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