Archive for April, 2009

              A National Day of Prayer observance will be held at 12 p.m. on May 7 at the Veteran’s Monument on Park Ave in Middleport. Lunch will follow in the Middleport Fire Hall. The cost is $3 and a donation for the food pantry.

  There is a good article about this local event in the Lockport Journal. See below.

http://www.lockportjournal.com/local/local_story_128003128.html  For more information you can check out the website for the National Day of Prayer program.




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Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday? I received a press release of a great family event in our area.
Spring Into Nature at

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Alabama and Shelby, NY, invites everyone to come out and connect your whole family with nature at our annual Spring Into Nature celebration, Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Located at the refuge office on Casey Road the event offers over 20 nature related exhibits, artists and guest speakers with live animals. Plus guided bird walks, retriever demonstrations, bird banding demonstrations, door prize drawings and a LIVE kestrel cam. For the kids there will be a variety of crafts, face painting and an activity in which kids can take an Incredible Journey as water droplets in the earth’s water cycle. At Cayuga Overlook spotting scopes will be staffed by a team of experienced birders to help visitors view an active bald eagle nest as well as migrating birds on the marsh.
Guest speakers include: Wendi Pencille on Rehabilitation of Raptors; Wild Wings on Birds of Prey; and Hawk Creek on the Myth, Magic and Mystery of Mammals. Planned exhibits include: The Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Resources Office, the Buffalo Audubon Society, Fire Ecology (USFWS), Cornell Cooperative Extension – Genesee Co. Master Gardeners, the New York State Bluebird Society, Ron Pastor’s trout flies, Niagara County Trappers (NYSTA) the Historical Club of the Tonawanda Reservation, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, artwork by Blue-Angel Art and Betsy LaMere, Native American Artifacts and more. The Alabama-Basom United Methodist Church will have a bake sale and First Baptist Church of Medina will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers on site.
Please contact refuge staff at 585.948.5445 or visit our web site at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/iroquois for further information.
Iroquois NWR is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, NY and is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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.

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  Plans are starting up for the annual Holiday Show held each year in the Village.   Middleport Holiday Show and Sale applications are available for any crafter interested in participating. The event is sponsored by the Middleport Methodist Church. This year’s show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 24 at the Middleport Fire Hall. Phone Julie Maedl at 735-7631 or Barb Albone at 735-7596 to receive an application to sell your wares.

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    Here’s a press release about the Middleport Community Yard Sale in our area coming up soon.  Now is a good time to go in those bookcases, boxes in the basement and you’re sure to find something that someone else would love to have. Don’t laugh, I found an album of Saturday Night Fever and a great coffee grinder that hangs on my kitchen wall at a yard sale. My favorite things to shop for are cookbooks for my collection.

  Yes, it’s fun to see what goodie’s lurk in the piles of unwanted stuff in front yards all over Middleport. Old copies of exercise VHS , well, I pass those over at a glance. Free plastic cups with worn out names and sayings.  Everyone is different when it comes to yard shopping but as a former library clerk, books are the things that draw me in. Also, pieces of tupperware are a great find, it lasts forever.  

  Haven’t you always wanted to put your stuff on the lawn and hang out all day visiting with the local folks? You can do it, you’ll have fun and maybe make some extra cash. Maybe I’ll see you around the Village. I’ll be the one with the Tony Stewart coffee mug and I’ll be looking for cookbooks.


Thanks to Patt Fagan for all the details about the upcoming sales..

Residents are eyeing their trash while they are spring cleaning for anything that they can sell at the seventh annual Middleport Community Yard Sale Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


All residents are encouraged to set up and sell their wares in their yard, garage or driveway. The sale continues to grow each year has been a great success and residents are already calling the Village Hall to see if the sale is on again – and the answer is YES!


There will be hot dogs, pop and chips for sale on Vernon St. near Park Ave. across from the Middleport Library to benefit the Barge Canal Art Center’s scholarship program for Roy-Hart students.


Residents can sell their oldies but goodies, and it doesn’t matter how much they have to offer. Any money they make is theirs to keep as, publicity is being provided by volunteers from the Barge Canal Art Center and the Middleport Area Tourism and Beautification Committee.


For more information call the Village Hall at 735-3303 or check on Middleport’s Web site at www.teapothollow.com.

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 Recently I spent an enjoyable afternoon at an Exhibit Reception Tea Party and saw the aprons of Karen Anderson in the Castellani Art Museum. Melinda Anderson and Marlowe McSparin are the daughter and sister of the late Karen Anderson. They shared memories of Karen and her large apron collection. You’ll get to see about 47 of her large collection of about 500 aprons.

    The ladies showed the aprons collected by Karen Anderson, we learned how this talented storytelling lady collected, mended the aprons then wrote stories about each apron. She carried on stories from people that donated their aprons to her in her program. Mrs. Anderson talked at local churches, 4 H events and community events in her hometown of Lynn Center Illinois.

   We all learned that women made aprons from many different kinds of materials. You’ll see aprons of cotton, denim, lace, curtains and aprons for all occasions. With many styles of aprons Karen Anderson had much to write and talk about.

        After a tragic car accident in which she and her young granddaughter passed away ,her family has taken over the program she started back in Lynn Center Illinois. Karen’s daughter Melinda and sister Marlowe did a lovely presentation in sharing with us all her apron collection meant to them. Thank you to these two ladies for helping to carry on Karen’s message of art and family history.

   This program was educational and inspirational to me. Since my own grandmothers wore aprons around the house it was a traditional event in my family. Seeing the cobbler’s aprons and learning about the materials brought back memories. You learned that aprons each have a story.  Sometimes, they mean more to you than just a way to protect clothing while cooking and cleaning. It was fun to see women of all ages come to the event and bring an apron or wear one. A few volunteers described to the crowd a short description about the apron they chose to wear.

  My mother Betty is a volunteer at the museum and wore an apron from my Grandmother.  There are displays from a Local Kitchen Drawer, aprons created by Catherine Weinheimer Hackenheimer. She is the grandmother of Castellani Art Museum docent Jean Hackenheimer.

  A museum visitor at the event, Suzanne Pilon of Buffalo NY enjoyed the display with us as we shared tea and apron stories among the visitors. It was a lovely event for anyone that wants to learn more about the history of the apron. You can even share a story or two about an important part of your own family collection. For more information on these and more apron programs please check out www.niagara.edu/cam

  You can also see pictures of people that wear an apron for their occupation. There are other events planned along with the apron display. Visit the Castellani Art Musem at Niagara University. 




Betty Scrivano and Jean Hackenheimer












 Melinda Anderson and Marlowe McSparin present the aprons of  Karen Anderson.


Melinda Anderson explains design of different style of aprons





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Here are some pictures of the Village of Middleport’s 150 Anniversary held recently at the Middleport Fire Hall.  The pictures were taken by James M. Donner of Lkpt.

Middleport Community Choir

Middleport Community Choir


Anna Wallace Village Historian receiving flowers from Chairperson Barb Albone

Anna Wallace Village Historian receiving flowers from Chairperson Barb Albone

Anna Wallace gets the key to the Village of Middleport NY from Mayor Maedl

Anna Wallace gets the key to the Village of Middleport NY from Mayor Maedl

  There are many other events to celebrate the Village of Middleport’s Sesquicentennial. Watch the Towpath Partyline and my blog for more information about the upcoming events.
May 2- Community Wide Yard Sale, T-shirts, mugs and calendars for sale.
May 24- Community Picnic at Rotary Park at 2p.m., Ecumenical Service in Park at 4 p.m. with the Middleport Community Choir singing. There will also be a concert by the Roy-Hart High School Band to follow the Choir.
May 25-Memorial Day dedication of brick walkway honoring veterans and local residents at Veteran’s Memorial.
July 18- Street Dance at Village Commons, Park Ave begining at 7 p.m. The Easy Street Band will perform.
September 5- Middleport Festivities at the Village Commons, Park Ave, Kiddies Parade float, Civil War reenactment.

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 The public is invited to the Lockport Theatre Organ Society Concert to hear Jonathan Ortloff on the Mighty Wirlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ in the Bette Dale Building at 7 p.m on Monday April 20th . The center is at 33 Ontario Street , please use rear entrance.

  Ortloff, a classical and theatre organist is a student of David Higgs and William Porter at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. According to his biography his performances have taken him throughout New York and New England , including Rochester, Ithaca, Syracuse, Lake Placid, Boston and regular summer performances in Plattsburg.

     In 2008 he was named the overall winner by a unanimous decision of the judges in the 2008 American Theatre Organ Society in Indianapolis.

   For more information on the Wurlitzer Organ please check out


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