Sunday, November 29, 2015


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.

On Tuesday, the Mitten Tree will be going up.

This is the ninth 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.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Are you getting a tax rebate check from the state?

If you are enrolled in New York's STAR program you will get a property tax rebate check if your school district stayed under the property tax cap. Your rebate will also depend on local government compliance with the cap. Additionally, your school district must have had an efficiency plan approved by the state, which demonstrates that they are working to reduce the amount of taxes they levy.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle's database regarding all of this, Gasport residents from Hartland or Royalton will be getting a full rebate check. If you have a Gasport zip code but live in the town of Lockport, your check will be smaller.

Here's the D&C's database:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year...many people return to their hometowns for family get-togethers and the Wednesday before the big dinner represents a great time to catch up with old friends.
There's a perfect venue for such celebration in Gasport.

Becker Farms is celebrating with live music from Dave Stockton, drink specials, and food specials! Come reacquaint yourself with friends and family at the farm!

Check out their Special Thanksgiving menu....

Cheddar Beer Dip with Soft Pretzel Sticks $8.50
Warm Bavarian pretzel sticks and a sizzling hot, cheesy dip made with Big Ditch Excavator and sharp cheddar

Seasonal Cheese Plate
A selection of three cheeses crafted by local artisans with local walnuts, seasonal fruit, and crispy flatbread
Half- serves 1 to 2- $8
Full- serves 3 to 4- $16

Spicy Meat Poutine $11
Oven roasted red potatoes smothered in homemade spicy meat sauce and topped with First Light’s herbed cheddar cheese curds.

Chicken Quesadilla $10
Hand pulled chicken sandwiched between cheddar and mozzarella cheese and house made pico de gallo.

Apple and Cheddar Panini $10
Becker Farm’s fresh apples, cheddar cheese, and house made hot pepper jelly on grilled sourdough, served with sweet potato fries.

Becker Burger $13
Hand pressed 1/3# local hamburger from Hartland Abattoir, topped Becker farms produce. Ask server for this week's selection.
*Plain hamburger or with cheeseburger with side is available for $10.

Chilli Cheese Dog $8
All beef chilli smothering a grilled Sahlen's hot dog. Served with fries.

Here's the Facebook event page:


When out Christmas shopping this long holiday weekend, 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., flowers and special gifts at the Flower Barn & 1864 Boutique, 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.


On November 24, 2015, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Lockport arrested 32 year old Samuel A. Figueroa of Lockport, New York for an investigation that was conducted in the Town of Royalton.
Figueroa was charged with Assault 1st and Assault in the 2nd. The charges stem from two separate incidents that occurred in the Town of Royalton between August 9, 2015 and October 22, 2015. Figueroa admitted he kicked a 22 month old child in the back portion of her body while caring for the child at his girlfriend's residence.  Figueroa also injured the child's ribs after disciplining the child. The child sustained broken ribs and other internal injuries due to these incidents.
Figueroa was arraigned in the Town of Lockport Court and remanded to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.  He is scheduled to return to the Town of Royalton Court on December 3, 2015.


On Friday, former Gasport resident (now Maine resident) and 1990 Roy-Hart grad Naya Clifford (formerly Tracy Ellen Sharp) will be at The Book Shoppe on Main Street in Medina from 2:00 to 4:00 to sign copies of her book “Into the North Woods.”

The book's description as noted by the publisher..

In this exceptional debut novel, "Into the North Woods," Naya Clifford takes the reader on a suspenseful adventure across the crest of the Appalachian Trail, into the lives of a local family thrust into the center of an environmental controversy. Set against the back drop of the majestic White Mountains, a college student and his girlfriend meet Striker, an iconic environmental activist. Together they descend into radical fanaticism fed by pseudo-scientific internet sites that propel them to the edges of violent extremism. Naya Clifford’s compelling narrative explores how the path from simple belief to terrorism grows unfettered in isolation. You will cheer on the Atwood family as they take a stand for their heritage and discover the strength of community in action and stand firm against extremist beliefs.

The current tide of extreme religious and political movements occurring world-wide should be of interest and concern to all of us who share this world as an environmental community of living beings. Naya Clifford explores the pernicious fealty of radical fanaticism and persuades us to remember that all life matters. "Into The North Woods" was conceived by the author as an allegory to explore how initially compassionate well-meaning people are swept up into violent movements, through isolation within their own self-selected groups, inspired through like-minded internet sites. Into the North Woods explores conversations about environmental action, racism and religious radicalism in the center of small town America.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Airmen in the 419th Maintenance Group welcomed a new commander, Col. Brett Newman, during a ceremony earlier this fall. He is a 1983 graduate of Royalton-Hartland Central High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1987 from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Newman will lead nearly 270 reservists assigned to the 419th MXG, which includes the 419th Maintenance Squadron and 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. He is responsible for all facets of F-16 maintenance, and ensures aircraft and personnel are ready for worldwide deployment. He will also oversee the wing's conversion to the F-35A alongside the active duty 388th Fighter Wing.

"I tend to stick to taking care of the three P's: people, planes, and processes," Newman said during his remarks. "If we don't take care of the people, the planes can't work and there's no need for processes."

Prior to this assignment, Newman commanded the 445th Maintenance Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

To learn more about the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, visit their website at:

Monday, November 23, 2015


Award-winning Gasport artist Kathleen Giles is holding open houses in her studio every Saturday through December 19th.

Here's the report from the Lockport Star:

Friday, November 20, 2015


The Gasport Community Food Pantry and Clothing Closet serves Gasport and the adjoining communities.

It is hosted by Zion Luthern Church at 4447 Central Ave. in Gasport and is open the fourth Saturday of each month from 10am till noon

Eligibility: Must be a resident of the communities that generally encompass the Towns of Royalton and Hartland

Fee: None

Intake: On your first visit, please bring the following:

• ID
• Proof of residency (utility bill, landlord statement, etc.)

Services: Distribute a three-day supply of food on the fourth Saturday of the month. Additional distribution available in emergency situations. Holiday food baskets also available. The Clothing Closet distributes new and gently used items for those who need it.

The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet is made possible by the generous donations from the following groups and organizations:

Royalton-Hartland Teachers Association; Ladies Auxiliary of the Gasport Chemical Hose; Hartland Conservation Club; Roy-Hart Elementary School; the Absolut of Gasport; the Gasport Lions Club; Covenant United Church of Christ; Hartland Bible Church; Hartland United Methodist Church; Zion Lutheran Church; Royalton United Methodist Church; Becker Farms; local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops; local 4-H Clubs; and generous donations from individuals celebrating birthdays and holidays!


The Royalton-Hartland Board of Education will be looking into the possibility of adopting the use of a video conferencing or "telepresence" device into the district's classrooms.

Check out the US&J report here:

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Royalton-Hartland High School is pleased to announce that senior Benjamin Bacon has been selected to the All-State Wind Ensemble. He will participate in a concert held at the acclaimed Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY during the annual Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to be held from December 3-6, 2015. Those chosen to participate in an ensemble at this conference represent the best high school musicians from all of New York State as determined by previous NYSSMA solo festival scores and teacher recommendation.

Benjamin, a talented trombonist, is one of just a few Roy-Hart students to achieve this level of musicianship and the only student ever to make an All State ensemble in both his junior and senior year, having performed with the All State Symphonic Band last year. He performs with the Roy-Hart High School Concert Band and pit orchestra as well as the Sanborn Fire Company Band.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


The Town of Royalton Historical Society will have their next meeting at Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Rd, Middleport. It will be this Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 1:00. This will be a get together to share ideas for upcoming meetings, dates and times. This will also be their annual Thanksgiving pot luck luncheon. They ask that everyone bring a dish or dessert to share. They will be providing beverages and the main dish. The fact that most of us will be eating turkey the following week they will probably do something other than turkey, more than likely ham. Please call Jennifer Bieber if you are able to attend. You do not have to be a member to attend. ALL ARE WELCOME!! 716-735-7335.


Join Terry's Corners for their New Year's Eve Party! $50 per person includes a Premium Dinner buffet provided by Donna Eick's, open bar, and entertainment by Beamin' Sounds Entertainment. Tickets are available online at, Durfs Tire / MJ auto care (Rt 31, Gasport), and Olear's Inc. (Rt 77, Gasport). If you have any question please call Shelly at 716.213.3755.

This is a 21 and over event.

All online ticket sales will be held a by the last name of the card holder as a reservation at the door. Please print your emailed receipt for Proof of Purchase.

Monday, November 16, 2015


Pack 18 Cubmaster Scott Schultz led 22 cub scouts (and assorted parents and siblings) over the past two Saturdays, distributing flyers and collecting non-perishable food goods in Gasport. They nearly tripled the amount of food they collected in last year's "Scouting for Food" campaign: The pack collected and the giving residents of Gasport donated 587 food items that are being added to the Gasport Community Food Pantry that is hosted by Zion Lutheran Church. A big "thank you" to these awesome scouts and our great community!


The railroad crossing on State Street in Gasport (near the split by Hartland Bible Church and the town park) is closed until Wednesday afternoon. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015



A live musical version of the holiday classic "It’s A Wonderful Life" will be presented by the Lake Plains Players at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Royalton-Hartland High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and children.

The Facebook event page is here:

You can buy tickets in advance online:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 6369 Wolcottsville Rd, will be holding a Hunters Breakfast on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  This will be a freewill offering.  All are welcome!