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 Post subject: No responses????
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 12:36 pm 
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This is very strange, no one from Indiana or even North America for that matter has anything to say about Portage??

I suppose when you think about it its not really surprising, its a good example of hell on earth.


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Funny, that's about the same thing my hubby said about Portage, this evening.


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 Post subject: PORTAGE WAS NICE in 1962!
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I am sorry to hear that Portage isn't regarded as a 'nice' place anymore!

I spent a few years there-1962-1965 as a kid, 7-10 years old- and I have VERY fond memories of Portage then. It was my 'Brigadoon'!

I went to George L. Myers school and I lived I guess it is called Osage now, but back then it was called 31st Place.

We used to play ball at the school and I knew everyone on my block!

It was a really nice time.

I don't know if any one I grew up with there still remain, but I recall many names.

I was hoping that I might find some old school mates who could help me get some school photos of my class when I went there.
My mom had lost them whil we were moving.

My name is Ernest Cann, and I am now in St. Louis, Missouri.

Take care all of you!


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 Post subject: beautiful portage
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I grew up in Portage. Lived there from 1943 to 1958, ages 3-18. We lived on Samuelson Road near US 20. For more than 60 years now, I've cherished memories of the hours and days I spent as a kid exploriing the fields, woods, and sand hills along Salt Creek. A few years ago (2001), my wife and I traveled through Portage, and I took time to reinvestigate some of those areas. Much has changed, of course, but Salt Creek (I found) was just as lovely as I remembered it. We also explored Imagination Glen Park, with its peaceful trails along the same creek. What a lovely resource to have in any community! We also heard about the biking and hiking trails along the old railroads. There must be many other lovely places in Portage if a person just finds them and pays attention to them. And, good heavens, Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes -- the state park and the national lakeshore -- are right at Portage's doorstep. How can anyone find nothing but gloomy things to say about Portage?


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alan asked:

How can anyone find nothing but gloomy things to say about Portage?

The simple answer to that question is I come from the UK and we have things a little better over here.

Perhaps in Indiana you've got used to living in squalor and deprivation... For me it was a whole new experience.


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DTC1977 wrote:
alan asked:

How can anyone find nothing but gloomy things to say about Portage?

The simple answer to that question is I come from the UK and we have things a little better over here.

Perhaps in Indiana you've got used to living in squalor and deprivation... For me it was a whole new experience.


Hey, at least we get a summer.

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Regarding DTC1977's quite plausible perception that the United Kingdom on the average is better than Portage and his incorrect assertion that I have lived in squalor and deprivation (perhaps without knowing it), let me say this:

I have never been to the UK, but I intend to visit sometime. I have no doubt that I will be able to find squalor and deprivation there if I look for it. But I will not look for it. I wll go there with my eyes open, and will endeavor to be objective. Or, if not objective, then to work a little harder at finding what's beautiful. I moved to Portage with my family when I was 3 years old. I did not choose to live there. I made the best of it. And I found enough beauty, friendship, and enjoyment to sustain me. Portage is an industrial suburb. It's hardly a garden spot. But a lot of what we find depends on what we look for. I'm sorry that DTC had a bad experience in Portage. He said he sold study guides door to door. Maybe folks in the UK welcome door to door salesmen with open arms and exclamations of "Where have you been all my life?" But my observation would be that, by and large, it's not the sort of job that brings out the best in people. What bothers me most about DTC's postings is the way they encourage people in places like Portage to focus on what's wrong instead of what's right. And to grouse about the way things are instead of making them better.


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I have to say I don't look for squalor and deprivation.

It hit me like a slap across the face when I set foot in Portage. It was impossible not to notice.

Perhaps the unpleasantness of the people of Portage was a result of living in such a depressing environment.

That I can understand.


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I had hoped that my previous posts might prompt other people to write about things they liked in Portage. The fact that no one has done so suggests either:

(1) that DTC1977, who thinks Portage is hell on earth, is right after all, or

(2) no one else reads this discussion board.

As positive attributes of Portage, I had mentioned sections of Salt Creek that I remembered from my childhood, plus Imagination Glen and the proximity of Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes. More specifically, within Portage itself, I have enjoyed the Long Lake, Dune Succession, and Inland Marsh Trails of the national lakeshore. (Obviously, my interests favor wild places and natural areas. I would expect other people's lists of positive attributes to be different from mine.) Since my last visit to Portage, I've read about an oak savannah and sand prairie restoration project at Woodland Park, the Coulter Sand Prairie Preserve, and the acquisition of Samuelson Fen and Brennan Woods by the Portage Parks and Recreation Department. All of those appear to be admirable projects, which I look forward to visiting the next time I'm in Portage.

Does no one else appreciate those places? Does no one else know of places they like better, or as well?


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alan wrote:

(2) no one else reads this discussion board.


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 Post subject: Portage
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Hey,
I went to High school in Portage and I really loved it. Like one person said, woods to play in, lots of things to do like The Dunes State Park, Lake Michigan whether it be boating or playing on the ice in the winter. When I was there they had a dance place called Hullabaloo. It was a lot of fun for teens. Even met Hoss Cartwright or Don Blocker. Or was it Dan Blocker? Oh something like that. :oops: Anywaaaaaaaaaaaaay just wanted to comment on that. I miss Portage but would I move back therer? Mmmmmmm, not sure after I have seen the rest of the country. Maybe


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i do not understand what u guys are talking about.portage is the perfect town. it has low crime great education and plenty of kids..it is not at all gloomy....


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 Post subject: Re: Portage
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:56 am 
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quicksilvergirl wrote:
Hey,
I went to High school in Portage and I really loved it. Like one person said, woods to play in, lots of things to do like The Dunes State Park, Lake Michigan whether it be boating or playing on the ice in the winter. When I was there they had a dance place called Hullabaloo. It was a lot of fun for teens. Even met Hoss Cartwright or Don Blocker. Or was it Dan Blocker? Oh something like that. :oops: Anywaaaaaaaaaaaaay just wanted to comment on that. I miss Portage but would I move back therer? Mmmmmmm, not sure after I have seen the rest of the country. Maybe


You lived there the same time as I did.

Met Dan Blocker also...went to Hullabaloo.


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 Post subject: Re: PORTAGE WAS NICE in 1962!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 11:08 am 
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ernest wrote:
I am sorry to hear that Portage isn't regarded as a 'nice' place anymore!

I spent a few years there-1962-1965 as a kid, 7-10 years old- and I have VERY fond memories of Portage then. It was my 'Brigadoon'!

I went to George L. Myers school and I lived I guess it is called Osage now, but back then it was called 31st Place.

We used to play ball at the school and I knew everyone on my block!

It was a really nice time.

I don't know if any one I grew up with there still remain, but I recall many names.

I was hoping that I might find some old school mates who could help me get some school photos of my class when I went there.
My mom had lost them whil we were moving.

My name is Ernest Cann, and I am now in St. Louis, Missouri.

Take care all of you!


The high school carries all the yearbooks and I do believe the Portage library does also.


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