Archive for May, 2010

Exciting News!
 Kathy Hirner sent this notice to the Towpath Partyline and I will also share it here with readers.
Roy Hart Middle and High School PTA’s are planning a merge.  Beginning the 2010-2011 School year the two groups will become one unit.
There will be a special meeting held on June 9th in the High School Media Center at 7pm.  A vote on the merge will take place as well as nominations for all positions. We must have at least 10 members in attendance.  Members from the Niagara Region PTA will be there to help us through the process.
We are asking for help from parents, staff and students to continue the many programs we provide such as; book fairs, homecoming, driving programs, wellness fair, talent show, school store, field day, scholarships, graduation and many more.  If you are interested in helping, even in a small way, please attend the meeting, or contact Kathy Hirner at 735-3950  . For more information you can also visit the school website at www.royhart.org.

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  The Annual Memorial Day Parade line up begins at 11:30 a.m. and the parade starts at Noon on Monday, May 31. Clute-Phillips American Legion does a memorial service in the park following the parade. All Veterans are welcome to walk in the parade. The Middleport Firemen hold a memorial service at the Fireman’s Monument after the legion service.

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Plans on the way for the Great Fourth of July Celebration on  Sunday July 4, 2010 at the Royalton Ravine Park.

    2pm         Park and parking open at the Ravine park
                   Shuttle will start from Terry’s Corners
                   Fire Hall and Gasport Fire Hall
    4pm         Parade will start from Hartland Bible Church
                   parking lot on West Ave.
    5pm         Kids games start
                   Dixieland band in kid’s area   
                   Gasport Lions Club chicken bar-b-q starts
                   Food Vendors open
                   Problem Child Band
    6:pm        Jonsie Band
    7:30pm    Strongman Contest
    7:30pm    Last Call Band
    8pm         Kids games end
    9:30pm    Red House Band 
    10pm       fireworks
    11pm       Park Closed
  There are some new and not so new ideas for the young ones. Try some new contests for different age groups of kids plus the original games, like-pig pong toss, pluck-a-duck, lollipop gambling, bowling, knock-em down, wheel of fortune, and putt & drive. Kids will enjoy face painting, balloon creations, crafts and more in the craft tent.  You can watch two street performers in the kid’s area all evening, doing their tricks and acts, bounce houses for the little ones and a rock climbing wall for the bigger ones.    Kids will have fun in the sand boxes and all have a special prize to find.  Kids’s area will be alcohol free.  Parking at the Ravine has been an issue so again this year there will be a shuttle from the two fire halls. This can help alleviate the traffic coming into and exiting the park. the shuttle is free, although we ask for $1 donation per rider to help with the costs of the fireworks and the kids program.
  This year there is NO tailgating in the parking lot  due to limited space, again parking will not open until 2pm. there will be no parking on either side of the road  on gasport rd. between # 31 and dale rd, cars will be towed. A donation drive has started all help is welcome, one who would like to donate, time and/or money, please contact Jeff Brown at jeffb2010@verizon.net or mail to – Royalton 4th of July Committee     4457 Central Ave    Gasport, NY 14067      

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Local runners Sam Pasceri and Roger Neithe will run along with Charlie Engle in this special running event along the Erie canal. If you think these names are familiar, these three ultra runners all participated in the Winter Beast of Burden this past February along the canal. 

 For more information check out the link below. Good luck to all the runners and thanks for helping raise money for Roswell Park .



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    Start watching for the new signs around town for the Middleport Farmers market that opens in June. The hours have changed; they are open earlier this year on Fridays. Residents can look forward to all the fresh items each week.

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       The Royalton-Hartland Business and Professional Association (RHBPA) and Absolut Care of Gasport announce a “Town Hall Meeting” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 2 at Absolut Care of Gasport, 4540 Lincoln Drive in Gasport.  Headlining the event is U.S. Representative Chris Lee. There will be a short presentation by Representative Lee and a time for comments by other elected officials in attendance, followed by an open forum for questions from the audience. Topics of discussion will include health care reform and education. This is the third event in the series sponsored by the RHBPA and Absolut Care and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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Connecting Children with Nature
at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama and Shelby, NY has announced an exciting new program to introduce children to nature. In the “Take A Kid Along” (TAKA) program, children will learn about the nesting habits of Eastern bluebirds and about other wildlife by accompanying members of the Friends of Iroquois NWR, Inc. as they monitor bluebird nest boxes on the Refuge. Friends of Iroquois NWR, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to support the Refuge. The program is open to children ages 6-16 years of age but is limited to four children. Parents may accompany younger children on outings if they wish. Outings will be scheduled Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm during the nesting season. Participants must agree to commit to a minimum of five days, at least one day a week. For an application and more information visit the Friends website at http://www.friendsofiroquoisnwr.org or contact Dorothy Gerhart at 585-948-5445 Ext. 200. Applications must be received by May 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm. If more than four applications are received a lottery will be held to select the participants.

An orientation meeting will be held at the Refuge Headquarters, 1101 Casey Road, on Thursday, June 3 at 3:00 pm at which time those selected, and their parents/guardians, will meet the leaders and set up their schedules.

Each child will be provided with a backpack containing nature-related reference books, a journal and pen and binoculars to use during their outings. After completing a minimum of five session the child will be able to keep the backpack and its contents. The child will also be requested to write a short journal each time they go out on the trail and to write a story at the end of the program about their experiences on the Refuge and the bluebird trail.

The TAKA program is patterned after the TAK- Along program initiated by the Bluebirds Across Nebraska. Though this program we hope to pass on to the children and the community a legacy of love for bluebirds and a respect for nature in general.

This event is one of the many ways the Refuge offers to connect people with nature. “Connecting People with Nature (CPWN): Ensuring the Future of Conservation” is a national priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the mission of “working to ensure that all Americans have enjoyable and meaningful experiences in the out-of-doors and develop strong life-long connections with the natural world.”

Individuals with disabilities and any other person who may need special assistance to participate in this program should contact the Refuge at 585.948.5445 or at the Federal Relay No. 1.800.877.8339.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.

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