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 office@covenantny.org. You can also call Christine Pittler at 716.772-2207 or by email her at primacamp@aol.com. 

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 KimberlyP.Grant@aol.com 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: https://buffalo.craigslist.org/bfs/6157651626.html

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 http://eriecanalderby.com/

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: http://buffalonews.com/2017/07/02/deputies-investigate-series-break-ins-royalton/

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 mattsnell31@yahoo.com

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDQJQMscwQk

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: http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/29/fatal-accident-gasport/

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 Falzguy@verizon.net.

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: http://www.wkbw.com/news/two-workers-injured-after-silo-collapse

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: http://www.weather.gov/media/buf/recruit_Lockport.pdf

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/103541376863007/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/116776498861387/

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: http://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/932014ou4phase3.pdf

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: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2017/03/13/satupstate.html?ana=twt

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: http://www.royhartyouthbaseball.com/

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 https://www.gofundme.com/afkovg

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: http://www.terryscorners.com/community-dinner

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: http://www.allwnynews.com/2017/01/elizabeth-betty-mary-bridge-oct-6-1923.html

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: https://www.facebook.com/BAD-AsH-BBQ-823603574375667/

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: http://www.beccascloset.org/

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 ladytinny559@gmail.com 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: