Friday, December 4, 2020

Solar farm proposal appears in New York Review of Books

In a long-form piece for the New York Review of Books, local newspaper columnist Jim Shultz looks at the solar and wind controversies and conflicts in Niagara County:

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

TC Meat Raffle


Since we can't gather due to Covid, Terry's Corners Vol. Fire Co., Inc.'s annual Meat Raffle/ Turkey Party will be held online. Join them via Facebook Live as they spin the wheel. A $10 ticket gets you 20 chances to win a gift card to their usual vendors...Tops, Aldi, Scapelliti's, Hartland Abbatoir, Schwab's Farm Market, and The Butcher Shop. Get your TICKETS from any TC member before they are sold out. Help them support our local businesses while raising money for fire equipment!

Monday, November 30, 2020

July 4 fundraiser

The Fourth of July celebration in Hartland is not funded by tax dollars. It's charity that makes it work...businesses and individuals alike. The Independence Day Committee needs your help and they've sweetened the deal with a drawing for a wide variety of prizes. Click on the link below to buy your raffle tickets:

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Dujenski GoFundMe

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family involved in the Thanksgiving Eve accident in Royalton which claimed the lives of a mother and child and hospitalized 5 others of that family

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Drivers of last night's accident identified

The deceased operator of the vehicle that was traveling on Lewiston Road has been identified as Danielle Dujenski, 31 years of age, from the Town of Machias, NY. The front seat adult passenger was identified as Garrett Dujenski, 30 years of age, also from the Town of Machias, NY. The Dujenski's had five children in the vehicle that ranged in age from one year old to eleven years of age. The deceased child was two and a half years old. The driver of the vehicle traveling on Griswold Street was identified as Daniel Verratti, 65 years of age, from the Town of Royalton. The status of the injuries of parties involved has not changed.

Update on the Thanksgiving Eve accident in Royalton

Here's the NCSO update on the family whose vehicle was struck in Royalton last night...another family member has passed...what a tragedy...

An update to the fatal motor vehicle accident from last night. The driver of the eastbound vehicle was pronounced dead at ECMC, the front passenger is listed in stable condition in the trauma ICU at ECMC. Four of the children in the rear of the vehicle were transported to Oishei Children's Hospital. Two of the children are listed in critical condition in the PICU. One child is in guarded and critical condition in the PICU, and the fourth child is in guarded condition, but stable in the Intermediate Care Unit.


Major accident in Royalton

This is a very sad way to start your Thanksgiving, learning the news of an accident that happened in Royalton yesterday.

My heart goes out to the family who were all hospitalized...who also lost a dear child. Heartbreaking always, even more so on a day that is supposed to be a holiday of family, of thanks.

I also have all the first responders in my thoughts. The EMS, fire, and police (our friends and family) see and do things that are unimaginable to most of us. Tragic events like this are seared into the memories.

I will be thinking of everyone deeply impacted by this event.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office Press Release:

Royalton, NY - On 11/25/2020 at 1933 hours, The Niagara County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received multiple 911 phone calls reporting a two car collision at the intersection of Lewiston Road and Griswold Street.

Responding patrol units, fire personnel, EMS units arrived on scene of the accident and provided immediate first aid.

Initial investigation at the scene revealed that one vehicle was southbound on Griswold Street and the other vehicle was eastbound on Lewiston Road. The vehicle on Griswold Street failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection, causing the collision.

The eastbound vehicle, traveling on Lewiston Road, had a total of seven occupants in the vehicle. The two adult occupants in that vehicle were transported via ambulance to Erie County Medical Center. The remaining occupants of the vehicle consisted of five children. Four of those children were transported by ambulance and Mercy Flight to Oishei Children’s Hospital. A fifth child from that vehicle was transported by ambulance to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport. That child was ultimately pronounced deceased at the hospital. The sole occupant of the southbound vehicle on Griswold Street was transported by ambulance to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Names of the parties involved are not being released at this time, pending notifications of family members. Current conditions of the parties involved in the accident are not available at this time as they are being evaluated.

The accident is currently being investigated by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Unit.


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

PB&J Drive at town hall

The Town of Royalton – Town Hall is now collecting for the Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive benefiting the food pantries in our area. Please donate a jar of peanut butter, jelly or fluff through December 10.



Mitten trees are up

The Mitten Trees are up! Students from the elementary and middle schools decorated them this week.

When you’re out and about shopping for Christmas, please extend your giving beyond your family. Please buy a gift for a needy child in Royalton and Hartland.

This is the fourteenth year for this awesome program that is run by the Gasport Lions Club.

Here’s how it works…

A tree is located out front of the Gasport post office, another outside the Middleport post office and one in the lobby of the elementary school.

Take a mitten from it and give a gift that is appropriate to the age/gender of the child noted on the mitten.

Attach the mitten to the unwrapped gift and drop it off at Drum Oil, the Elementary School, the Middle School, Middleport Village Hall or Royalton Town hall. Due to Covid protocols, Absolut health care in Gasport will not be a drop-off site this year.

The Lions Club will distribute the gifts in time for the holidays. They typically serve around 125 children.

Please participate and make Christmas a little better for a child – maybe even your neighbor – who is in need. That’s what the holiday is all about.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Gasport ballot items

There were some special items on the ballots in Gasport. How did they fare?

In Hartland, there was a ballot item asking if the office of the Tax Collector should be abolished and those duties transferred to the Town Clerk. Of the 1,520 votes cast, 943 said yes, 577 said no.

In Royalton, there were two items: Both asked to increase the term of office to 4 years, one for supervisor, one for highway superintendent. Both failed by really close margins. Prop #1 was 53% no, Prop #2 was 52% no.

Gasport Lions: Pampered Chef

The Gasport Lions Club has started a new fundraiser....Pampered Chef. Their party starts next Monday. However if you're not interested in all of the extras the order link is posted below. For more details checkout out the Gasport Lions Club Facebook page

Covenant UCC Bazaar and Dinner


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Veterans tour of Graestone

 If any VETERANS are interested in touring Gasport's haunted house: 



Friday, October 30, 2020

FMC does safety training


As part of its annual safety training exercises and commitment to the safety of employees and the surrounding community, FMC’s Agricultural Sciences Plant in Middleport recently conducted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid training for the plant’s Emergency Response Team. Ken Drozdowsky (middle) of OSEA in Orchard Park supervises Glenn Wygant (left), FMC environmental and safety specialist, and Alex Sonker (right), FMC analyst, in applying proper CPR techniques. Training followed a course from the National Safety Council that also included instruction in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Car accident claims life in Gasport

The deceased driver involved in the motor vehicle accident which occurred on Mill Road on October 29, 2020 at 13:51 Hours, has been identified as 55 year-old Christopher L. Mahar of Gasport, New York. Investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Unit into the matter is continuing.

Initial investigation by Deputies at the scene revealed that a 2011 Honda was traveling northeast on Mill Road when it crossed the center line and entered the southwest bound lane. The vehicle continued across the southwest bound lane and exited the roadway's edge. The vehicle then struck an earthen embankment at which point it overturned. The vehicle continued a short distance across the grass where it ultimately came to rest against a stand of trees. The driver of the vehicle succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Halloween hours

In the town of Royalton, the Trick or Treat hours on Saturday, October 31, 2020 are from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Mrs. Thompson passed away



Long-time Gasport residents may have had Mrs. Thompson as a first grade teacher. She passed away yesterday...

Shirley Arlene Thompson (Genet), age 92, entered into rest on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. She was born June 20, 1928 in Gasport, NY to the late Alvin J. Genet and Nora (Maass) Genet.

Shirley graduated from Lockport High School in 1945 and from Brockport State College in 1949. She taught in area Lutheran Schools and also taught at Lockport Dist. #3 on Chestnut Ridge. For 20 years, Shirley taught first grade in the Royalton Hartland School System at Gasport Elementary School before retiring in 1982.

On June 20, 1952 she married Everett Thompson in Trinity Lutheran Church. He predeceased her in 2008. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Rebeca J. Thompson, sisters, Betty J. Alen, Catherine Genet, brother, Charles W. Genet and great-grandson, Jacob Neroni.

Shirley is survived by her dear devoted son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Kathleen Thompson, cherished grandchildren, Kyle (Heather) Thompson, Sean (Heather) Thompson, Vanessa (Tony) Neroni, Paul (Lauren) Hatley, Charles (Chrissi) Hatley and Joseph (Katie) Setheroh, precious great-grandchildren, Gianna, Tessa, Marco, Samantha, Taylor, Elizabeth, Alana, Violet, Scarlett, Daniel and Adalyn, thoughtful sister-in-law, Doreen Genet, devoted cousin, Karen Gardner, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Shirley’s family will receive friends at the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main St. Gasport, NY 14067 on Friday, October 30th from 4:00-8:00pm where her funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:00am. Interment will follow in Cold Springs Cemetery.

Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines. New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory.

To share a special memory of Shirley please visit

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

More doe tags

Attention deer hunters!

The second round of Deer Permits comes out Sunday, November 1st. The Town of Royalton will be open Sunday, November 1st from 9 to 12.

Mrs. VanSlyke keeps alive Fire Prevention Week

Covid protocols didn't stop Elementary School Principal Mrs. VanSlyke from talking to the kids about Fire Prevention Week. The 20 year member of the Bergen VFD gave 10 small assemblies about fire safety. Awesome!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Maggie's Kitchen craft show


Public hearing on car wash

Gasport could soon have a car wash:

The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Royalton, New York, will hold a public hearing on October 26, 2020, at 7:30 PM, at Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport, NY 14105, as follows: On an application by Michael Marotta, for a special use permit to authorize the operation of car wash at the northeast corner of Route 31 and Main Street, Gasport, NY.

The application is open to inspection at the Town of Town Hall. Persons wishing to appear at the hearing may do so on the above date and time.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hartland ballot item

From the town of Hartland...

With the recent resignation of the elected Tax Collector, the Hartland Town Board is providing voters the opportunity to decide the future of tax collections. The Town of Hartland will hold a special election for a mandatory public referendum on the ballot, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020. Hartland voters will have the
opportunity to decide on the abolishment of the office of Tax Collector and transfer the duties to the Office of the Town Clerk. The current Tax Collector’s office is part-time. The benefit of transferring the duties to the Town Clerk will provide residents full time access to the office and create a more efficient operation for collection and record keeping.

The referendum will be on the reverse side of the ballot listed as proposal number one. Please remember to vote for this proposal on Election Day November 3rd. 2020. If you have any questions, please call the Town Clerks office at 735-7179.

Hartland Town Board

Friday, October 9, 2020

Gun raffle this weekend: Tickets are still available


Hometwon Heroes orders

The Town of Hartland Historian Norm LaJoie is currently taking orders for Hometown Hero's Banners. If you are interested in purchasing a banner to honor your service member please contact Norm @ 735-7220 for more information. " Only 75 banners" will be sold at the cost of $185.00 each and orders must be received no later than Nov 16th. Call now so as not to miss out on this one time offer.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Mr. Jamieson has passed away


William F. “Jamo” Jamieson age 78 died October 5, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born July 19, 1942 in N. Tonawanda, a son of the late Earl and Helen (Flynn) Jamieson and had lived in this area all of his life.

Bill was a member of the Middleport United Methodist Church. He was a teacher at Royalton Hartland School District for 32 years and had coached numerous sports; football being his favorite. He retired in 1997. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Tom; daughter-in-law Kathy Jamieson; sons-in-law Jeffrey Roloff and Robert Everett. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barb; his children Vicki Everett, Richard (Laura Fritz) Jamieson, Julie Roloff, James Jamieson; grandchildren Leslie (Elliott), Zackery, Kellie, Judd, Ben (Emily), Luke, John; his sister Gail (Michael) Walker; brother-in-law Phil (Ann) Thompson; sister-in-law Kathy Jamieson as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

There are no prior calling hours. His Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Middleport United Methodist Church, 9 Park Ave., Middleport NY 14105.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Roy-Hart's outdoor learning program

“Grow With Us: Seeing, Doing and Learning” is an outdoor, hands-on lab that involves getting students engaged with nature, from the time they're in kindergarten all the way through high school graduation.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Quaker Road bridge repairs

Niagara County Sheriff's Office Road Closure Notification: Quaker Road between Ridge Road and Slayton Settlement Road in the Town of Hartland will be down to one lane controlled with a temporary traffic signal for bridge deck restoration. Emergency vehicles will be able to pass and the project is expected to continue through October 30th.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Food pantry: September 26th

 If you know of a family in need in the towns of Royalton and Hartland, let them know the Gasport food and clothing pantry will have its monthly distribution this Saturday 



Monday, September 21, 2020

Orangeport Road bridge

 Niagara County Sheriff's Office Road Closure Notification: Orangeport Road between Ridge Road and Wheeler Road in the Town of Hartland is closed until further notice due to bridge replacement. No traffic will be able to pass through. This project is expected to be complete on October 30.

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.

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:

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:

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.


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:

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Solar project update

Here's the US&J's update on the proposed solar project in Gasport

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


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

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:

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.

Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools

Here's the survey:

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:

New tennis courts

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

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hartland splash pad to open


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 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:

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

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 fatalities, no positives...rarities in the Covid crisis:

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

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:

Roy-Hart garduation plan

School board candidates

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

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.

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:

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

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

NYSCC Cruising Guide Page E-7 showing the affected area can be found at