Lifestyles

Lions Club hears from farmer/marketer

Molly Stepanski is a farmer/marketer, along with her husband Dan, who live on an 80-acre farm near Posen. She was the speaker at last week's meeting of the Alpena Lions Club. Florence Stibitz was the program chair for the meeting. Of the 80-acres, Stepanski said they only produce vegetables ...

Hospice to host free screen of Frontline documentary

Hospice of Michigan is hosting a free screening of PBS Frontline's “Being Mortal” March 16. The screening and discussion of the film will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Alpena Community College Granum Theatre, 665 Johnson Street. The documentary is based on the best-selling book by ...

FOE Auxiliary meets

The Alpena Ladies FOE Auxiliary #1241 met Tuesday for its regular meeting with President Champine presiding. The Aerie wwill be having fish fries from March 3 to April 14, running from 4-7 p.m. and open to the public. The cost is $9. The Aerie also has euchre, shuffleboard, and pool ...

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Rotary happenings

New member and a guest speaker Courtesy Photos ABOVE: Nelson Knill, left, became the newest member of the Alpena Rotary Club recently. Knill, a financial advisor with OsborneKlein, Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisory Practice, was sponsored by Banner Realty owner Margie Haaxma. Welcoming ...

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Concert Association presents Sonic Escape

On Thursday, March 9, the Alpena Community Concert Association will present Sonic Escape on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium. Shawn Wyckoff, a flutist, and Maria Millar, a violinist, founded Sonic Escape in 2009. Their vision was to use hyper-instruments to fill ...

Lake Superior State University

SAULT STE. MARIE – Cassandra M. Merritt was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester for the School of Criminal Justice at Lake Superior State University. She has successfully completed at least 12 credits of college-level coursework with a GPA of 3.50 or ...

University of Michigan

NN ARBOR — Blaise Russell Nugent, son of Brad and Laurie Nugent of Lachine, has been named to the University of Michigan College of Engineering Dean’s Honor List for the Fall 2016 semester. The Dean’s Honor List recognizes students with a minimum of 12 graded credits and a 3.5 GPA or ...

In the community — making a difference

It isn’t like it used to be “Follow me, and find contentment, Follow me to rippling streams, Find a world that embraces, Free open spaces, Come, and follow me!” Harry Bluestone, theme song for “The American Sportsman” The “American Sportsman” symbolized the ...

Photo Courtesy of Bronwyn Woolman
The cast for Alpena Civic Theatre’s upcoming production of “You Can’t Take It With You” includes, front row left, Rachel Taratuta, Nick Stone, Nick Hartman, Karl W. Heidemann, Diane Lozon, Amanda Hulsey and Kevin Bey. Pictured in the back row are James Shultz, Matt Southwell, Ted Rockwell, Jackie Herbert, Scott Edgar, Randy Bouchard, Janet Romas, Karen Bacon and Bruce Michaud. Not pictured is Donna Gilmet-Reinke.

‘You Can’t Take It With You’ opening soon

With next week’s opening, Alpena Civic Theatre resurrects an old classic: the award-winning comedic play, “You Can’t Take It With You.” Last presented at ACT in 1974, Director Jay Kettler has long desired to do the show. “This was a bucket list show for me to direct,” said ...

Senior Center announces two events

Coming up Friday at Alpena Senior Citizens Center is a live concert with Pickin’ for People. A dinner of barbecue chicken, cheesy potatoes, vegetable and cornbread will be served from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The concert follows from 5:30-7:30 p.m. On Saturday, a Euchre Tournament will be held. A ...

Program for dental team

The Superior Sunrise Dental Hygienists’ Association is sponsoring a 2 CE program March 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Alpena County Library. “Substance Abuse Prevention” will be presented by Laurie T. Ames, certified substance abuse prevention specialist at Catholic Human Services, Inc. This ...

Character breakfast set at library

Alpena County Library still has openings for sign-ups for its Character Breakfast on March 18. There are two sessions: 10 -11 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. Bring camera, come greet Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and many more characters. While you eat your brunch, storybook characters will ...

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During a fundraising kick-off breakfast last week, Alpena Senior Citizens Center Director Annie Hepburn talks about how many meals were served by her agency during the previous year.

Providing meals for seniors

Alpena Senior Citizens Center provided more than 96,000 Meals on Wheels and on-site congregate meals last year to local seniors. To help stretch the dollars that purchase food from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan program and make it possible to serve even more seniors, the center has kicked ...

Two students at Immanuel Lutheran School are winners in essay contest

Two students from Immanuel Lutheran School in Alpena have been named local winners in the 48th annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. The students, who earned first and second place awards for their school, are Gabriella Standen (first place) and Dan ...

Library exhibit, programming put spotlight on World War I

As part of the upcoming World War I and America traveling exhibit, Alpena County Library is encouraging members of the veteran community and their families to attend and participate in scheduled programs at the library. The goal of the national WWI and America initiative is to bring members ...

TBT welcomes spring season core company

Although Thunder Bay Theatre welcomes its spring core company next week, only three of the 12 company members are fresh faces to Alpena audiences. “It’s exciting because only three are new people,” said TBT Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock. “Everyone else is returning.” Mindock ...

News Photos by Diane Speer
Appearing in “Characters” are, front row left, Olivia Gerhart and Emily Kania; second row, Jade Biddings, Rose Jasman, Miriam Denstaedt and Constance Fluharty; third row, Caitlynn Shadbolt, Josh Rasmussen, Jake Lanier, Makenna Lindros and Cameron Meichei; back row, Jonathan Prevo. Not pictured are Iven Brown, Ely Irving and Jade Shadbolt.

Masquers Club preparing for next show

Alpena High School Masquers Club members are in rehearsals for their spring show, a comedy drama opening next week. The play, “Characters,” centers around Jessica, a junior in high school who is going through a difficult time in her life. “She’s trying to cope with the play she’s ...

ACC Community Education offers fly fishing series

ACC’s Community Education announces a comprehensive series to learn or improve skills with fly and fly rod. The program, Introductory and Intermediate Concepts of Fly Fishing, runs on five consecutive Tuesdays from March 7 to April 4 from 6-9 p.m. at ACC. All participants will receive free ...

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Patsy Cline tribute to benefit new band at Alcona Schools

Songstress Casey Makela will sing more than 20 of Patsy Cline’s hits in this tribute to the late singer on the anniversary of her 1963 death in an airplane crash. The show is a benefit for the newly re-formed band at Alcona Community Schools. Tickets are $10 per person and everyone is ...

Kiwanis Club announces police academy program

Alpena Kiwanis Club is currently seeking applicants for the Michigan State Police – Kiwanis Law Enforcement Career Academy. The academy is scheduled for July 16-21 at the Michigan State Police Training Academy, 7426 Canal Rd., Lansing. This academy is jointly sponsored by the Michigan ...