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Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
THINGS TO DO IN GASPORT THIS MAY
May 2nd: Annual Gasport Cleanup, sponsored by the Gasport Beautification Committee. Meet at the Zion Lutheran Church at 9 AM. Bring work gloves, shovels, trowels, rakes and anything you think you may need to beautify Gasport. Wheelbarrows are helpful for wheeling the trash around.
May 3rd: Ham dinner, sponsored by the Hartland Historical Society, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Cobblestone School House (Carmen & Seaman Roads). Cost is $7/adults, $3.50 for kids 8 and under.
May 9th and 10th: Niagara Wine Trail event at Vizcarra Vineyards. Celebrate spring with Mom on the Niagara Wine Trail. Your $20 ticket includes a wine tasting at each winery, a commemorative wine glass and a different special potted herb plant at each winery on the trail. For more info, visit www.niagarawinetrail.org
May 10th: Mothers Day Chicken Barbecue at Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Department, 11:00 AM until sold out. $8 will buy you half a chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, salt potatoes, and dinner roll. Eat in or take out
May 18th: Card Party, hosted by Gasport Chemical Hose Ladies Auxiliary. 7:00 PM. Admission is $5. Event includes a chinese auction, 50/50 spiti, and food
May 19th: Kindergarten information session at the high school, 6:00 PM. For information about eligibility, call 772.2616 x 3054.
Harris Farms: The ice cream stand on Ridge Road between Hartland and Quaker Roads is now open
Bucolo Farms: The greenhouse at the corner of Orangeport and Slayton Settlement Roads will open on May 1st
Udder Delights: The popular ice cream on Route 31 opens on May 16th
ROYALTON PUTS OUR REQUEST FOR BID: MOWING
REQUEST FOR BID
The Town Board of the Town of Royalton is accepting sealed bids for the mowing and trimming of the Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery, one (1) time per week, or as needed, depending on weather conditions. (If it is a dry summer, weekly mowing may not be necessary.) This bid should include the trim work to be done around all headstones and monuments.
Mow and trim the three (3) small town-owned cemeteries, Chestnut Ridge Road Cemetery, Slayton Settlement Road Cemetery, and Griswold Street Cemetery, two (2) times per month, or as needed, depending on weather conditions. (If a dry summer, bi-weekly mowing may not be necessary.) This bid should include the trim work to be done around all the headstones.
Bid specifications will be available Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM at the office of the Town Clerk. Sealed bids will be accepted at the office of the Town Clerk, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport, NY 14105, until Wednesday, April 29, 2009 where they will be opened and read aloud publicly at 10:00 AM.
The Town Board is requesting bid quotations for a one (1) year contract for these services with the option for a one (1) year renewal if mutually agreed upon by both parties.
MARIE L. LITTLE, RMC
TOWN OF ROYALTON
GASPORT BURGLAR ARRAIGNED
Nathaniel J. Wagner, 26, of Rounds Road, is charged with four counts of second-degree burglary and grand larceny. The alleged break-ins occurred....in October on Simms Road in Royalton and on Humphrey and Checkered Tavern roads in Hartland.
To read the entire article and about the plight of his accomplice, go here:
PLEA DEAL SOUGHT IN ATTEMPTED SUFFOCATION
A pre-indictment plea deal appears possible in the case of Deborah A. Kozody, a Royalton resident charged with attempted murder in an alleged effort to suffocate her mother.
(Niagara County Judge Matthew J.) Murphy adjourned the case to May 7 for the possible plea.
Kozody, 49, was arrested after the alleged Jan. 26 incident in her Royalton Center Road home. At the time, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steven C. Preisch called it “a very sad case of elderly abuse in an assisted-living situation.” The victim was hurt but not hospitalized.
Friday, April 24, 2009
GET YOUR CANAL PASS
The NYS Canal Corporation, the state entity that runs the canal, will charge boaters to use our waterway again this year. Any craft passing through a lift bridge or lock must have a pass.
Season passes are:
$25 for a boat under 16'
$50 for a boat 16' to 26' in length
$75 for 26' to 39' craft
$100 for anything bigger
You can buy your pass at the locks in Lockport or at the Canal Corporation regional office in Albion.
You can also dowload a form online at this website:
PURSE PARTY AT THE GASPORT FIREHALL THIS WEEKEND
Gasport Volunteer Fire Co. Purse Party Fundraiser and Chinese Auction
Sunday, April 26, 2009
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gasport Fire Hall
To benefit firehall and Jr. Firefighters
Look-alikes such as Chanel, Prada, Coach, Liz, Dooney and Burke, Kate Spade, Louis V and more...Vendors by PartyLite, Pampered Chef, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Southern Living, Avon, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Lia Sophia, Scrapbooking, Italian Charms and tons more this year. Snacks and raffles, rip tickets and much, much more…come out for a fun afternoon.
BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, April 19, 2009
HARTLAND REC SEEKS EMPLOYEES
Applicants must be Hartland residents and applications are due by May 4th. Please send them to:
Town of Hartland
8942 Ridge Rd.
Gasport, NY 14067
ROY-HART'S LEGAL NOTICE FOR UPCOMING VOTE
SCHOOL DISTRICT, NIAGARA COUNTY, NEW YORK CALLING
FOR AN ANNUAL SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING TO
AUTHORIZE THE EXPENDITURE OF MONEYS FOR SCHOOL
PURPOSES AND THE LEVY OF A TAX THEREFORE
RESOLVED, by the Board of Education of the Royalton-Hartland Central School District, in the County of Niagara, New York as follows:
An Annual District Meeting of the qualified voters of the Royalton-Hartland Central School District, in the County of Niagara, New York (the "District"), shall be held within the District, on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 12:00 o'clock noon, Prevailing Time at the High School Building, Middleport, New York, in said District as provided in the notice calling said Annual District Meeting hereinafter prescribed. The voting at such Annual District Meeting shall be by voting machine, as provided by Education Law, and the polls shall remain open from 12:00 o'clock noon to 9:00 o'clock p.m., Prevailing Time on said day and as much longer as may be necessary to enable the voters, then present, to cast their votes. The business to be acted upon at said Annual District Meeting shall be as stated in the Notice thereof.
The Annual Public Hearing will be held at the High School Auditorium, 54 State Street, Middleport, New York on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be for discussion of the expenditure of funds and budgeting thereof of the Royalton-Hartland Central School District’s fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009. District residents may obtain a copy of the proposed budget at any district school office, during regular office hours, during the fourteen (14) days preceding the date of the annual meeting.
There shall be voting for the election of two (2) members of the Board of Education for a three (3) year term each. Pursuant to Section §2018 of Education Law, each candidate for the office of member of the Board of Education shall be nominated by presentation of a petition directed to the School District Clerk and shall be signed by at least 25 residents who are qualified voters of the District, stating their name and place of residence. Petitions may be picked up in the District Office during regular business hours and will be received until 5 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2009.
The budget for the School Year 2009-2010 will be presented as Proposition No. 1 at the meeting held as specified above.
The following Proposition will be submitted for voter approval as Proposition No. 2:
Shall the Board of Education of the Royalton-Hartland Central School District, Niagara County, New York, establish a reserve fund (to be known as the Capital Reserve Fund) in an ultimate amount not exceeding $1,000,000.00 with a probable term of ten (10) years, for the purpose of improvements to the School District facilities, including original furnishings, equipment, machinery or apparatus incidental thereto; and/or the purchase of furnishings, equipment, machinery or apparatus separately, and the implementation of computer technology programs, and the acquisition of land separately for School District purposes; and the source of the funds for such Reserve Fund shall be unappropriated surplus fund balances.
Such Proposition No. 1, Proposition No. 2 and the vote upon the Board Member seats shall appear on the ballot labels to be inserted in the voting machines used for voting at said Annual District Meeting, in form corresponding as nearly as may be with the requirements of the Education Law.
Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the District Clerk’s office, 54 State Street, Middleport, New York. If the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the day of the vote. If the ballot is to be issued to the voter in person, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk at least one day before the day of the vote. No absentee ballot shall be canvassed unless it has been received in the District Clerk’s office no later than 5:00 o'clock p.m., Prevailing Time, on the day of the election. A list of persons to whom absentee ballots have been issued will be available for inspection in the District Clerk’s office during regular office hours until the day of the election.
A person shall be entitled to vote at said Annual District Meeting only if such person is a qualified voter and is:
• A citizen of the United States
• At least eighteen (18) years of age
• A resident within the District for a period of thirty (30)
days next preceding the day of said Annual District
• Qualified to vote at an election in accordance with
Section 5-106 of the Election Law.
This resolution shall take effect immediately.
Dated: Middleport, New York
March 26, 2009
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
OF THE ROYALTON-HARTLAND CENTRAL
SCHOOL DISTRICT, NIAGARA, NEW YORK
Friday, April 17, 2009
GASPORT GARAGE SALE THIS WEEKEND
WINE TRAIL EVENT THIS WEEKEND
Thursday, April 16, 2009
ANNUAL GASPORT CLEAN-UP MAY 2
Meet at: Zion Church, 4447 Central Avenue, Gasport
Sponsored by: Gasport Beautification Committee
Bring: Work gloves, shovels, trowels, rakes and anything you think you may need to beautify Gasport. Wheelbarrows are helpful for wheeling the trash around.
This is a great opportunity to earn service hours and participate in making our community a great place to live.
Monday, April 13, 2009
ROYALTON BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
The agenda can be read here:
Some items on the agenda are:
* Resolution to pay the Roy-Hart Baseball/Softball League the sum of $2,100.00 to use toward their 2009 season expenses.
* Resolution to award the contract for the lighting work to be completed in the Highway Garage to Rehwaldt Builders, Inc., who provided the lowest quote.
* Resolution to contract with JHP Land Surveyors to provide approximately 15-20 elevations throughout the south portion of the town in known areas of flooding. The cost to provide these elevations shall not exceed $3,000.00.
HARTLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETS TONIGHT
Saturday, April 11, 2009
ABDULLAH INDUCTED INTO HORSE HALL OF FAME
Three horses and a veterinarian have joined the show Jumping Hall of Fame in the US, joining 61 previous inductees.
The annual induction ceremony at the Budweiser American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday night, honored Dr John Steele and the horses Abdullah, Miss Budweiser and Riviera Wonder.
Abdullah was one of the most successful horses the show jumping world has ever seen. His illustrious career was highlighted by his standout performances at the 1984 Olympic Games, 1985 World Cup Final and 1986 World Championships. Abdullah was purchased by Terry and Sue Williams as a three-year-old stallion as an event and breeding prospect. The striking grey Trakehner stallion soon showed his propensity for show jumping after a successful dressage and eventing career. Abdullah embarked on a show jumping career that saw him carry riders Conrad Homfeld, Joe Fargis and Debbie Shaffner to great Grand Prix success, three World Cup Finals, and spots on US teams at CSIOs in Europe. However, it was with Homfeld in the irons that he put together his incredible three-year stretch that ranks among show jumping's most memorable. First came his double medal performance at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Homfeld rode Abdullah to a clear round in the team competition to help clinch the United States its first ever Team Gold Medal. The pair also won the Silver Medal in the individual competition. In 1985, Abdullah and Homfeld finished first at the FEI World Cup Final in Berlin. Then, in 1986, with Abdullah now age 15, he and Homfeld helped the US win another first ever Team Gold Medal, this time at the World Championships in Aachen. The pair served as the anchor for the team, and Abdullah was named Leading Horse of the competition, with Homfeld adding another Individual Silver Medal. Abdullah was honored by 'The Chronicle of the Horse' as one of top 50 horses of the 20th century. He was also named winner of the American Trakehner Association's Palmenblute Award five times. Following his fifth win in 1986, the trophy was retired in his honor and replaced with a new one.
To read the entire article, go here:
NIAGARA COUNTY PLAN TO BE DISCUSSED IN GASPORT ON APRIL 20th
More than six months after it was supposed to be completed, a draft of the proposed comprehensive plan for Niagara County is to be posted Monday on the county’s Web site.
In 2007, at the urging of County Manager Gregory D. Lewis, the County Legislature approved spending $215,020 for the consulting firm to draw up the plan.
The Niagara Communities Comprehensive Plan, as the document officially is called, is the first of its kind for the county.
...the plan, which features nearly 100 maps, will include ways to provide county services more efficiently. It also will recommend ways to fight sprawl.
The article goes on to mention regional meetings to discuss the draft...
Five meetings on the nearly 300-page plan will be held this month, in hopes of coming up with more suggestions from the public than resulted from a series of meetings last year, according to Walter Kalina, project manager for Clough Harbour and Associates.
The first outreach session, for the eastern communities, will be held April 20 in Gasport Elementary School.
To read the article in its entirety, go here:
Friday, April 10, 2009
PART-TIME MAIL CARRIER NEEDED IN GASPORT
To apply, go to http://www.usps.com/employment
Be careful navigating the website. If you enter "14067" as a search field, the job posting will not show. If you enter New York and then scroll down to carrier positions...and advance about five pages...you'll find it.
Looking at the job posting, you would work Mondays and others days that are needed to cover for vacations and sicknesses.
GASPORT EASTER EGG HUNT THIS SATURDAY
Age groups are 3 and under, 4-7, and 8+.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
CHARGES PENDING IN BRUTAL HARTLAND BRAWL
HARTLAND—Niagara County sheriff’s deputies plan to lodge felony assault charges against an unidentified man who attacked two others outside a Ridge Road tavern last Sunday, officials said Saturday.
Deputies called the beer-bottle attack unprovoked.
A 30-year-old Dale Road resident needed 15 stitches to close a gash on his ear and later underwent reconstructive surgery on his cheek and face, said deputies, adding that a 35- year-old Lockport man received multiple stitches in his forehead and also suffered a concussion in the attack.
PRE-K REGISTRATION ENDS THIS WEEK
Saturday, April 4, 2009
APRIL POLL: SPORTS AT ROY-HART
Still have a job, and confident in its future: 34%
Still have a job, but worry about its future: 58%
Laid-off: 9% (the US rate is 8.5%)
Someone else in the household was laid off: 4%
April's survey will address something that has become a hot issue in the school district....the funding - or not - of some athletic programs. A recent post about JV football possibly getting the boot created a lot of discussion about the philosophy and financing of sport, so it is hoped this survey furthers that.
YET ANOTHER GASPORT BREAK-IN!!
ROYALTON REPUBLICANS SEEKING CANDIDATES
Interested candidates for town justice, supervisor, clerk, town board and highway superintendent can call Scott Wymyczak at 439.0546. Interviews will be held May 13.
CRAMER, WESTCOTT RETIRING FROM SPORTS BOOSTERS
H.S. SPORTS: Trying to pass the torch
MIDDLEPORT — If it were simply the end of an era, saying goodbye to an organization that flourished under your leadership for more than half a decade would be a lot easier.
However, when Royalton-Hartland Sports Boosters President Chris Cramer steps down this year, along with other prominent members of the club, there’s no one yet willing to step forward and take over the reigns.
That hasn’t been easy on Cramer, who’s leadership, along with members that include Dick Westcott and Dave Pratt, has helped raise thousands of dollars for Rams athletics.
Cramer, a physical education teacher at Roy-Hart, has three small children at home, where he said he’d like to spend more of his time.
“I wish to issue a challenge to the next group of booster officers to remain active and continue to raise funds for our student-athletes here at Royalton-Hartland,” Cramer said in a letter to district residents.
“Your efforts will ensure that our children and young adults continue to receive opportunities that our normal operating school sports budget may not provide. I am confident our community will respond to your efforts.”
Six years ago, Cramer took over as Boosters Club president. Through generous donations over the next several years, money was raised to help offset costs. Among several projects funded and installed by the volunteer R-H Boosters are the state-of-the-art weight rooms at both Roy-Hart middle school and senior high school.
“There’s more than $10,000 in equipment in this room,” Cramer said on Tuesday, while working with students in the weight room.
“There have been tremendous accomplishments over the years which are too numerous to list. I’m grateful to have had a great supporting cast in Dick Westcott and Dave Pratt, who serve as vice president and treasurer.”
Westcott, a 1973 Roy-Hart graduate who has been working with R-H booster clubs for decades, said he too is stepping aside.
“I’m most proud of the thousands of dollars we’ve put back for the kids,” Westcott said.
Among the most notable fundraising efforts by the R-H boosters are the annual alumni basketball and football games.
“We are grateful for the efforts of alumni who have put their bodies on the line by participating in our annual football and basketball games,” Cramer said.
“Not only were we able to raise money for our sports programs through these events, but we also developed friendships and memories with people who traveled from as far away as California, New Jersey, Georgia, West Virginia, Vermont and Arizona to return to their old stomping grounds and support our efforts.”
This year marks the third time the Rams sports boosters have disbanded as an organization in the past 20 years. Cramer and Westcott are hoping someone will step forward soon to take over the reigns and continue assisting with funding.
Besides the alumni games and weight room equipment, the club has been instrumental in contributing funding for the following projects during Cramer’s productive tenure:
• Replacement of championship banners in the gym ($2,236).
• Computer software for the varsity football program ($4,100).
• Players in Progress ($3,000).
• Football donations of shorts, helmet stripes, video tapes, jerseys, scouting equipment and the funding of the cookie dough fundraiser.
• Partial funds to send players to a Hawaii football camp.
• Paid full UB football camp costs for R-H players.
• Cash for food for players after away games.
Besides these and many other major and minor contributions, the R-H Boosters have also provided funding for student to attend basketball camps and leagues in Brockport, Niagara Falls and Lockport.
Cramer wished to thank many people in the community for their help, suggestions and volunteer efforts. They include Tom Kaz, Matt Peracciny, Jeff Folckemer, Bill Donovan, Rick DeWaters, Medina Journal sports editor Mike Wertman, Michelle Jennings and Alexandra Peracciny.
“Working together as a team, our Booster’s Club has earned recognition and respect throughout Western New York and across the nation. Many times I would receive a phone call another district or from someone as far away as the Midwest inquiring about our alumni football or basketball fundraising efforts,” Cramer said.
“I would also like to take this time to thank my wife, Christine, for her support and efforts in taking care of our three young children while I was away taking care of booster business. Your support has been my driving force in more ways than I can count.”
ROY-HART'S GREATEST ATHLETE GETS HALL CALL
WRESTLING: Rosselli is Buffalo Hall bound
Royalton-Hartland graduate and current Ohio State University assistant wrestling coach Lou Rosselli has been selected for induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
Rosselli, who was recently honored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association as National Assistant Coach of the Year, will be inducted into the Buffalo Hall of Fame in ceremonies this fall.
“It’s quite and honor and our wrestling community is thrilled by his accomplishments,” said Dick Lang who coached Rosselli at Roy-Hart.
Rosselli qualified for the state championships four years in a row during his scholastic days at Roy-Hart capturing a state championship twice, in his sophomore and senior years.
A five-year varsity wrestler and a four-time Section VI champion, he finished with a varsity record of 156-8 including a perfect 37-0 mark his senior year.
Rosselli went on to Edinboro University where he twice earned All-America honors, in 1991 and 1993. A three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion, he earned both PSAC and Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Wrestler of the Year honors in his senior year after capturing titles in both conferences.
Rosselli earned a spot on the United States Wrestling Teamfor the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and was also a three-time U.S. Open champion in 1995, 1996 and 1999. He served as a U.S. World Team coach at the Wrestling World Championships in 2006 and 2007.
Rosselli’s wrestling accomplishments also earned him the Terry McCann Award in 2008 as USA Wrestling’s Freestyle Coach of the Year.
Friday, April 3, 2009
ANOTHER GASPORT BREAK-IN!!
A 47 year old Royalton man got home from work late last night to find his home had been burglarized. The resident of Orangeport Road said a Toshiba 32 inch flat screen TV had been removed from the wall in the master bedroom, a VCR/DVD combo from his daughters room, and 25 bottles of liquor from a basement recreation room. A variety of watches and other jewelery were also taken, the loss amounting to over $4,000. Deputies said a rear window was broken to gain entry. The victim also owns a four unit apartment house on the property which was said to be isolated with limited access. The break in happened between 3:30 and 11:30 pm.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
THINGS TO DO IN GASPORT THIS APRIL
Wednesday, April 1st: “Rachel’s Challenge” at the Royalton-Hartland High School auditorium. Presentation starts at 7:00 PM. Rachel’s Challenge is a character education program that challenges people to treat others with kindness and compassion. The challenge comes from the writings of Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School shootings in April 1999. Her father, Darrell Scott, began speaking to communities and soon set up Rachel’s Challenge as a nonprofit organization.
Thursday, April 2nd: Royalton Historical Society monthly meeting at 7:30 PM at the Royalton Town Hall. The public is welcome to attend. This month's speaker is longtime broadcaster and WBEN's Saturday morning show host Hank Nevins who will speak about the history of radio.
Saturday, April 4th: Hartland Historical Society Easter egg hunt at the Cobblestone School House at Seaman and Carmen Roads. Open to Hartland residents aged 2 to 10. Registration begins at 11:15.
Saturday, April 4th: Raffle at the Gasport Fire Hall, from 2:00 to 7:00. Food will be served, too. Tickets are $20 and are available at Drum Oil and Standish-Jones.
Saturday, April 4th: Chicken and biscuit dinner at Hartland United Methodist Church on Ridge Road, prepared by the Church’s mens club. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for kids aged 5 to 12, and free for kids under 5. For more information call 772.2376.
Saturday, April 11th: The 59th annual Gasport Lion's Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 11:00 AM at Vet's Park in the village. Age groups are 3 and under, 4-7, and 8+.
Monday, April 13th: Hartland Historical Society monthly meeting, 7:00 PM at the Cobblestone Schoolhouse at Seaman and Carmen Roads. The public is welcome to attend. The guest speaker is County surveyor Christian Voss, talking about the history of surveying in Niagara County
Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th: Niagara Wine Trail event at Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms. “Wines and Dines” combines wine sampling and food sampling at each winery. For more information, visit www.niagarawinetrail.org
Saturday, April 18th: Spring garage sale at the Gasport fire hall, sponsored by Gasport Chemical Hose Ladies Auxiliary. 10am – 4pm. A light lunch and refreshments will be available throughout the day. Tables are $15 each. If you are interested in setting up a table for the Garage Sale, please contact Pam Schmitt at 716-772-5084 or email at email@example.com
Sunday, April 26th: Breakfast at the Covenant Church on Main St., 9:00 AM to Noon. All you can eat for $5/adults, $3 kids 12 and under. Family of four is $15. Proceeds will benefit Relay For Life and Meghan's Fund.
GASPORT VOLUNTEER FIREHALL ANNUAL SPRING RAFFLE
Here's a sampling of some of the more than two dozen raffle prizes:
GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM
32” HI DEF FLAT PANEL TELEVISION
$100 STANDISH JONES GIFT CERTIFICATE
WINE FRIDGE STOCKED WITH NIAGARA REGION WINES
COMPLETE CAMPING PACKAGE
BACKYARD BBQ PACKAGE
CORDLESS TOOL KIT OR $600 GIFT CERTIFICATE
HUGE 46” LCD HDTV & 1000 WATT SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Standish Jones Hardware, Drum Oil, or from any Gasport Fire ’person’.