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ACC Community Education announces Grant Writing series

ACC’s Community Education program is offering an important and timely new series on Grant Writing beginning March 7. This comprehensive professional development series covers essential topics for making successful funding applications. “Lunch Bites” presentations are designed to ...

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Cast members of Thunder Bay Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Jungle Book” work on creating masks for their parts in the play. The show runs March 2-12.

TBT doing ‘The Jungle Book’ as kid’s production

Do come to Thunder Bay Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Jungle Book” expecting to see a lively cast of 26 ranging in age from 10 to 21. Don’t come expecting to see the Disney version of this familiar classic. “This is not the Disney ‘Jungle Book,’ but rather is a version ...

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Library to show Swedish film up for two Academy Awards

Alpena County Library will host a free screening of “A Man Called Ove” on Sunday at 2 p.m. Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who ...

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Joe Garant, second from right, was inducted recently into the Alpena Lions Club. Past District Gov. Dave Zeller, left, conducted the ceremony. Second from left, President Paulette Roznowski welcomed Garant into the club, and Bernie Lamp III served as his sponsor.

Lions induct new member

Bernie Lamp III provided the Alpena Lions Club program at last week’s club meeting. He screened a slide show which he produced, showing numerous Lions events for the club year 2009-10. Lamp’s events, for example, showed club members (1) working on construction of a Habitat house, (2) ...

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Rehearsing a scene from Rogers City Community Theatre’s production of “The Miracle Worker” are, from left, Ashley Nowicki, Emmalyn Riddle (kneeling), Abbey Mulka (on floor), Jacob Bruski and Bradley Heidemann. Also cast in the productioin are Daniel Bielas, Hannah Hentkowski, Mallory Ryan, Sophia Schiepek and Miranda Seiter.

RC Community Theatre presents ‘The Miracle Worker’

We know the story. A blind, deaf child with an untamable spirit struggles against her dark, silent world. A courageous teacher, determined and stout of heart, fights past every obstacle to give her pupil the gift of language. A pitcher...a water pump...a moment of connection...a ...

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Longtime funeral director serves as president of state organization

Wayne McWilliams of Alpena knows a thing or two about helping people through one of the most difficult times in their lives – the death of a loved one. He’s spent 63 years in and around funeral service, including as the owner of McWilliams Funeral Home on Washington Avenue. “I’m ...

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Musician Dave Bennett will perform Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alpena High School as part of the Thunder Bay Arts Council’s regular season of events.

Thunder Bay Arts Council announces Tribute to Benny Goodman concert

Thunder Bay Arts Council presents Dave Bennett – Tribute to Benny Goodman on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School’s Stanley C. Beck Auditorium. Bennett has been called “a multi-instrument phenomenon and “a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano and ...

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All things chocolate

Tables piled high with artfully arranged desserts all starring chocolate as the main ingredient – it’s a chocolate lover’s dream come true. For 17 consecutive years now, Trinity Episcopal Church has catered to chocoholics and others partial to sweets by hosting an annual Chocolate ...

Alpena County Library announces February events

Alpena County Library announces a number of programs taking place this month. All are free and cover a range of ages and interests. The Special Collections Department offers a two-part class on Adobe Spark, a free graphic design program that allows users to create impactful social graphics, ...

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Longtime Scoutmaster Dennis Johnson is surrounded by other leaders and Scouts during a recent Court of Honor at which he received recognition.

Scoutmaster Dennis Johnson recognized

At the Jan. 8 Court of Honor for Boy Scout Troop 92, longtime Scoutmaster Dennis Johnson was presented with a framed collectible patch set from this year’s National Jamboree and a commemorative Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition Henry Rifle by both current and past scouts. Johnson ...

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Celebrating a very positive first quarter are Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan staff members, from left, DeeAnn Karos, Julie Wiesen, Christine Hitch, Patrick Heraghty, Barb Frantz and Denise Piantkowski.

CFNEM nears $39 million in assets at end of first quarter

During the first quarter of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan’s 2017 fiscal year (Oct. 1 through Dec. 31), the organization’s assets increased to $38,982,648. “Through new gifts and investment income, the Community Foundation grew by over seven percent,” said Executive ...

Youth Volunteer Corps celebrates 25 years

Youth Volunteer Corps of Alpena is celebrating 25 years of transformational youth volunteer projects. The youth service program, hosted by Boys & Girls Club of Alpena, offers volunteer opportunities for more than 400 youth every year. “Our Youth Volunteers have accomplished so much in ...

People for Social Justice holds organizational meeting

People For Social Justice and Action Group For Northeast Michigan met at the Alpena County Library. There were 112 people in attendance. Five groups were established for discussion and later all were combined for reports from the five groups and to make plans for action going forward. ...

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Five generations

Courtesy Photo Pictured together are five generations of the same family. From left to right from top to bottom are: Jeffrey Huard, Beverly Carlson Huard, Andrew Huard, Barbara Carlson and Myles Huard.

New scholarship offers opportunity for maritime study

CHEBOYGAN – An affiliate of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, the Straits Area Community Foundation, announced the availability of a new scholarship fund which will provide an educational opportunity for students pursuing an education and career in the maritime field. The ...

Health Department emphasizes protection against carbon monoxide

District Health Department #4 is reminding residents to protect themselves against carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. “Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and colorless, and with colder temperatures there is no better time to share important information about carbon monoxide and ...

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Annie Hepburn, the new director of Alpena Senior Citizens Center, takes a few moments to chat with Del Baughman, a regular visitor to the facility.

Senior Citizens Center under new leadership

A local professional with years of experience working with the elder population has taken over the leadership reins at Alpena Senior Citizens Center. Annie Hepburn became the senior center’s new director three weeks ago. In her short time on the job, she’s been impressed with both the ...

Library receives grant for photo scanner in Special Collections

Alpena County Library is the recipient of a Community Impact Grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan. This grant will be used to purchase and install a professional grade photo scanner. The new equipment will allow the Special Collections Department staff to scan and ...

Association of Lifelong Learners invites the community to explore

Explore the world, the region, local communities and landmarks with Association of Lifelong Learners programs. Listen to worldwide travelers discuss visits to such places as Cuba, Mongolia and the Antarctic regions. Walk and talk with local tour guides about such landmarks as Rockport State ...