Sunday, December 7, 2014


Are you racking your brain trying to figure out what to get a loved one for Christmas?

I suggest these books steeped in Gasport history....

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 book is available online at Barnes and Noble for $16.99 (plus taxes, shipping) at:

Another Gasport-themed book that would make a great Christmas present is the 2012 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 find copies of this book for $17.28 on Amazon:

Another excellent book is 2003's "Gasport Girl." It's an enjoyable read and I strongly suggest Gasport residents get a copy to get a feel for the village's history during the World War II era.

The book is a memoir of sorts by Jean Lang who used to write for the Henrietta (NY) Post. She gives accounts of the summers and holidays of her youth that were spent with her grandparents in Gasport.

This book is getting difficult to find. It is no longer available online through Trafford Books. Your best bet is to check out local bookshops or antique shops in hopes of stumbling on one. Also, peridoically check eBay.