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. […]

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RHBPA March 2015 Meeting Notes

Members present: Don Scott, Keith Bond, Donna McCloy, Ann Fisher-Bale, Ann Busch, Janet Lyndaker, Julie Maedl, Greg Zakrzewski, Sarah Reed, Vonda Westcott Meeting was called to order at 8:12 AM by President Greg Zakrzewski Treasurer’s report – $3,256.82 Old Business: Scholarship: Keith will check with the school to see about getting scholarship info on their website. It was also suggested that the student present their receipt or paid bill to receive the scholarship, rather than waiting until the end of the first semester. Keith also noted that since there are no business courses available for students, the school is trying to set up a business institute similar to what some other schools have. Since the scholarship has not been taken advantage of, the possibility of […]

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Niagara Woodworking was in the news!

What can you add to this old newspaper clipping about Niagara Woodworking? Let us know by commenting below and we will add it to the story! The caption dates this at 1909 and says: “The makers of house trim, sash and doors. It was located on Kelly Ave. and is presently occupied by Barden and Robeson Corp. Lower photo shows workers from left, Art Webber, Art Vale, Frank Owens, Tim Riordan, and Bill Mahar. Photos are through the courtesy of Tim Riordan.” “

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Banking in Middleport

In today’s fast paced society, we think little about the ease with which we can deposit or withdraw our savings and do daily transactions with our money.  Many people spend little time in a brick and mortar building since now most of our dealings can be done over the computer or from our car as we use the drive through window or ATM machine. Early residents of Middleport were fortunate to have two private banks available, one owned by Linus S. Freeman and the other by Charles B. Taylor.  Harvey Hoag would later take over the banking from Mr. Taylor and ran the bank in connection with his drug store. In 1908 the First National Bank was formed with capital totaling $25,000.  The Community Trust […]

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Wildcat Creek – powering Middleport’s growing businesses

by Anna Wallace, former Village Historian In most of the printed material we read, the growth of Middleport is attributed to the Erie Canal. But some time ago, Elmer Vary, then our native and most senior citizen, felt that a great deal of credit should be given to Jeddo Creek or “Wild Cat Creek” as it was known. This creek and its four ponds furnished the employment for more than 400 at the 16 manufacturing firms who used the water to power their steam engines, water wheels or both. At one time, the creek flowed all year around, and was a fisherman’s paradise. All kinds of fish were caught. In 1872, about halfway between the railroad and Route 31, the R.T. Chase Cheese Factory made […]

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