Tuesday, October 13, 2015


The Royalton-Hartland School District is accepting applications for groundskeeper.

SALARY:  $16.50/hour
Send Civil Service Application to:

Michael Fisher, Director of Facilities
54 State Street
Middleport NY  14105



Last October a fire destroyed Boyer's Tavern on Route 104 in Gasport. Reconstruction has been underway and Jim Boyer still needs some help in making the new bar a reality. Today, the Tavern's Facebook account manager reminded everyone of a crowdfunding drive through which interested parties can donate to the rebuild...



On October 11 at 4:52 pm in Machias, NY, initial investigation conducted by the New York State Police Troop “A” Collision Reconstruction Unit of a 2 motorcycle vs Car fatal accident revealed that a car driven by Laura Howard-Raska of Snyder, NY was traveling on Bakerstand Road and  failed to stop at the intersection of Route 242.

As a result a motorcycle driven by Larry Choops 47, of Lockport, NY struck the car and Choops was ejected.  Choops was pronounced deceased at Olean General.

The second motorcycle, driven by James Fink 67, of Gasport, NY, also struck the car and was ejected.  Fink was treated and released.

Howard-Raska was ticketed for speeding, failure to stop for a stop sign, and failure to yield the right of way.

Friday, October 9, 2015


Attention Town of Royalton residents:  The town is presently accepting applications for our Tax Collector position.  This appointment would be from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.  Please note this is an elected position and the person appointed would need to be willing to run on the ballot in November 2016 to complete the term of the previous collector.  This position pays 6200.00 a year.  The Tax Collector is required to work 3 full days a week in the month of January, February and March.  There is also work required in December and in April. 
If you are interested please send or drop off a resume, Town of Royalton, Attention: Supervisor Jennifer Bieber, 5316 Royalton Center Rd, Middleport, NY 14105.  Interested parties should have this to Town hall no later than Monday, October 19th

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


In the left column of our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/gasportnewyork) is a section called "liked by this page". In that section I've tried to collect all of the Gasport based businesses and organizations that are on Facebook, which in turn allows you to find them all in one place and then like them to keep abreast of what's happening in our community. If I missed a Facebook page let me know. I'm pretty specific in my requirements, though, and that organization has to be truly Gasport based or Gasport focused.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


With the fall harvest and entertainment season underway at Becker Farms the local roads are busy (which is a GREAT thing for the Royalton-Hartland economy). But, with it comes the occasional accident at Slayton Settlement and Hartland Roads, as tourists often wrongly believe that it's a four-way stop...as was the case yesterday. So, be careful when traveling near that intersection.

Here are photos of the accident from local photographer Adam Hudson:


Friday, October 2, 2015


The secret to next year’s perfect garden may be this year’s preparation. Karen Cavanaugh, a Master Gardener from Cornell Cooperative Extension, will be at the Royalton Hartland Community Library Community Room on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. to share her expertise on organic gardening and composting.

While organic gardening does not involve the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, Cavanaugh’s program will show gardeners that organic gardening doesn’t mean plants are left to fend for themselves. She will explain the tools available to organic gardeners to help them fight off pests and grow healthy plants and produce.

She will also offer information about composting to add nutrient-rich materials to fuel plant growth and vitality to your garden soil. Composting not only creates rich soil for your lawn or garden, but it is free, easy to do and good for the environment.

The Organic Gardening and Composting program will provide both information and offer participants the opportunity to ask Cavanaugh questions. This program, sponsored by the library, is one of the many programs offered to home gardeners and professional horticulturalists by the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. 

Anyone interested in this free educational program sponsored by the Friends of the Library can register online at www.RoyHartCommunityLibrary.com, by stopping by the library at 9 South Vernon Street, or by calling (716) 735-3281.

The Royalton Hartland Community Library offers a wide variety of programs and   services to local residents throughout the year. For more information please call or visit the library.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


There will be a benefit for Kathy Jamieson, who is fighting lung cancer, on Saturday, October 17th from 1:00 until 5:00 at the Gasport Fire Hall. Food tickets are $15.00 children 10 and under are free. Food will be served from 2 to 4pm. There will be lots of things to do...basket raffle, 50/50, door prize, kids games, face painting, bake sale, and music.

Monday, September 28, 2015


The annual Fall Craft Show and Vendor Fair sponsored by the Gasport Chemical Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Gasport Fire Hall on State Street. There will be a 50/50 and food will be served. For information and to book a table, call Erica at 716.772.5044.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


The Roy-Hart Grade 8 Class is having a car wash on Saturday, September 26th at Middleport Tractor, 86 Telegraph Road, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Just a $5 donation will make your car clean and shiny! All proceeds will help reduce the cost of the Grade 8 trip.

Friday, September 18, 2015


September tends to recharge churches as attendance increases with the end of summer break and vacations. With September also comes the start of Sunday school and other activities. It's a busy time.

If you have been out of church for a awhile, are new to the area and are looking for a church to try, or are looking for a Sunday school for your child, I suggest Zion Lutheran Church on Central Avenue in Gasport.

The Church offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for young families and retirees alike and there are plenty of activities, social events, and evangelism available for all age brackets.

Pastor Rodney Klinzing gives excellent sermons chock full of theology, wit and caring. Pastor Rod's sermons are always positive and lead one to love their God and their fellow man.

Zion has two services on Sundays, one at 8:00 AM and another at 10:30 AM. Sunday school is available for the little ones at 9:00 AM.

You can friend request Zion on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/zion.l.church.9

You can download their September/October newsletter here: http://www.lutheransonline.com/lo/935/FSLO-1441843935-111935.pdf


Royalton-Hartland Community Library director Sonora Miller accepted a $5,000 check from Senator Rob Ortt yesterday. This additional funding from the state will be used to introduce exciting new library offerings to the community.


FMC Corporation, which operates the Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport, has announced a greater commitment to farming’s future by becoming the sole sponsor of the National FFA Agriscience Research – Plant Systems Proficiency Awards for 2015.

This announcement follows up on FMC’s local commitment last year of a $4,500 grant to help start-up a local Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter for the Royalton-Hartland Schools. That local grant was one of three made nationwide to FFA chapters in each of the company’s Agricultural Solutions plant communities as a demonstration of FMC’s commitment to investing in farming’s future by supporting youth agricultural education.

The National FFA Agriscience Research – Plant Systems Proficiency Awards are available for participation to all 7,665 local FFA chapters, including Roy-Hart and others in Western New York.

The awards support student research in the life cycles, classifications, functions and practices of plant systems related to crops, turf grass, trees and shrubs, and/or ornamental plants. The recognition includes independent studies as well as those students who may be cooperating on projects with others.

"We continue to look for ways to encourage students, our future crop growers, now. Our expanded partnership with the National FFA Organization is one way we can spark their inquiring minds and encourage additional innovation," said John Kasper, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America commercial business director.

Students must participate in a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in order to qualify for proficiency award entry. The SAE program allows agricultural students to gain valuable experience through participation in career and leadership skill-building activities. “It's never too early to begin thinking about your experience selection and prepare for the award process," continued Kasper. SAE programs also involve planning and conducting scientific investigations and use the scientific method.

Awards are made available to every FFA chapter across the country. Nationally, students are recognized with the FFA Agriscience Plant Systems Research Proficiency Award, which is sponsored by FMC. Chapter level awardees receive medals and certificates of recognition. Each state winner receives similar acknowledgement and a $250 cash award. Four national finalists each will receive a $500 cash award, and the national winner receives the top award of $1,000.

FMC representatives will participate in judging this year's national finalist entries and present the awards during the National FFA Convention on October 28-31 in Louisville, Ky. For more information on FMC crop protection products, please visit www.FMCcrop.com. Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FMCcrop.


Tops Friendly Markets has launched the 2015-2016 installment of their fundraising program "Tops in Education" that allows BonusCard users to rebate a portion of certain purchases to the schools of their choice.

Shoppers can sign up for the Tops in Education program at www.TopsMarkets.com/Education and link their card to the school district. To find Roy-Hart in the database you cannot use Gaport's zip code, you must use Middleport's 14105.

When you buy Tops, Full Circle, Tippy Toes, Valu Time, Best Yet or TopCare products, Tops will automatically put 1 to 5 percent of the purchase price towards Roy-Hart's account. Money will be distributed to schools at the end of the school year.

Tops will cap the total amount donated through the program at $300,000 throughout its entire market area....so that means sign-up now before other school districts join in and shop early and shop often. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015


The Lockport Star looks at Greg Martillotta's plans to rebuild Roy-Hart's soccer team: 



On Tuesday, September 22nd, the YWCA of Niagara (http://www.ywcaniagara.org/) will be holding their annual awards dinner at the Conference & Events Center in Niagara Falls. Awards are presented to local women who lead or serve their community and exemplify the core values of the YWCA.

There is one honoree from Gasport and it is someone near and dear to my heart -- my mom, Cheryl Confer, who has been a volunteer with Tri-Town Ambulance for almost 20 years, going on hundreds of calls each year and helping to save countless lives. Over that time she spent 10 years as Tri-Town's president and 6 years as its director of operations. She also has been a part of the Niagara County EMS Council and Big Lakes EMS Council.


While the exact origin of the game of Chess is a mystery, the Chess Club for Kids and Teens at the Royalton Hartland Community Library will help unravel the way it is played.

Every Tuesday at 4 p.m. beginning October 6, the Chess Club will meet in the upstairs Community Room to take on the challenges of Chess.

Played for centuries in many cultures all over the world, Chess builds decision-making, strategy and communication skills that can be carried over and used on the sports field and in school. Kids and teens can learn the basics or sharpen their skills even more at the weekly meetings.

There will be introductory lessons for beginners and multiple games going on at each meeting, so Chess players of all levels will be put to the test. Snacks will also be served.

No registration is needed for Chess players, and parents are welcome, but not required to attend.

For more information about the Chess Club, call the library at 735-3281. The Royalton Hartland Community Library provides residents a variety of programs, events and materials that are listed on the library’s website at www.RoyHartCommunityLibrary.com .

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Gasport's Cub Scout Pack 18 recruited 15 new scouts at their school night at the elementary school. If your son missed the recruiting booth and would like to join the cub scouts, give leader Scott Schultz a call at 716.474.8073. Scouting is an awesome program!


The Canalside Inn in Gasport is the place to be Friday, September 18th, as the Mercury Blues Band plays there from 9:00 PM till 1:00 AM. For info about the band, visit their website at: http://www.mercurybluesband.com/


There is an interesting project online called "Conversations With US". Conducted by Chris Register, the website says...

"...the project is grounded in a feeling that there must be more to America than the typical refrain offered by politicians and cable news--that we are a nation divided. Is being at odds with one another really what defines us? Or is there another side to America--a common thread running along the Mississippi River and underneath the Great Plains, over the Rocky Mountains and through the forests of giant redwoods? CWU aims to seek out the answer by going directly to the source, inviting hundreds of everyday Americans from all 50 states to share their thoughts and stories with their neighbors, even those a thousand miles away. As the project moves across the country, we may just find that these stories overlap with our own in unexpected ways. That shared narrative, in turn, might help us to accept, understand and even enjoy those differences among us that define the very essence of this incredibly diverse nation."

While bicycling across the country, Chris camps at various towns along the way and chats with folks who call those places home. He posts snippets from the interviews online to help make a narrative about this great country of ours. He recently made a stop in Gasport and interviewed Jennifer Bieber. You can hear a part of her interview -- and those of others along the Great Lakes -- here:


The Conversations With US web address is: http://www.conversationswithus.com/

The Facbook page is: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithus