Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Canal hours

Effective Thursday, September 17, 2020, all locks and lift bridges on the Canal system will operate daily between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.


The Canal system is scheduled to close to navigation at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. All recreational and commercial vessel operators should plan their trips to ensure they exit the system by that time.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Students return to school

Royalton-Hartland's Dr. Stopinski said he got “choked up” when he saw school buses at the campus entrance Tuesday morning.

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/pandemic-academics-lockports-blue-cohort-kicks-off-an-unprecedented-school-year/article_4a675a52-f24a-11ea-8cd7-53921f46574e.html

Percent of students remote learning

Yesterday I posed a question to Dr. Stopinski that's been asked of me quite a few times: What percentage of Roy-Hart students opted for fully remote learning? He said approximately 20%.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New playground at the Elementary School

 The playground at the elementary school is awesome. "Thank you!!" to everyone who contributed ideas, materials, money, and time to this great project!







Friday, August 28, 2020

Vanderwalker to tackle Eagle project in Gasport

Asperger Syndrome hasn't stopped young David Vanderwalker from pursuing the pinnacle of Scouting -- the Eagle Award. Under his leadership, an army of volunteers will build a pavilion at Hartland Bible Church in Gasport:

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/middleport-scouts-eagle-project-speaks-to-defying-the-odds/article_bc5ab37a-15cf-59f2-9864-7dd535a3c7bf.html

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

FMC awards scholarships



FMC Corporation, which operates the Agricultural Sciences plant in Middleport, has honored two Royalton-Hartland High School graduating seniors with separate $1,000 FMC Scholarships from the local plant.

The scholarships were awarded to Abigail Ander of Gasport and Madison J. Ohol of the Town of Royalton based on their submission of a 300-word essay with the main focus on “picking an experience from your life and explaining how it has shaped you for the career you have selected.”

“FMC, a company dedicated to our local community, is proud to honor these two outstanding Roy-Hart graduates with scholarships and extends our best wishes for continued success in their future academic studies,” said Brent Sensenich, FMC Middleport plant manager.

Abigail Ander was selected and participated in Leadership for the Youth of Niagara County (LYNC) and served as a captain of the school’s varsity field hockey team and as class secretary. She will be studying nursing at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport.

Madison Ohol was a member of Roy-Hart’s varsity swim team and school band, and participated in the Niagara County Legislative Intern Program. She plans to study nursing at Niagara University.

 

Little Free Library in Hartland

There is a new Little Free Library on Ridge Road right next to the Branch Ranch Egg stand near the Hartland town hall complex and Tri-Town Ambulance. It is free to anyone and anyone may drop off books as well. Jordan Branch Lysols the library and the egg stand stand as well.

This library is in loving memory of Connor Callaghan who passed away in November of 2017, he was 24. Connor always had a book in his hands and he loved to read. Most conversations he had with others usually involved a book he was reading or had read. He encouraged others to read and was always suggesting a new title. Books can take you to new places and teach you new things. Read, read, read!

 

 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Watch Roy-Hart info session #1

 If you missed Dr. Stopinski's first information session, you can watch it here:

https://www.facebook.com/RHSchoolDistrict/videos/299819424622316/?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBSvVWgmMcMhfeEonA6m1HCwt9BLcEBNhaue2hsmCwjBHLI2VH-P6TuOJZ5RdSUhrx2T5PQwVDNxulqeiAHjnA-f2ofi2KYCF_jkIDWVjpicUaZfj9l9cFMsCVIa3We-ovbSKBhf3b336PcQeZe2y54Lv-csGbagutnHrnV2kXH8PHlY2bJsMJU2a1S-m1qqHe51dNQsf98If4Fsh_qJd0bnq0OZn13A8zoYZg76ItyT_QQ2IfiD7W1ikrEj1JLA-tjQomI9da9-1vmyDhMV9NmSpOVBFp5h90QpgjHxaPsN2UQqS7akAJxccsXWM_WDYOkHailifAXBlv95cTZza8xC0RrWNzQ&__tn__=-R

Kucko highlights Gasport post office

 If you don't follow John on Twitter, do so! Great photographer!

Re-opening information sessions

From the Superintendent's Desk

Parents and Guardians,

As you are aware, all districts were required to submit a reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The Roy-Hart plan and supporting information can be found on our website. The Board of Education and I are hopeful that this comprehensive reopening plan, which was informed by months of research, surveys, focus groups and guidance from the New York State Departments of Education and Health will meet the needs of our community. Whether it be in-person instruction, remote learning or a blended learning situation, our schools will be ready to provide safe schools and quality programs of studies for our students.

It is important to note that our desire to reopen our schools with a full set of opportunities for our students hinges on any future Governor’s Executive Order(s) and regional Department of Health guidance. Our priority is to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.

Due to New York State’s Phase 4 crowd limitations, I would like to invite all interested members of our school community to a “virtual presentation” of our plan and to provide an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have or to ask for clarification regarding our plan.

The meetings will take place on Monday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 18 at 8:30 a.m. They can be observed via Live Stream which can be found at the top of the District website homepage. Residents are requested to complete a questionnaire prior to the meeting with questions or to ask for clarification on the District’s reopening plan. The questionnaire will be monitored during the meetings for any incoming questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dr. Hank Stopinski

Monday, August 3, 2020

EDF Renewables on WLVL

On Saturday's episode of WLVL's Business North, host Mark Oehm interviewed Kevin Campbell of EDF Renewables, the solar company looking at Hartland. You can listen to the two-part podcast here:

https://wlvl.com/podcasts/business-north

Child safety seat check

This month there will be 4 child safety seat checks in Erie and Niagara Counties, including one on August 29th in Gasport https://dmv.ny.gov/press-release/press-release-07-31-2020-1

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Solar project update

Here's the US&J's update on the proposed solar project in Gasport
https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/waiting-game-continues-for-solar-project/article_329072f9-d85b-515c-87c5-9a93243d159c.html#tncms-source=block-contextual-fallback

Monday, July 27, 2020

Christmas Cupboard

The Christmas Cupboard has been canceled for 2020 due to Covid concerns. 

Superintendent's update on reopening plan

From the Superintendent's Desk

Dear Resident,

As you may be aware, on Friday, July 31 we will be submitting our reopening plan to the New York State Department of Education. Our plan will be posted on the District website and the process of implementing the plan will begin immediately. The plan is comprehensive and includes subsections such as health and safety, facilities, transportation, student nutrition, social and emotional well being, teaching, learning and more. Whether it be in-person instruction, remote learning or a blended learning situation our schools will be ready to provide a quality program of studies for our students.

It is important to note that our desire to reopen our schools with a full set of opportunities for our students hinges on any future Governor’s Executive Order(s) and regional Department of Health guidance. Our priority is to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.

I strongly encourage the entire community to remain vigilant in their use of personal protections -- wash your hands often, wear a face covering, maintain physical distancing and avoid close groups of people. I request that parents continue to have your children wear face masks as much as possible as we approach the new school year. Regardless of the delivery model, we will be required to have all students wear masks on the school bus and when social distancing is not practicable. The more practice our children have, especially our preschool and kindergartners, the easier it will be to transition back into school.

These are challenging times for each of us. Together we will beat COVID-19. As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out directly or follow me on Twitter @DrStopinski

Sincerely,

Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools

Friday, July 24, 2020

Shop at Standish-Jones

Want to do some impactful shopping next week? Shop at Standish Jones. Not only will you support the local hardware store but you'll also support Childrens' Miracle Network Hospitals 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

State says no to extending Canal season

https://t.co/SJ6D6r4YT2?amp=1

Chicken BBQ

Yesterday, Arnie Wolfe -- a member of the church council at Solid Rock -- was a guest on WLVL's morning show talking about this weekend's chicken barbecue and where the proceeds will be going. You can listen to the interview here: https://wlvl.com/podcasts/wake-up-niagara?play_file=93547




Thursday, July 16, 2020

Return to school survey

From the Royalton-Hartland Superintendent's Desk

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Over the last few days, the District has received further information and guidance from the New York State Governor’s Office, the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Health in regard to their expectations as to when and under what circumstances we can reopen our schools. We expect to submit our detailed reopening plan to the Department of Education, and will share with our school community, before the July 31 deadline. Prior to August 7, Governor Cuomo will determine, based on specific community health metrics, whether we can reopen our schools in September and under what model. The Department of Health will continue to monitor these health metrics on a weekly basis throughout August and throughout the school year in the event we need to quickly adjust our instructional model.

We have developed a survey with some very time sensitive information that we need as we begin preparing for the reopening of our schools. I ask that you please complete the Family Information Survey as soon as you can. The survey has also been mailed to all households, however, we strongly encourage you to complete it online if possible.

These are challenging times for each of us. I strongly encourage the entire community to remain vigilant in their use of personal protections -- wash your hands often, wear a face covering, maintain physical distancing and avoid close groups of people. Together we will beat COVID-19.
Sincerely,

Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools

Here's the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/186szVXdCZLoLgMglvOaNayQeogtzOUBrELIr3Gix5Nw/edit

Chicken BBQ


Monday, July 13, 2020

Reopening survey

600 members of the Roy-Hart school community recently took part in a survey about their needs, wants, and expectations for the fall. Here are the results: https://www.royhart.org/cms/lib/NY01913927/Centricity/ModuleInstance/16/Survey%20Results_%20For%20Public.pdf

New tennis courts

The Rams tennis teams will have new courts to play on:

https://orleanshub.com/new-courts-on-the-way-for-ram-netters/

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hartland splash pad to open

HARTLAND SPLASH PAD WILL OPEN FRIDAY, JULY 10TH @ 12:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Town of Hartland Splash Pad will open tomorrow @ 12:30 pm. Days and hours of operation at this time will be Wednesday - Sunday from 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Covid-19 Regulations will be enforced and the Splash Pad will be monitored with an attendant at all times. This is not a Recreation program. Parents must remain at the pad with their children. Everyone will be asked to sign in and give a contact phone number. There will be NO Parking at the Splash Pad or in the Fire Hall lot.

Please park in the Main Park Parking lot and walk to the Splash Pad.

Social Distancing will be enforced and monitored. If unable to Social Distance we ask that those outside of the Splash Pad wear a mask.

Restrooms are available as will be Hand Sanitizer.

We will be sanitizing the Splash Pad regularly so please bare with us so we may keep everyone safe.

If you have questions, Please call 257-8110 and leave a message or message this post.

Thank you all for your cooperation and Happy Splashing!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Chapman's

Chapman's market will be opening soon under new ownership.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

WiFi in Hartland

RTO Wireless has just installed a free wi-fi hot spot at the Town Highway garage at 8940 Ridge Rd! Residents without internet access at home can now stop near the Town buildings on Ridge Road to use the free wi-fi! Just connect your devices to "Hartland Hotspot" and surf away! Many thanks to a partnership between Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance (NORA) and RTO Wireless for making this possible. Watch for an official press release in the coming weeks!

The history of the restaurant



With Greek Cuisine moving into the restaurant on Ridge Road I was pondering the history of that location. It's been home to:

Loverde's
Seebreeze
Route 104
Cup & Saucer

Greek Cuisine opens July 13th


Cup and Saucer on Route 104 closed during the state's Covid shutdown. The property was sold and the new owners will be opening very soon...July 13th. Be sure to like Greek Cuisine on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Greekcuisine7790/

Saturday, June 27, 2020

July 4 chicken BBQ


Words for Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020:

You've lived history. Now, make history. In so many ways, 2020 has shown why leadership matters. Aspire to be the best example possible for your peers, workplace, family, and community. Be wise, prepared, impactful, sacrificing and, above all, loving.

No Covid at the Absolut

The Absolut of Gasport has managed the crisis quite well...no fatalities, no positives...rarities in the Covid crisis:

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/three-local-nursing-homes-have-reported-zero-covid-19-deaths/article_d8fe4a6a-3c0f-5617-8591-09b7663e586d.html

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Roy-Hart grad time change

Due to a projected hazardous weather situation on Saturday morning, a decision has been made to move the graduation ceremony to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. This decision was made with the safety of our students and community members in mind.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Gasport burglars busted

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/crime/suspects-in-area-burglaries-caught-after-deputies-give-chase/article_d282cdc0-b63d-11ea-ac5a-3bc69895de72.html

Canal to open


The New York State Canal Corporation announced today that portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. for the 2020 navigation season.

The hours for the Gasport lift bridge are 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM beginning June 26th. The hours change to 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM starting September 17th.

The Canal system is scheduled to close to navigation on October 14, 2020.

Grandma's Attic 2020

The annual Grandma's Attic Sale will take place this weekend at Covenant UCC on Main Street in Gasport. After three months of preparation they have the best and biggest sale ever. Friday 6/26 9-5 and Saturday 6/27 9-2 with a bag sale and half price all day Saturday. There will also be a bake sale and a candy sale and lunch specials both days. Mask must be worn.


Friday, June 5, 2020

Victor Wainwright and the Train hit #1

The latest album by Victor Wainwright and the Train -- featuring Gasport's own Pat Harrington on guitar -- is Number One on Billboard's Top US Blues Albums list.


Class of 2020


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Hartland statement on Rec Program

Dear Town of Hartland Residents:

After much consideration, due to emergency orders it is necessary to cancel our Children's Recreation Program for this summer. It is with much regret that this decision has been made. However it is necessary for the health and well being of the community as a whole.

Our recreation committee and staff look forward to when we can all be together with the children again.

Please stay healthy and safe

School district candidates

The school district website has expanded bios and statements from all the school board candidates:

https://www.royhart.org/Page/2933

Roy-Hart garduation plan


School board candidates

The US&J looks at the candidates running for Roy-Hart school board:

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/three-openings-draw-5-in-r-h-board-contest/article_44cf8a1d-7aa5-5b61-807f-1b67dd483c44.html

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Trautman is SkillsUSA NYS President



Alayna Trautman, a junior at Royalton Hartland High School and an Electricity/Electronic student at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, has been named the New York State SkillsUSA President. Orleans/Niagara BOCES has not had a NYS president for many years. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel by empowering them to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.


Upon learning the news of being NYS SkillsUSA President, Alayna says she was very emotional and excited. “This will be a great opportunity to be able to network with other state and national leaders. I really could not have done this without my great Electricity and Electronics teacher, Mr. Bill Leggett. He challenges me every day and is always there for me. I am also fortunate to have great classmates and wonderful SkillsUSA advisors: Mrs. Sarah Ivory and Mrs. Anne Carnahan who have supported me 100% and spent countless hours running me through mock interviews and helping me to settle my nerves.”


People would describe Alayna as dependable, committed, dedicated and reliable. “I am a member of the Buffalo Skating Club where I serve as the Treasurer for the Junior Board and volunteer with Learn to Skate at Cornerstone Arena in Lockport,” she says. “I work at Pool Mart in Lockport and my family owns a Christmas tree farm. I have been a member of the American Legion Post #1593 for 16 years and Girls Scouts Troop #70257 for the past 11 years. I will be completing my Gold project this school year. My commitment to figure skating has afforded me the opportunity to represent New York State in the State Games of America in both 2017 and 2019, by medaling at the NYS Empire State Games every year since 2015. Prior to figure skating I danced for Sylvia’s School of Dance for 10 years, that commitment allowed me a place on the dance team where I was able to perform at Walt Disney World Orlando’s Boardwalk in April of 2017.”


Being named President of the New York State SkillsUSA organization is one of the highest honors a student can achieve as they represent the state on a national level. Alayna was chosen for her dedication to the organization, excellent communication skills, her display of professionalism, her ability to work well as part of a team, her sense of responsibility and the way she represents Orleans/Niagara BOCES in different situations. She says, “A good leader communicates clearly delegates, has a positive attitude, displays confidence and is creative.” At Orleans/Niagara BOCES, she was elected to serve as the chapter’s SkillsUSA Officer Vice President by her peers, teachers and principal. Alayna vows to be a great leader and live by the Skills USA Motto, “Preparing for Leadership in the World of Work”. “We have all been impacted by the current health pandemic surrounding COVID-19, as the future workforce of America we must remain on track to fill the essential careers that support the American economy,” she says. “This crisis has quickly taught us the values of our SkillsUSA framework of being flexible, adaptable, organized, self-motivated, to communicate clearly, and most importantly computer and technology literacy. My goal as your New York State SkillsUSA President is to ensure that we are confident and prepared to meet America’s need.”


When asked why career and technical education she says, “Career and technical education is a great opportunity to gain skills, make new friends and prepare for college and/or a career. It has been a great opportunity for me in helping me achieve my goals.”


Alayna is the daughter of Anedda and Don Trautman. Her future goals are to be gainfully employed in the skilled trades field of electricity. She is exploring attending a two-year technical school or a four-year university after graduation next year. Her ultimate goal is to own her own contracting company.

Roy-Hart's budget proposal

The Royalton-Hartland school district is seeking voters' approval of its 2020-2021 budget, which drives a 2.2% ($230,000) increase in the property tax levy.

The $27.3 million budget projects a $1.1 million increase in year-over-year spending. District Superintendent Henry Stopinski attributed more than half of the increase, $600,000, to the district's renewed student transportation contract.

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/transportation-costs-drive-roy-hart-spending-increase/article_5d054bf4-e0e2-5068-ac5b-d8e842e0a229.html

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

May 2020 rain totals

The month of May saw precipitation during 13 days in Gasport.

3 of those saw only a trace.

The wettest days were:

30th: 0.45"
15th: 0.4"
17th: 0.35"

The total for the month was only 2.25".

Friday, May 22, 2020

Salt & Light canceled

After much discussion, The 2020 Salt & Light Executive Committee has made a difficult decision to cancel this year's Festival.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Independence Day cancelled

The Hartland Independence Day Celebration scheduled for July 3, 2020 is officially cancelled.

This event is a long-standing tradition in our community; one that’s important for us to celebrate. As such, this decision was not easy. However, the need to implement appropriate safety measures for such a large-scale event, while also ensuring physical distancing options for participants, were just a few of the many contributing factors taken into consideration. Uncertainty around New York's timeline to allow large public gatherings was another, as well as the significant planning, and the financial support required of our generous community.

We look forward to the day when we will be able to safely come together for this and other community events.

The Hartland Independence Day Committee

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Library being rebuilt

The US&J's Mark Scheer writes of those in Gasport who are helping to rebuild the free little library destroyed by vandals:

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/rebuilding-connors-little-library/article_a5cc5cbc-3fb8-539b-b0ff-873a763d907f.html?fbclid=IwAR2OpXpcFRZMAR9X_eGD8OnsKuFKq7e0bXRXbqlI-jrvYe0bypY-soWZGDM

Mr. Bowman has passed away

Longtime Roy-Hart residents will remember Mr. Bowman who spent a couple of years at Roy-Hart in the early 1960s as principal. He passed away in February but his family is honoring his life with a limited graveside memorial this week

https://www.nny360.com/news/obituaries/maynard-lester-bowman/article_ffc84a49-8f79-5410-8108-91a3cf806113.html

Monday, May 18, 2020

Middleport guard gate down

Notice to Mariners
Erie Canal – Middleport

May 18, 2020

Mariners are advised that the north span of the Middleport Guard Gate in Orleans County will remain in the lowered position until further notice. Traffic must proceed through the south span.

The operational status of all guard gates can be found at http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/boating/guardgates.aspx.

NYSCC Cruising Guide Page E-7 showing the affected area can be found at http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/nyscce07.jpg.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Canal opening schedule

The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that much of the 524-mile Canal system will open for through navigation of the locks by July 4, 2020 as maintenance and construction projects are set to resume on a regional basis under the “NY Forward Reopening” plan.
Canal Corporation crews and contractors will mobilize to work sites in the Capital Region, Mohawk Valley, Central NY, Finger Lakes, and Western NY regions as those areas reopen. Maintenance work that needs to be completed at specific Canal facilities varies by location and locks along the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals will open for passage in a staggered fashion. Announcements regarding specific lock or regional openings will be communicated through the Canal Corporation’s “Notice to Mariners” notification program available at www.canals.ny.gov.


OPENING SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)
Capital Region – “NY Forward Reopening” Date TBD
Erie Canal from Lock E-2 in Waterford to Lock E-9 in Rotterdam
Champlain Canal from Lock C-1 in Waterford to Lock C-12 in Whitehall
Mohawk Valley Region – Locks opening in phases, targeted for between July 4th & August 10th
Erie Canal Lock E-10 in Cranesville through Sylvan Beach at Oneida Lake
Central NY Region – Locks targeted for opening by July 4th
Erie Canal from Oneida Lake to Lock E-25 in May’s Point
Oswego Canal – except Lock O-7 in Oswego
Finger Lakes Region – Locks targeted for opening by July 4th
Erie Canal from Lock E-25 in May’s Point to Locks E-34/35 in Lockport – except Lock E-26 in Clyde
Cayuga – Seneca Canal – except Locks CS-2/3 in Seneca Falls
Western NY Region – “NY Forward Reopening” Date TBD
Erie Canal Locks E-34/35 in Lockport through Tonawanda

As maintenance and construction work commences, most boaters, paddlers, and anglers can access sections of the Canal system for recreational use today. Mariners are advised that some sections of the Canal system will have reduced water levels until such time as the Canal Corporation completes its projects. In addition, navigation aids are not currently in place, but will be installed on the Canal system as the regions open.

All users of the Canal system and adjacent Empire State Trail are encouraged to practice social distancing while using boat launches, trails and other public resources.

The Canal Corporation appreciates the public’s patience during this time and urges all users to register to receive updates through the “Notice to Mariners” notification program at www.canals.ny.gov.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Best wishes for a public ceremony


It's a bummer that this year's commencement ceremony won't be held here but, at the same time, if it is at Sunset Drive-In it will be something unique, something that our young men and women -- and their families -- will always remember in vivid detail. A little bit of history will be made -- you'll be living it.

I hope things do work out for our seniors and you can have a public ceremony at Sunset. You and your families need it given the year you've had...and you deserve it, because your past, present and future -- YOU -- need to be celebrated publicly.

Dr. Stopinski May 12 message

Today's message from Dr. Stopinski...

Community Members:

As we near the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we are faced with many challenges in celebrating many of our traditional events. Concerts, athletic seasons and field days have been canceled. Award ceremonies, honor society inductions and moving up days have all been moved to a virtual model. One of the most frequent questions of late has been what are we doing for our seniors and what about the graduation ceremony?

I want to thank Mr. Bell, High School Principal, Mrs. Albee, School Counselor and senior class co-advisor, and Mrs. O’Connor, senior class co-advisor for their efforts this past month making certain we recognize our seniors and plan for special recognitions in these final weeks of school. Thank you to the community for adopting many of the seniors and to those organizations who have donated towards the effort.

We have been exploring multiple options for the commencement ceremony since the first weeks of April. As you can imagine, each option has had its benefits and challenges. Please know that we have carefully considered each option through the lens of the guidance we continue to receive from the Governor's Executive Orders and guidelines from various health agencies. My hope is that we can obtain permission to gather as a school community to celebrate this important milestone. In an effort to capture the commencement ceremony, we are putting a contingency plan in place to create a digital ceremony if it is deemed we are not allowed to convene.

The current guidance for all schools in Niagara County prohibits the District from assembling for a commencement ceremony as we have in years past. We continue to plan and prepare for a ceremony on June 27 or July 25 in hopes that we will have permission to proceed. A ceremony will likely not take place on school grounds, rather plans are being developed and presented to hold the ceremony at the Sunset Drive-In where we may be able to provide appropriate social distancing and opportunities for a more traditional graduation ceremony. In the event we are not allowed to hold a more traditional ceremony, we are preparing a virtual ceremony so that we can capture this important day for our graduates and families. I encourage community members and students to reach out directly with Principal Bell at the High School for the most current plans for our seniors.

These are challenging times for each of us. I know that if we continue to communicate and support each other we will grow as a school community. As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out directly or follow me on Twitter @DrStopinski

Sincerely,
Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools

Gavyn Boyle is highly rated

Prep Baseball Report has posted an article looking at the Top Ten outfielders in the state representing the class of 2022. #2 on the list is Roy-Hart's own Gavyn Boyle. The rankings also have him as the 11th best Class of 2022 baseball player -- any position -- in the State. Congrats!

https://www.prepbaseballreport.com/news/NY/Inside-the-Rankings-Top-10-Class-of-2022-Outfielders-3102698754

Roy-Hart candidates

The list of candidates for the Royalton-Hartland school board has been finalized. Five people are running for three seats. They include incumbents Carol Blumrick, Tom Brigham and Jeff Waters and challengers Melissa Bundrock and Jason Wilhelm.

Class of 2020 graduation ceremony

A message from Royalton-Hartland about the Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Dear Families of a Roy-Hart Senior - Class of 2020

As all of us are living through an unprecedented time and making sure our communities are healthy and safe, I want to assure all of you that you are missed and not alone during this time. As a school community you are among millions of other students across the country that will be leaving high school as the graduating class of 2020 to pursue your dreams.

We as a district are continuing to discuss plans for your June commencement. Such plans consist of a digital platform that will provide the opportunity for all students to be recognized and celebrated as a graduating Senior. Just as it became clear that continuing public education in our school buildings was no longer an option, planning for commencement ceremonies is also challenging as the COVID-19 crisis is still impacting us in ways previously unimaginable.

Roy-Hart is committed to provide the Class of 2020 a ceremony that recognizes you as individuals and as a collective community representing Ram Pride through Music, Art, Theatre, Sports, Technology, Agriculture, and Academia.

As we continue to plan; information will be shared with you that will assist us in creating a ceremony celebrating our Seniors. At the same time, we will be adhering to the guidelines put forth by the Department of Health and NYS regarding social distancing and safety procedures.

We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure our school community continues to support families in every way we can.

To the graduating Class of 2020 - although the end of this school year is like no other, your future is still yours, your dreams are still yours and your future is for you to determine. Stay strong, stay committed, continue to grow and learn, not only from our current situation but for all the future experiences and opportunities that come before you.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Hartland Town Park vandalized

In the overnight hours of Friday May 8th, Hartland Town Park was vandalized. Gates and Storage Shed along with several Park Benches were damaged and Portable Toilets knocked over. Anyone with information is asked to call the Town Hall @ 735-7179 or the Niagara County Sheriff's Dept. @ 438-3393. This is"Your Park". Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Flyover May 12th


Roy-Hart's decade of dominance

The Orleans Hub looks waay back at Roy-Hart's dominance of track in the 1960s and 1970s:

https://orleanshub.com/rooy-hart-had-a-decade-plus-of-dominance-in-n-o-league-boys-track-competition/

Curtains the musical

Important update on Curtains the musical from the Roy-Hart Music Parents Club...

Roy-Hart still plans to perform Curtains with dates to be determined. To accommodate any Federal, State or local mandates in place at that time, previously purchased tickets will be refunded to allow for appropriate ‘at the door’ ticket sales at the time of the show. More to come!

We appreciate your support. Patrons that previously purchased Curtains tickets through BOOKTIX can expect a full refund.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hartland gun raffle

From the Hartland fire company...

Unfortunately our gun raffle scheduled for Saturday May 9th, 2020 has been postponed to October 17th, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Everyone that has already purchased a ticket will be contacted and given the choice of either a refund or they can keep their ticket for the rescheduled raffle. Tickets for the rescheduled raffle are available for purchase. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Fire Company at 716-735-3283. Thank you, and stay healthy!

Internet issues in Gasport and Middleport

Excellent reporting by the Lockport US&J's Connor Hoffman about the internet woes in eastern Niagara County:

https://www.govtech.com/network/Shelter-in-Place-Orders-Underscore-Rural-Internet-Limitations.html

Friday, May 1, 2020

Gasport Community Gardens

Stephanie Jaczewski is looking for help getting the community gardens up and running this year. These are the gardens located across the street from Hartland Bible Church.

Earlier this week she spent a beautiful afternoon clearing out some of the beds. She'd like to see them ready to be planted by mid to late May.

She's currently drawing up plans for each bed. She is going to be ordering cattle panels to be used as trellises so she can maximize growing space. She'd like to be able to provide lots of fresh, delicious produce for our community and she will be reaching out to the Gasport food pantry soon.

She said she's thankful to be able to go ahead with this project while so many things are shut down. The beds are spaced far enough apart so everyone will be able to work together in small, socially distant groups. She'd love to get the kiddos involved as soon as possible.

Please let her know in the comments below or PM her on Facebook to let her know if you're interested in helping!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

FMC Superfund Update

This link opens a fact sheet that provides an update about the environmental cleanup status for the FMC Corporation - Roy Hart School, site ID #932014 Operable Unit 4 (Middleport, Niagara County), within New York’s State Superfund Program: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/932014ou4update.pdf

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Erie Canal update

I just received this message regarding the Erie Canal...

Notice to Mariners

2020 Navigation Season Update

April 23, 2020

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Canal Corporation has suspended all non-essential construction and maintenance activities, therefore the New York State Canal system will not open for through navigation of the locks on May 15th as previously announced. However, to support the Canal's continued use as a prime recreational waterway, the Canal Corporation is currently evaluating operational options to ensure New Yorkers will have access to the Canal system, if even potentially on a regional basis, this season. We recognize that this is an extraordinarily difficult time and are sensitive to potential hardships Canal stakeholders, as well as many other New Yorkers, may experience. The situation with COVID-19 is ever-evolving and we are trying to adapt our plans accordingly. Future updates will be posted through our Notice to Mariners program. We appreciate your patience.

Gasport food pantry: April 25


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Spaghetti dinner: April 21st


Solid Rock Assembly of God on Route 31 in Gasport will be having their monthly spaghetti dinner fundraiser tonight, Tuesday April 21st, from 4 until 7. Take-out only. Call 716.957.2561 and they will bring the dinner to your car. The price is a free will offering. All proceeds benefit the Salt and Light Festival.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Canal opening delayed

Despite the considerable social distancing (and sanity amidst crazy times) afforded by boating and the great outdoors, marinas and launches are closed across the State. And, the Canal shows no signs of opening -- or being filled -- anytime soon

https://buffalonews.com/2020/04/14/erie-canal-boating-season-likely-to-be-delayed-as-state-suspends-repair-work/

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

Gasport used to be abuzz with activity for Easter. But, it's a different kind of Easter this year.

Our churches are shuttered. The Lions Club egg hunt was cancelled. The local diners are eerily silent. Large gatherings -- like family dinners -- are frowned upon. Snowbirds and ex-pats didn't come back home for the holiday.

I wish you to have a happy Easter, despite the strange circumstances.

Enjoy whatever you do to make the holiday awesome today for you and your family, whether it's a family egg hunt in your backyard, an extended family get-together by Zoom, church by Facebook Live, or a smaller-than-normal dinner with your parents or in-laws.

I hope your day is as special as it can be.

Town of Hartland update

Town of Hartland Supervisors update:

April 11, 2020

Dear Hartland residents.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Easter, although we are confined to our homes, we can still attend services by electronic means. In times of trouble we rely on faith to sustain us. As we take time to pray for our nation and those that are sick or in harm’s way let us also remember the true meaning of Easter, Jesus Christs sacrifice for us.

We want to remember and thank all those who are working to provide essential services. From the healthcare providers to store employees, delivery personnel law enforcement, fire and EMS providers. Our town, county, state and federal employees and volunteers are providing essential services.

In Hartland we will continue to have town hall employees work from home through the remainder of April to comply with the Governors work force reduction order. If you need assistance please call 735-7179 and use our menu to select a department,leave a message and someone will return your call.

Our highway and water departments are operating with a reduced staff and are providing basic and emergency services. The safety of our residents and our employees is a top priority. We need to continue the social distancing to limit exposure.

Dog licenses due are postponed until May 1,with no penalty, please make sure shots are up to date. Water bills will also be delayed in being sent out. A new board meeting date will be announced later on this the month. Please continue the social distancing and stay safe.

Supervisor Ross Annable

Solid Rock holds drive-in Easter service

The report from the Lockport US&J:

https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/solid-rock-assembly-of-god-holding-drive-in-services/article_15329fcd-e944-5b76-8b7c-36e9cb3c42af.html?fbclid=IwAR3xOnpu-h1Jubz9hPnegDxJ27y_ijYLB0Fgm8HCzurIjEzNPN1kmjdWxJQ

Friday, April 10, 2020

Erie Canal Derby cancelled

The Erie Canal Derby has been cancelled for 2020. I know it pains Lynn to have to do that but she made the right call for the reasons laid out in her Facebook post. Let's make sure that all of us who have been sponsors -- or could be sponsors -- help to make 2021's event super-special. The Derby -- and the Harringtons -- have done so much to create special memories for families across the region.


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: