Chauncey Norman, founder of NORCO

Chauncey Norman, a long time resident of Middleport, started his own business after working at the Niagara Sprayer for 37 years.  NORCO Machine and Sheet Metal Corporation was started in 1957 with four employees in a building on Kelly Avenue after Niagara Chemical Division closed out its machine shop. Mr. Norman, Harold Austin and James Arnold formed their own firm and became known for their work in metal fabrication, arc welding and machine work.  In 1961 the business moved from Kelly Avenue to a former Niagara Chemical Division building on Maple Avenue at the foot of Cemetery Street and added six additional employes. Chauncey Norman retired in 1971 and passed away in 1993. Photo courtesy of Bill Arnold.

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Behind the scenes story for “Falling for the Porches of Middleport” poster

How did the poster featuring some of the many wonderful and welcoming porches in Middleport, NY get made? Photographer Gretchen Schweigert talks about how she photographed some of them and what they mean to her in this YouTube video.  The poster is available for a suggested $5 donation. Funds raised will be used to publish a book about the history of the Village of Middleport written by former Village Historian Anna Wallace. Stop by the Village Hall Monday- Friday from 8:30 to 4 p.m. on Main St. to get your poster. They are also available at the Village Historian’s Office in the Masonic Lodge that is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Posters can also be ordered by mail by sending More Info »

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Guidelines for your news

We’d love to hear your Village of Middleport news and views. This website is for the promotion of the Village of Middleport, NY. There are other websites and media outlets that have stories about the Village – this page is specifically about the good things that we love about Life in the Village of Middleport. Any topics or comments other than those to promote will be removed – we are all about sharing what is wonderful about life in the Village! BASIC RULES No selling products on this website. No swearing or bad words – keep it clean. No badmouthing people or businesses. Discussion is good, slamming is not. Be nice. Thanks!

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“Life in the Village” stars Middleport residents

Life in the Village is just a bit slower and simpler… It’s one of the things that residents of Middleport, a quaint Niagara County village nestled against the historic Erie Canal, really enjoy. Middleport has affordable homes loaded with charm, beautiful parks, playgrounds and restaurants. In the Village, trips to the library, post office, running track, tennis courts, school, medical center, banks, churches, and post office are all within walking distance. Residents have more time to enjoy daily life. Watch the video “Life in the Village” below to learn more!  There is time to be friendly, enjoy the morning coffee on your front porch, walk down Main Street or take a stroll on the Erie Canal towpath. It’s bound to make you reminisce about life More Info »

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