Monday, January 29, 2018

A new super at Roy-Hart

Henry "Hank" Stopinski, currently the founding principal and head of schools at Health Sciences Charter Schools in Buffalo, has been chosen by the school board to be Roy Hart's next superintendent.

Here's the US&J's story:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gasport food pantry this Saturday

The Gasport food pantry will be serving the public this Saturday, January 27th...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Gasport Fire 2018 Raffle

Gasport Chemical Hose is having their annual raffle on Saturday, February 17th from 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM at the Gasport fire hall. Food is served until 4:30 and the drawings are completed by 5:00.

Tickets are $25 each. To buy one, see any Gasport firefighter. Tickets also can be purchased at Drum Oil. Bell jar tickets will also be available during the raffle. Need not to be present to win. There will also be side raffles too. Come out and support the fully-volunteer Gasport Fire Company.

For more information or a complete list of terms and conditions, please contact the Gasport Fire Hall at 716.772.7751.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Gasport couple hurt in Florida

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the Gasport residents who were seriously hurt in Friday's motorcycle crash in East Manatee Florida -- Roger Grapes and Ilene Grapes.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, their motorcyle failed to negotiate a left curve and struck the guardrail on the east side of the roadway. The driver and passenger were separated from the motorcycle on impact.

Read more here:

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12th activities at Roy-Hart

All after-school activities scheduled for Friday, January 12th at Roy-Hart have been cancelled in anticipation of the winter storm.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The 2018 Les Washbon Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications. Applications are due by April 30th, 2018.

The Les Washbon Memorial Scholarship (LWMS) is presented annually to one active Junior Firefighter who is pursuing an advanced education degree and who exhibits the qualities and traits of former Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fireman, Lester Washbon.

This scholarship will serve as a constant reminder and remembrance of one of Terry’s Corners’ fallen volunteers.

The candidate must be an active Junior Firefighter in one of the following Western New York companies to qualify: Barker, Gasport, Hartland, Middleport, Newfane, Rapids, South Lockport, Terry’s Corners, Wolcottsville, and Wrights Corners.

Candidate must be between the ages of 16-21 to qualify and must plan to pursue or be currently enrolled in a higher education program.

The application can be downloaded here:

Mail it to:

Les Washbon Memorial Scholarship
Attn: Karen Washbon
9626 Martin Rd.
Clarence Center, NY 14032

Each year, one winner will be selected by the committee and the winner and one guest will be invited to attend the Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company installation dinner in late October. An annual award of $500 will be presented at that time and the winner’s name will be engraved on the Les Washbon Memorial Scholarship plaque which will be prominently and permanently displayed at the Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company recreation hall.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A thank you from the Seibs

In late-November, a fire destroyed the home of the Seibs, a beloved local family. Since then, many people have donated money, supplies, time, and support to them. One way in which people donated was through the online giving website, Through that website the Seibs issued this heartfelt letter of thanks....

Dear Friends and Family,

We hope you enjoyed your holidays. We apologize that our thanks has taken so long to arrive. We have simply been trying to adjust emotionally to our loss and dealing with everything related to the fire. Our most valuable time has been spent helping our family heal and in comforting our children in ways we never imagined we would have to. Losing our home, belongings, and memories has been devastating.

Not only did we lose our house, our farm office was located in our home, as well. And as many of you know, the cows don't wait for the work to be done.

Having the fire so close to Christmas, was very difficult for our family, too. The day of the fire, there were so many people who showed up. We were in shock, but for the most part, recall many of those who were there to serve us. What I (Lorna) remember looking around that day and noticing was simply, what a huge family we have -- former students and friends serving as firefighters; our families, best friends, Roy-Hart and church families, and neighbors. They were all willingly, unselfishly, serving and comforting us.

My biggest concern the day of the fire was for my husband, children, the dog, and that none of the firefighters would get hurt. I had a peace that passes understanding. Along with the greatest comfort from my rock Doug, our children, and our wonderful families, I personally felt so safe in the hands of my brother Randy and my sister Cynthia, who gently filled in for Doug and for me that day, and for many that followed.

Our family would like to thank you so much for coming alongside of us and showing your support through encouragement, gifts, and time. Thank you so much for the meals, cookies, and chocolate, too! The love we have been shown is remarkable and will be cherished forever.

You may have heard us share this already, but Doug and I have had such a difficult time processing all of the kindnesses that we have been lavished with, and are overwhelmed by such goodness.

Our endless gratitude goes out to the firefighters who spared the rest of the buildings and barns at our farm. There is not enough time in life to extend our gratitude to everyone.

The way we have seen God work through our circumstance and the magnitude and glimpses of His might, leave us as a family simply in greater awe of Him.

Through this all, we know that there is no greater way for our family to live what we believe, than through trials. Even though there are still many, rough days ahead, He always, always sustains us and we have joy.

The following is one of the verses that Doug and I have on our farm shirts. We have seen our wonderful community live out this scripture on our behalf, to the utmost. "My little children, let us not live in word or tongue, but in deed." I John 3:18

The night of the fire, Doug, the kids, and I went into the camper and prayed. We thanked God for how He had spared us. Our "home"(family) was present with us; that is what mattered, the most.

Thank you once again.

Love, Doug and Lorna, Eliza, Ella, & Lucaiah

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Roy-Hart super search down to 3 finalists

The Royalton-Hartland Central School District Board of Education has selected three candidates to continue the interview process for their Superintendent of Schools position which will soon be available due to the pending retirement of Dr. Roger Klatt.

The three finalists are: Scott E. Payne, Superintendent of Schools at Pine Valley CSD; Dr. Taweepon Siminski, Director of Educational Services at Akron CSD, and Dr. Henry J. Stopinski, Founding Principal of the Health Sciences Charter School, Buffalo.

On Monday, January 8, Tuesday, January 9 and Wednesday, January 10, 2018 each finalist will meet all day with various stakeholder groups (teachers, parents, boosters, students, support staff, and administrators) who will interview and provide the Board of Education with critical feedback regarding each candidate.

Community sessions with similar opportunities for input are scheduled for the same dates from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the High School Media Center. One candidate will be available each evening of the aforementioned dates to discuss their qualifications and respond to questions from the community.

The Board of Education strongly encourages the community's participation in the search process. Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Clark Godshall at (716) 731-6800, Ext. 2201.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Roy-Hart looking for building and grounds manager

Do you know someone who is handy and has good supervisory and organizational skills? Royalton-Hartland is looking for a superintendent of school buildings and grounds -- someone who can do the repairs and maintenance that are necessary while overseeing those who will assist him.

Salary is competitive and based on experience. Anticipated start date is March 2018. Send resume and letter of interest by January 12, 2018 to: Dr. Roger Klatt, 54 State Street, Middleport, NY 14105.

You can download the school's job posting here: