Thursday, December 31, 2015


PUBLIC NOTICE - Royalton Hartland Elementary

MicroCellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless is proposing to collocate antennas on a 33-foot building at 4500 Orchard Place Gasport, Niagara County, New York.

Public comments regarding the potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30-days from the date of this publication to:

Julie Labate - CBRE
4 West Red Oak Lane
White Plains, New York 10604
or 914-597-6939

Publication date: December 30, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Earlier today, Nancy became the 2,000th person to like the Gasport Facebook page. Thank you everyone who likes the page, reads the content, and shares or comments on make it meaningful, rewarding and easy to maintain the page and this blog. I think it's pretty cool that 2,000 Facebook users are really interested in our humble little hamlet and farming community on the Erie Canal.


Yesterday the New York State Education Department released data for all school districts concerning the 2014-2015 school year that looks at the make-up of student enrollment. It breaks it down by gender, race, disabilities, economics, and grade levels.  Read it at

The real take home from the report is the sharp decline in enrollment at Royalton-Hartland, an outcome of an aging local population and young people moving out-of-area or out-of-state for greener pastures economically.

Pay special attention to how the grade levels drop off to enrollments below 100.

Sixth through twelfth saw a peak of 128 and a low of 100, averaging out at 115 students per grade.

For that same school year, the kindergarten through fifth numbers were incredibly low by Roy-Hart standards. The average for those six grades was 90 students. Compared to sixth through twelfth that's a drop of 25 students per class or 22%.

If you want to scare yourself even more, look at the enrollment for kindergarten in 2014-2015. 79. Yes, only SEVENTY-NINE students.

Student enrollment is on the decline at Roy-Hart and it's trending badly, far rivaling the 6% drop that occurred between 2000 and 2015.

So, in the coming years, don't scratch your heads when school boards and school officials have to make different, interesting and difficult decisions concerning budgets, services and consolidation (will we be doing more with Barker, even becoming one district?). It's been a tough go the past 15 years....what will the next 15 bring?  

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Mark your calendars: The Gasport Beautification Committee's community move nights for 2016 will be February 17th (Transylvania 2 at the fire hall) and August 12th (Jurassic World at Vet's Park).


The Royalton Town Board is accepting letters of interest & resumes for the following appointed positions: Planning Board Member (5 year term) and Board of Assessment Review Member (5 year term). Here are the details of said positions:

Planning Board Member
Hours: Third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM
Pay: $65.00 / meeting
Starts / Ends: Five (5) year term
Type: Permanent

Description: Member of a five (5) person board who gather to discuss the issues that are referred to the Planning Board for the Town of Royalton. Work to administer the town's Master Plan.

How to Apply: Submit a letter of interest along with a resume to...

Town of Royalton
5316 Royalton Center Road
Middleport, NY 14105

Board of Assessment Review Member

One (1) to two (2) meetings per year on Grievance Day
$60.00 / meeting
Five (5) year term

Description:Member of a five (5) person who hear and consider the Grievance Petitions that have been filed for the individual tax assessments for the Town of Royalton. 

How to Apply: Submit a letter of interest along with a resume to...

Town of Royalton
5316 Royalton Center Road
Middleport, NY 14105

Monday, December 28, 2015


For snowbirds and Gasport expats: Gasport finally got its first measurable snowfall of the 2015-2016 season on December 28th.


On Saturday, the Buffalo News reported that three times this month a farm in Royalton had spread upon its fields the controversial bio-solid "Equate", which is produced by the equally-controversial Quasar plant in Wheatfield. While state officials consider the fertilizer to be safe, many environmentalists and other activists do not. Here's the report...

Sunday, December 27, 2015


"The streak" lasted 126 meets, but it's snapping has not deterred the machine that is Roy-Hart Swimming.

The report from the Lockport Star:

Thursday, December 24, 2015


The Town of Royalton Bicentennial Committee needs a logo! Are you creative? We are looking for something that honors our history and captures the pride and strength of our community to commemorate the Bicentennial for the Town of Royalton. The Bicentennial Committee is asking YOU for your ideas and designs. You have the chance to be named the Official Logo Designer for Town of Royalton Bicentennial Celebration.
The winning entry will be the official logo of the Royalton Bicentennial Celebration and will be showcased throughout the community and the county to publicize the events, activities and projects for our celebration in 2017. Entries are sought from anyone who would like to participate, as long as you are a Town of Royalton resident or you live anywhere in Niagara County. The logo winner prize will be 100.00, runner up will receive 50.00 and the two honorable mention winners will receive 25.00. The participants will be contacted by April 20, 2016, and will be invited to attend the May 9, 2016 Town Board meeting to be presented with their award by the Bicentennial Committee.
Design Guidelines are as follows:
1.      Logo must include the words: Town of Royalton Bicentennial 1817-2017
2.      Logo must be easily reproducible.
3.      Logo must be simple enough to be reproduced clearly in small size, as a lapel pin or key chain
4.      Graphics should be representative of our town, such as the canal, agriculture, rural.
5.      Challenge your creative senses and submit only one entry per entrant.
1.      All artwork is to be original and not based on any pre-existing design. It can be in color or black and white.
2.     Entries must be submitted on 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of white paper.
3.     The contestant's name, address, and phone number must be printed on the back of the entry.
4.     The contest entry form must be included with the art work.
a.       Entry forms can be found on the website under local events or you can email for a form.
5.  Entries must be submitted by Friday, April 8, 2016. You can mail your entry to Royalton Bicentennial Committee, 5316 Royalton Center Rd, Middleport, NY 14105. You can drop your entry off at Royalton Town Hall, Monday-Friday 8 AM- 4:00 PM or email entry and form to
For more information, please contact the Bicentennial Committee, 716-735-7335 or email at

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Join Terry's Corners for their New Year's Eve Party! $50 per person includes a Premium Dinner buffet provided by Donna Eick's, open bar, and entertainment by Beamin' Sounds Entertainment. Tickets are available online at, Durfs Tire / MJ auto care (Rt 31, Gasport), and Olear's Inc. (Rt 77, Gasport). If you have any question please call Shelly at 716.213.3755.

This is a 21 and over event.

All online ticket sales will be held a by the last name of the card holder as a reservation at the door. Please print your emailed receipt for Proof of Purchase.


Farming is, far and away, the most important economic driver of the towns of Royalton and Hartland. Local farms account for the greatest economic output and the greatest amount of employment (other than the school district) while paying the greatest amount of property taxes.

That's why it's a good thing that the school board is at least considering bringing agricultural sciences back to the school district.

Here's the report from the Union Sun & Journal...

Monday, December 21, 2015


Last week I put the word out for businesses and organizations to share the good news about Gasport on our blog and Facebook page, and to never be afraid to do so. Carol Slack responded to introduce us to her husband's collision repair shop (Slack Automotive Collision & Paint) right here in Gasport.

Jeff Slack does excellent work, and has been in the industry for 38 years.  Most people assume that he only does Mopar restoration work, as that is what he is known for in the classic car circuit. As a New York State registered repair shop he is also able to handle insurance claims and has a great rapport with all insurance companies.

Some people don't understand that they have a legal right to take their car to a repair facility of THEIR choosing.  Insurance companies will direct you to their choice shops as they have an agreement with them to do your repairs at a discounted rate, sometimes with inferior products. So, know that you have a right to not go with the initial suggestion from the insurance company and you can go with Jeff, right here in your neighborhood.

Jeff does collision repair, deer hits, frame repair, scanner service, brake jobs, and some mechanical repairs.  His prices are reasonable as he doesn't have a lot of overhead costs. His son works with him and is also an excellent body man.

There is a Facebook page where you can look at some pictures of their work.:

They are located right on Route 104, four houses East of the Hartland Fire Hall.

"After The Whack, Take It To Slack"
8979 Ridge Road
Gasport, NY  14067

Jeff Slack 716.480.1792

Sunday, December 20, 2015


JoAnne Swick was a pillar of the greater Royalton-Hartland community, doing so much and loving our community so much. It's with a heavy heart that we report she passed away on Friday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. No one deserves to be in grief during the holidays, especially a family as special as the Swicks.

Here is her obituary...

JoAnne Kay (Gaskill) Swick of Middleport went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, December 18, 2015 in her home surrounded by her family.

She was born November 22, 1960 and raised in Medina, NY., the daughter of the late Stuart Gaskill and Carol (Annable) Gaskill.

She graduated from Medina High School and attained her Associate's Degree from Geneva College.

JoAnne married John Swick on November 29, 1980 at Hartland Bible Church, where she attended her entire life.

She started working as a secretary at Dr. Oswari's Middleport Office until having children.

JoAnne was the treasurer of Hartland Bible Church for the past 25 years, taught Sunday school for 30 years, was treasurer of the Roy-Hart PTA for 10 years, was the Royalton Tax Collector for 17 years and she served as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Royalton-Hartland Community Library.

She lovingly raised three children, enjoyed volunteering her time and spending time with her family, especially her grandson Garrett.

JoAnne is survived by her husband of 35 years, John J. Swick, her children Grace Swick, John S. (Danielle) Swick and Jeffrey Swick; grandson Garrett and one grandchild arriving in May; Mother Carol Annable Hussey and Step-Father William Hussey, sister Diane Gaskill Edwards, Aunt Kaye Annable Overbye and Aunt Shirley Gaskill Lindke along with many cousins and friends.

Calling hours will be on Monday December 21, 2015 from 4 PM to 7 PM and Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 4 PM to 7 PM at Hartland Bible Church, 8110 West Avenue., Gasport, NY where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. John Goodwin officiating.

Burial will be in Hartland Central Cemetery.

Memorials to the Hartland Bible Church would be appreciated by the Swick family.

Arrangements by the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, Middleport, NY.

Visit to send a message of sympathy.

Friday, December 18, 2015


You've heard of mall walkers. What about hall walkers?

Roy-Hart is allowing the use of the Elementary School and the Middle School for that very purpose, so people can walk in a safe and warm environment in the winter months. Both facilities will be open from 4 PM to 7 PM. Walkers are asked to use the main entrance and sign in/out for security purposes. Hall walking will be closed in the event of a school closing or the cancellation of after-school activities.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


I've been running the Gasport blog since 2007 and the accompanying Facebook page since 2009. Even to this day, organizations, churches, businesses, and government functions based in Royalton or Hartland either forget about or feel uncomfortable with sending their news items, press releases, upcoming events, and fliers to me for posting.

Don't be afraid. I don't bite.

And I don't charge anything for the service. This isn't a commercial enterprise.

The whole point of the blog/Facebook is to share all the news and announce all of the good things that are going on in Gasport as means to show just how special Gasport really is and promote the community, its people, and its organizations.
Just email all such items to me at 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Pastor Rodney Klinzing and the Zion Lutheran Church will be celebrating Christmas at these services:

Christmas Pageant: Sunday the 20th, 10:30 AM at the Church. The Sunday school students of Zion will perform their annual Christmas program, sharing the story of the arrival of Jesus.

Christmas at the Barn: 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve at Becker Farms

Christmas Eve Service: 7:00 PM on Christmas Eve at the Church

Christmas Eve Late Service: 11:00 PM on Christmas Eve at the Church

The entire community is welcome to attend any of these services!

Monday, December 14, 2015


The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division, in partnership with the Niagara County Office for the Aging is offering free Diabetes Self-Management Workshops throughout Niagara County. A workshop series is scheduled to begin on February 2, 2016 to March 8, 2016 at the Zion Lutheran Church 4447 Central Avenue, Gasport from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The workshops consist of six consecutive weekly classes for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

The program has demonstrated proven health benefits for people with diabetes, and complements the health care individuals may already be receiving. The workshop is designed to help participants enhance their skills to maintain active and fulfilling lifestyles. Workshop participants will improve problem-solving and decision-making skills to confront the ever-changing challenges of living with diabetes. They will also learn how to improve food choices, increase physical activity and coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyles.

Individuals with diabetes, or caregivers of persons with diabetes, can register for the Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Program, by calling NY Connects through the Office for the Aging at (716) 438-3030 or the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division at (716) 278-1900. Groups or organizations interested in scheduling Diabetes Self-Management Workshops or Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops should call the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division at 716-278-1900.

Friday, December 11, 2015


FOUND: This cat was found in Gasport on Slayton Settlement Road near the Royalton-Lockport border (it is frequenting one of our sheds). We often get feral cats around home due to the dairy farm next door, but this one is not feral -- the cat is wearing a blue collar and a green one. If this cat ran away from your home, send me an email to and we can coordinate your pick-up.


Hartland United Methodist Church on Route 104 will be having a Living Nativity from 6 PM to 8 PM this Friday and Saturday, and again next Friday and Saturday.

Here's a Lockport Union Sun & Journal report on the new event:

Thursday, December 10, 2015


The U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty data for Western New York's 98 school districts yesterday. Orchard Park had the lowest poverty rate and Buffalo suffered the highest.

Royalton-Hartland ranks as one of the least impoverished districts in all of Western New York, coming in at 13th place. At Roy-Hart, the youth poverty rate is 9.7%. Of all 1,518 school-aged children, 147 are living in poverty.

Read the report by Business First (along with a slideshow analyzing each district) here:

Sunday, December 6, 2015


The annual Light-up Gasport & Christmas Party will take place next Sunday, December 13th at 4:00 at the Gasport fire hall.

Festivities include: Santa Claus, music, caroling, decorating & lighting of the community Christmas tree, basket raffles, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, apple cider, and sleigh rides.

This event is organized and run by the Gasport Beautification Committee. If you'd like to join the committee and lend a hand, contact committee president Debbie Babcock at 417.0718. 

Friday, December 4, 2015


Christmas at the Schoolhouse will take place this Sunday at the town of Hartland's cobblestone schoolhouse at Carmen and Seamen Roads. Festivities begin at 11 a. m. and run until 3 p. m., with a ham or turkey dinner ($9 adults, $4.50 children), raffles, a bake sale, and Christmas carols sung by Paula Phillips.

Monday, November 30, 2015



Many of you are familiar with Bob Lindke. He was a pillar of the Gasport community with work and volunteerism that spanned decades in our town: he co-owned E&R Machine, worked at Friend Manufacturing, volunteered at Covenant United Church and was scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 18 for many, many years.

Bob passed away on Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Robert Gustave Lindke, age 85, of Gasport, entered into rest on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Absolut of Gasport. Born June 4, 1930 in Royalton, NY, Robert is the son of the late: Gustave and Alma (Koepsel) Lindke and his step-mother, the late Doris Lindke-Bush.

Robert was a 1949 graduate of Akron High School. He was a former co-owner of E & R. Machine in Gasport, NY and had also worked at Friend Manufacturing Company in Gasport. He married Shirley Gaskill August 7, 1954 at Covenant United Church of Christ in Gasport where he was an active member.

Surviving Robert is his wife: Shirley (Gaskill) Lindke and children: Barbara Lindke of Bartlett, TN and Douglas (Jacque) Lindke of Webster, NY. Dear grandfather of: Alexandra Lindke and Matthew Lindke. Robert is also survived by a sister: Mildred Knights and predeceased by siblings: Earl and Patricia Wagner and Jeanette and Vincent Biasell. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive Robert.

Family and friends are invited to attend visitation at the Sherrie-Bream Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be held at the Covenant United Church of Christ, 4449 Main Street, Gasport, NY on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:00 am with the Reverend John Tipton officiating. Interment will be in Hartland Central Cemetery, Gasport, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to: Covenant United Church of Christ.

Please go to www.sherriebreamfuneralhome and leave a condolence for the family.

Sunday, November 29, 2015


When you’re out and about shopping for Christmas, please extend your giving beyond your family. Please buy a gift for a needy child in Gasport.

On Tuesday, the Mitten Tree will be going up.

This is the ninth year for this awesome program that is run by the Gasport Lions Club.

Here’s how it works…

The tree is located out front of the Gasport post office at the corner of Main Street and Route 31.

Take a mitten from it and give a gift that is appropriate to the age/gender of the child noted on the mitten.

Attach the mitten to the unwrapped gift and drop it off at Absolut Care or Drum Oil (they have drop boxes) or at the Elementary School (under the tree in the lobby). The Lions Club will distribute the gifts in time for the holidays.

It’s extremely important that the community supports the Mitten Tree. The economy is still  a little messy, unemployment (and underemployment) is still high, and we need folks to help those who are struggling.

Please participate and make Christmas a little better for a child – maybe even your neighbor – who is in need. That’s what the holiday is all about.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Are you getting a tax rebate check from the state?

If you are enrolled in New York's STAR program you will get a property tax rebate check if your school district stayed under the property tax cap. Your rebate will also depend on local government compliance with the cap. Additionally, your school district must have had an efficiency plan approved by the state, which demonstrates that they are working to reduce the amount of taxes they levy.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle's database regarding all of this, Gasport residents from Hartland or Royalton will be getting a full rebate check. If you have a Gasport zip code but live in the town of Lockport, your check will be smaller.

Here's the D&C's database:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year...many people return to their hometowns for family get-togethers and the Wednesday before the big dinner represents a great time to catch up with old friends.
There's a perfect venue for such celebration in Gasport.

Becker Farms is celebrating with live music from Dave Stockton, drink specials, and food specials! Come reacquaint yourself with friends and family at the farm!

Check out their Special Thanksgiving menu....

Cheddar Beer Dip with Soft Pretzel Sticks $8.50
Warm Bavarian pretzel sticks and a sizzling hot, cheesy dip made with Big Ditch Excavator and sharp cheddar

Seasonal Cheese Plate
A selection of three cheeses crafted by local artisans with local walnuts, seasonal fruit, and crispy flatbread
Half- serves 1 to 2- $8
Full- serves 3 to 4- $16

Spicy Meat Poutine $11
Oven roasted red potatoes smothered in homemade spicy meat sauce and topped with First Light’s herbed cheddar cheese curds.

Chicken Quesadilla $10
Hand pulled chicken sandwiched between cheddar and mozzarella cheese and house made pico de gallo.

Apple and Cheddar Panini $10
Becker Farm’s fresh apples, cheddar cheese, and house made hot pepper jelly on grilled sourdough, served with sweet potato fries.

Becker Burger $13
Hand pressed 1/3# local hamburger from Hartland Abattoir, topped Becker farms produce. Ask server for this week's selection.
*Plain hamburger or with cheeseburger with side is available for $10.

Chilli Cheese Dog $8
All beef chilli smothering a grilled Sahlen's hot dog. Served with fries.

Here's the Facebook event page:


When out Christmas shopping this long holiday weekend, don't forget to "buy local." Help keep money in Gasport, drive our economy and support your neighbors by buying wine at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, candy/jelly/honey at Schwab Farm Market, cheeses at Teacup Farm, meats at Hartland Abattoir Corp., flowers and special gifts at the Flower Barn & 1864 Boutique, Christmas items at Always Christmas, everything under the sun at Standish-Jones Building Supply,  and anything else you can think of at any number of local businesses.


On November 24, 2015, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Lockport arrested 32 year old Samuel A. Figueroa of Lockport, New York for an investigation that was conducted in the Town of Royalton.
Figueroa was charged with Assault 1st and Assault in the 2nd. The charges stem from two separate incidents that occurred in the Town of Royalton between August 9, 2015 and October 22, 2015. Figueroa admitted he kicked a 22 month old child in the back portion of her body while caring for the child at his girlfriend's residence.  Figueroa also injured the child's ribs after disciplining the child. The child sustained broken ribs and other internal injuries due to these incidents.
Figueroa was arraigned in the Town of Lockport Court and remanded to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.  He is scheduled to return to the Town of Royalton Court on December 3, 2015.


On Friday, former Gasport resident (now Maine resident) and 1990 Roy-Hart grad Naya Clifford (formerly Tracy Ellen Sharp) will be at The Book Shoppe on Main Street in Medina from 2:00 to 4:00 to sign copies of her book “Into the North Woods.”

The book's description as noted by the publisher..

In this exceptional debut novel, "Into the North Woods," Naya Clifford takes the reader on a suspenseful adventure across the crest of the Appalachian Trail, into the lives of a local family thrust into the center of an environmental controversy. Set against the back drop of the majestic White Mountains, a college student and his girlfriend meet Striker, an iconic environmental activist. Together they descend into radical fanaticism fed by pseudo-scientific internet sites that propel them to the edges of violent extremism. Naya Clifford’s compelling narrative explores how the path from simple belief to terrorism grows unfettered in isolation. You will cheer on the Atwood family as they take a stand for their heritage and discover the strength of community in action and stand firm against extremist beliefs.

The current tide of extreme religious and political movements occurring world-wide should be of interest and concern to all of us who share this world as an environmental community of living beings. Naya Clifford explores the pernicious fealty of radical fanaticism and persuades us to remember that all life matters. "Into The North Woods" was conceived by the author as an allegory to explore how initially compassionate well-meaning people are swept up into violent movements, through isolation within their own self-selected groups, inspired through like-minded internet sites. Into the North Woods explores conversations about environmental action, racism and religious radicalism in the center of small town America.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Airmen in the 419th Maintenance Group welcomed a new commander, Col. Brett Newman, during a ceremony earlier this fall. He is a 1983 graduate of Royalton-Hartland Central High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1987 from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Newman will lead nearly 270 reservists assigned to the 419th MXG, which includes the 419th Maintenance Squadron and 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. He is responsible for all facets of F-16 maintenance, and ensures aircraft and personnel are ready for worldwide deployment. He will also oversee the wing's conversion to the F-35A alongside the active duty 388th Fighter Wing.

"I tend to stick to taking care of the three P's: people, planes, and processes," Newman said during his remarks. "If we don't take care of the people, the planes can't work and there's no need for processes."

Prior to this assignment, Newman commanded the 445th Maintenance Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

To learn more about the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, visit their website at:

Monday, November 23, 2015


Award-winning Gasport artist Kathleen Giles is holding open houses in her studio every Saturday through December 19th.

Here's the report from the Lockport Star:

Friday, November 20, 2015


The Gasport Community Food Pantry and Clothing Closet serves Gasport and the adjoining communities.

It is hosted by Zion Luthern Church at 4447 Central Ave. in Gasport and is open the fourth Saturday of each month from 10am till noon

Eligibility: Must be a resident of the communities that generally encompass the Towns of Royalton and Hartland

Fee: None

Intake: On your first visit, please bring the following:

• ID
• Proof of residency (utility bill, landlord statement, etc.)

Services: Distribute a three-day supply of food on the fourth Saturday of the month. Additional distribution available in emergency situations. Holiday food baskets also available. The Clothing Closet distributes new and gently used items for those who need it.

The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet is made possible by the generous donations from the following groups and organizations:

Royalton-Hartland Teachers Association; Ladies Auxiliary of the Gasport Chemical Hose; Hartland Conservation Club; Roy-Hart Elementary School; the Absolut of Gasport; the Gasport Lions Club; Covenant United Church of Christ; Hartland Bible Church; Hartland United Methodist Church; Zion Lutheran Church; Royalton United Methodist Church; Becker Farms; local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops; local 4-H Clubs; and generous donations from individuals celebrating birthdays and holidays!


The Royalton-Hartland Board of Education will be looking into the possibility of adopting the use of a video conferencing or "telepresence" device into the district's classrooms.

Check out the US&J report here:

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Royalton-Hartland High School is pleased to announce that senior Benjamin Bacon has been selected to the All-State Wind Ensemble. He will participate in a concert held at the acclaimed Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY during the annual Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to be held from December 3-6, 2015. Those chosen to participate in an ensemble at this conference represent the best high school musicians from all of New York State as determined by previous NYSSMA solo festival scores and teacher recommendation.

Benjamin, a talented trombonist, is one of just a few Roy-Hart students to achieve this level of musicianship and the only student ever to make an All State ensemble in both his junior and senior year, having performed with the All State Symphonic Band last year. He performs with the Roy-Hart High School Concert Band and pit orchestra as well as the Sanborn Fire Company Band.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


The Town of Royalton Historical Society will have their next meeting at Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Rd, Middleport. It will be this Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 1:00. This will be a get together to share ideas for upcoming meetings, dates and times. This will also be their annual Thanksgiving pot luck luncheon. They ask that everyone bring a dish or dessert to share. They will be providing beverages and the main dish. The fact that most of us will be eating turkey the following week they will probably do something other than turkey, more than likely ham. Please call Jennifer Bieber if you are able to attend. You do not have to be a member to attend. ALL ARE WELCOME!! 716-735-7335.


Join Terry's Corners for their New Year's Eve Party! $50 per person includes a Premium Dinner buffet provided by Donna Eick's, open bar, and entertainment by Beamin' Sounds Entertainment. Tickets are available online at, Durfs Tire / MJ auto care (Rt 31, Gasport), and Olear's Inc. (Rt 77, Gasport). If you have any question please call Shelly at 716.213.3755.

This is a 21 and over event.

All online ticket sales will be held a by the last name of the card holder as a reservation at the door. Please print your emailed receipt for Proof of Purchase.

Monday, November 16, 2015


Pack 18 Cubmaster Scott Schultz led 22 cub scouts (and assorted parents and siblings) over the past two Saturdays, distributing flyers and collecting non-perishable food goods in Gasport. They nearly tripled the amount of food they collected in last year's "Scouting for Food" campaign: The pack collected and the giving residents of Gasport donated 587 food items that are being added to the Gasport Community Food Pantry that is hosted by Zion Lutheran Church. A big "thank you" to these awesome scouts and our great community!


The railroad crossing on State Street in Gasport (near the split by Hartland Bible Church and the town park) is closed until Wednesday afternoon. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015



A live musical version of the holiday classic "It’s A Wonderful Life" will be presented by the Lake Plains Players at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Royalton-Hartland High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and children.

The Facebook event page is here:

You can buy tickets in advance online:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 6369 Wolcottsville Rd, will be holding a Hunters Breakfast on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  This will be a freewill offering.  All are welcome! 


Monday, November 9, 2015


The Wolcottsville Volunteer Fire Company will be holding their Annual Turkey Raffle on Saturday, November 21.  Doors will open at 6:30.  Wolcottsville will be raffling meats, fruit baskets, gift cards and NYS lotteries.  Admission is free.  The address is 6337 Wolcottsville Rd.


The goal of Michelle's Memorial is to provide a scholarship at Royalton Hartland for graduating Seniors, encourage sports in our community as well as the remembrance of Michelle Bewley (Schuler) who, in 2006, passed away at the age of 29 in a car accident.

Although the exact requirements of the scholarship change year to year based on participation, the goal is still the same; reward a student that took part in music and sports, excelled academically and portrayed a whole lot of heart both on and off the field, just as Michelle did.

The 4th annual Michelle's Memorial 5k will take place on Saturday, November 21st at 9:00 AM at the fire hall in Middleport. Registration begins at 8:00 AM.

You can register here for $20:

You can also register the day of the event for $25.

For more information, the Michelle's Memorial Facebook page can be liked here:

Friday, November 6, 2015


Niagara Produce is encouraging their customers to get ready for Thanksgiving and pre-order their fresh, local turkeys now. Among the 3 farms they highlight is Britt Farms, who raise all natural turkeys on Ridge Road in Gasport. Their turkeys will be $3.29 lb. (preorder only). Niagara Produce would like customers to call ahead for best availability: 716.625.4195 for the Transit store deli or 716.478.0885 for the Lockport deli.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Gasport voters did not have a very exciting time at the polls as between the two towns there was only one race among all available town positions that was up for grabs...that was Hartland town justice. There were 2 seats available and 3 people vying for them. Joanne Sullivan and Brian Gross won with 359 and 287 votes, respectively. Lisa Trakas had 218 votes.

Monday, November 2, 2015


Earlier this year, the Women Helping Others (WHO) organization at Zion Lutheran Church in Gasport opened a chapter of Becca's Closet through which they distributed gowns and dresses.

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:

On Sunday, November 8th WHO will be holding a Becca's Closet fashion show and fundraiser. This event will be held in Lockport (to show off the program to a wider population) and will take place at Christ Community Church at 140 Genesee Street in the city of Lockport from 2:00 till 6:00.

Models will wear many of the dresses so interested young women can see them. And, there will be a basket raffle to solicit funds to help Becca's Closet grow. Admission to the event are $5 and raffle tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25 -- there are all sorts of prizes from gift certificates to Bill's tickets.

For more information contact event organizer Paula Travis at or 716.471.6446.

The Facebook event page is:

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

Friday, October 30, 2015


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Local Law Number 1 for the year 2001 entitled "An Amendment to the Winter Parking Law of the Town of Royalton" which was adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Royalton on the 12th day of March 2001 be advised as follows:


It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle on a Town Highway and/or right of way within the Town of Royalton between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from November 1st of any year to April 1st of the year immediately following.

A copy of Local Law No. 2, 2001 can be viewed in the Town of Royalton Town Clerk 's Office, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport, New York 14105 during regular business hours.


Thursday, October 29, 2015


The Covenant Church on Main St. in Gasport is having its annual bazaar and donation dinner on Saturday, November 7th. Doors open at 10 am and lunch is at 11:30.  Homemade candy, pies, canned goods, wreaths, flower arrangements, jewelry, fresh veggies and Grandmas attic treasures will all be available. There will also be a raffle with 4 drawings on one ticket that day. Tickets are $1.00 each or 8 for $5.00 see Carol Genet or Donna Rice for your lucky ticket.

The Church's famous turkey dinner starts at 3:30 and is served until it's all gone (which is typically 7:00). There is no set fee for dinner -- it is a donation dinner at which you decide how much you would like to give to the Church and its missions. Be generous, please!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that more doe permits will be issued to hunters in several Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) beginning November 1, 2015.

Deer Management Permits (DMP), which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In order to provide DMPs at point-of-sale locations DEC must anticipate the number of applicants in each WMU and assign a probability to each unit in order to issue the appropriate number of permits. This year, DEC received fewer permit applications than projected in many WMUs.

In these units, DEC will reopen the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for and receive up to two additional DMPs in these WMUs. Hunters may apply for leftover DMPs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1, 2015. Leftover DMPs will not be available by phone, by mail or via the internet. Applicants who previously paid the $10.00 DMP application fee or those that are exempt from the application fee will not be charged for this additional application.

Among the affected WMU's are 9A and 9F which include portions of Royalton and Hartland.


Trick-or-treating hours for Halloween have been set by the Royalton town board as 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.


Halloween is more than just trick or treating for the little's also about partying for the "big kids." There are 3 such events taking place in Gasport this weekend.


On Friday Becker Farms will host a Halloween Costume Party...the top 3 costumes will win a prize. Costume Contest will begin at 8pm

1st Prize: $30 gift certificate, 64 oz Growler with fill, bottle of wine, and wine party for 20 people!

2nd Prize: $20 gift certificate, 32 oz Growler with fill, and bottle of wine

3rd Prize: $10 gift certificate and bottle of wine

Live Music by Road to Recovery.

Buffet with Halloween themed food created by Chef Grace Platt. The Halloween themed Buffet will include:

Mini Jimmy Buffet paradise sliders
Mummy dogs
Make your own taco/nacho bar
Butternut Squash Soup
Halloween Veggie display
Brain Cupcakes
Frog Eye Ambrosia Salad

Here is the Facebook event page:


They, too, are holding their Halloween party on Friday. They will be having a BEST costume contest voted by the crowds cheer. There will be a $50 gift certificate for the winner of the costume contest which will be announced at 11pm. The Mercury Blues Band will be providing entertainment.


The Country Club will be having their party on Saturday night starting at 8:00. Entertainmnet will be privided by Last Call. There will be a 50/50 split, prizes for best custom, drink specials, and a $12 buffet.

The Facebook event page for their event:


Getting to see Dan Bragg dressed as an elf?
That alone is worth the trip to the open house!

The annual Always Christmas Open House will be held at Standish Jones on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 11 am - 4 pm. Enjoy refreshments, cookies, popcorn, games, and a basket raffle while the little ones visit Santa Claus and make a craft - all for FREE.

If you haven't been to Always Christmas
(the all-year Christmas store on the top floor of Standish-Jones) in a while, you are in for a surprise....there are many new Christmas items, toys, and games.

Here is the Facebook event page:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015



Terry's Corners annual Turkey Party and Meat Raffle is Saturday, November 14th. Doors open at 630 pm. First spin is 7:00. Free Admission!

They are doing things a little different this year. They will be selling tickets for $1, $2, and $3 per spin, PLUS NEW THIS YEAR the $5 Grand Finale. They will spin the wheel until all the meat is gone for the $5 Finale. Prizes were purchased from Schwab Farm Market, Scapelliti's Super Store and Hartland Abattoir Corp.

Here is the event page on Facebook:

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Sunday's Buffalo News had a front-page story about the tragic passing of Royalton's Robert Strassel who died after being struck by a car while picking up after an accident that only minutes earlier claimed the life of his beloved dog:

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Some Roy-Hart alumni will remember Casey Kosiorek, who had taught phys-ed at the high school. He has been named the next superintendent of the Hilton Central School District.

Here's the report from the Batavia Daily News...

Monday, October 19, 2015


UPDATE: Press Release10/19/15

RELEASE OF NAMES FROM Fatal Accident on Akron Road in Town of Royalton

Royalton, NY

UPDATE: On the above date and time the Niagara County Sheriff's Office was investigating a car/dog accident in the area of the 7600 block of Akron Road when the owner of the dog, 55 year old Robert Strassel, was struck by a westbound vehicle. The vehicle was driven by 23 year old Michael Rider Jr of Barker, NY. Robert had removed the animal from the roadway and was attempting to clean up debris when he was struck. Robert was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight where he later died. The investigation is continuing by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Unit.


The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today the completion of Phase 1 of the soil cleanup at the Royalton-Hartland (Roy-Hart) School property in Middleport, Niagara County. With approximately 12,000 cubic yards of arsenic-contaminated soil excavated from the Roy-Hart Field Hockey field in the southeast portion of the school property, restoration of this area is now complete.

"We are pleased with the progress that we have been able achieve this year," DEC Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman said. "DEC worked cooperatively with the school to ensure the least disruption of school activities would occur."

The 2.5-acre remediation is part of the overall 14.4-acre remediation of the school property required under the FMC Corporation Site Final Statement of Basis (FSB) issued in May 2013. The 2013 FSB requires the removal of arsenic contamination exceeding the 20 parts per million soil cleanup objective from the Roy-Hart School property.

DEC officials worked with the Roy-Hart Board of Education and school district officials to develop a construction schedule and the field hockey area will be available for use beginning in the spring.

Work also started last week on Phase 2 of the cleanup. The DEC, in consultation with the NYS Department of Health, is conducting removal and disposal of arsenic-contaminated soil at three of the 182 residential properties in the Village of Middleport identified for cleanup pursuant to the FSB.

This initial removal will be followed by additional work in the spring 2016 to address the remaining properties in the K and M block area for which designs are currently underway. DEC intends to continue this cleanup until it addresses all properties for which homeowners have provided consent.

Additional information regarding the FMC Middleport facility cleanup may be found on DEC's website.


FMC Corporation, which operates the Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport, is hosting a Fall Open House at its Middleport Community Office on Wednesday, Oct. 28 for Middleport area residents and their families. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the FMC Community Office at 8 S. Vernon St., Middleport.

Family, friends and children are invited to attend and enjoy apple cider and donuts, Halloween give-a-ways, glow sticks and candy. Costumes are encouraged! Residents can also find out more about FMC’s Home Value Assurance Program, community partnerships, and environmental project work.


The Lockport US&J is reporting that today's pedestrian accident was a fatality:


Gasport commuters, please know that Route 93 Eastbound/Westbound is closed from Dysinger Road to Singer Road in the Town of Royalton due to an accident at 6am Monday for up to 4 hours. Niagara County Sheriffs indicate that there was a pedestrian accident with serious injuries.

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Gasport residents don't have a lot of choices to make on the November ballots. Royalton residents have just one contested line while Hartland residents have two. But, don't look at that as a reason to not vote. Make your voice heard.

Here's a look at the ballots across our two towns:


State Supreme Court Justice (choose 2) UNCONTESTED: Frank Sedita III; Emilio Colaiacovo

District attorney UNCONTESTED: Michael Violante

County Clerk: Jamie Moxham, Joseph Jastrzemski, Danielle Rotolo

County Legislator UNCONTESTED: Michael Hill

Supervisor UNCONTESTED: Jennifer Bieber

Councilman (choose 2) UNCONTESTED: Lee Criswell, Bradley Rehwaldt

Highway Superintendent UNCONTESTED: James Sparks


State Supreme Court Justice (choose 2) UNCONTESTED: Frank Sedita III; Emilio Colaiacovo

District attorney UNCONTESTED: Michael Violante

County Clerk: Jamie Moxham, Joseph Jastrzemski, Danielle Rotolo

County Legislator UNCONTESTED: Michael Hill

Supervisor UNCONTESTED: W. Ross Annable

Town clerk UNCONTESTED: Cynthia Boyler

Councilman (choose 2) UNCONTESTED: Daniel Hill, Clifford Grant

Highway Superintendent UNCONTESTED:Keith Hurtgam

Tax collector UNCONTESTED: Katherine Hirner

Town Justice (choose 2): Joanne Sullivan, Lisa Trakas, Brian Gross

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


The DEC will begin conducting remedial and restoration activities and soil removal from four Middleport properties this month. They have issued a fact sheet here:

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.