December 31, 2019

For many working people, one of the highlights of the work day is taking a quick break for a cup of coffee and perhaps chat with a coworker.  For local entrepreneur Tanya Schneider the whole day is a coffee break, really, or soon will be with the long awaited opening o...

December 12, 2019

Many middle school students are involved in sports.  Not many of those student-athletes find their competition taking them all the way to Europe.  Meghan Rose, an 8th grader at Portland Middle School, who is a member of the Great Lakes Equestrian Vaulting team will be...

September 30, 2019

Homecoming week festivities kicked off Saturday evening for the shamrocks of St. Patrick Catholic School as the student leadership hosted a high school dance.  The week’s festivities continue throughout the week with spirit dress up days which usually bring high studen...

September 23, 2019

Saturday evening, weather forecasters predicted widespread rain over the Portland area throughout the day Sunday.  In response, Portland 150 organizers made the call to move all Sunday afternoon events from downtown Portland to the Red Mill Pavilion. 

Under cloudy...

September 21, 2019

Friday, Portland kicked of a party 150 years in the making with the unveiling of new brews and a showcase of beautiful classic cars.  Every important occasion has a distinctive beverage.  Breakfast has coffee.  New Year’s Eve has champagne. If you’ve ever wondered what...

July 17, 2019

We all hope that our final resting place will be a place for our earthly remains to rest in peace where our loved ones can remember us for years to come.  For Private Adam Lewis, an early area resident, that was not to be.  Private Lewis fought with the New York cavalr...

July 13, 2019

If your name happens to be Melissa, I’m sorry but a lot of people are apparently afraid of you or, more accurately, your namesake the honey bee.  Melissophobia (also called apiphobia) or the fear of bees is quite common due to the fact that almost everyone has experien...

June 14, 2019

At the June 12th meeting of the City of Portland Planning Commission, commissioners did something unusual-- they repeated their May 8th meeting again.  As previously reported by the Beacon, on May 8th, the planning commission reviewed motions related to a proposed deve...

May 21, 2019

Under gray skies, several dozen Portlanders met Saturday at the Portland High School softball field parking lot to mark the opening of the newly constructed Portland Hike and Bike Trail. Located just west of Portland High School on Ionia Road, the new trails, construct...

May 9, 2019

No, your neighbor is not selling their house.  They aren’t having a yard sale.  And, yes, it is far too early to put up 2020 election lawn signs.  So, what is with that lawn sign that says Homes of Hope on it in your neighbor's front yard all about.  Below the cryptic...

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