In memory of a great friend to the Chamber: Walt Sprague
From an interveiw for his "Life-long Business Acheivement Award" from the PACC in 2015:
"Mr. Walter Sprague was born in Detroit, MI, and raised in Dearborn. Following high school graduation, he attended Edison Institute at Greenfield Village, with the goal of obtaining an engineering degree. College was interrupted by WW II . . .
Some of our Events for 2016 include:
Board Members: Kathy Ness, President; Leo Madarang - Vice President; Sara Badgero - Treasurer; Fawn Morris - Secretary; Lori Adcock - Membership Chair; Tutt Gorman; Liz Miller; and Chopper Schrauben
**NEW** -- Member Classified Ads!
Business of the Year: B&W Auto Supply
Citizen of the Year: Mary Scheurer
Dr. Gerald Brown Life-long Business Achievement: Larry and Julie Chapin of Portland Black Belt Academy.
Special recognition: Chuck Dumas and Judge David Hoort honoring their retirement and service to our community.
Held on the second Monday of the month at the Wagon Wheel Oak Room at 12:00 noon. Come, bring a friend -- great opportunity to network and stay up on local news.
Held every third Wednesday of the month. February's meeting will be at Fabiano's in Portland, 8:15 am. All welcome.
116 E. Bridge Street, Portland, MI
The Chocolate Moose ice cream shop in downtown Portland is back open and better than ever.
Tom and Jamie Saintamour are the new owners and officially opened on August 13, 2016. They are serving up decadent homemade ice cream, Panini sandwiches, bagels and coffee. For those with a candy sweet tooth they have baskets of candies to tempt you too.
While many of the ice cream flavors the Chocolate Moose has always had are available, they have some new ones also. With 36 different varieties, there is something for everyone. Tom and Jamie are focusing on making sure the ingredients used in the ice cream are of highest quality. They are also making sure there are plenty of the extras in the ice cream, be it chocolate chips, black cherries, nuts, or the like. The Saintamour’s are using local providers as much as they can for all of their business needs.
The Saintamour’s are entrepreneurs at heart and have had other successful businesses in the Detroit area. Jamie has served in the Army and is a nurse. Tom and Jamie grew up in New Boston. Tom says they have known each other since junior high school and after life’s twists and turns, they married 9 years ago. Together they have 7 children and 3 grandchildren. Cameron, 10 yr. old and Allison 7 yr.old, are helping out and think it is “great” that their family owns an ice cream shop. You may know Tom and Jamie from The Old Skool Bus business they started 7 years ago when they moved to Portland. Pastor Marilyn from the Congregational Church is Tom’s mom.
The Saintamour’s welcome everyone to come try out their ice cream (and any other tasty item on their menu). The Chocolate Moose is open 7 days a week, from 8am-9pm. They are located at 116 E. Bridge St., Portland.
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