Portland Community Center grand opening set on June 9

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The new Portland Community Center will have a grand opening and ribbon cutting at noon on Saturday, June 9. A carry-in lunch will be at 1 p.m. and a band will perform after lunch. The old center was destroyed by fire on Aug. 13, 2010.

PORTLAND, Mo. - Almost two years after the old Portland Community Center was destroyed by fire, a new Community Center will be dedicated Saturday.

Paul Pealer of Portland, who spearheaded the $60,000 fundraising effort to rebuild the center, said the celebration will start at noon with a dedication of the new building and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Then at 1 p.m., an annual tradition that had been going on since the 1980s will be resumed when the 27th annual Portland Day will be celebrated at the new building. A community potluck carry-in dinner will be at the center.

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