Friday, March 16, 2018

Protecting our roads forum

A special message for Gasport farmers: The Niagara County Highway Superintendent's Association is holding a forum on Tuesday to discuss maintaining road quality and finding a balance between towns and agriculture. Lunch provided.

Details here:

Little league sign-up

The final sign-ups for this spring's/summer's Roy-Hart youth baseball and softball are Saturday, March 17th from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Middleport fire hall.

Mrs. Hale has passed away

The Roy-Hart community is mourning the passing of Mrs. Hale who taught Home & Careers ("Home Ec") at the district for 20 years. She was an understanding, caring and patient teacher. Ours hearts go out to her family.

Here is her obituary:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cinderella at Roy-Hart

Royalton Hartland will present the musical "Cinderella" this weekend at the high school auditorium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Here's the report from the US&J...

Roy-Hart's approach to walkout

Roy-Hart's focus wasn't a walkout on March 14th for the so-called national walkout for school safety. Instead, a ceremony was held indoors where students were challenged to deliver 17 acts of kindness. Here's the US&J's report:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Maple Weekend in Middleport

Support the Middleport Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts this weekend by stuffing your face with delicious pancakes soaked in REAL maple syrup

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Becca's Closet on WGRZ

If you missed WGRZ's Daybreak this morning, they ran a story on the chapter of Becca's Closet run by Paula Travis and other volunteers from Zion Lutheran Church in Gasport. The program gives prom dresses to girls in need. They will be holding a dress distribution this Saturday, March 10th at Zion from 10:00 to 2:00.

Future dates can be found on their website here:

Here's the WGRZ report:

Friday, March 2, 2018

CAP holds annual dinner

Current and past members of the FMC Middleport Community Advisory Panel (CAP) gather for the annual seasonal dinner recently at the Middleport Fire Hall. The CAP provides an opportunity for local residents to meet face-to-face with the FMC Middleport plant manager and other company officials to discuss community issues, environmental concerns and FMC activities through regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

School closed

Due to the winter storm, Roy-Hart is closed Friday, March 2nd.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cinderella tickets available

Tickets are now available for Roy-Hart's musical - Cinderella.

Reserved Seats $8.00
General Admission $6.00
No senior discouts

To reserve specific seats, click on the seat maps at the Roy-Hart home page ( to find out what seats are available....or to purchase general admission tickets in advance, email your seat requests to or call Paula Koch at 716-735-3064. Ticket payments can be mailed to 4550 Freeman Road, Middleport NY 14105.

Ticket pickups prior to the day of the show can be arranged or tickets can be left at "will call" for pickup the night of the performance Advance sale tickets will only be available until 12:00 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018

General admission tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to each performance if seats are still available

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pre-k applications available

Pre-K applications are now available for the 2018-2019 school year. Children must be 4 on or before December 1, 2018. Stop by the school for your application or download one here:

Luckman is a delegate for the pork industry

US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the appointment of 157 producers and six importers to the 2018 National Pork Board Delegate Body, just ahead of the National Pork Industry Forum, Feb. 23-March 2 in Kansas City, Mo. Of the members appointed to serve a one-year terms is Gasport's own Jim Luckman, one of only 2 representatives from the Empire State.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Change in school schedule

Change to the school schedule: A Superintendent's Conference Day has been scheduled for March 9. There is NO SCHOOL for students on that day.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Becca's Closet dates for the 2018 prom season

If you know of a young lady in the area who might find it difficult to attend the prom or a ball because of costs, please share this with her and her family….

The Women Helping Others organization at Zion Lutheran Church of Gasport runs a chapter of Becca’s Closet at Zion and they have hundreds of slightly used or new prom dresses — and accessories — to distribute at NO COST to girls in need in the area who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to attend their prom.

This year’s dates at Zion Lutheran Church are as follows:

Wednesday, February 21st: 10am – 2pm
Saturday, March 10th: 10am – 2pm
Friday, March 23rd: 5pm – 8pm

If you would like to set-up an appointment or want more information about this chapter of Becca’s Closet, please contact Paula Travis at or 716.471.6446.

Please take advantage of this wonderful offer and the charity of Paula, her team, and their donors — it’s there for the girls, to make sure every one of them can enjoy that special day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Old Gray Goose has passed away

If you grew up in eastern Niagara County you know Old Gray Goose -- Robert Gray ( He was a regular at Camp Keenan and visited all the elementary schools to tell stories and lead kids in song. He passed away earlier today. RIP to a guy beloved by kids and adults alike. He was one of the good guys.

Place your sapling order

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 9th. 

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 2018 newsletter which can be downloaded here:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Roy-Hart's graduation rate rises

The NYS Department of Education released statewide graduation rates reflecting the Class of 2017. Roy-Hart's graduation rate has risen significantly in recent years. In 2012 it was at 84%. Last year, it hit 96%. Statewide, the number was 82%. This improvement is a testament to, one, Roger Klatt's strengthening of intervention for students who have troublesome grades and, two, the teachers and aides who have provided that extra tutoring and help.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fish fry fundraiser

If you'd like to support Gasport's girl scouts and enjoy a great meal, they will be holding a fish fry fundraiser tomorrow, Friday, February 9th, from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Hartland Conservationist Club on Orangeport Road. The cost is $11 and it comes with sides, a drink and a dessert.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Buffalo News story about Ruthven Kill

Anne Neville of the Buffalo News wrote this wonderful article about the late Ruthven "Bud" Kill, a farmer, philosopher, and painter who painted pictures of my home and other scenes in the Gasport area during his retirement.

Monday, January 29, 2018

A new super at Roy-Hart

Henry "Hank" Stopinski, currently the founding principal and head of schools at Health Sciences Charter Schools in Buffalo, has been chosen by the school board to be Roy Hart's next superintendent.

Here's the US&J's story:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gasport food pantry this Saturday

The Gasport food pantry will be serving the public this Saturday, January 27th...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Gasport Fire 2018 Raffle

Gasport Chemical Hose is having their annual raffle on Saturday, February 17th from 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM at the Gasport fire hall. Food is served until 4:30 and the drawings are completed by 5:00.

Tickets are $25 each. To buy one, see any Gasport firefighter. Tickets also can be purchased at Drum Oil. Bell jar tickets will also be available during the raffle. Need not to be present to win. There will also be side raffles too. Come out and support the fully-volunteer Gasport Fire Company.

For more information or a complete list of terms and conditions, please contact the Gasport Fire Hall at 716.772.7751.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Gasport couple hurt in Florida

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the Gasport residents who were seriously hurt in Friday's motorcycle crash in East Manatee Florida -- Roger Grapes and Ilene Grapes.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, their motorcyle failed to negotiate a left curve and struck the guardrail on the east side of the roadway. The driver and passenger were separated from the motorcycle on impact.

Read more here:

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12th activities at Roy-Hart

All after-school activities scheduled for Friday, January 12th at Roy-Hart have been cancelled in anticipation of the winter storm.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The 2018 Les Washbon Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications. Applications are due by April 30th, 2018.

The Les Washbon Memorial Scholarship (LWMS) is presented annually to one active Junior Firefighter who is pursuing an advanced education degree and who exhibits the qualities and traits of former Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fireman, Lester Washbon.

This scholarship will serve as a constant reminder and remembrance of one of Terry’s Corners’ fallen volunteers.

The candidate must be an active Junior Firefighter in one of the following Western New York companies to qualify: Barker, Gasport, Hartland, Middleport, Newfane, Rapids, South Lockport, Terry’s Corners, Wolcottsville, and Wrights Corners.

Candidate must be between the ages of 16-21 to qualify and must plan to pursue or be currently enrolled in a higher education program.

The application can be downloaded here:

Mail it to:

Les Washbon Memorial Scholarship
Attn: Karen Washbon
9626 Martin Rd.
Clarence Center, NY 14032

Each year, one winner will be selected by the committee and the winner and one guest will be invited to attend the Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company installation dinner in late October. An annual award of $500 will be presented at that time and the winner’s name will be engraved on the Les Washbon Memorial Scholarship plaque which will be prominently and permanently displayed at the Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company recreation hall.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A thank you from the Seibs

In late-November, a fire destroyed the home of the Seibs, a beloved local family. Since then, many people have donated money, supplies, time, and support to them. One way in which people donated was through the online giving website, Through that website the Seibs issued this heartfelt letter of thanks....

Dear Friends and Family,

We hope you enjoyed your holidays. We apologize that our thanks has taken so long to arrive. We have simply been trying to adjust emotionally to our loss and dealing with everything related to the fire. Our most valuable time has been spent helping our family heal and in comforting our children in ways we never imagined we would have to. Losing our home, belongings, and memories has been devastating.

Not only did we lose our house, our farm office was located in our home, as well. And as many of you know, the cows don't wait for the work to be done.

Having the fire so close to Christmas, was very difficult for our family, too. The day of the fire, there were so many people who showed up. We were in shock, but for the most part, recall many of those who were there to serve us. What I (Lorna) remember looking around that day and noticing was simply, what a huge family we have -- former students and friends serving as firefighters; our families, best friends, Roy-Hart and church families, and neighbors. They were all willingly, unselfishly, serving and comforting us.

My biggest concern the day of the fire was for my husband, children, the dog, and that none of the firefighters would get hurt. I had a peace that passes understanding. Along with the greatest comfort from my rock Doug, our children, and our wonderful families, I personally felt so safe in the hands of my brother Randy and my sister Cynthia, who gently filled in for Doug and for me that day, and for many that followed.

Our family would like to thank you so much for coming alongside of us and showing your support through encouragement, gifts, and time. Thank you so much for the meals, cookies, and chocolate, too! The love we have been shown is remarkable and will be cherished forever.

You may have heard us share this already, but Doug and I have had such a difficult time processing all of the kindnesses that we have been lavished with, and are overwhelmed by such goodness.

Our endless gratitude goes out to the firefighters who spared the rest of the buildings and barns at our farm. There is not enough time in life to extend our gratitude to everyone.

The way we have seen God work through our circumstance and the magnitude and glimpses of His might, leave us as a family simply in greater awe of Him.

Through this all, we know that there is no greater way for our family to live what we believe, than through trials. Even though there are still many, rough days ahead, He always, always sustains us and we have joy.

The following is one of the verses that Doug and I have on our farm shirts. We have seen our wonderful community live out this scripture on our behalf, to the utmost. "My little children, let us not live in word or tongue, but in deed." I John 3:18

The night of the fire, Doug, the kids, and I went into the camper and prayed. We thanked God for how He had spared us. Our "home"(family) was present with us; that is what mattered, the most.

Thank you once again.

Love, Doug and Lorna, Eliza, Ella, & Lucaiah

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Roy-Hart super search down to 3 finalists

The Royalton-Hartland Central School District Board of Education has selected three candidates to continue the interview process for their Superintendent of Schools position which will soon be available due to the pending retirement of Dr. Roger Klatt.

The three finalists are: Scott E. Payne, Superintendent of Schools at Pine Valley CSD; Dr. Taweepon Siminski, Director of Educational Services at Akron CSD, and Dr. Henry J. Stopinski, Founding Principal of the Health Sciences Charter School, Buffalo.

On Monday, January 8, Tuesday, January 9 and Wednesday, January 10, 2018 each finalist will meet all day with various stakeholder groups (teachers, parents, boosters, students, support staff, and administrators) who will interview and provide the Board of Education with critical feedback regarding each candidate.

Community sessions with similar opportunities for input are scheduled for the same dates from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the High School Media Center. One candidate will be available each evening of the aforementioned dates to discuss their qualifications and respond to questions from the community.

The Board of Education strongly encourages the community's participation in the search process. Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Clark Godshall at (716) 731-6800, Ext. 2201.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Roy-Hart looking for building and grounds manager

Do you know someone who is handy and has good supervisory and organizational skills? Royalton-Hartland is looking for a superintendent of school buildings and grounds -- someone who can do the repairs and maintenance that are necessary while overseeing those who will assist him.

Salary is competitive and based on experience. Anticipated start date is March 2018. Send resume and letter of interest by January 12, 2018 to: Dr. Roger Klatt, 54 State Street, Middleport, NY 14105.

You can download the school's job posting here: