Thursday, January 26, 2023

Canal's navigation season

The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open Friday, May 19th for the 199th consecutive season of navigation. The Canal system will close to navigation on Wednesday, October 11th.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Pre-K applications are now being accepted

The 2023 Royalton-Hartland Pre-K application is now available.

The program includes:

*AM and PM sessions
*Certified teachers and aides
*Small class sizes

The program has space for 72 students, so be sure to apply ASAP.

You can apply digitally here:

If you have any questions, please contact Royalton-Hartland Elementary School at (716) 735-2000 ext. 3054.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Roy-Hart FFA appears on WIVB

Back in October, 12 members of the Royalton-Hartland Future Farmers of America chapter traveled to Indianapolis for the 2022 National FFA Convention.

When they were down there, they saw something special that caught their eye — Josh Allen’s FFA jacket from Firebaugh, Calif.

Matthew Sweeney is the Roy-Hart FFA advisor. He and his students Lorna, Nicholas, and Cayla joined WIVB's Wake Up! on Monday to discuss the convention and the surprise encounter with the jacket.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Garbage pick-up, week of December 25th

 There have been countless postings on Facebook about garbage pick-ups being delayed across WNY because of the blizzard. Fear not, Royalton residents -- for us, garbage and recycling pick-up will be on schedule this week.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Vizcarra to participate in ag committee

Governor Hochul recently announced that a special working group of state agencies and agricultural community stakeholders will collaborate to address issues in the agricultural industry. Among the 12 ag participants: Gasport's Oscar Vizcarra of Becker Farms

Monday, December 19, 2022

Republican Committee is seeking candidates

The Town of Royalton Republican Committee is seeking candidates for Town Supervisor and Town Highway superintendent positions, to fill 2-year terms starting 1 January, 2024.

The Town of Royalton Republican Committee will be meeting candidates on 18 January 2023 between 6:30 and 8:30 pm.

Please contact Scott Wymyczak@ 716-417-5151 The Town of Royalton Republican Chair to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Mrs. Lenhardt has passed away

Carol Lenhardt passed unexpectedly but peacefully on December 4, 2022 at the age of 88. She was born on June 20, 1934 in Chili, NY to Lawrence and Esther (Ebertz) Lenhardt. Esther passed away when Carol was very young, and Lawrence re-married to Ruth (Banister) Lenhardt. Ruth raised Carol and her brother, Frank as her own children for the rest of her life.

Carol was a teacher at Royalton Hartland High School in Middleport, NY for 30+ years. She attended Chili # 11 – Florence Brasser, West High School, and University of Rochester where she received her BS. She received her master’s degree at Syracuse University.

Preferring rural school districts, she chose Royalton Hartland district to teach math and science in middle and high school. When first moving to the area, she rented apartments. Then with her father’s help, she decided to build her own home in Medina. In 2015 she decided to move closer to her family and chose the Parkland Legacy in Chili.

Carol was involved in many activities while in Medina. She sewed costumes and painted scenery for school plays. She enjoyed singing in local choirs. She was very active in the New York State Science Teacher’s Association. Her Dad had always told her she could become whatever she wanted to be. Carol was always self-assured.

Upon retiring in the 80’s, she returned to school at the University of Buffalo where she earned her PhD, and supervised student teachers when they went out to practice teach. During her life, she was quite a world traveler. She took extended tours to Hawaii, Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Germany and Alaska.
Friends and Family have loved Carol and enjoyed her company over the years. We could not have hoped for more for her.

Carol is survived by her brother Frank Lenhardt (Joan), nephew Joe Lenhardt (Cherry), niece Mary Lenhardt (Al Pratt), great nephews Ian and Nicholas Lenhardt, and cousin Ray Potter.

Carol’s Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Saturday December 17, 2022 at St. Martin de Porres Parish at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 99 Main St. Scottsville. Interment St. Pius 10th Cemetery, Chili.


Heck is selected as Roy-Hart superintendent


Monday, December 5, 2022

Drone survey of Canal


The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that it will be surveying water retaining embankments and select dam structures along the Canal system beginning the week of December 5, 2022.

The survey work will be completed through drone flights to collect terrain data and photographs of the canal embankments and infrastructure. The information gathered will be used to aid in the planning of upcoming inspections.

Drone flights will be performed in the following areas:

Segment 1 from Rochester to Macedon
Segment 2 from Lockport to Ridgeway
Segment 3 from Ridgeway to Sweden
Segment 4 from Sweden to Rochester
Segment 5 from Palmyra to Lyons
Segment 6 Fulton/Clay Areas
Segment 7 LaFayette/Sullivan Areas
Segment 8 Trenton/Minden Areas
Segment 9 Glen Falls/Fort Edward Areas

The contractors completing the survey work will be wearing high-visibility vests as they operate a drone flying overhead near the canal structures. The Canal Corporation will minimize any disruption to access of the nearby trails.

This routine work is not associated with the Canal Corporation's proposed Earthen Embankment Integrity Program.

It is anticipated that this survey process will be completed by June 30, 2023.

More information is available by visiting the Canal Corporation's website.

The Canal Corporation appreciates the public's patience while this work is completed.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Mitten tree

The Gasport Lions Community Christmas is underway. There are mitten tree at the Gasport post office. The Town of Hartland has mittens available on their Mitten Tree at the Town Hall.

Pick a mitten, shop for that mitten and drop off the gift with the mitten attached to one of the following drop off locations by Friday, December 9th.

Your donation is greatly appreciated. Help make someone's Christmas this year.

Drop Off Locations:
Royhart Elementary School
Royhart Middle School
Drum Oil
Middleport Village Hall
Royalton Town Hall

Christmas Party

The Gasport Beautification Commitee's annual Community Christmas Party for the kids and Basket Raffle is Sunday, December 11th at the Gasport Fire Hall. 2pm-4pm. Come see Santa, go on a Horse and Wagon Ride, bid on the basket raffle, see Freckle the clown face painter. There will be 50/50, coffee, hot cocoa, cider and cookies.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Down on the Farm


Schramm Strong


Charles Schramm, an 8th grade student at the middle school, has been fighting T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL) since February of this past year. He is currently receiving home instruction while he finishes his main chemo treatments. He is in great spirits and is showing improvement every day, which we are grateful for.

He has had many ups and downs on his road to recovery, including two lengthy stays at Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo. While his hospital stays and most of his treatments are covered by insurance, the family still has travel expenses. They are also going to be on the hook for upwards of $15,000 for just one of his maintenance cancer medications that insurance does not cover.

To try to raise money to pay for these expenses, the Schramm Family is holding another benefit on October 16 at Oakfield Town Park. There will be a cornhole tournament, a basket raffle, and a side raffle featuring Beckett-certified, autographed, and framed Bills Jerseys from Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.

The last benefit had a wonderful turnout and we are hoping this one does as well. The Schramm family is very touched by and thankful for all of the support they have received so far from the Roy-Hart community. Please see the attached flyer for complete details.

If anyone is interested in donating baskets, you may contact Lori Schramm via phone or text at (585)813-7178.