Saturday, December 31, 2011


Click on the stories below to relive some of the news items from 2011 in Gasport and Royalton-Hartland...


Niagara Metals has Customer Appreciation Days. The prize: A pick-up truck!












And, there are many, many more stories and events that can be found in the archives of this website!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


The Niagara Wine Trail will approach their January event a little differently than most months, when it is limited to just one weekend. During January, every weekend will fall under the special event umbrella.

Here's a synopsis of the event that will be bring visitors to Gasport...

January: Warm Your Winter with Wine!

(Saturdays and Sundays in January)
Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm

Price: $20/person online or at the door

Each winery has a different discount on wine purchases when you show your event ticket during the event! Check out the wine specials below and restock your wine collection. Participate in our wine glass competition!

Tickets valid each Saturday and Sunday in January and include 3 tastes of wine at each participating winery and the individual winery discount.

Wine glasses are NOT included with this ticket. Please bring your own wine glass or purchase one at the wineries.

Visitors may bring a wine glass from a past event or participate in a wine glass-decorating contest:

• Guests are encouraged to decorate a glass to use during the event.
• When a winery staff member sees a glass they admire, they will ask for the guest’s ticket number, name and preferred contact information to record it. If possible, they will take a picture of the glass.
• At the end of the event, the list of candidates will be compiled. The person whose glass received the most votes will receive a pair of tickets to a future wine trail event.
• Glasses should be decorated in good taste and show creativity.

*Discount is valid at each winery once.

Each winery’s discount is below:

* The Winery at Marjim Manor – 20% off: Lady at the Window (dry white), Plum Dandy (Medium Plum), Treasure Beyond Measure (sweet plum)
* Arrowhead Spring Vineyards – 20% off any white wine purchase
* A Gust of Sun Winery –25% off bottles of "Trismegistus" - our Meritage-style blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot
* Eveningside Vineyards – 10% off all purchases
* Honeymoon Trail Winery – 20% off Blackberry wine, 10% off 6 bottles, 20% off 12 bottles
* Victorianbourg Wine Estate – Chardonnay ice wine buy 2, get 1 free. All other wines discounted 5% - 20%, depending on the specific wine
* Schulze Vineyards – 20% off Chardonnay unoaked 2010, Cabernet Rose 2009, Cabernet Franc Reserve 2009 and Meritage 2009
* Vizcarra Vineyards - 20% off Perfect Plum and all Red Wines
* Niagara Landing – 10% off all White Wines – Ice Wine included!
* Spring Lake Winery – 20% off award-winning 2009 Riesling
* Long Cliff Winery – 10% off all purchases
* Midnight Run Wine Cellars – 25% off our dessert wine, Icey Apple
* Black Willow Winery – 1 year anniversary celebration sale for the month of January: 15% off Flight 6-1-37 (port style wine), any Mead or Chardonnay. 20% off Trilogy Red or Cabernet Franc. Buy $75 or more of wine and get a set of (2) Black Willow Wine Glasses FREE.*cannot be combined with other offers, discounts, or promotions
* Freedom Run Winery – 15% off three bottles of wine


Paths, Peaks, and Paddles, a Tonawanda-based outfitting company will be holding 2 events in Gasport this February. Here's a copy of their blog postings....

Come out and join Paths, Peaks & Paddles on Saturday 2/4/12 at Royalton-Hartland Elementary School (4500 Orchard Place, Gasport, NY) for our annual snowshoe event. This exciting event will be held from 11:00am to 4:00pm. You can’t miss us! We will be outside with our snowshoes and poles waiting very patiently to take you, your friends and family on a snowshoe demo.

Instructors and Guides will be present to assist you with putting on your snowshoes, the use of poles and walking on the snow. Your instructors and guides will take you on a short tour around the school property so you can experience how to walk with snowshoes.

All are welcome to join us for this exciting event. Please dress for the weather as your snowshoe demo will keep you outdoors between 15-30 minutes. If you have any questions regarding snowshoeing, clothing or footwear feel free to contact See you on the 4th!


FREE Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Royalton Ravine in Gasport
February 7, 2012

Come out and join Paths Peaks & Paddles for a “Full Moon” snowshoe hike out at Royalton Ravine. If there is no snow we will hike in the Ravine. Meet in the parking lot out in Royalton at 6:00 PM SHARP! We want to head into the ravine by 6:15 at the latest with an expected ETA back to the parking lot between 9:00 PM & 9:30 PM.

There is no cost if you have your own snowshoes & poles. (Poles are a must to aid in ascending & descending aka stability) If you do not have snowshoes contact us for rentals. Snowshoe rental with poles is $10.00 pp.

If you have never snowshoed this is the time to come out and try it. This is a great evening adventure into the Ravine hiking the trails, up and down the hills and a short break in the pines.

Instructors and NYS Licensed Guides will accompany you on this hike. For further information or directions call 716-213-0350.


At last week's school board meeting Mary Cedeno continued her fight to bring ethical practices and legality to the library vote. She presented the following letter to the school board:

To All Board of Education Members:

Given that the Library Tax vote of June 7th, 2011 was neither legal, nor ethical, the residents of the District request that the Board exercise their legal right per Section 2007 of the NY State Education Law, and duty to the District, and take up the REPEAL of the tax at the next annual budget, or sooner. According to the facts as we have determined:

1. The Board passed a Resolution on Dec. 9, 2010 to hold a special election for the Library. By law, the District, as the taxing authority, was to give the public notice and run the election. Yet, you did not give notice or run the election. This is effectively a dereliction of your duties.

2. By Law, the School District is required to mail the annual budget information to residents. The Special Vote was to be held the same as the annual budget…yet residents received no mail notifications.

3. You, School Board members, knew that “no one knew” about the vote. Yet you did nothing to notify us. Our constitutional right to vote was violated by your actions! This is extremely unethical in principal, and a violation of your own Ethics rules.

4. There is proof that the law was broken when you allowed the Library to run a District election. This resulted in an illegal tax to the District residents.

It is your duty to the District residents to act on behalf of the taxpayers, as our representative, to assure that we are not “taxed without representation”. You are our representatives in this situation.

It was clear that the Library had motive for keeping the vote quiet. They knew the support of Gasport would be crucial for their vote, but because of their failure to gain Gasport’s support in the past for a playground in Middleport, they chose to leave Gasport out of the election by not giving proper notice and not conducting an educational campaign. A notice to “Middleport Free Library” is not a notice to Royalton Hartland School District Residents! In fact, the Library’s highly unethical behavior has effectively created an atmosphere where the community no longer views them in a positive light.

In fact, per Section 2010 of the Education law, these deceitful actions alone make this an illegal tax..

§ 2010. Effect of want of due notice of district meetings. The proceedings of no district meeting, annual or special, shall be held illegal for want of a due notice to all the persons qualified to vote thereat, unless it shall appear that the omission to give such notice was wilful and fraudulent.

Residents of the District have been disappointed in the events leading up to the Library Tax vote, and even more disappointed afterward by the failure of the BOE to act on this injustice in our community.

We encourage you to regain the trust of your community and do what is right, and legal. A repeal of the Library Tax on the next ballot is the only way to give voters in the district a true chance to have their voices heard. It is your right and your duty.


Mary Cedeño

Friday, December 23, 2011


Depending on the town in which you live in the Gasport community, the county's portion of your property tax bill will rise or fall as a result of the 2012 budget passed by the Niagara County Legislature earlier this week.

In Hartland, the rate per $1,000 of assessed value will be $7.64, down 80 cents (a drop of 10.5%).

In Royalton, though, the rate goes up by 37 cents to $7.87, an increase of 4.7%.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


The Roy-Hart School Board meets tonight at 7:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. Read the agenda here:

Mary Cedeno -- who has been fighting the manner by which the library tax was put upon the community -- will be in attendance and plans to ask that the board take up a resolution to put a repeal of the library tax on the next ballot. She needs your help in influencing the board...there's strength in numbers.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Fire destroyed a barn on Gasport Road early Monday.

The blaze, fought by Terry’s Corners volunteer firefighters, struck and fully engulfed the barn at 4870 Gasport Road, near Dale Road, around 6 a.m.

Due to high winds, firefighters were unable to extinguish it and had to turn attention to protecting the house next to the barn, an eyewitness said. Steady wind of about 20 mph was blowing sparks around and blowing water from the fire hoses into the air.

Read the Lockport Union Sun and Journal's full report here:

Thursday, December 15, 2011


The Gasport fire department will be hosting a New Year's Eve party from 7:00 to 1:00 on the 31st. Tickets are on sale now for $20 each. To buy yours, see any Gasport firefighter or stop by Drum Oil or Standish and Jones. Ticket includes BBQ dinner, music by Last Call, beer, pop, and champane Jell-o shots at midnight. Hats and a noise maker provided.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Since the Royalton-Hartland/Middleport Library is now a special district associated with the school tax bill, more taxpayers are keen on being involved with what the Library does with taxpayer money.

The next board meeting for the Library will take place Monday, December 19th at 7:00pm in the upstairs meeting room of the Library at 9 Vernon Street in the village of Middleport.

They have made available on their website their May presentation about the district-wide taxation issue. Check it out here:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Niagara County has released the name of the hunter shot Sunday morning in Gasport. He is Nicholas P. Dougherty, 27, from the Town of Lockport. Dougherty was treated at ECMC for a 4"-long gash across his back from a 12-gauge slug.

Monday, December 12, 2011


The hamlet of Gasport as IDed by the US Census Bureau has a population of 1,248. This website's Facebook page has 1,247 fans. Soon more people will "like" Gasport than live in it.




December 12, 2011

1. Open Meeting
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Additions or corrections of the minutes as presented
4. Public Comment - Agenda Items Only
5. Communications / Petitions
6. Regular Meeting Agenda
7. New Business

•Ø Resolution to authorize a line item transfer in the Historian budget FROM A7510.4 - Historian, Contractual TO A7510.2 - Historian, Equipment in the amount of $50.00.

•Ø Resolution to authorize a line item transfer in the Highway budget FROM DB5110.4 - Repairs, Contractual TO DB5142.4 - Snow Removal, Contractual in the amount of $18,000.00.

•Ø Resolution to authorize a line item transfer in the Highway budget FROM DB5110.4 - Repairs, Contractual TO DB5130.4 - Machinery/Garage, Contractual in the amount of $10,000.00.

•Ø Resolution to increase the Culvert Pipe Pricing effective January 1, 2012 due to the increase in costs for these materials as follows:


8" $ $ 405.00
10" $ 4.75 $ 412.50
12" $ 4.90 $ 417.00
15" $ 6.96 $ 478.80
18" $10.20 $ 576.00
24" $16.35 $ 760.50
30" $25.55 $1,036.50
36" $32.85 $1,255.50
42" $47.80 $1,704.00
48" $57.18 $1,985.40

*The Town of Royalton reserves the right to increase prices without notice as the market dictates.

•Ø Resolution to authorize a line item transfer in the Court budget FROM A1110.12 - Court Clerk, Salaries TO A1110.4 - Court, Contractual in the amount of $6,500.00 and further resolve to authorize a line item transfer FROM A1110.2 - Court, Equipment TO A1110.4 Court, Contractual in the amount of $5,000.00 to cover the cost of Courtroom chairs.

•Ø Resolution to authorize a line item transfer in the Assessor's budget FROM A1355.4 - Assessor, Contractual TO A1355.2 - Assessor, Equipment in the amount of $208.00 to cover the balance of the new computer purchased for this office.

•Ø Resolution to accept for filing the Liquor License Renewal Application for Hoganey, Inc., dba Canalside Inn, 4431 Main Street, Gasport, NY 14067.

•Ø Resolution to authorize Supervisor Lang to enter in to an agreement between the Town of Royalton and the Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. and further resolve to issue a check in the amount of $1,500.00 for their fiscal year 2012.

•Ø Resolution to accept the application for membership with the Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company from Brandon W. Balcerzak.

•Ø Resolution to schedule the Year-End Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 5:30 PM.

•Ø Resolution to reschedule the January Work Session meeting on Wednesday, December 28, 2011. This meeting will immediately follow the Year-End Board Meeting.

1. Unfinished Business

1. Public Comment - Good and Welfare of the Community

1. Adjournment - Motion to adjourn

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Just before 10:00 this morning the calls came across the police scanner for a shooting in Gasport at the corner of Kayner and Mill Roads. Piecing together the transmissions, it appears to be a hunting accident. The Sheriff's deputy on scene told dispatch that it was a grazing wound in the fellow's back.

The deputy also indicated Tri-Town Ambulance should proceed with caution, meaning the accident wasn't too bad. Phew! The community could have had a tragedy on its hands.

The Ambulance was delivering the injured party to Lockport Memorial but was rerouted to ECMC.

More to follow as news becomes available on the scanner!


The Roy-Hart Sports Booster Club will have a cash draw on Saturday, February 18th at 7PM at the Middleport Fire Hall (need not be present to win).

Tickets are $100 each (allows 2 people to get in). Food and beverages are included. Only 300 tickets are available = 1 in 15 chance to win!

1st PRIZE = $10,000
2nd PRIZE = $1500
3rd PRIZE = $1000
20 Cash Prizes in all will be awarded.

Early Bird Raffle will be held on January 15... (5) $100 cash prizes will be awarded. Tickets will be returned to the main draw.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!! You can contact any one of the following people for tickets and information: Mike Meal, Rick DeWaters, Suzanne Bobbitt, Sandy Smith, Patti Riegle, Sara Fry, Colleen Albee, Kim Metz.

If you have any questions or concerns about this huge event, please drop Rick DeWaters a line at All proceeds will benefit Roy-Hart sports and students.


Lieutenant Frank Lauricella of the Region 9 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Police issued on Saturday a mid-season summary of hunting-related enforcement actions that have occurred during the first two weeks of the regular deer season – from November 19 to December 2. Region 9 covers six counties: Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany.

Following is a summary of enforcement actions throughout the towns of Hartland and Royalton that occurred during the first portion of the regular season.

Town of Hartland
Matthew J. Scott
Niagara Falls, NY
-Possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle

Town of Hartland
Lawrence H. Toni
Amherst, NY
-3 counts of failure to immediately and properly fill out DMP tag

Town of Hartland
Daniel T. Gullos
Lockport, NY
-Possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle

Town of Hartland
Carol Burch
Lockport, NY
-Failure to tag deer as required

Town of Royalton
Mark E. Prosser
Lockport, NY
-Possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle

Saturday, December 10, 2011


My directory of websites for businesses, people, and activities in Gasport has been updated. I added 5 new sites today:

Friday, December 9, 2011


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 Gasport.

The Mitten Tree is back this year.

This is the fifth year for this awesome program that is run by Absolut Care, the Gasport Lions Club and the Roy-Hart Schools.

Here’s how it works…

The tree will be located out front of the Gasport post office at the corner of Main Street and Route 31.

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 by Wednesday, December 14th at Absolut Care (they have a drop box) or at the Elementary School (under the tree in the lobby). The Lions Club will distribute the gifts in time for the holidays.

It’s extremely important that the community supports the Mitten Tree. The economy is still a mess, unemployment is still high, and we need everyone in the community to be heroes to those who can't afford to brighten their kids' Christmas.

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.

Thursday, December 8, 2011








Joe Derda of Hartland sent along a message to let us know that during the holiday season he is a Santa for many kids.

If you know of someone that may need Santa to come by, please contact Joe. Kids in hospital, people in nursing homes, private home visits....he's very accommodating! Joe said that with just a few hours notice he can be there.

Joe does not charge a fee, staying away from being a shopping mall Santa who would flush the kids through to get rich on photo ops.

His main reason to volunteer his time is that when the kids get to the point where Santa is out, they are too old and younger children are present, a short visit may just squeak out one more year of believing in something. Pretty cool!

You can contact Joe at:


The Hartland Town Board invites the public to a retirement gathering for Supervisor William A. Annable from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Hartland Town Hall

Annable will retire Dec. 31 after 33 years at the helm. He ties Floyd Snyder, who served as Lockport supervisor from 1962 to 1995, for length of service in that job in Niagara County.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Every Monday at the Hartland Bible Church in Gasport (the former St. Mary's Church) Niagara County Office for the Aging offers its nutrition program serving the population age 60 and older. All Meals are served with bread, skim milk or 2%, coffee or tea. Suggested Contribution for meals is $3.00. Menus are subject to change without notice.

Please reserve a lunch a day in advance by contacting the site director of the nutrition program in your building, Bonnie Tilyou – 418-4143.

Here is the menu for December:

December 5) Chicken Parmesan/ Mozzarella Cheese and Parmesan Cheese Tomato Sauce Shell Pasta Chef Salad / Cucumber Slices, CarrotsChilled Apricots

December 12) Baked Ham with Pineapple SauceScalloped PotatoesGreen Beans/Pimientos WW Dinner Roll Green/Red Gelatin/Whipped Topping

December 19) See Below

December 26) No meal due to Christmas weekend

December 19th will be a holiday celebration at noon!

Chicken Cordon Bleu
Small Red Potatoes/Parsley
Baby Carrots L’Orange
Whole Wheat Dinner Roll
Cherry Cheesecake
Skim, 2% or Chocolate Milk
Coffee or Tea

Suggested Contribution: $3.00


The minutes from Royalton's town board meeting of November are available online.

The first set of minutes looks at the public hearing that addressed the town's plans to institute a local law allowing an override of the tax cap:;/content/Minutes/View/179

The second set focuses on the public hearing for special benefit assessment roll:;/content/Minutes/View/178

The third set is from the public hearing over the town budget:;/content/Minutes/View/177

The last set looks at the general business portion of the get-together:;/content/Minutes/View/176


The Hartland Fire Company on Route 104 in Gasport is having a holiday party and Christmas auction this Sunday, December 4th. Dinner starts at noon and the auction starts at 3:00. There are hundreds of new gift items to bid on. The auction will be conducted by RD Harriger.


Schwab's Farm Market on Route 31 is having their holiday open house this Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 5. There will be fun, prizes, and refreshments. There will be all kinds of Christmas baked goods, deli platters, cookies, crafts, fruit baskets and more. Order your roast beef for holiday parties this weekend and get 20 cents off per pound. For more info go to

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Catch me on "Niagara's Talking" on Friday December 2nd during the 11:00 hour on WLVL 1340 (streaming online at Donna Pieszala and I will talk about a wide variety of topics including the Wage Theft Prevention Act, the weaknesses in NY's tax cap, Congress's new way to (mis)calculate inflation, and the private cemetery issue in Royalton.

Monday, November 28, 2011


The Town of Royalton Historical Society will be holding it's Annual Christmas Luncheon on Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00. It will be held at Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Rd, Middleport. Everyone is invited and asked to bring a dish to pass. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Bieber at 716-735-7335.


Light up Gasport & Christmas Party

Free Fun for the Whole Family

When: Sunday, December 11, 2011
Place: Gasport Firehall
Time: 4:00pm

Festivities will include: Santa Claus, Music, Caroling, Decorating and Lighting of Community Christmas Tree, Basket Raffle, Hot Chocolate, Christmas Cookies, Apple Cider and Back by popular demand…..Sleigh rides!!!!!!!

All proceeds go to the Gasport Beautification Committee to help support this event and decorating of Main St. Gasport.

For more information about this committee please contact committee member Debbie Babcock at 772-2902

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Gardens By the Mill is having their holiday open house today from 11:00 to 5:00 and on Sunday from 11:00 to 4:00. Located at 8443 Slayton Settlement Road (just west of the intersection with Quaker Road), they will have cookies and beverages and holiday ornaments.

They sell home decor, gifts, tea, cards, candles and soaps and can be followed on Facebook at:


Here is a list of tree farms in Gasport that sell Christmas trees. As more information about other vendors becomes available, I'll add them to the list.

Rickard Nursery: They are selling trees from their Checker Tavern Road location (not their retail oulet behind the Yellow Goose). Their tree farm is located on Checker Tavern Road between Wheeler Rd. and Elicott Rd. Hours are Friday-Saturday-Sunday
10:00am to Dark.

Bucolo Greenhouse and Farm: Located at the corner of Slayton Settlement and Orangeport Roads, they are open Monday - Friday noon to 7:00 and then on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 - 4:00. They also sell wreaths.

Merrell's Evergreeen Acres: They can be found at 3573 Wruck Road and are open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 - 5:00 until sold out.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Thank you to everyone who frequents this site, submits news and events, and acts on some of the issues mentioned here that effect our community. You make this site all the worthwhile.

May you have a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the special times had with your families today.


In a recent post I mentioned the peanut butter and jelly drive. The Royalton Town Hall has been added to the list of sites where your donations can be dropped off.


Phyllis A. (Zimmerman) George, formerly of Rice and Ennis, Texas, entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 21, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. She had been residing with her son in Garland, Texas.

She was born on January 16, 1932 in Lockport, New York, the daughter of the late Frederick A. and Elida (Arns) Zimmerman. She resided in Gasport, New York in her early life and was a graduate of the Royalton-Hartland Central School, class of 1952.

Phyllis enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where she met and married her husband, William George, who has predeceased her. She worked in the electronics industry for several years and trained new workers in the job program. She was affiliated with Anthony Drive Baptist Church of Ennis, Texas.

She is survived by her children: son, James Frederick (Sheri) George of Garland, Texas; daughter, Vicki Lynn (Willie) Young of Rice, Texas; four grandchildren, Lisa (Jack) Gifford, William Thomas (Dusty) Young, John (LeAnn) Young, and Billy (Sara) Young; seven great grandchildren; sister, Norma Z. Wollenberg of Gasport, New York; and a nephew, Bryan K. Wollenberg of Middleton, New York. She was preceded in death by her son, David Allen.

Graveside services are scheduled at 1 P.M. on Friday, November 25, 2011 at Rice Cemetery, Dresden Road, exit 242 from I 45, Rice, Texas with Brother Eddie Ricks, officiating.

To view an obituary or sign the guest book, please visit

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


On occasion I've run obituaries on this site. Starting tomorrow I will post every Gasport-related obituary (current and former residents) on this site as they are made available, pulling together the death notices from the internet both here and around the world.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Friday December 2nd will be the final 100-Mile Radius of 2011 for Becker Farms. The meal begins at 6:30.

Reservations are required along with a valid credit card number to hold the reservation. To make reservations email or call 716-772-2211. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start.

At the dinner you will be greeted by Owner Melinda Vizcarra and Head Chef Amanda Vizcarra. There will be a brief program welcoming you to the farm and inviting you to experience the taste of local agriculture.

The December menu features...

Tuscan soup with sausage, kale and pinto beans

Brussel sprout salad with bacon, apple, and cranberries

Antipasti with Italian meats, cheese, pickled veg and bread served with roasted garlic

Braciole served with creamy polenta

Mini dessert sampler with cannoli, cream puffs, eclairs, biscotti, and walnut pie

Cost is $55.00 per person including tax & gratuity

Menu subject to change availability of the produce.


Hartland United Methodist Church, 8017 Ridge Road, Gasport, will hold a free weekly supper at the church each Wednesday during the Advent season. Advent is the period beginning four weeks before Christmas and marks the coming of Christ into the world.

The suppers will consist of a half sandwich, a bowl of soup, a beverage and dessert. These suppers are for anyone in the community who would like to share both food and fellowship. Scheduled dates are Nov. 30, and Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Food will be prepared and served by church members and other volunteers.

For more information, call 772-2376.


Farming is an important facet of Gaport's past, present and future. Agriculture may account for 90% of the economic activity within our community. The world's most important industry is facing a threat, though, from the Department of Labor.

My column for this week's newspapers identifies that threat and let's you know how we can beat it. Please take the time to participate in the public comment session mentioned in the column (it expires next week).

Here's the column....

Changes to child labor laws hurt farmers
By Bob Confer
The Tonawanda News

Farming is not a job. It’s a lifestyle. The job is never done, and it’s never easy; it takes a special soul to work the long, hard days during the planting and harvesting seasons or live the vacation-free existence that comes with animal husbandry. At the same time, it’s the most important industry on the planet, and farmers will tell you it’s the most fulfilling: Besides raising a family, there is little on Earth more rewarding than tending the soil and growing from it — and raising on it — valuable nourishment for others.

To prepare someone for that intense lifestyle you need to start young and introduce teens to the work ethic and investment of self that are necessary to develop a love affair with farming. Youth have long been able to participate in agricultural work but that could change soon. The Obama administration has unveiled a series of proposed revisions to child labor law specific to farming. Citing provisions that have remained virtually untouched since 1970, the administration felt compelled to modernize them. That act of modernization will irreparably harm farming’s future by destroying its very foundation — the youth who should represent tomorrow’s workforce and farm owners.

Under the new rules, the Department of Labor would end most child labor exemptions that currently exist in farming by denying work to anyone under the age of 16, unless the farm is owned by their parents and one of the parents is directly overseeing their work.

Furthermore, most 14- and 15-year-old workers would be prevented from operating any tractor, all-terrain vehicle, milking machine, or lawn mower. Now, exemptions exist that allow them to operate such equipment given they complete a 24 hour safety course, typically provided by the private sector via farm bureaus or through public-private Cooperative Extension offices. The proposed rules would create and require a 90-hour course that could only be taught through government-run secondary and/or vocational schools. This would add another layer of federal bureaucracy to local school districts; increase the cost to taxpayers associated with the wages, benefits and pensions for the newfound teaching positions; or, more likely, deprive thousands of youth of farming opportunity because their local schools — or any one within reasonable commute — will be unable to provide them the necessary training.

Adding even more hassle, untrained youth will not be allowed in the proximity of any motorized device during their course of work, meaning that young farm workers could not be anywhere near an elevator, or even a wagon pulled behind a tractor, preventing them from baling hay or loading and unloading barns, even though they are nowhere near the controls.

The insanity of the standards doesn’t end there. Everyone under the age of 18 will be strictly prohibited from any and all acts of animal husbandry. They won’t be able to corral and herd cattle, pigs or poultry. They won’t be allowed to brand, breed, treat or raise animals. They’d be denied access to stockyards, cattle auctions, and feed lots. They can’t pitch manure or feed chickens or cows.

They’ll have to wait until adulthood to do any of those tasks. Even Future Farmers of America and 4-H won’t be able to give teenagers the experience they need to be productive rural adults. Because of the limitations proposed by the DOL, those organizations will become mostly obsolete, legally unable to provide the animal rearing experience that has produced many a fine farmer for decades.

Fortunately, there is a chance to stop these proposals from becoming law. The DOL is currently accepting comments regarding their proposals. The deadline, which was originally Nov. 1, has been moved to Dec. 1 due to the initial criticisms and concerns that were certain to befall such laws. Referencing RIN 1235-AA06 and docket ID WHD-2011-0001, submit your comments electronically at or by mail at: Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S- 3502, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210.

Public participation in this decision-making process is a must. If left unabated, the executive branch will pass these rules. If we allow it to eliminate the important agricultural lessons from one’s formative years, we will rob our youth of the building blocks necessary for a lifetime of farming: An appreciation for nature, the creation of an old-fashioned work ethic, an irreplaceable knowledge base and the development of high moral character that comes with living of, on and for the Earth.

Monday, November 21, 2011


On Wednesday November 23rd (Thanksgiving Eve) Durf and the Terry's Corners Vol. Fire Co., Inc., will be hosting a Summer Sizzler reunion. Doors open at 6pm. Jonesie and the Crusiers will play starting at 8 pm. Prior to that, Mark Beckstien of White Bird Productions will present a video of 25 years of film, photos, and music from the Sizzler. The bar will be open.


Local residents should listen to WLVL AM every day for the best in local news and local talk. Donna Pieszala's talk show, Niagara's Talking, is a "must listen" every weekday (except Wednesdays) from 11:00 to 1:00. Listen on-air at 1340 AM or online at

Be sure to tune in this Tuesday for sure at 12:00 when Donna's guest will be Tim Durfy (Durf!). He'll be talking about the grand opening celebration of the Terry's Corners fire hall and Wednesday's Summer Sizzler reunion and retrospective to be held at the fire hall on Wednesday night.

Then, on Tuesday, December 6th at noon, Donna will interview Royalton town supervisor Dick Lang and Tom Fleckenstien about the wind project in Royalton.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


"Like" one of the coolest Facebook pages to come down the pike in recent memory. Jesse Bieber has created a page for the Royalton Historical Society, chock full of old-time photos and Jesse's historical perspective. Check it out here:!/pages/Town-of-Royalton-Historical-Society/176698222421913


The Buffalo News is reporting about a burglary that occurred in Gasport...

An Orangeport Road woman told sheriff’s deputies on Friday that someone stole nearly $2,500 worth of electronic gadgets from her home the day before.

The theft occurred between noon and 5:30 p. m. while the victim was out, deputies said, but there was no sign of forced entry to the home.

Read the details here:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Deer season has been open for a few weeks now with archery hunters out and about. But, they are a minority in hunting circles.

The day that most hunters consider the "real" Opening Day --- the first day of shotgun season for deer --- is this Saturday. So, the farm lanes and road sides of Gasports will be filled with parked vehicles all weekend, and in the coming weeks, as hunters are out in the fields and woods attempting to fill their freezers.


Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest party/bar nights of the year...many people return to their hometowns for family get-togethers and the Wednesday before the big dinner represents a great time to catch up with old friends.

Becker Brewing Company at Becker Farms will be hosting a Thanksgiving Eve party on Wednesday the 23rd from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM. There will be beer, wine, and food along with live music by Dave Stockton and Pocket Change.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Royalton's private cemetery law -- which will severely impede family cemeteries on local farms -- was passed last night by a vote of 3 to 2. Budde, Lang and Bragg voted for it and Bieber and Rehwaldt voted against it. The one thing that was changed was the "fee." It was changed from $10,000.00 down to $2500.00.


Mary Cedeno sent along this message about her ongoing investigation into the library tax...

We have continued our research and have discovered discrepancies between the laws that were used to levy the Library tax, and how it was actually done. If readers would like to read the laws for themselves, they can check them out at this link: LIST=LAW+&BROWSER=BROWSER+&TOKEN=14870111+&TARGET=VIEW

They should pay particular attention to 259 (1)(a) and 259(1)(b) . We still contend that 259 (1)(b) was what the Library was supposed to use...and they used 259(1)(a)...In any case, neither of the laws were followed correctly.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


The town board of Royalton meets Monday night at the town hall. The action starts at 7:00 with public hearing that addresses the following...

Local Law to override the 2% tax levy limit and Public hearing on the Preliminary Budget for 2012


Special District Assessments

Pursuant to Section 198 of the New York State Town Law, the Town Board has opted to enforce various unpaid accounts for water, sewer, refuse another unpaid town services as indicated below, by placing a lien upon the real property for which such services were provided.

Total Unpaid Water $81,672.86
Total Unpaid Sewer $10,370.84
Total Unpaid Refuse $ 0.00
Total Town Charges $ 1344.20
Grand Total $93,387.90

Special Benefit Assessment Roll
Royalton Water District:
Water District With Improvements $250/unit
Water District Without Improvements $50/unit
Unimproved District With Water $10/unit
Unimproved District Without Water $1.00/unit
Royalton Refuse District $182.82/unit

2011 Town of Royalton Town Budget
Amounts to be raised by taxation are as follows:
Royalton Water District $583,690.00
Royalton Sewer District $155,930.00
Royalton Refuse District $445,532.00
Gasport Lighting District $15,500.00
Royalton Fire Protection $438,804.00
Drainage Fund $143,111.00

Pursuant to Section 108 of the New York State Town Law, the proposed salaries of the Town Officers are hereby specified:

Supervisor (1) $16,000.00
Town Board Members (4) $24,000.00 ($6000 each)
Town Justice (2) $34,800.00 ($17,400 each)
Town Clerk (1) $45,241.00
Superintendent of Highways (1) $57,155.00
Tax Collector (1) $6,367.00

Further Notice is given that pursuant to Real Property Tax Law Section 495, the Exemption Report that shows the total assessed value on the final assessment roll that was used in the budgetary process that is exempt from taxation is on file with the Preliminary 2012 Budget.

The Town Board of the Town of Royalton will hear any person in favor of or against the Preliminary Budget as filed with the Town Clerk. All parties in interest and citizens will be heard at the public hearings to be held is aforesaid.

Friday, November 11, 2011


The Buffalo News is reporting...

A Gasport man was arrested Thursday on burglary and other charges for allegedly being the main actor in extensive damage at the 24-hour Middleport Sher-Wash laundry on Telegraph Road early Tuesday.

Thomas N. Sullivan, 22, was jailed in lieu of $2,000 cash or $4,000 property bail following his arraignment in Town Court on charges of third-degree burglary, felony criminal mischief, third-degree grand larceny and endangering the welfare of a child.

Read the rest of the article to discover just what he did....


The Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive is underway in Niagara County. Check out their efforts at:

This is their 2nd annual drive to collect PB&J for hungry children and families. Collection will continue till December 3rd, after which they'll begin to distribute the goods to local food pantries.

They need your help! Donate what you can. But know they do not accept money...only peanut butter, jelly or fluff.

Collection sites in Gasport are:

The Chop Shop
Niagara Metals
Schwab’s Market
Porter Agency
NES (New England Seafood)
Hartland Bible Church


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Local Law Number 1 for the year 2001 entitled An Amendment to the Winter Parking Law of the Town of Royalton which was adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Royalton on the 12th day of March 2001 be advised as follows:


It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle on a Town Highway and/or right of way within the Town of Royalton between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from November 1st of any year to April 1st of the year immediately following.

A copy of Local Law No. 2, 2001 can be viewed in the Town of Royalton Town Clerks Office, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport, New York 14105 during regular business hours.

Terry Nieman
Superintendent of Highways
Town of Royalton


The Town of Royalton Historical Society will be holding their meeting on Saturday, November 19th at 1:00. The meeting will be held at Town Hall, 5613 Royalton Center Rd, Middleport. This month will be a very special occasion...we will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Gerry Radamaker Reynolds and Eunice Hernberger's 97th birthday.

Cake and punch will be provided. All are welcome! There is no need for presents; your presence will be enough of a gift for both of them. Come and celebrate these 2 amazing woman!

Any questions or if you need more information, please contact Historical Society President, Jennifer Bieber at 716-735-7335.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Be sure to grab a copy of Tuesday's Lockport Union Sun and Journal. An Olcott resident wrote a scathing letter about Dick Lang and the town of Royalton's windmill project.


Yesterday's Buffalo News reported the following...

The tax rate is expected to remain steady in a preliminary $3.2 million town budget proposed for 2012, which will be discussed in a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 10 in Town Hall.

Town officials are recommending the tax rate remain at $2.41 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, according to Deputy Town Supervisor William R. "Ross" Annable.

The proposed $3.2 million town budget for 2012 represents a $220,000 increase in spending over the current budget and an increase of $71,000 on estimated revenues of $1,733,578.

Read the details here:

Sunday, November 6, 2011


The Christmas Cupboard makes its appearance soon. The crafters will hold their 26th annual craft show at the Hartland Bible Church on West Avenue in Gasport on Nov. 18th (9:30 to 9:00 pm) and Nov. 19th (9:30 to 6:00pm). For sale will be hand crafted items for home and holiday decorating; baked good; jams and jellies. Free admission.


The Sunday Buffalo News looks at the electoral races across Niagara County and the uncontested races faced by the newest leaders of Royalton and Hartland.

The article makes note that Jennifer Bieber will be Royalton's first female supervisor:

Royalton’s Jennifer H. Bieber is backed by the Republican, Democratic, Conservative and Independence parties. She has served as Supervisor Richard J. Lang’s deputy for three of her past four years on the Town Board. Lang has served as town supervisor for the past four years but declined to seek a third term in office.

Bieber, 41, is a facility assistant for Verizon, where she has worked for 21 years.

About her new, two-year post, she said, “I love it. I’ve lived here my whole life and I love our town. This is a way of giving back to the community. I think it’s good to be involved and I like the problem-solving. It’s very exciting.”

The article also notes that Hartland will see a change of leadership, from father to son...

In neighboring Hartland, William R. “Ross” Annable will succeed his father, William A. “Bill” Annable as supervisor for the next four years, in what should be a smooth transition. Ross Annable carries the backing of the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. He has served as deputy town supervisor for the past year and was unopposed in his bid for a four-year term on the Town Board two years ago. His father has served as town supervisor since 1978.

Annable, 54, is retired from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and is police chief of Barker.

“I’ve lived in Hartland a long time and our family has roots here,” he said. “I’ve spent a lot of time seeing how the town is run. It’s a great place to live and I want to continue those traditions we have here.

Read the entire article online:

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company will be having their 52nd annual turkey party and meat raffle on Saturday, November 12th at 6:00 at the fire hall. There will be hams, turkeys and prime ribs. There will be rip tickets, booze and free refreshments available at this event.


Town of Royalton
Notice of Public Hearings

Please Take Notice that the Town Board of the Town of Royalton will hold separate public hearings on the matters referenced herein at the Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport, New York, on the 14th day of November, 2011, beginning at 7:00 PM (local time); said public hearings shall be as follows:

Special District Assessments
Pursuant to Section 198 of the New York State Town Law, the Town Board has opted to enforce various unpaid accounts for water, sewer, refuse another unpaid town services as indicated below, by placing a lien upon the real property for which such services were provided.

Total Unpaid Water $81,672.86
Total Unpaid Sewer $10,370.84
Total Unpaid Refuse $ 0.00
Total Town Charges $ 1344.20
Grand Total $93,387.90

Special Benefit Assessment Roll
Royalton Water District:
Water District With Improvements $250/unit
Water District Without Improvements $50/unit
Unimproved District With Water $10/unit
Unimproved District Without Water $1.00/unit
Royalton Refuse District $182.82/unit

2011 Town of Royalton Town Budget
Amounts to be raised by taxation are as follows:
Royalton Water District $583,690.00
Royalton Sewer District $155,930.00
Royalton Refuse District $445,532.00
Gasport Lighting District $15,500.00
Royalton Fire Protection $438,804.00
Drainage Fund $143,111.00

Pursuant to Section 108 of the New York State Town Law, the proposed salaries of the Town Officers are hereby specified:

Supervisor (1) $16,000.00
Town Board Members (4) $24,000.00 ($6000 each)
Town Justice (2) $34,800.00 ($17,400 each)
Town Clerk (1) $45,241.00
Superintendent of Highways (1) $57,155.00
Tax Collector (1) $6,367.00

Further Notice is given that pursuant to Real Property Tax Law Section 495, the Exemption Report that shows the total assessed value on the final assessment roll that was used in the budgetary process that is exempt from taxation is on file with the Preliminary 2012 Budget.

The Town Board of the Town of Royalton will hear any person in favor of or against the Preliminary Budget as filed with the Town Clerk. All parties in interest and citizens will be heard at the public hearings to be held is aforesaid.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


The Zion Lutheran Church is heading into its 100th year of worship this upcoming Sunday. So, there's no better time to learn about this important part of our community and its spiritual leader, Pastor Rod Klinzing, one of the nicest gentlemen you'll ever meet.

We asked Pastor Rod a few questions about the year-long celebration and where the Church has been and is going. It's an insightful and entertaining interview!

Here it is...

On November 6th you’ll kick-off a year-long celebration of the Church’s 100th year. What will take place on the 6th?

The 100th Anniversary Committee selected this Sunday, November 6th, as the perfect time to kick off a year-long celebration of Zion Lutheran Church’s one hundred years of ministry in Gasport.

Several of our members have been working hard the past few years to put together a Memorial Garden located in the front lawn of the church to honor the “saints” of Zion who have played such an important role in our lives. And so, as we conclude our 10:30am worship service on this All Saints Sunday, we will gather at the monument and the baptismal font in the garden to dedicate this Memorial Garden to the glory of God and to honor the Zion saints who have gone before us.

Memorial coins have been printed and inscribed with the names of all those saints and we hope to see as many family members and friends as possible come to this dedication to deposit those coins into the baptismal font.

Beneath the font, encased in cement, is a vault that will hold those coins forever! Coins of future saints will also be deposited and their memories held in our hearts till we meet again!

What sort of events will take place over the next 12 months?

Over the next twelve months we will live celebrate and live out our theme, “One Hundred Years of Sharing God’s Love.” Each Sunday service will include a hymn that celebrates God’s love for us – a love we share with others. The childrens choir will sing a monthly song focusing on love.

Many of our annual events – the Sunday School Christmas Program, Over Seventy Dinner, Mid-Winter Picnic, etc. – will reflect back on our one hundred years as a congregation.

A very special Confirmation Sunday is being planned in June, a memory book is being published, a CD is being produced – just to name a very few items that will make this coming year special.

Perhaps one of the most significant items to mention is that we want to remember our roots as a farming community and as a church that began as one serving that community. We will do a year-long fund drive for a program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America called God’s Global Barnyard. We will raise funds to establish a farm in one or more of over sixty countries around the world where people are living in poverty, including our own United States. As an example, chicks are ten for $10; ducks are $20; pigs are $30; cows are $500. The sky is the limit!

Of course, we will conclude our year-long celebration next October with a special worship service at church followed by a dinner at the Gasport Fire Hall.

Can you give us a quick history of the Church?

Zion’s humble beginnings go back to the Mill District School on East Slayton Settlement Road in 1912. A small group of German farmers got tired of hitching up the horses and buggies and making the trek to Wolcottsville every Sunday, so they asked the Rev. John Knuebel of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolcottsville to come up here to lead them in worship on Sunday afternoons. He did so for the outrageous salary of one dollar a service! And, of course, the service was in German! The names of the founding families were Becker, Coulson, Dettbarn, Schlegel, Wollenberg, and Wruck.

On May 11, 1915 the congregation was officially incorporated as “Evangelical Lutheran Zion’s Church”. Shortly thereafter a church building erected in 1878 on Central Avenue in Gasport was purchased from the German Evangelical Society, whose congregation was merging with one in Lockport, for the sum of $1000. That building is still in use, having gone through several renovations and additions in the years since. For those who might be interested, I believe the purchase price would be slightly higher now!

For much of its history, Zion shared its pastor with other neighboring Lutheran congregations. In addition to Pastor Kneubel we have Theophilus Berner, John Stender, Theodore Kuehner, Herman Ewald, Paul Nemeschy, and Carl Scheidt. On October 27, 1968 the congregation extended a call to its first full-time resident pastor, Raymond Ideus, who served until December 1981. I came on board as pastor on July 1, 1982 and am looking forward to celebrating my 30th year with Zion during their 100th anniversary celebration!

How many parishioners now call the Church home?

Over 530 people call Zion their home. I would be more precise, but that one church mouse and its family keeps scooting back and forth between us and Covenant United Church of Christ. (At least they know how to avoid the neighborhood cats!)

Tell us a little about the Sunday services and some of the other activities offered by the Church...

We offer two services each Sunday morning: 8am for the early risers and 10:30am for everybody who wants breakfast at the Talk of the Town before worshiping! Sunday school for all ages is held between the services.

Currently we have an active Youth Group that meets several times a month for fun and games and service to the church and community.

WELCA is our Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America group that provides the congregation with many social activities.

WHO is our Women Helping Others group that strives to meet the needs of groups and individuals in our immediate eastern Niagara area.

GOHL – Gasport’s Own Healthy Lifestyles – is a small but dedicated group that meets weekly for learning and support.

A Thursday Night Fellowship Group meets to sing, laugh, and pray together for an hour – mostly laughing!

Yoga and Zumba classes are also a part of the life around here.

And our congregational Thrivent Financial for Lutherans group is very active and supportive of community activities.

How many of those 100 years have you been the Pastor at the Church? What sort of memories do you have from your first days as a part of the Zion Lutheran community?

As mentioned before, of the 100 years of Zion’s existence, I have been blessed with being a part of it for nearly 30 years now. My wife, Janice, along with our six children consider this our home. No, I will not give up my allegiance to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I have enjoyed rooting for the Bills and Sabres. I have also immensely enjoyed – and almost come to tears – with the blessing that few other pastors experience: baptizing the babies of babies I baptized! To be in one place long enough to share in all the joys and all the sorrows of so many families is truly a blessing that is beyond explanation. I feel both privileged and honored to be given the gift of this call by God in one place for so long!

Now that we have established that my confirmation students call me old, what are some of my favorite memories of when I first came to Zion?

It wouldn’t be coming here on a late weekend in March of 1982 to interview with the Call Committee of Zion – only to wake up at the Lockport Motel to about a foot of fresh snow outside, especially since we left Columbus, Ohio behind with its 65 degree temperatures, would it? It wouldn’t be Leola Mietz calling up one morning to ask, “Would you and Janice like some apples for your family, pastor?” and coming home later in the afternoon to find ten bushels of the sweet, juicy things on the front porch, would it? It wouldn’t be balloons being released into the air as we celebrated our 75th anniversary as a congregation and dedicated our new front entrance on the same warm afternoon, would it? Or runs along the canal to raise money to send kids to summer camp at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center? Or “Ten Bags of Doom” unleashed on my head to raise more money to send those kids to camp? Or scores of members gathering around families who have lost loved ones to tragic accidents or illness? Or singing Christmas carols in the barn at Becker Farms on Christmas Eve – and then coming to the 11pm service later that night to sing those same songs by candlelight?

By the grace of God those memories will keep on coming! And by the grace of God, Zion will continue to be a beacon of light and love to the world around it!


The 6th annual Roy-Hart alumni basketball game will take place Wednesday, November 23rd at 7:00 at the high school gym. Tickets are $3/adults, $1/students. There will be prizes and basket raffles! All proceeds benefit Roy-Hart sports. If alumni are interested in playing, email Rick DeWaters at:



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Royalton, New York, will hold a public hearing on November 14, 2011, at the Royalton Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Middleport, NY, 14105, at 7:15 PM as follows:

A Local Law allowing the Town to override the 2% tax levy limit.

Persons wishing to appear at the hearing(s) may do so in person or by attorney or other representation. Communications in writing in relation thereto may be filed with the Town Clerk, or at such hearing.


On Saturday November 12th the Gasport Lions Club will host a pork roast dinner and basket raffle at the Gasport Fire Hall, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Basket drawings start at 6:30, and you do not have to be present to win. Cost is $8.00 adults, $5.00 for children 11 and under.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Gasport's most popular annual dinner takes places this Saturday, November 5th.

The Covenant Church on Main Street is hosting its annual donation dinner. Pay as much as you'd like for turkey and all the's the church's way of funding its operations. The dinner runs from 3:30 until gone (usually 7:00). Takeout is available. The meal will be prepared by churchfolk and served by Boy Scout Troop 18.

The dinner is preceeded by the annual bazaar from 10:00 to 6:00. A luncheon will be served from 11:30 to 2:00.


The Butcher Shop in the Lincoln Square Plaza in Lockport is selling thanksgiving turkeys raised by Britt Farms on Route 104 in Gasport. These birds are all-natural, hormone-free, and always fresh, never frozen. Orders must be placed by November 16th. Call the Butcher Shop at 434.1006.


Terry's Corners annual gun raffle is this Sunday, November 6th at the fire hall. The festivities start at noon. Tickets may NOT be available at the door as this event has been known to sell out. To get your tickets stop by Durf's (MJ Autocare).


The Niagara section of Sunday's Buffalo News featured an interview with town supervisor Dick Lang. Here's a sample...

ROYALTON—Richard J. Lang is retiring in December as Royalton supervisor after four years at the helm of this town of 7,600 and two years on the Town Board.

“I never wanted to make a career out of this,” he said.

He will be succeeded by Councilwoman Jennifer Bieber, who is unopposed in her bid for the top post in the Nov. 8 election.

Lang, 70, retired after 34 years as a state Department of Environmental Conservation officer but has kept very busy with a variety of interests, from wrestling—yes, he still wrestles—to farming.

Many in the area know your name from your association with wrestling, and you were honored this fall by the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, based in Oklahoma. Tell us about that.

We went to Syracuse, where I received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” on Sept. 18. I started coaching at Royalton-Hartland High School in 1978 for 10 years, before going to Newfane High School, where I coached another 19 years. I retired from coaching in 2007. My teams earned 17 Niagara-Orleans titles, and we had two state titles. I still wrestle with the high school kids and volunteer as coach. I have also been selling wrestling equipment for the past 20 years. I go to the little kids’ tournaments and set up a booth.

You grew up in Orchard Park. How did you happen to settle in Royalton, and how long have you had a farm?

When I became a conservation officer with the DEC, I had to move to Niagara County and live around the Lockport area. We moved here in 1969—I have 75 acres, it’s more of a play farm, really. I grow a variety of wetland seeds—I’ve been doing that for 20 years. These are seeds that can be planted in or on the borders of wetlands. I also show chickens— Blue Cochin bantams and Buff Brahma bantams. I’ve been doing it since 1951, when I was 10 years old.

How did you get involved in politics?

When I ran for the Town Board, that was the first time I got involved in politics. It was something I had always wanted to do, to be involved in some form of town government, for a period of time.

Read the entire interview here:

Friday, October 28, 2011


Today's Lockport Union Sun and Journal features a lengthy front page story about taxes and the budget in Hartland. It begins as follows:

While its tax rate will remain the same, the town is joining the ranks of municipalities that are busting New York State’s 2-percent “tax cap” with their 2012 budgets.

The town board will vote Nov. 10 on a local law authorizing it to override the cap. The same night, it’ll hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012 town budget, which shows the tax levy rising by 7 percent.

The state tax cap law compels municipalities to publicize times when the annual tax levy — the amount of money raised from property taxes — is set to increase more than 2 percent. Municipalities can disregard the cap by enacting a local law, which has to go to a public hearing first.

In Hartland’s tentative $3.3 million budget, according to Acting Supervisor Ross Annable, the only way to get the levy increase under 2 percent is by cutting $58,000 in necessities — or niceties tied to town development.

Read the well-done article here:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


The hours for trick-or-treating in Gasport and Royalton are 5:00 to 7:00 on October 31st.


The Lake Plains Players present the Depression-era musical "Annie" at Royalton-Hartland High School on the 28th (7:30), 29th (7:30), and 30th (2:00). Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10/adults and $5 for students.

Monday, October 24, 2011


This year's Always Christmas Open House will be held on November 5th between 11am and 4pm at Standish-Jones. There will be games and refreshments. They will be giving away prizes and discounts (20% off on all Christmas items!).

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Leadership Niagara is a year-long leadership development program for adults. They meet once a month for an entire day learning about the nuances of a specific sector of Niagara County. This past week saw them tour the rural parts of Niagara for their Agriculture Day, which is always a real eye-opener to the attendees (nearly all Americans are unfamiliar with farming, the complete opposite of just 50 years ago).

In the weekly email to alumni and friends of Leadership Niagara, one of this year's class offered her recap of the day and made mention of some Gasport farms which did well in representing our community and farming....

We traveled on to Gasport View Dairy Farm. Some of us were witness to the birth of a calf and all of us were witness to the dedication, hard work, intelligence and flat out love this third generation dairy farm produces on a daily basis. The farm was purchased in 1945 and has grown in both size and technology to over 1200 acres and over 700 cows being milked.

Next was Becker Farms which most the class were familiar with. What we didn't know was they are also a third generation farm which the current owners transformed into an entertainment center with something for everyone. What is fascinating to me about Becker farms is their passion for growth. They continue to look to the future to improve, expand, and grow yet they remain true to themselves and their community. Lunch was excellent.

Back on the bus and we are off to Harris Farms which although they are comparatively new to farming they are generationally dedicated to the land itself. We learned so much about harvesting vegetables, garlic production, and the passion this family has for their farm. The hot apple crisp for dessert was amazing.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


No. 8 Honeoye Falls-Lima beat No. 1 Barker/Roy-hart 62 - 26 Friday night at Bruno Pacini Field, putting an end to a magical season for the combined squad.

Junior Ryan Quackenbush rushed for 236 yards and four TDs on 16 carries for HF-L. Quarterback Dylan Swetman threw for 270 yards and one TD on 9-of-10 passing and also rushed for one TD and junior Nick Weston caught five passes for 130 yards for the Cougars (6-2). Alex Obenhofer added 124 yards receiving and one TD on three receptions for HF-L.

Austin Blackley rushed for 170 yards and two TDs on 21 carries for B/R-H (7-1) while Josh Haight had a record-setting performance with 241 receiving yards on just 6 catches.

There MAY be a consolation game next week. More to follow.

HF-L 29 20 13 0 — 62
B/R-H 6 6 14 0 — 26

H— Keenan O'Brien 2 run (Alex Obenhofer kick)
B— Josh Haight 66 pass from Connor Baker (run failed)
H— Obenhofer 71 pass from Dylan Swetman (Obenhofer kick)
H— Safety
H— Ryan Quackenbush 10 run (kick failed)
H— Swetman 19 run (Obenhofer kick)
H— O'Brien 5 run (Obenhofer kick)
H— Quackenbush 37 run (kick failed)
B— Haight 46 pass from Baker (pass failed)
H— Quackenbush 12 run (Obenhofer kick)
H— Quackenbush 22 run (kick failed)
H— Tim Segrue 1 run (Obenhofer kick)
B— Austin Blackley 17 run (Judd Jamieson pass from Baker)
B— Blackley 52 run (pass failed)

Friday, October 21, 2011


Police have resumed a search for a woman who jumped off the Lockport Railroad bridge into the Erie Canal Thursday morning in an apparent suicide. Construction workers witnessed the jump and described the woman as being in her 30s, about 5 foot 7.

Lockport and Niagara County dive teams searched Thursday for the body, but had to call off the search due to rough weather conditions.

Keep an eye open for her body in the Canal. When last someone committed suicide in the Canal in Lockport his body ended up in Gasport.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


For the past few years I've been requesting absentee ballots because I never know when an emergency may arise at work that would prevent me from voting. It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to my civic duty.

I received my ballot last night and it was pretty boring. Royalton residents will be faced with 9 races....and only 1 of them is contested (county clerk).

That begs the question...where are the other parties and other candidates?

Click on the image above to see the ballot.


Al Bruce writes a humor column for the Hornell Evening Tribune. In yesterday's paper, his column found humor in Gasport's name, and he let it rip....

Gasport Flatus Festival time: Tis the time of year when an earthy fragrance whelms Gasport residents and overwhelms those with less olfactory experience inhaling the namesake bouquet. This year’s theme: Celebrate Holidays with the Musical Fruit, says Toots Voluminous, executive director of the festival and Navy Bean Museum. Festival guests can sample bean ice cream, spaghetti with bean sauce, navy bean cake, navy bean coffee, baked bean pie and bean milkshakes. This year’s mid-week highlight: Mardi Gas or Fart Tuesday

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A few people have inquired about how Hartland can beat the state's new tax cap. Well, the tax cap has a flaw when it comes to municipalities: Voters could override the cap with a 60 percent vote on the budget for school boards....but, when it comes to towns, villages and the like, 60 percent of a local government’s legislative body can override the cap.