Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Always Christmas Open House

The annual Always Christmas open house will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Standish-Jones. Enjoy discounts, games, and refreshments, as well as a visit from Santa and his elves! There will be crafts and activities for the kids, plus otheir 3rd Annual Holiday Basket Raffle to benefit Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. It's free and it's fun!

The Facebook event page is here:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nominate Gasport for a $500,000 upgrade

As you know, downtown Gasport could use an infusion of cash and economic development. We could do a lot with a half million dollars. Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec has partnered with the Deluxe Corporation for the Small Business Revolution Main Street project. Together, they plan to make over a winning small town, breathing new life into its businesses with the $500,000 makeover. Do our community a favor and nominate Gasport and please share your thoughts with them about why Gasport deserves this. Share the love, express the needs! The contest ends on October 17th, so enter now! Nominate Gasport here:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Ditch Road bridge repair

Bridge Work is scheduled to begin tomorrow, October 5, 2016; on Ditch Road in the Town of Royalton in the area of 6576 Ditch Road, between Bartel Road and Foote Road.  This project is expected to last approx 4 weeks.  During the project the roadway will be reduced to one lane with temporary signal lights and or flaggers controlling the flow of traffic during construction hours and open after hours.

Quaker Road bridge under repair in Becker Farms busy season

Well, here's a public notice about a bridge repair that comes at a really inopportune time for Becker Farms and their clients. October is Becker's busy season and it's when Quaker Road becomes a "major highway". So, occasionally expect delays. Of the two bridges over Red Creek, this is the southern one, the one that sees the most traffic from tourists.

Bridge Work is scheduled to begin today, October 4, 2016; on Quaker Road in the Town of Hartland in the area of 3794 Quaker Road, between Slayton Settlement Road and Ridge Road. This project is expected to last approx 4 weeks. During the project the roadway will be reduced to one lane with temporary signal lights controlling the flow of traffic.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Bald eagle sightings

Check out these awesome pics from Kristin Giglio -- a bald eagle was eating a deer carcass on Slayton Settlement Road...

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.