MIDDLEPORT — At their recent banquet, the Middleport Police Department and Police Chief Bruce Swift presented their annual Community Service Award to a group well known in the community: the Middleport Community Association.
While the group originally began decades ago as the Middleport Merchants Association, it eventually expanded to become the group it is today.
Swift said the award, which has been handed out since 2012, is given to an individual or group who selflessly give back to their riverside community. And MCA, he said, does just that.
“They’ve worked hard and long hours to try to improve things here in Middleport,” he said. “Like Lunch Along the River, going to fund the Fourth of July and Christmas celebrations, you always see them out doing something. Whether it’s cleaning in the downtown area or decorating, they’re always doing something that doesn’t benefit any of them other than it improves the community, and they’ve been doing it for a long time.”
Three individuals also received the honor the department: Cathy Erwin, Linda Myers and Ron Miller. The current group who volunteer with the association say they came aboard about 2008. Aside from serving meals, helping with celebrations and cleaning the village, President Debbie Gerlach said the group has also helped with improvements to Middleport Village Hall itself.
The association, through funds, typically take on an annual project, Gerlach said, and in year’s past the projects have included acquiring a better sound system for the gymnasium, better acoustics and paid for tables that are used during meetings. This year, Gerlach said the group is hoping to use funds to get better lighting for the gymnasium.
And as 2016 continues, the association reminds Meigs residents that Lunch Along the River will start again in May and last through September. The free movie shown every month at village hall will last through September. Other fundraisers include membership drives and an event called Spring Games slated for March 29. With the exception of the Christmas market, all events are free and open to the public.
“Every single penny we make or have donated to us goes back into the village one way or another,” Vice President Texanna Wehrung said.
For more information, visit the association’s Facebook page.