Community snowman construction project planned in Portage

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    As part of the Portage Lake Centennial celebration, the town is having a community snowman construction project. There will be “building weekends” starting Saturday, Feb. 28 until the snowman is complete. Please come and lend a hand at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and noon on Sundays. The snowman will be built at the site where Caron’s store once was – Route 11 North in Portage, on the right, just past Coffin’s store.

Be a local yokel
    Spending your hard-earned dollars locally is more important now than ever. Ashland businesses have on hand the majority of the goods and services that we need. Please consider patronizing one of our community businesses such as the Ashland Food Mart, Family Dollar, Babes Variety, Ashland One Stop, Ashland Motor Lodge, Ashland’s Diner, Ashland Building Supply, etc., before going “out of town” to do your shopping and/or dining. Buying locally helps not only the area businesses, but your community, as well.
Valentine’s Day sale a success
    The VFW Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank those members that baked for or made a donation to our Valentine’s Day food sale. It was a great sale, netting the club over $300 that will be used toward building operation expenses. A very special thank you as always to Leon and Sheila Buckingham for allowing the club to set up the food table at the entrance of the Ashland Food Mart.
Quilt tickets for sale
    Tickets for your chance to win a beautiful “Star Sampler” quilt are currently being sold by the VFW in Ashland. The queen-sized quilt was donated to the club by Christine Murphy of Portage and can be used on a bed or hung for display. Please contact any VFW or Ladies Auxiliary member to purchase your ticket(s). Tickets cost $5 each, and the lucky winner will be drawn at the St. Patrick’s Day Seniors’ Lunch Sunday, March 15. For more information, call Lawrence Michaud at 435-4351.
Portage Centennial news and updates
    Participants are needed for the Centennial Variety Show to be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at the Portage Lake Town Hall. People of all ages and from all communities are invited to participate. Those interested can sign up on posters around town, or call/e-mail Corrine Routhier at 435-6854 or Be sure to include your name or group name, phone number and the talent you are to perform. Come on, we know there’s a lot of talent out there, so go and sign up. It will be lots of fun!
    There are 2009 Centennial calendars for sale at Ashland’s Diner, Dean’s, Coffin’s, Ashland One Stop, and the Portage Lake Town Hall. Centennial cookbooks can still be purchased at Dean’s and the Town Hall, as well.
    The schedule for the 2009 Portage Lake Centennial is available online at Check out all the fun activities that the committee has been hard at work organizing. If you have any questions about these or any other Centennial items/topics, please contact Corrine Routhier at 435-6854 or e-mail
News correspondent needed
    After nearly two years of writing the Ashland Area News, I am sad to say that I will no longer be doing so. Sometime in March will be my last installment. If you have any news that you would like to appear in the Ashland section before then, please contact me as soon as possible at 435-7137. I do appreciate the many kind comments in regards to the articles. I was happy to get some of Ashland’s news out to the public and had fun doing it, as well.
    So, a new correspondent is needed. If you like to write and have a computer with Internet and e-mail, why not give it a try? If interested, contact me at the number above and I will tell you what is required of the position. I sincerely hope that there is someone willing to continue getting Ashland’s happenings into the paper on a weekly basis. However, if no one decides to take over the column, news stories can still be submitted by dropping of a write-up or pictures directly to The Star-Herald office on North Street in Presque Isle.
Ongoing Events
    The Ashland Area Senior Citizens group meets every Thursday at noon at the Ashland Recreational Center. Any senior citizens wishing to participate in the potluck lunches and meetings are always welcome.
    The Portage Lake Seniors’ Lunch is held on the last Tuesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at the Town Hall. All individuals 50 and over are invited to attend and can bring a potluck dish to share. For more information, contact Wilza Robertson at 435-6211 or Grace Nason at 435-6373.
    The Red Hat Loonies of Portage Lake meet the second Thursday of every month at Dean’s Motor Lodge. Membership dues are $2. Come and have a great meal and a great time, too! For more information, contact Rachel Stevens at 435-6358.
    If you can help plan for Portage Lake’s 2009 Centennial Celebration, please contact Corrine Routhier at 435-6854. Your help is both needed and appreciated.
    There is an aerobics/exercise group meeting Monday and Thursday nights at the Portage Lake Municipal Building at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost for participants. Please contact Kim Holmes at 435-6043 for more information.
    (Julie Graham-Berry is the correspondent for Ashland, Portage Lake, Oxbow, Masardis, Garfield, Nashville Plantation and surrounding townships. She can be reached at 435-7137).


Image Photo courtesy of Julie Graham-Berry
    TIGER CUB COLT GINN lines up his racer as Cub Master Michelle Beaulier looks on at the 2009 Pinewood Derby held Feb. 7 for Ashland Cub Scout Pack 179 at the Mapleton Lions Hall.