Lifestyles

Ella White sock hop

News Photo by Darby Hinkley These first graders at Ella White celebrated their 50th day of school 1950s style, wearing poodle skirts to a sock hop in the cafeteria Thursday afternoon. Pictured, from left, are Aria Wagner, Aavalon Muritok, Kenna Mousseau, Lelu Muszynski, and Mikayla Ritthaler, ...

Bell-tolling services planned in Rogers City

The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum in Rogers City will host three memorial bell-tolling services in November for the sinking of the freighters S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, S.S. Carl D. Bradley and S.S. Daniel J. Morell. On Saturday, a bell-tolling service will be held at 1 p.m. at the museum for ...

All That Matters

The big white, mystical moon floats over Third Avenue as I drive my son to school. It looks like a ghost of a planet. Faint outlines of continents and oceans. Big craters. A world covered in dust. “Maybe that’s where we used to live,” I say. “The moon? No, Dad,” he says. “We ...

Lisa West appointed American Cancer Society stakeholder

Lisa K. West of Alpena was recently appointed to the American Cancer Society (ACS) stakeholder team where she will serve as one of four ad hoc stakeholders for 2019. In her first year she will serve as an alternate and undergo training, followed by a two-year appointment to the position ...

Holiday craft shows and bazaars coming up

A variety of craft shows and holiday bazaars are set for the coming days and weeks. Events happening this Saturday include: ∫ The APlex will host “Wishing for Christmas Arts & Crafts Show,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 701 Woodward Ave. in Alpena. Enter to win one of two $100 cash ...

Weight loss event Friday at Bay Urban Fitness

On Friday, hundreds will celebrate a unified effort to lose weight, improve health, move more and make a happier, more productive community. The Thinner Winner finale party will begin at 5:30 p.m., with results revealed at 6:15 p.m., at Bay Urban Fitness at 106 River Street in downtown ...

Christmas Wish List sign-up open now at ACC

The Alpena Volunteer Center at Alpena Community College kicks off its annual Christmas Wish List this week. A holiday tradition for 40 years, the Christmas Wish List includes hundreds of children’s specific gift requests that are matched with the generous donors who agree to fill them. Most ...

Love of creating art leads to new shop

In the world of Alice Wonderland, venture down a rabbit hole and there’s no telling what you’ll find. Janet Wallace contends the same can be said of the new shop she opened in August inside the former St. Bernard’s Rectory on Chisholm Street. It’s the name Rabbit Hole that rose to the ...

Alpena’s June Perry earns first place in Besser Museum’s juried art show

Alpena’s June Perry has been painting since she was a young girl. She has earned many awards for her talent, but she doesn’t do it for the recognition. She just loves to paint. Perry earned first place in the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan’s Juried Art Show, on display now ...

Cathy Macfalda earns Michigan’s Top HR award

During the annual MISHRM (Michigan Society for Human Resource Management) conference Alpena’s Cathy Macfalda was named Michigan’s 2018 Top HR Professional. Cathy worked as Human Resources manager for NEMCSA (Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency) and has been with the agency for ...

Lions Club met Oct. 23

Nicole Keyes, Manager of Habitat for Humanity for Northeast Michigan, was the speaker at last week’s meeting of the Alpena Lions Club, on Oct. 23. Program chair for the meeting was Andy Lamp. Habitat’s goal is to provide affordable homes in our area for those who are in need and have ...

ALL spaghetti dinner Tuesday at ACC

The Association of Lifelong Learners at Alpena Community College will host its 13th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Besser Technical Center Commons Area of the ACC Campus. This event raises funds to support activities and programs which ALL provides ...

Alpena grads in CMU play

Two Alpena natives are in Central Michigan University’s production of “Shrek the Musical.” Dylan Goike of Alpena plays the role of Lord Farquaad, and Caileigh Nitchman of Alpena plays the roles of Dragonette and Happy People. “Shrek the Musical” is an interpretation of the 2001 ...

Season of Light at Besser Museum Nov. 17

The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan’s annual Season of Light exhibit is scheduled to open Saturday, Nov. 17, with a family-friendly reception filled with music, food, holiday crafts, and a special planetarium presentation from 6pm – 8pm. Advance tickets are available at the Besser ...

Susan Stacey is featured TBAC artist

Thunder Bay Arts Council and Gallery, Inc. presents Susan Stacey as featured artist for the months of November and December. An open house will be held in her honor from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at the TBAC Gallery, 127 W. Chisholm St., Alpena. The event is free and open to the ...

Mitch Albom to discuss his new book in Alpena Saturday

Internationally renowned author Mitch Albom didn’t plan on writing a sequel to his first novel, but 15 years later, he followed up with “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven,” which came out on Oct. 9. On Saturday in Alpena, Albom will discuss the inspiration behind his new book, the ...

A Not So Haunted Home!

“I know where I was before, and I know where I want to go. I am not afraid of who I am.” – Deshaun Watson, NFL quarterback Home is the alpha and omega of the mountain one chooses to climb in life, nurturing on the ascent and proclaiming achievement at the summit. Housing is linked to ...

Girl Scouts paint bowls for charity

Girl Scouts of St. Paul Lutheran recently visited Cobbygoose, where owner Ashley Borchard instructed them in the painting of bowls, to be used for the Empty Bowls fundraiser on Sunday. The fundraiser, from noon to 2 p.m., will be held at St. Bernard’s Parish Hall, 322 W. Chisholm St., ...

Lewandowski wins award for his drawing

Professional artist Erwin P. Lewandowski of Alpena was notified recently that his colored pencil drawing, Crevice Stream I, was awarded third place in the FASO BoldBrush Painting Competition for September 2018. The event is sponsored by FASO, one of the largest artist website organizations in ...

TBT’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ flips the scene, but not the script

While Juliet is wondering “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” some playgoers may be wondering wherefore art the Shakespearean traditions in Thunder Bay Theatre’s rendition of “Romeo & Juliet.” However, that is kind of the point Producing Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock is trying ...