Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thank you from PTA

A message from Casey at the RoyHart Elementary PTA...

I just wanted to sincerely thank our AMAZING community for coming together to save the Snowflake Shop this year! You all came out in full force as a community, and we should all feel blessed to have each other. Not one person turned the post into an argument, instead you shared , Volunteered and recruited more volunteers.

Thank you Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Aunts and Highschool students. It has been an ABSOLUTE pleasure working with you this year, you have all been so amazing and have just made such amazing memories for our kiddos.

McCollum Farms letter to editor

Gasport's McCollum Farms have come out against the proposed solar projects in today's Lockport paper:

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Ohol and Bacon achieve All-State

Royalton–Hartland High School Senior Madison Ohol was selected to perform with the NYSSMA All-State Symphonic Band for the second year in a row and senior Aaron Bacon was selected to perform with the NYSSMA All-State Wind Ensemble. Both students participated in a concert held at the acclaimed Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY during the annual Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) held from December 5 – 8. Those chosen to participate in an ensemble at this conference represent the best high school musicians from all of New York State as determined by previous NYSSMA solo festival scores and teacher recommendation.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Update from the PTA

Just a little update on the snowflake shop.... Thank you to everyone who has reached out to volunteer. We still need more but have enough to run at the bare minimum right now.
This is an event the children truly look forward to and have so much fun shopping at, it is a shame it almost had to be canceled due to lack of volunteers. The events that you are used to bringing your kiddos too that they look forward to are all run on a volunteer basis. We are currently looking for chairs to take over multiple events in the Elementary school. The parents that have run them for so long have moved up to the middle school and want to do things for their kids. These events include The Halloween Party, Snowflake, Easter Bunny Breakfast, Ice Cream Social & Field Day.

Many hands make light work and if everyone could just chip in we have a fabulous community and can do so much for our kids together.

We are currently looking for a chair for next year to take Snowflake over. After 8 years of running this Casey 's daughter is moving up to the middle school and she will no longer have any kiddos in Elementary. If you have an interest in taking this over please contact her. Thank you.

Friday, December 6, 2019

PTA needs help

This is an URGENT plea for volunteers from the Elementary School PTA.
As of yesterday afternoon they had just 14 volunteers signed up for the Snowflake Shop next week. They need a minimum of 30 more volunteers with full coverage to run this. If they do not have the coverage they need by 3 pm today (Friday the 6th) they will sadly have to cancel this event. Please share. Invite grandparents, Aunts, Uncles. They need the help desperately.

Please contact Casey Yaeger

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Mitten Tree at Drum Oil

The Mitten Tree outside of the Gasport post office has been pretty much stripped bare. If you still want to have an impact with this awesome endeavor and bring holiday cheer to local kids in need, there remains some mittens that need charity on the mitten tree in Drum Oil's office on Route 31 in Gasport

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Food drive makes the news

Be sure to watch WGRZ's report about how the students at Royalton-Hartland School District Middle School stocked the shelves of the Gasport Community Food Pantry & Clothing Closet. This is why I'm always thankful to live in the community where I do. Gasport/Roy-Hart is a great place to raise a family!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Breakfast With Santa

Holahan retires from Roy-Hart

I was fortunate to have Mr. Holahan as a teacher back in my junior high days. Great guy. He's been an accomplished, impactful teacher and coach for Royalton-Hartland School District. He led Roy-Hart's varsity volleyball team for 44 years (he also coached basketball and softball). He retires today. Thank you, Bill, for positively impacting so many lives.

Monday, November 25, 2019

The 13th annual Mitten Tree

The Mitten Tree is up!

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

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

Here’s how it works…

The tree is located out front of the Gasport post office at the corner of Main Street and Route 31.
Take a mitten from it and give a gift that is appropriate to the age/gender of the child noted on the mitten.

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

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

Fireball visible in Gasport

On Sunday, November 24th, I witnessed a very large, very green fireball in Gasport, in broad daylight...7:15 AM.

After posting this observation on Facebook, two other Gasport residents said they saw it.

And, the American Meteor Society's reports page showed that quite a few people saw it in a wide area.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Replacement trees being planted

Here's a photo that Dr. Stopinski posted on Twitter. These are trees being being placed at the High School to replace those removed by FMC remediation

WGRZ comes to Roy-Hart

WGRZ's Heather Ly was at Royalton-Hartland School District's Middle School to film a story about the highly successful food drive that benefits the Gasport Food Pantry

Food Drive at the Elementary School

Looks like there could be some friendly competition going on. Do you think the Elementary School can beat the Middle School in items collected? You know who wins when it's all said and done, though? Families in need of the towns of Royalton and Hartand who use the services of the Gasport Food Pantry. These drives teach kids great lessons about charity and service that hopefully lead to a lifetime of the same.

Thanksgiving Eve in Gasport

The evening before Thanksgiving is one of America's biggest bar/nightclub nights of the year as snowbirds, expats, etc. return home for the holiday and want to catch up with friends while in town.

Gasport certainly has its share of Thanksgiving Eve events.

The Canalside Inn's party features Last Call (unplugged) from 9 until midnight. The event page is:

Chop Shop Bar and Grill
features DJ One Ten from 10:00 PM until 1:00 AM. The event page is:

Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards
has a shindig from 6 until midnight with live music from Dave Stockton, drink specials, and food specials. The Facebook page is here:

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Nerds Gone Wild

FMC award

FMC has been recognized for leadership in environmental, health, safety and security performance by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) with the Responsible Care® Company of the Year Award for its TH!NK. SAFE.™program, which is at the core of the company's safety commitment. TH!NK. SAFE. fosters a dynamic safety culture through interactive programs that engage all levels of the organization. A visible example of FMC’s commitment is this signage prominently displayed at FMC’s Middleport plant. FMC also received a Sustainability Leadership Award for 2019 from ACC.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Music Club fundraiser

The Roy-Hart Music Parents Club is selling gift cards in time for holiday gift giving. All proceeds earned from the sale of the gift cards support the Roy-Hart Music program. Details can be found on the following webpage or you may contact for more information. The website is:

PORC video on hunting around solar

Protect Our Rural Communities has produced this video that offers their assessment of how solar will affect hunting and recreational use of firearms:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Hartland solar open house; November 20

Food pantry: November 23rd

Monthly food pantry distribution is this Saturday, November 23rd.

It will be a two-part distribution: The regular monthly allotment and a special Thanksgiving meal package. The Thanksgiving package is only available to those who had signed up for it (registration for it has closed).

At Saturday's distribution you can also sign-up for the special Christmas meal package.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Mills Jewelers contest coming to Gasport

Mills Jewelers has been in business for 90 awesome years. As a part of their anniversary celebration they've been hiding gift cards throughout various communities. Tomorrow is Gasport's turn. George Fritz's team will be hiding $100 gift cards all over Gasport. Find one, share it, and they'll validate the card. Follow the directions inside the box. Check out Mills Facebook and Instagram page for clues on Tuesday, November 19

Spaghetti dinner: Tuesday, November 19th

Scouting For Food nets huge results

Scouting For Food was super-successful! The Gasport Food Pantry got 1,023 items thanks to the donations by the community and the collection efforts of Pack 18 and Troop 18. Wow!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Roy-Hart FFA at Nationals

Our Royalton-Hartland FFA members represented our school and NY FFA very well at the 2019 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis!

In the National Environmental and Natural Resource Career Development Event, Roy-Hart earned a silver ranking - placing 25th of 44 schools. Individual results include:

- Ashton Becker - Gold Ranking - 31st Place
- Aidan Covert - Silver Ranking - 100th Place
- Tagen Decker - Silver Ranking - 122nd Place
- Lorna Becker - Bronze Ranking - 134th Place

Christmas auction

This Sunday, November 17th, Covenant United Church on Main Street will have their Annual Christmas Auction to help fund mission projects for their youth group. There is a wide variety of new items and gift certificates available. It's a great opportunity to work on Christmas shopping (or something for yourself!) while supporting CUCC's teens. Item preview and luncheon at 11:30. Auction starts at noon.

Here's the Facebook event page:

Holiday Farm Trail

Unique, small, niche, and organic farms in eastern Niagara County are having a Holiday Farm Trail event next month:

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Solar projects in the news

Tuesday's Buffalo News features this cover story about the solar projects in Hartland and Royalton (and elsewhere):

Friday, November 8, 2019

Middle School food drive

Wow! Check out the charity of the middle school students and staff at the Royalton-Hartland School District. 6,184 items were collected for the Gasport Community Food Pantry & Clothing Closet. This collection will benefit the Pantry immensely...last month alone it served 120 people. THANK YOU, students and staff, for showing why Roy-Hart is a community of big hearts!

Always Christmas open house

Why is the Christmas season so special?

How about Dan Bragg dressed up as one of Santa's helpers?

The annual Always Christmas Open House will be held at Standish Jones on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 11 am - 4 pm. Enjoy games, giveaways, and activities while the little ones visit Santa Claus. 

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

Here is the Facebook event page:

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Roy-Hart food drive

Our community has big hearts. Royalton-Hartland School District middle school principal Danielle Alterio reports that the Middle School's food drive is getting competitive in the final hours. This photo is a donation Mrs. Austin’s students brought in today. So far, the Middle School has collected over 4,000 items -- keep in mind there are only 375 students in the building!

Christmas Cupboard

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Hartland election results

The results from Tuesday's elections are in.

Hartland supervisor Ross Annable retains his position, staving off a strong write-in campaign by Mike Outten, 505 votes to 407 votes.

Hartland's councilmen will be Cliff Grant and David Hill. They received 697 and 548 votes respectively. Write-in candidate James Minner received 364 votes.

Royalton hits the polls

Kudos to voters in the town of Royalton on how they embrace their civic duty. Despite none of the town and county positions being contested and State Supreme Court Justice being the only race of choice, nearly 880 voters still took to the polls! Impressive.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Mike Outten video

Here is a campaign video produced by the Friends of Mike Outten

Letter from Ross Annable

This message comes from Hartland Town Supervisor Ross Annable...

Re-Elect Ross Annable Town Supervisor

Dear Hartland Voter:

I am writing to ask for your vote for Town Supervisor on November 5th.

I have been your Supervisor for the past eight years. During that time many improvements have been completed. These include lights for our ball diamonds through a Niagara Greenway grant, also a new pavilion and splash pad added using casino revenue funds. Interactive playground equipment is also planned for the future. Our park is a true gem for the town and is used by many residents including the July 4th celebration.

In addition, many improvements to the highway department have been made including storage facilities, the use of army surplus vehicles and equipment resulting in large savings. The highway and water departments were merged resulting in a more efficient operation. When possible shared services are utilized such as a shared assessor with the Royalton and snow removal contracts with the state and county.

The Town of Hartland is a great place to live. My family has lived in Hartland for several generations. I was raised in a Christian home and grew up at Hartland Baptist Church. Throughout a 40-year career in law enforcement, honesty, treating people fairly and equally has been a priority.

My goal has been to provide an efficient operation while keeping taxes stable. The town has no debt and the tax rate has remained stable for the last several years. The town is in sound financial shape. We have been able to stay under the state tax cap since its inception.

My opponent is running on a platform against a solar project that has been presented to the town. He is using distorted facts as to the introduction of the proposal. He has painted me as the face of solar and that this project was secretly planned.

The real facts are EDF Renewables presented a proposal to the town board in the spring. The board studied the project and felt this proposal should go to the residents for input. As supervisor it is not possible for me to enter into any project without the board and the public’s input. I have a neutral position until I hear from all the residents. It is vital that we get every ones opinion.

As far as secrecy, there is none. In August, two newspapers announced and reported on an open meeting as well as 1500 mailers sent to introduce the project. The town board met with both planning and zoning boards for input as well. The responsibility of any board member is to look at all proposals with an open mind before making decisions that impact the town.

I want the town residents to decide on this important issue. This project is in the early stages of study and several open meetings will be held to hear residents’ opinions. This study will take many months to provide meetings for residents to learn information on the impact to the town.
The town currently has solar laws limiting solar farms. These laws would need to be amended before the project could progress.

Benefits of this project would assist our local farmers by providing them a steady income revenue. The other benefit to the town would be annual payments upwards of half a million dollars with annual 2 percent increases. This funding would allow the town to keep taxes stable for 25 plus years, and help maintain our roads and an aging water system. It would also provide additional funding for our fire departments.

This project needs further study to understand the impact. It is the board’s obligation to consider all the facts and make a decision based on our resident’s response.

My opponent is using many inaccurate facts regarding the proposal, and trying to smear my leadership. I met with my opponent on this issue and informed him of my position, yet he continues to spew his misinformation. I attended the PORC open information meeting, but was not allowed to speak.

I have always looked out for the town and would never consider anything of this proportion without your input. I invite you to come to an open house meeting on Nov. 20th from 4pm -8pm at the Hartland Fire Hall to hear the facts and decide for yourself.

Don’t let one person’s agenda decide this issue. No matter who your board members are, they are obligated to look at all projects and listen to all the residents. The position of supervisor has many day to day responsibilities and financial oversight to be considered. My opponent has no experience in town government and is only running to stop the study of the solar farm before you can make an informed decision. Don’t let one person decide this important issue.

I ask for your support and your vote to help me continue to provide quality service to our residents, thank you.

W. Ross Annable

October's rainfall

October continued the trend of an incredibly wet 2019 for Gasport. During the month we saw precipitation on 15 days for a total of 7.1" of rain. The three wettest days were the 2nd (1"), 27th (1.25"), and 31st (1.4").

Solar meeting: November 20

This message was posted in the town of Hartland's Facebook page...

Dear Hartland Resident:

This notice is to invite you to a meeting November 20th, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Hartland Fire Company located at 8945 Ridge Rd. regarding a solar proposal by EDF Renewables. This is one of several meetings over the next few months to inform the public on a solar farm that has been proposed in Hartland. EDF presented the project to the board in early summer. An initial public meeting was held August 14th at the Hartland Fire Hall. The project proposed is a 2000-acre 350MW project utilizing agricultural property.

A proposal of this magnitude has many facets to learn and consider. It is an obligation of the board to thoroughly investigate any and all projects presented to the town or we would not be doing our due diligence. Benefits to the town are twofold. First is the benefit that would provide steady revenue for the landowner. As for the town, it is estimated revenue would be in the area of $500,000.00 annually with a 2% increase each year of the project. This would allow the town to stabilize taxes for 25 years or more.

As town officials it is our job to do our due diligence on projects that will impact the town. To do this we want to hear from our residents. This is a lengthy process to educate our residents and receive feedback on the project. It will take several months before any decision will be made. Currently the town has zoning laws in place that do not allow large solar farms. These laws would have to be amended in order to allow the project to proceed. Your feedback to the board will allow us to make a sound decision on the future of this project. Please plan on attending this meeting, or future meetings to address this important issue.

Hartland Town Board


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Teen Eating Focus Group study

The weekly message from Roy-Hart Superintendent Dr. Stopinski...

One of our efforts this year is to promote wellness initiatives throughout the students and staff. These efforts include oversight and improvements to our school lunch program, physical education and health education, and a variety of activities and programs intended to improve the wellness of our school community. Over the remainder of the year, you will be learning more and more about the efforts undertaken and be receiving information from your respective schools.

One of our District partners is the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Buffalo. The University is looking to include students/parents from our District in an Adolescent Eating Focus group. Students currently between the ages of 13-17 may participate in Adolescent Eating Focus groups. This study will require one two-hour group meeting in our community. Compensation and dinner will be provided at the focus group meeting. The meeting will consist of 6-10 similarly aged students from many schools in the area. The purpose of the study is to determine the factors related to teens’ independent food choices. We can only accept one child per household.

If you decide to participate in this research study, you and your child will be asked to schedule in one of 6 focus groups in the community. The sessions can take place between 5:00 – 8:00 PM Mondays through Fridays, and possibly Saturday afternoons, based on member availability. If you are interested in participating in our study, please follow the directions on the invitation which will also be disseminated to our 7 through 11 grade students.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Mrs. Stoddard has passed

Long-time residents of Gasport will have kind memories of Mrs. Stoddard who taught at the Elementary School full-time until 1979 and was periodically a substitute teacher thereafter. It's with a heavy heart that we report she passed away earlier this month. RIP

Covenant Bazaar and Turkey Dinner

For decades now, Covenant United Church of Christ on Main Street has held a bazaar and turkey dinner in November. This popular community tradition takes place this Saturday, November 2nd, 2019.

The craft bazaar features craft products, homemade candies, canned jams and jellies, pies, baked goods and more. Great for holiday shopping or to stock up for yourself. The bazaar is open 10am to 5:30 pm, with a luncheon available 11am-1pm.

At 3:30 they still start serving the Donation Dinner, a delicious Turkey dinner with all the traditional fixings. Pay what you'd like for the meal -- all proceeds benefit the Church and its missions. Don't miss out -- it's a fantastic dinner!

Here is the Facebook event page:

Gasport Halloween hours

Royalton's Halloween trick or treat hours on October 31st are from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Newfane's statement

Newfane Schools statement about the bus shooting in Gasport...

Last night, while returning to the district after winning their first round playoff soccer game, the rear windows on the bus carrying the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team were struck by unknown objects. This caused the windows to shatter/spiderweb, although the safety glass features kept the windows intact. No one was injured, and the bus immediately pulled over and the police were summoned. Investigators from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office suspect that the windows were shot by pellets from an air rifle or similar device, apparently from a vehicle passing the bus. The pellets did not penetrate the windows.

We have no idea whether this incident was related to the playoff victory or a completely random act. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident and the District will continue to offer our complete cooperation. As always, the safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority and we will continue to follow all the protocols in place to ensure their safety.

Was Gasport bus shooting an outcome of a soccer game?

Channel 7's report says investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting incident is connected to a soccer match that became contentious at Roy Hart earlier in the evening.

If that ends up being the case, I hope the student and/or parent are removed from all school functions and the book is thrown at them.

Gasport and Roy-Hart are good places with good people. We don't need to have our community's good name dragged through the mud by degenerates.

Newfane bus shot in Gasport

A Newfane bus was shot at on Orangeport Road in Gasport yesterday. Here's the initial report from WIVB:

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Oklahoma! this weekend at Roy-Hart

Save Hartland sign

The November election

You might not know it because there's been hardly a peep about it in broadcast news, but elections are coming up in less than two weeks. The ballots for Royalton and Hartland are below.

In Royalton, not a single town or county position is contested. The only contest on the entire ballot is for State Supreme Court Justice where four candidates are running for three seats.

Hartland's ballot is the same way. BUT, what you don't see are the write-in campaigns for town council for Mike Outten and James Minner. Their addition to the race will likely bring a good turnout to Hartland on an otherwise quiet Election Day.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Don't let solar divide us

As the unofficial ambassador of goodwill for all things Gasport, I'd like to take this moment to remind everyone to be good neighbors.

Both Hartland and Royalton are weighing the possibilities of solar farms within our borders. There are going to be people on both sides of the issue.

Those who want solar will cite green energy, the state's goals for a green grid, and the infusion of cash to families paying what always are in New York State high property taxes. Those against solar will cite eyesores, the loss of rural land, and the legacy of panels if an installer goes bankrupt.

It's a divisive topic for sure.

But, don't let it divide us for good.

We've already seen a taste of division on social media or heard a little bit of it at diners and stores. We've seen it too many times across the country where solar discussions have broken apart neighborhoods and friendships that had been strong for years.

We need to be better than that, because Gasport is better than that.

Whether it's here on Facebook or out on the streets or at a solar open house, be respectful of other views. Share your views and understandings, don't demean others, and don't attack your friends. Educate and engage.

Who's right? One could say the small farmer is, who's looking for some extra money to weather what has become a horrible ag economy nationally and wants -- even needs -- solar. One could say the nature lover is, who chose Gasport to live for the pastoral quality of life and doesn't want solar destroying the landscape and wildlife.

It's not an easy issue to tackle. But, it's a current issue and one that will be an active issue for decades as the state advances the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

While it's not an easy debate, it can make it too easy to break apart the community. Don't let it.

Look around at who we are: There are so many people who care for Gasport and one other, be it through the food pantry, the Fourth of July, Scouting, youth sports, volunteer fire and EMS, the Beautification Committee, the Lions Club, the outreach of various churches and so much more!

We're community. Let's continue to be.

Let's address the pros and cons of solar together, because we're all in this together, and hopefully we will be together for a very long time.

Oriden Power meeting

Hartland Bible Halloween Party

Hartland Bible Church on West Ave. is holding a community Halloween party this Friday. Here's the Facebook event page:

Gasport Lions Halloween Party

The Gasport Lions Club's annual children’s Halloween party will take place Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Gasport fire hall on State Street.

Hartland write-in campaign

There is an effort underway in Hartland to put an end to solar through write-ins at the November election

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

PORC meeting: October 28

Protect Our Rural Community (PORC) will be holding an informational meeting on the impact Industrial solar will have on the town of Hartland. It will take place at the Hartland fire hall on Monday, October 28th at 7:00 PM.

FMC fall open house

Monday, October 21, 2019

Oriden solar in Royalton

Oriden LLC has proposed the construction of a 20 megawatt solar project to be located in the town of Royalton. They will be holding an open house from 6 PM until 8 PM on Tuesday, October 29th at Terry's Corners fire hall. The open house will feature a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Fundraiser dinners this week

You don't have to cook dinner most of this week. There are five fundraising meals on tap this week in Gasport.

Tuesday: There will be spaghetti dinner from 4 - 7 pm at Solid Rock Church 8590 Rochester Rd. Cost is a donation -- whatever you see fit. Proceeds benefit the Salt & Light Festival. Eat-in or takeout

Wednesday: There is a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 at Royalton United Methodist Church at 5309 Royalton Center Road. It's a free-will offering with proceeds to benefit Lockport Cares Homeless Shelter. Eat-in or takeout

Thursday: There is a drive-thru chicken dinner at Hartland United Methodist Church, 8017 Ridge Road from 3:30 to 6:00. Proceeds benefit Lockport CareNet. Takeout only

Friday: Hartland Bible Church at 8110 West Ave. Gasport will be hosting a Sportsman’s Dinner with special guest Lance Krueger on October 18 from 6-8:30PM. Program includes dinner, giveaways and a presentation by one of the top whitetail deer photographers in the world. Tickets are $10. Buy in advance here:

Saturday:  Chicken BBQ, 12 to 2 at Community Fellowship Church at 3146 Johnson Creek Road (at the corner with 104). $10. Dine in or takeout.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Ron Perry has passed away

Longtime residents will remember CJ Perry & Sons, the John Deere dealer that was on Route 104 in Gasport (where New England Seafood is now).

They always treated farmers and homeowners well when selling and servicing tractors and law mowers. When I bought my house over 20 years ago they didn't have the lawnmower I wanted in stock, so until it arrived from the manufacturer Ronald Perry let me borrow one for 5 weeks, free of charge! He was a good man.

Mr. Perry passed away late last week. Our hearts go out to his family.

Ronald L. Perry entered into rest October 10, 2019 at Niagara Hospice surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband of Jean (Spafford) Perry for 61 years; dear father of Susan Perry of Rochester, New York and Steven (Paula) Perry of Reading, Massachusetts; devoted grandfather to Matthew Voltz, Kevin Voltz, Julia Perry, Colleen Perry, and Nathan Perry. Also survived by siblings, brother James (Kathleen) Perry of Raleigh, North Carolina, and sister Linda Perry Jones of Barnesville, Georgia and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by granddaughter Lisa Jean Voltz and brother David (Jet) Perry.

Born October 1, 1936 to parents Lawrence and Olive Perry, Hartland, New York. Ron graduated from Barker Central School in 1954 and Kent State University, Ohio in 1958 for Business Management. He was President of the Men’s Student Association, President of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and Commander of the ROTC Corps of Cadets.

Ronald and Jean met in first grade at Barker School and were married at Barker Methodist Church on July 26, 1958. Their children Susan and Steven were born during his service with the U.S. Air Force where he retired as Captain after 7 years. The family lived at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas; RAF Brize Norton Base in England and Strategic Air Command Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ronald Perry was President and owner of C.J. Perry & Son, a farm machinery and John Deere dealership in Hartland, New York. He won numerous sales awards from the John Deere company. The store, which opened in 1915 as a general merchandise store by Ron’s great grandfather, then became a farm equipment store in the 1920’s and was managed for the next 85 years by Ron’s grandfather, then father, then Ron. The Perry store was a County landmark at Hartland Corners closing in 2001 with Ron’s retirement.

As a Niagara County Legislator for 14 years from 1979-1993, he represented the Towns of Newfane and Somerset. Mr. Perry chaired the County Finance and Agricultural Districting committees and served on many other committees.

He was a former President and life member of the Newfane Lions Club and received the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow. He was a member of Newfane United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and served in many different roles. Perry served as Chairman of the Town of Newfane Sesquicentennial in 1974. He was a member of the Newfane Intercommunity Memorial Hospital Board 1974-1980 and chaired the J.C. Duncan Student Loans Funds.

Ron’s hobbies were doing yardwork on his John Deere tractor, golf, boating, playing bridge and Sequence with friends, and reading. He enjoyed spending time at the Lake Ontario family cottage in Somerset in earlier years and with family on Cape Cod and Maine in later years. Ronald and Jean traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, and extensively in England and Europe. They wintered at The Villages in Florida after retirement.

Family and friends may call at the Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home, Inc. at 2670 Main Street, Newfane, New York on Monday, October 14th from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Newfane United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Hartland Central Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Newfane United Methodist Church, 2699 Main Street, Newfane, New York 14108; Newfane Lions Club; or Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, New York 14094.

Friday, October 11, 2019

FMC donates backpacks

Employees at FMC’s Agricultural Sciences plant in Middleport began the school year by collecting school supplies, filling backpacks and donating them recently for use by students at two Niagara County locations.

A total of 28 full backpacks were donated to students at the Royalton-Hartland Elementary School in Gasport and the Agri-Business Child Development Center in Newfane, which is committed to providing the highest quality early childhood education and social services to farm workers and other eligible families.

FMC Middleport Plant employees assisted in collecting a variety of school supplies for inclusion in the backpacks, including composition pads, three-ring notebooks, paper, pens and pencils.

“As a company, FMC is committed to the educational development of our local young people and is proud to have the opportunity to provide school supplies and backpacks that can contribute to their academic success,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport plant manager.

Helping to unload the elementary school backpacks are Roy-Hart fourth-graders (front row from left to right) John Brigham, Alyse Drees, Emma Law and Julia Verratti. Guiding them in the back row (from left to right) are Donna McCloy, FMC site support, and Donna VanSlyke, school principal.