Monday, August 19, 2019


Mark your calendar for Roy-Hart's homecoming event -- RAMFEST and its parade on Friday, September 27th. Activities starting at 4:00, with the parade starting at 5:00.

RAMFEST was a hit last year and organizers plan on adding a lot more to make it family friendly and something the whole RH community can enjoy.

Last year they had bounce houses, games, activities, a petting zoo, face painting, goodies by Alternative Grounds, and a chicken bbq. This year they are adding Touch a Truck activities and demonstrations.

Any club or business that would like to contribute in any way to the activities or parade can contact Kelly Halstead at 716.949.6349.

Sweeney receives ag education award

Earlier today, Morning Ag Clips posted a report on the Agricultural Educators Conference held earlier this summer. At the event they recognized their Outstanding Young Member/Educator of the year – Matt Sweeney from Royalton-Hartland

Saddle Up 2019

Dr. Stopinski's weekly message

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Harris to host Hartland Fire tonight

Tonight (Thursday, August 15th) at 7pm head to Harris Farm on Route 104 in Gasport to explore the equipment and the machinery that the Hartland Fire Company uses...climb on the fire trucks and meet the volunteers! 50% of Harris's ice cream proceeds today will be donated to the fire company and as well as 100% of your tips and donations.

Map for solar project

Hartland solar farm

Here's the US&J's report on the solar farm proposed for Hartland:

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Solar farm in Gasport

There is the possibility of a solar farm in Hartland. The open house is tonight. 350 megawatts would require a VERY large area.

Monday, July 29, 2019

A message from the superintendent

Dear School Community Member,

As you know, the Roy-Hart community voted to approve our District’s plan to invest 12.1 million dollars into our buildings and grounds. Our intent is to complete the project in two phases during the summer months of 2020 and 2021. The first phase will include replacing the roofs of our buildings and a series of site improvements which will include work on our playgrounds, tennis court and parking lots.

On June 24 and 26, several members of the school community joined our architects, engineers and administration in sharing their thoughts on the proposed project and future “Master Plan” for the District. They have been working to take the ideas shared and create some schematics that they will share as they begin to finalize the plans for the summer of 2020 work. Please join me at the Royalton-Hartland High School Media Center on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 7 at 5:00 p.m. Our team will present their recommendations and we encourage the community to weigh in on the plans.

Our efforts to become “High Performing” will take a concerted effort of our entire community. I look for your support, comments and recommendations. As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out and say hello when you see me around the schools and town, or follow me on Twitter @DrStopinski


Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Another great Derby!

Kudos to Lynn Harrington and family on running yet another super successful Erie Canal Fishing Derby. So many families had a lot of fun -- the Derby got them outdoors, creating memories and a lifelong interest in angling and the Erie Canal. Thank you for doing what you do!

Stopinski named to WCS's Wall of Fame

Ten distinguished alumni have been named to the Williamsville Wall of Fame. They will be inducted Friday, November 8 during an awards breakfast at the Park Country Club in Williamsville. Among the honorees -- from Williamsville Central School's Class of 1980: Hank Stopinski, Roy-Hart's superintendent! Congratulations! It's a well-deserved honor!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Elementary school supplies list

The dollar stores have already started their sales for school supplies. If you are wondering what to get your kids here's Roy-Hart elementary's supplies list for the 2019-2020 school year:

Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Free movie cancelled

The Gasport Beautification Committee has cancelled the annual free movie night at Veterans Park that was scheduled for Friday, July 26.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Capital Project update

Superintendent Dr. Hank Stopinski has announced that on Wednesday, August 7th (5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the High School Media Center) they will be sharing several drawings and proposals for the new playgrounds, athletic fields and other aspects of the Capital project scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hartland splash pad

As we head into some oppressive heat, just a friendly reminder that we have a brand new splash pad at Hartland Town Park (right behind the Hartland Fire Hall on Route 104 in Gasport).

This photo shows a young fella all by himself. That's seems to be par for the course -- it's underutilized!

I drove by the park four times this past weekend. Each time, at prime play hours, it was totally empty...despite sunny weather and 83 degree temps.

It's there to be used, to have fun, and you don't have to be a Hartland resident.

So, get your kids out there -- and you, too, for that matter :)

Hours of operation are 10 am til 8 pm daily.

The Town of Hartland asks that you please abide by the following rules to insure a safe environment for all to enjoy:

Children MUST be supervised by an adult and swim shoes are strongly recommended. Please see other posted rules at the splash pad.

And please, lets always remember that first and foremost this is a "Family Friendly Park"

There is NO parking right at the splash pad at this time and no driving at any time on any grassy areas. Parking is in the main park parking lot only (not the fire hall lot).

FMC Safety Day

FMC Corporation’s Agricultural Sciences Plant in Middleport hosted a special Safety Day recently for FMC employees and community first responders as part of National Safety Month, as designated by the National Safety Council, to highlight efforts to reduce the leading causes of unintentional injury and death at work, on the road, and in homes and communities.

In one of the day’s sessions, Lt. Julie Kratz (left in foreground) of the Niagara County Sheriff Department leads participants in an interactive drug and alcohol impaired simulation exercise requiring participants to attempt tossing rope loops onto pegs.

The day also included a video on fatigue along with informational tables hosted by the Middleport Fire Department, WNY Immediate Care, and DiVal Safety Equipment.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

School receives award

From Superintendent Hank Stopinksi's Twitter:

Congratulations to the Royalton Hartland School District for being recognized as "Recognition School" in June of 2019. High Academic Achievement, growth and graduation rate were all part of the determination.

Free movie night

On Friday, July 26 the Gasport Beautification Committee will be holding their annual free movie night at Veterans Parks. The movie -- Scooby Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost -- starts around 9:00. They will be selling candy, pop, pizza, bottled water, and coffee and they will be offering a family deal of 12 food items for $10. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Salt & Light rainbow

We left the Salt and Light Festival in Gasport tonight at the close of keynote speaker Kristen Anderson's presentation about her second chance at life. It was fitting that a rainbow could be seen behind the event's main stage tent. On the other side of every storm there's kind of matched her message.

DEC info on Middleport remediation

Many visitors to this page are unaware of the scope of the environmental clean-up underway in Middleport that is associated with removal of arsenic that came from the FMC plant. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has reams of information available online about this. Visit this page that will direct you to all sorts of documents:

Friday, July 12, 2019

High school's trees are gone

I was at the high school campus yesterday and this is what it looks like with the old majestic trees gone as an outcome of the FMC remediation project taking place in the village of Middleport.

Thinking of all the graduation ceremonies and the former pastoral entrance to the school, it was sad to see the trees gone.

But, at the same time I was struck with a sense of hope. Looking at all the open space I pondered some of the landscaping that is already planned and that which the FFA students will be designing and instituting. What those students will be doing can create a legacy that will outlive them and define how people first see the school for many, many decades. What an awesome project for them to tackle!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Library turns 90

The Lockport US&J has a report about the 90th anniversary celebration of the Royalton Hartland Community Library:

Rabies clinic

The Niagara County Department of Health is holding a free rabies clinic on Saturday, July 13th from 9-11 a.m. at Town of Royalton Highway Garage, 5316 Royalton Center Road. Dogs, cats, and ferrets are welcome.

For more information or to complete forms before clinic registration to shorten your wait time, visit their website at:…/Environ…/Rabies/Rabies-Clinic

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Capitalizing on the Erie Canal

This week's installment of my column looks at how the Erie Canal is front and center this week and a state initiative to try to make sure it remains so. Please take the time to reach out to the Reimagine the Canal Task Force

Basket raffle items needed for Redenbach memorial

The organizers of the Man Up Car Show in memory of Meghan Redenbach kindly request baskets, gift cards, and other items for the basket raffle

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Cyclists on the canal today

If you think there are a lot of cyclists passing through Gasport on this sunny Sunday, you're not seeing things.

Today is Day One of the Cycle the Erie Canal tour. 650 cyclists are making their way from one end of the Canal to the other.

The event began today in Buffalo and many of the cyclists were already in Gasport by 10:30. They will continue to pass through till about 2:00, all making their way to tonight's stop of Albion.

I took my 2 year old on one of his 4-mile stroller rides on the Canal and I gave my "howyadoin" and "howzitgoin" to 65 cyclists over that time, literally one out of every ten participants.

The various accents heard speak to how important the Cycle the Erie Canal event is for tourism: southern, north-central, midwest, Boston, NYC, Ontario and more. What a great way to expose the world to the great places and great people on the Erie Canal! Let's hope they are return visitors!

And, remember, as this takes place, so does the Erie Canal fishing derby.

What a great asset the Canal is to the economy, tourism, and recreation!

Walter Librock has passed away

Librock Farms has made a name for themselves as a very popular source for Western New Yorkers to get all-natural, grass-fed beef.

It's with a heavy heart that we report Mr. Librock passed away Friday at 85. Our hearts go out to his family.

Here is his obituary...

Walter C. “Sonny” Librock, age 85, entered into rest July 5, 2019 in Eastern Niagara Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Sonny was born July 24, 1933 in North Tonawanda to Carlton and Beulah (Walter) Librock and in 1956 moved to Gasport, where he would own and operate a dairy farm until 2002.

After selling his dairy cows, Sonny started Librock Black Angus Beef Farm. He fostered relationships with many people as he would sell his products at many local farmers' markets, schools, restaurants and businesses and stress the importance of family and how working together in a family business underscored the bonds of love and support that only a family can provide.

Mr. Librock is survived by his wife of 59 years Judith, his children: Randy (Kathie) Librock, Cynthia (Kevin) Barker, Lorna (Doug) Seib, his grandchildren: Brian, Robbie, Kelsey, Ayant, Eliza, Ella, Lucaiah, his great grandchildren: Quinton and Effie Mae, sisters: Helen Muck, Elsie Kocsis, and Doris Criswell as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Hartland Bible Church, 8110 West Avenue, Gasport, WEDNESDAY from 2-4 where Walt’s Memorial Service will be held immediately following visitation at 4 p.m. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 665 Elm St., Buffalo, NY, 14203.

Condolences may be left at:

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Summer Sizzler

Bike tour to pass through Gasport

This Sunday, July 7th, watch for a lot of cyclists -- more than 650 of them -- passing through Gasport on the towpath. The annual Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour runs July 7 to 14 and Day One has them going from Buffalo to Albion.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Senior video

Roy-Hart has produced a 27-minute video celebrating and reflecting on the Class of 2019:

Independence Day in Hartland

The Independence Day festivities take place this Wednesday, July 3rd at Hartland Town Park. Food, drinks, music, kids games & activities, and more! New this show, expanded vendor selection, and splash pad! All of this is topped off with fireworks by Paul Whalen and the Skylighters of New York.

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kid's Activities - Splash Pad

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Car Show

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Vendors (non-food)

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kid's Activities - Face Painting, Inflatables, GaGa Ball Pit, and more!

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Music featuring The Mike Hartman Band and Swift Watts Band

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Congrats to graduates

Yesterday's graduation ceremony was an ending but it was also a new beginning. Congratulations and good luck to all the graduates. Your families, educators and the community look forward to the impact you will have on the world, in your own way, as parents, partners, workers, and volunteers. Continue to make Roy-Hart proud.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Trees coming down at the high school

This weekend, graduation weekend, take in the beauty of the trees in front of the high school one last time. Next week, they are coming down as a part of the FMC remediation. Those lovely trees always provided a beautiful and fitting pastoral back drop -- and shade -- for our small town graduation ceremonies. They've also provided beauty and a park like setting to the front of the campus.

Dr. Stopinski has said that, when it comes time to take care of the front of the high school once the FMC remediation is done, the plan is to plant sweetgum trees along the street (fittingly, they will turn purple in the fall). There will be two white lilacs near the front entrance way. Roy-Hart's FFA Chapter will be developing new landscaping plans once the work is complete.

John Robinson to handcycle through Gasport Monday

John Robinson of Our Ability, Inc will complete his 7th Journey Along the Erie Canal, July 1 through July 11. Born without full arms and legs, Robinson will use a handcycle to ride all 360 miles to raise awareness of the needs of people with disabilities. He will be passing through Gasport on Monday. Be sure to say "hi!"

BBQ and garage sale

Thursday, June 27, 2019

2016 commencement message still rings true

Roy-Hart's graduation is this weekend. It's such a bittersweet time -- our community's youths will bid farewell to the school, their peers, and, in many cases, the community while heading into so many new adventures.

Three years ago I had the honor and privilege of delivering the commencement address at Roy-Hart. The names have changed but the message should still resonate with the class of 2019 and their families -- they were given a meaningful education in our small school.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Gasport primary results

There were 2 contested races in Gasport in yesterday's primary.

In the town of Hartland's Republican, Independence and Conservative primaries for town clerk, Cynthia Boyler was victorious over Shari Arnold.

In the town of Royalton's Republican primary for highway superintendent, James Spark defeated Gregory Lindke.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Voice Box competition at Salt & Light

Salt & Light Festival schedule

Mrs. Rogenmoser has passed away

Mrs. Rogenmoser, who taught 1st grade at Roy-Hart in the 1960s and 1970s, has passed away....

Marilyn C. Rogenmoser, age 98, died June 23, 2019 in Orchard Manor Nursing Home following a long illness.

She was born February 13, 1921 in Wilson to Clare and Rena (Tripp) Coe and was a life-long resident of Western New York.

Marilyn was a 1938 graduate of Wilson High School, and a 1942 Graduate of Geneseo State Teachers College. She taught Elementary Education in Niagara Falls prior to raising her children and as her children got older she taught 1st Grade in the Royalton Hartland School District where she retired from in 1979. Marilyn enjoyed traveling and cooking and was a member of the Middleport United Methodist Church, a charter member of the Barge Canal Art Center, a member and former chairperson of the Medina Hospital Willow TWIG, the Library Association of Middleport and the Alpha Delta Epsilon Sorority.

Mrs. Rogenmoser was predeceased by her husband Barry and her sister Virginia Pursell.

She is survived by her sons: David Rogenmoser of Rochester, James (Marlene) Rogenmoser of Shelby, her daughter: Sue Ann (John) Palmer of Middleport, 3 grandchildren: William, Jeremy, Stephen and Barry Rogenmoser, a great-grandson: Thomas Rogenmoser, 2 nieces: Patricia Kane (Gabe) Palmer, Cynthia Ann (Jeffery) Hackett, as well as several great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State Street-Middleport, WEDNESDAY from 4-7 p.m. only. Her graveside service will be held THURSDAY 11 a.m. in Hartland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Middleport United Methodist Church, 9 Park St., Middleport, NY, 14105 or the Royalton Hartland Community Library, 9 Vernon Street, Middleport, NY, 14105.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Input wanted on capital project

Gasport's poor ranking with millennials

Business First has crunched the numbers and shared the Census Bureau's recent data that look at demographics of the local populations.

In their most recent report, they ranked WNY zip codes by the abundance of millennials. Gasport comes in ranked 106 out of 116 zip codes with just 12.3% of the population being ages 21 to 34.

That begs the questions: How do we get young people to stay in Gasport? How do we get young people to come to Gasport?

You can see the full rankings here:

Thursday, June 20, 2019

HUGE raffle to benefit Boy Scouts

Here's a great basket raffle to participate in...

Next Wednesday, June 26th, the Confer Plastics Classic Golf Tournament will take place at Willowbrook Golf Course & Restaurant in Wright's Corners. A raffle will accompany the event and the raffle is open to the public from 12:30 to 4:30 while the golfers are out on the course.

The raffle is run by Gasport's Carol Genet and her friends. Carol does a GREAT job with this event. The list of prizes (growing every day!) and ticket costs can be found in the link below.

All proceeds benefit the local Boy Scouts through the Iroquois Trail Council. Please share this -- there are so many great prizes and the impact will be huge on the scouts!

Ram Jam Color Dash

The 2nd annual Ram Jam Color Dash Sponsored by the Roy-Hart PTSA is this Saturday, June 22nd. This year it will begin in the Middle/High School parking lot (54 State Street, Middleport). Registration is from 8:15-8:50. Race begins at 9 (Option of 1.1 or 3.7 mile course). Color Blast Off Party is at 10:15 back at the school.

Here's the Facebook page:

Hartland splash pad is open

From the Town of Hartland's Facebook page:


On behalf of Supervisor Ross Annable and the Hartland Town Board, we would like to announce that our newly constructed "SPLASH PAD" is NOW OPEN!!!

Hours of operation will be 10 am til 8 pm Daily

We ask that you please abide by the following rules to insure a Safe Environment for all to enjoy.
Children "MUST" be Supervised by an Adult and Swim Shoes are Strongly Recommended. Please see other posted rules at the Splash Pad

And Please, lets Always Remember that first and foremost this is a "Family Friendly Park"
Many Thanks to Titan Development/Jim Donner, Our Highway Staff under the direction of Highway Superintendent Keith Hurtgam, A Superior Concrete and Mike Carnes of Sunrise Door. Without all of you this would not have been possible!

Our hope is that everyone enjoys this new addition to our Town Park as much as we have enjoyed providing it for "All of You"

There is no Parking @ the "Splash Pad" at this time and no driving at any time on any grassy areas. Parking is in the main Park parking lot only. Thank You for your cooperation as we continue to improve our Park

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Food pantry schedule for June, July, August

Les Washbon Memorial

I was listening to Giant FM, the Niagara Region (Ontario) classic rock station when I heard an ad mentioning a special event this weekend recognizing the late, great Les Washbon of Gasport.

The Welland Motorcycle Club is presenting the fourth annual Les Washbon Memorial/750 Twin night this Saturday, June 22, at the Club's Welland, Ontario speedway.

Washbon competed professionally in AMA Pro Flat Track from the early 1980's until his retirement from racing in 1995. Washbon wore number 90.

Details about the Club and its Ontario facilities can be found here:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ulrich receives Michelle A. Bewley scholarship

This message was posted on Michelle's Memorial Facebook page...

Congratulations to Colleen Ulrich for becoming the 14th recipient of the Michelle A. Bewley Scholar Athlete Award!

As we mentioned before, this year we had more individuals qualify for Michelle's award than ever before which made our decision challenging but we are encouraged knowing that year after year, more and more students are striving for the highest levels of excellence. We are also reminded of the importance of community and how small acts of kindness and selfless service can play such a tremendous role in impacting the lives of those around us. Colleen has gone above and beyond in supporting and encouraging her community all while representing herself and her school with grace and joy. It’s people like her, in addition to meeting all of the other requirements, who remind us so much of Michelle.

Colleen was in Orchestra as well as a member of the Royalton-Hartland School District Cross-Country, Swimming and Track and Field Teams. She is attending Keuka College in the fall for Occupational Therapy.

Colleen, we wish you the very best and welcome you into the Michelle's Memorial family.


Annual fly-in breakfast

Gasport Masonic Lodge 787's annual fly-in and drive-in breakfast will take place Sunday, June 23rd at the Gasport Airport at Dale and Mackey Roads from 8:00 till noon. It's an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. There will be pancakes with homemade blueberry sauce, eggs, sausage, coffee, juice, and milk.Cost is $8/adults; $4 for kids under 12; free for kids under 4.

Spaghetti dinner June 18

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. TODAY: Tuesday, June 18...4 - 7 pm...Solid Rock Church, 8590 Rochester Rd. Gasport...Benefits 2019 Salt & Light Festival. Includes spaghetti with or without meatballs, salad, bread/roll, beverage and dessert. Price: Donation. Take-Outs available

SMART Schools grant secured by RH

Roy-Hart officials learned yesterday that the district's $200,000 SMART Schools grant has been approved by the Education Department. On his Twitter account, Superintendent Stopinski says the grant will be used to purchase instructional technology such as Chromebooks and Touch Panels.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Flag Day

Here are some photos from Flag Day at the Elementary School. Once again, a truly awesome celebration from Mrs. Pedini and her team! She puts a lot of effort and heart into this every year.