School withdrawal meeting to be held in Portage Lake

12 years ago

School withdrawal meeting

to be held in Portage Lake


by Susan Feeney-Hopkins

    There will be a meeting held Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. in the Portage Lake Town Hall. This is the final question-and-answer session regarding the town’s (potential) withdrawal from SAD 32 before the approaching vote due to take place June 12. The meeting is open to the public and all town residents are encouraged and welcomed to attend.

    Superintendent Gehrig Johnson, along with Charlie Anderson, business manager, and Portage Lake Town Manager Hollie Umphrey and Withdrawal Committee members will be on hand to discuss the budget, the projected cost (of withdrawing) to the town, and will also answer any other questions regarding the process. This is the last opportunity for the residents of the town to become informed about how a withdrawal from SAD 32 will impact the citizens and the community.


Portage Lake Congregational Church services

    The Congregational Church will begin summer services Sunday, June 3 at 10 a.m. All are invited and welcomed to attend. There will also be activities for children. Light refreshments will be served after each service. For more information, call 435-6881.


Mr. Ashland Pageant

    Five of Ashland’s loveliest ladies, I mean men … will be competing in the Mr. Ashland Pageant being held Friday, June 1 at the Ashland District School auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. The divas competing in this year’s most exclusive competition are Ashland seniors Amos Ward, Royce MacDonald, Mark Norris, Justin Pelletier and Joseph Day. The contestants will be judged for their poise, charm and talent, along with interview questions. Admission will be by donation and all proceeds will go directly to the 2012 Project Graduation. This will be their last fundraiser before graduation, so come on out to support our graduating seniors! It’s a fun night and should provide plenty of material for future harassment of the contestants and laughs for years to come!


Ongoing events

    The Portage Lake ATV Club will meet every first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Office. All are welcome to attend. Contact Rena Belanger for membership or more information at 435-2780.

    The Ashland Area Senior Citizens meet the first and third Thursday at noon for a potluck luncheon at the LeBlanc Junkins VFW Post 9699 on the Portage Road with a meeting to follow. This active and growing club of senior citizens also takes trips to various restaurants throughout The County, hosts cookouts, enjoys guest speakers and entertainment such as musicians. For more information, contact Roberta Savary at 435-6422.

    The Portage Lake Over 50’s Club 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.

    Susan Feeney-Hopkins is the correspondent for Ashland, Portage Lake, Oxbow, Masardis, Garfield, Nashville Plantation and the surrounding areas. She can be reached at 435-8232 or