Monday, July 26, 2021

FMC presents scholarships

Brent Sensenich (right), FMC Middleport Agricultural Sciences Plant manager, presents $1,000 scholarship checks each to Royalton-Hartland graduating seniors Rebecca Berner (middle) of Gasport and Thomas Ragonese (far left) also of Gasport. The scholarships were awarded based on their winning essay submissions on the theme: "picking an experience from your life and explaining how it has shaped you for the career you have selected." Rebecca will be attending St. John Fisher College in Rochester and Thomas has enrolled at Cairn University outside Philadelphia, PA.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Roy-Hart plans 5 days in September

From the Superintendent's Desk

Dear Residents,

As you may know, there has been a great deal of information and speculation around what our schools will look like in September. I can assure you that we have learned a great deal over the past 16 months and I truly believe that our teaching and learning will continue to improve as a result of our lessons learned.

Our buildings are going through their normal summer maintenance and our District is developing plans to reopen our schools on Tuesday, September 7th with full in-person learning, five (5) days per week. Over the next several weeks, you will be receiving additional information specific to your children and the school building which they attend.

I encourage all those who are eligible to consider obtaining a COVID vaccination this summer prior to the start of school.

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


Food Pantry: July 2021

If you know of a family in need in the towns of Royalton or Hartland, the Gasport Food Pantry has its monthly distribution this weekend  



Thursday, July 8, 2021

Man Up Car & Bike Show

 In December of 2010, Royalton-Hartland sophomore Megan Redenbach lost her courageous battle with cancer. In the years since, her parents have hosted a car and bike show in her memory with proceeds from fundraiser the going to Make-A-Wish of WNY, Courage of Carly and the Man Up Memorial Award. To date, they’ve donated $122,000. This year's event is coming soon.



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Debbie Brown has passed away

Debbie Brown was the first layperson installed as pastoral administrator in the Diocese of Buffalo. She was a loving, positive lady who had incredible impact on Gasport through the years as a school board member, Girl Scouts volunteer, council president of the former St. Mary's Church, and so much more. Rest in peace, Debbie

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

FMC issues grant to NCSO

Brent Sensenich (left), FMC Agricultural Sciences Plant manager in Middleport, provides an FMC Community Mini-Grant to Lt. Daniel J. Zimmerman of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office for its All-S.T.A.R. (All Students Taking Action & Responsibility) Program that provides fifth-graders with the opportunity to learn directly from law enforcement officers on important health and behavioral issues and the positive personal choices they can make. The $250 “FMC & You: Community Mini-Grant” will be used for the program’s 2021-22 school year supplies in the Royalton-Hartland School District. FMC is now accepting grant applications from organizations, groups and projects in the towns of Royalton and Hartland.



Monday, June 28, 2021

Track closed

 If running the track at Roy-Hart is how you get your exercise...the track is closed for resurfacing until August.

Royalton garage fire

On June 27th, 2021 at 1838 Hours, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received several 911 calls reporting a possible shed fire on Lincoln Avenue in the Town of Royalton. A responding Fire Chief confirmed the 30 feet by 50 feet detached garage containing a full gym was fully involved. The fire was subsequently extinguished by members of the responding fire companies. The garage and contents are estimated to be a total loss and a 1941 Oldsmobile suffered extensive damage. No injuries were reported. Investigation into the cause of the fire is being conducted by the Niagara County Origin and Cause Team

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Roy-Hart baseball to play in B2 final

This is shaping up to be a classic game and a memorable one for the young men: Roy-Hart takes on neighboring Medina this Saturday in the B2 championship game. Imagine playing this game and then hurrying to your graduation!

Salt and Light 2021


Update on solar moratorium

The Lockport town board advanced a proposed six-month moratorium on large solar energy projects. The moratorium now excludes the Slayton Settlement Road solar project

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Mr. Porter has passed away


Mr. Porter passed away 104 years of age!

He was a teacher, principal, and superintendent in our district.


Charles H. Porter, age 104, died June 20, 2021, in the care of his loving family at his home in Gasport, NY.

Charles was a 1935 graduate of Gasport High School, a 1940 graduate of Cornell University, and a 1956 graduate of the University of Buffalo. While he worked initially at Harrison Radiator and then as a sales manager at International Harvester, his career was primarily spent as an educator. He taught Agriculture and Chemistry at Castile and Perry High School and at Royalton-Hartland High School, where subsequently he became the Principal and ultimately the Superintendent, a position he held for 22 years, retiring in 1978. Charles was a member of the Middleport Rotary Club and the Gasport Masonic Lodge, as well as several professional organizations including the American Association of School Administrators and the New York State Superintendents Association. He also attended Holy Cross Lutheran church for the majority of his adult life.

Charles was happily married for more than 50 years to his wife, Jean (Hasler), formerly of Buffalo, who predeceased him in 1998. He was also predeceased by his brothers John Porter, formerly of Millbrook, and Robert Porter, formerly of Lockport.

He is survived by his son Charles H. (Nora) Porter II of Poughkeepsie, his granddaughters Katharine (Derrick) Darling of Gasport, and Elizabeth (Peter Richmond) Porter of Newton, MA, and his great grandchildren Emma Richmond, Karl Darling, Thomas Richmond, and Grace Darling, as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Food pantry distribution


Gasport Fly-In Breakfast

Thank you to Jesse Bieber for sharing this news on the Memories of Royalton, Gasport and Middleport Facebook page.

The Gasport Fly In Breakfast Returns!

Sunday, June 27 will mark the 25th year for the Gasport Mason’s famous Fly-In Breakfast. Last year we were “Covid-ed out”, but we are back!!

Every year, rain or shine, we are at the Royalton Airport. The airport is at Dale and Mackey Roads, a mile south of Gasport. Watch for the signs. Yes, every year we have a few pilots who fly in to the airport. But most of our breakfast lovers come in by automobile. You can also come by motorcycle, bicycle or horseback. It is a beautiful country location.

The breakfast features delicious pancakes (all you can eat), Kreher’s Family Farms fresh eggs, sausage, and blueberry topping if you desire it. Coffee, milk, chocolate milk and juice are also available. This is all for $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for under 12 years of age. Those under 4 years are free. We will be serving from 8 AM until noon so you can make your church services before or after. Bring the family.

The Gasport Order of the Eastern Star will again have their popular baked food items available for sale.

The event is sponsored by the Gasport Masons to benefit their scholarship program at Royalton-Hartland High School.

No advance tickets are needed, just drop by at the airport. Free parking!

Contact Nathan Herendeen, 716-622-0771 for more information.

Soccer clinic


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Maggie's Kitchen closing


I heard on WLVL this morning that Maggie's Kitchen in Gasport is closing in the next week or so. WLVL also reported that Billy's Beef and the food truck will remain in operation.

Maggie's Kitchen opened in early March 2020, just days before the whole world changed. It has not been kind to them: pandemic restrictions, dramatically increased food costs, labor shortages. In a different "era" they would have flourished, especially with such good food and happy service.

My heart goes out to Billy & Mary Anne.