Monday, October 14, 2019

Fundraiser dinners this week

You don't have to cook dinner most of this week. There are five fundraising meals on tap this week in Gasport.

Tuesday: There will be spaghetti dinner from 4 - 7 pm at Solid Rock Church 8590 Rochester Rd. Cost is a donation -- whatever you see fit. Proceeds benefit the Salt & Light Festival. Eat-in or takeout

Wednesday: There is a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 at Royalton United Methodist Church at 5309 Royalton Center Road. It's a free-will offering with proceeds to benefit Lockport Cares Homeless Shelter. Eat-in or takeout

Thursday: There is a drive-thru chicken dinner at Hartland United Methodist Church, 8017 Ridge Road from 3:30 to 6:00. Proceeds benefit Lockport CareNet. Takeout only

Friday: 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. Tickets are $10. Buy in advance here:

Saturday:  Chicken BBQ, 12 to 2 at Community Fellowship Church at 3146 Johnson Creek Road (at the corner with 104). $10. Dine in or takeout.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Ron Perry has passed away

Longtime residents will remember CJ Perry & Sons, the John Deere dealer that was on Route 104 in Gasport (where New England Seafood is now).

They always treated farmers and homeowners well when selling and servicing tractors and law mowers. When I bought my house over 20 years ago they didn't have the lawnmower I wanted in stock, so until it arrived from the manufacturer Ronald Perry let me borrow one for 5 weeks, free of charge! He was a good man.

Mr. Perry passed away late last week. Our hearts go out to his family.

Ronald L. Perry entered into rest October 10, 2019 at Niagara Hospice surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband of Jean (Spafford) Perry for 61 years; dear father of Susan Perry of Rochester, New York and Steven (Paula) Perry of Reading, Massachusetts; devoted grandfather to Matthew Voltz, Kevin Voltz, Julia Perry, Colleen Perry, and Nathan Perry. Also survived by siblings, brother James (Kathleen) Perry of Raleigh, North Carolina, and sister Linda Perry Jones of Barnesville, Georgia and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by granddaughter Lisa Jean Voltz and brother David (Jet) Perry.

Born October 1, 1936 to parents Lawrence and Olive Perry, Hartland, New York. Ron graduated from Barker Central School in 1954 and Kent State University, Ohio in 1958 for Business Management. He was President of the Men’s Student Association, President of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and Commander of the ROTC Corps of Cadets.

Ronald and Jean met in first grade at Barker School and were married at Barker Methodist Church on July 26, 1958. Their children Susan and Steven were born during his service with the U.S. Air Force where he retired as Captain after 7 years. The family lived at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas; RAF Brize Norton Base in England and Strategic Air Command Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ronald Perry was President and owner of C.J. Perry & Son, a farm machinery and John Deere dealership in Hartland, New York. He won numerous sales awards from the John Deere company. The store, which opened in 1915 as a general merchandise store by Ron’s great grandfather, then became a farm equipment store in the 1920’s and was managed for the next 85 years by Ron’s grandfather, then father, then Ron. The Perry store was a County landmark at Hartland Corners closing in 2001 with Ron’s retirement.

As a Niagara County Legislator for 14 years from 1979-1993, he represented the Towns of Newfane and Somerset. Mr. Perry chaired the County Finance and Agricultural Districting committees and served on many other committees.

He was a former President and life member of the Newfane Lions Club and received the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow. He was a member of Newfane United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and served in many different roles. Perry served as Chairman of the Town of Newfane Sesquicentennial in 1974. He was a member of the Newfane Intercommunity Memorial Hospital Board 1974-1980 and chaired the J.C. Duncan Student Loans Funds.

Ron’s hobbies were doing yardwork on his John Deere tractor, golf, boating, playing bridge and Sequence with friends, and reading. He enjoyed spending time at the Lake Ontario family cottage in Somerset in earlier years and with family on Cape Cod and Maine in later years. Ronald and Jean traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, and extensively in England and Europe. They wintered at The Villages in Florida after retirement.

Family and friends may call at the Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home, Inc. at 2670 Main Street, Newfane, New York on Monday, October 14th from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Newfane United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Hartland Central Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Newfane United Methodist Church, 2699 Main Street, Newfane, New York 14108; Newfane Lions Club; or Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, New York 14094.

Friday, October 11, 2019

FMC donates backpacks

Employees at FMC’s Agricultural Sciences plant in Middleport began the school year by collecting school supplies, filling backpacks and donating them recently for use by students at two Niagara County locations.

A total of 28 full backpacks were donated to students at the Royalton-Hartland Elementary School in Gasport and the Agri-Business Child Development Center in Newfane, which is committed to providing the highest quality early childhood education and social services to farm workers and other eligible families.

FMC Middleport Plant employees assisted in collecting a variety of school supplies for inclusion in the backpacks, including composition pads, three-ring notebooks, paper, pens and pencils.

“As a company, FMC is committed to the educational development of our local young people and is proud to have the opportunity to provide school supplies and backpacks that can contribute to their academic success,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport plant manager.

Helping to unload the elementary school backpacks are Roy-Hart fourth-graders (front row from left to right) John Brigham, Alyse Drees, Emma Law and Julia Verratti. Guiding them in the back row (from left to right) are Donna McCloy, FMC site support, and Donna VanSlyke, school principal.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gasport has a gym: the outdoors

When it comes to country living, some folks might complain that we don't have a gym in Gasport.

We do: The great outdoors. We are blessed with considerable public assets.

Miles of Erie Canal to kayak, canoe, and SUP.

Miles of Erie Canalway Trail to hike, jog, bike, and cross-country ski.

Hiking trails at Royalton Ravine Park and Hartland Park.

Athletic fields and courts at the Elementary School, Hartland Park, and Vets Park.

So many opportunities to pursue.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Down on the Farm 2019

“Down on the Farm” is a day to come out and have fun with family and friends. Verratti Farm is hosting this event at their farm at 8651 Slayton Settlemnet Road in Gasport on Saturday, October 12th from 10 to 3.

Admission is FREE but donations are gratefully accepted.

Events (More thrillin’ than findin’ an old pickup truck buried under your porch!)

Hay Rides
Kid’s Activities (Face Paintin’, Cookie Decoratin)
Churn your own butter
ChickenBarbeque (We’ll be chowin’ at 12 Noon sharp)
Ice Cream Bar (With all the toppins your li’l heart could hope for!)
SockShowdown-The person with the most holes wins! (just kiddin’ bout this one)
Coffee station

Verratti Farms merchandise will be available for sale. Cash only. Proceeds go towards event costs. This year, be on the lookout for new shirts and hats for the little ones! Also, mugs for bringing a little bit of our farm home with you!

What to Bring
A large dish to pass AND a dessert (And if ya would be so inclined, please put yer name on yer dish or better yet – use disposable!)
Your least fancy clothes/shoes
Camera (Many photo ops)
Any extra friends you may have lying around
Strollers/wagons for children.

Please keep children supervised; there are too many places for young’uns to get into a heap of trouble!

The event page is here:

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

WIVB looks at the haunted Graestone Manor

Graestone Manor on Travel Channel

The Travel Channel visited Gasport's Graestone Manor in June to film an episode of ‘The Most Terrifying Places in America." The episode will air tonight, Tuesday October 8th at 10pm.

The Travel Channel hired actors to re-enact a couple of the resident spirits at Graestone -- original owner Curtis Root and second owner Mina Roszman. The current owners -- Robert Mattison and Heather Rease Mattison -- were interviewed and an eye witnesses who had had strange experiences at the house was also brought in to share their story.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

FMC statement about Monday's incident

FMC's statement about this morning's incident...

Here is what we can confirm at this time:

At approximately 8:00 am this morning, a small electrical fire occurred within a groundwater pump house on the property of FMC’s Agricultural Sciences Plant in Middleport. The pump house supports the water treatment plant and is not part of the plant’s operations and no chemicals were involved.

The fire was quickly contained by the Middleport Fire Department as FMC’s emergency plan was implemented and notification of the incident was given to the Village of Middleport, the Royalton-Hartland School District and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

There were no injuries and the plant did not cease operations. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Shed fire at FMC

If you see fire trucks racing to FMC this morning, don't be scared for the kids at Roy-Hart. A plastic shed behind the plant is now on fire. Dispatch says there are no chemicals involved.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Half Baked Cookies

In Sunday's Buffalo News is October's glossy Buffalo Magazine. The cover story is about the six best places to get a chocolate chip cookie in WNY. One of them is Gasport's Half Baked Cookies:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dining spotlight to debut

As a rolling project over the next 18 months I will do a "dining spotlight" on every single establishment that serves food in the towns of Royalton and Hartland (not only Gasport, but also the village of Middleport and the hamlet of Wolcottsville).

They won't necessarily be hoity-toity food reviews that you'd expect out of a big city newspaper. Instead, they will look at each place and its prices and menus and offer some basic opinions on the food and service, focusing on the value and quality they bring families.

The spotlight will help encourage residents to eat local while offering to visitors who do a quick Google search some ideas on where to eat. From Becker Farms to the Erie Canal to the wine trail, we get a lot of passer-bys...let's get them to stuff their faces here!

Every establishment will be spotlighted, whether it's a sit-down place like Cup & Saucer or B&B BBQ or a take-out joint like Crosby's or New England Seafood.

Believe it or not, there are at least 22 places to try out in Royalton and Hartland!

Pheasants released in Royalton

Pheasant season is around the corner and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has announced they will be releasing 30,000 pheasants for hunters across the state and have provided a list of release sites. Some birds will be released in Royalton at the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area. Here is the list of all release sites: