Future Portland events build momentum

BROCTON – As the winter solstice approaches, two major events in the town of Portland continue in their planning stages and are taking shape.

Dave Travis, chairman of the Portland Bicentennial Celebration Committee, reported to town of Portland leaders on the progress of next year’s large scale celebration of the town’s 200th birthday.

“Our fall fundraisers were very successful and I’d like to send a big ‘thank you’ to all who made those possible. Currently, fundraiser Historical Calendars are being distributed to those that ordered them, with a special ‘thank you’ going to Councilman Al Valentin for creating those. Our next big event of course, will be the Kickoff Banquet on April 13, 2013 and more details will be announced as the date approaches. Our biggest plan for that will be a re-enactment of the first official town board meeting, and more events will follow in the months of April, May, June and of course July for the main celebration. Even though winter is here, we’re still planning,” stated Travis.

The committee chairman also added that the committee is intending to take part in the official rededication of the Village of Brocton four corner Arch once it’s ready.

Brad Anderson Recognition Committee Chairman Jerry Boltz also reported to the rest of the council on the happenings of efforts aimed at recognizing Mr. Anderson and his famed character Marmaduke.

“Currently we’re in the process of getting some marketing initiatives underway and are continuing to meet and plan those details. I’m pleased to announce that George Travis was the winner of our recent $100 CITCO gas card give away and with the winter months in place we’re still working on lots of details.”

Committee members are working on several fundraising and community inspired initiatives to honor and recognize the artistic impact of Brad Anderson, currently a resident of Texas, by way of raising a statue on the grounds of Town Hall.

Details about the Portland Bicentennial Celebration can be found online by visiting the official website, portlandbicentennial.org.