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:

https://hartland.breezechms.com/form/sportsmans-dinner?fbclid=IwAR20Zz_462cx0GS1jLkevpD6oJuqaaT3bGkUeh7CT16Yb6SsatCUPM-5EW0

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.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gasport has a gym: the outdoors

When it comes to country living, some folks might complain that we don't have a gym in Gasport.

We do: The great outdoors. We are blessed with considerable public assets.

Miles of Erie Canal to kayak, canoe, and SUP.

Miles of Erie Canalway Trail to hike, jog, bike, and cross-country ski.

Hiking trails at Royalton Ravine Park and Hartland Park.

Athletic fields and courts at the Elementary School, Hartland Park, and Vets Park.

So many opportunities to pursue.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Down on the Farm 2019



“Down on the Farm” is a day to come out and have fun with family and friends. Verratti Farm is hosting this event at their farm at 8651 Slayton Settlemnet Road in Gasport on Saturday, October 12th from 10 to 3.

Admission is FREE but donations are gratefully accepted.

Events (More thrillin’ than findin’ an old pickup truck buried under your porch!)

Hay Rides
StrawBaleMaze
Kid’s Activities (Face Paintin’, Cookie Decoratin)
Churn your own butter
ChickenBarbeque (We’ll be chowin’ at 12 Noon sharp)
Ice Cream Bar (With all the toppins your li’l heart could hope for!)
SockShowdown-The person with the most holes wins! (just kiddin’ bout this one)
Coffee station

Verratti Farms merchandise will be available for sale. Cash only. Proceeds go towards event costs. This year, be on the lookout for new shirts and hats for the little ones! Also, mugs for bringing a little bit of our farm home with you!

What to Bring
A large dish to pass AND a dessert (And if ya would be so inclined, please put yer name on yer dish or better yet – use disposable!)
Your least fancy clothes/shoes
Camera (Many photo ops)
Any extra friends you may have lying around
Strollers/wagons for children.

Please keep children supervised; there are too many places for young’uns to get into a heap of trouble!

The event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/534437977305973/

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

WIVB looks at the haunted Graestone Manor


Graestone Manor on Travel Channel



The Travel Channel visited Gasport's Graestone Manor in June to film an episode of ‘The Most Terrifying Places in America." The episode will air tonight, Tuesday October 8th at 10pm.


The Travel Channel hired actors to re-enact a couple of the resident spirits at Graestone -- original owner Curtis Root and second owner Mina Roszman. The current owners -- Robert Mattison and Heather Rease Mattison -- were interviewed and an eye witnesses who had had strange experiences at the house was also brought in to share their story.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

FMC statement about Monday's incident

FMC's statement about this morning's incident...

Here is what we can confirm at this time:

At approximately 8:00 am this morning, a small electrical fire occurred within a groundwater pump house on the property of FMC’s Agricultural Sciences Plant in Middleport. The pump house supports the water treatment plant and is not part of the plant’s operations and no chemicals were involved.

The fire was quickly contained by the Middleport Fire Department as FMC’s emergency plan was implemented and notification of the incident was given to the Village of Middleport, the Royalton-Hartland School District and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

There were no injuries and the plant did not cease operations. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Shed fire at FMC

If you see fire trucks racing to FMC this morning, don't be scared for the kids at Roy-Hart. A plastic shed behind the plant is now on fire. Dispatch says there are no chemicals involved.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Half Baked Cookies

In Sunday's Buffalo News is October's glossy Buffalo Magazine. The cover story is about the six best places to get a chocolate chip cookie in WNY. One of them is Gasport's Half Baked Cookies:

https://buffalo.com/2019/09/27/biting-into-the-best-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dining spotlight to debut

As a rolling project over the next 18 months I will do a "dining spotlight" on every single establishment that serves food in the towns of Royalton and Hartland (not only Gasport, but also the village of Middleport and the hamlet of Wolcottsville).

They won't necessarily be hoity-toity food reviews that you'd expect out of a big city newspaper. Instead, they will look at each place and its prices and menus and offer some basic opinions on the food and service, focusing on the value and quality they bring families.

The spotlight will help encourage residents to eat local while offering to visitors who do a quick Google search some ideas on where to eat. From Becker Farms to the Erie Canal to the wine trail, we get a lot of passer-bys...let's get them to stuff their faces here!

Every establishment will be spotlighted, whether it's a sit-down place like Cup & Saucer or B&B BBQ or a take-out joint like Crosby's or New England Seafood.

Believe it or not, there are at least 22 places to try out in Royalton and Hartland!

Pheasants released in Royalton

Pheasant season is around the corner and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has announced they will be releasing 30,000 pheasants for hunters across the state and have provided a list of release sites. Some birds will be released in Royalton at the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area. Here is the list of all release sites: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9349.html

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Homecoming events


WIVB photos of pole barn fire aftermath

https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/niagara-county/fire-breaks-out-in-barn-housing-several-classic-cars/

Updated homecoming parade route


Hartland garage fire

Niagara County Sheriff's Office Press Release: Town of Hartland,NY -

On September 24 2019 at 0113 hours, the Niagara County Sheriff's Communication Center received a 911 call from the resident at 2916 Johnson Creek Rd. reporting the detached garage at that address was on fire.

Upon arrival of sheriff deputies and fire personnel, a 30 X 40 Ft pole barn style structure was found with fire and smoke showing from inside. Inside the building were several classic cars and motorcycles as well as UTV's.

Once inside, Hartland Volunteer Fire Co. was able to quickly extinguish the fire.

At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined, as is the amount of damage sustained. One classic car was a total loss and other vehicles inside were damaged.

The Niagara County Fire Investigation Unit responded and the cause is under investigation at this time. There were no injuries reported.

This year's apple crop is a good one

WIVB did a story about this year's apple crop. They went to the pros: Becker Farms:


Monday, September 23, 2019

This weeks's Superintendent's message

One of the District priorities for the school year is to focus on literacy.  It is expected that students will read and write across all curriculum areas with a focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, writing and phonics. 

This past week, I was very pleased to observe our teachers teaching these skills through multiple methods and more importantly the students learning through the application of these skills.


I am often asked what families can do to support their child’s reading and writing skills.  The simplest response is to have them practice. Much like learning how to ride a bike, play an instrument or throw a ball, reading and writing are skills that improve each time you use them. Begin by having your child read what they enjoy.  It could be a graphic novel, magazine or biography. It simply does not matter what to begin with. As your child becomes comfortable, perhaps consider reading the same book and have a conversation. Encourage your child to read one of your favorite titles and share your personal experience with the literature.

The United States Department of Education provides many resources including a Guide for Reading Tips for Parents.  I encourage the community to explore opportunities to help our young people grow.  If not the parents guide, consider visiting the community library, or call your Building Principal or your child’s teacher for assistance.  It is never too late to improve our reading and writing.

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, by email at
hstopinski@royhart.org or follow me on Twitter @DrStopinski

Sincerely,
Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools

Friday, September 20, 2019

Caroline Stoddard Go Fund Me campaign



The Stoddard family of Middleport could use the community's help to bring veteran and Roy-Hart alumna Caroline Stoddard home. She was electrocuted in a small town just outside Cancun, Mexico. Sixty percent of her body is covered in 2nd and 3rd degree burns. The family needs to bring her back to the states to get the medical care and family support she needs. She can't be transported via a commercial airline, so the Go Fund Me campaign would help fund an air ambulance:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/v9b4v9-medical-costs?pc=fb_dn_postdonate_r&rcid=r01-156882385702-e41a46664d12472c&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_postdonate_r&fbclid=IwAR3cmf-TVtOFFk6emxPpl0mnSmgj3sakRtKmguILokYjaG35-vU-QRCv79c

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Splash pad to close for season on 9/22

From the Town of Hartland's facebook...

Well Hartland, this summer has been amazing! The weather was great, our Recreation program was fun filled and the Splash Pad was a big hit. However, Fall is quickly approaching bringing our summer fun to a close. That being said, this will be our last weekend for the Splash Pad ending our water fun for this year. It looks like we will have beautiful weather in the 80's so this will be your last chance for some "Fun in the Sun" to Splash! Enjoy everyone, we will see you in the Park next year

8th annual Michelle's Memorial



The goal of Michelle's Memorial is to provide a scholarship at Royalton Hartland for graduating Seniors, encourage sports in our community as well as the remembrance of Michelle Bewley (Schuler) who, in 2006, passed away at the age of 29 in a car accident.

The scholarship rewards a student that took part in music and sports, excelled academically and portrayed a whole lot of heart both on and off the field, just as Michelle did.

The 8th annual Michelle's Memorial 5k will take place on Saturday, November 16th at 9:00 AM at the fire hall in Middleport. Registration begins at 8:00 AM.

Runners who register by November 1st will receive a free pint of syrup from Wolf Maple Products. 

You can register here for $20:

https://register-this.com/?raceid=20191116MM5K&fbclid=IwAR2wD7toh2vF0j2l3PSAHDr7vrTsHop3tRTlDsxh7GaxzqMcEJ5OKQmCHfE

You can also register the day of the event for $25.

For more information, the Michelle's Memorial Facebook page can be liked here:

https://www.facebook.com/michellesmemorial5k

The Facebook event page for this year's event is:

https://www.facebook.com/events/368295550729605/

For questions about sponsoring, volunteering, donating or running, please contact Brooke Gypson at michellesmemorial5k@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Quaker settlements in Niagara County

If you like history, a recent Niagara Discoveries column in the Lockport paper looked back at the Quaker settlements in Niagara County, including those in Hartland:

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/lifestyles/niagara-discoveries-quaker-settlement-of-eastern-niagara-county/article_f06c539f-8750-5c95-80ea-c99fc937cddf.html

Canal bridge needs help


A significant number of bridges statewide and in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area are rated in poor/structurally deficient or fair condition, according to a new report from TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, DC.

Bridges that are rated poor/structurally deficient have significant deterioration to the major components of the bridge.

TRIP's report lists 25 Buffalo-Niagara Falls area bridges with the lowest average rating for deck, substructure and superstructure.

One Gasport bridge shows up on that list: the Slayton Settlement Road bridge over the Erie Canal, which comes in as the 24th-lowest rated bridge in the region.

The full report can be downloaded here:

Thursday, September 12, 2019

What's happening at the Park?

Many people, including yours truly, have been wondering what project was underway at or around Royalton Ravine Park with the massive culverts that were recently stored on site and the opening of the access road to the north of the old Gasport reservoir where Red Creek flows through.

I reached out to Niagara County today and below is the response from Garret Meal, Commissioner of Public Works. I appreciate what he and his team are doing to maintain the integrity of Gasport Road and the creek.

Here's his response:

The work that you are seeing is repairs to the culvert carrying Gasport Road over the creek. The original stone arch bridge was constructed around 1915, the culvert was extended both east and west in the 1950’s using steel plate arch pipe to raise the profile of the road. This culvert was showing signs of age and was damaged in a few spots, requiring repairs.

In order to fix this situation, we installed a continuous liner pipe through the entire length of the culvert and filled the annular space between the old and new pipe with concrete grout. This liner pipe is what you saw stored at the park. This project will provide a permanent fix to protect the road.

Gottman gets 100 career wins as a coach

Gasport's own Mike Gottman is doing awesome things coaching high school football in Florida:

https://www.tampabay.com/sports/high-schools/2019/09/10/football-mike-gottmans-career-comes-full-circle-with-100th-win/?fbclid=IwAR29Vw7g5RpgKp8LTEDAy-u-9RcOycoI6CnQy8-MRWgoDQXgZac8ecEzGaM

Open house pic

Open house was at the elementary school in Gasport last night. We're big fans of Royalton-Hartland School District superintendent Dr. Stopinski. He's a great guy whose vision, leadership, collaboration and actions are perfect for our school and community.



Gasport's old playground

Yesterday, my daughter asked me if the big playground was there at the Elementary School when I was her age. Nope. That got me thinking -- do you remember the play area at Gasport Elementary back in the day? It was where the BOCES wing is now. It was bare bones -- swings and a metal slide, a set of steel monkey bars to the north, and best of all, that simple area of play and hanging out that consisted of a half dozen maple trees in a circle around an area so worn down -- and shaded -- that grass would never grow, like a little dust bowl. Ah, the good ol' days!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sportsman's dinner with Lance Krueger



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.

Lance's knowledge of the Whitetail is sure to both educate and inspire as this world class photographer shares some of what he has learned over his past 25 years as a wildlife photographer.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity and join HBC October 18th to hear from one of the most decorated wildlife photographers of our time.

Don't wait to secure your ticket as space is limited. Tickets are available for the suggested donation of $10.

Follow this link to secure your ticket online:

https://hartland.breezechms.com/form/sportsmans-dinner

The Facebook event page is:

https://www.facebook.com/events/380947952583256/

Friday, August 30, 2019

August's rainfall

August continued our wet 2019 in Gasport. 11 days saw some rainfall. 3 of those had been only a trace. Total rainfall was 6.23". The 3 rainiest days:

The 6th: 2.45" (a MAJOR soaker!)
The 21st: 0.9"
The 17th: 0.8"

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Join Pack 18


Who needs Amazon? We have Standish-Jones!



Everybody loves the convenience of Amazon, but what's more convenient -- and more impactful -- than shopping in your own community?

Amazon might have everything, but when was the last time you visited Standish-Jones Building Supply? They seem to have everything, too! Their inventory is varied and deep -- they are more than just hardware.

When you shop at Amazon what are you supporting?

A multi-billion dollar corporation and a far away distribution center that probably got tax breaks.

When you shop at Standish-Jones what are you supporting?

The answer: GASPORT.

Your purchase:

* Keeps local folks -- your neighbors! -- employed
* Pays local sales taxes that go back into our own county
* Helps a business pay property and school taxes in our community
* Keeps vibrant a business that is a part of local history
* Ensures you get quality customer service, something you can't from a computer
* Invests in Gasport. The folks at S-J donate so much time, money, and supplies to Gasport causes. They're good people who do good for all!

Pay them a visit. Buy local.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Roadside stand spotlight





The Branch Ranch is located on the corner of Ridge and Wruck Roads in Gasport. They sell free range farm fresh eggs for $2.00 and have free waters and bracelets in their stand. When their flag is up, eggs are in the fridge. They have a YouTube channel that all can subscribe and share. Here is their link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyveY5yhKUu3KZWdf6TVpjg

Monday, August 26, 2019

Roadside stand spotlight





Childs Farm 9774 Chestnut Ridge Middleport, east of Griswold St. Self serve.

Roadside stand spotlight




Teacup Farm. Corner of Johnson Creek and Townline. Self serve open daily 8am-7pm. White and Chocolate cow milk, plain and maple yogurt, feta, Flomage Blanc, cheese curds, cream, goat milk, fudge and eggs. Feel free to say hi to animals up front after shopping in the store.

Roadside stand spotlight






J.B. Luke and Sons Farm. Ernest Rd ,Gasport. Corn, some seasonal produce, and pork.

Monday, August 19, 2019

RAMFEST 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

https://www.morningagclips.com/2019-ny-agricultural-educators-conference/

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:

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/residents-offered-closer-look-at-proposed-ridge-view-solar-project/article_0f196d54-6cdd-5288-9fa2-5f664faa2d78.html

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

Sincerely,

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!

https://www.lockportjournal.com/sports/local_sports/tonawanda-man-appleton-girl-claim-top-prizes/article_7b0e9efe-cfc5-54bc-adce-3c09021fa3be.html

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!

https://www.amherstbee.com/articles/williamsville-schools-set-to-honor-10-distinguished-alumni/

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:

https://www.royhart.org/cms/lib/NY01913927/Centricity/Domain/21/Supply%20List%20201920.doc

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).