Lifestyles

Senior food drive kicks off

Alpena Senior Citizens Center lost a valued employee last month. Ken Fader of Lachine, an inspiring, positive Meals on Wheels driver, had left the senior center shortly before his vehicle was struck Jan. 22 on M-32 by a tractor-trailer. Staff chose to keep Fader’s memory alive by dedicating ...

Free AARP tax assistance offered

Once again, AARP Tax Aide Assistance is offered at four locations in the area: Alpena County Library, Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Hillman Wright Library and Alcona County Commission on Aging in Lincoln. The Internal Revenue Service and AARP Foundation jointly sponsor the Tax Aide Program. ...

Exchange Club scholarship available

The Exchange Club of Alpena invites seniors attending Alpena High School to make application for the Stanley C. Beck Youth of the Year Scholarship. Each year this $1,000 scholarship named in honor of Beck, a former Alpena educator, is awarded to an AHS graduating senior student as part of the ...

Photos of World War I veterans sought

Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society members hope to recognize the contributions of U.S. veterans who served during World War I. For the past few years, they have been working on an historical publication that will include photographs and biographies about local veterans of that ...

Alpena FFA members involved in competitions

Alpena FFA member and Alpena High School senior Carly Leatzow will earn her State FFA Degree at the Michigan FFA State Convention in March. To earn the state degree members must be involved in the local chapter for two years and have received the chapter degree. They also must have completed ...

Farm conference draws more than 90

At the first Alcona Regional Farm Conference held last weekend, keynote speaker Kristine Ranger addressed the farming lifestyle and its relationship to concepts from individual lives to legacies for the community. Ranger is an Alcona County native who now lives in Dewitt and has been in ...

Be aware of cat and dog needs

“I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” Neil Gaiman, author The companionship of a cat or dog relieves stress, enhances self-esteem and teaches children to be empathetic. Pets that are lost or abandoned can ...

192 Alpena Community College scholarships available for students

The Alpena Community College Foundation has 192 individually named scholarship funds that provide over 300 scholarships to students planning to attend ACC for the 2018-19 academic year. Scholarship booklets containing information and application are available at area high schools. In ...

TBAC Gallery artists show some HeART

The HeART and Soul art therapy program in Alpena recently was presented with a donation from the Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery artists. Jan Herring, a jewelry artist and treasurer of TBAC Gallery, made the check presentation to Corina Jacques-Weeks, who serves as director of HeART and ...

American Legion Auxiliary drapes charter for member

The regular meeting of William F. Weine American Legion Post 65 Auxiliary was held Feb. 8 with Michelle LaBonte presiding. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. A draping of the charter was held for Jeanette Baumgart, who was a member for 37 years and held the office of chaplain for many ...

Girl Scout troop enjoys Winter Fun Dazes and Pinewood Derby

Brownies of Troop 4187 recently enjoyed both Winter Fun Dazes and the Pinewood Derby, both held on the same day. The girls gathered first at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan where they engaged in both indoor and outdoor activities. The outdoor fun included snow shoeing, sledding, ...

Program on Alpena Garment Factory slated

A free PowerPoint presentation on the Garment Factory that once thrived in Alpena will be given Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Alpena First United Methodist Church. Anyone interested in Alpena’s history is encouraged to attend. If you missed this event held earlier at Alpena County Library, this ...

Open House set for AHS art students

Thunder Bay Arts Council will host an Open House Reception for Alpena High School art students taught by Kyle Kieliszewski. Several pieces of art from these students are currently on display at the Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery, located at 127 W. Chisholm. The Open House will be held on ...

CHEDDAR CORNBREAD WAFFLES

One of the best wedding gifts my husband and I received was a waffle maker. I’m not a huge kitchen gadget person. They tend to clutter the space and are seldom used. The waffle maker, however, is one of the few gadgets I’m happy to make space for in the kitchen. I like to make waffles ...

Winter Blues Non-Juried Art Exhibit

In keeping with the cold winter season, Besser Museum opens its Winter Blues Non-Juried Art Exhibit on Feb. 13 with a themed reception. Blues music and food will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. in a business after hours-style event. Artists throughout the region were invited to submit artworks ...

Alpena: The Town That Wouldn’t Die

Old photographs and timelines trace the earliest days of Alpena’s founding in a new local history exhibit at the Besser Museum. While the exhibit is considered new in the museum’s current schedule, it was first put together and displayed back in 1983 by educator Ann Tabor and curator ...

Poetic Visions: The Art of Lebadang

Among the highlights of the Besser Museum’s fine art collection are 18 luminous works by the Vietnamese-born French artist, Lebadang (1922-2015). His work goes on exhibit Feb. 13. Lebadang was a painter, sculptor and printmaker who produced an enormous body of work over his long career. ...

AHS Masquers Club to present Murder Mystery Dinner event

Mystery fans who also like to indulge in a good meal and support a good cause will want to mark Feb. 17 on their calendars. That’s when the Alpena High School Masquers Club puts on their annual Murder Mystery Dinner that serves as a major fundraiser for the group. This year’s production, ...

Alpena Lions Club given Rockport State Park update

An update on Rockport State Park was provided to the Alpena Lions at their past meeting. Lion Bev Bodem introduced Carol Dodge Grochowski, the Friends of Rockport president, and Blake Gingrich, the Parks and Recreation supervisor. The 4,300 acre park was created in 2012 and is slowly being ...