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Portland kicks off bicentennial

April 24, 2013
By SAMANTHA MCDONNELL ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

BROCTON - More than 200 years ago, the Portland Town Board gathered for its first official meeting. The current town board members stepped back into history Saturday, April 13 complete with historical outfits from the 19th century.

The town's Bicentennial Committee kicked off their events with a dinner at the Brocton John W. Dill American Legion Post 434. Following dinner, a re-enactment of the first town board meeting and local representatives from the county, region and state made remarks.

In attendance was County Historian Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, Sen. Catharine Young and Jacqueline Chiarot, representative from Congressman Tom Reed's office.

"America was founded in small towns like this," Chariot said.



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