Saturday, December 29, 2012


The Lockport paper is reporting today that Mr. Nasal -- who taught at Roy-Hart during my parent's era (the 1960's and early 1970's) -- passed away a week and a half ago...

Joseph Robert Nasal died at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo, NY on December 19, 2012.  His memorial Mass will be held on a future date.

Joe was born in Lackawanna, NY in 1918, the son of John and Mary Nasal. He attended Our Lady of Victory High School and then Canisius College in Buffalo on a full basketball scholarship.

With the advent of WW II, he joined the Army Air Force in 1942. He married Margaret Herg in 1944 in Louisiana before being sent to the European war front. His 397th division followed General Patton's Third Army above the troops, where he was a top turret gunner in a B-26 and flew most of his 42 missions in the "Little Lady". He was promoted to Technical Sergeant with five stripes and returned home from Europe in July of 1945.

Read the rest of Joe's obituary here:


The Lockport paper reports in today's edition...

For the second time in less than a week, investigators from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department are probing a theft at a Gasport convenience store.

The manager of the Yellow Goose store at 7953 Rochester Road reported Thursday morning that several propane tanks were taken from a storage cage.

Read the full article here:

Friday, December 28, 2012


Every day the Lockport paper features Glimpses Into the Past, a look back at what happened 10, 20, 35, and 50 years ago. This was in today's installment for what happened this day in 1992:

"Gasport Elementary School secretary Betty Munson retires after 31 years of service to the district."

Whoa. That's a blast from the past! 

Do you remember Mrs. Munson from your days at the school?


If the new Smart Phone or iPad you got for Christmas is overwhelming you, relax. Help is on the way during the free Open Access session at the Royalton Hartland Community Library on Monday, January 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Open Access refers to time on a computer with a trainer, and you can take advantage of the upcoming session at the library at 9 Vernon Street in Middleport, to learn how to use just about any of the new devices out today.

In addition, you can learn how to download the free e-books from the NIOGA library system’s online service called Overdrive, and learn how to use Freegal, the free music download service.

Residents are invited to come to meet with an e-mobile trainer from the NIOGA Library System, who will be at the library to answer questions and show how to use just about any electronic device on an individual, walk-in basis.

Come with your Kindle, Nook, iPad, flash drive or other computer equipment (including your charging cords) and ask questions about them or about Overdrive and Freegal. You will be able to download items right at the session so you will know how to do it on your own.

Open Access and the NIOGA Library System’s BTOP Express E-mobile unit are funded by the New York State Library through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration in order to expand computer access in public libraries across New York.

The Royalton Hartland Community Library periodically offers sessions like Open Access and residents are encouraged to check the library’s website at for program information or you can call the library at 735-3281.


Readers interested in sharing their love for reading are invited to join the members of the Royalton Hartland Book Club at their Monday, January 14 meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

The adult members of the Royalton Hartland Book Club meet monthly to discuss a wide variety of literary selections and a variety of opinions and new members are always welcome.

This month’s book selection for discussion is “The Roots of the Olive Tree” by Courtney Miller Santo. This is a story told from many different viewpoints that highlights the joys and sorrows of family life and tradition. Santo has her characters present their view of events and each has a unique way of describing love, secrets, disappointments and the forgiveness that bind families together through time. And Santo includes a family secret that doesn’t leave anyone without something to talk about. 

Interested readers are invited to attend this month’s meeting, or any of the future meetings at the library, which are posted online at

Please call the library at 716-735-3281 with any questions or for more information.

Sunday, December 23, 2012


The Buffalo News has a great story in today's paper about 90 year-old Gasport resident Jack McQueen, who, at an age when people need meals delivered to them, is actually one of the people who deliver meals. Impressive.

As the article states...

Santa’s got nothing on Jack McQueen.

As a volunteer for the Home Delivered Meals Program, McQueen, 90, has been delivering hot meals and kinds words three times a week to homebound residents of Wilson and Ransomville for 27 years.

“He’s wonderful,” said Kara Donovan, coordinator of the program that is operated under auspices of the Niagara County Office for the Aging.

“While we have a lot of senior volunteers, he’s our oldest, and I do not believe we have had anyone else here that long,” she added. “He’s amazing.”

Read the full report here:


The Buffalo News is reporting about $1,000 worth of cigarettes -- and more -- taken during a break-in overnight Friday at the Yellow Goose store on Route 31.

Read their report here:

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Today's Lockport paper is reporting of a very special homecoming that took place in Gasport. Five-year-old Madison Marciniak was in the Royalton-Hartland Elementary School Friday when her dad, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Marciniak, made a surprise appearance there after having served a year in the Middle East.

Read the story and check out the photos of the happy family here:

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Earlier this week, the Niagara County legislature adopted its $322 million budget.The average county tax rate will increase by 1.16%. The rate varies by town and city based on each municipality’s property valuation record.

What does that mean for Gasport?

Taxpayers in Hartland will pay $7.74 per $1,000 of assessed value while Royalton taxpayers will pay $7.89.

According to, the median home value in Royalton is $105,951, meaning the median COUNTY property tax will be around $836.

That same website says Hartland homes have a median worth of $96,195, so the median COUNTY tax/household will be approximately $743.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced that $738 million has been awarded through Round Two of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

A centerpiece of the Governor's strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils were put in place in 2011 to redesign the state's approach to economic development from a top-down model to a community-based, performance-driven approach. The initiative empowers community, business, and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region's unique strengths and resources in order create jobs and support economic growth.

Among the 725 earmarks was $30,000 that will be used to conduct an engineering study of the waste water treatment plant on Bolton Road in Gasport.

Read the Governor's news release here:

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Last weekend I told Gasport birdwatchers to keep an eye out for pine siskins at their feeder. It looks like we have another winter visitor to Gasport --- the less common redpoll.

I hadn't seen redpolls in Gasport since my teen years, so we are looking at 20 years since a irruption like that which we have now. Winter in its full strength isn't upon us, yet I've had almost a dozen of these birds at my feeder this weekend.

These birds typically live where the spruces end and the tundra starts in northern Canada and sometimes they come down to the northern US when there normal foodstuff (birch, alder and willow seeds) is in low supply "north of 60".

They are very attractive, small birds with light brown and white plumage accented by red on the chest and a red topnotch (where the name redpoll comes from). They are not to be confused with the more sparrow-like house finches that frequent Gasport.

To learn about these birds go here:

To attract them to your yard, set out a feeder that has nyjer seed.

I hope you can see these delightful Canadian creatures!


Saturday's Lockport paper looked at how local police departments and school districts would be prepared if, God forbid, a Newtown-style massacre happened locally.

Here's what the paper reported about Royalton-Hartland's preparation:

Roy-Hart had a drill at the end of the year in June. The entire school was evacuated, with the middle school and high school students going to the church and the elementary children going to the fire hall for dismissal. Parents picked them up there.

Every day, there’s a lockout at the schools. The entrances are locked during the day and parents and visitors have to buzz to get permission to enter the school.

”We don’t what to have to do those things,” (Superintendent) MacDonald said. “We want to be warm and welcoming to kids and parents and community. Nobody ever thinks it can happen here.”

Read the rest of the article here:

Friday, December 14, 2012


Another Gasport-themed book that would make a great Christmas present is the recent release by retired DEC officer, former Roy-Hart wrestling coach, and former Royalton supervisor Dick Lang.

It's an easy and fun read that's a collection of adventures from his days with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Entitled "Behind The Badge: My Life as a Game Warden", the 368-page tome is described as follows:

Whoever thought conservation work could be so exciting! After 34 years as a New York State Environmental Conservation Officer, Dick Lang has more stories than could fit into any one volume. Join him as he watches a fellow officer give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a deer, runs high-speed chases after dark, moves a cougar in the patrol car, finds a skeleton in the trunk of a car, and many more fun stories. Told in Dick’s comfortable, easy-to-read style and embellished with photos and illustrations, this is a book that will appeal to all ages and is a tribute to the dedication of our Environmental Conservation Officers, regardless of which state they patrol.

You can get a signed copy for $20 from Dick Lang himself. Call him at 716.433.7748 or email him at


Back in 2010, Frederick Fierch of Middleport, in conjunction with Arcadia Publishing, released a pictorial book, Images of America: Royalton, Hartland and Middleport that features a great collection of awesome pictures highlighting our community's history. This would make a great Christmas gift for a Gaport resident on your list.

This book is available online at Barnes and Noble for $17.19 (plus taxes, shipping) at:

There are also copies available for $21.99 at Gordie Harper's Bazaar in Newfane (right at the entrance to the dining area).


If you get up before dawn this morning watch the Geminid meteor shower.

In a 30-minute period this morning I saw 25 of them.

During the morning hunt, keep your eyes trained on the northern portion of the sky from ENE to NW. The great number were viewed in the NNE.


Reporting from Verratti Farms in Gasport, WKBW news looks at how the fiscal cliff and lack of an updated Farm Bill would affect local farmers....


Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Gasport Fire Hall is having its 2nd annual New Years Eve Beach Party. Tickets are $25 per person.

This includes live music with Last Call, dinner, beer, and pop (BYO bottle). In addition to that they will have beer pong and a few other indoor games.

Dinner: pig roast, beef on weck, corn on the cob, macaroni salad and baked beans.


Today's Greater Niagara Newspapers has an article entitled: "Super likable Annable recalled with fondness"...

William A. Annable, the longest serving supervisor in Niagara County, was remembered prior to the varsity basketball game between Barker and Kendall Tuesday night and a town board meeting in Somerset.

Read the rest of the article here:

Monday, December 10, 2012


William A. Annable of Middleport entered into the Presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by his family on Thursday December 6, 2012 at his home.

Mr. Annable was born in Johnson Creek on February 10, 1931 son of the late William L. and Ruth (Costello) Annable. and he has lived in the Middleport area all of his life.

He and his wife Jeanne R.( Tamlin) Annable were married August 1, 1953 at the Hartland Baptist Church and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2003. Mr. Annable was a graduate of Royalton Hartland School in l948-Post Graduate 1949. He played on the 1948 Section VI Class B. Championship team. Mr. Annable attended the University of Buffalo 1949-1951 on a basketball scholarship. College was interrupted by the Korean War. Mr. Annable served in the US Coast Guard from l951-54 as a Hospital Corpsman Petit Officer 2nd Class. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve attaining the Rank of Lieutenant. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Teacher's Degree in l954-56.

He also served on the Niagara County Sheriff's Department in l956 and taught at Royalton Hartland as a Physical Education teacher and later he taught Health and Biology at Barker Central School for a total of 31 years retiring in l987. Mr. Annable served as President of the Barker Teacher's Union, was Athletic Director, Coached Basketball, Track, and in l972 coached the basketball team to Section V Class C. championship. Mr. Annable also served as Town of Hartland Supervisor for 34 years 1978- 2011. He was a longtime member of the Hartland Bible Church serving as Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent and was presently attending the Fellowship Community Church in Johnson Creek.

He was a member of the International Gideons, a member of American Legion Post #1253 in Gasport, was a former Chairman of the Town of Hartland Republican Party, Niagara County Republican Executive Committee and a former Chairman of the Niagara County Water District.

Mr Annable received the Niagara County Repbulican Party Liifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Mr. Annable enjoyed his family, espeically vacationing with his his family in the Adirondacks. He was happiest when he could help other people.

He was predeceased by his wife Jeanne R. Annable on December 1, 2003 and by a brother Joseph R. Annable in l934.

He is survived by his children W. Ross Annable (Audrey Jones), Jeffrey S. (Darcy) Annable and Maureen G. (Richard) Brown of all Middleport, two sisters Kaye Overbye of Connnecticut and Carol (William) Hussey of Middleport.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren and brother-in-laws James (Ann) Tamlin of Saugus, Mass., and George Tamlin of Middleport.

Friends may call Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM at the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00AM at the Fellowship Community Church, Johnson Creek Rd., Middleport where funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Floyd Finch officiating. Members of American Legion Post # 1253 of Gasport will meet at the funeral home Friday at 9:00 PM

Burial will be in Hartland Central Cemetery.

Memorials to Gideons International, P. O. Box 276, Lockport, NY 14094 or the Fellowship Community Church, Johnson Creek Rd., Middleport, NY 14105 would be appreciated by the Annable family.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Bird feeding is a great pastime that a lot of Gasport residents participate in.

One bird that locals should keep an eye out for is the pine siskin. This brown and white bird with yellow wing feathers is often confused with winter plumage goldfinches.

The siskin is a Canadian resident which, in most winters, only occasionally makes it into the northern tier states. Some years, though, there are irruptions, when, based on food supply issues, they come to the US by the hundreds of thousands. That last happened in the winter of 2008-2009. This year may be shaping up to be just like that irruption. I've seen a few large flocks on the farm already.

If you want to attract them to your yard, standard sunflower seeds might not cut it. They much prefer nyjer seeds. Nyjer seeds are on sale at the local Agway this week at 99 cents a pound. A pound of nyjer goes a long way.

Learn about siskins here:

Enjoy the birdwatching!


Today's Buffalo News is reporting that Gasport community lost one of its greatest citizens, someone who forever changed the town of Hartland for the better...

Longtime Town of Hartland Supervisor William “Bill” A. Annable died in his home Thursday after a long illness. He was 81.

His son, W. “Ross” Annable, who took over the town’s top post on Jan. 1, said his father had been under hospice care.

Mr. Annable served as Hartland supervisor from 1978 to 2011 – the longest-serving town supervisor in Niagara County history, according to his son. He retired last Dec. 31, following the November election of his son.

Read the report here:

Thursday, December 6, 2012


On Wednesday, December 19th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM there will be a free community dinner at the Middleport United Methodist Church at the corner of Park and Vernon Streets in Middleport.

They will be serving turkey casserole, salad, and dessert.

Activities will be provided for children.

All are welcome!


The Covenant United Church on Main Street in the hamlet will be having a chicken & biscuit dinner this Sunday, December 9th from noon till "all gone". Cost is $7/adult, $5/children. Take-out is available.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Melissa Holmes of Channel 2 news will be at the Always Christmas store on Thursday to interview owner Kitty Ulrich and run a story about the store as a part of WGRZ's "Unique Places" series.

Stay tuned to this blog and the Gasport Facebook page to know when the broadcast day/time will be!


Show the folks at everyone's favorite hardware store -- Standish-Jones -- a little love and "like" them on Facebook.

Their page is:

While you're at it, like their Always Christmas page, too!:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Gasport Beautification Committee's Annual Christmas Celebration for the Community Children will be this Sunday, December 9th at 4pm. The celebration will be held at the Gasport Chemical Hose Firehall on State Street.

Families can enjoy the Lighting of the Community Tree, a visit with Santa, Horse and Wagon rides, Basket Raffles, Hot Cocoa, cookies, games and Face Painting with the Girl Scouts,  and gifts for all the Children.  Come join the fun with your family and friends.


Roy-Hart’s Future Teachers Club will be reading children’s books and playing Christmas music again this year at the Royalton Hartland Community Library on Saturday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this annual event that takes place at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

Residents, and especially children, have enjoyed this free, fun holiday celebration at the library for several years. It is hosted by the members of the Future Teachers Club from the Royalton-Hartland Central High School, and the students look forward to reading to as many children as possible to local children. Band members from Roy-Hart will also be providing the holiday music during the celebration and serving holiday treats and cider.

It's a great time to spend reading, listening to live music and enjoying the spirit of the season and the aspiring future teachers from Roy-Hart hope to see lots of families and children.

For more information, please call 716-735-3281, ask at the Royalton Hartland Community Library at 9 Vernon St., Middleport NY.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


The town of Royalton has posted online their minutes from the November public hearing for the town budget (;/content/Minutes/View/215), the hearing for the special assessment roll (;/content/Minutes/View/214  ), and the regular monthly meeting (;/content/Minutes/View/216 ).


SUNY Cortland senior back Liz DeWaters -- a graduate of Royalton-Hartland -- has been selected as as an NCAA Division III third-team All-American by the web site

DeWaters started all 17 games for the Red Dragons this fall. She made two defensive saves and played a key role on a defensive unit that allowed only 24 goals and posted seven shutouts. She was also selected compete in the 2012 NFHCA Division III Senior Game and was a first-team All-State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) selection.

Cortland finished the season with a 9-8 record.


The New York State Police issued the following news release yesterday....

On November 29, 2012 the New York State Police in Lockport arrested GRACE M. INCORVAIA, age 31, of West Ave., Lockport, NY for Grand Larceny in the third degree and Forgery in the second degree, class D felonies.

On October 23, 2012 the State Police in Lockport were contacted by a Gasport resident who discovered that his 82 year old mother-in-law's checking account was being drained at a rapid rate.  The investigation revealed that INCORVAIA had forged several checks from the victim which totaled over $6,000.00.

INCORVAIA was arraigned before Town of Hartland Judge SULLIVAN was remanded to the Niagara County Jail on $2,500.00 cash bail.