Tuesday, December 28, 2021


The Gasport Beautification Committee is selling $5 raffle tickets. The drawing will be held in May. This is being used to raise funds to build a Memorial Music Pavilion at Royalton Ravine Park. Tickets will be available at Drum Oil and Propane, Standish-Jones, or from any of the Committee Members.

1st prize: Walk behind Cub Cadet mower donated by Middleport Tractor).

2nd, 3rd and 4th place will be a $50 Made in America Store gift card donated by Confer Plastics.

5th place will be a custom-made wooden Tragically Hip sign.


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

2022 navigation season

The NYS Canal Corporation announced that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open Friday, May 20, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. for the 2022 navigation season. There are no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal system in 2022.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Christmas Eve at Becker Farms

If you'd like to attend an always memorable and cozy Christmas Eve service head over to the old barn at Becker Farms on the 24th for a 4:00 service led by Pastor Rod Klinzing of Zion Lutheran Church. Dress for the weather!



District addresses national issue of school threats

From the Superintendent's Desk

School and Community Members;

As you may be aware, there has been a significant uptick in the number of threats being made in schools across the country and most recently in our region. Recent posts on various social media platforms are actually encouraging students to make false threats to disrupt the learning taking place in our schools. It is important to know that the Royalton-Hartland Central School District has always and continues to make student safety a priority.

The administration and staff are proactive in our approach to school safety. We encourage all students to share with their teachers and administrators any information they have on potential bullying, threats or inappropriate behavior. When a report is made, it is immediately investigated and addressed. In each situation that may involve a threat to a child or our schools, I am immediately notified and our local, county and State law enforcement agencies are notified to assist in addressing the situation as appropriate.

When a false rumor or threat is made, the individual(s) and their families are made aware and appropriate discipline follows. False rumors or unsubstantiated threats are not communicated with families as we do not wish to create additional anxiety or panic. In the event that our students and staff were in danger, appropriate steps would be taken immediately and the community informed.

I ask that you please talk with your children about the importance of reporting any threats, or if they feel in danger please report it to their teacher, counselor or principal immediately. Please monitor your children's social media and speak with them about not making false threats to the school or community. As you may be aware, multiple children in the region have been arrested in the past two weeks at other schools in the region for making threats against several schools.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principals or myself with any questions or concerns.


Dr. Hank Stopinski


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Why Canal is full


I keep getting inquiries about why the canal is still full (or close to it).

In a program launched last year, the Canal Corporation is delaying draining the western portion of the system in order to release water as needed into Lake Ontario tributaries during the peak of the salmon and trout runs, ensuring the best angling opportunities for locals and tourists. The impacted bodies of water in Niagara County are Eighteenmile Creek and Johnson Creek.

The last of those flow releases was Monday, meaning the canal will start to drain to its winter depths over the course of the next week or so.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Light-up Gasport


The 17th annual Light up Gasport & Christmas Party hosted by the Gasport Beautification Committee

Free Fun for the Whole Family!

When: Sunday, December 12, 2021
Place: Gasport Firehall
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Festivities will include: Santa Claus, Music, Caroling, Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree, Basket Raffle, Apple Cider and Sleigh rides.

Each child leaves with a gift!

If the community would like to support this popular event there are multiple ways to do so: Volunteering the day of the event; a basket raffle item; toys for the kids; or a monetary donation. Interested parties should contact Margie Granzow at 716.628.7273.