Thursday, June 24, 2021

Roy-Hart baseball to play in B2 final

This is shaping up to be a classic game and a memorable one for the young men: Roy-Hart takes on neighboring Medina this Saturday in the B2 championship game. Imagine playing this game and then hurrying to your graduation!

Salt and Light 2021


Update on solar moratorium

The Lockport town board advanced a proposed six-month moratorium on large solar energy projects. The moratorium now excludes the Slayton Settlement Road solar project

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Mr. Porter has passed away


Mr. Porter passed away 104 years of age!

He was a teacher, principal, and superintendent in our district.


Charles H. Porter, age 104, died June 20, 2021, in the care of his loving family at his home in Gasport, NY.

Charles was a 1935 graduate of Gasport High School, a 1940 graduate of Cornell University, and a 1956 graduate of the University of Buffalo. While he worked initially at Harrison Radiator and then as a sales manager at International Harvester, his career was primarily spent as an educator. He taught Agriculture and Chemistry at Castile and Perry High School and at Royalton-Hartland High School, where subsequently he became the Principal and ultimately the Superintendent, a position he held for 22 years, retiring in 1978. Charles was a member of the Middleport Rotary Club and the Gasport Masonic Lodge, as well as several professional organizations including the American Association of School Administrators and the New York State Superintendents Association. He also attended Holy Cross Lutheran church for the majority of his adult life.

Charles was happily married for more than 50 years to his wife, Jean (Hasler), formerly of Buffalo, who predeceased him in 1998. He was also predeceased by his brothers John Porter, formerly of Millbrook, and Robert Porter, formerly of Lockport.

He is survived by his son Charles H. (Nora) Porter II of Poughkeepsie, his granddaughters Katharine (Derrick) Darling of Gasport, and Elizabeth (Peter Richmond) Porter of Newton, MA, and his great grandchildren Emma Richmond, Karl Darling, Thomas Richmond, and Grace Darling, as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Food pantry distribution


Gasport Fly-In Breakfast

Thank you to Jesse Bieber for sharing this news on the Memories of Royalton, Gasport and Middleport Facebook page.

The Gasport Fly In Breakfast Returns!

Sunday, June 27 will mark the 25th year for the Gasport Mason’s famous Fly-In Breakfast. Last year we were “Covid-ed out”, but we are back!!

Every year, rain or shine, we are at the Royalton Airport. The airport is at Dale and Mackey Roads, a mile south of Gasport. Watch for the signs. Yes, every year we have a few pilots who fly in to the airport. But most of our breakfast lovers come in by automobile. You can also come by motorcycle, bicycle or horseback. It is a beautiful country location.

The breakfast features delicious pancakes (all you can eat), Kreher’s Family Farms fresh eggs, sausage, and blueberry topping if you desire it. Coffee, milk, chocolate milk and juice are also available. This is all for $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for under 12 years of age. Those under 4 years are free. We will be serving from 8 AM until noon so you can make your church services before or after. Bring the family.

The Gasport Order of the Eastern Star will again have their popular baked food items available for sale.

The event is sponsored by the Gasport Masons to benefit their scholarship program at Royalton-Hartland High School.

No advance tickets are needed, just drop by at the airport. Free parking!

Contact Nathan Herendeen, 716-622-0771 for more information.

Soccer clinic


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Maggie's Kitchen closing


I heard on WLVL this morning that Maggie's Kitchen in Gasport is closing in the next week or so. WLVL also reported that Billy's Beef and the food truck will remain in operation.

Maggie's Kitchen opened in early March 2020, just days before the whole world changed. It has not been kind to them: pandemic restrictions, dramatically increased food costs, labor shortages. In a different "era" they would have flourished, especially with such good food and happy service.

My heart goes out to Billy & Mary Anne.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Port's changes hands

From Port's Pizza's Facebook page..

Some of you may know our story, some of you may not. In February of 2019, after months and months of planning, my former business partner Shaun Burke and I (Joe Mangiafesto) opened Ports Pizza & Subs. I own and operate JFM Property Services and Shaun worked for a local construction company. We weathered a wild first year working both jobs and fortunately for Shaun, an opportunity came for him to branch out with his own general contracting company, Cavlee Development. In January of 2020, I took over as sole owner of Ports. As business continues to grow, it’s becoming more and more difficult to own and operate both businesses. With that being said, I decided to sell the pizza shop. Two of our awesome employees decided they wanted to take advantage of the opportunity! Familiar faces, Josh Carnes and Danny Dietz have taken over as owners of Ports Pizza & Subs! The transition happened in the beginning of May and you probably didn’t even notice. That was their goal, to keep everything the same as you’re used to with a couple slight additions to the menu. I appreciate each and every one of our loyal customers for almost two and a half great years and Josh and Danny look forward to many more! As always, if there’s ever an issue, we need to know. We can’t fix a problem we don’t know about.

Thank you all!
Joe, Josh and Danny

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Newroyal helps with Veggie Van

Gasport's Newroyal Orchards has teamed up with CCE Niagara to fight hunger with the Veggie Van:

Solar debate continues

The Slayton Settlement Road solar project was front and center at last night's Lockport board meeting:


Perkins dominates in softball

In nine starts, Roy-Hart's superstar student-athlete Reanna Perkins has 110 strikeouts — a 12.2 per game average — and she entered Tuesday's action with a .891 ERA (she's pretty darn good with the bat, too)

Deer season changes proposed

The DEC has proposed some changes for deer hunting, among them:

* Mandatory orange during firearms hunts
* An extra hour a day of harvest
* A special September antlerless season in overpopulated WMUs (like those in Royalton and Hartland)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Hearing on deer hunting age

The Niagara County Legislature will hold a public hearing on June 15 at 5:30 PM in the Legislature Chambers in Lockport to hear public comments on A Local Law Adopting a Pilot Youth Deer Hunting Program.

Earlier this year, the State allowed counties to lower the age to 12 for hunters using firearms to hunt deer.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Hartland summer rec update


"Pre- Registration" is required for this years summer recreation program. Any child that wishes to attend must be pre-registered by June 30th. "NO SAME DAY" registration or child drop off will be accepted.
Registrations forms are printable on the Town of Hartland website or can be picked up in the Town Hall lobby. Please deposit forms asap in the Drop Box located in the Town Hall parking lot near the mailbox.
This years Recreation Programs runs from July 5th thru August 12.

Masks at Roy-Hart


Posted on the Roy-Hart website yesterday...

Community Members,

Per the Governor’s comments this afternoon, it appears that as a result of conversations with the CDC, only the mandate to wear masks outdoors will be lifted. All other requirements for schools will remain in place, including wearing masks indoors except during mask breaks and when eating.

As this situation develops, we will keep the entire school community posted with any change in guidance. Effective immediately students and staff do not need to wear masks outdoors during any type of activity/event.

We appreciate your continued patience.

Dr. Hank Stopinski

Summer Sizzler 2021


Monday, June 7, 2021

Addressing concerns with the sewer bill

Residents and businesses within the sewer district located in the hamlet of Gasport have inquired about the circumstances that led to the sewer surcharge on their latest water bill. They've also asked how long it will last. Royalton town supervisor Daniel Bragg provides the answers here:

Motorcycle fatal in Terry's Corners

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Masks still up

From the Roy-Hart website...

Dear Roy-Hart Central School District Families and Staff,

Friday afternoon a number of local news sources reported on a change in mask guidelines for schools effective as early as Monday, June 7. We are still waiting to hear confirmation on this topic from both the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Health. On Monday, we will continue to adhere to the current guidance and require students to continue to wear their masks. As this situation develops, we will keep the entire school community posted with any change in guidance.

We appreciate your continued patience while we wait for the State to communicate with us.

Dr. Hank Stopinski


Saturday, June 5, 2021

Sewer shocker in Royalton

I've noticed on Facebook, and have been contacted by, Royalton residents who are shocked by their sewer bills. This goes back to a 2017 letter the town sent homeowners and businesses in the affected district regarding sewer upgrades. I have reached out to the town to provide a narrative that I will share here indicating the why/what of the projects, the total cost, and cost to households.

Lockport solar moratorium is a confusing issue


In the article in today's Lockport paper (, the solar developer looking at Slayton Settlement Road expresses frustration with the solar moratorium, given the town code Lockport officials adopted at a June 2016 town meeting. Here is the resolution and minutes from that meeting. This has created questions for those on either side of this issue, among them:

Those for the project: Why is it being put on hold if solar was acceptable for the past 5 years?

Those against the project: Why/how was this adopted as code in the first place?

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Labor dispute at Absolut Gasport

Absolut of Gasport posted the following on their Facebook page:

You may have heard that RCA is in labor negotiations with a portion of our #AbsolutCareofGasport workforce. As often happens, most of the certified nursing assistants [CNAs], food service, housekeeping and activities staff involved voted for picketing .

Please be assured that this will have no effect on the fine care we provide. RCA will draw on our other facilities to maintain full staffing. If you have concerns, please call Andrea Czora at 716.650.7755.

We also want to be transparent about these management-union negotiations. We met twice in May with representatives of the union, 1199SEIU, and also yesterday. We have great respect for the hard-working, front-line employees. RCA demonstrated this throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by being among the first health-care companies in the state to create a $5-an-hour bonus for our employees working in a COVID area. That consideration is emblematic of our approach to the negotiations.

Since RCA took over Absolut’s operations in March 2020, we:

• increased the starting wage rates for these employees by 3%
• raised the CNA rate from $12.94 to $13.35 an hour in April 2020
• negotiated the rate to $13.70 for CNAs in August 2020
• voluntarily enhanced employees’ health-insurance coverage in March 2021
• bargaining unit employees hired prior to Jan 1, 2020 also received a 25-cents-per-hour raise on June 1, 2020 and again on Jan. 1, 2021

In the last year, RCA established 3 other contracts with 1199SEIU locals at 4 facilities in WNY and 1 in Painted Post. The employees ratified the contracts, which will pay the CNAs $14.35 an hour. At the negotiating table, RCA offered our Gasport CNAs $14.45 an hour and $14.50 an hour for cooks.”
The company also offered:

• longevity bonuses up to $600/person after contract ratification
• increased pension contributions
• double-time for Christmas
• improved wage progressions

We expect to agree to a fair and acceptable contract that enhances employees’ salaries and benefits. Thank you.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

JUly 4 fireworks canceled

From the Independence Day committee...

After lengthy consideration, the Independence Day Committee, in conjunction with the Hartland Town Board, has decided to forgo the 2021 fireworks celebration in the Hartland Town Park to ensure the continued health and safety of our community. The committee will continue its fundraising efforts to ensure that our next fireworks display will be spectacular. We hope everyone has a happy and healthy summer, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022. Please follow our Facebook page for upcoming events.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Those who gave all


The Town of Hartland takes this opportunity to honor and remember our military service members that paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live free. Please take time this Memorial Day to remember and give thanks. We honor the residents from the Town of Hartland that did not return home.

Civil War

Capt. Benjamin Foote, Company E 8th Cavalry killed during the battle of Brandy Station June 9th, 1863
Lt. Carlos S. Smith, Company E 8th NY Cavalry killed at broad Run Virginia During the Bristoe Virginia Campaign October 14th, 1863
Samuel Nichols
William Nichols
Served together in the 24th NY Independent Battery
They were captured and spent time in a southern prisoner of war camp.
Their headstone reads “A victim to rebel starvation”

World War I

Charles Harrington Killed at Ponteaux Landis, France January 1, 1919

World War II

1950 seven ft. tall granite markers are inscribed with the names of Hartland Residents Killed in WWII

Ralph V. Buffham William Ellis
Henry Glaser Alfred Kuzynski
Merrill T. McDaris Glen M. Mudge
Charles C. Patszalek Leo Patszalek
Charles A. Peters Edward A. Peterson
Howard A. Shepard John R. Silsby
Gerald L. Swift

Please remember the individuals from Hartland that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Hartland Hometown Heroes banners are going up

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Summer recreation in Hartland

The town of Hartland will be hosting a summer recreation program this year...for town residents.

The application can be downloaded here:

Mail the completed document to:

Hartland Recreation
Town of Hartland
8942 Ridge Rd
Gasport NY 14067

Update from Dinger Nation

The sports performance facility coming to Gasport has this update:

"Wanted to give a update as we have been getting a lot of questions about opening. As you can see things are moving along slower than we planned. No fault to anybody it's just the nature of what is going on in today's world. A few big items need to happen before we can move in. A completely new engineered roof must be installed. Once that is complete the build out can be completed for the gym.

All the gym equipment, batting cages, turf and miscellaneous items have been purchased and ready to go!
We are very humbled by the very large amount of interest the community has shown in this business and can't wait to get going! We will continue to update as we move along."

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Canal opens for the season

 The Canal Corporation reports that all locks and lift bridges will begin operating at 7:00 am Friday, May 21, 2021; however, mariners are advised that due to maintenance and construction activities, the Erie Canal between Spencerport and Holley will remain closed until further notice. Updates will be provided as the work progresses.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

School budget results



Proposition 1 (2021-2022 Budget) Passed
Yes 166
No 51

Proposition 2 (Use of Reserve for New Plow Truck) Passed
Yes 181
No 36

Proposition 3 (Establish Capital Reserve) Passed
Yes 166
No 51

Board Members (2)
Dave Huntington 142 votes
Jason Wilhelm 176
Write Ins 39

Monday, May 10, 2021

EDF Renewables landowners video

EDF Renewables has released a video featuring testimonials from landowners who have signed on with the Ridge View solar project in the town of Hartland:

Gasport accident

Local fire companies are responding to an accident at 7972 Chestnut Ridge Rd. in Gasport which is near the intersection with Gasport Road. It's a two-car accident with one car into a house.

Info on school budget

Here is Roy-Hart's newsletter along with analysis of the school budget and propositions set for vote on the 18th


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Renewable Properties addresses concerns

On May 7th, Renewable Properties submitted the following document to the town of Lockport Planning Board to address recurring questions and concerns regarding the Slayton Settlement solar project:

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Maggie's cuts back

WKBW reported on Maggie's Kitchen dramatically cutting back on hours because they can't get help due to pandemic relief packages:

Thursday, May 6, 2021

SkillsUSA victories


Eight Orleans/Niagara BOCES students -- 5 from Roy-Hart! -- medaled at the New York State SkillsUSA Competition. Congratulations go to:

1st Place – Rebecca Berner (Royalton-Hartland) for Health Occupations Portfolio (OCTEC/Allied Health)

1st Place – Mackenzie Clogston (Newfane) for Basic Health Care (OCTEC/Health Occupations Technician)

1st Place – Maddie Gancasz (Barker) for Early Childhood Education (OCTEC/Early Childhood Education)

1st Place – Teddy Wojciechowski (Royalton-Hartland) for Technical Drafting (OCTEC/Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Program)

1st Place – Brendan Zimmerman (Lewiston-Porter) for Welding (NCTEC/Welding)

2nd Place – Hanna Willard (Royalton-Hartland) for Cosmetology Senior (OCTEC/Cosmetology Program)

2nd Place – Zach Duewiger (Royalton-Hartland) for CNC Milling (OCTEC/Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Program)

3rd Place - Shelby Wolf (Royalton-Hartland) for Job Interview (OCTEC/Allied Health Program)

The contests were conducted virtually this year because of the pandemic from the Orleans (OCTEC) and Niagara (NCTEC) Career and Technical Education Centers. The purpose of the competitions are to evaluate contestants’ knowledge and skills and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. First place students will be moving on to the National SkillsUSA competition virtually at the end of June.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

PORC to hold rally


Slayton Solar data room


Renewable Properties has set up a “data room” so the public can access materials, reports, and studies related to the Slayton Settlement solar project. The website is here:

Slayton Solar meeting

Renewable Properties will be hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, May 12th at 6pm at the Wrights Corner Fire Company (4043 Lake Avenue, Lockport) so that neighbors and interested members of the public can get to know Renewable Properties and the Slayton Settlement Road Solar project better.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Slayton Solar news articles

Solar farm draws ire from neighbors:

Town residents state their case against:

Renewable Properties addresses concerns:

Property owner addresses project:

Slayton Settlement Solar

 Here is a document from Renewable Properties detailing the Slayton Settlement solar project. The original document is a PDF that has active hyperlinks in it that will take you to the websites they reference. If you'd like that PDF, send an message to the Gasport page and I will email you back with the attachment.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Clean Up Gasport

The Gasport Beautification Committee's annual Clean up Gasport event is this Saturday, May 1st. Any interested volunteers should meet at Zion Lutheran Church at 9 am for distribution of bags and gloves and assignment of areas to clean up. This can count as service hours for school and other organizations. Thank you to all who help the GBC get the hamlet clean.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

8-man football

Filling football rosters has been so difficult that Roy-Hart joined with 2 other schools (Barker, Lyndonville) to make a squad playing 8-man football. The Lockport paper looks at the first season of this:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Roy-Hart junior class fundraiser


Spaghetti dinner at Solid Rock

Solid Rock Church at 8590 Rochester Rd. Gasport is holding its monthly takeout spaghetti dinner today -- Tuesday, April 20 -- 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.

Gasport food pantry April distribution

EDF mailer and virtual meetings

Here is the updated postcard from EDF Renewables regarding the Ridge View solar project proposed for Hartland. There is a revision to the day/time of the virtual meetings that will provide updates and address concerns.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Vaccines available in Medina

Orleans Community Health would like Gasport area residents to know they have openings for first dose Moderna vaccines during their clinic at the Medina hospital on 4/20/21 from 1pm to 6pm for those 18 years old and older. Sign-up here:

Alayna Trautman featured in news

The Lockport US&J looks at Roy-Hart student Alayna Trautman who will be attending Alfred State College in the fall, studying in her chosen field of construction management:

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Solar project notice

Residents of the immediate area of a proposed solar project on Slayton Settlement and Day Roads (town of Lockport; Roy-Hart school district) have been receiving copies of this document in recent days in their mail boxes or paper boxes. 




Gun rights proposals

This week, both candidates for the Niagara County legislative district that serves Royalton and Hartland introduced gun rights plans.

Incumbent Mike Hill proposed a resolution to create a Gun Owner’s Rights Advisory Panel:

Derek Caldwell is pitching a case for the county to sue in pursuit of having portions of the New York SAFE Act overturned:

Underage driver takes out power poles in Gasport

Here's the story behind this past weekend's accident and power outage in Gasport:

7th and 8th graders to see a 4-day week soon

Seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Royalton-Hartland district will be going to school four days a week starting April 26, superintendent Hank Stopinski confirmed on Wednesday.


Brent Industries looking at $12.6 million expansion

Roy-Hart music program honored

The Royalton-Hartland school district has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Erie Canal Derby won't be held in 2021

Covid uncertainty and the potential for another state-ordered shutdown have forced Erie Canal fishing derby organizers to postpone the popular local summer event for a second straight year.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Covid testing available

From the Superintendent's Desk

Roy-Hart Community,

In an effort to continue to provide peace of mind and safety in our local schools and community, the District has teamed up with Niagara County Department of Health to provide free rapid COVID-19 testing on Sunday April 11 to residents. The Niagara County Department of Health wants to offer the community an opportunity to give themselves the peace of mind before sending their kids back to school or stepping back into their workplace after going on spring break. They have a limited number of spots available for pre-registration on Sunday (4/11) between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. the pre-registration link can be found here ( and a registration “Fillable Paperwork” here (

Please see the attached Updated Interim Travel Advisory ( for quarantine restrictions for travelers arriving in New York State following out-of-state travel. This guidance includes the following updates:
Quarantine and testing are no longer required for asymptomatic domestic travelers as of April 1, 2021
Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations for international travel, is still recommended for domestic travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months
Restrictions on international travel are established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
NYS Travel Form must continue to be filled out by all travelers

As always, please continue the use of masks, physical distancing and handwashing. Together, we can keep our schools open and continue to provide the instruction and services needed by our students.


Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools


Hartland candidates kept off primary ballots

My mother Cheryl Confer and another candidate Margaret Zaepfel have been kept off the ballot in Hartland due to a ruling by the Niagara County Board of Elections: