Lifestyles

Alpena County Library gets grant to start coding club

Alpena CountyLibrary is one of 50 libraries nationwide chosen to receive training and resources to launch a weekly coding club for Alpena area students. The project is administered by the North Dakota State Library in partnership with Prenda and the Association for Rural & Small ...

Full slate of events lined up for Alpena Reads program

In conjunction with its Alpena Reads 2018 program, Alpena County Library announces a full calendar of activities planned around this year’s keynote presenter, award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick, who will speak Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Alpena High School. Novick is co-director and producer ...

Two activities planned on International Day of Peace

The 12th annual 30 Days of Peace observance in Alpena continues next week and includes two events scheduled for Sept. 21 on the United Nations International Day of Peace. A blessing of the gardens at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center will take place at noon, followed by a recognition of Peace ...

Promise (a work of fiction)

The water is warm, clear, and shallow. My wife, S.B., holds my hand as we wade, and fish of all types swim around our legs. The sun is high and bright and the tall windows of our sprawling, two-story beach house shimmer in the light. Our dog snoozes on the deck, oblivious to the monarch ...

Jazz concert opens TBAC 2018-19 showcase series

Thunder Bay Arts Council presents the first event in its 2018-19 showcase series. The Paul Keller at Sundown Quartet will perform Sunday at 4 p.m. in the inspiring and intimate setting of the Art in the Loft Gallery. This talented group of veteran Michigan jazz performers are dedicated to ...

VFW Post #6754 Auxiliary conducts final business meeting

National Headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary required that the William F. Moore VFW Post #6754 Auxiliary president notify all life and annual members of the cancellation of the auxiliary, effective Oct. 19, as well as the requirement to hold a final regular meeting. A ...

Who is My Neighbor? seeks to unify

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural modern-day peace event, organizers Leslie Kirchoff, Janice Boboltz and several other volunteers are gearing up for the 2018 version of Who Is My Neighbor? The event, billed for the “young and young at heart,” will take place Saturday ...

Board of Realtors gives backpacks to Boys and Girls Club of Alpena

Thanks to the support from the Water Wonderland Board of Realtors, 72 youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena received brand new backpacks filled with snacks and school supplies. The Water Wonderland Board of Realtors consists of more 410 members and serves eight area counties – ...

TBAC Chorus to begin fall weekly rehearsals

Thunder Bay Arts Council Chorus, founded in 1987, will begin weekly fall rehearsals on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 201 S. Second. The annual fall workshop will occur there as well on Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. All adult, high school and ...

Turning old machine gears into sculptural art

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of a six-part series on Alpena’s History of Industry Sculptures being created by a mix of local and regional artists. Today’s feature focuses on a sculpture that pays homage to the history and importance of concrete technologies, including ...

Digging family roots turns into career

Matthew McCormack’s relatives consider him the keeper of the family history. It’s long been his passion, even though he knows the details he shares with them can occasionally come off as boring. “Their eyes glaze over sometimes when I’m telling them one of my stories,” joked ...

Annual 30 Days of Peace observance begins on Sept. 11

For a dozen consecutive years, the Alpena Peace Coalition each fall has offered the community a month-long calendar of events and experiences aimed at encouraging people to strive for peace in all areas of their lives, their community and their world. This year, the group’s focus falls on the ...

Dragonfly Art Gallery to hold open house

HARRSIVILLE ­- Dragonfly Art Gallery in Harrisville will hold an open house Saturday from 1-3 p.m. for Isa Hastings, the gallery’s September Artist of the Month. Hastings was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has traveled extensively around the world, and has tried a variety of art ...

In praise of live theater

“Directing teenage actors is like juggling jars of nitroglycerine, exhilarating and dangerous.” Stephen King, author Children seem natural – animated with grins, grimaces, gestures, even creating dialogue while playing individually or with others. Coming of age, growing from ...

Posen High School Class of 1988

The Posen High School Class of 1988 held a 30-year class reunion on Aug. 18 at the home of Carolyn Haske in Hawks. The reunion was organized and hosted by classmate Melanie (Haske) Keaney of England. Participants gathered on a spacious deck festooned with flowers, photos and maps showing where ...

Museum adds two new staff members

Besser Museum Executive Director Christine Witulski announces the hiring of two new staff members, Amanda Kucharek as education coordinator and Johnathan Winckowski as planetarium coordinator. An Alpena native, Kucharek joins the museum after a five-year stay in the Upper Peninsula. She ...

Virginia O’Neil celebrates her 100th birthday

Family and friends gathered Sept. 1 at the Ossineke home of Virginia O’Neil to celebrate her birthday. She turns 100 years old today. The festivities included a full Polish menu, polkas, yard games and a special “pin the kisses on Grandma” game for the 80-plus guests. Born in Alpena ...

Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board reports on activities

Reports of work bees on Island Park were given when the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board met at City Hall in August. Tom Orth reported volunteer work crews are removing full truckloads of the invasive frog-bit as they used their canoes and kayaks in the Wildlife Sanctuary. He thanked the many ...

Alpena County Library forming teen board

Alpena County Library is offering teens ages 13-18 an opportunity to tailor programming, materials, services and more to their specific tastes. The library is planning to develop a teen advisory board (TAB) in an effort to better serve area youth. Members of the TAB will meet on a regular ...

Judge Thomas LaCross addresses Lions Club

Judge Thomas LaCross was the speaker at last week’s meeting of the Alpena Lions Club. LaCross has served 12 years as an elected judge of Alpena County Probate Court. He has also served as the appointed judge for Michigan’s 88th District Court. Program chair for the meeting was Bernie ...