Friday, October 20, 2017

Mrs. Retzlaff has passed away

Sadly, Roy-Hart has lost yet another beloved longtime teacher. Mrs. Retzlaff was a kind and caring elementary school teacher for 35 years in the district.

Her obituary:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mr. Pregmon has passed away

Stephen Pregmon was a Roy-Hart musical teacher and the district's string orchestral director for an amazing 35 years. He passed away last Thursday. Here is the obituary for the always happy and inspiring Mr. Pregmon, who had a huge impact on Gasport, Middleport and beyond:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CUCC bazaar and dinner: November 4th

The Covenant United Church of Christ's annual bazaar and donation dinner is on November 4th. The day's activities run from 10:00 till 7:00.

Take out will be available for lunch and dinner.

Lunch is served by CUCC's youth group from 11:00 till 2:00.

The famous turkey dinner, cooked by the church folk and served by Troop 18, is donation style, and it will be available from 3:30 till 7:00.

The bazaar begins at 10:00 and it will feature homemade jams, hot pepper jelly, beets, carrots, tomatoes, and fresh baked sweet breads, rolls,muffins, pies, and cookies.

There will also be hand sewn items from purses to scarfs as well as tree skirts, wreaths and centerpieces.

There will be a kids booth with games and prizes.

This is CUCC's biggest and most important fundraiser of the year. Last year, they added a raffle and will be holding one again this year. If you'd like to donate a raffle item and support CUCC and the great mission work they do in the community, please call Carol Genet, who is coordinating the raffle at 622.3095.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Our Farm Festival this weekend

The sixth annual Our Farm Festival will be from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday at 7610 Ridge Rd. in Gasport:

Trinity "Oktoberfest" in Wolcottsville

Wolcottsville is the place to be this weekend. Yesterday, we shared the info about St. Michael's fall fest coming up on Saturday. Then, there's Trinity Lutheran Church's version of Oktoberfest on Sunday from 11:00 till 2:00 where they will be serving bratwurst and sauerkraut -- and roast beef for those not into the German foods.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gasport Food Pantry update

Gasport's Food Pantry at Zion Lutheran Church continues to have a huge impact on our community.

On Saturday, September 23rd, 18 families totaling 75 people used the services provided by the food pantry. 30 bags of food were distributed and 14 families used the clothing closet.

Thank you to the volunteers and donors who make this happen!

Currently, the pantry is short on Jell-o, canned fruits, tuna fish, jelly, pork & beans, cereal, potatoes, and pasta sauce. If you'd like to donate such items, please visit the Church Sunday mornings between 7:30 AM and noon.

If you would like to utilize the services of the pantry, it is open the fourth Saturday of every month between 10:00 AM and noon.

Wednesday car-bus accident

Middleport and Tri-Town have been dispatched to a car/bus accident on Route 31. There are 45 students on the bus and police on scene have reported that 2 of them are citing neck pain.

Middleport Rod & Gun Club event

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Chop's Shop Bar & Grill open for business

Gasport has a new dining and drinking establishment. Chop's Shop Bar and Grill has opened up next to their pizzeria. It looks sharp! I wish them luck in this new endeavor! You can like them on Facebook here:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lift bridge will continue to be closed

Here is the NY-Alert notification from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office: Update on Gasport Rd/Hartland Rd lift bridge. The bridge will NOT re-open this week as planned and will be closed to all traffic for a few more weeks. When a tentative date for opening is announced we will update the public.

Roy-Hart teacher introduces children's book

Dan Mault, a third-grade teacher at Royalton-Hartland Elementary School, will be releasing his new children's book this weekend:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tri-Town open house

Have you ever wanted to become a driver on an ambulance or an EMT? Come to Tri-Town's open house this Saturday, September 23rd from 11:00 to 4:00 at their Hartland duty station (8935 Ridge Road, near the Hartland fire hall). Check out their equipment and headquarters, meet their members, and learn about incentives. They will also being having a car seat check! Come out and see if you are interested in volunteering for the Royalton-Hartland community.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Domstock 2017

This afternoon you will see a lot of people running through Gasport then having even more fun afterwards. It's Domstock!

Domstock is an annual charity event run by Dominick Ciliberto. It is now in its 9th year. Each year the proceeds are donated to help other organizations achieve their goals. This year, proceeds will be given to Operation Smile which is a worldwide charity dedicated to the correction of cleft palettes and lips in children and young adults.

The event is held on the grounds of All Metal Works in Gasport, NY and features: a 5K Race, Pig Roast, Games for Kids and Adults, Live Music, Raffles and a Silent Auction, a closing Bonfire and so much more.

This is a fun filled event to benefit life altering surgeries around the world. Everyone who attends can truly say that they have made a difference in someone's life.

Kudos to Dom for his impact on Gasport and the world!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Saddle Up For Roswell

On September 9th, 2017, Chestnut Ridge Equestrian Center will be hosting their 12th annual Saddle Up for Roswell event from 8:00 to 4:00.

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 110 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. Over the history of this event they've raised more than $150,000!

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, September 5, 2017

Hartland Bible Church community day

Before you head over to Middleport for the community day there on Saturday, be sure to check out Hartland Bible Church's 3rd annual community day which also runs on Saturday, September 9th. HBC's event runs from 11:00 to 3:00 at the church at 8100 West Ave in Gasport.

They are inviting everyone for a day of food and fun. They will be having a corn roast, hot dogs, a giant water slide, an inflatable obstacle course, lawn games, bocce, volleyball, a kids area with crafts, and a car show. This entire event is free.

The Facebook event page can be found here:

Royalton 200th event at Middleport

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Petunia's Pizzeria sale price has dropped

In a post a few weeks back we mentioned that Petunia's Pizzeria is up for sale. If someone is interested in buying the pizzeria, the selling price has come down:

Monday, August 28, 2017

A shortened Canal season

The Erie Canal is an integral part of Gasport's identity and a contributor to our tourism economy. This article from the Albany Times Union offers some good food for thought: If the 200th anniversary of the Canal is so special, why are officials robbing us of almost 2 months of use??

Friday, August 25, 2017

Roy-Hart Report is available online

The latest edition of the Roy-Hart Report is available online. You can download it here:…/17-18%20Back%20to%20School%20Newsletter.pdf

Leading off the 20-page report is the Superintendent's Message. As that message closes, Roger Klatt mentions that he will be retiring at the end of the school year.

That's a bittersweet announcement. On one hand, I am happy for Roger. On the other, I will miss him. In my opinion, he's done an exceptional job for the district. He's been an unifying force and a visionary who's worked well with staff, teachers, parents, and students.

Roy-Hart's growing poverty rate

There's an article about rural schools battling poverty that ran in newspapers across the state. There's a frightening takeaway in that report: Consider this statement about poverty in Gasport and Middleport...."just 15 percent of the students enrolled in the Royalton-Hartland Central School District in Middleport qualified for (free or reduced) lunch programs in the 2006-07 school year, according to state data. By 2014-15, the most recent year for which the statistic was available, the poverty rate there had climbed to 33 percent of the student body."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Royalton Community Day

The next Royalton Bicentennial Event is right around the corner!! The Royalton Community Day will be held at the Royalton Ravine on Sunday, August 27. The day will begin with a non-denominational church service at 10:30. Gasport Lions will be selling 300 chicken barbecues. The local fire companies will be there to help celebrate, as well many local crafters, organizations and businesses. The Niagara County Sheriffs will have the Command Center in place for tours. There will be a basket raffle, music and free giveaways. If you would like to donate a basket please call Jennifer Bieber at 716.735.7335.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lift bridge closure

The New York State Canal Corporation announced the lift bridge in Gasport will be closed to vehicular traffic on Aug. 21 for about four weeks for repairs and maintenance on the bridge-lifting system.

The pedestrian walkways will remain open during these repairs, except for a brief time after the bridge is first placed in the raised position. The walkways will not be handicapped accessible during the scheduled work period.

During the Gasport project, a signed detour for vehicles will be posted utilizing Route 31 (Rochester Road and Telegraph Road), Orangeport Road and Slayton Settlement Road.

The bridge work will not affect navigation on the Erie Canal or users of the Erie Canalway Trail.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Road closures

Starting Thursday, August 3, 2017 through Thursday, August 10,2017, from 7:00am-5:00pm, the following roads will have traffic delays/possible lane closures due to chipsealing work.

Mountain Rd- from Gasport Rd to Griswold St
Bolton Rd Hill
Peet St
Graham Rd
E. Chestnut Ridge Rd
Ditch Rd
Ertman Rd
Kinne Rd

Please be aware of construction signs and road crews.

Friday, July 28, 2017

CUCC Canal Cruise

Covenant United Church of Christ is doing a canal cruise on August 12, 2017 from 5-7 pm. The picture shown here is an article that was in their church newsletter, but they'd also like to put notice out to the general public for anyone who might be interested in joining the CUCC folks that evening.

Tickets are $24.00 per person and must be pre-purchased. You can contact the church at 716.772.7802 or by email at You can also call Christine Pittler at 716.772-2207 or by email her at 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Chipsealing date change

Due to weather, the Thursday, July 27,2017 work date has changed to Monday July 31, 2017 from 7:00am to 5:00pm for the following roads to have traffic delays/possible lane closures for chipsealing.

Townline Rd- from Robson Rd to Root Rd
N. Wruck Rd- from the canal to Townline Rd
Quaker Rd- from Slayton Settlement Rd to Hartland town line.
Please be aware of construction signs, and road crews.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Thursday travel delays

On Thursday, July 27,2017 from 7:00am to 5:00pm the following roads in Royalton will have traffic delays/possible lane closures due to chipsealing work:

Townline Rd- from Robson Rd to Root Rd

N. Wruck Rd- from the canal to Townline Rd

Quaker Rd- from Slayton Settlement Rd to Hartland town line.

Please be aware of construction signs, and road crews.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trolls coming to Vets Park Friday

This Friday, July 28th, the Gasport Beautification committee will be hosting its annual movie night at Vets Park in the hamlet. Gates open at 6:00 and the movie will start at dark. This year's movie is Trolls.

There will be special appearances by a balloon artists and Poppy the Troll.

The snack bar will be open to purchase pizza, hot dogs, burgers, candy, chips, soda, water, and coffee.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.

This is a family event, so it is encouraged that all children be accompanied by an adult.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Names released for Gasport fatal accident

UPDATE to fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in Hartland, NY -

The driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal accident on July 23rd, 2017 at 1912 hours has been identified as Margaret A. Hammerl, 82, of Stamford Connecticut. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The rear seat passenger in the vehicle has been identified as Andrew J. Hammerl, 84, of Stamford Connecticut; he was also pronounced dead at the scene.

The front seat passenger in the vehicle has been identified as Mary R. Haberman, 77, of Eggertsville, N.Y. She remains in critical condition at ECMC.

The driver of the other vehicle involved has been identified as Tony E. Wagner, 29, of Gasport, N.Y. He was treated at the scene of the accident.

The Investigation is continuing by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Unit.

Gasport fatal accident

Niagara County Sheriff's Office press release...

Hartland, NY - On July 23rd, 2017

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Ridge road and Quaker road in the Town of Hartland.

Upon arrival by deputies, two heavily damaged vehicles were on scene. One vehicle was in the west bound lane of Ridge road the other vehicle involved was located off road in the south west corner of the intersection. Preliminary investigation shows the south bound vehicle on Quaker road stopped at the stop sign then proceeded to cross Ridge road and was struck by a west bound vehicle on Ridge road.

The driver and rear passenger of the south bound vehicle were pronounced deceased on scene. The front passenger of the south bound vehicle was transported by Tri Town Ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center for serious injuries. The driver of the west bound vehicle signed off with medical personnel on scene.

Investigation to continue by the Niagara County Accident Investigation Unit.

The names of the occupants are being withheld at this time pending notification of the family.

Gasport accident claims 2 lives Sunday

An accident at the intersection of Quaker and Ridge claimed 2 lives Sunday evening. Here is WGRZ's report. As with most news websites, open at your discretion if you don't want to see a photo of the vehicle:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Job openings at Roy-Hart

Roy-Hart has the following job openings:

Part-time vocal music teacher

Part-time school monitor

The school district also has the following coaching vacancies:

Modified cross country

Modified volleyball

If interested in applying for any of the above, visit the employment page here:

Summer Sizzler this weekend

Monday, July 17, 2017

The composition of Gasport's gas

A few weeks back we mentioned that some scientists were in town to analyze the chemical content and microbial life of Gasport's gas. Part One of the study is in. Gasport's gas has this profile: Methane 92.9%; ethane 6.9%, propane 0.2%.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

US&J looks at Mrs. Pedini

Roy-Hart is blessed to have teachers like Mrs. Pedini, "one of the most patriotic people that you will ever meet".

Here is a Lockport US&J report on her:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Roy-Hart to receive Smart Schools funds

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced approval of 154 Smart Schools Investment Plans aimed at reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century. The approved plans, totaling $103.2 million, are part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act - a sweeping education technology initiative first proposed by the Governor and overwhelmingly approved by voters. The investments authorized today will modernize classrooms across New York and equip students with the skills they need to thrive in the global economy.

Roy-Hart is one of the recipients. The district will be receiving $299,988 for classroom technology.

See the State's press release here:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jennifer Bieber to run Niagara County water district

The US&J offers this report on Royalton town supervisor Jennifer Bieber who will be stepping down from that role at the end of this month to become the director of Niagara County's water district. Thank you, Jennifer, for 10 years of service to the town as a board member and supervisor!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lindsey Oilver doing fundraising run

Lindsey Oliver, the daughter of Gary & Darlene (Kaufman) Oliver, is running 50 miles on Oct 7th (on her own) in support of her cousin, Jennifer Robertaccio (daughter of Rick & Patricia (Kaufman) Williams) who is battling TNBC (Triple Negative Breast Cancer).

Breast cancer has had such a profound negative effect in the Kaufman family across generations. TNBC affects 10-20% of those diagnosed with breast cancer.

Jen is fighting the fight as best as she can. Her family says she's a true warrior and they're asking everyone that reads this to please donate what you can to help her cause. $1, $5, $10,... any little bit helps. The GoFund me page can be found here:

Lindsey will be running from Greece, NY to Gasport along the canal path to raise money for the TNBC Foundation.

She will be ending her run at her parents house which is just around the corner from the Slayton-Settlement bridge in Gasport.

If we can line people up to run with her during any part of her run, please let her family know. They are also looking for any and all to donate drinks and energy along the way and cheer her across the finish line at Slayton-Settlement and Telegraph Rd.

Please contact for any further info.

Petunia's is for sale

Petunia's Pizzeria is still open and still turning out good pizzas. But, they are looking for an interested buyer. They have posted such an ad:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pat Harrington featured in US&J

Sunday's installment of "Where are they now?" in the Lockport Union Sun & Journal offered a report on Gasport's Pat Harrington, an accomplished guitarist making a name for himself nationally in the blues...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Erie Canal Derby is underway

The Erie Canal Derby, run by Gasport's Steve Harrington, begins today and lasts until Sunday, July 16th. Get out and fish the Canal and compete to win some $20,000 in cash and prizes including a boat, motor, and trailer and $10,000 in tagged fish. There are divisions for 7 fish species and two categories for each -- adult and children...making it the perfect family event. Entry fees are: 14 and under $10.00, adults $15.00, family $22.00. For details about registration and weigh-in, visit

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Royalton break-ins

The Sheriff's Office is investigating break-ins that have occurred in Royalton. Be vigilant -- and lock your cars and garages.

The Buffalo News story:

Friday, June 30, 2017

WLVL to cover Hartland fireworks

WLVL's Norm Palmer will be operating remotely from the Hartland Independence Day activities on July 3rd. From 6:30 until the fireworks start, WLVL will periodically cut into the evening programming (Mark Levin, Clark Howard) to hear from Norm and his interviewees.

Veterans and First Responders breakfast

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bieber is one of Roswell's best fundraisers

Kudos to Royalton town supervisor Jennifer Bieber. 7,100 cyclists took part in this year's Ride for Roswell. Of them, Jennifer ranked in the top hundred in terms of fundraising. Wow!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Congrats to the seniors

Congratulations to all the seniors who will be graduating this weekend. As you head through those doors for the last time as a student, reflect on the lessons learned, friends made, and memories created over the past 13 years at Roy-Hart. The school district might be small, but it's mighty...the school, the community, and your family have prepared you well for whatever the future holds. Good luck in your new endeavors!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hartland fireworks and more

Once again, the Hartland Town Park behind the Hartland fire hall on Ridge Road will host this year's Independence Day event. However, the committee has decided to move the date forward to: Monday, July 3rd, 2017 at 5pm.

Along with the date change, they've also added more children's events, additional food vendors, new music bands and increased the fireworks display over last year.

They've also added more "on-site" parking for the day as well.

So, bring your family and friends, but don't forget your chair!

Come hungry for great food, wonderful times and honor our day of independence!

If you'd like more information or would like to help out (with a donation of money or time), please contact Matt Snell at

Harringtons interviewed in Sunday's paper

The "where are they now?" section of Sunday's paper did a follow-up on the Harringtons, who lost their home to fire a few years back. It's a solid interview with the nice folks who run the Erie Canal Derby:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Raffle to support Boy Scouts

A week from today on Wednesday, June 28th, the second annual Confer Plastics Classic golf tournament will take place at Willowbrook golf course in Lockport/Wrights Corners. Golfer registration has closed, but the raffle accompanying it is being run by Carol Genet and it will be open to the public from 12:30 to 4:30 on the 28th. The list of prizes is HUGE, check out the prizes in the link below. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and everyone who will bid. All proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Roy-Hart's Business First rankings

All week long the local press was inundated with stories regarding Business First's annual school district rankings. It was a lead-in to the issuance of their 120 page Guide To Western New York Schools which offers detailed analyses for each and every district. I received a copy in today's mail.

Here's how our school stands in regard to some of the various criteria...

Rank: 60 out of 98 districts, up from 70th place last year.

Local comparison: Roy-Hart is ranked 7th among 10 Niagara County school districts. The report best compares us to Newfane, Perry, and Alexander among WNY schools.

In English we were in 70th place.

In Math we came in at 52nd.

We were 69th in science.
And, we were 75th place in Social Studies.

Some of the supplemental info they provided....

Our school district came in at 95th place on the achievement index. This means that our students perform worse than what the community's socioeconomic profile predicts

We are the 11th-most cost-effective district in WNY.

Spending per pupil is $15,390.

Administrative efficiency is 11th best and teacher experience came in at 53rd.

What does this all mean? It depends on your perspective.

The report does not detail how well we prepare students for the working world through integration with BOCES.

It doesn't say that almost 9% of last year's graduates were prepared for the military, which might be at the top of WNY -- compare that stat to Williamsville where less than 0.9% chose to serve the country.

The report doesn't mention the quality of life and career-preparedness that is unique to a really small school.

Frankly, I don't feel cheated having gone to Roy-Hart and I don't feel that I'm cheating my kids with Roy-Hart. I was prepared for the world and I know my kids will be -- every administrator, teacher, and staff member I've met has been awesome.

Roy-Hart might be 60th in the report. But, it's #1 in my heart.

So, I'd like to temper the Business First report with my speech from the 2016 commencement at Roy-Hart. It looks at the super powers gleaned by living in and being educated by a small school district. If you missed that speech, here it is:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Quaker Road delays

Quaker Rd between Slayton Settlement and Ridge will have a reduced traffic flow at the bridge (for joint repair) from June 5 for approximately four weeks. One way traffic will be maintained over the bridge at all times using a traffic signal. The traffic signal will remain intact during non-working hours also.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Royalton man dies in Memorial Day motorcycle accident

On Monday, a man died in a motorycle accident that occurred on Royalton Center Road in Gasport. Today, the Buffalo News has released the name of the young man. It was Jason Clark, 36, of Royalton. My heart goes out to the entire Clark family -- who are wonderful people -- in this time of sorrow.

The Buffalo News report:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Man pleads guilty in beating death of baby

In February of 2016, young William Hossbach of Gasport -- who was only 6 months old -- was killed, beaten by his father. Last week, Dillon Hossbach admitted his guilt in court. The US&Jreport...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lift bridge to close during summer

Press release from the desk of Royalton Town Supervisor Jennifer Bieber.....

I would like to let all the residents know that I was contacted by the New York State Canal Corporation today. I was informed that they will be closing the Gasport lift bridge for a period of up to four weeks.

The repairs will be on hydraulic cylinders. They have to be removed and sent to be rebuilt and then returned to the bridge.

The bridge will remain in the UP position, so canal traffic will continue. Please be aware that you will not see a lot of work going on because work is being done off site.

The dates that the bridge will be closed will be from August 7th until September 1st.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Roy-Hart vote outcome

Here are the results from Tuesday's school vote:

Budget: Passed

Spending of capital reserve funds: Passed

Winners of school board elections: Blumrick, Brigham, Waters

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

UK scientist wants to investigate Gasport's gas

Everyone who hails from Gasport knows how the community got it's name -- from the gas that percolated in local streams.

A few years back I wrote a column about this and posted some videos:

After reading that article, Scott Ensminger, a local author of a few books about waterfalls and other geological formations, toured our farm to see the gas in person.

He'll be back in June with a research scientist from the University of East Anglia in the UK who has been working with a special department at that school to study the life and compounds created by natural gas seeps.

While in town, they'd like to explore other similar sites and take samples. If you are a property owner in Gasport who has some gas that appears in a stream or on ground, please email Scott to set up a visit. His address is

Royalton stops taking ag tires

Farmers, gardeners and others now have no way to dispose of large tires. Royalton is dropping that service for now. They will still accept standard automotive tires.

The US&J report:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Roy-Hart vote Tuesday

The Roy-Hart vote is tomorrow. This article from the US&J looks at the 5 board candidates and the spending proposition:

Gerry Perkins honored

In ceremonies on Saturday evening Gerry Perkins, a 1996 Roy-Hart graduate, was honored as the fourth member of the Proud To Be A Ram Wall that started last year. He is shown here with his family and the Roy-Hart players and coaches. Perkins holds many records for the Roy-Hart baseball program including batting average, most home runs and most RBIs. He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in 1996 in the 71st Round of the MLB Amateur Draft. The ceremonies included the retiring of Perkins’ No. 11 which will never be worn by another R-H baseball player. Coach Jeff Ziemecki, Coach Tom Brigham and Perkins’ long time Coach Don Baker spoke and inducted Gerry into the Proud to Be A Ram Wall.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Royalton makes an appearance in Brockport Stylus

I wrote for SUNY Brockport's student newspaper -- the Stylus -- years back and I still read the paper to keep up on how the school is doing and how well today's journalism students are reporting and writing.

I was amused by this article that recently appeared in the Stylus -- it looks at how a 1962 essay about the town of Royalton, available on the library's network, is suddenly popular again. It's a mystery that the document about the town's history now has 800 downloads.

Well, it's no mystery here -- I've seen the link to the 1962 essay "Reminiscing in Royalton" shared quite a few times by visitors to
Jesse Bieber's Memories of Royalton, Gasport, and Middleport Facebook group.

Check out the article:

Friday, May 12, 2017

School board business

At their most recent meeting, the school board discussed substitutes, IT instruction and a nice donation from Kathy Sillick:

Mother's Day at TC

Terry's Corners 59th Annual Mother's Day chicken BBQ is this Sunday, May 14th. Sales start at 11am and last until sold out. $10 sit-down or drive-thru; $5 for kids aged 5 - 12; free for kids under 5. You will their famous bbq chicken (not Chivettas), baked beans, salt potatoes, coleslaw, a roll, and dessert. There is also a cash raffle that day.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

FMC donates pulse ox units to Middleport Fire

FMC’s Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport has donated eight pulse oximeters to the Middleport Fire Department for use in helping to quickly determine the health and wellness of individuals in emergency situations. Pulse oximeters, administered at the fingertip, are medical devices used to measure a victim’s pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation levels – vital indicators when firefighters and EMTs encounter an emergency situation.

In the photo above, FMC Middleport Plant Manager Greg Sullivan (second from left) presents to Middleport Fire Department Chief Fred Srock one of eight pulse oximeters donated by FMC for the Department’s use in responding to medical emergencies. They are joined by Jim Volkosh (far left), first assistant department chief, and Roberta Kloda (far right), Environmental, Health and Safety manager for the FMC Middleport Plant.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Royalton public hearing

The town of Royalton will be holding a public hearing on Monday, May 8 at 7:00 PM at the town hall at which they will consider a variety of local laws:

One law will concern the amendment of the town code regarding dogs by adding sections that deal with licensing, neutering, and penalties associated with licensing.

Two laws will concern the regulation of solar energy systems and wind energy systems, deleting the existing standards for alternate energy systems.

The fourth law will see the water billing cycle change from four times a year to three.

Copies of the new laws are available at the Town Clerk's office and can be viewed during regular business hours.

Friday, April 28, 2017

One of the worst bridges in WNY

WGRZ channel 2 did a report on the worst bridges in WNY. In doing so, they compiled a list of the 49 worst (based on state & federal ratings) and one of them is in Gasport -- the Slayton Settlement/Root Road bridge over the Erie Canal.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Two farmers hurt in Gasport

Two farmers were hurt in a silo collapse in Gasport this morning. Both were transported to ECMC, one by Mercy Flight. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, hoping for a speedy and positive recovery. Here is the WKBW report:

Weather observer wanted

The National Weather Service office in Buffalo, NY is looking for a volunteer weather observer to take over weather observations within about 5 miles of Lockport, NY. The individual must live on top of the Niagara Escarpment. Observers would take daily measurements of high/low temperatures, precipitation, snowfall and snow depth, each evening around 7 pm. These measurements would be relayed daily to the National Weather Service, either via the Internet or a toll - free phone number . These weather observations will be archived and use by future climate and research studies. The Observer will be provided with an electronic temperature sensor or temperature shelter with thermometers, and a rain gage and a snow measuring stick.

Details can be found here:

Veterans & first responders breakfast

Monday, April 17, 2017

Boy Scouts spaghetti dinner fundraiser

Names of those injured in Gasport accident

WKBW is reporting on the names and conditions of those involved in Saturday's accident in Gasport. Once again, don't open this link unless you are ready to see horrible pictures of the vehicles (there are no photos of the injured):

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Head-on crash in Gasport

On Saturday evening there was a vicious head-on crash on Route 104 between Orangeport and Hartland Roads. WGRZ reports two victims are a mother and daughter pair, and a third victim is a one year old baby. The fourth victim was a male who suffered non life-threatening injuries. Two of the accident victims were taken by Mercy Flight. This link on WKBW's website contains some gruesome pictures of the vehicles (not of the injured parties), so open with caution:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt

The good people at the Gasport Lions Club will be holding their annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15th at 11:00 AM at Veteran's Park in Gasport. All children 12 and under are welcome to participate in this fun event. Here is their Facebook event page:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Easter in Gasport

If you are planning to go to Church for Easter, here is the schedule of events for the 3 churches in the hamlet...

Zion Lutheran Church
Good Friday service: 7:00 PM on April 14th
Easter Sunday sunrise service: 7:00 AM
Easter Sunday breakfast: 8:00 AM
Easter Sunday church school: 9:00 AM
Easter Sunday service: 10:30 AM

Covenant United Church of Christ
Maundy Thursday service: 8:00 PM on April 13th
Easter Sunday breakfast: 9:00 AM
Easter Sunday egg hunt on church lawn: 9:15 AM
Easter Sunday service: 10:00 AM

Hartland Bible Church
Maundy Thursday service: 7:00 PM on April 13th
Easter Sunday brunch: 9:15 AM
Easter Sunday service: 10:30 AM

Monday, April 3, 2017

Roy-Hart pool needs some investment

According to a concerned parent and superintendent Klatt, Roy-Hart needs to have a conversation about improving the condition of the swimming pool, specifically the expensive swimming blocks:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pre-k applications

Applications for Roy-Hart's 2017-2018 pre-k program are due to the school this Friday. You can download the form here:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hartland Bible Church to host suicide discussion

The community is currently struggling to figure out how to handle the epidemic of suicide that has overtaken eastern Niagara County. Hartland Bible Church will be hosting an event to help raise awareness of the issue of teen suicide. They also will be looking to provide help to those who are hurting. The evening will include free pizza and drinks, the showing of the film "To Save A Life" and resources will be made available from Niagara County Crisis Services. It will take place Sunday, April 2nd from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at HBC at 8110 West Ave. in Gasport. More info can be found at the Church's Facebook event page:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Grandma's Attic sale

The Grandma's Attic sale will take place at Covenant United Church of Christ on Main Street on Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st.

This sale is as large and as wonderful as last year's sale. Many beautiful kids cloths, bedding, dish sets, Christmas items, books, toys and more.

On Friday, the event runs from 10:00 to 5:00. A lunch will be served for all to enjoy. Homemade chili, sandwich, brownie and drink (soda, bottle of water or coffee) all for $5.50. A bake sale will also take place on Friday.

Then on Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 they will be having fill-a-bag for $3.00 and the CUCC youth group will be serving a homemade chicken and biscuit dinner from 11-2.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Roy-Hart musical review

Craig Bacon of Niagara's Watercooler reviewed Roy-Hart's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie:

Klatt contract renewed

At this past week's school board meeting, the board renewed the contract for Roger Klatt, keeping him as the superintendent for both Roy-Hart and Barker. It's wise to do so --- not only are shared services financially sound, they work, too. Plus, Klatt is the  perfect man for the job. I like his vision, results, demeanor and professionalism.

Here's the US&J report:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pack 18 digs out hydrants

Gasport was pounded by 2 feet of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. Having those days off from school for snow days, the scouts from pack 18 of Gasport remained industrious -- they did their good turn digging out fire hydrants throughout the area!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Roy-Hart remediation to take place this summer

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation announced today that Phase 3 of soil remediation for  Royalton-Hartland Central School in regard to the ongoing FMC remediation will begin in May with the brunt of the work to be done during the summer 2017. The remediation will be conducted by the DEC on the school grounds at no cost to the Roy-Hart School District.

The Roy-Hart cleanup action for the summer 2017 construction season includes:

1. Excavation and removal of approximately 18,000 cubic yards of soil from central area between the high school and middle school, including the two softball fields

2. Backfilling and restoration of excavation areas

3. Installation of temporary fence to enclose all work areas

4. Baseline indoor air sampling of high school, with continued air monitoring during intrusive work

5. Community Air Monitoring Program during intrusive work.

You can download a detailed document about the project's scope here:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

School cancelled again

Due to winds and snow foretasted to persist through the night and into tomorrow, Roy-Hart has already been cancelled for Wednesday, March 15th.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Roy-Hart closed Tuesday

Due to the winter storm warning and tomorrow's forecast of wind and snow, Roy-Hart is closed on Tuesday.

Hartland bingo cancelled

A sign of the Apocalypse: Hartland fire company's regularly scheduled bingo for tomorrow, 3/14/2017, is cancelled due to impending weather.

Roy-Hart students score well on SAT

Today, Business First released a database ranking all of the school districts in WNY on how well their students did on the SATs last year. Roy-Hart students are high achievers, ranking 22nd of 79 school districts in WNY. Last year, 57 RH students took the test and the average score was 1,038 (508 in reading, 530 in math).

To see how other districts fared, here the Business First article:

Friday, March 10, 2017

Power to come back to Gasport tonight

National Grid finally assigned a crew (and time) for the large outage shown as a singular event covering the hamlet of Gasport, a third of Royalton and most of Hartland. They now list 10:00 tonight as our return to power.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Roy-Hart cancelled again

Because of the continued power outages throughout the district, and the elementary school being right in the biggest outage, Royalton-Hartland has cancelled all classes for all 3 schools for Friday, March 10th.

TC spaghetti dinner for those battling power outages

Yesterday's brutal winds knocked the Gasport area silly and most of us are still without power and we might stay that way for another day (or more).

Because of that, the good people at Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company are opening their doors tonight (Thursday the 9th) to those who are powerless and need a good, hot meal and some great companionship. They will have a FREE spaghetti and meatball dinner starting at 6:00. Bring your chargers. Bring your appetite. And, even bring some cash (the bar will be open).

God bless 'em for doing this after a day and night of VOLUNTEERING and tending to the various downed tree & line calls, directing traffic and pumping basements.   

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sheriff's report on today's school bus accident

On Friday March 3, 2017 at approximately 0808 hours, Niagara County Communications received several 911 calls reporting an injury accident at the intersection of Rochester Road and Griswold Street in the Town of Royalton involving a pickup truck and a school bus.

Patrol units responded and found both vehicles still in the intersection. The investigation reveals that a southbound school bus on Griswold Street, after stopping at the stop sign, proceeded to turn east onto Rochester Road, also while simultaneously a northbound pickup truck, after stopping at their stop sign, continued north striking the bus.

The driver of the pickup truck was transported by private vehicle to Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.

Five students were also injured, with one being treated and released at the scene for minor injuries, one being transported by ambulance to Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport for a non-life threatening injury, and three being transported by private vehicle to Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport for non-life threatening injuries. The remaining 14 students, including the bus driver, were uninjured.

The school bus had students from the Barker School District onboard and were en route to Royalton-Hartland High School, before an eventual destination to Orleans/Niagara BOCES in Medina, NY.

No charges were filed at this time.

School bus struck

A car just struck a Roy-Hart School Bus at Route 31 and Griswold (it originally came across as Mountain and Griswold). Dispatch says one party is complaining of a bloody nose and another has a broken arm. It is unknown whether those injuries involved students or the people in the car.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cash raffle!

Only 350 tickets are being sold to the bicentennial raffle! Tickets can be purchased at Middleport Village Hall, Drum Oil and MJ Auto/Durfs.