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Friday, April 29, 2022
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.
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Music education recognized
Roy-Hart has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Friday, April 22, 2022
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. RIP
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
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
No longer the interim principal
Wendy Schlosser, the temporary principal of Royhart Middle School has been approved as the school’s permanent principal.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Monday, April 4, 2022
TC open house and recruitment
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.