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In Middleport, mural celebrates canal life

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MIDDLEPORT – The tugboat and a barge rest in front of a canal bridge. That is dominant image of a mural on a Middleport building. The artwork was added to the community just west of the Orleans County line in 2007.

Albion native Stacey Kirby created that mural and two others: a train depot between Main and Vernon streets that was torn down in the 1960s while the other scene depicts the building (in a different era) at the corner of Main and State streets, where the mural is painted.

Above the three scenes Kirby painted the community’s motto: “Middleport, NY a friendly community.”

I was in Middleport last evening to do a story on the Lake Plains Players’ production of Les Miserables. I had a few minutes to spare and wanted to check out Kirby’s artwork. She has some others in this canal village as well.

I’m hoping we can come up with a project for her in Albion. She said she wants to do one in her hometown.