July 24, 2020

August 4th, voters across the county will cast their ballots either in person or by mail for state and national primary elections for legislative, congressional posts, and local positions such as school board. As previously published in The Beacon, the ballot will also...

July 23, 2020

In downtown Portland, two drinking establishments are next-door neighbors.  Hot Shots Tavern and The Port share the same block, but very different fates under renewed state restrictions on bars in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  While bars and restaurants were a...

July 18, 2020

When our country was founded after protests of “no taxation without representation,” one of the first things that the founding fathers had figure out was how to fairly allot representation and taxes.  That’s where the census comes in.  Every ten years, the Constitution...

July 17, 2020

In a few short months, The Brook of Portland will open their doors to welcome residents into their new assisted living and independent living senior apartments.  The new facility on Rindelhaven Commons off of Rowe Avenue in Portland is being developed by The Brook Reti...

June 25, 2020

For nearly a week in early June, Ionia County recorded no new COVID-19 cases.  With a small uptick late last week that streak came to an end amid both expanded testing in nursing homes and in the community.  At the same time, while statewide numbers for new COVID-19 ca...

June 8, 2020

Giving blood is something nearly any adult can do to give back to their community, and that pool of potential donors is about to get a bit bigger.  For many years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules placed long deferrals on donations based on a variety of tra...

June 8, 2020

If you have a stack of overdue library books still sitting around your house from mid-March, now is the time to head to the library drop box.  Portland District Library shared their plans to reopen in response to a request from the Beacon recently.  The announcement co...

June 8, 2020

In the restaurant world, the difficulty of getting a table is a sign of the prestige of the establishment and the quality of the food.  For the past few months though it has been impossible to get a table at any restaurant in the state as a ban on dine-in service was e...

May 28, 2020

When representatives of Sparrow Medical Group (SMG) presented their final site plan for approval by the city planning commission back in December, a global pandemic wasn’t on anybody’s mind.  A few months later though, the human and economic toll of  COVID-19 affects j...

May 19, 2020

For many of us staying home and staying safe to slow the spread of disease, take-out from local restaurants like Olivera’s in Portland is an important source of a feeling of normalcy.  Staying safe however involves more than social distancing and face coverings.  Portl...

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