Friday, July 28, 2023

Harris corn festival

Harris Farms' 1st annual Corn Festival will be Sunday, July 30th from 11:00am-4:00pm! 🌽

Come enjoy an afternoon full of fun! They will have Matty's Food Truck, roasted corn, a bounce house, sand pit, face painting, photo booth and more!


Car wash


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Bruning shines in MLB Draft League

Roy-Hart alumnus Jake Bruning thought his dream of making the big leagues were shattered thanks to an impingement injury in his shoulder with South Alabama this spring.

Now, Bruning is producing in the bullpen of the State College Spikes of the MLB Draft League.

PTA Meat Raffle


Gasport Chemical Hose needs info on vandalism

 From the fire company's facebook:

Hopefully our little community will help us out on this. Sometime between Friday night July 21st and Saturday morning before 8 am someone thought it would be funny to shoot the front door out of our Firehall. If anyone has any information regarding this please let us know.

Public session on Middleport Fire Co. and LOSAP


Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Roy-Hart ag program wins award

We are lucky to have the educators, volunteers, investors, and community commitment at Royalton-Hartland School District that has made our agricultural program one of greatness and impact. This is how you change -- and feed -- Niagara County and the world.

Friday, June 23, 2023

Royalton primary for highway super

 The Republican primary election for Royalton highway superintendent features two faces that should be familiar to town residents. Current interim highway superintendent Shawn Zglinicki is challenging the town GOP committee’s endorsee, Gregory Lindke, for the party line.

The US&J reports:

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Fly-in Breakfast


Volunteers needed for fireworks show and events

From the Independence Day Committee:

We are in need of a dozen or more volunteers to ensure all goes smoothly at our annual independence day celebration on Saturday, 7/1. We would really appreciate help in the following areas:

Bounce house monitors: Two young adults or adults to monitor the Kid's Bounce House. Keep an eye on the number of kids inside at any time, time each round to ensure everyone gets equal time. Needed from 5-8pm.

Novelty Tent Sales: Two adults to monitor and sell light-up, glow, and other novelties related to July 4th. Tent is open 5-10pm.

Parking: Six adults to ensure parking area is optimized and safe. Parking from 5-10pm.

All volunteers will receive food/drink allowance, free admission to celebration, and great fireworks show! Please text Cheryl at 716-417-1711 or message us through Messenger.


Friday, June 16, 2023

FMC donates to Absolut

Movie nights for residents of Absolut Care of Gasport will now be more enjoyable, as FMC’s Agricultural Sciences Plant in Middleport recently donated a brand new popcorn machine to the facility.

Pictured with the newly donated popcorn machine (pictured left-right), Joshua Walker, FMC Maintenance and Site Services Manager, Katie McFadden, FMC Plant Manager, Joyce Kinney, Absolut Care resident, Kevin Kennedy, Absolut Care Administrator, Doreen Cruz, Absolut Care resident, Destiny Fry, Absolut Care Activity Aide, and Victoria Kazmierczak, FMC Lab Analyst and Chief Union Steward for Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Hartland solar laws

The Hartland Town Board has approved two new local laws related to solar energy generation.

Flag Day at the elementary school

The annual Flag Day celebration at Royalton-Hartland Elementary School has no shortage of flags or patriotic display.

Lockport US&J reports:

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Rummage sale at Hartland UMC


Michelle's Memorial scholarship winners

Michelle's Memorial announced this year's scholarship winners:

Please join us in congratulating the 2023 Michelle A. Bewley Scholar Athlete Award recipients, Jillian Ash, Nadia White, Amelia Konstanty and Andrew Ossont!

Jillian plans on attending the University at Buffalo to pursue a degree in Psychology and eventually incorporate entrepreneurship into her career path. She is passionate about her photography business, horseback riding, working with her teammates and developing her leadership skills.

Nadia plans on attending the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with the ultimate goal of becoming an Environmental Scientist where she can research and work to restore damaged ecosystems due to natural disaster, pollution, or contamination. She also plans on continuing her athletic career in Soccer and Track. She is passionate about being kind to others and making sure people have an environment that is welcoming, positive and supportive.

Amelia plans on attending SUNY Cortland to major in Biochemistry and possibly transferring to Cornell with hopes of conducting research in a lab where she is able to work on various projects and solve puzzles that help better other's lives. She is passionate about music and how it brings people together and creates an encouraging community.

Andrew plans on attending the University at Buffalo to pursue a major in Exercise Science with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. He is passionate about leading and serving others.

Jillian, Nadia, Amelia and Andrew!

We wish you all the best now and in the future!

Monday, June 12, 2023

Summer Sizzler '23


Strawberry Fest at Harris Farms


Harris Farms strawberry season

 A social media post from Harris Farms...

The best time of the year…you have waited so patiently for this…

Our homemade biscuits topped with fresh strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla custard. 😋

Ice Cream stand open 12-9pm

Or stop in the produce stand and buy a quart of berries, biscuits and whipped cream to make it at home!

Saturday June 17th grand opening celebration at Stockham Lumber


Bingo canceled on June 13

Tuesday, June 13th’s bingo at Hartland Fire is cancelled so their members can pay their respects at the wake for Charter Member Larry Fuller

Power outage impacts school start


Friday, June 9, 2023

Drum Road closure

From the town of Hartland...


Drum Rd from Ridge Rd to Seaman Rd will be CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC beginning Monday, June 12th for widening and repaving.

We will accommodate local traffic, school buses, mail delivery and emergency vehicles as best we can. PLEASE USE CAUTION and pay close attention to the workers who will direct you around.

(For any questions please contact the office 716-735-7324. No comments will be answered on this post)

Hartland primary

 Seasoned Hartland town board members Clifford Grant and David Hill are headed into a June 27 Republican primary contest with two challengers for their party line in the November election.

Brett Decker has passed away

Roy-Hart alumnus Brett Decker passed away this week from injuries sustained at a construction site. He was beloved in the community -- there have been many Facebook posts from Gasport and Middleport residents deeply heartbroken by his passing. There is a way that you can help his family as noted in the obituary below:

Brett Kenneth Decker, age 45 of Middleport, passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2023. He was born to July 7, 1977 in Lockport to Nancy and Larry Decker.

Brett was so proud to say that he spent over 20 years loving and supporting his beautiful wife, Trudy, in any endeavor they faced. Brett enjoyed camping with his family, golfing with his son, Tagen and maintaining the family fleet of vehicles, especially their 1966 Mustang. Brett spent a lot of time taking care of his daughter, Arie, including her horses and attending her events as well. Brett shared a lot of love and life experiences with Malika who was his niece but more like a daughter to him. He taught his children so much and he learned so much from them. He had a great sense of humor and everyone loved him. Often times he would tease people and not know when to stop, but always in a fun loving way. Brett was a very loud supporter of his kids while they played on the RBM high school hockey team, and the Batavia Ramparts. He owned and operated Brett Excavating for over 20 years and met countless people during his career. Luca was found to be his partner in crime and always at his side. Brett will be remembered as a guy that was Mr. fix-it and as the saying goes, "A jack of all trades, master of none but often times better than a master of one". Family and friends were so important to Brett and the time he shared with them will always shine in their hearts.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his grandparents, several cousins, and close friend Jeff Strothmann.

Brett is survived by his wife of 20 years Trudy; children, Tagen (Patience Bacon) Decker, Arie Decker, Malika Lance; mother Nancy Decker; siblings Dan (Beth) Piekarsky, Lori (Stuart) Pollack, Amy Decker, Nicole Decker; lots of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Brett's family will receive friends at the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, NY 14105 on Sunday, June 11th from 12:00-4:00pm. His funeral service will be held at the Middleport Fire Hall, 28 Main St. on Monday at 11:00. Interment Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Brett's name may be made to his family to help assist with his children's education. Please mail to Trudy Decker C/O Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, P.O Box 155, Middleport, NY 14105.

To share a special memory of Brett, please visit

Tea Cup Farm open house



Vacation Bible School is back this year at Hartland Bible Church. A fun week for kids prek-5th grade. Kids can be registered online at this link:

Mellow Slow Minerals event


Hartland splash pad hours


Veterans Memorial dedication


Car wash

 Wanna get the pollen, drought dust, and forest fire ash off your vehicle? You can this weekend!

E-sports at Roy-Hart

If you're interested in Esports next fall contact Mr. Eschborn 



Friday, May 19, 2023

Share the Sun Fund deadline approaching

The deadline to submit applications to EDF Renewables' Share the Sun Fund is coming fast. Applications are due May 31st. EDF, of Ridge View Solar, is distributing $20,000 to community organizations and initiatives. A local committee will determine how the funds are distributed, based on the applications received.

You can find more information about the program on the project website by clicking this link - Community Engagement - Ridge View Solar ( ) – and clicking on the ‘Share the Sun’ tab. The fund criteria, guide and application form are on the website.

The application itself can be found here:

If any groups require any assistance to fill out the form or have any questions, they can contact EDF's team at or 1-833-333-7369.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Roy-Hart Memorial Day weekend

Due to unused emergency and snow days for the 2022-23 school year, school will not be in session on Friday, May 26th - Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy the long four day weekend as we prepare to finish the school year strong!

Monday, April 10, 2023

Sewer district hearing

The Royalton Town Board will hold a second public hearing Monday on the proposed Gasport Sewer District No. 1 Disinfection Project, due to an increase in the projected cost of the work.

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Rosselli steps down at Oklahoma

 Roy-Hart Olympic wrestler Lou Rosselli has stepped down as Oklahoma's wrestling coach:

Easter egg hunt 2023


The countdown continues Thursday, Friday, and then the DAY is SATURDAY 4/8 @ 11AM! At VETS Park, Gasport, N.Y..

We'll have 3 age groups 5 & under, 6 to 8, and 9 & UP.

The end of an era: Standish-Jones changing ownership

From the Standish-Jones Facebook page:

We would like to thank all of our customers who have stuck with us through thick and thin. The time has come for a change. Beginning Monday, April 17th, Standish-Jones Building Supply will become Stockham Lumber. The store will be closed Wednesday, April 12 through Sunday, April 16 for the changeover. We hope you support this new business as you have always supported us. And if you miss us too much, please come visit our Lockport store, Spalding Ace Hardware, where we will be glad to help you with all your hardware needs. Thank you for shopping with us for 37 years. It has been a pleasure to serve you!

Pre-K registration ends Monday


Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Ag educator needed

A full-time Middle School Agriculture Technology teacher is needed beginning September 1, 2023 at Royalton-Hartland CSD. The successful candidate will join our award-winning Ag. Education team at Roy-Hart.

RH is seeking a candidate to develop and implement a creative curriculum and instruction at the middle school level to bridge the gap between elementary and high school Agriculture and STEAM/Tech. programs.

Application Deadline: April 14, 2023

Apply Here:

Any questions, please email RHCSD Superintendent Jill Heck -

Hurtgam celebrates 50 years

Last week, the Town of Hartland celebrated Highway Superintendent Keith Hurtgam who has been with the town for 50 years! 40 years as our Elected Highway Superintendent. What a Milestone. Congratulations Keith!

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

ES science fair

The Elementary Science Fair is running from 6:00-7:30 on Wednesday night, March 22nd,

Parents and the community can stop by to see the projects at this time.

Awards will take place at 7:30 in the ES aud.

Solid Rock spaghetti dinner


LCTV show about Roy-Hart

Here's the episode of LCTV's Community Forum filmed last week that highlights all the awesome things happening in the environmental sciences and agriculture at Roy-Hart. We are blessed to have Susan, Matt, and Mike providing opportunities to kids in our school district!

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Sweeney is recognized by NYFB

Today New York Farm Bureau announced the Golden Owl Award winners - agricultural educators who devote countless hours, and often their own resources, to positively impact the lives of students. Among them is Matthew Sweeney of Royalton-Hartland School District. He's such an asset to our school and community!

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Roy-Hart on LCTV


This past week members of Royalton-Hartland FFA and Green Teams were interviewed on LCTV. The students did a wonderful job explaining and showcasing our RHCSD agricultural education program.

This segment will air from April 13 - 26, 2023 on LCTV 1301 on Spectrum or OnDemand on LCTV website:

A new principal at the Elementary School

The Royalton-Hartland school board has appointed a new elementary school principal, longtime teacher Daniel Mault

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Taxes at Roy-Hart

Property owners in the Royalton-Hartland school district may see a zero increase in the 2023-2024 school tax levy, and a modest reduction in their tax bills

Mr. Misch has passed away

Mr. Misch was a long-time 5th grade teacher at Gasport Elementary. I had him as a teacher, just as my father did. We loved him -- he was a great teacher and a great guy, and we could relate to him as an outdoorsman and nature lover. RIP.

John Warner Misch of Lockport, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, in Lockport. Born on September 18, 1934, in Lockport, he was the son of the late Walter and Doris (Reabold) Misch. He graduated from Capital University with a bachelor’s degree, did his graduate work at Buffalo State Teachers College where he received his Master’s in Education and then proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He spent his career teaching 5th grade at Gasport Elementary School. John was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Retired Teachers Association. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with family at Trout Lake.

Husband of 61 years to Virginia Hart Misch; father of Katherine (Barry) Stockhaus and Diane Elizabeth Misch; grandfather of Alyssa Marie Aronow, Nicole Christine (Eric) Geier, the late Melanie Jordan Aronow, Daniel Scott Stockhaus and Rebecca Anne Stockhaus.

Friends may call on Monday, March 13th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at LANGE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 186 East Ave. Lockport where a funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM. Interment in Cold Springs Cemetery. Condolences may be offered to the family at 

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Roy-Hart musical tickets

 Pre-sale tickets for Royalton-Hartland's Spring musical presentation of "Once Upon A Mattress" are now available to purchase online. Performances are Friday, March 17th at 7pm and Saturday, March 18th at 2 and 7pm. Visit to purchase tickets today!

Hartland hearing on solar siting laws

The Hartland town board will hold public hearings on two proposed local laws pertaining to solar energy systems Thursday night.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

February distribution for food pantry


Roy-Hart ag program highlighted on WLVL


It was awesome to hear Royalton-Hartland School District ag instructor Matthew Sweeney on WLVL yesterday talking about the district's ag education program and FFA.

Roy-Hart's incredible ag program is so unique, well-equipped, and well-funded (taxes, grants, charity, the Foundation) that it is a major asset and selling point for the district -- it provides career readiness to the students and it is the sort of thing that can attract families to the district.

Download the podcast here:

Gasport Lions peace poster winners

Peace Poster Winners! Congratulations to Tessa D., Peyton B., and Josephine S. for being selected as the Peace Poster Winners for the Gasport Lions Club! Students received their certificates and prizes at the Gasport Lions Club monthly dinner meeting. Great job!

Niagara Kraze playdates during winter break

 Here's a post from Niagara Kraze's Facebook:


Hey everyone! Welcome to Winter Break! The kids are off from school and everyone is looking for something to do! Because we know so many of you want to spend some of your time with us, we wanted to give you an update on session availability so that you can choose the best open gym session for you!

WEDNESDAY, 2/22, 2pm-4pm - SOLD OUT! Although the presale tickets for this session are sold out, we do take walk-ins, so feel free to come on in!

FRIDAY, 2/24, 10am-12pm - Just 4 presale tickets remain for this session as of now. It will sell out very soon, but again, we do take walk-ins during these sessions so feel free to come on in and get tickets at the door!

SUNDAY, 2/26, 10am-12pm - There are still around 20 presale tickts left for this open play session. It will definitely sell out as we move through the week, but there are some for purchase as of this time.

This is always one of our busiest weeks of the year with our open play sessions and Private Events. So, this year we wanted to make sure we offered enough open play sessions that will allow everyone to kind of spread out and not have everyone want to come in the same day.

We thank everyone so much for your support and we can't wait to see you all this week!

Spaghetti dinner: February 21st


Friday, February 17, 2023

MIssing couple located

 The NCSO is reporting that the Earles have been located and are safe.

Whispering River is on the local PBS station this weekend


Meet Roy-Hart's school resource officers

Missing persons in Royalton

On February 16, 2023 at 2354 hours, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office was alerted to two missing elderly persons from the 8400 block Akron Road in the Town of Royalton. Family reported that Edward and Beverly Earle were found to be missing from their Akron Road residence. Search efforts have been underway since the initial report and the Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance. Edward is described as an 88-year-old white male 5'04, 120lbs, grey hair, blue eyes. Believed to be wearing a dark grey wool jacket, jeans and brown hiking boots. Edward has a cardiac history. Beverly is described as a 83-year-old white female, 5'02, 104 lbs, grey hair, brown eyes. Believed to be wearing a black jacket as pictured and pink sneakers. Beverly has dementia. See attached posters. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Investigator Andrew Nemi at 716-438-3394.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Canal's navigation season

The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open Friday, May 19th for the 199th consecutive season of navigation. The Canal system will close to navigation on Wednesday, October 11th.