Lifestyles

Local author gets two books released on the same day

Tuesday marks an unusual day for Christine Johnson of Alpena, author of numerous romance novels. She has not just one, but two books being released on the same day by different publishers. “It’s a pleasant surprise,” said Johnson. “It’s the first time I’ve had two books release in ...

Three summer art workshops offered at Art in the Loft

Artists desiring to dig a bit deeper can find a trio of opportunities this summer at Art in the Loft. Three workshops designed to take artists to the next level are being offered, with the first slated for June 17. “For the past few years we have really been playing up the beginning ...

Local author releases new book

Local author David Elder has just released his fourth book, “The Sins of Icarus,” a mystery novel set primarily in Alpena. Golden boy Major Chester A. Arthur was one of the finest A-10 Thunderbolt pilots, highly decorated after being shot down in Afghanistan and Bosnia. He chooses to ...

YVC announces summer project opportunities for ages 11-18

The Youth Volunteer Corps of the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena announces its summer program scheduled. Youth ages 11-18 years old are invited to participate in various service projects in the community. All YVC projects are supervised and strive to engage youth in the community while having ...

Story Book Gala to mark library’s 50th anniversary

Alpena County Library is holding a Story Book Gala on June 10 at 7 p.m. at the library. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the library’s establishment as a county library, this magical event will celebrate the past, present and future of the library. A gourmet strolling dinner will be ...

Jaimee Reynolds accepted into Julliard School

Jaimee Reynolds, 19, of Alpena, has been accepted to finish her undergraduate degree in music performance at The Julliard School in New York City beginning this fall. For the past two years, she has been studying the French horn at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard King and Richard ...

Aaron Skiba to receive doctorate from U of M in aerospace engineering

On May 4, at the University of Michigan, Dr. Aaron William Skiba presented his dissertation and successfully defended his thesis entitled: On the Structure of Premixed Flames Subjected to Extreme Levels of Turbulence. He will be granted his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering on Aug. 18. Skiba’s ...

Peace event aims to bring community together

When it comes to relationships, Janice Boboltz and Leslie Kirchoff would far prefer to see bridges built between people instead of letting differences divide. Troubled by today’s super-charged negative political climate, the two decided to do something positive for the community – hold a ...

In the community, making a difference

Eat more chikkin’ “If God keeps me, I make sure that there is no sharecropper in my kingdom who does not have the means to have a chicken in the pot every Sunday.” Henry IV King of France (1553-1610). The bovine characters of Chick-Fil-A, Freedom, Freckles, Molly and Cat, who in ...

Lions Club hears about trip to Japan

Elijah Young was the guest speaker at last week’s Alpena Lions Club meeting. He used an impressive PowerPoint program to show remarkable scenes of his recent one-month trip to Japan. All of the scenes were camera shots which Young produced. Program chair for the meeting was Lew Kunze. Young ...

Optimist Club hears from Boy Scouts

Dana Howard, treasurer for Troop 92 of the Boy Scouts of America, introduced two of his Scouts that will be attending the 2017 National Scout Jamboree being held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, July 19 through July 28. Also accompanying the scouts at the meeting was Troop 92 ...

Board defines boundaries of Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary

Clarifying the boundaries of the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary in the Thunder Bay River was a major topic when the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board met at its regular meeting at Alpena City Hall on May 18. Board members agreed that the 443.6-acre sanctuary within the Alpena city limits extends east ...

Dragonfly Art Gallery names Artist of the Month

Dragonfly Art Gallery in Harrisville is hosting Helen Kleczynski as its June Artist of the Month. She works in pastels and will give a workshop June 23 from 4-6:30 p.m. on Watercolor Journaling. A reception also will be held in her honor June 24 from 1-3 p.m. at the gallery. After ...

Student writing contest awards announced

Brush Creek Writers announces the winners of its fourth annual Tri-County Student Short Story Contest. There were four winners who received $100 each and a grand prize winner who received $250. The grand prize winner is Jaena Morrison for “Strings,” a story about a puppet who takes ...

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League reports on activities

omen who are members of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Immanuel Lutheran Church recently met for their final meeting before the summer break. The opening devotion was given by Lisa Kendziorski, followed by a Bible Study titled, “Looking for God Goggles” led by Judy Hoch. ...

Garden Club enjoys program on Rockport

The recent May luncheon of the Alpena Garden Club held at the 19th Hole was attended by 30 members and one guest. Co-President Marilyn Ross thanked the host committee of Marilyn Bloomberg, Cathy Cathers, Linda Fogland, Lynda Russell and Pam Hand. The guest speaker was Carol Dodge Grohowski ...

Jim Mott named Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year

Alpena Senior Citizens Center announces Jim Mott as its 2017 Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year. The center received many nominations for other seniors also deserving of the title. The committee was unanimous in its decision when they read the nomination form submitted by Mark Hulsey, ...

HQ = Happiness Quotient

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. More than once, we’ve mentioned how busy lives and hectic schedules tend to dominate our day to day. If we’re not running around from doing ...

Three Scouts go through Arrow of Light ceremony

Pack 3076 of Rogers City held an Arrow of Light on May 15, during which three boys crossed from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts joining Troop 6 of Rogers City.The ceremony was performed by outgoing Cub Master Eric Muller and incoming Cub Master Michael Porter. The boys were recognized for their ...

SummerView opening with Artist Reception

At age 76, Barbara Piper of Ossineke stands out as one of several new artists exhibiting during the 2017 SummerView season at Art in the Loft. She creates beautiful woodturned bowls that serve both form and function. “Many, many years ago they told me in school that I couldn’t take ...