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TBT welcomes spring season core company

Although Thunder Bay Theatre welcomes its spring core company next week, only three of the 12 company members are fresh faces to Alpena audiences. “It’s exciting because only three are new people,” said TBT Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock. “Everyone else is returning.” Mindock ...

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Appearing in “Characters” are, front row left, Olivia Gerhart and Emily Kania; second row, Jade Biddings, Rose Jasman, Miriam Denstaedt and Constance Fluharty; third row, Caitlynn Shadbolt, Josh Rasmussen, Jake Lanier, Makenna Lindros and Cameron Meichei; back row, Jonathan Prevo. Not pictured are Iven Brown, Ely Irving and Jade Shadbolt.

Masquers Club preparing for next show

Alpena High School Masquers Club members are in rehearsals for their spring show, a comedy drama opening next week. The play, “Characters,” centers around Jessica, a junior in high school who is going through a difficult time in her life. “She’s trying to cope with the play she’s ...

ACC Community Education offers fly fishing series

ACC’s Community Education announces a comprehensive series to learn or improve skills with fly and fly rod. The program, Introductory and Intermediate Concepts of Fly Fishing, runs on five consecutive Tuesdays from March 7 to April 4 from 6-9 p.m. at ACC. All participants will receive free ...

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Patsy Cline tribute to benefit new band at Alcona Schools

Songstress Casey Makela will sing more than 20 of Patsy Cline’s hits in this tribute to the late singer on the anniversary of her 1963 death in an airplane crash. The show is a benefit for the newly re-formed band at Alcona Community Schools. Tickets are $10 per person and everyone is ...

Kiwanis Club announces police academy program

Alpena Kiwanis Club is currently seeking applicants for the Michigan State Police – Kiwanis Law Enforcement Career Academy. The academy is scheduled for July 16-21 at the Michigan State Police Training Academy, 7426 Canal Rd., Lansing. This academy is jointly sponsored by the Michigan ...

ACC Community Education announces Grant Writing series

ACC’s Community Education program is offering an important and timely new series on Grant Writing beginning March 7. This comprehensive professional development series covers essential topics for making successful funding applications. “Lunch Bites” presentations are designed to ...

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Cast members of Thunder Bay Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Jungle Book” work on creating masks for their parts in the play. The show runs March 2-12.

TBT doing ‘The Jungle Book’ as kid’s production

Do come to Thunder Bay Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Jungle Book” expecting to see a lively cast of 26 ranging in age from 10 to 21. Don’t come expecting to see the Disney version of this familiar classic. “This is not the Disney ‘Jungle Book,’ but rather is a version ...

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Library to show Swedish film up for two Academy Awards

Alpena County Library will host a free screening of “A Man Called Ove” on Sunday at 2 p.m. Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who ...

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Joe Garant, second from right, was inducted recently into the Alpena Lions Club. Past District Gov. Dave Zeller, left, conducted the ceremony. Second from left, President Paulette Roznowski welcomed Garant into the club, and Bernie Lamp III served as his sponsor.

Lions induct new member

Bernie Lamp III provided the Alpena Lions Club program at last week’s club meeting. He screened a slide show which he produced, showing numerous Lions events for the club year 2009-10. Lamp’s events, for example, showed club members (1) working on construction of a Habitat house, (2) ...

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Rehearsing a scene from Rogers City Community Theatre’s production of “The Miracle Worker” are, from left, Ashley Nowicki, Emmalyn Riddle (kneeling), Abbey Mulka (on floor), Jacob Bruski and Bradley Heidemann. Also cast in the productioin are Daniel Bielas, Hannah Hentkowski, Mallory Ryan, Sophia Schiepek and Miranda Seiter.

RC Community Theatre presents ‘The Miracle Worker’

We know the story. A blind, deaf child with an untamable spirit struggles against her dark, silent world. A courageous teacher, determined and stout of heart, fights past every obstacle to give her pupil the gift of language. A pitcher...a water pump...a moment of connection...a ...

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Longtime funeral director serves as president of state organization

Wayne McWilliams of Alpena knows a thing or two about helping people through one of the most difficult times in their lives – the death of a loved one. He’s spent 63 years in and around funeral service, including as the owner of McWilliams Funeral Home on Washington Avenue. “I’m ...

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Musician Dave Bennett will perform Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alpena High School as part of the Thunder Bay Arts Council’s regular season of events.

Thunder Bay Arts Council announces Tribute to Benny Goodman concert

Thunder Bay Arts Council presents Dave Bennett – Tribute to Benny Goodman on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School’s Stanley C. Beck Auditorium. Bennett has been called “a multi-instrument phenomenon and “a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano and ...

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All things chocolate

Tables piled high with artfully arranged desserts all starring chocolate as the main ingredient – it’s a chocolate lover’s dream come true. For 17 consecutive years now, Trinity Episcopal Church has catered to chocoholics and others partial to sweets by hosting an annual Chocolate ...

Alpena County Library announces February events

Alpena County Library announces a number of programs taking place this month. All are free and cover a range of ages and interests. The Special Collections Department offers a two-part class on Adobe Spark, a free graphic design program that allows users to create impactful social graphics, ...

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Longtime Scoutmaster Dennis Johnson is surrounded by other leaders and Scouts during a recent Court of Honor at which he received recognition.

Scoutmaster Dennis Johnson recognized

At the Jan. 8 Court of Honor for Boy Scout Troop 92, longtime Scoutmaster Dennis Johnson was presented with a framed collectible patch set from this year’s National Jamboree and a commemorative Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition Henry Rifle by both current and past scouts. Johnson ...

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Celebrating a very positive first quarter are Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan staff members, from left, DeeAnn Karos, Julie Wiesen, Christine Hitch, Patrick Heraghty, Barb Frantz and Denise Piantkowski.

CFNEM nears $39 million in assets at end of first quarter

During the first quarter of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan’s 2017 fiscal year (Oct. 1 through Dec. 31), the organization’s assets increased to $38,982,648. “Through new gifts and investment income, the Community Foundation grew by over seven percent,” said Executive ...

Youth Volunteer Corps celebrates 25 years

Youth Volunteer Corps of Alpena is celebrating 25 years of transformational youth volunteer projects. The youth service program, hosted by Boys & Girls Club of Alpena, offers volunteer opportunities for more than 400 youth every year. “Our Youth Volunteers have accomplished so much in ...

People for Social Justice holds organizational meeting

People For Social Justice and Action Group For Northeast Michigan met at the Alpena County Library. There were 112 people in attendance. Five groups were established for discussion and later all were combined for reports from the five groups and to make plans for action going forward. ...

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Five generations

Courtesy Photo Pictured together are five generations of the same family. From left to right from top to bottom are: Jeffrey Huard, Beverly Carlson Huard, Andrew Huard, Barbara Carlson and Myles Huard.

New scholarship offers opportunity for maritime study

CHEBOYGAN – An affiliate of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, the Straits Area Community Foundation, announced the availability of a new scholarship fund which will provide an educational opportunity for students pursuing an education and career in the maritime field. The ...