Lifestyles

Day One program receives significant grant

The Children’s Trust Fund Board of Directors has awarded a direct service grant to Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan to fund the Day One program. The $175,000 grant will be a 3 1/2-year grant for the 2017-2020 fiscal years. “CTF is excited about sponsoring your program and ...

New pamphlet for Wildlife Sanctuary

Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board members approved a new pamphlet when they met recently at Alpena City Hall. The colorful pamphlet briefly describes Island Park and the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary and includes reader-friendly maps. Designed by Betsy Hale and Judy Kalmanek, it is designed to ...

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Family gathers for Christmas pool party

Willieoma (Bleau) Roznowski and the late Clarence John Roznowski have more than 100 family members, including four sons, four daughters and their spouses, 22 grandchildren and their spouses, 31 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. On Dec. 10, 42 of them gathered at the ...

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Deck the Halls

Former Alpena resident Sue Santamour Gale doesn’t just have a single nativity set she puts up annually during the Christmas season – it’s more like 27. Over many year’s time she has collected a wide variety of nativities that range from the traditional to musical to handmade. While ...

Lions hear program by US Coast Guard Auxiliary member

Tony Belat of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary was the speaker at the Alpena Lions meeting recently. He provided the club with a complete review of the auxiliary’s history, purpose and activities. Program chair for the meeting was Alden Kirschner, who served 35 years in the auxiliary but is ...

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Deck the Halls

One of Bronwyn Woolman’s very favorite Christmas decorations is “Angie,” a Christmas tree topper. “My parents were married in the 1940s and for their first Christmas together they purchased an angel tree topper,” said Bronwyn, a long-time resident of Alpena. “There was a Christmas ...

Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan awards $76,126 in grants

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan recently awarded a new round of community grants covering a four-county area that includes Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. The Board of Trustees recently approved 50 new grants totaling $76,126. Of that amount, $48,395 was ...

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Deck the Halls

Like many others who appreciate Christmases past, Karen Tetzloff of Alpena remembers special times decorating for Christmas with her family. She grew up on a farm near Traverse City and had three older sisters, including Marilyn Ross of Alpena, and one younger sister. “Christmas was a ...

Benefit for Bunny Lyon slated today at Taco Bell

As the Christmas day draws closer everyone is wanting to gather to celebrate the reason for the season. In the true spirit of giving all are welcome to come to Taco Bell on Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Taco Bell has partnered with a group of friends to raise funds for Bunny Lyon and her ...

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Deck the Halls

Her Irish heritage shines through in this special green ornament treasured by Bridge Wertz of Ossineke. A former co-worker in Traverse City presented her with it years ago. “It signifies my proud Irish heritage and the strong Irish woman who made it many years ago,” Bridge said. She’s ...

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Salvation Army Girl Guards celebrate the holiday season

Some of the Girl Guards from the Salvation Army recently visited Orchard Manor Adult Foster Case in Posen. The Girl Guards baked cookies and bread as well as hosted a tea party for the residents. Christmas songs were sung and stories shared as the girls and residents enjoyed each other’s ...

Dinner/Dance to benefit Thunder Bay Arts Council

Thunder Bay Arts Council announces an upcoming benefit, Dinner and Dancing for the Arts. The event is set for Jan. 28, 2017 at the APlex, beginning with a cash bar at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds support expanded programming of the ...

Sunnyside Red Toppers gather for holiday party

The Sunnyside Red Toppers met Dec. 8 at JJ’s Steak and Pizza House for their annual Christmas party. There were 16 members in attendance. Serving as hostesses were Patti Tucker and Nancy Benson. The evening started with everyone choosing a colored pencil to use for a game. As the colors of ...

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Deck the Halls

As a child, Kathryn Kunze of Alpena loved the Christmas “crib” as it was known in her family. “We would put it out on the old floor radio and decorate with real evergreen branches and tinsel,” she said. “When it was lighted in the evening, I felt it was the loveliest treasure of ...

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Deck the Halls

Instead of it taking a village to raise a child, in Linda Sansom’s case it takes some children to raise a village. With the willing assistance of her grandchildren, she “builds” a Christmas village (actually more than one!) every year at her home in celebration of the ...

Habitat for Humanity earns state accreditation approval

Each year, Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan must meet important bench marks in order to have its “Readiness File” submitted and approved by Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. The local organization has announced that it’s current “Readiness File” was approved for the years ...

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Deck the Halls

Christmas memories of her mother come flooding back whenever Rita Stevens of Alpena puts up her seasonal decorations. She’s hard pressed to pick her favorite between a tree of roses and Santa drawings made by her mother, both on a shoestring budget. “All she had to draw on was freezer ...

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Deck the Halls

For Carol Cadarette, her most treasured Christmas item is a small tree. The diminutive size doesn’t matter a bit, because the meaning behind the tree looms big in her heart – so much so that she leaves it lit all year long in her kitchen window. “It has been in a special place in my ...

Community Foundation announces grant opportunities

Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan is accepting grant applications for the winter 2017 grant cycles of its Community Impact, Youth Advisory Council and Tobacco Grants. The deadline for all three grant opportunities is Jan. 16, 2017. All non-profit agencies with a 501(c)(3) IRS ...

VFW Post 2496 Auxiliary approves six new members

The December regular meeting of VFW Post 2496 Auxiliary was presided over by President Gloria Plater, with 12 members present. There were six petitions for membership and a vote was taken with all approved. Before the meeting started a dinner was enjoyed by 25 members and guests from both the ...