area of play and hanging out that consisted of a half dozen maple trees in a circle around an area so worn down -- and shaded -- that grass would never grow, like a little dust bowl. Ah, the good ol' days!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sportsman's dinner with Lance Krueger

Hartland Bible Church at 8110 West Ave. Gasport will be hosting a Sportsman’s Dinner with special guest Lance Krueger on October 18 from 6-8:30PM. Program includes dinner, giveaways and a presentation by one of the top whitetail deer photographers in the world.

Lance's knowledge of the Whitetail is sure to both educate and inspire as this world class photographer shares some of what he has learned over his past 25 years as a wildlife photographer.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity and join HBC October 18th to hear from one of the most decorated wildlife photographers of our time.

Don't wait to secure your ticket as space is limited. Tickets are available for the suggested donation of $10.

Follow this link to secure your ticket online:

The Facebook event page is: