Friday, September 17, 2021

Class of 1996 mini-reunion

The Royalton-Hartland Class of 1996 is having a 25 Year mini-reunion at the New York Beer Project in Lockport this Saturday evening (9/18).

For more details, visit the event page:

To see that page, you must be an approved member of the Class of 1996 page:


Hartland Conservationists chowder sale and flea market


Roy-Hart potential threat

Earlier today, Roy-Hart received notice of a potential threat. After investigating with law enforcement it was determined that it wasn't credible.

The situation had escalated to a stressor for a lot of families as students heard rumors and texted parents and friends.

Monday, September 6, 2021

TC ends regular bingo


At the September meeting, the membership of the Terry's Corners Fire Company voted to discontinue their regular weekly bingo.

TCFC will hold Quarterly SPECIAL bingo events throughout the year. Information on when the special bingos will be held will be posted to their Facebook page.

TCFC would like to thank their regular attendees who have supported them throughout the past years. They couldn't have kept it going so long without you.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Running for Judy

Here's a wonderful report about Zechariah Cartledge, the young lad from Florida who runs for first responders lost in the line of duty. He ran for Judy Spencer and presented the flag to her family personally

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Aurora Genet is opening a new business


Aurora Genet is opening a new business in Gasport. Her grand opening is Saturday, September 18th from 9-3pm. After that, her hours are M-F 9-3 and Sat 9-12. She'll be closed on Sundays.

We wish her the best of luck. It's good to see a business starting-up in our community.

Splash pad and park closed during memorial service






Comment period extended for Canal tree removal program

The New York State Canal Corporation has announced the public comment period for its Earthen Embankment Integrity Program is being extended to October 15, 2021. Members of the public wishing to register a comment may do so by emailing NYSCC-

This project concerns the removal of trees that could affect the integrity of the canal bank. The Canal Corporation will remove trees and brush smaller than 3 inches in diameter at breast height that impede inspections, and trees larger than 3 inches that are dead, diseased, and imminently dangerous to property and people.

This impacts 125 miles of embankment across the state, including the entire stretch of the Canal through our community.

Details about the program can be found here:

Monday, August 30, 2021

GoFundMe for Osmer

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the young man who was struck and killed by a car this past weekend on Slayton Settlement Road: Osmer Perez-Joaquin, 26 years of age, of Mexico.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help send Osmer back to Mexico for burial:

Accident victim identified

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the young man who was struck and killed by a car this past weekend on Slayton Settlement Road: Osmer Perez-Joaquin, 26 years of age, of Mexico.

Roy-Hart back-to-school plan


From the Superintendent's Desk

August 30, 2021

Dear Roy-Hart Community:

Over the past month, we have been working to develop our opening plan that will allow for in-person learning five days a week. Our priority has been to provide a safe learning environment for all of our students within the guidance provided. On Friday, August 27, the New York State Health Commissioner issued the following directive:

“After careful review and consideration of CDC recommendations for face coverings/masks in school settings, I hereby adopt such recommendations, imposing them as requirements, where applicable, until this determination is modified or rescinded. Accordingly, universal masking of teachers, staff, students, and visitors to P-12 schools over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering/mask and regardless of vaccination status, is required until this determination is modified or rescinded.”

Effective immediately, the Royalton-Hartland CSD must adhere to the Health and Safety protocols as indicated:

Instructional Model: 5 days per week, full-time instruction for all students

Classrooms: Face coverings - Mandated (per NYSDOH order); 3 ft’ of distancing (to extent practicable)

Indoor congregate areas (e.g., hallways): Face coverings - Mandated (per NYSDOH order)

Transportation: Face coverings - Mandated (per CDC order)

Cafeteria: 3 ft’ of distancing (to extent practicable); Face coverings - Mandated when not eating/drinking (per NYSDOH order)

Outdoors: No face coverings required

Mask breaks of 5-10 minutes every hour (K-4) or period (5-12) will be recommended and strongly encouraged in all classrooms. We apologize for the late notice of these changes, and look forward to welcoming our students back on September 7.


Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Fatal accident on Slayton Settlement Road


Niagara County Sheriff's Office press release:

On August 28th, 2021, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Slayton Settlement Road.

The initial investigation on scene revealed that the vehicle was traveling westbound on Slayton Settlement Road when the pedestrian entered into the path of the oncoming vehicle. The pedestrian did succumb to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and is cooperating with the investigation. The names of the parties involved are being withheld at this time pending notification of family. Investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Unit and Criminal Investigation Bureau are continuing.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Roy-Hart update

From the Superintendent's Desk

Dear Community Members,

This past week, on her first day as Governor, Kathy Hochul announced that her "priority number one" is making sure children are safe in school, including:

"Immediately directing the Department of Health to institute universal masking for anyone entering our schools."

"Launching a back-to-school COVID-19 testing program to make testing for students and staff widely available and convenient."

Developing a method "to require vaccinations for all school personnel with an option to test out weekly, at least for now."

As you can imagine, these priorities will have an impact on our procedures during the 2021-2022 school year. The District’s priority has been to open our schools five days per week, for in-person learning in the safest manner possible. Our decision making is based on guidance (in some cases mandates) that have come from the CDC, New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Education and Niagara County Department of Health. We will continue to adjust our plans based on the best available information and most current guidance from those noted above.

I anticipate having our revised plans for opening our schools available for our staff, families and students no later than Wednesday, September 1. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

I wish to 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


Friday, August 27, 2021

West Point honors Judy Spencer

In honor of Judy Spencer, the West Point military police and firefighters dedicated a run to her this morning.

Judy Spencer obituary


For nearly a quarter century, as a volunteer firefighter, Judy Spencer tirelessly gave of herself to serve those in need in Gasport and surrounding communities. For many of those years, she was at the top or near the top in the number of calls responded to.

Our community lost Judy in the line of duty on Tuesday. Here is her obituary:

Judy D. Spencer, 65, of Gasport, passed away unexpectedly in the Line of Duty to her community on August 24, 2021. Judy was born July 6, 1956 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Donald and Mildred (Shaffer) Lyons.

Judy was a graduate of Roy Hart Central School class of 1975. After high school Judy joined the workforce and was employed at Harrisons working in the cafeteria with Canteen. Judy had a love for animals, camping, doing crafts, and above all else, her family and friends.

Judy was a proud life member of Hartland Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. Judy served with honor and distinction. She was known to be a reliable face in the time of need of others. Judy was a top responder for several years and was honored as “Firefighter of the Year” for 2016. Additionally, Judy was a member of the Gasport Chemical Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary for many years.

Judy is survived by her loving husband, Steve T. Spencer, children, Lisa (Matt) Spencer, and Donald Spencer both of Gasport, NY. Sisters, Janet (Chris) Lyons of Gasport, NY and donna (John) Vetter of Lockport, NY. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Judy was predeceased by her parents and father-in-law Gerald Spencer.

The family will receive friends at the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. 8945 Ridge Road, Gasport, NY 14067, on Saturday September 4, from 1:00-3:00, where Judy’s memorial service will be held at 3:00pm. Interment will be in Hartland Cemetery.

The family would appreciate any donations in Judy’s memory be made to the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. 8945 Ridge Rd. Gasport, NY 14067.

Judy’s arrangements are in the care of Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, 4521 main St. Gasport, NY 14067.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Hartland Volunteer Fire Company
8945 Ridge Road
Gasport, New York

Memorial Service
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Hartland Volunteer Fire Company
8945 Ridge Road
Gasport, New York