Saturday, April 19, 2014

NY'S A.G. BRINGS LAWSUIT AGAINST JRJ CONTRACTING

The New York Attorney General’s Office is taking action against contractors who don’t deliver, including the owner of JRJ Contracting in Western New York.

The New York Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit Justin Jerge, owner of JRJ Contracting based in Gasport. Attorneys say that over the last 18 months, Jerge has taken thousands of dollars from his clients, without finishing the home improvements they contracted him to do. In some cases, Jerge never did any work at all.

Read the report on WIVB's website:

http://wivb.com/2014/04/18/ag-local-contractor-took-money-never-finished-work/

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

HARTLAND CRIMES

East Niagara Post is reporting today that some juveniles attempted to break into a Hartland home. See what happens when there's no school for a week! 

http://www.eastniagarapost.com/2014/04/trespassing-teens-may-have-attempted.html

The Cup and Saucer was also burglarized recently....

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/police-blotter/hungry-thief-grabs-cash-and-a-pie-in-a-restaurant-burglary-20140416

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING: APRIL 17th

The Royalton Town Board will hold a Special Board Meeting with the Town Accountants at the Royalton Town Hall at 10:30 AM today to review the Annual Update Document (AUD) for 2013. All are welcome to attend.

FITCHLEE TO SPEAK AT ROYALTON

The Historical Societies of the Town of Royalton and the Town of Lockport will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, April 24, at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be at the Royalton Town Hall located at 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport.

This month's speaker will be Royalton native and town of Lockport resident Everett Fitchlee. Mr. Fitchlee is a WW II Air Force Veteran. He will show film of a live mission by the B-17 bombers. This film was made by a photographer assigned to the bomb group. He will also be speaking about his WW II experiences aboard the B-17 "Pistol Packing Momma."

You do not need to be a member to attend their meetings. Everyone is invited. It promises to be a very interesting and informative program. If you need any more information, please call Town of Royatlon Historical Society President, Jennifer Bieber at 716 735-7335.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ROYALTON'S STOLEN FUNDS ARE RETURNED

The Union Sun and Journal is reporting today that the town of Royalton has secured the return of all of the funds stolen in a recent high-tech theft: 

http://www.lockportjournal.com/local/x1445050485/Missing-money-returned-to-Royalton

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FMC INVITES LOCAL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL ANTHEM CONTEST


Area students can join others nationwide this spring by entering their best singing renditions of our national anthem in a special contest hosted by FMC, which operates the Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport.

Called the “2014 Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest,” the competition will result in a grand prize winner and three other finalists sharing in a total of $25,000 in college scholarships, participating in a Nashville recording session and having their singing videos featured on national cable TV.

The contest is open to all students nationwide, between the ages of 13 and 21, who are members of a national agriculture-related student organization such as the Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4-H or the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).

“FMC is very committed to the principle of ‘investing in farming’s future’ and believe this contest is a great way to help young people pursue their education while also honoring America with their renditions of our national anthem,” said Noel Parker, FMC Middleport plant manager. “It would be exciting to have local students participate.”

The anthem-singing contest is also being conducted in recognition of FMC’s new Anthem® and Anthem® ATZ herbicides that help protect property and crops worldwide by providing better weed control.

Eligible applicants can submit videos of their singing of the national anthem by visiting
www.FMC-Middleport.com. Videos entered will be posted for public viewing and voting to determine finalists in four geographic regions and also the grand prize winner. The deadline for entries is June 20.

The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and the three other finalists will each receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Friday, April 11, 2014

CCE NIAGARA'S PHOTO CONTEST

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County invites you to participate in their 2014 Photo Contest. This contest is perfect for Gasport residents as it celebrates our agricultural heritage.

The theme is:  “A Good Thing Growing – Celebrating Niagara County Agriculture”. 

They are looking to recognize, promote and celebrate:
  • farmers and their families
  • the produce they grow
  • the animals they raise
  • the beauty of their land and
  • their contribution to our community
The winners will receive:
  • First Place:  $100 cash prize,
  • Second Place: $50 cash prize,
  • Third Place:  $25 cash prize and
  • 2 honorable mentions $15 and $15.
All prizes will be awarded during the closing ceremonies of the fair on Sunday August 3, 2014.

The photo contest rules can be downloaded here:

http://cceniagaracounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/2014-photo-contest-Rules.pdf

The photo release form can be found here:

http://cceniagaracounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/photo-release.pdf

Thursday, April 10, 2014

HARTLAND EASTER EGG HUNT

Residents of the town of Hartland are encouraged to bring their children to an Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00 Saturday, April 12th at the Hartland Historical Society's Schoolhouse (Carmen and Seaman Roads). Arrive early to register for hunt, which is open to kids aged 2 to 10.

ROY-HART BUDGET

Last night the Roy-Hart school board approved the 2014-2105 budget, featuring a 2.9% tax increase and a few cuts. Read about it in the Lockport Union Sun and Journal:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TUESDAY WAS "DICK LANG DAY"

The Niagara County Legislature declared Tuesday “Dick Lang Day” in honor of the longtime high school wrestling coach who also served as a conservation law enforcement officer and Royalton town supervisor.Read about it at the Buffalo News...

ASSESSMENT SEMINAR IN ROYALTON

The NYS Department of Taxation and Finance will hold an “Information Only” presentation on how the assessment process works. This presentation will be held at the Royalton Town Hall on Monday, April 14, 2014 immediately following the Regular Town Board meeting scheduled at 7:00 PM. This will be for information only -- generic questions or personal assessment questions are to be addressed at the Assessor’s office.

HARTLAND HEARING ON ADDRESS ID-ING

Hartland is having a public hearing on Thursday regarding proposed rules that would change the way addresses are identified. Here is the US&J's report...

http://www.lockportjournal.com/local/x1445035020/Public-hearing-set-in-Hartland-for-Thursday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

VETERANS OUTREACH THIS THURSDAY

The town of Royalton will be hosting the Veterans Outreach Program this Thursday, April 10th from 9:00 till 4:30. Interested parties can meet with representatives to review their benefits.
Please call the Town Clerks Office for appointments at 716.772.2431. Each appointment is about an hour long. Please bring your discharge papers with you.

GASPORT LIONS EASTER EGG HUNT


FIGHT AT GASPORT BUS GARAGE

East Niagara Post reports on a fight at the bus garage in Gasport...

http://www.eastniagarapost.com/2014/04/fight-at-royalton-ridge-road-express.html

Monday, April 7, 2014

LONG-TIME ROY-HART TEACHER MR. SMUGOR HAS PASSED AWAY



Carl D. Smugor of Lockport, NY passed away on Sunday April 6, 2014 in Eastern Niagara Hospital, Lockport. Born on November 12, 1928 in Olean, NY, he was the son of John and Amelia Malick Smugorzewski. Carl was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1953 – 55 during the Korean Conflict. He received a B.S., Industrial Arts Education in 1953 and a M.S., Industrial Education from Buffalo Teachers’ College. He taught in the Junior and Senior High School of Royalton-Hartland Central Schools retiring in 1986. Carl was a member of St. John the Baptist RC Church, The Kenan Center, Niagara County Historical Society and The Dale Association.

Carl is survived by his wife, Deanna Drabek Smugor; four children, Amy (Patrick) Seaman of Kendall, NY, Daniel (Kelly) Smugor of TN, Christine (Thayne) Peterson of UT and Julie (Charles) Zicari of Albion, NY; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; one sister, Clara (late James) Robinson and two step children, James Ramier and Michelle (John) Gilbert. He is predeceased by three brothers, Leo, Michael and Joseph.

Friends may call on Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8 PM at LANGE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 186 East Ave., Lockport, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 AM from St. John the Baptist RC Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport, NY. Interment in Cold Springs Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to The Dale Association.

Condolences may be offered to the family at http://www.langefuneralhomeinc.com/Obituaries/ViewObituary.asp?id=394

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

POTTER RE-ENACTOR TO APPEAR AT LIBRARY

One of the world’s most loved children’s book authors and illustrators will be making a visit to the Royalton Hartland Community Library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport on Saturday, April 5 at  2 p.m. Well, sort of.

Gretchen Murray Sepik will be playing the role of Ms. Potter in the upstairs Community Meeting Room where she will share details from the life of Beatrix Potter and narrate “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse”. The program is sure to awaken the joy of storytelling to children as well as encourage them to read, write and illustrate stories of their own.

Children and adults will also learn about Potter and her life in England throughout the 30 to 45 minute long program. Audience members who are familiar with these two tales are asked to assist Ms. Potter’s narration as she is sometimes forgetful. Fans may want to read up before Potter’s visit in order to be able to help.

This educational and entertaining program is appropriate for all ages, especially families and they are encouraged to register in advance by calling the library at (716) 735-3281.

Gretchen Murray Sepik, who will be portraying Beatrix Potter, is a well-known storyteller who performs across New York State and Pennsylvania. A resident of Albion, Sepik is currently a part of the Young Audiences of Western New York, where she has been honored for her work with students and her commitment to learning through the arts.

For more information about the visit of Beatrix Potter 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 www.RoyHartCommunityLibrary.com .

Thursday, March 20, 2014

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: TRAIN ACCIDENT IN GASPORT

100 years ago today, the investigation by officials of the Buffalo, Lockport & Rochester railway early this day failed to throw any light on the mysterious starting of an unmanned trolley car late the past night and the subsequent head-on collision with another car at Mabee's, two miles east of Gasport, which resulted in the death of one man and the injury to 17 others. The man killed outright was Glenn W. Bridgeman of Lockport. Of the 17 injured, nine were taken to hospitals at Medina and Lockport and others, less seriously hurt, were taken to their homes. Of the injured, two might die. Motorman Edward Martin and Conductor Robert Baxter said they left the car standing in front of the station at Gasport and went inside. They heard the car start and before they could reach the door, it had gone to full speed.