Saturday, June 27, 2020

July 4 chicken BBQ

Words for Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020:

You've lived history. Now, make history. In so many ways, 2020 has shown why leadership matters. Aspire to be the best example possible for your peers, workplace, family, and community. Be wise, prepared, impactful, sacrificing and, above all, loving.

No Covid at the Absolut

The Absolut of Gasport has managed the crisis quite fatalities, no positives...rarities in the Covid crisis:

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Roy-Hart grad time change

Due to a projected hazardous weather situation on Saturday morning, a decision has been made to move the graduation ceremony to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. This decision was made with the safety of our students and community members in mind.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Gasport burglars busted

Canal to open

The New York State Canal Corporation announced today that portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. for the 2020 navigation season.

The hours for the Gasport lift bridge are 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM beginning June 26th. The hours change to 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM starting September 17th.

The Canal system is scheduled to close to navigation on October 14, 2020.

Grandma's Attic 2020

The annual Grandma's Attic Sale will take place this weekend at Covenant UCC on Main Street in Gasport. After three months of preparation they have the best and biggest sale ever. Friday 6/26 9-5 and Saturday 6/27 9-2 with a bag sale and half price all day Saturday. There will also be a bake sale and a candy sale and lunch specials both days. Mask must be worn.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Victor Wainwright and the Train hit #1

The latest album by Victor Wainwright and the Train -- featuring Gasport's own Pat Harrington on guitar -- is Number One on Billboard's Top US Blues Albums list.

Class of 2020

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Hartland statement on Rec Program

Dear Town of Hartland Residents:

After much consideration, due to emergency orders it is necessary to cancel our Children's Recreation Program for this summer. It is with much regret that this decision has been made. However it is necessary for the health and well being of the community as a whole.

Our recreation committee and staff look forward to when we can all be together with the children again.

Please stay healthy and safe

School district candidates

The school district website has expanded bios and statements from all the school board candidates:

Roy-Hart garduation plan

School board candidates

The US&J looks at the candidates running for Roy-Hart school board:

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Trautman is SkillsUSA NYS President

Alayna Trautman, a junior at Royalton Hartland High School and an Electricity/Electronic student at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, has been named the New York State SkillsUSA President. Orleans/Niagara BOCES has not had a NYS president for many years. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel by empowering them to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

Upon learning the news of being NYS SkillsUSA President, Alayna says she was very emotional and excited. “This will be a great opportunity to be able to network with other state and national leaders. I really could not have done this without my great Electricity and Electronics teacher, Mr. Bill Leggett. He challenges me every day and is always there for me. I am also fortunate to have great classmates and wonderful SkillsUSA advisors: Mrs. Sarah Ivory and Mrs. Anne Carnahan who have supported me 100% and spent countless hours running me through mock interviews and helping me to settle my nerves.”

People would describe Alayna as dependable, committed, dedicated and reliable. “I am a member of the Buffalo Skating Club where I serve as the Treasurer for the Junior Board and volunteer with Learn to Skate at Cornerstone Arena in Lockport,” she says. “I work at Pool Mart in Lockport and my family owns a Christmas tree farm. I have been a member of the American Legion Post #1593 for 16 years and Girls Scouts Troop #70257 for the past 11 years. I will be completing my Gold project this school year. My commitment to figure skating has afforded me the opportunity to represent New York State in the State Games of America in both 2017 and 2019, by medaling at the NYS Empire State Games every year since 2015. Prior to figure skating I danced for Sylvia’s School of Dance for 10 years, that commitment allowed me a place on the dance team where I was able to perform at Walt Disney World Orlando’s Boardwalk in April of 2017.”

Being named President of the New York State SkillsUSA organization is one of the highest honors a student can achieve as they represent the state on a national level. Alayna was chosen for her dedication to the organization, excellent communication skills, her display of professionalism, her ability to work well as part of a team, her sense of responsibility and the way she represents Orleans/Niagara BOCES in different situations. She says, “A good leader communicates clearly delegates, has a positive attitude, displays confidence and is creative.” At Orleans/Niagara BOCES, she was elected to serve as the chapter’s SkillsUSA Officer Vice President by her peers, teachers and principal. Alayna vows to be a great leader and live by the Skills USA Motto, “Preparing for Leadership in the World of Work”. “We have all been impacted by the current health pandemic surrounding COVID-19, as the future workforce of America we must remain on track to fill the essential careers that support the American economy,” she says. “This crisis has quickly taught us the values of our SkillsUSA framework of being flexible, adaptable, organized, self-motivated, to communicate clearly, and most importantly computer and technology literacy. My goal as your New York State SkillsUSA President is to ensure that we are confident and prepared to meet America’s need.”

When asked why career and technical education she says, “Career and technical education is a great opportunity to gain skills, make new friends and prepare for college and/or a career. It has been a great opportunity for me in helping me achieve my goals.”

Alayna is the daughter of Anedda and Don Trautman. Her future goals are to be gainfully employed in the skilled trades field of electricity. She is exploring attending a two-year technical school or a four-year university after graduation next year. Her ultimate goal is to own her own contracting company.

Roy-Hart's budget proposal

The Royalton-Hartland school district is seeking voters' approval of its 2020-2021 budget, which drives a 2.2% ($230,000) increase in the property tax levy.

The $27.3 million budget projects a $1.1 million increase in year-over-year spending. District Superintendent Henry Stopinski attributed more than half of the increase, $600,000, to the district's renewed student transportation contract.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

May 2020 rain totals

The month of May saw precipitation during 13 days in Gasport.

3 of those saw only a trace.

The wettest days were:

30th: 0.45"
15th: 0.4"
17th: 0.35"

The total for the month was only 2.25".