Wednesday, July 31, 2013



Many Roy-Hart alumni of years gone by will remember Mrs. Seward, a frequent substitute music teacher.

How can anyone forget her patented warm-up for the class with the call and response of...

"Hello, boys and girls!"

"Hello, Mrs. Seward!"

Well, the lovely Helen turns 90 years old and she wants to celebrate with the community! A party will be thrown for her this Sunday, August 4th from 12:30 to 3:30 at the Hartland United Methodist Church. A light lunch will be served.

If you'd like to stop by and wish Helen well, please do so. Gifts are not necessary, your presence is a perfect present for her.


Carolyn Wagner, Herb Koenig and Carolyn Hill, all retired members of the Royalton Hartland Community Library Board of Trustees, were honored for their many years of service at the Board’s Monday, July 8 meeting.

Back in 1978 when Herb Koenig became a Library Trustee, the Royalton Hartland Community Library was smaller, had fewer patrons, a different name and used paper library cards. On Monday, July 8, the current Board of Trustees presented Herb Koenig, Carolyn Wagner and Carolyn Hill plaques in honor of their dedicated service to the library through many years and many changes.

Dr. Koenig, or Herb as so many people know him, has been a Trustee for 35 years. Over that time he has witnessed the library transform to its present day level of services that include modern technology to accommodate the changing needs of patrons. “Our library is a top-notch media and literacy center for the whole Royalton Hartland community,” says Koenig. “I am proud that it has grown and expanded, and my hope is that even more people in our community will come to know the gem that we have here.”

Known locally for his many travels all over the world, Koenig says that the library is “the one place that you can travel to any place you would like to go. I also found it enjoyable and interesting to meet, work with and get to know the different people in the community while I served on the Board,” he adds.

Carolyn Wagner joined the Board in 1985 and assumed the office of President until July 2012. Wagner says her greatest accomplishment was the successful library budget vote that provided a means for community-based funding for the library, as well as the establishment of an Endowment Fund, efforts to keep up with technology; community-based programming (summer reading programs, plays, etc.) and having a great staff at the library to make all feel welcome when visiting the library.

“What I enjoyed most about the library is the services offered, the welcoming nature of the staff, programs they offer to the community and most importantly the great group of library staff and board members that I had the pleasure of working with throughout the many years I was on the board,” says Wagner who now sits in the audience at the meetings like a proud mama watching how well the current Board members serve the library.

Carolyn Hill joined the Board in 1996, taking over as secretary at that time. “This library is a jewel in our community with its many services and programs for all ages.  I have seen this organization grow and expand over the years, and I am very proud of it,” she adds.

Like Carolyn Wagner, Hill says she now enjoys attending Board meetings as a member of the interested public. 

Plaques presented by the Library Board’s current President Ken Belfield to all three former Board members after the Board’s July 8 meeting featured a photo of the library encased in glass with a message expressing appreciation for long and faithful service to the Royalton Hartland Community Library.

For Board meeting minutes, library news or information about any of its programs visit or call the Royalton Hartland Community Library at 735-3281.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


The Sheriff's Department is reporting the following for today...

Alert / Warning Transportation - Roadway Disruption or Delay


Issued By: Niagara County Sheriff's Office

Affected Jurisdictions: Niagara County

Headline: Road Closure Bunker Hill Rd for 7/30/2013

Bunker Hill Rd will be closed from Royalton-Center Rd to Gasport Rd on 7/30/2013 until approximately 5 p.m.

Use an alternate route the road will be closed to thru traffic.


The Niagara Gazette is reporting today that the Sheriff's department is investigating a bag of bones found under an Emerson Place porch..

Friday, July 12, 2013


Last night the Hartland town board approved a change of garbage haulers from Allied to Waste Management. Out of this change, town residents will follow the same wheeled-cart recycling system adopted earlier this year by Royalton.

Read about the town's decision here:

Thursday, July 11, 2013


With the closing of the Niagara County landfill, local residents have been calling the Royalton Town Hall with inquiries about what they should do. Town Supervisor Jennifer Bieber shares these tips...

Electronic waste can go to The Can Stand in Middleport, on the South side of Route 31, just West of the drive in.

As for air conditioners and refrigerators, residents need to consult the yellow pages for refrigeration places. There is a charge of usually between 20-25 dollars for them to take it. There was a charge at the Niagara County landfill as well. They can also check the local scrap yards to see if they will take those items.

Dead animals, such as dogs, could be taken to Modern disposal. The county used to charge 21.00 for this service. Modern does charge 55.00.


Just as the the local papers did just a few days ago, the TV news station YNN looked at the impact that the wet weather has had on the Gasport farming economy...

Monday, July 8, 2013


The wet weather of this spring and summer has likely put a damper on some of your plans. But, what about the folks whose livelihood depends on good weather? The Greater Niagara Newspapers looks at the impact that the rain has had on local farms, including Gasport's farms: New Royal, Schwab, Harris and Beckers...

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Kudos to the volunteers who organized the Royalton Fourth of July and to all the folks who gave their time and money to make it a success. Another great job!

With a toddler in tow, I didn't get to see the fireworks up close and personal. But I could still watch them 3 miles away at my home. They were awesome...and, once again, they rivaled other local displays!!

Some families were mad over the late start to the parade and other events, but realize this was a great decision with great results. They did this because last year's event saw a lot of riff-raff from out of town 2012 there was one fight of dozens of people at the back of the park and, at the front of the park, a pregnant woman was punched.

This year's late start seemed to keep the bad seeds away. I heard but one fight call on the police scanner and that was roadside at Mountain Road, well away from the main event.

So, by starting later --- and managing parking as they did -- they were able to keep this a family friendly event and guarantee that it's an event that will grace our community for years to come, continuing to make great memories for young and old alike.

If you see Jeff Brown and his army of volunteers out and about, thank them for their awesomeness!!


The blogger "The Dish on Parenting" has posted on YouTube a 22-minute video of the great fireworks display put on by the volunteers behind the Royalton Fourth of July celebration....

Monday, July 1, 2013


"Moondogs" will be replacing "Last Call" as entertainment at the Royalton Fourth of July.


Your children can really dig reading this summer, thanks to the Summer Reading Program at the Royalton Hartland Community Library. The six-week-long program offers children in two age categories fun things to do and see this summer, but they will learn a lot too.

This summer’s theme is “Dig Into Reading” and every Thursday will feature activities for elementary aged children and story hours for the preschoolers with reading selections that uncover the wonders of the world around us. All programs take place at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

Program Fun and Activities for Children Grades K-4

Kids love dinosaurs and they will dig them even more after the first program entitled Digging Dinos that takes place on July 11 at  2 p.m. Folks from the Buffalo Museum of Science will be at the library to show off some real finds from ages ago.

The following Thursday, July 18, will have the kids rocking when Buffalo and Brandy are at the library with a Dig Into Reading musical performance. On July 25, the Buffalo Zoo will be Digging Animals when they come to visit. August 1, Rick Merritt will be digging into the tasty science of bubblegum and ice cream. The digging continues on August 8 as Pete the Pirate talks about digging for treasure.

The K-4 Summer Program ends August 15 when the Wondermakers, an interactive story theater group from Buffalo, close with their rendition of “I Dig Stories”.  All of the library’s K-4 programs are at 2 p.m. and are about an hour long

Story Hours For Ages 2 - 6

All Summer Story Hours for children 2 - 6 years of age will be offered weekly beginning on Thursday, July 11 through Thursday, August 15 at 11:30 a.m. As dinosaurs are very popular with younger children too, the first program is entitled Dinosaurs Dig.

Future programs include Excavators Dig on July 18; Who’s Digging in My Yard on July 25; Dig, Plant, Grow on August 1; Buried Treasure will be told August 8; followed by Digging for Gold on August 15.

These programs, funded by a Grigg-Lewis Foundation Grant and sponsored by the NIOGA Library System, promise to be fun as well as educational. Both children and their families are encouraged to attend.

The Royalton Hartland Community Library provides residents a wide variety of programs and materials that can be found on the library’s website at . For more information or to register, call the library at 735-3281.


There are just a few days to go to Royalton's annual celebration of the independence of the United States.

Here's the schedule....

4 pm: Park opens

4 pm: Parking opens

5 pm: Parade starts at Hartland Bible Church on West Ave. Gasport,  ends at the Ravine Park

4:00-11 pm PARK YOUR CAR AT THE FIRE HALLS.  There will be buses from Gasport Fire Hall and Terry's Corners Fire Hall to and from the Park

5 - 7 pm: Dixie Land Band

6 - 830 pm: Kids Games

7 - 8:30 pm: Moondogs Band

8:30-10 pm: Jonsie Band

10 pm: Fireworks

Enjoy the festivities!

A big THANK YOU to all the organizers and sponsors who make this possible!