Thursday, August 18, 2011
PORTLAND — On Aug. 13, 2010, the town lost both its most popular gathering space and a chunk of its history when the Portland Community Building burned to the ground.
Since it was built as a school in 1910, the building had served as a social center for Portland, a role it continued long after it made the transition from place of learning to the location of choice for funeral receptions, reunions, birthdays, fundraising and other gatherings.
A year after the fire, local leaders are tapping into the sense of community engendered there in order to rebuild. Wednesday afternoon, a small group of Portland Community Association board members gathered at the site to check progress on construction of the new building and share what still needs to happen before it can be completed and ready for use.