Wednesday, February 29, 2012


If you want some delicious pizza on the cheap, print out this great deal for Petunia's Pizzeria in Gasport. A large for the price of a small? That's a steal!


The annual Maple Weekend, celebrating New York's syrup bounty is fast approaching.

Two pancake breakfasts will take on March 18th in our neck of the woods.

Wolf Maple Products syrup will be featured from 7 a.m. to noon at the Middleport Fire Hall in the village of Middleport. The pancake breakfast will benefit Boy Scout Troop 23.

Another one will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hartland Fire Company on Ridge Road in Gasport. That breakfast will sport syrup from Flyway Farm in Medina.

For more information about Maple Weekend visit

Monday, February 20, 2012


UNYTS will be conducting a blood drive on Sunday, Feb. 26th, from 11:30 AM until 3:30 PM at Zion Lutheran Church. To make an appointment, fill out this form:


Twenty students from throughout Western New York will compete in oral finals of the 85th annual Buffalo News Spelling Bee at 1:30 p.m. March 4 in the auditorium of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society on Nottingham Court.

The finalists are the top scorers in the written test, which was administered to 68 school champions earlier this month.

Among the 2012 finalists is Roy-Hart's own Beatrice Bacon, a seventh-grader.



The Royalton 4th of July Committee has already started to work on the 4th of July festivities . How's that for some serious preparation! That's why the event is so awesome year in, year out.

Here is a schedule they are working on:

1pm Park and Parking Opens
2pm Shuttles from Terry's Corners Fire Hall and Gasport Fire Hall start
2pm Gasport Lion's Club Chicken Bar-B-Q
2pm Food Vendors Open
3pm Parade
4pm- 5pm Dixie Land Band "21 Skidoo"
5pm - 8pm Kid's Games $5 donation includes climbing wall
5pm - 8pm Nashville Recording Artist, Singer-Songwriter Amanda Nagurney
8:15pm - 9:30pm "Last Call"
Fireworks at dusk (approximately 10pm)

Bus ride is a $1 donation
No tailgating in parking lot

The committee is always looking for help the day of and July 5th. Anyone willing to donate time and/or money please contact Jeff Brown at or

Royalton 4th of July Committee
4457 Central Ave.
Gasport, NY 14067

Monday, February 13, 2012


Sunday, February 12th marked the birth date of Ray Confer, my grandfather and the founder of Confer Plastics (and a long-time Gasport resident). He would have been 90 on Sunday. In honor of his life, let’s look at his most ubiquitous invention: the living hinge, something he thought of while working on the family farm in Gasport.

Ray designed the living hinge in the early 1960s as a means to more efficiently make plastic tool cases. The addition of metal hinges always added cost to the final product due to materials and assembly. So, Ray came up with an ingenious way to eliminate the metal hinges by molding a plastic hinge in process as a part of the case itself, rather than as an add on.

Basically, the living hinge is a thin section of plastic that connects two halves of a part to keep them together and allow the part to be opened and closed over and over again. You can see the hinge in this photo that shows a SCUBA gear case in its open state.

The living hinge is a part of our everyday lives. It can be found in toolboxes, tackle boxes, and those plastic clamshells that are used as takeout containers and storage boxes for produce.

Ray’s invention – one created out of necessity and ingenuity – is everywhere.


The Niagara section of Sunday's Buffalo News featured an expose on the library tax issue in the Roy-Hart school district....

Some residents who say that a new library tax was illegally imposed are attempting to gather signatures on a petition to force a new referendum on the issue this spring.

The tax was imposed last year in a special election authorized by the Royalton-Hartland Board of Education but held in the Middleport Free Library three weeks after the regular district budget vote.

School attorney Bernard B. Freedman of Buffalo, library attorney John Liebschutz of Rochester and the Syracuse firm of Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barret & Reitz have ruled everything was legal.

However, questions linger in some quarters.

Read the entire article here:


The Royalton town board meets tonight. Note that meetings now start at 7:00...


February 13, 2012

•1. Open Meeting

•2. Additions or corrections of the minutes as presented

•3. Public Comment - Agenda Items Only

•4. Communications / Petitions

•Ø New Business

•Ø Resolution to authorize Dan Morse, Water/Sewer Superintendent, to purchase one hundred (100) new water meters at a cost not to exceed $19,350.00.

•Ø Resolution to authorize Terry Nieman, Highway Superintendent, to purchase a Road Counter from Jamar Technologies, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $2,840.00.

•Ø Resolution to authorize Terry Nieman, Highway Superintendent, to attend the Lobby Days in Albany on March 6-7, 2012.

•Ø Resolution to authorize Terry Nieman, Highway Superintendent, to finalize the specifications for the new Boom Mower w/attachments and put this item out for bid.

•Ø Resolution to authorize Pastor Rodney Klinzing to utilize Veterans Park in Gasport for an overnight Youth Retreat. The church will provide the town with a Certificate of Insurance with the town named as an additional insured for this event.

•Ø Resolution to recognize and approve Rebecca Lynn Fry as a Regular Member of the Wolcottsville Volunteer Fire Company.

•Ø Resolution to recognize and approve Steven Miszuk as a Junior Member of the Wolcottsville Volunteer Fire Company.

•Ø Any additional items that need to come before the board at this time.

•Ø Resolution for permission to pay the bills.

•5. Public Comment - Good and Welfare of the Community

•6. Adjournment - Motion to Adjourn

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012


Sunday's Union Sun and Journal looked at Winterfest (sans "winter")....

Unseasonably warm weather didn’t keep Roy-Hart Winterfest from being a fun day for the families who came out to Roy-Hart Elementary School on Saturday.

More than 500 people attended the third annual festivities, which Gasport Lions Club officials said was a big increase from last year. The halls of Roy-Hart Elementary were filled with vendors, programs and movement as excited children rushed from one activity to another.

Read the article here:

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Royalton is a "Right To Farm" community, one that recognizes that farmers are protected from nuisance lawsuits brought on by new residents who move into the community and would like to put an end to necessary farming activities like tractor traffic on the roads, manure spreading or overnight harvest.

Our town is a safe harbor for farming and it's great that our officials and our residents recognize the importance of agriculture: It is far and away the largest private sector industry in our town, the farms pay the greatest volume of property taxes, and, collectively, the local farms employ the second most people within our town (the Royalton-Hartland School district is the #1 employer).

To keep current and future residents aware of this, the town will soon be putting up Right To Farm signs throughout town. Here's a sneak peek at the attractive signs...

Friday, February 3, 2012


Today's Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports the following...

A group of local students will be performing this month at Kleinhans Music Hall just before a BPO concert.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will welcome the Royalton-Hartland High School Mixed Chorus as part of the BPO’s Community Spotlight program on Feb. 19 at Kleinhans in Buffalo. The chorus will perform under the direction of Carolyn Unitas Roos and accompanied by Janice McKinney.

Read the entire article here and get details on how to attend the event:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Hometown News ( reports the following today...

Air Force Airman 1st Class Cynthia M. Janda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Janda earned distinction as an honor graduate. She is the daughter of Daphne Berg and a 2003 graduate of Royalton Hartland High School.


Rick DeWaters of the Roy-Hart Sports Boosters Club has announced that the Roy-Hart Sports Booster Club will hold a Cash Raffle on February 18, 2012, at the Middleport Fire Hall. All proceeds from this event will benefit all Roy-Hart Sports Programs and students.

A 1st Place award of $10,000 will go to the winning ticket. 2nd Place will award $1500 and 3rd Place will win $1000. There will be 15 cash prizes awarded and a maximum of 300 tickets sold. This translates into a 1 in 15 chance of winning, if all the tickets are sold.

A donation of $100 will admit the ticket holder and a guest (need not be present to win). Doors open at 7 PM. Complimentary beverages, a food buffet, and a wonderful desert table will be available. Music will be presented by John Harnish and World Wide Music Production.

Tickets to this fun and exciting event are selling fast! For information and tickets, please contact Rick DeWaters (716-531-0046), Mike Meal (716-706-8900) or Suzanne Bobbitt (716-310-7394). Or you can email for assistance.

Rick is hoping that this event and other fundraisers sponsored by the R-H Sports Booster Club will continue to bring our community together and make us stronger, as we seek solutions to what will keep sports programs available for our kids, during some very trying financial times. The Boosters are so very grateful to parents and friends, alumni, coaches, students, and the business community for their undying support and dedication to keeping sports (and other programs as well) alive in the Royalton-Hartland School District.