Saturday, March 28, 2020

Mrs. Walker has passed away

I consider myself blessed to have had Mrs. Walker as a teacher at Gasport Elementary School. I have nothing but positive memories of her as a teacher and a person.

My heart goes out to her family.

Lois Christine Walker aged 74, passed away peacefully at Buffalo General Hospital on March 25,2020 after a short illness.

Survived by her husband, Christopher M. Romney, daughter Carey R. (Patrick Gullo) Leibring, son Rob C. (Dee-Ann Courcy) Leibring, step-daughter Stephanie A. (Jason) Waldron and their children, her step-son Daniel A. Romney, brother William F. (Ann Marie) Walker Jr., sister Corinne (Wallace) Coates, sister-in-law Esther Walker, and many others. Predeceased by her parents William F. Walker Sr. and Lois G. Walker, brother Philip H. Walker and stepdaughter Tiffany M. Romney.

Christine was born October 12, 1945 and grew up in Barker NY. Graduate of Barker HS in 1963 and obtained an MS in primary education from Brockport State. Christine was dedicated to teaching at Gasport Elementary in the Roy-Hart School district until 2009.

Her Memorial Service will be held at a later date to be announced. Donations in her memory may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or the National Audubon Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Sherry Bream Funeral Home, Gasport.

Memories can be shared on the funeral home's website here:

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Solar webinar


United Solar Energy Supporters, USES is a statewide network of volunteers offering information/education on solar voltaic energy sources and how it affects agriculture.

USES is sponsoring a series of LIVE interactive webinars to help inform and educate anyone with questions about solar energy.

WHEN:The first webinar will be held on Saturday, 3/28 10:00- noon.

SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. Dr. Richard Perez, Senior Research Associate, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center University of Albany. Perez has published more than 200 journal articles, conference papers and technical reports, and he holds two U.S. patents on methods of load management using photovoltaics.

AGRIVOLTAICS Lexie Hain & Lewis Fox, Founders, American Solar Grazing Association, a not for profit dedicated to promoting best practices and education in solar grazing. ASGA was founded by farmers to bridge the gap between farmers and the solar industry. Learn more at Farmers themselves, Lexie and Lewis raise sheep commercially and operate a solar grazing business, Agrivoltaic Solutions LLC, in Central NY


Don Bucholz 502-644-2118,,

Jeremy Verratti 716-523-8575,,

Solar project gets front page treatment in paper

The front page of today's Union Sun & Journal is all about solar energy in Gasport, specifically the EDF Renewables project in Hartland.

One article looks at those in support of it:

The other article looks at those against it:

Friday, March 20, 2020

Hartland Bible Church services during coronavirus

Hartland Bible Church is cancelling onsite worship services for at the least the next two weeks and then reassessing. This does not mean that they will be cancelling church. Sunday at 10:30 am Pastor Jon will be giving a sermon that will be streaming both on their Facebook page as well as on the church website.

FMC is 1-year injury/accident-free

FMC Corporation’s Agricultural Sciences Plant in Middleport celebrates one year as an accident and injury-free workplace. Joining in an acknowledgement of this safety milestone are (from left to right) Dr. Roberta Kloda, plant manager; Joseph Caputy, production supervisor; Allie Wagner, human resources manager; Patrick Stahura, operations manager; and Bob Brockman, quality supervisor.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Food pantry changes for March

Please note that the Gasport Food Pantry found it necessary to change the way they are handling the food pantry (see flyer). Those who have pre-registered for an Easter meal will get their Easter meal bag at the March 28th distribution. If you will be a new client (or know someone who will be coming for the first time), please have them call Sue Case at the number on the flyer to pre-register.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Town of Hartland update

COVID-19 Update

March 18, 2020

Dear Town of Hartland Residents:

In response to Gov. Cuomo's Executive Order to reduce non-essential staff by 50% we are implementing the following:

The Town Hall is open for business by appointment only. Staff are working from home with limited days at the Town Hall. Please use the drop box or mail to conduct business. If you have a more involved issue, please call for an appointment to conduct your business.

All Water and Highway operations will continue but the office will remain closed to visitors. Please call with your issue and staff will respond.

The Town Court is closed, all cases have been postponed. If you have an urgent matter call 280-6205.

Tax payments may be left in the drop box or mailed. If you need further assistance, please call for an appointment.

Town meetings are postponed until further notice.

The Town Park remains open.

I ask for your patience as we work through this emergency. Please pray for our neighbors, our country and all nations and place our trust in God.

Town of Hartland Supervisor,
W. Ross Annable

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Free meals for Roy-Hart students

Dear Royalton-Hartland CSD Community,

The District has recognized that it is a priority to continue to offer meals to our students. As a result, the District will begin offering two (2) daily meals at no cost beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. These meals will consist of 1 cold lunch and 1 cold breakfast intended for the following morning. The distribution of the meals will take place as follows:

Meals will be available for pickup in the large parking lot outside of the Middle School Cafeteria as well as the bus loop at the Elementary School from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday March 18, 2020 and every weekday after at the same time until further notice.

Royalton-Hartland CSD staff will distribute the bagged meals directly to the vehicle.

Please make sure to articulate any food allergies to the staff member at the time of pick up.

Please contact Julie Fuerch at with any questions regarding the meal pick up process. Royalton-Hartland CSD is committed to ensuring our students receive meals throughout these uncertain times for as long as we are able. Please check the District’s website for updates or changes to the meal distribution program.

Statement from town of Hartland

COVID-19: Niagara County State of Emergency

Our goal as always is the health and safety of our residents, businesses and visitors. Therefore, we are taking a pro-active approach to limit and slow down the spread of the virus. We are requesting that you limit nonessential travel as well as public gatherings and meetings. As of today, local courts are shut down. Court night and any activities related are cancelled. Planning board and Zoning board meetings will be cancelled as well as scheduled organizational meetings until further notice. If you have court business please call, do not come to the court clerk’s office. Taxes may be paid by mail or drop box.

Niagara County leaders declared a state of emergency March 15th, while schools countywide are closing for an indefinite period to prepare for the eventual appearance of COVID-19.

County Chairwoman Rebecca Wydysh joined elected and school leaders in making the declaration Sunday afternoon. No confirmed cases have been found in the county, but 12 people are under a 14-day quarantine and at least one person has completed a quarantine.

The coronavirus' confirmed presence in nearby Erie and Monroe counties, along with Orleans County's state of emergency declaration Saturday, prompted the move to better equip county administrators and first responders. It is likely there will be cases in Niagara County in the future.
To help reduce the spread, schools have been closed indefinitely countywide. Schools will determine methods of instruction. County leaders are looking at options for how to deal with the virus. COVID-19. The county is looking to introduce testing as soon as possible. If you are ill, please call your primary Doctor. Do not go to urgent care, the emergency room or call first responders unless you have serious symptoms.

The county is not closing its office buildings currently. The Town of Hartland will remain open, residents are encouraged to conduct any business that they can by phone or online, some essential services may have to be done in person. Town court is now suspended. The town has a drop box for dropping off payments. If you have business with the Water or Highway office, please call 716 735 7234. Electronic recycling is cancelled until further notice. We will monitor the situation and update as needed.

State and local authorities have primary jurisdiction for isolation and other public health orders within their respective jurisdictions. We will monitor the situation and consult with local,

County and State Officials and take appropriate action as needed. Should the COVID-19 situation evolve locally, our plan of action and decisions will be based on whether sustained community and neighboring transmissions are occurring

At this time, it is impossible to predict the scope, severity and duration of this emergency. We will update you of any new developments. For further information or instructions on dealing with the COVID 19 go to the New York State Department of Health website or call the COVID-19 number at 1-888-364-3065 it is available 24 hrs. a day. Please call the town hall with any questions. Thank you for your patience during this trying time.

W. Ross Annable
Hartland Supervisor

No spaghetti dinner tonight

The spaghetti dinner scheduled for tonight at Sold Rock has been cancelled. They will resume dinners in the future, even if it's takeout only.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Getting educational supplies

Parents may visit the Elementary, Middle and High School today from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Entry may be limited at each building and your cooperation is appreciated. Please contact the Building Principal with any specific questions.

They will be cleaning and sanitizing our District Buildings beginning Wednesday, March 18. Later this week, in an effort to support the directives from the Department of Health, they will be reducing staffing across the District to essential personnel.

Restauarants/bars to close

New York restaurants, bars and other establishments will be closed at 8 p.m. Monday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday this morning.

Takeout and delivery will still be available at restaurants that offer those services, and grocery stores will remain open.

Here's the question for Gasport and Middleport restaurants and bars:

Will you remain open? If so, will you be takeout, delivery, or both?

Please comment on our Facebook page so the locals know!

Grandma's Attic postponed

Food pantry: March 2020

At this time, the Gasport Food Pantry is open Saturday March 28th from 10AM until 11:45AM.They will only be distributing the regular bag(s) of food and a couple of other pre-selected extra items. Clients will just be checking in, picking up their bags and leaving. The clothing closet will be closed. See the flyer below for details and contact them if you have any questions

Terry's Corners notification

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Roy-Hart closed indefinitely

Due to the declaration of a state of emergency in Niagara County, and after consultation with the public health departments, all Royalton-Hartland Central Schools will be closed to students effective immediately and until further notice. Due to the fluidity of the situation, please continue to monitor the website for updates on the duration of the school closure for students. While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school district, this closure is being done to mitigate the spread of the virus.

This closing includes all school-related activities including sports, all extracurricular activities, and all community activities within the schools.

The Royalton-Hartland Central School District has plans to provide meals, social support, and plans to continue student learning during this closure. All information can be found here: This site will be continually updated with new information for everyone throughout the closure.

The Niagara County Health Department and school leaders throughout the county will be reviewing this on a week to week basis.

Thank you for your patience throughout this unprecedented time. The Royalton-Hartland Central School District will do everything possible to assist our students, families, and community as we work together to keep everyone safe

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Bald eagle in Gasport

Was I at the right place at the right time or was this bald eagle trying to show off to me while I was hiking our spread in Gasport yesterday? Just 30 seconds after I changed my lens he appeared out of nowhere... then he decided to circle overhead. What an experience!

Monday, March 9, 2020

Brush burning ban begins next week

Just a reminder, the annual spring burn ban runs from March 16 to May 14, which temporarily outlaws residential brush and yard debris burning statewide.

Despite mud season and the belief by many that fires won't spread under such conditions, it's critical that the rules be followed.

One number I always use in these discussions: 58 times during 2015's spring prohibition period, volunteer firefighters in Niagara County responded to wildfires caused by people who ignored the law (including one fellow in Royalton who was visited 3 times).

That's unacceptable. Local volunteer fire companies are already spread thin with personnel -- don't make them respond to wildfires that are 100% preventable.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Maggie's Kitchen: March 10th

Gasport will have a new diner on March 10th when Maggie's Kitchen starts serving breakfast and lunch. They are located on Route 104 between Hosmer and Checkered Tavern Roads. Follow them on Facebook at:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

February food totals

On Saturday, the Gasport Community Food Pantry & Clothing Closet provided food packages to 21 families representing 71 people. Hunger is everywhere...big cities and small towns alike. Support your community's volunteer-driven pantry with donations of food, money and time.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Fundraiser for Cambria Opposition to Industrial Solar

Falls murder may have been done by former Gasport man

In 2015 there was a gruesome murder in Niagara Falls that has remained unsolved (if you want the horrible details you can read the article). WIVB is reporting that a man -- Yasin Abdus Sabur -- has been arrested in connection with murder.

Abdus Sabur will be brought from prison in South Carolina to Niagara County for arraignment on Tuesday.

He had previously lived in Niagara Falls....and Gasport.

While living in Gasport he had faced charges for menacing and criminal mischief for a May 2, 2018 incident at Horizon Health Services in Lockport. He was upset when he was denied medication and proceeded to damage the office.

If when he lived in Gasport you may have had a conversation or situation with Abdus Sabur in which he mentioned something at par with the evil that he was alleged to have done to Terri Lynn Bills please contact the Niagara County Sheriff to help solidify their case against him.

You can read the WIVB report...

Friday, February 28, 2020

Becker Farms CSA

If you want to support a great farming family -- in Gasport no less! -- and eat healthily, sign-up for a Community Supported Agriculture share from Becker Farms

Thursday, February 27, 2020

School closed

Roy-Hart is closed Thursday, February 27th due to the winter storm warning. The closure also includes all after-school activities and adult education.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Students get make-overs

Students from the Royalton-Hartland Learning Center spent some time with the Cosmetology students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center recently.

The classes of Mrs. Haigh, Mrs. Krayss, Ms. Mitchell and Mr. Howe were given a spa experience by the beauty experts in Mrs. Carnahan’s and Ms. Lindke’s classes. The students had haircuts, color, manicures and some just got a new hairstyle that they could show off to friends and family. The teachers say the students had a great time and a lot of fun getting mini makeovers.

WGRZ report on rural internet connections

It's been said here before about many Royalton and Hartland residents lacking reasonable internet service, let alone the high-speed connections the State claims we all have. It's frustrating...we're rural but hardly remote. Yesterday, WGRZ's Nate Benson did a great report on this very issue. A "must watch"...

Absolut to change hands

If you pay attention to the legal notices in the Lockport paper you would have seen 4 times already a legal notice listing the formation of RCA Healthcare at Gasport.

If you assumed by reading it that the Absolut of Gasport is changing hands, you were right.

Here's a Business First report on the transfer of ownership of 6 Absolut facilities in WNY. RCA Healthcare Management will begin a consulting agreement on March 1 with the ultimate plan of taking over operations later this year

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Gasport food pantry February 2020

Please know that the February schedule for the Gasport food pantry is a little different. It will not take place the fourth Saturday (which would be this weekend). Instead, the monthly distribution will take place on the 29th

Musical tickets available

Tickets are available for Roy-Hart's musical "Curtains", a whodunit. Enjoy the laughs and talent. Buy tickets here: http:/

Steve Harrington is a Wall of Famer

The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs paid tribute to some of its own last weekend as it held the group’s annual awards banquet for 2019 in Lockport.

The late Steve Harrington of Gasport, who launched the popular Erie Canal Fishing Derby 30 years ago this year, was inducted to the Don Bronson Memorial Conservation Wall of Fame.

Easter egg hunt

Save the date! The Gasport Lions Easter egg hunt is April 11th.

Here's the Facebook event page:

Monday, February 17, 2020

RH merges in football

The US&J reports on the creation of the Roy-Hart, Barker, Lyndonville merger in football:

Spaghetti dinner: February 18th

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser -- tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 18th. 4 - 7 pm
Solid Rock Church 8590 Rochester Rd. Gasport.
Cost: Donation - Proceeds Benefit the Salt & Light Festival.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

PORC encourages attending February 13 board meeting

Protect Our Rural Communities - PORC -- has created a Facebook event page encouraging Hartland residents to attend tomorrow's town board meeting

STEAM class talks solar

Roy-Hart's Mr. Eschborn invited Kevin from EDF Renewables and Marion from Trieste Associates to his STEAM class to engage the students in an open discussion about the proposed solar project in Hartland and Newfane. The students really impressed Mr. Eschborn with their thoughtful questions about the project.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Spectrum outage puts local lack of access into perspective

That Spectrum outage that hit many Gasport households today?

That's how quite a few homes and farms in Royalton and Hartland live and operate every day.

A good number of locals don't have cable or fiber runs out their way and have to rely on spotty, inconsistent cellular technology for internet service. Mind you, there's little that's remote or wild about our community that would/should prevent decent access to high-speed internet (a growing necessity in the present and future).

That's just a little something to consider when you hear NYS officials say -- and local officials agree -- that the state is fully connected to high-speed internet.

February 10 meeting about playground

Friday, February 7, 2020

Roy-Hart football changing

Roy-Hart is expected to combine with Barker and Lyndonville to make a football team -- the districts have shrunk so much and interest in football has waned to the point that they will play 8-man football.

Here's the Buffalo News report:

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Canal alert emails

Here's a good tool considering the quality of life and economic activity that the Erie Canal brings to Gasport....

Sign up for Canal Notices and Alerts and stay in-the-know on Canal openings/closures, water levels, construction and other navigation news on the Canal:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Who has the best fish fry?

OK, here's how to start a fight on Facebook....

Ash Wednesday is at the end of this month, launching Fish Fry Season in WNY (although most places around here have brisk sales on these delicacies year 'round).

To get ready for 7 weeks of fish fries, and to help locals find one they'll like or multiple places to try in our community...

Who has the best fish fry in Royalton and Hartland -- and WHY? Tell us what makes their dinners so special.

It could be a diner, takeout place, bar...anyplace that serves fish fries in Gasport, Middleport, Johnson Creek and Wolcottsville. We're all about economic activity in our two towns so, please, no mentions of Lockport, Medina, etc.[0]=68.ARAHH5nSWFOvV5oGM1uQreUFMArJO2_7H7l-kw74OQ_4EBicJ3OVFBH_sI_g4y4SL1AZ7NjbwJeQvhEPstt-qV7itNYDGb7M0HL6ssdLCS91e04v_7uLZwHcghqafPpllDIbGBPDLdzpTDCT3pz8jNf3BfF5SoeOsIHtjdTMOUqq3_Lsi9eAhurNFgA1p0tXXn2bmbcS513aduqLj21fvdiZMA-pxzWUxalYT9C2BynWI-Soozpb0GyX0AQcHwKfVVmd64JGUNuNvftctaGJeHPnEw4jQsEs8OV8exots6wSCoUo-DED2-NobMXIbI2oH2MWKvutXK0WiJ_v&__tn__=-R

Adult ed at Roy-Hart

Roy-Hart's spring adult education brochure is available now! There are great classes and workshops being offered this semester.

Sign up before the classes fill up.

Choose from:
*Water aerobics
*Cooking workshops
*Wood crafts
*Resumé workshops
*And, many more!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Bridal Show 2020

Curtains ads

To help cover the costs of the school's upcoming musical "Curtains" (March 20 and 21), they are now accepting advertising sponsorships for the program. The deadline is February 19th

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Contacting EDF Renewables

If at any time you have questions or concerns about the proposed Hartland solar project that you would like answered or addressed by EDF Renewables, reach out to Kevin Campbell, Development Manager at 416.216.5053 or He's willing to have a face-to-face conversation with you at your home or over a cup of coffee at a local diner.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Why is it called Chemical Hose?

Why is the fire company called Gasport Chemical Hose?

At Saturday's centennial celebration one of the longtime firemen told this story as it was told to him:
The early Gasport firefighters had a portable tank, pulled by horse or man -- that era's makeshift "fire truck". It was filled with baking soda and vinegar to one) create a fire extinguishing compound and two) to build up pressure through a chemical reaction to push water.

One day, the tank was filled with too much of it and the tank exploded because of the pressure build up.

The firemen found humor in their mistake and made Chemical Hose a part of the name to honor that error. It stuck forever, even as firefighting technology and public waters systems improved and the founders passed on.

Gasport's fire's 100th

Here's an excellent write-up about Gasport's installation dinner and it's 100 years of service to the community:

Monday, January 27, 2020

New diner coming to Gasport

Gasport will soon have a new restaurant serving lunch and breakfast. Our Farm & Billy's Beef, located on Route 104 between Hosmer and Checkered Tavern Roads, has the dining room under construction. 

Roy-Hart rallies for Marnie

At Friday's Roy-Hart basketball game everyone rallied behind foreign language teacher Marnie Kozielski who was  recently diagnosed with cancer:

Food pantry numbers for January

Why do food drives, charity and volunteerism matter? The need is real: On Saturday, January 25th, the Gasport Food Pantry had 22 families representing 69 people use their services.

Roy-Hart to send almost 100 students to All-County

Royalton-Hartland School District will be sending 96 top musicians to the Niagara County Music E​ducators Association’s (NCMEA) All-County music festivals in February

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Food pantry: January 2020

This Saturday will be the monthly distribution for the food pantry and clothing closet hosted by Zion Lutheran Church in Gasport. Please share the details with locals in need!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Spaghetti dinner: January 21

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser -- tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 21st. 4 - 7 pm

Solid Rock Church 8590 Rochester Rd. Gasport.

Cost: Donation - Proceeds Benefit the Salt & Light Festival.

Yoga at Zion; week of January 19th

If you haven't yet experienced the benefits of yoga (flexibility, strength, calmness to name a few) give it a try at Zion. This week, it will be held at 7:15 PM Monday, 5:00 PM Tuesday, and 9:15 AM Thursday. You need not be a member of Zion to participate.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Erie Canal 2020 season

The New York State Canal System has announced the 2020 schedule. It will be opened on Friday, May 15th and will close for the season on Wednesday, October 14th. That's too short of a season.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Liz Bateman has passed away

Gasport and Middleport have lost a great citizen with the passing of Liz Bateman. She was a Middleport village trustee, a member of Tri-Town Ambulance and Zion Lutheran Church, a girl scout leader, a mission trip worker, and so much more! She was an excellent role model for local residents

Friday, January 17, 2020

Fire company hits a huge milestone!

Gasport Chemical Hose, our community's volunteer fire company, turns 100 on Sunday. Thank you to all who have served over the past century! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Veratti has great yields

The New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association announced the winners of their yield contests for 2019. Congrats to Gasport's Verratti Farms for being a top producer!

In the corn yield contest, Verratti came in 3rd statewide with a yield of 263.72.

In the soybean contest they came in 2nd AND 3rd statewide due to different seed types. Verratti saw a yield of 76.40 with Channel crops and 74.56 with NK crops.

Impressive, especially when one considers how wet Gasport was in 2019!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Ridge View website updated

EDF Renewables has added a lot of new information to their project website ( for the Ridge View proposal for Hartland including:

• Answers to many of the questions that were asked during the public meeting that was held on November 20th, and other questions that they’ve heard from the community (

• Public meeting display boards from the November 20th meeting (

Monday, January 6, 2020

Gasport fire raffle

Gasport Chemical Hose Company's annual Sportsman's raffle will take place Saturday February 15th, 2020. Food and drinks included with ticket. They will have 50/50's throughout the event, side raffles, door prize, and bell jar tickets. For any prize on the main ticket, you do not need to be present to win.
To get your ticket ($25/ticket), see any Gasport Fire member, go visit Drum Oil & Propane or Standish Jones Ace Hardware. Only 999 tickets sold so get yours before they are sold out.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Totally Buffalo report on the gift of color

Here's Totally Buffalo's great report on the two kids at Roy-Hart Elementary who were able to see color for the first time because of the goodness of their classmates and their community

Thursday, January 2, 2020