Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Down on the Farm


Schramm Strong


Charles Schramm, an 8th grade student at the middle school, has been fighting T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL) since February of this past year. He is currently receiving home instruction while he finishes his main chemo treatments. He is in great spirits and is showing improvement every day, which we are grateful for.

He has had many ups and downs on his road to recovery, including two lengthy stays at Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo. While his hospital stays and most of his treatments are covered by insurance, the family still has travel expenses. They are also going to be on the hook for upwards of $15,000 for just one of his maintenance cancer medications that insurance does not cover.

To try to raise money to pay for these expenses, the Schramm Family is holding another benefit on October 16 at Oakfield Town Park. There will be a cornhole tournament, a basket raffle, and a side raffle featuring Beckett-certified, autographed, and framed Bills Jerseys from Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.

The last benefit had a wonderful turnout and we are hoping this one does as well. The Schramm family is very touched by and thankful for all of the support they have received so far from the Roy-Hart community. Please see the attached flyer for complete details.

If anyone is interested in donating baskets, you may contact Lori Schramm via phone or text at (585)813-7178.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Gasport man struggles against healthcare industry

Bill Bucolo has battled kidney problems since he was a child. Now he’s fighting for full insurance coverage of a kidney transplant. He’s only partly insured by Medicare and without 100% coverage no surgeon will go near him. 


SROs at Roy-Hart

The Royalton-Hartland district’s new school resource officers began work with the start of the new school year. h


Roy-Hart's newest soccer scoring leader

Peter Martillotta has been playing for his father since his 8-and-under days. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he had to evaluate the trajectory of his soccer career.

Loving soccer was never an issue, but Martillotta had to decide if he wanted to play in college and if he was willing to give the necessary effort to make it happen. The answer became quite clear and Martillotta took his game to another gear.


Roy-Hart to pay $16,000 for super search

Royalton Hartland Central School District is paying $16,000 to the Western New York Educational Services Council for its help finding a permanent superintendent of schools.


Wall Of Fame


Fall Festival in Hartland


September food pantry distribution


Thursday, September 1, 2022

Boyler retires after 21 years of service

Today the town of Hartland says farewell to Cynthia Boyler, the Hartland Town Clerk. Cindy severed the Town as a Deputy Clerk for 10 years starting in September 2001 before serving as Town Clerk for over 11 years. Town officials wish her well in her retirement and thank her for her years of dedication to the Town of Hartland.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Accident victims IDed

Niagara County Sheriff's Office Press Release: MEDIA RELEASE

MUNICIPALITY: Town of Hartland
DATE/TIME: 8/26/2022 at 0122 hours


Hartland, NY- The parties involved in the motor vehicle
accident which occurred on Ridge Road on August 26, 2022 at
0122 hours, have been identified as follows; The deceased
passenger was 46 year old Stacy L. Donnelly of Middleport,
New York. The operator of the vehicle was identifed as 45
year old Eric S. Gardner of Niagara Falls, New York.

Investigation by The Niagara County Sheriff's Office
Accident Investigation Unit into the incident is

Friday, August 19, 2022

Niagara Wine Trail and Bills alumni team up

Buffalo Bills Alumni members will be stationed at various Niagara Wine Trail locations during the Trail's Preseason Kick-Off event for photograph and autograph opportunities.

Lou Piccone & Booker Edgerson will be at Becker Farms Sunday, August 21 from 12-2pm

$45 presale tickets available until today at noon, or $50 at the door while supplies last:


Thursday, August 18, 2022

Beltran having an impact in the Navy

Jerry Beltran, a 2019 graduate of Roy-Hart, is supporting the US Navy's “Take Charge and Move Out” mission:


Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Jackass Love video

Michele DeLuca's documentary "Jackass Love" about Gasport's Whispering River Animal Rescue can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2yz6PdpTE4

Friday, August 5, 2022

Crystal sale next weekend


Food pantry cupboard

The Gasport Food Pantry has added a 24/7 option to its regular monthly distributions: A cupboard has been placed at the corner of Main and Church Streets. If you are in need, please use it.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Special event at Northern Light

 August marks the 1-year anniversary of the opening of Northern Light Fashions And Creations in Gasport. Aurora Genet will be celebrating with a special event on Tuesday, August 16th from 5-8pm. Stop by to see and shop her silk floral work and countless gift items.



Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Summer Sizzler


Perkins named softball player of the year

Roy-Hart's Reanna Perkins was named GNN's Softball Player of the Year. What a season -- what a career! -- as she excelled at the plate and from the mound. She's certainly one of the greatest athletes this school district has seen  


The history of Orangeport

 The Slayton Settlement/Orangeport area of Gasport is my neighborhood. I'm really digging this history of it that's in the Lockport paper. A big "thank you!" to Anne Marie Linaberry and Norm Pearson 


Charlie Brigham at Michigan

 Gasport's Charlie Brigham is pondering careers in broadcasting, coaching at Michigan


Superintendent search


Friday, June 3, 2022

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Gasport Canal power


Notice to Mariners

Erie Canal – Gasport

June 1, 2022

Mariners are advised that the Gasport Landing shore power supply, operated by the Town of Royalton, is out of service and access has been blocked. The Town of Royalton is addressing the outage.

Salt and Light Festival


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Flag Day

In 2020, there wasn't a Flag Day ceremony due to Covid. In 2021, it was a smaller event. This year, the celebration of Old Glory returns to its full glory. Heather Maedl-Pedini will be leading the event and as you know from her past ceremonies it's an incredibly patriotic and emotional ceremony. If you've never been to a Roy-Hart Flag Day celebration, make it a point to go this year.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Law enforcement coverage at schools

Roy-Hart Community Members,

As you may be aware, an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas became victim to another mass shooting, resulting in the senseless loss of life.  It was an act of violence and hate that is almost unimaginable to the kind and caring people of this world.

We understand our local community continues to mourn the loss from the recent shooting in Buffalo, and our counselors, social workers, and entire staff are always available should your children need additional support.  

The District continues to work with local law enforcement who will provide additional coverage at our schools for the remainder of the school year.  Please remind your students and  children to always report any threatening comments (If you see something, say something).


Dr. Hank Stopinski


Roy-Hart outlines school resource officer plans


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Perkins is an all-time great

Reanna Perkins, a senior at Roy-Hart is a superstar.

She's lights-out from the mound: 1.51 ERA, 150 strikeouts.

She's deadly at the plate: .632 average, .686 on-base percentage, 1.658 slugging percentage.



Upcoming dates at Roy-Hart


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Results of school budget/board vote



Proposition 1 (2022-2023 Budget) Passed

Yes  419

No   142

Proposition 2 (Use of Capital Reserve for Equipment) Passed

Yes  477

No    88 

Proposition 3 (Fund Repair Reserve) Passed

Yes  455

No   105

Proposition 4 (Community Library Funding) Passed

Yes  415 

No   143


Board Members (3)

Brandi Silsby 291

Jesse Snyder 289

Sara Fry 239

Nicholas Mark 223

Brian Sullivan 211

Allen Griffith 117

Cassondra Long 116

Diana Daigler 97  

Friday, May 6, 2022

The "Hit List"

Authorities were called to the Middle School on Tuesday after a seventh-grade student was found in possession of a list of names in a notebook that had been titled “Hit List.”


Monday, May 2, 2022

Norma Wollenberg has passed

Norma Wollenberg passed away last week at 95 years of age. Through the years, she did A LOT to celebrate and recognize the history and people of Gasport and Royalton. RIP.

Here is Norma's obituary:

Norma Jean Wollenberg, 95, passed away on April 28, 2022. She was born in Lockport, NY on Oct.5, 1926, the daughter of the late Frederick A. And Eldia Arns Zimmerman. Her husband 0f 49 years, Carl W. Wollenberg was the Director of the Physical Plant Facilities at Niagara Community College, deceased in 1998.

She is the loving mother of Bryan K. Wollenberg of Middleport. Residing in the Gasport area most of her life, she was a graduate of the last class of the Middleport High School (1944).

A cosmetologist and beauty salon owner for 50 plus years, she was a graduate of the Robert’s School of Beauty Culture and the Robert Fiance Hair Design Institute of New York City.

Through the years she and her husband were active in many community events in the Royalton area.

Her library and love of History and Genealogy brought forth interest and membership in numerous Historical Societies. Among the highlights in their life of volunteerism was the chairing and co-chairing of the ceremonies held at the Town of Royalton Bicentennial and the Gasport Sesquicentennial celebration in May of 1976 with the dedication of the art sculpture “Flame” in the park by the Erie Canal at Gasport, NY.

The Town of Royalton Historical Society’s interest in procuring recognition for the Royalton native Belva A. Lockwood, who ran for President if the United States, not once but twice 1884,1888 on a U.S. Postage Stamp resulted in a four-year campaign. It was successfully completed with a First Day of Issue Ceremonies in Middleport, N.Y in June 1986.

She was a past Matron and life member of the Gasport Chapter O.E.S.#153 with 72 plus years of membership. Her membership in the Covenant United Church in Gasport covered many years.

A sister Phyllis A. George of Rice, Texas predeceased her.

She is survived her son Bryan Wollenberg (Cathi McCaa), a niece Vicky Young of Rice Texas and a nephew James George (Sheri) of Garland Texas.

There will be no calling hours. Private graveside services will be held at Acacia Park Cemetery in N. Tonawanda.

Memorials may be contributed to the charity of one’s choice.

Norma’s arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St. Middleport.

To share a special memory of Norma, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


Friday, April 29, 2022

Gasport Lions cash raffle


Victim of car crash identified




The Niagara County Sheriffs Office has identified the victim of Wednesday morning's one-car motor vehicle accident in Gasport as Emory Seefeldt, who was just 18 years of age.

Emory had long worked at Gasport View Dairy with his family, the Whites.

You might remember Emory being highlighted on this page a few years ago when radio host Bob Lonsberry, during a live broadcast from the State Fair, had interviewed for 10 minutes Emory and his mom Amy. That interview perfectly showed the passion that Emory had for farming and family.

Our heart goes out to his family and friends. RIP.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Jonesie has passed

Roy-Hart alumnus Gary Jones has passed away. As the lead of Jonesie and the Crusiers, he was a vital part of the community in Niagara and Orleans Counties. He performed in front of, and brought good times to, hundreds of thousands of people through the years, and he and his bands entertained at countless fundraisers that benefited all.

Gary E. “Jonesie” Jones passed away April 18, 2022. Born June 14, 1946 in Lockport, he was the son of Edward F. and Eleanor (Bistoff) Jones. Jonesie was a graduate of Roy-Hart, Class of 1964. He served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1968 and was a member of the United States Air Force Band. Since 1979, He worked for Strate Welding Supply, where he was a manager. He was best known as a musician since 1968, singing with Rotary Bed and then Jonesie & the Cruisers. Jonesie was an avid fan of both the Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees. He loved watching races at Ransomville Speedway and riding his motorcycle with friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his infant brother Edward F. Jones, Jr.

Jonesie is survived by his wife Tina L. (Barrancotta) Jones; children William E. (Julie Fumanti) Jones, Nadine (Michael) Pantano, and Ashley Jones; grandson Michael Pantano, Jr.; siblings Richard (Anne) Jones, Judy Jones-Bell, and Robert (Debi) Jones; also several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call Thursday, April 21st from 4-7 PM in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport where funeral services will beheld Friday, April 22nd at 10 AM. Interment will be in Cold Springs Cemetery. Visit pruddenandkandt.com.


Friday, April 8, 2022

Vacanti to highlight Salt and Light Festival

The Salt & Light festival in Gasport this July will have a singing competition judged by Lockport's Joshua Vacanti (he of "The Voice" fame) who will provide a concert after the contest. Registration is now open to contestants

FMC update

This link opens a fact sheet that provides an update about the environmental cleanup status for the FMC Corporation – Middleport Facility site within New York’s State Superfund Program:


Dr. Stopinski is moving on to Depew


From the Superintendent's Desk

Roy-Hart Community Members,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that effective June 30, I will be resigning my position as the Royalton-Hartland Central School District Superintendent of Schools.

On Tuesday, July 1, I will begin the next step of my career as the Superintendent of Schools at the Depew Union Free School District.  Between now and then, I will offer my assistance to the Board of Education as they transition to their new Superintendent.

Over the past four years, we have collectively completed the goals that the Board of Education requested of us.  We have made significant progress in the areas of school safety, academics, finance, facilities and more.  Together, we have improved our schools with a 12.1 million dollar capital improvement project, invested over 1.7 million dollars in our STEAM and Agriculture programs with public and private investments and have made annual capital outlay projects that have improved many aspects of the schools.

I am proud to share that we have been able to develop a long-range financial plan, aligned our curriculum, completed a District Strategic Plan, and will soon complete a long-range Facilities Master Plan for the District that will guide its work for over 10 years.  We have navigated over two years of a COVID-19 pandemic and will invest over four million dollars to close the learning gaps and support students in need that were impacted by the pandemic.

During my time in Roy-Hart, I have enjoyed the athletic competitions, music performances, the musicals, awards ceremonies, reading to our elementary students and time spent with my student advisory committee.  Being present at the recognition ceremonies for our students and staff, attending sectional, regional and State championships have been truly enjoyable for me.  I appreciate the amazing work of the administration, teachers, and staff. The support from the Agriculture Foundation, Sports Booster Club, Music Parents and PTA, and all our parents and community members have offered over the years is a testament to the Roy-Hart community.  I will truly miss you, and the memories will last forever.

Once again, thank you for your support over the past four years.


Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Monday, April 4, 2022

TC open house and recruitment


As part of the annual RecruitNY statewide initiative, the Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company will open its doors so residents can learn how they can serve their volunteer fire department.

Volunteer fire departments across New York State are struggling with decreased membership and increased call volume. Like most volunteer fire departments, the Terry's Corners VFC needs to bolster its ranks so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents.

As part of RecruitNY Weekend, the Terry's Corners VFC will open its doors on Saturday, April 23 from Noon until 4pm. The Company is located at 7801 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Gasport, NY. They will be joining volunteer fire departments across New York to raise public awareness regarding the need for volunteers and to highlight the rewards of being a member of a volunteer fire department.

Throughout the day, the Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Company will conduct tours of the station and apparatus, allow visitors to try on gear, demonstrate firefighting activities, provide information, and address questions on becoming a member.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Book fair this week

A published author and independent book store owner is partnering with Royalton-Hartland High School to put on the annual spring book fair this week.


Roy-Hart receives outdoor space grant

For the second year in a row, the Royalton-Hartland Elementary School has received $1,000 to use towards their outdoor classroom space.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Absolut is collecting donations for Ukraine

Absolut of Gasport is collecting donations for Ukraine:



Pancake breakfast


Schramm Strong


Charles Schramm, a 7th grader at Roy-Hart Middle School, will be spending the next several weeks in the hospital undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

Charles and his family could use some support to get them through this tough time. It brightens his day when he hears about how so many people care about him.

Here is a link to a store to purchase apparel to support Charles and his family. Charles' friends and family would like to thank Jay at D&T Graphics for putting this all together so quickly.

$10.00 from each apparel purchase and $5.00 from the hat and bag purchases will go directly to the family.

Please choose "pickup" as your shipping option if you have a child in the middle school or are willing to pick it up from the main office. Otherwise, please choose "shipped," but expect to be charged approximately $8.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Food pantry distribution

If you know of anyone in need in the towns of Royalton or Hartland, the Gasport food pantry will have its monthly distribution this Saturday




Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Volunteers needed

Local football and cheerleading needs volunteers...


I feel we can all agree youth sports is a crucial program to our community, not only to promote health & fittness but also team work, leadership, confidence, the meaning of winning with humility and loosing with grace. These are all things that these kids carry with them even after aging out and moving into high school and collegiate athletics.

Our program is solely dependent on volunteers every practice, every game, and during the winter months prepping for the next season. Our coaches and board members commit hours upon hours of their free time to make this organization better and better each year and it shows through each and every player.
Now, we need YOUR help. We need 3 head cheerleading coaches 18+ as well as a varsity football coach & assistants for this upcoming season.

If we are unable to find the necessary leadership, we will be forced to cancel those teams this year and advise families to reach out to our neighboring teams.

Please share this to friends, family & colleagues to help us spread the word. Anyone with questions can DM our facebook page or send us an email ASAP.

John Swick and family help build an orphanage in Mexico

John Swick is a product of Royalton-Hartland who moved to Old Forge in the Adirondacks where he became principal of the Town of Webb school district. He and his family just spent 5 months helping an organization called Tapestries of Life build an orphanage for over 200 children south of the US-Mexico border. In the most recent edition of the Adirondack Express he recaps that powerful life-changing experience

Thursday, March 10, 2022

July 4 raffle

The Independence Day committee is having 2 raffles.

A Cash raffle and also a filled Cooler raffle.

Only 200 tickets per raffle

Tickets may be purchased at the Hartland Town Hall, Snells Service Station or from any committee member. Drawings to be held Sat. July 2nd at the Fireworks in the Hartland Town Park


RH String Students Participate in the NCMEA All-County Festivals

A total of twenty students from the Royalton-Hartland District Orchestras were selected to participate in the Niagara County Music Educators' Association (NCMEA) All-County Festivals that took place on February 4th & 5th, as well as February 11th & 12th, 2022, at NCCC.

Twelve Students in grades 5 through 7 participated in the NCMEA All-County Intermediate Orchestra on February 4th & 5th. Unfortunately, the All-County Festival was cancelled due to weather. The students worked very hard learning the music and were very well prepared to perform. The students selected were: Tessa Degenhardt, Lydia Grace DeMaison, Ava Dust, Lillianna Gagliano, Nevaeh Genet, Benjamin Hickman, Hannah Houseman, Reed Hughes, Addyson Kiner-Ronson, Mackenzie Landers, Jackson Lederhouse and Josephine Silsby.

Eight Students in grades 8 through 12 participated in the NCMEA All-County Junior-Senior Orchestra on February 11th & 12th. These students had intense rehearsals on Friday and Saturday Morning, which culminated in a concert on Saturday afternoon. The students selected were: Jillian Ash, Crystalina Baumer, Simon Fournier, Abigail Glyshaw, Amelia Konstanty, Maya Moebs, Charles Rickard and Sophia Santella.

All the students prepared solos that were judged by a NCMEA adjudicator and given a grade at the NCMEA Audition Festival in December. Their high scores allowed them to be selected to participate in their respective String Orchestra with string students from other school districts in Niagara County.