Friday, September 23, 2016

Ushaboodles is clolsing

Ushaboodles Consignment, which is in the Dollar General plaza in Gasport, have announced their closing on Facebook. The shop will be closing on October 15th.

It's sad to see the business close....Gasport always needed a place to buy clothing and the store's proprietors, Cori and Chrissy, are good people. 

Here's the message from their Facbook page...

Attention Consignors: We have set up dates for you to pick up your consigned items and money.

Friday, October 21st 4pm - 6 pm and Saturday, October 22nd 10am - 12pm, unless other arrangements are made. If items are not picked up during this time or arrangements are not made, your items will be donated.

Your items will not be marked down more then what was agreed upon in your contract. Please give us this time to try to sell your remaining items and sort through for easy pick up.

We still have sales going on: 25% off blue tagged items and 50% off green tagged items.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

WKBW reports on ATF explosives training

WKBW Channel 7 reported on the explosives training being conducted by the feds in Gasport. The footage shows plenty of explosions, small and large...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pacini to be honored

Roy-Hart is honoring Bruno Pacini by enshrining him in the Proud To Be A Ram wall of fame. Here's the report:

Explosions in Gasport; September 21st

If you hear some explosions in Gasport today, do not be alarmed. The ATF will be blowing up buses and cars so that federal agents, local police and fire investigators can conduct evidence collection and investigative exercises on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Huntington wins special primary election

Last night, Republican voters in Hartland selected David Huntington to fill the vacant town board seat for a one-year term.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Primary in Hartland Tuesday

Republican voters in Hartland have a primary on Tuesday. Both gents vying for the vacant town board position are stand-up, community-oriented guys: David Huntington and Leif Woodman.  Here's the report from the US&J:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Gasport quarry to be drained

In their weekly Environmental Notice Bulletin, the DEC has said that Redland Quarries is looking at dewatering their big quarry on the south side of Mountain Road. In their request, they are asking the DEC's permission to remove 1.4 million gallons per day until it is drained. 

The total dewatering of the quarry will be a real heartbreaker to all the people who have snuck into the property for fishing and swimming through the years.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Historical Society meets Saturday

On Saturday, September 10th at 1 p.m. there will be a Town of Royalton Historical Society meeting. The meeting will take place at Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road Middleport. The guest speaker will be Craig Bacon. Craig is the Deputy Historian for Niagara County. He will be speaking on how to research correctly. This will cover anything from genealogy to Historic facts. The Society will also be providing an update on the Royalton Bicentennial Committee and plans for 2017. This meeting is open to the public. Any questions, please call Jennifer Bieber at 716-735-7335

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Saddle Up For Roswell

On September 10th, 2016, Chestnut Ridge Equestrian Center will be hosting their 11th annual Saddle Up for Roswell event.

This is a wonderful horse show where the riders raise money for Roswell. The day benefits cancer research and patient care in Western New York at Roswell park Cancer Institute. More than 100 riders participate in this event and the community is encouraged to come view this great show which will feature dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping events.

The Chestnut Ridge Equestrian community is passionate about cancer, a cause that has touched so many in one way or another. They are proud to partner with Roswell Park to assist those who face this disease. Last year they raised $14,430 -- and over the past 8 years they have raised nearly $133,000.

In order to continue this special event, they are seeking both in-kind and monetary donations. They also sponsor a basket raffle at the event. Donors would receive exposure on many levels from hundreds of participants, ads in the newspapers, TV spots, links with USEA (United States Eventing Association) and USDF (United States Dressage Foundation).

For more information please contact Megan Gamin, Co-Chair of Saddle Up for Roswell, at (716) 772-7703 or

To donate to Roswell Park Cancer Institute on behalf of this event, make checks payable to Roswell Park Cancer Institute and send to: Chestnut Ridge Equestrian Center, Saddle Up for Roswell, 7913 Chestnut Ridge Road, P.O. Box 372, Gasport, NY, 14067

Information for participants and donors can be found on the Equestrian Center's website:

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center. The Institute was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or e-mail

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A product invented in Gasport "officially" turns 40

September will mark the 40th anniversary of the patenting of a product invented right here in Gasport by my dad, Doug Confer. His ubiquitous flexible fuel funnel can be found in garages everywhere and it is used to put gasoline, oil, and other compounds into vehicles.

The item was invented in 1975 while the 24 year-old was working on the family farm in Gasport (that in itself is a testament to his and my grandfather's work ethic – they ran a farm AND a factory!).

Back then, funnels were made out of metal that would either corrode or not clean very well. So, Doug thought, why not make them out of plastic at their young plastics company in North Tonawanda? Plastic wouldn’t corrode and leave pieces of metal in fuel tanks, and it would be much cheaper than the metal alternatives.

My dad received his patent in September of 1976 and Confer Plastics made hundreds of thousands of the funnels until the patent expired 14 years later. After that, Mexico and China could make them far cheaper than we could. While we haven’t made any funnels since 1990, it’s a product that helped us grow and it’s pretty neat to see this effective invention in use throughout the invention that came to be on a small farm in Gasport.

Mr. Hyde has passed away

Mr. Hyde was one of my teachers during the sixth grade at Gasport Elementary School. He always delivered a good science class and I can clearly remember his "Metric Mondays".

Mr. Hyde passed away over the weekend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Here is Mr. Hyde's obituary...

Robert Rae Hyde, age 73 of Middleport, entered into rest on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Brothers of Mercy.

Born August 31, 1942 in Lockport, Robert is the son of the late Robert Maxwell and Norma (Lines) Hyde.

Robert worked at the Royalton Hartland Central School District at the Gasport Elementary School as a teacher. He retired in 1999.

Surviving is his dear wife: Mary Margaret (Kelly) Hyde, a sister: Carol (Craig) Dixon, special friend: Ken Halstead and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be announced at a later date.

Donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P. O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or to the Brothers of Mercy, 10570 Bergtold Road, Clarence, NY 14031.

Please go to the Bates Wallace website and leave a condolence for the family:

Monday, August 29, 2016

HBC Community Day

Gasport residents and those of surrounding communities, along with the friends and families of Hartland Bible Church are invited to join them for a day of food and fun. They will be hosting their 2nd annual Community Day on Saturday, September 10th from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM at the HBC at 8100 West Ave. They will be having a corn roast, hot dogs, giant water slide, inflatable obstacle course, lawn games, bocce, volleyball, and kids area with crafts. Please note everything is free!

The Facebook event page is at:

Thursday, August 25, 2016


The Town of Royalton Community Day will be this Sunday, August 28 from noon to 3:00. This event will take place at Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Rd, Middleport, NY.  They will have electronic recycling that day for residents. They will have hot dogs and drinks to all residents who stop in. The town clerk and town historian will be available for questions. They also have some local businesses and organizations who will come and set up to provide information about what they do. For a list of what is accepted for the e recycle, please go to and search for acceptable materials. Any questions please call Supervisor Jennifer Bieber at 716-735-7335.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Local ponds hit hard by fish kills

A month and a half ago, in one of my nature columns I suggested that WNY ponds were being set-up for significant fish kills this summer (…/exploring-niagara-frontier-wny-…). Well, unfortunately, I was right. Our big pond has been decimated. Four of our sterile grass carp (used to combat weed growth) have washed up on shore. In this picture, the Lil' One investigates one of the cadavers -- a carp that likely weighed close to 30 pounds. Throughout the shore I found plenty of dead crappies and the head of a bass that when it was alive was probably a 20"+ trophy largemouth. It's kind of depressing -- we manage our fishery so it gives our family countless hours of fishing fun and then Mother Nature has other plans.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Terry's Corners secures FEMA grant

It takes a lot of money to keep a volunteer fire company fully and properly equipped, and finding funding for a rural fire department can be tough. So, a hearty congratulations goes out to Terry's Corners as they have been awarded a grant from FEMA totaling $121,436 that will be used to purchase new SCBA and a new cascade system to replace the old one on Rescue Truck 4. Great job, TC!

Cliff Grant's John Deere Museum

Hartland's new truck makes the news

The Buffalo News looks at the Hartland highway department's new truck...which was once used by the US military abroad:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Road closure

Dewhirst Rd, from Bunker Hill Rd to Grove Rd, will be closed Wednesday 8/17 at 6:30am until 5:00pm due to road work.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Royalton Community Day

The Town of Royalton Community day will be Sunday, August 28th. The town is looking for any local businesses, organizations or groups that would like to set up a table for the event, at no charge. It will run from noon-3:00. Please contact Supervisor Jennifer Bieber at 716-735-7335 as soon as possible.

Friday, August 5, 2016


Troy Kleinfelder, a senior from Royalton Hartland, was recognized as the Outstanding Precision Machine Technology student of the Year at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. Troy was introduced by his teacher Bill Rakonczay and Dale Pearce, a former student from the program, gifted him with a scholarship. Mr. Pearce gives out a $200 scholarship each year to the recipient of the award. He started the scholarship to further education and training to graduates.