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TBT rolls out new educational initiative

Thunder Bay Theatre recently unveiled its new educational initiative, TBT^2: Thunder Bay Theatre Theatrical Based Training. A program that was in development for close to six months, TBT^2 is designed as a four-point plan to lead young performing artists into a life in the theater whether it ...

Great Michigan Read pick announced

LANSING - Michigan Humanities Council announces the sixth round of Great Michigan Read, a biennial statewide literary program focusing on humanities themes. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect people as Michiganians by deepening their understanding of their state, their society and their ...

MOC Auxiliary gives report on recent activities, upcoming plans

The regular meeting of the MOC Auxiliary was held April 18, with eight members in attendance. Fines were declared, minutes of last month’s meeting read and the treasurer’s report read and filed subject to audit. General Orders No. 4 was read and bills were presented for payment. ...

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The 2017 Optimist Oratorical Contest winners include, top left, Lara King, first place; top right, Giselle King, second place; bottom left, Nicole Lucas, third place; and bottom right, Haley Sharon fourth place.

Optimists announce Oratorical Contest results

The Optimist Club of Alpena held its annual oratorical contest open to all area youth 18 years old and under. Each contestant had to write and deliver a speech on the topic, “What the World Gains from Optimism.” Four girls competed for cash prizes and a chance to compete at the regional ...

In the community, making a difference

A two headed coin “The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose to obtain the most feathers with the least hissing.” Jean Baptiste Colbert, French Minister of Finances, King Louis XIV (1665-1683). Paying tax is like gambling with a two-headed coin. The outcome is ...

Woman of Distinction Debbie Wojda, left, is pictured with DKG member Julie Usher, right.

DKG Woman of Distinction named

Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Iota State, Alpha Xi Chapter, held its March 9 meeting at First United Methodist Church in Alpena. Debbie Wojda was honored as the chapter’s Woman of Distinction for the year 2017. She is a retired physical education teacher who taught in both Hillman and Alpena. ...

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A good kind of ‘egging’ homes

The Girl Guards of the Salvation Army recently “egged” some local homes. Girls put a “paper egg” on the front door of each home. The “egg” explained that 12 plastic eggs were hidden in their yard. Eleven of the eggs were filled with candy and the 12th one was empty representing the ...

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Alpena native works in field of Parkinson’s disease research

Alpena native Laurie Mischley has been featured in a Bastyr University publication regarding her work in the field of Parkinson’s disease research. Mischley holds a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr and is currently associate clinical investigator at Bastyr University Research ...

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Brad Keen assumes top leadership role in state restaurant association

Brad Keen, an Ossineke native, has assumed the position of chairman of the Michigan Restaurant Association Executive Board for a second straight term. Over the past 30 years, he has worked as part of the Boyne Resorts team to strive to transform its Northern Michigan properties into food ...

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Empty Bowls project to fight local hunger

Local residents and businesses are invited to participate in May in Empty Bowls, a unique project aimed at fighting hunger. The first Empty Bowls was started in 1990 by ceramics students at Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School in Detroit as a one-time luncheon to raise money for a local ...

Alpena County Library to host live TED2017 Conference sessions

TEDxAlpenaPublicLibraryLive is returning to Alpena County Library on April 27 from 2-10 p.m. The independently organized event is a live broadcast of the official TED2017 Conference. TED2017’s theme is The Future You and the Northeast Michigan community will be able to participate in the ...

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The spotlight is on libraries this week in recognition of National Library Week, including at Alpena County Library, where Jeffrey Beiser takes a few minutes to read Tuesday morning.

Alpena County Library observing National Library Week

Alpena County Library this week joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer. National Library Week continues today through April 15 ...

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Shown above are those who helped Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan on a recent Saturday Service Day at a Habitat construction site on Long Lake Avenue

Volunteers assist Habitat at Saturday Service Day

Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan recently completed its first monthly Saturday Service Day. Work took place at the latest house Habitat is building at 2670 Long Lake Avenue in Alpena. “We are welcoming and encouraging those from Alpena, Alcona and Presque Isle counties to come ...

Thunder Bay Folk Society plans Spring Fling as fundraiser

Thunder Bay Folk Society announces its second annual Spring Fling. Held as a fundraising event to support the 2017 Thunder Bay Folk Festival, the event takes place April 22 from noon-midnight at the VFW Hall, 2900 Connon. Featured will be music by local artists, food, craft vendors, 50/50 ...

Thunder Bay Folk Society plans Spring Fling as fundraiser

Celebrate International Dark Sky Week in Alpena on April 22 with programming starting at the Besser Museum. There will be two shows at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the new digital planetarium. Admission is $5 per seat and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the museum. Call ...

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Jon Benson of JJ’s Catering donated food to serve 524 people at last year’s fifth annual Celebrating and Sharing Community Dinner. He also provided the serving staff for the event. Proceeds in 2016 were shared with the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena and the two co-sponsoring churches, St. Paul Lutheran and Grace Lutheran. Shown from left are Jennifer Digna, Boys and Girls Club unit director; Tom Lappan, council chair of Grace Lutheran Church; Paul Kiekiszewski, council chair of St. Paul Lutheran Church; Bradley Somers, Boys and Girls Club executive director; and Benson.

Tradition of community dinner continues

April 23 has been chosen as the date for this year’s Celebrating and Sharing Community Dinner donated by Jon Benson, owner of JJ’s Catering, and sponsored by the members of St. Paul Lutheran and Grace Lutheran Churches. The event takes place at the APlex, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. ...

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Thunder Bay Theatre Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock, seated, listens as performers Michael Cleary and Erica Werner run through their lines for “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” which is TBT’s first educational touring show in seven years. Beginning today, the show will be performed in schools throughout Northeast Michigan.

TBT observes Theatre Education Week

With an official proclamation from Alpena City Council in hand, Thunder Bay Theatre puts the spotlight on Theatre Education Week in Northeast Michigan, today through Sunday. TBT Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock went before the city council last week to share about TBT’s beefed up theater ...

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Art in the Loft’s Young Artists Exhibit will be on display now through April 29. An open house reception will be held April 21 from 6-8 p.m. for students from Thunder Bay Junior High, Alpena High School, ACES and Summit Academies, Rogers City, St. John Lutheran, St. Ignatius, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Onaway, Posen, Atlanta and Alcona Schools. A reception also was held Friday.

Artwork by area students fills gallery space

It’s not every day that kids get to have their artwork displayed in a professional gallery setting. For hundreds of young students across Northeast Michigan that experience becomes reality throughout the month of April during Art in the Loft’s annual Young Artists Exhibit. The Loft’s ...

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The Language Society members, who are planning a trip to Europe in June, are shown working with Rosetta Stone to practice foreign languages. Alpena Community College has the software available for both students and community members. Shown are Travis Powers, Jacqueline Walchak, Taylor Bost, Lexi Klee, Emily Cloft and Dr. Karol Walchak. Missing from the photo is Andre Gagnon.

The Language Society members at ACC planning trip to Europe

For the last two years, The Language Society members of Alpena Community College, a newly formed group, have been working diligently toward an understanding of global diversity, examining a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, values and beliefs. Some of their recent activities for ...

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READ Adult Literacy co-coordinators Pat Hummel, left, and Leslie Kirchoff, right, announce training dates for volunteers wanting to become reading tutors for their program.

READ Program announces new tutor training

Training for anyone who would like to tutor for the READ Adult Literacy Program begins April 25 at the Alpena County Library from 5-8:45 p.m. The training will help new volunteers learn more about teaching reading to adults that need help improving their reading skills, learning English as ...