Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Niagara County Safety and Crime Awareness Day will be held at Hartland Volunteer Fire Company, 8945 Ridge Road on September 6th from noon till 9:00.

They will have free food and drink and  things for all ages to do.

Among the booths:

1. Middleport Hartland and Gasport Block Club Council
2. Red Cross
3. Catholic Health will have Cholesterol and blood pressure testing for free at 2:00 PM to 6:00pm
4. Blood Drive Noon to 4:00 PM- UNTYS
5.Crusade Against Impaired Driving
6. Car Show from Noon to 8:00 PM
7. NYS Department Of Environmental Conservation (DEC)- Spill Team and Environment Conservation Officers
8. Hartland Volunteer Fire Company
9. Niagara County Haz-Mat Team
10. State Police-Rollover & Fatal plus Vision Goggles from NOON - 5:00 PM
11. State senate candidate Gia Arnold

Information tables:

1.American Lung Association
2.National Fuel- weatherization kits containing vinyl foam weather seal, window insulation kits, outlet seals, air deflectors and a large can of Great Stuff Foam
3. Dale Association
4.(Take 25) From National Center For Missing and Explored Children
5. National Crime Prevention Council

Friday, July 25, 2014


The Hartland Fire Company bike rally will be held on Saturday, August 9th at the fire hall starting at noon. There will be live music all day, food, cold beer, a bike rodeo and a burnout contest with $300 for first place. For more information call Barb Mongeon 716.308.7301

Monday, July 21, 2014


Building off of the excitement and love of community that was made evident at the town of Hartland's 200th birthday celebration in 2012, the town will be holding a special Community Day on Sunday, August 10th. The event will be held from 1:00 till 4:00 at the Hartland Town Park, just behind the Hartland Fire Hall.

There will be entertainment provided by local musicians, fresh produce from Hartland farmers and handmade crafts. As for refreshments, the snack pavilion will be open and an ice cream truck will be on-site.

Hartland residents interested in setting up a table for their produce, craft or community organization  should call the town hall at 716.735.7179.

Friday, July 18, 2014


We are sorry to report that John Schnabel, the man who was at the controls of the July 5th plane crash at the Royalton airport, passed away on Wednesday from internal injuries sustained in the crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

His obituary:

Schnabel, John Arthur; March 11, 1936-July 16, 2014; beloved husband of Karole (nee Piper) Schnabel; loving father to John (Birthe), Jeffrey (Jaime), James (Bodil), Kay Marie (Richard) Kassel and Jack (Kim) Schnabel; cherished grandfather of John, Jr., Christopher, Sarah, Adam, Michael, Mary, Maxwell, Evelyn, Caroline, William, Thomas, Joseph and Alex; son of the late John and Casimera Schnabel.

John was a 1954 Graduate of Lafayette High School, 1958 Graduate of Buffalo State College, longtime member of the West Side Rowing Club, he served for 39 years in the U.S. Military which included 4 years U.S. Navy Reserve, 13 years U.S. Marine Corps, 22 years U.S. National Guard and had 30 years service at American Airlines as a captain.

The family will be present Saturday and Sunday from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner Hopkins Road) where prayers will be offered on Monday at 9:15 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM from St. Pius X Church.

Share condolences at http://www.amigonefuneralhome.com/obituary.php?id=1402157

Thursday, July 17, 2014


The town of Royalton Highway Department will be paving Ernest Road today, between Gasport Rd and Royalton Center Rd. Anticipated opening back up around 4:00 today. During paving, the road will remain open to EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY


“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Anaya Mathis Topic of July 28 Book Club Meeting

The Royalton Hartland Book Club will discuss the plight of Hattie Shepherd, the main character of “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Anaya Mathis at their Monday, July 28 meeting at 7 p.m. at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

The story begins in 1923 when fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd leaves Georgia to go north as part of “The Great Migration” that took place between the 1910s and the 1960s. The fictional story tracks Hattie, one of the 6 million African Americans that moved north during this movement, as she settles in Philadelphia for what she hopes is a brighter future. Hattie’s hopes fade as she experiences a series of disappointments, all of which harden her resolve as well as the way she raises her children.

This Roylaton Hartland Book Club’s selection for their July meeting written by first-time author Anaya Mathias’ has been named NPR’s Best Book of the Year and a New York Times “Notable Book”.

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

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

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


This event will take place at East Amherst Fire Hall at 9100 Transit Road, beginning at 9:00.


Last year, Chris Kelley started an endeavor to restore and recreate tractors, engines and sprayers that were manufactured by Friend Mfg. Co., which once was a very large manufacturer in Gasport.

In celebration of Friend and other antique farm equipment, Chris and Becker Farms are hosting the second annual Friend Fest on August 10th, in conjunction with Becker's 120th anniversary celebration.

Among the highlights is an antique tractor ride that will lead a procession of tractors from Becker Farms to Gasport View Dairy on Mountain Road and back.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Time Warner Cable News' report on the plane crash in Royalton:



A small plane has crashed just off the runway at the Royalton Airport. First responders have been dispatched and there is one known injury at this time. As details become available they will be posted here and on our Facebook page.


A Williamsville woman was injured by a tannerite explosion on Seaman Road. Details here:


Thursday, July 3, 2014


The Erie Canal Derby, run by Gasport's Steve Harrington, began Wednesday and lasts until Sunday, July 13th.

Get out and fish the Canal and compete to win some $20,000 in cash and prizes including a boat, motor, and trailer and a $2,500 tagged fish. There are divisions for 7 fish species and two categories for each -- adult and children...making it the perfect family event. Entry fees are: 14 and under $7.00, adults $12.00, family $22.00.

For information visit: www.eriecanalderby.com

As a long time supporter of the event I can attest to Steve's passion in making the Derby an awesome one. He one's of Niagara's good guys and he really cares about using the event to highlight an underutilized fishery and to get families outdoors and kids hooked on fishing. If a kid makes a splash in the derby, he or she will be an outdoorsperson for life. I can still remember the first fish I ever caught...a northern pike in the Canal, back when I was 7 or 8 years old. I haven't stopped fishing since.