Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 year in review

Gasport may be a small community but we are chock full of big news. Here’s a look back at some of the many things that happened in 2019…


Community fellowship Church’s youth center in Johnson’s Creek opened.

Schwab’s Farm Market underwent some remodeling.

Kevin Worosz and Kitty Ulrich were featured in the local paper for their unique shed made of bottles.

At the request of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, the High School’s vendors experimented with new meals to bring some variety.


Port’s Pizza and Subs opened in the hamlet.

Becca’s Closet continued their much-needed service of providing prom dresses to girls in need.

Roy-Hart closed on the 25th because of a wind storm.

Danielle Alterio became Roy-Hart’s new Middle School Principal.


A Victorian Tea took place at Covenant United Church…and there was a Princess Tea for the young ones.

Royalton-Hartland was honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation

Roy-Hart’s Destination Imagination team won big and became eligible for state competition.

A new ranking from community research site Niche.com showed the cheapest places to live in the state relative to income. Gasport came in 24th

Gasport’s Scott Brauer, who teaches at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center, was named the SkillsUSA New York Area 1 Advisor of the Year.

The County offered Narcan training at Hartland Bible Church.


The Gasport Lions hosted the annual Easter egg hunt in Gasport.

A fire claimed a home at the corner of Route 104 and Checkered Tavern.


A group of five students from the Roy-Hart School District were in Kansas City, Missouri for the Destination Imagination global competition.

Roy-Hart voters passed a major capital improvement project for the District.

Retired Roy-Hart music teacher Gary Few passed away.


Beautiful Flag Day ceremonies were held at the Elementary School.

This year’s Roy-Hart graduating class was the last to experience the big trees at the front of the High School campus.

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

The brand new splash pad opened at Hartland Town Park.

The annual fly-in breakfast took place at the airport.


The big trees at the front of the high school campus were removed as part of the FMC remediation project.

The Independence Day celebration brought hundreds of families to Hartland Town Park.  

The Salt & Light Festival moved to July for 2019 and it was a hit.

The annual Erie Canal Derby was a success.

The Royalton-Hartland Community Library celebrated 90 years.

Victor Wainwright and the Train (featuring Gasport’s Pat Harrington) ruled the Summer Sizzler.

The Cycle the Erie Canal tour saw 650 cyclists pass through Gasport.


The first open house was held regarding the proposed solar project – Ridge View -- in Hartland.


Saddle-Up For Roswell brought in thousands of dollars of donations for Roswell.

Homecoming featured an entertaining Fan Fest for the entire family.

The Gasport post office went back to full service.

Hartland Bible Church hosted a Sportsman’s Dinner with special guest Lance Krueger.

The culverts under the Gasport Road bridge at the Gasport Reservoir were repaired.


A Newfane school bus was shot at after leaving a contested soccer match in Gasport.

The Gasport Lions hosted a Halloween party for kids.

Oriden proposed the construction of a 20 megawatt solar project to be located in the town of Royalton.

Verratti Farms hosted Down on the Farm, a community get-together.

The Travel Channel visited Gasport's Graestone Manor in June to film an episode of ‘The Most Terrifying Places in America” which aired in October.


A fireball was visible in Gasport in daylight.

WGRZ covered the middle school food drive that helped stock the Gasport food pantry.

Mr. Holohan retired from Roy-Hart.

The 13th annual Mitten Tree went up.

Trees were planted at the high school campus.

Scouting for Food collected over 1,000 items.

Hartland supervisor Ross Annable retained his position despite a strong write-in campaign by Mike Outten.


Two Gasport boys were able to see in color for the first time thanks to the charity of the community.

For the year, the Food Pantry served 326 families totaling 1,087 people and distributed 479 bags of food.

Matt Sweeney, the ag teacher at Roy-Hart, is one of only six individuals nationwide to receive the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award.