Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Boy Scouts spaghetti dinner this Saturday


Solid Rock spaghetti dinner Tuesday, March 19


All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner...Tuesday, March 19...4 - 7 pm...Solid Rock Church, 8590 Rochester Rd. Gasport, NY...Benefits the 2019 Salt & Light Festival. Price - Donation. Take-Outs Available.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lagoon proposed for Royalton

Some Royalton residents have expressed concerns over a lagoon that will be used to serve Van Buren Farms:

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/royalton-meeting-flooded-with-liquid-fertilizer-lagoon-questions/article_98b321f3-b699-55c0-8940-8ba623c622c1.html

Victor Wainwright headlining the Summer Sizzler



Headlining this year's Summer Sizzler in Terry's Corners will be Grammy nominated Victor Wainwright and the Train, featuring Gasport's own Patrick Harrington on guitar! Mark your calendars: July 20, 2019!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Gasport: A cheap place to live

A new ranking from community research site Niche.com shows the cheapest places to live in the state relative to income. According to the latest data, these are the 40 places with the lowest cost of living in New York state (check out which hamlet is at #24).

https://expo.newyorkupstate.com/news/g66l-2019/03/36716b5d9dca4/2019-places-with-lowest-cost-of-living-in-upstate-ny.html

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Brauer is Advisor of the Year!



A huge and much deserved congratulations to Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Project Based Engineering teacher, Scott Brauer. Scott, who teaches at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center, has been named the SkillsUSA New York Area 1 Advisor of the Year!

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

His journey began when he was a junior in high school and attending BOCES. He says being a member of SkillsUSA gave him direction, purpose and focus. It is one of the reasons he decided to become a career and technical education teacher at the same center he attended and become a SkillsUSA advisor himself. “I just want others to experience what I was able to experience as a student. SkillsUSA is life changing!”

Scott has been a SkillsUSA advisor for 28 years. He has been the lead advisor at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center for the past 12 years and believes in order to be a great advisor you have to become involved through ardent practice, gathering of information and networking. He trains others not to do things for the young people, but to assist them on their journey. He coordinates all the competitions that the center participates in at the regional, state and national levels. He is also the contest chair for Advanced Manufacturing Technology, CNC and Machining contests at the regional level. His class has been recognized by the NYS Education Department as a Top Career and Technical Education Program in New York State.

He was nominated by his peers across the Area 1 division. One nominator says, “Young people are always the center of Scott’s decisions and plans. He is forever mindful of any action’s impact on the individual or the group. He is always moving forward, taking others with him into the future and the world beyond his classroom.” His nomination also says, “Scott is known for many things: his generosity, his selflessness, his devotion to his wife and family, his belief in God, his role as a teacher and mentor, his love for his students and young people, his work ethic, his love of everything outdoors and his involvement with SkillsUSA.”

Monday, March 11, 2019

Narcan training


Narcan is a critical part of the first aid kit in my truck. Fortunately, I've never had to use it. But, the opioid crisis is so pervasive you have to be prepared, always. You could use it any time, anywhere, on anyone. There will be Narcan training next month in Gasport. Sign up now.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Ice cream social at Roy-Hart


Hartland accident and outage

Hartland, NY - On March 8th, 2019, at 1123 hours, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office responded to the intersection of Ridge and Hosmer Roads for a vehicle that struck a utility pole.

Investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Ridge Road when it exited the roadway, continuing eastbound through a yard on the south side of the roadway. The vehicle then struck and severed a utility pole causing a loss of power in the immediate area. National Grid responded to the scene in order to de-energize power lines that were preventing access to the vehicle and injured driver.

The driver, who was the lone occupant, was transported to ECMC by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Initial investigation into the incident suggested that it was caused by a medical issue suffered by the driver.

At this time, Ridge Road has been reopened and National Grid is working to restore power in the area. Investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office into the incident is continuing.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Great cakes from the Rolling Pin



We're blessed to have some special culinary talent right here in Hartland. This weekend we bought a birthday cake from the Rolling Pin Bake Shop on Route 104. Not only did it look great, it tasted great, too! If you haven't already, follow the Rolling Pin's Facebook page to see the awesome artistry:

https://www.facebook.com/therollingpinbakeshop/

CAP looking for new members

The Middleport Community Advisory Panel (CAP) this year is seeking new, qualified members who want to be involved in their community, learn more about the FMC Middleport plant, and provide feedback to the plant.

Established more than two decades ago as a concept of the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Program, the Middleport CAP meets five times a year to provide open and honest communication between the FMC plant and the Middleport community on the plant and its operations in such areas as safety, environmental performance, employment, community involvement, emergency preparedness and response.

Previous meeting topics have fostered discussion on health, safety, environmental concerns, emergency response, products, economy, and education.

“Members of the CAP help the plant’s leadership to better understand the community’s perspectives and concerns, and FMC Middleport in turn helps the community to better understand the facility and its operations,” said Jessica Heideman, CAP facilitator and FMC community liaison.

“These regular meetings help ensure the voice of the community is heard and provides yet another way for FMC to work directly with the community around the plant,” she said. “FMC looks forward to meeting with the new and returning members of the CAP team throughout 2019 and beyond.”

CAP members are all community residents from various walks of life including, but not limited to, parents, teachers, law enforcement, business professionals, students, and retirees. CAP members serve a three-year term on the panel.

To be considered for CAP membership, please contact Jessica Heideman by visiting the FMC Community Office, 8 S. Vernon St., Middleport, NY 14105, by calling (716) 735-9769, or by emailing her at jessica.heideman@fmc.com.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Vaccination rate Roy-Hart

With measles and other preventable ailments in the national news, you might wonder what the vaccination rate is in our schools.

The state has made publicly available the 2017-2018 vaccination rates for public schools across the state. 2018-2019 data is not yet available.

According to the database at Syracuse.com, Roy-Hart stands at 99.6% immunized for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Roy-Hart capital project

Here's the Superintendent's message, from the Roy-Hart website, that addresses potential capital projects for the three campuses:

Dear School Community Members,

Over the past several years, the Board of Education has been considering a series of capital investments and in the spring of 2018 developed a vision of our schools called Roy-Hart 2028. On Tuesday, May 21, the Board of Education will be putting forward a 12.1 million dollar capital investment project for your consideration. The project being proposed is the first phase of a multiple year master plan to move the District towards this vision. The project will have No Tax Impact on the residents of the District.

The capital project will address three primary areas identified in the 2015 Building Condition Survey including building and grounds infrastructure, playgrounds and athletic facilities. The project includes the replacing of roofs and windows, upgrading alarm and PA systems, replacing two playgrounds, resurfacing and replacing components of the track, adding tennis courts and parking areas at the middle school and elementary school among other improvements.

When approved by the voters, the project will be planned in detail and submitted for State Education Department review and approval. We expect the project to take two summer construction seasons as well as some work occurring while school is in session. With approval, we are tentatively set to begin the project during the 2020 - 2021 school year with most of the work taking place in 2021.

We have a number of exciting program and curriculum changes planned for the Roy-Hart Central School District and are confident that these changes will benefit our children and community for years to come. If you would like me to present to you or one of the many groups in our community, please let me know and I will be happy to share more details on our plan.

As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out and say hello when you see me around the schools and town, or follow me on Twitter @DrStopinski


Sincerely,
Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools

School closed due to wind

Because of the ongoing wind storm and accompanying travel advisory, Royalton-Hartland schools are closed for Monday, February 25th.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Lake Plains Players face some funding issue

The Lake Plains Players -- who utilize Royalton-Hartland as their theater -- have some financial obstacles due to changes in funding. Support them whenever and however you can

https://orleanshub.com/lake-plains-players-contend-with-funding-change-through-arts-council/

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tea in Gasport

Hey, ladies, there's a Victorian tea coming up in Gasport. Hey, little ladies, there's a princess tea, too!




Monday, February 18, 2019

Free prom dress distribution this Thursday



Do you have a family member in financial need who might find it difficult to send their daughter to the prom this spring?

There is help available. Read on...

Becca's Closet was created as a legacy to Rebecca Kirtman and the project she created prior to her passing in 2003. Becca's Closet donates formal attire to high school girls with financial need who otherwise would not be able to attend their schools' military balls, homecomings and proms. Their mission is to continue her vision and dream of helping others. You can learn about Becca's Closet here: http://www.beccascloset.org/

Paula Travis and the Women Helping Others organization at Zion Lutheran Church in Gasport opened a chapter of Becca's Closet in 2015 and they have literally hundreds of slightly used or new prom dresses to distribute at NO COST to girls in need in the area.

They will be distributing the dresses from Zion Lutheran Church this Thursday, February 21st, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

If you have any question, please contact Paula at ladytinny559@gmail.com or 716.4716446.

This is yet another example of the excellent local missions conducted by the good people at Zion.