Community picnic slated to end Bicentennial festivities

BROCTON – Boasting a successful celebration of the Town of Portland’s 200th birthday, the Portland Bicentennial Committee will be enjoying one last hurrah to say “thank you” to the volunteers and community that made the weekend possible.

A Community Wide Picnic has been slated for Labor Day, Sept. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. to be held at Portland’s Community Park. Proving difficult to schedule around the many obligations of committee and community members, the committee settled on Labor Day in hopes that most people would be close by to attend.

The Community Wide Picnic will allow for residents to fellowship together, reminisce about the Arch Lighting and Bicentennial Celebration, relax and possibly be able to enjoy a specially prepared DVD screening of the town’s Sesquicentennial Parade.

Families and individuals attending the picnic are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service. Beverages and paper products will be provided.

Since the committee will officially be disbanded after fiscal statements are settled, items belonging to the committee that will no longer be needed or used will be placed up for auction at the picnic.

The committee would like to remind the community that commemorative memorabilia including hats, plates, mugs and Christmas ornaments are still for sale at the Town Clerk’s office and orders are being taken for commemorative books which will be distributed later this year.