Portland Mayor Lance Prator made a guest appearance at the Bangor GFWC Women's Club recently to discuss Portland's participation in the Scenic Wild Delaware River Project and the recreational benefits of GeoTourism.
Portland information is listed on the DelawareRiver.NatGeotourism.com website.Lance Prator
The walking bridge between Columbia, N.J., and Portland, Pa., is part of the Liberty Water Gap Trail, which goes from Delaware Water Gap to Liberty Park N.Jn; the National 911 Trail from Schankesville, Pa. to New York City; and Bike Route V. Local historians participated in entering the information on the site.
The group was instrumental in erecting a public restroom near the walking bridge thus the designation "Portland is the place to go."
The club project this month was to fill purses with personal care items to be given to the Turning Point Shelter in Allentown. The club also collected cash donations for the Portland Upper Mt. Bethel Food Pantry. PUMP, as it is known, has a grant that will match all cash donations they receive. The craft group is starting a new project to sew bright colored cotton dresses for children in Haiti and knit woolen hats and scarves for Appalachia. The club also collects calendars and greeting card fronts to donate to Slate Belt Nursing Home to use in their Occupational Therapy program. This month 15 calendars and 1808 card fronts were collected.
The next meeting will be held at Prince of Peace Church, in Upper Mt. Bethel Township, at noon March 21. Call Ellen at 570-897-5787 for information.
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