Lifestyles

Small-town toy store doing its best up against online shoppers

David and Carolynn Walters want to share the love of God with each child they encounter. That’s why they started a children’s television program years ago, and why they own and operate a toy store of the same name, “Mr. Mustache and Company” in Rogers City. “We’ve really spent our ...

Zonta Club donates to HSA

Courtesy Photo Pictured are members of the Zonta Club of Alpena in addition to Donna Davis and Natalie Francis. Davis is a lead residential advocate and Francis is a volunteer coordinator with Hope Shores Alliance. The Zonta Club of Alpena hosted Hope Shores Alliance at their December ...

VFW Aux. holiday meeting/potluck held

The December regular meeting of VFW 2496 Auxiliary was presided over by President Sarah James on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., with 14 members attending. Prior to the meeting, a Christmas pot luck dinner was enjoyed by 30 members and guests with a large variety of food choices including several ...

Holiday church tour in Rogers City Dec. 28

The Presque Isle County Historical Museum in Rogers City will sponsor a bus tour to see Christmas decorations at seven Rogers City churches on Dec. 28. Churches participating in the event are St. John’s Lutheran, Westminster Presbyterian, St. Ignatius Catholic, St. Luke’s Episcopal, ...

Trinity packs boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Courtesy Photo Members and friends of Trinity Episcopal Church recently packed 644 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes, which will be sent all over the world to needy children, were packed full of sewing kits, dresses, toys, school supplies, hats and mittens, toiletries and more. ...

MARSP has 52 at Christmas gathering

MARSP(Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel) met for their Christmas gathering with 52 people in attendance. A great meal was enjoyed. Prizes were won by Betty Wright, and a free meal and other prizes were given to Judy Cooper, Bob Arthur, Dee Law, Polly Cook and Sharon Rickard. ...

Lions hear from CPA at Dec. 11 meeting

Bernie Lamp III, a Certified Public Accountant associated with Straley, Lamp & Kranzlein, was the speaker at last week’s meeting of the Alpena Lions Club, of which he is a member. Program chair for the meeting was PDG Dave Zeller. Lamp first provided each Lion five pages of the ...

Alpena’s Holiday Shop with a Cop event a success

Several local entities gathered at the Alpena Walmart on Saturday morning, Dec. 8, for the 15th Annual Alpena Police Department’s Holiday Shop with a Cop event. “In our 15th year, this event was extremely fun for all and very successful,” said Officer Tim Marquardt, DARE/AHS liaison ...

Hope Shores Alliance featured at women’s Christmas tea

The WOVEN Women’s Ministry chose Hope Shores Alliance (HSA) as their giving focus at their recent Christmas Tea. More than 140 women gathered to celebrate Christmas and focus on the true meaning of the holiday, bringing donations such as personal care and baby items, cleaning products, ...

Alpena YVC recognizes youth volunteers

Alpena Boys and Girls Club — Youth Volunteer Corps of Alpena has announced its volunteers of the month for October and November 2018. October’s Volunteer of the Month is Anthony McMath, a 17-year-old senior at Alpena High School. For the past few years he has been a member of the Youth ...

Becky LaHaie earns award

Becky LaHaie, CTA, CMP, 25, was named one of Connect Association’s 40 Under 40 honorees in August for her ambitious work in the real estate industry. LaHaie works in Lansing as project specialist at Michigan Realtors. LaHaie has a passion for her job, which entails coordinating ...

Alcona Small Farm Conference in January

The Second Annual Alcona Small Farm Conference will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19. Farm to Fork Alcona provides educational workshops, certified locally sourced dinners, and a Farm Conference to create a larger awareness of the Farm to Fork movement in Alcona County and Northeast ...

New TBAC YouthCore Piano Guild established

Thunder Bay Arts Council, Inc. announces its YouthCore Piano Guild for skilled student accompanists to assist performers in Northeast Michigan. In recent years TBAC, area churches, soloists, choruses and performing groups have faced a shortage of skilled accompanists across our region. ...

Bridge winners announced

Alpena Duplicate Bridge Club winners this week have been announced. First place went to Marcy Sherman and Beverley Rousseau. Second place winners were Fred Woolman and Eve Phillips. Third place went to the duo of Dale Middleditch and Mark Wolshon. The group meets Mondays at 12:45 p.m. ...

Garden Club held Christmas party

The Alpena Garden Club attended a well-planned Christmas party on Dec. 4 at the Ramada Inn, due to the hard work of the committee consisting of Barb Kwiatkowski, Linda Fogland, Linda Dewyre, Gayle Bade and Rose Brown. After a delicious luncheon, members were surprised by a visit from Mr. and ...

Pied Piper offers Christmas shows

Pied Piper invites the public to attend its annual holiday program, “Magical Christmas,” on Wednesday in the school gymnasium. Two performances are planned: one at 1 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. If there is a snow day on Wednesday, the shows will take place at those same times on ...

Alcona Co. radio meeting Dec. 20

Alcona County Amateur Radio Group will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20, at the EMS/EOC building, 2600 E. M-72. After the meeting, a Christmas party will be held. For more information, call Stan Darmofal, W8SZ at 989-724-5550.

Online auction for Violets for Violet now through Dec. 21

The Alpena community has shown its generosity in a campaign to help raise money for a fifth-grade girl who needs a heart transplant. Violet McClaren, a student at Ella White, was diagnosed with a rare heart condition in October that landed her on the transplant list. Since then, the community ...

A business blooms

ALPENA — Humble beginnings have blossomed into a successful business for the family behind Falls Creek Produce & Flowers. The flower business is owned and operated by mother-daughter duo Karen Grochowski of Alpena and Amanda Timm of Hubbard Lake. Karen’s husband, Dan Growchowski, is ...

Christmastime is here

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Above, fourth graders at Ella White sing “Little Saint Nick” Thursday at the school’s program titled “A Rockin’ Christmas.” All the classes performed twice for a packed audience in the gym, with shows at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The musical program was ...