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...

April 30, 2020

One thing that the past two months has shown us is that there are heroes living among us.  These Portlanders do all sorts of jobs that are usually completely taken for granted but are now thought of in a different light.  A lot has changed in the past few months as the...

February 28, 2020

While the presidential primary gets the most attention, Portland school officials want you to know that an equally pressing local issue will also appear on the presidential primary ballot on March 10th.  A non-homestead millage renewal for the Portland Public Schools d...

February 3, 2020

Portlanders Pat and Carolyn Heckman were overjoyed to learn that they were expecting another child.  Like most expectant parents, they eagerly followed the growth of their baby at regular OB appointments and made preparations like buying a crib.  They decided early on...

January 23, 2020

When Lansing Fire Department firefighter Paul Evansen isn’t found aiming a fire hose on a house fire, he is usually found aiming a movie camera or director’s viewfinder. His most recent project, is a short film titled Around, Down, and Through that tells the story of N...

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