Now that the warmer weather is here…

Warmer weather is coming, and with that is yard clean up. The Village of Middleport Public Works Department reminds Village residents of its yard waste pickup policies: LEAVES: In the fall (Oct & Nov), leaves are to be raked to the edge of the street and left in open piles. Any other time they are to be bagged and placed out with garbage. BRUSH: Brush is to be placed at the curb, butt side toward the street, stacked no more than 4 feet high. Please do not place roots, stumps, vines or rose bushes out for chipping. We ask you to follow this for the safety of our employees. Brush will be chipped each Monday except for the months of January, February and March. When More Info »

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December 2015 Meeting Notes

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Attendees: Julie Maedl, Ann Fisher-Bale, Janet Lyndaker, Vonda Westcott The meeting was called to order at 8:17 AM by Julie Maedl Treasurer’s Report $4,428. Julie contacted Mahar’s regarding the bill for the port-a-potty we rented for the Wine Event. Mrs. Mahar passed away and she did all the billing so they are trying to go through the paperwork. They will send us a bill. Old Business Tree Lighting: Approximately 90 people attended the tree lighting outside in Village Commons and about 75-80 went in the Methodist Church for hot cocoa and cookies afterward. The Middleport Community Choir led everyone in Christmas carols. A good time was had by all! Annual Dinner Meeting: This is to be held on Wednesday, January 20th More Info »

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November 2015 Meeting Notes

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Attendees:  Greg Zakrzewski, Julie Maedl, Ann Fisher-Bale, Janet Lyndaker, Ann Busch, Sarah Reed, Keith Bond, Vonda Westcott The meeting was called to order at 8:10 AM by Greg Zakrzewski. Treasurer’s Report $4,594.58 (minus $135 check to be written to Mahar) Old Business: Goat Chip Bingo – July 4th. A profit of approximately $285 was realized.  Discussed benefits of combing with Music In The Park event next year. Music In The Park – July 19th. We made$718.61. Last year our profit was only $95. Julie reported we did not receive a bill for the port-a-potty so she will call Mahar to check with them. New Business: Tree Decoration – trees will be up by November 30th and must be decorated by December 4th in More Info »

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July RHBPA Meeting Notes

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Attendees: Greg Zakrzewski, Julie Maedl, Ann Fisher-Bale, David Huntington, Janet Lyndaker, Ann Busch, Anne Holahan, Vonda Westcott The meeting was called to order at 8:14 AM by Greg Zakrzewski. No Treasurer’s Report available Old Business: Goat Chip Bingo – July 4th A profit of approximately $200 was realized. Discussion on whether to include this in the Music In The Park event next year. It was decided to make it a part of Music In The Park. Music In The Park – July 19th We have 5 wineries, plus Barker Brewery, Della’s Chocolates and Yancy’s Fancy Cheese. Barker Brewery said they cannot sell growlers so will just do tasting. We purchased 12 dozen new glasses. Julie will be cooking hot dogs and More Info »

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Middleport resident’s recipe was finalist in Thomas’ Breakfast Battle

Tina Zunner of Middleport was one of the four finalists in Thomas’ English Muffins contest, “Hometown Breakfast Battle”. Tina is the wife of Kyle Zunner and they both live in Middleport. Her breakfast sandwich called the Buffalo Breakfast Club is a delicious creation that features some of our hometown flavors – hot sauce and blue cheese – to give her entry a real WNY flavor. Congrats to Tina for making it into the final four with your creations, the Buffalo Breakfast Club sandwich! Tina Zunner’s Bio from the Thomas Muffin Website: Tina Zunner is the head chef and general manager of the Buffalo cafe, Sweet_ness 7. She has been the kitchen chef for over two years. She is self-taught and has the ability of the most More Info »

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Dry Dock on the Canal in Middleport

This is a photo of the J Haines dry dock that was in Middleport. The photo is dated 1909, and was taken when the dry dock existed on the canal. What is a dry dock? A dry dock  is a narrow basin or vessel that can be flooded to allow a load to be floated in, then drained to allow that load to come to rest on a dry platform. Dry docks are used for the construction, maintenance, and repair of ships, boats, and other water craft, and this one was in Middleport at the turn of the century.

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June 2015 RHBPA Meeting Notes

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Attendees: Donna McCloy, Ann Busch, Janet Lyndaker, Julie Maedl, Sarah Reed, Keith Bond, Ann Fisher-Bale, Vonda Westcott, Greg Zakrzewski The meeting was called to order a t 8:12 AM by Greg Zakrewski. Treasurer’s Report – $3,022.82 Old Business Goat Chip Bingo – July 4th – Everything is all set for this. Greg would like another volunteer to hawk tickets on at the Royalton Festivities. Julie will send email to ask for volunteers. She also brought presale tickets. We need to sell 25 to cover the door prize money. If this doesn’t make money this year, we should consider doing it at the Wine event. Music In The Park – July 19th Ann reported that the village will submit an ad for this. More Info »

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May 2015 Meeting Notes

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Attendees: Greg Zakrezewski, Donna McCloy, Ann Busch, Janet Lyndaker, Julie Maedl, Sarah Reed, Keith Bond, Ann Fisher-Bale, Vonda Westcott The meeting was called to order at 8:15 AM by President Greg Zakrezewski Treasurer’s Report – $3,162.82 ($500 reserved for scholarship fund) Old Business Scholarship Greg reported there are a couple of students interested this year. He asked for three volunteers to review and select the award winner. Please let Greg know if you are interested. He will talk to Brian Yaiser about presenting the award since they sponsor another award and will be at the Awards Banquet. July 4th Goat Chip Bingo • Greg spoke with the Chairman of the July 4th Festivities to be sure we have a prime spot More Info »

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Middleport Inventor, Dr. E. L. Downey and his cure

On the corner of Orchard and Church Street was a broom factory. They operated there for some time, then moved out. Another inventor,Dr. E.L. Downey. Downey took over the broom factory and put up a fluid spray called “Downyside”. In one of his 1904 ads he states his insecticide did not smell like rotten eggs as his competitor’s stuff did. He outgrew this building and then went up and built a small two story plant north of the NYC tracks and west of the Resseguie Mill on Kelly Avenue. The above is from an essay by Elmer Vary on Wildcat Creek, which he felt was as responsible for the growth of Middleport as the canal. ~ Christa Lutz

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