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. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The impact of BOCES and FFA at Roy-Hart

The importance of BOCES programming and the Future Farmers of America Club were discussed as the Royalton-Hartland Board of Education heard presentations from several visitors at its Feb. 9 meeting.

The US&J report:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Roger White's obituary

Roger White found eternal rest on Sunday February 12 after a courageous battle with sarcoma cancer He was surrounded by family and friends, under the care of Hospice.

Born December 31, 1950 to the late Raymond and Betty Sechler White. He is survived by his wife Beth (Miller) White, daughter Amy (John) Seefeldt and son Scott (Lisa) White. Also survived by grandchildren Emory, Sydney and Meghan Seefeldt and "Grand-dog" Ruger. Also survived by sisters Sandra (Robert) Kelley and Joanne (Herb) Goodenough. Sister in Laws, Pamela (William) Korff and Cheryl (James) Felvus as well as several nieces and nephews.

Roger was a dairy farmer who also served on various farm committees. He was the vice president of Milk for Health and a director for the American Dairy Association. He previously served as secretary and vice president of Niagara Milk Producers. He served on the Farm Bureau Board as well. He was a member of Gasport Lodge F&AM, Ames Chapter RAM and Lockport Eastern Star.

Roger loved his family and worked with them every day. Roger loved sharing his farm with others. Nursery school and Leadership Niagara were yearly tours. Anyone who stopped in was welcome even from Australia and India. He welcomed riders when he was working and explained how things worked, especially with family members.

Calling hours will be Thursday February 16th 7-9 and Friday February 17th 2-4 & 7-9 at Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, Genesee St Lockport. Services will be held Saturday at February 18th 2017 at 11:00 in the Covenant United Church of Christ, Main St Gasport. A Masonic service by the Gasport Lodge F&AM will be held Friday evening at 8:45 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Covenant Church or Niagara Hospice.

A cute Valentine's wedding in Gasport

Yesterday, WGRZ was in Gasport to cover a really cute Valentine's Day story. Two residents of Absolut Care got married --- a 91 year old groom and his 78 year old bride:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Roger White's calling hours

Calling hours for Roger White are at Prudden & Kandt, 242 Genesee Street Lockport. Thursday 2/16 from 7-9 and Friday 2/17 from 2-4 and 7-9. The funeral service is Saturday 2/18 11am at Covenant Church in Gasport.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Roger White has passed away

Yesterday, the Gasport community lost one of the REALLY good guys -- Roger White of Gasport View Dairy Farms. Roger was always quick with a smile, and he had a vibrant love for family, farming and community. He was also the perfect ambassador for agriculture -- for many years he welcomed every Leadership Niagara class to the farm to meet his family and interact with the animals and the operations of the farm. By doing so, he opened up the eyes of HUNDREDS of leaders to the wonders of farming, the wonders of Gasport, and the wonders of family.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Baseball/softball sign-up

Royalton-Hartland Youth Baseball/Softball sign-up will take place on Saturdays in February -- the 11th, 18th, and 25th -- from 10:00 AM till noon at the Middleport fire hall. For information about the leagues, costs, and registration visit their website at:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tiger Hale GoFundMe page

Many of you are familiar with Keith "Tiger" Hale, a longtime member of Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company who also served as an EMT with Rural/Metro. He recently had a medical setback and his leg was amputated below the knee. His friends have set-up a GoFundMe page to help with his medical costs

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Social media gun scare at Roy-Hart

Royalton-Hartland School officials had a scare today as a student sent a Snapchat image of a gun with the words “Don’t come to school”. The WIVB report:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Main Street development

In a lot of communities, economic development is only done when governments buy up properties or pour tons of money into them with grants and loans. Here in Gasport we are blessed with people who conduct economic development the old fashioned way -- with entrepreneurial spirit. This property on Main Street is the latest to be added to Dominick Ciliberto's portfolio. It will be interesting to see what the young man does with it. This property has housed the Main Street Station restaurant, a chiropractors' office, and a tutor.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Saplings for sale

Every spring the Niagara County Soil & water Conservation District sells DEC-raised saplings for local residents to plant for use in conservation projects and lawns. Over 60,000 trees are distributed across the county on an annual basis. The trees will be available in late April but you have to order them before March 1st.

It's a really great program for two reasons...

1) It gives you access to many different species of trees and shrubs suitable for a wide variety of soil. So, there are trees available for any conservation project you may have like creating a hedgerow, planting foodstuff for birds & mammals, starting a woodlot, stifling erosion, improving your lawn and more.

2) It's cheap. You could never buy these types and amounts of trees from nurseries or online without paying an arm and a leg. These trees are a great buy.

The order form is available in their Winter 2017 newsletter which can be downloaded here:

Roy-Hart retirements

The Lockport Union Sun & Journal is reporting that Carol Blumrick, Debra Holahan and Carl Husung will retire from Roy-Hart at the end of the school year.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Terry's Corners spaghetti dinner

Do you live in the Terry's Corners fire district? If so, they would like to meet you! Come on down to Terry's Corners for a FREE Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, January 29th 2017 at 4:00 PM.

They are trying to bring the Fire Hall back to being the center of the community like it once was. So, visit them to see what they are all about, what they do, how they raise money,
and learn about the benefits to joining the fire company as either a Firefighter, Auxiliary or as a social member on Team TC -- all while filling your appetite.

Please RSVP by Saturday the 28th so they can make sure to get enough food.
To RSVP, fill out the online form here:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mrs. Bridge has passed away

Long-time Royalton-Hartland residents will remember Mrs. Bridge who taught at our schools for 40 years before retiring in 1985. Mrs. Bridge passed away a few days ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and former students.

Her obituary:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cuomo releases school aid budget

Last night, the Governor's office released his budget proposal including school aid. Roy-Hart is slated to receive under Cuomo's proposal $13,709,217 in formula-based aid plus another $1,197,557 for the Smart Schools initiative. 

USJ introduces new reporter

If you're looking to have something newsworthy covered by the Union Sun & Journal, they have a new reporter on the Royalton beat -- Tim Fenster:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Summer Sizzler 2017

In celebration of Royalton's 200th anniversary -- and of the Summer Sizzlers of yore -- there will be a Summer Sizzler at Terry's Corners this year on Saturday, July 22nd.

The bands are...


There will be a huge beer tent, a collection of food trucks, a $20,000 raffle, and a VIP tent.

Admission to the event is free.

Monday, January 16, 2017

FMC's Kloda appointed to NSC board

Roberta Kloda, Environmental, Health and Safety manager for FMC’s Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council.

The nation's leading safety advocate for more than 100 years, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization of more than 55,000 members with the mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

Dr. Kloda has more than 10 years of environmental, health and safety knowledge and a strong background in heavy industrial manufacturing. She leads the safety and health programs for the FMC Middleport plant and also manages environmental requirements and waste reduction projects.

She received a Doctorate in Leadership and Policy from Niagara University, and a Master’s in Public Health and Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Recombinant Gene Technology from Western Kentucky University. Dr. Kloda, a resident of Lewiston, also serves on the Board of the Western New York Safety Council.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Royalton calendars

The town of Royalton bicentennial calendars are in! In the calendar there are over 100 old time pictures from around the town. They will be available starting Monday at the following places... Middleport Village Hall, Royalton Hartland Community Library and at the Royalton Town Hall. The price is only $6.00. If you want one mailed to you the price will be $8.00 each. Send check or money order payable to Royalton Bicentennial Committee. Send it to Middleport Village Hall, Attention Christa Lutz, PO Box 186, Middleport, NY 14105.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bad Ash BBQ opening in February

A BBQ joint in Gasport? Our quaint burg is becoming a little more perfect. The good people at Bad Ash BBQ -- which has been a popular food truck in the area for a few years now -- are opening their first brick and mortar restaurant, right here in Gasport. They are taking over the facility that once housed Gina's, Talk of the Town and the Gasport Diner. They announced today on Facebook that opening day is Wednesday, February 8th, with hours of 11:00 to 9:00. You can follow them on Facebook at:

Free prom dresses in Gasport

Do you know a family member in financial need who might find it difficult to send their daughter to the prom this spring? There is help available. Read on...

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

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

They will be distributing the dresses (sizes 0 to 26, with accessories) from Zion Lutheran Church on these dates....

Tuesday, February 21st from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wednesday, February 22nd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, April 8th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

If you have any questions or are in need of a dress, please schedule your appointment by contacting Paula at or 716.957.8157.

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gasport Fire Company Raffle

The Gasport volunteer fire company will be holding a raffle on February 18th. This is a critical fundraiser for this critical service. Tickets can be purchased from any Gasport fire member or at Drum Oil and Standish & Jones.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gasport bingo

The good people at Gasport Chemical Hose have a new bingo schedule underway. Here's a peek at what they are offering: