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Deck the Halls

Holiday decorations set the stage for the celebration of Christmas, though bittersweet memories can sometimes be attached to particular family pieces. Such is the case with today’s Deck the Halls photo of a sweet antique snowman. Becky Caldwell of Alpena treasures it, knowing the decoration ...

In the Community – Making a Difference

Breaking news is like flatulence, a momentary sense of urgency and then it is gone. The concept of 24-hour news was introduced by Ted Turner in 1980 with the broadcast of CNN. As the industry matured (LOL), the level of investigative reporting went down and hem lines went up. If you are looking ...

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Brothers to faceoff in cooking challenge

Two brothers, both trained chefs. Who’s the best at their chosen profession? “That’s been a question I’ve been asked a lot,” said Eric Peterson, owner of the Fresh Palate. For now it’s a toss up, but a friendly cooking challenge between the two will soon give one of them ...

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Deck the Halls

For Jane Skowronek, Christmas always means putting out her handcrafted manger scene. “My dad, Chester Greka, made this manger over 30 years ago for me,” she said. “It’s unique because he made it in a log cabin style.” Growing up, their backyard held many bittersweet and ...

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A blizzard is a good thing when it involves books

Not surprisingly, the Friends of the Alpena County Library are big on books. That’s why Monday found many of the members doing what they always do at Christmas time - tying ribbons on an estimated 600 new books for children served by the Salvation Army. The annual effort, known as Blizzard ...

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Deck the Halls

Gary and Joanne Saranen of Spruce started a Christmas tradition more than 30 years ago that still happily carries on today. The year was 1983. They had just moved from Monroe to Spruce with their four children, who ranged in age from 4 to 11 years old, to open Anchor Market in Hubbard ...

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Members of the Sunnyside Red Toppers and the Hubbard Lake Red Hatters gathered recently at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan foto help decorate a Red Hat Christmas tree.

Red Hat groups jointly decorate Christmas tree at Besser Museum

The Sunnyside Red Toppers recently gathered with the Hubbard Lake Red Hatters at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan to help decorate a Red Hat tree as part of the museum’s annual Community Christmas Trees. Fourteen members, plus a niece of Alma Minke, were on hand to help with the ...

Wildlife Sanctuary Board plans green buffer

A report on a riparian buffer, which is a strip of green vegetation along a riverbank, was one of several update reports at a recent Wildlife Sanctuary Board meeting at Alpena City Hall. Elizabeth Littler reported that a riparian buffer is being developed with the city on a strip of land ...

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Deck the Halls

Many families have traditions. Those traditions can be quite similar from family-to-family. Mine is no different, with one exception; Aunt Dianna. She was a tall, glamorous, blond woman with a tall personality to match. She never entered into a room unnoticed, due to her ...

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Donna Precord honored with top Girl Scout Award

Donna Precord was recently awarded the top adult award for Girl Scouts. She received the Thanks II Award, which was presented by Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. Precord has a long history with Girl Scouts. As a youngster she was in a Girl Scout Troop for a few years, but then had to ...

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Deck the Halls

When it comes to Christmas decorations, Jill Fitch of Alpena ranks this handcrafted wooden tree high on her list for several reasons. It was made by her dad, Bob Shea, several years ago, and it reflects her family heritage. “For a pattern, he used one that his mother had from Norway,” ...

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Deck the Halls

When it comes to Christmas decorations, Jill Fitch of Alpena ranks this handcrafted wooden tree high on her list for several reasons. It was made by her dad, Bob Shea, several years ago, and it reflects her family heritage. “For a pattern, he used one that his mother had from Norway,” ...

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Besser Male Chorus to give Christmas concert

The Besser Male Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Alpena. Berniece “Bunny” Lyon will direct the chorus with Suelyn Bartz as piano accompanist and MaryAnn Hubbard on flute. The concert will feature mostly Christmas ...

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‘Flutastic Christmas’ concert set planned

The flute studio of Resurrection Lutheran Church School of Music will present their annual “Flutastic Christmas” concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the church. Flute students Cheryl Bates, Claire Duncan, Ally Frantz, Angela Salacata, Brynna Smith and Maggie West will combine with guest ...

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Deck the Halls

Decorations don’t have to big and colorful to have impact or meaning. For April Behl of Alpena, the little Christmas angels pictured above were always displayed in corner hutches at the home of grandparents in Warren. She recalls as a child thinking just how special they were. “I know ...

Celebrate the season with ASO concert

It’s time once again to celebrate the holidays with the joy of seasonal music, performed by the Alpena Symphony Orchestra and special guests, the Alpena High School Concert Choir. The concert, conducted by Maestro James VanEizenga, is Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the AHS Auditorium. This year the ...

Students share stewardship projects

Place-based education, which is hands-on learning beyond the classroom walls, was demonstrated by young students recently at a meeting of the League of Women Voters of Alpena County. Meagan Gass of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative explained how GSLI programs are helping students learn to ...

Library to screen ‘The Nutcracker’

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Alpena County Library will show the Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance screening of “New York City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” recorded at the David H. Koch Theater on Dec. 14, 2011. Experience the wonder of this iconic production of ...

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Deck the Halls

Her mother’s silver punch bowl filled with eggnog conjures up warm family memories of the past for Barb Chrzan of Alpena and her extended family. Though her parents no longer are alive, serving eggnog in the same special bowl remains a tradition that she and other family members look ...

Thunder Bay Saxophone Quartet performing in Michael Moor’s memory

Thunder Bay Saxophone Quartet will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at House Concerts at the Well. The quartet, which has been performing since 2011, will provide an evening of favorite holiday music, including an assortment of jazz, popular and traditional Christmas music arranged for four ...