Lifestyles

School superintendent addresses Lions Club

Dr. John VanWagoner, superintendent of Alpena Public Schools, was the speaker at last week’s Alpena Lions Club meeting. He updated the Lions on the local school system. Program chair for the meeting was Gordon Nethercut. VanWagoner first reported on his background, his family and his career ...

Natalie Goff to compete for state Outstanding Teen title

Natalie Goff, Miss Huron Shores Outstanding Teen 2016, is headed to Muskegon to compete for the title of Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen 2017. She is the daughter of Ray and Bonnie Goff. In August 2016, Goff competed in the regional Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant. Not only did she ...

ACC Endowed Teaching Chair Award announced

Deborah Hautau, a biology instructor at Alpena Community College, was presented with the 20017/-18 Russell H. and Fromilda Y. Wilson Endowed Teaching Chair Award at ACC’s annual staff recognition dinner held on May 12. The late Lucas E. and Janet G. Pfeiffenberger established the Russell H. ...

Blackthorn to perform Celtic music in Rogers City

ROGERS CITY - The musical group, Blackthorn, will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rogers City Theatre. They perform a rich tapestry of Celtic music. Their music includes traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, ancients airs and some of Ireland’s best ...

Senior Center to host Older Americans Celebration on Sunday

Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support and recognize the nation’s older citizens. This ...

ASO to perform Spring Serenade

Alpena Symphony Orchestra has prepared a Spring Serenade musical event for the community’s enjoyment. It will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. The program opens with the peppy “Piccolo Polka” starring Susan Asher and MaryAnn Hubbard on the piccolos. Joanne Root ...

Program set on ‘The King of Presque Isle County’

One of the most interesting stories from the early history of Presque Isle County is about the murder of Albert Molitor, sometimes referred to as “The King of Presque Isle County.” Molitor was one of a small group of men who set up a sawmill in Rogers City in 1870. Five years later, he ...

Willliam F. Moore VFW Auxiliary installs officers

The May 2 meeting of William F. Moore VFW Post #6754 Auxiliary was held with 11 members present. Secretary Kathy Carriveau read the minutes from the previous meeting and Treasurer Sandy Light read the financial statement. The audit report was read by Mary Ann Seymour. Membership remains at ...

In the community, making a difference

“An egg is always an adventure, the next one may be different.” Oscar Wilde, author The egg is ubiquitous; former Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger was hit by an egg at a campaign rally in September 2003. He can be thankful it wasn’t the egg of the ...

Fighting local hunger with Empty Bowls

With a goal of creating 150 unique bowls by Thursday, husband and wife team Ashley and Caleb Borchard are getting down to the wire. The owners of Cobbygoose in the Alpena Mall, not only have they been hard at it themselves, but they also invited their customers and friends to handpaint bowls as ...

ACT dishes up cooking show comedy

With this week’s opening of “The Kitchen Witches,” Alpena Civic Theatre has cooked up some obvious fun for its final show of the season. Leaning a bit more on the cooking metaphors, the show’s ingredients include a cast of only four, but together they dish up a bountiful supply of ...

VFW Auxiliary 2496 reports on activities

Gloria Plater presided over the May meeting of the VFW Auxiliary 2496. There were 12 members present. The secretary and treasurer’s report were given and approved pending audit. Tammy Snyder gave the auxiliary bingo report from April and donated $2,500. Members voted to give the full ...

Girls Scouts create 12 bird houses

Girl Scouts of St. Paul Lutheran Church recently constructed bird houses for the Stoneport Quarry. Vicki McCoy, a Lafarge/Presque Isle educational outreach employee, brought 12 bluebird houses for the Girl Scouts to put together. The nest box program is in conjunction with Cornell University. ...

Student creativity showcased in Art Around Town

Forty-six area businesses are showing their support of local students and art by participating in the seventh annual Art Around Town program. For the seventh year in a row, artwork created by students in Alpena Public Schools will be showcased publicly at each of the businesses starting this ...

Fourth generation family member inducted into Alpena Lions Club

Andy Lamp, CPA, was inducted as a member of the Alpena Lions Club at last week’s club meeting. This induction made the Lamp family the first four-generation family in the 91-year history of the club. Lamp was sponsored by his father, Bernie Lamp III and his grandfather, Bernie Lamp Jr. The ...

Habitat for Humanity hosting two events

For the first time in its history, Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan will host a meeting of the state organization’s Northern Michigan Affiliate Leadership Council. In anticipation of the May 19 gathering, the City of Alpena declared the week of May 14-20 as Habitat for Humanity ...

TBAC announces next featured artist

Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery presents Jacob Kuznicki as the featured artist for the months of May and June. An open house in his honor will be held Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the gallery, where a collection of Kuznicki’s work will be on display during the two-month period. “As long ...

Alpena City Band starting rehearsals for 99th season

Rehearsals start up next week for Alpena City Band’s weekly summer concert series held outdoors at Bay View Park. This marks the 99th year of the band’s existence. Even as band members prepare for this season, they have their eye on next year’s centennial celebration. According to ...

Illustrator’s art featured in new children’s book

Residing in Alpena hasn’t kept illustrator Elisa Chavarri from making a full-time living through her art. The ease of the Internet enables her to stay in touch with clients and market her work. “The Internet makes it all possible,” said Chavarri, a graduate of Savannah College of Art ...