Lifestyles

Museum hires new planetarium coordinator

Besser Museum Executive Director Chris Witulski has announced the hiring of a digital dome program coordinator to oversee the museum’s newly updated planetarium. Thaddeus LaCoursiere, who brings four plus years of experience working in the field, started on the job Monday. “We are happy ...

Alzheimer’s series offered at Alpena Senior Citizens Center

People caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease can easily become overwhelmed and feel as if they are shouldering the burden alone. A new six-month series at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center is designed to help those walking this difficult journey. Called You Are Not Alone, the ...

In the community, making a difference

“Of course, you know this means war!” Groucho Marx, “Duck Soup” (1933) Politicians and pundits realize that metaphors of anger and frustration get more recognition than expressions of assurance and achievement. For the well-being of society, there is need to end declaring war and ...

VFW Post #6754 conducts meeting

The June meeting of William F. Moore VFW Post #6754 Auxiliary was held with 11 members present including three life members from the state of Washington. Secretary Kathy Carriveau read the minutes from the last meeting. Treasurer Sandy Light gave the current financial report. It was noted ...

Besser Male Chorus celebrating 70 years of singing together

The APlex will be alive today with decades of music performed by the Besser Male Chorus. The chorus was formed 70 years ago from a request to Jesse Besser to form a singing group to participate in a celebration that was held in Alpena at the Mott Theater, now the State Theater. Since then ...

CFNEM executive director addresses Alpena Lions Club

Patrick Heraghty, recently-elected executive director of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, was the speaker at last week’s meeting of the Alpena Lions Club. Program chair for the meeting was Bernie Lamp III. Heraghty reported that CFNEM continues to manage ever-growing funds. ...

Ham radio operators to hold Field Day

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed June 19-25 as Amateur Radio Week in Michigan. Amateur Radio Week concludes with ARRL Field Day on June 24-25. The public is welcome to stop by Alpena County Fairgrounds where the Thunder Bay Amateur Radio Club will be participating in Field Day. ARRL Field Day ...

Youth theater ‘Godspell’ auditions announced

Rogers City Community Youth Theatre announces open auditions for its summer event, “Godspell, Jr.” Roles are available for principle characters and ensemble cast members for this musical presentation of the themes of love, tolerance and building a community. Actors ages 8-17 are ...

Optimist Club of Alpena awards two scholarship

The Optimist Club of Alpena awarded its annual scholarship to Alpena High School senior Trevor Roznowski, son of Jason and Melanie Roznowski of Hillman. He received a $500 scholarship toward his college education. Roznowski plans on attending Ferris State University to pursue a career in ...

CFNEM sets grant deadlines

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan is accepting grant applications for the summer 2017 grant cycles of its Community Impact Grant and the Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle Grant. All non-profit agencies with a 501(c)(3) IRS designation, schools, churches (for non-religious ...

Kinship Care funds available for grandparents raising children

Alpena Senior Citizens Center announces the availability of Kinship Care mini-grants to grandparents and family members ages 55 or older who are raising a child. The funds are available to help with the purchase of clothing or to enable the children to participate in sports, other activities or ...

Hillman VFW plans for 72nd V-J Day events

Hillman VFW Post 2356 gathered for a regular meeting June 1. There were eight members in attendance but not enough officers to hold a meeting. It was announced there will be a flag retirement June 17 at noon at the Atlanta Eagles. The public is reminded of the Friday night fish fries that ...

Thunder Bay Theatre looks to blockbuster summer season

With three easily recognizable shows, Thunder Bay Theatre refers to its summer season as the “summer of big blockbusters.” On the playbill are “The Addams Family” (June 21-July 9), “West Side Story in Concert” (July 14-16) and “Oklahoma” (July 26-Aug. 13). “It’s all in an ...

Appointment made to US Coast Guard Academy

The United States Coast Guard Academy announces that Frank A. Joslin of Chicago, Ill., has been recognized for superior academic achievement and leadership potential. Joslin, who is graduating in June from the Latin School of Chicago, has accepted an appointment to attend the Coast Guard ...

Putting a human face on an ancestor

Jim and Sharon Skouge already possessed a keen interest in genealogy when last year out of the blue they received an email containing detailed information about Jim’s great-grandfather, who spent the last 33 years of his life in Alpena. The previously unknown background about his long ...

Alpena County Library participates in NASA initiative

Alpena County Library is one of 75 public libraries in the United States selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including ...

Association of Lifelong Learners tests new Hearing Assist devices

Association of Lifelong Learners has been evaluating various ways to improve communications between presenters and members, plus guests, on hikes and walking tours. Groups can become too large or get spread out so some people cannot readily understand the presenter because of the distance. ...

Alpena to host 73rd annual Iris Show

A busy farmer and father of five, Adam Cordes still takes time to smell the flowers. Truth be told, he does a lot more than just appreciate pleasant scents – especially when it comes to the iris. He’s long been interested in these showy flowers, and currently grows somewhere between 200 ...

Besser Chorus to sing at Detroit Tigers baseball game

Celebrating 70 years as a singing group, the Besser Chorus will sing the National Anthem for the Detroit Tigers afternoon game Thursday at Comerica Park. This marks the first time the group will be singing at the current Tigers stadium, but not the first time they have sung for a Tigers ...

Community invited to help sculpture take flight

Thunder Bay Arts Council and Michigan Economic Development Corp. announce a new crowd-funding campaign through the Michigan-based platform, Patronicity. The campaign supports a TBAC project that celebrates the organization’s 45th anniversary year by erecting a sculpture of a Great Blue Heron ...