Small Business Development Center Workshop for Ridesharing

SBDC WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS   call 210-2515 to register for all NCCC SBDC programs RIDESHARING – A Road to Profit? Know the basics before becoming a driver Income Potential Basic Recordkeeping Liability Exposure Rating Systems Do’s and Don’ts When:   Tuesday, June 27, 8:30 am- 10 am Where:  NCCC’s Niagara Falls Culinary Center, 28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls Cost:      Free. Pre-registration is required. Call 210-2515 to register or register online

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Drop box for unwanted prescriptions

Just a reminder, if you have outdated or unwanted prescription drugs or over the counter drugs or supplements, there is a drop box in the Middleport Police Department (22 Main Street, next door to the Village Hall, 24 Main Street) to get rid of those things. This drop box is available to everyone, not just Village residents. If you want to get that outdated stuff out of your house, here is an easy solution to that problem. PLEASE do not flush unwanted items as that has had a tremendously negative impact on the environment. All drugs and supplements deposited in the dropbox are disposed of responsibly by the proper authorities.

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“A Friendly Community” by Anna Wallace is ready

I can finally say to one and all who have been waiting ever so patiently, the books arrived this afternoon and are ready for sale. “A Friendly Community” a book by by Anna Wallace, former Middleport Historian, is now published and available for sale at local locations and online from Amazon. The book, written by Wallace, is full of Middleport history, thanks to Anna. Copies can be purchased for $12 plus tax at the Middleport Family Health Center, the Book Shoppe on Main Street in Medina or the Village Hall. For those who no longer live in the area, you may make your purchase from Amazon in book form or in Kindle editions ($5).  Thank you to all of you for your patience and constant More Info »

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Middleport Universalist Church

It was back in April of 1841 that the Middleport Universalists organized their church on a piece of land donated by John Craig. The building of the church was accomplished with smooth, egg shaped stones gathered by the congregation from the shore of Lake Ontario and under the supervision of stone mason Emery Smith. Reverend Linus Everett was chosen to dedicate the church in 1842. In 1870 the Middleport Church was valued at $8 thousand dollars with the only church bell withing the village as well as the first organ. Due to diminished membership, the church closed its doors in 2015 and the building was sold. Many of their books and some other artifacts were donated to the office of the Village Historian, and are More Info »

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History of the Basket Factory

Back as early as 1886, the factory owned by Sylvester Evans and Henry McClean turned out some 2000 baskets daily. By 1893, James Hulihan and Thomas Conley owned the Royalton Basket Company which supplied local fruit farmers with different size baskets ranging from berry baskets to fruit crates. The logs were floated down the canal and held in the log pond until they were needed. The lower level of the building was used to cut the logs into strips while the assembling of the baskets took place on the top floor. Deliveries of the finished baskets were made by horse and wagon to local farmers. Owners of the business at its closing in 1934 were James and Timothy O’Shaughnessey. Today we look forward to once More Info »

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A History of Middleport

All history lovers, especially those who love learning more about our little village, will be pleased to hear that the history written by our previous historian, Anna Wallace, is about to go to press.  During her 30 year tenure as historian, Anna collected stories that go back to the beginning of our community in the early 1800s up to her retirement in 2010. I recently had a visit with her at her residence in Rochester where I shared with her a proof copy of her writings,  now compiled in a book entitled “A Friendly Community, A History of Middleport, New York.” The book will contains lots of interesting facts as well as 130 pictures from old newspapers, post cards and private photos. After a little More Info »

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Myrtle Lewis Wilmot, local artist and philanthropist

Myrtle Lewis Wilmot was the daughter of Middleport residents and inventor Elgie J. Lewis and his wife, May Bathrick Lewis. Born in 1888, she attended Middleport High School from where she graduated in 1904 and then went on to study music at the Julliard School of Music in New York City. She and her husband, Arthur M. Wilmot lived most of their married life here on Terry Street and were active members of the Universalist Church and many other civic organizations. In a newspaper article from 1972, Mrs. Wilmot was quoted that she took up painting when a local art class needed new members. She had never had any formal training but often admired scenes, thinking they might make a good picture. She would spend More Info »

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Middleport Businesses on Display

Currently on display in the village hall board room are items from various businesses that were a part of the Middleport community many years ago. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and check out the photos and memorabilia from places like Smiler’s( more recently known as J and J Coffee Shop), Snell Hardware, Max Hyde Implements, Perfecto Cleaners, Lahey’s, Richardson and Knuebel Funeral Home, Harpuder’s Clothing and Braddock’s Meat Market. Since many of these names are no longer part of our business community, you might enjoy stopping by on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 10 and 3 to learn a little about the history of these businesses.   Richard Maedl of Maedl Woodcrafts generously donated his time, talents and the wood to creating this beautiful display More Info »

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