Friday, March 5, 2021

RH Class of 2022 fundraiser

Are you ready for Spring? The RH Junior Class of 2022 is offering a Spring Bulb Flower Fundraiser to purchase your springtime favorites - Lily, Hyacinth, Tulip, Daffodils and more!

Sponsored by Medina's Creekside Floral, bulbs will come with a 3"-5" growth start on March 29, 2021. If you are interested in supporting the Junior Class of 2022, please reach out to Mrs. Zglinicki ( or Mr. Sweeney (!

Orders Due: March 12, 2021

Checks Made Payable To: RH Student Activities


Saturday, February 20, 2021

Snowmobile rest stop

 If you are snowmobiling the trails in Gasport this weekend, make a pit stop at Terry's Corners fire hall. Warm up, fill your belly and support our local volunteer fire department

Dom Ciliberto tackles Lockport's Tuscarora Club

Gasport resident and Roy-Hart alumnus Dominic Ciliberto continues his redevelopment of properties in eastern Niagara County. His newest project: The former Tuscarora Club in Lockport:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Spaghetti dinner: February 16

Solid Rock Church at 8590 Rochester Rd. Gasport is holding its monthly takeout spaghetti dinner today -- Tuesday, February 16 -- from 4 until 7. Benefits the 2021 Salt & Light Festival. Cost is a donation amount of your choosing. Dinner includes: Spaghetti & Meatballs/Sausage, salad with dressing, roll/bread & butter, dessert.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Public hearings in Hartland

The Town of Hartland planning board will hold public hearings on Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 PM at the town hall to consider:

1) An application by Christopher Kushner to operate an agricultural equipment repair shop at 3320 Mill Road

2) An application by Susan Hetrick to operate a message therapy business at 7397 Ridge Road

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Portion of Slayton Settlement Rd. to close next week


Niagara County Legislator Mike Hill today announced that Slayton Settlement Road, just west of Quaker Road in Gasport, will be closed for one week, beginning February 15 for bridge construction work. A detour will be in place for the duration of the shutdown.

“This is the first of three separate times the road will need be closed for this project,” said Hill. “The next anticipated closure would be in late spring.”

According to Niagara County Public Works Commissioner Garret Meal, the Slayton Settlement bridge work consists of placing a 20 foot wide precast concrete arch within the deteriorated metal structure of the bridge and grouting the annular space. Edbauer Construction has completed the placement of the concrete inside the culvert that is required to set the large pre-cast concrete arch units. Now, a crane must be used to put the pre-cast in place, necessitating the road closure.

Mike Hill responds

Yesterday's Lockport paper featured an interview with Niagara County legislator Mike Hill in response to the primary challenge he will be facing this year

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Relief funds for towns


Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Erie and Niagara Counties will receive over $792 million in estimated federal disaster relief under the American Rescue Plan. The newly released data is provided by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is overseeing the state and local aid component of the bill.

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan provides $350 billion for state and local governments with 60% dedicated to states and 40% for localities. Local governments nationwide will receive $130.2 billion divided evenly between cities, using a modified Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) formula, and counties based on population numbers.

New York State is estimated to receive $12.665 billion directly and New York municipalities are slated to receive an additional $10.64 billion.

Under the "no overlap" model...

Niagara County gets $41,000,000
The town of Hartland gets $738,748
The town of Royalton gets $1,387,879

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Canal season won't be cut


Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Canal Corporation was looking at cutting the length and timing of the navigation season, quite dramatically, on the Erie Canal.

Today, Gil Quiniones, the president and CEO of NYPA (and the Canal system) sent this message to Canal stakeholders:

“The New York State Canal system has been, and continues to be, a significant driver of economic development for upstate communities and a valuable resource for recreation. As the 2021 navigation season approaches, the Canal Corporation is actively engaging with a wide range of local stakeholders across New York who rely on the waterway to identify their needs.

The Canal Corporation is also assessing and addressing portions of the system’s aging infrastructure. These projects include undertaking efforts to optimize operation of the locks and lift bridges based on usage data when the Canal system opens this spring. As in previous years, the Canal system is projected to operate mid-May through mid-October and no changes are expected to the normal hours of operation.

In addition, New York State’s iconic Erie Canal is not being renamed. The Erie Canal will remain the Erie Canal just as it has been for two centuries.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Ram shout-outs


Erie Canal season facing cuts

The Erie Canal might not open until Memorial Day and could close as early as mid-September. Operating hours could be reduced from 15 hours a day to 10.

Superintendent's message about school sports

Roy-Hart Families,

As you may be aware, New York State has given approval for local health departments and athletic leagues to make determinations on moderate and high risk sports.  At this time all sports in our region have received approval to begin their season, with the exception of wrestling which is postponed to May 10.

Please understand that the move to allow moderate and high risk sports, especially those that take place indoors, required much deliberation and consideration by local health departments, educational leaders, and athletic league representatives.  

Section VI, our section’s athletic league, made the determination to allow for moderate to high risk sports for our student-athletes.  However, they also decided that moderate and high risk indoor sports would proceed without spectators.

The decision to start the season not allowing spectators for indoor events is due to many factors, which include:

Concern of Spread.   Everyday we are doing our best to mitigate the spread in our school community.  Thankfully, due to physical distancing and mask wearing, we are not seeing spread within our schools.  However, opening up indoor sports certainly creates an additional risk, which we will monitor closely.

Resources.    As a district we have expended, and continue to expend, an extraordinary amount of financial and human resources just to keep our doors open to educate our children.  This is particularly true with respect to the added costs of cleaning and disinfecting products and the additional cleaners we have added to our staff.

Section VI will reevaluate permitting spectators on February 22.  It is very important that we first make sure moderate and high risk indoor sports can operate for our student-athletes, prior to introducing spectators.

On a related note, we plan to Livestream some of our athletic contests so our families can enjoy watching their children compete.


Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools

Monday, February 1, 2021

Beast of Burden is a "no go"


The Beast of Burden marathon was supposed to happen on the Canalway Trail in Gasport this weekend. That's no longer the case. Here's part of their message on their Facebook page...

We recently received notification from the New York State Canal Corporation that our application to use the Erie Canal Towpath for the Winter Beast is not approved.

Our contact sent us the following response:

“With consideration of the current coronavirus infection rate and out of an abundance of caution, the Canal Corporation respectfully denies your request at this time.”

Given this response, we have made the difficult decision to once again convert the Winter Beast of Burden race to a Virtual Race experience.

Roy-Hart is developing its mission and vision

Monday, January 18, 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021

Sheriff's report: Greek Cuisine

On January 15th, 2021 at 06:51 Hours, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a fire at the Greek Cuisine Restaurant located at 7790 Ridge Road in the Town of Hartland. Niagara County Sheriff's Deputies responded and confirmed an active fire in the kitchen area and that the building's fire suppression system was engaged. The fire was subsequently extinguished by members of the Gasport, Hartland and Wright's Corners Volunteer Fire Companies who also responded to the scene. The building additionally sustained heavy smoke damage throughout due to the fire. The restaurant was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and an estimated value of loss is not available at this time. Investigation by the Niagara County Origin and Cause Team is continuing.

Greek Cuisine update


Standish Jones cute baby contest


Fire at Greek Cuisine

There's a fire call taking place at Greek Cuisine right now. Gasport, Hartland and Wright's Corners have been dispatched for a working kitchen fire. This is sad. It hasn't been easy for those ladies...opening a new business in the Covid crisis was tough enough, now this 🙁

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Hartland Highway has Covid response plan

New this year in the town of Hartland is a COVID-19 emergency plan which will be implemented should the highway department be “overrun” with the virus.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Jack McQueen has passed away

Jack McQueen lived a life of exemplary service and good citizenship. RIP.

Jack M. McQueen, age 98, entered peacefully into rest on January 4, 2021 in Lockport, NY. He was born September 3, 1922 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Melvin and Eva (Maddick) McQueen and had lived in this area for most of his life. Jack was a proud US Army Veteran of WWII, 28th Infantry Division, having received the following commendations for his service: European African Middle Eastern Co. 42 Battle Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Sharpshooter Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the NY Conspicuous Service Crest and the France Medal of Honor. Jack was a member and former Commander of the Gasport American Legion Post 1253, Boys State Coordinator, and proudly placed flags on cemetery graves for Memorial Day.

Jack was a US rural letter carrier for 35 years. He was also a lifelong active member of the Hartland United Methodist Church. Jack was a member of the Hartland Historical Society and Johnson Creek Senior Citizens and enjoyed square dancing with his wife. Helping others was a way of life for Jack. Through his years of service, he received the Niagara County Senior Volunteer Award, Niagara County Office of the Aging Volunteer of the Year Award, the Niagara County Unsung Hero Award, and volunteered for the Niagara County Office of the Aging Home Delivered Meals program for 33 years until the age of 95 ½. Jack was also an avid hunter, an excellent carpenter, handyman and baker.

Mr. McQueen was predeceased by his wife Lillian (1992), whom he married on 12/9/1943; a son Peter; brothers: Harry and Donald McQueen, sister: Leone Dolphin and granddaughter Michelle. He is survived by his children: Connie McQueen-Dove, Raymond McQueen, Robert (Judy) McQueen, Larry McQueen, and daughter-in-law: Rosemary McQueen. Grandpa will be sadly missed by Anissa, Sarah, Scott, Lindy, Jill, Jeff, Abigail, Jackie, Heather, David, Ryan, Rachele, Lauren and 13 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. Jack will always be remembered for his smile, kind, caring and helpful ways.

A celebration of Jack’s life will take place at a later date. Interment will be in Hartland Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gasport American Legion Post 1253 or the Niagara County Office of the Aging Home Delivered Meals Program. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sherrie Bream Funeral Home Gasport.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Agriculture Foundation launches

The new Royalton-Hartland Agriculture Foundation kicks off 2021 with a board of directors committed to providing investment and resources for innovative approaches to agriculture education, meeting needs of the Royalton-Hartland School District and the regional agricultural community.

Working cooperatively with the district, the RHAF plans to strengthen relationships with community leaders and businesses, increase leadership and character development opportunities for students, create a speakers bureau, arrange field trips for students and teachers, explore apprenticeship and job shadowing programs, and convene important conversations between the district and the community, said Mike Landers, president of the new foundation.

“The RHAF is separate from the district’s Board of Education,” Landers explained. “We believe we can bring countless opportunities to help the district, educators, administrators, students, parents and community. Our foundation is not responsible for any portion of the district’s budget.”

Joining Landers (Howell Motors) on the board include: Bob Confer (Confer Plastics), Dan Conley (USI Insurance Services), Mike Drum (Drum Oil & Propane), Steve Giroux (Middleport Family Health), Bob Masse (Frontier Airlines), Carisa Masse (JFK Middle School), Jeremy Silsby (Silsby Settlement Farms), Debi Sweeney (Maple View Dairy Farm) and John Sweeney (Maple View Dairy Farm). Non-voting members include Dr. Hank Stopinski, district superintendent, and Matthew Sweeney, Roy-Hart High School agriculture teacher.

A primary goal of the Foundation is to invest in creative educational programs and projects that have a significant positive impact on the lives of the students and families served. Beyond fund development, the RHAF seeks to provide networking opportunities, build relationships with stakeholder groups and the private sector, and offer culturally relevant information and training.

“In this unprecedented time for education, due to the pandemic and a reduction in state contracts, it is heartening that these high-profile community leaders are rallying others to learn about the exciting agriculture initiatives and programs in our schools,” Stopinski said. “Their leadership is gratifying to our school board, teachers and staff. The district looks forward to working with the Foundation to build a strong Agriculture Center of Excellence in the coming years.”

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Gym coming to Gasport

Coming to Gasport March 1st is Dinger Nation: batting cage and mound rentals, a membership gym, youth athletic training, gym classes and access to a personal trainer. Here's their Facebook page: