MIDDLEPORT — From fresh paint to flowers in bloom, a quick drive through Middleport makes it easy to see the work taking place by many volunteers, businesses and village workers.
Work began on the repainting of several downtown buildings in April, with members of Middleport Lodge 363 volunteering their time to work on some of the buildings along Second Avenue. Freemasons have been involved in Middleport for 151 years. Middleport Masonic Lodge No. 363 was formed October 1866, and Marcus Bosworth was the first Master of the Lodge, according to information provided by Lodge Secretary Don Stivers who was among the painting volunteers.
Freemasonry is deeply involved with helping people. Masonic related groups in the United States, including Lodges, Shriners, Scottish and York Rite, Grotto and the Order of the Eastern Star, contribute more than $2 million every day to charity. Various college scholarships are also available. Middleport Masonic Lodge has made contributions of money and time to local charities and organizations through the years, stated Stivers.
The work by the masons lead to others in the village taking the steps to paint or resurface their buildings, including The Yellow Umbrella, Foreman and Abbott and King’s Hardware.
While all of the storefronts may not be full of businesses, volunteers have taken the time to decorate some of the vacant windows with displays leading up to Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July.
Additional buildings in the area, including the former bank and the former Do-It rental center will be home to Home National Bank and the Meigs County Historical Society, respectively, in the coming months. Work has been taking place in the future Historical Society building in preparation for the eventual move.
Likewise, the old Middleport High School/Meigs Junior High has undergone renovations with the Meigs County Council on Aging working to make the building its future home.
The Council on Aging recently gave a tour to Middleport Alumni during the annual alumni festivities.
Farmers Bank employees have also spent time volunteering in the village, working on the flower boxes, cleaning windows and sweeping areas along Second Avenue.
These efforts are in addition to the Yard of the Week program recently launched in the village which awards one village resident a week the title of “Yard of the Week” for the condition of their property.
The program which launched in mid-June has already recognized two winning properties, with more to be selected in the coming weeks.
Work has also been taking place in the marina area, with village workers cleaning off the area, clearing brush and removing trees.
Village Administrator Joe Woodall sat down with the Sentinel earlier this week to talk about the marina area and potential projects to take place, as well as possible grant funding. More on the marina projects will appear in an upcoming edition of The Daily Sentinel.