Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Fountain Repaired

Village Trustee Bill Morton worked with the Boy Scouts to fix Middleburgh's Memorial Park fountain on upper Main Street. Much of the work was done as an Eagle Scout project by Anthony Diecidue. The fountain was flowing for Monday's Memorial Day service.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

NET Dinners Done Until Fall

The Neighbors Eating Together dinners have ended their seasonal run. The dinners, hosted by the four churches in the Village, will begin rotating meals in the fall. Special thanks to the Catholic, Methodist, Dutch Reformed, and Lutheran churches for their cooperation, good food, and good times with the people of the community.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Flowers Up on Main Street

The Middleburgh Telephone Company has placed up flower baskets along Main and River Streets, complimenting the new flags put up by the Village. Special thanks to Marge Becker and the Telephone Company for this addition to the community.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Village Partnering for Grants, Economic Development

The Village of Middleburgh is exploring new options to kickstart economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011. Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery has been working with the Americorps VISTA program to provide local governments and organizations with one year volunteers that can assist with facilitating economic recovery at no cost.

Middleburgh's VISTA partner is Donald Osei-Owusu (518-813-1953), a native of Ghana and graduate from Union College. His degree in business has been very helpful since joining the staff at the Middleburgh Village office in August 2012. Donald has been researching local grants to facilitate economic expansion. Recent grant applications that he and Mayor Avitabile have completed recent grant applications for various projects, including for new water mains, new economic development, and flood preparation. He has helped craft many of the cultural projects that are taking shape around Middleburgh. Donald has been working with the newly re-formed Middleburgh Area Business Association on how to attract more businesses while strengthening those already in Middleburgh.

Donald has helped in Middleburgh's search for a grocery store and has worked on compiling a database of local business and available commercial space. He is also revising Middleburgh's overall economic plan while cataloging the needs of flood damaged businesses. He has also aided in plans to buy the Middleburgh Fire Department a new fire truck. He has assisted all of the Village officials and will be staying with the Village through the end of August 2013.

New Flags in Village

Village crews have been placing new flags around the Village of Middleburgh as part of its economic recovery program. Sprucing up the town are dozens of flags bought through the Main Street Block Grant, originally slated for a 2008 completion. This comes after the opening of the new murals and kiosk.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Neighbors Eating Together Dinner at Lutheran Church

This week's NET dinner will be at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Main Street this Thursday at 5:30pm. It will be a sloppy joe themed meal. All are invited.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Green Wolf Brewery, Middleburgh Featured on WNYT

The Village of Middleburgh was featured on WYNT tonight for its incoming business, Green Wolf Brewery. Both Justin Behan and myself were interviewed. Check it out here!

Village of Middleburgh Meeting Schedule

Village of Middleburgh Meeting Schedule
Normally First Monday Each Month

May 6
June 3 (Combined with Town)
July 1
August 5
September 9
October 7
November 4
December 2
January 6
February 3
March 3
March 10 (Budget Workshop)
March 17 (Budget Workshop)
April 7th (1st meeting 2014-2015)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Quilt Barn Trail Opening May 19th

The Schoharie County Quilt Barn Trail will be opening its exhibits this Sunday, May 19th. The Facebook group is here. Below is a notice from the site:

Middleburgh is hosting the visitors kiosk with two squares in the up and coming Timothy Murphy Park.

Register for Emergency Alerts

From the County Emergency Management Office:
Emergency Management REMINDS you to register your cell phone or Voice over Internet phone for emergency notifications.

Click on Emergency Notifications Registration

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Laraway Leads Annual Cleanup

Wes Laraway and his Schoharie County History class held their annual cleanup of the Middleburgh Cemetery's "Colored Section." Spending several hours cleaning, the class then took a tour of the Cemetery and were provided lunch by Bunnie Bates and the Middleburgh Historical Society. I'd done this with the Schoharie County History class ten years ago and was a thrill to be invited back to say thanks to the class.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Village Assists New Businesses

The Village of Middleburgh is pleased to welcome Green Wolf Brewery into Main Street as part of the business development program. Owners Justin Behan and Chuck Manning's microbrewery will brew beer at a 62 gallon capacity each brew day. They will brew once or twice each week. Green Wolf was assisted by the Middleburgh Telephone Company, Middleburgh Area Business Association, and the Village of Middleburgh. The Village provided out of its zero percent loan program and a grant to help repair a flood damaged building. Mr. Behan wrote, "It is fantastic to see the outpouring of assistance from the village of Middleburgh." More information can be found Green Wolf is planning a Fall 2013 opening.

 The Village also assisted Andrew Reightmyer in the opening of Andy's Tire and Alignment on Main Street. Mr. Reightmyer has opened in the former location of Den's Tire. His business is receiving the same loan program and grant. He is planning a grand opening later this year.

 These projects are part of the Village's wider economic recovery program, including over $170,000 in local business repairs through a Main Street Grant, $60,000 in zero percent loans (including those given here), $22,000 in beautification, and assistance from community groups. The grants process has been kickstarted in the last year and will be enough to finish the Theatre on Main Street later this year and the former Railway Depot on Maple Avenue.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Neighbors Eating Together at the Methodist Church

This Thursday at 5:30. Be there or be square. All invited.

Monday, May 6, 2013

New Murals Installed

Even more going on in the Village. Quilt squares are up on the kiosk and the pavilion's getting taller.

Our next project is up and ready. With the NYS Main Street Grant money, two new murals grace Dan Ross's law office.

No tax dollars spent and another reason to stop in sunny downtown Middleburgh!

Thanks to Bill Morton, Dan Ross, Patty Turner, and Patti Brancoforte for all of the hard work and time!