Lifestyles

Daughters of Isabella short on funds

Daughters of Isabella Circle 975 met recently with Regent Diane Laseck presiding. Pat Pokorzynski gave the prayer in honor of St. Martin of Torres. Nineteen ladies were present. The pledge was recited. Readings of the minutes and bills were read and approved. Members agreed to drop support of ...

Remembering Our Children announces candle lighting event

Remembering Our Children, a local grief support group for families who have lost a child of any age, will participate in a Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 2550 S. First. They will celebrate the life and memory of their children who have died with ...

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For Ericka Leavesley of Alpena and her five children, Caleb, Rebekah, Ben, Klara and Abi, the Advent Tree pictured above always remains a special way to illustrate the Christmas story. “The Advent Tree is our family’s favorite Christmas decoration,” said Leavesley, wife of local ...

Habitat affiliate closes on 79th house in Northeast Michigan

Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan, which covers Alcona, Alpena and Presque Isle counties, builds homes for families currently unable to obtain traditional mortgage financing. Each “partner” family selected must be able to complete the “sweat equity” hours, demonstrate a need for a ...

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Lewandowski piece picked for Winter Salon Exhibition

Stillwater XVI, a colored pencil drawing by local artist Erwin P. Lewandowski, has been juried into the International Guild of Realism Winter Salon Exhibition. The Marshall Gallery of Scottsdale, Ariz., will be the host gallery for this special event. The show is slated to run Jan. 26-Feb. ...

Annual Community Blue Christmas Service offered

A Community Blue Christmas Service will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 727 S. Second. Many people struggle with feelings of depression, loss, and sadness during the Christmas season because of the death of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of a job, a broken ...

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Deck the Halls

Well-known Alpena resident Carol Shafto agreed to share a photo of her Christmas tree decked out in ornaments that she’s collected over many years. What makes the tree so special to her is that an abundance of the decorations were acquired on her travels across the country and around the ...

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PI County Historical Museum open during holiday season

Christmas has come to the Presque Isle County Historical Museum where children can enjoy a room brimming with teddy bears and a chance to visit with Santa. The museum’s gift shop also is stocked with Elf on the Shelf, holiday gift baskets, local pottery pieces, mugs filled with treats and ...

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Deck the Halls

Like many other people this time of year, Connie Stafford of Alpena finds that pulling out the Christmas decorations can bring on a wave of nostalgia. For her, it’s the handcrafted manger that always warms her heart. Stafford’s father built the wooden structure when she was only 5, ...

Purple Martin for Kids creating Christmas joy

Children served by Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan will benefit again this year by a gift giving program sponsored Purple Martin for Kids. Purple Martin was founded in 2011 with the determination to transform the lives of foster children and at-risk youth through social ...

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Reception set for Artist of the Month

HARRISVILLE - A public reception for artist Rose Blaszak is planned Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at Dragonfly Art Gallery in Harrisville. She is being honored as the gallery’s December Artist of the Month. As an artist, Blaszak has worked in many different mediums over the last 50 years. She ...

Cast announced for next Civic Theatre production

Alpena Civic Theatre currently is in rehearsals for its second show of the season, “Mister Roberts.” Anyone who has been in the military will find a lot of truth in both the comedy and drama of this play that provides a rowdy, realistic story of American sailors aboard a World War II Navy ...

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Deck the Halls

Lots of people in Alpena know Paige Mindock because of her association with Thunder Bay Theatre, where her husband, Jeffrey, serves as artistic director and she as stage manager. She’s the one who adeptly juggles many of the details vital to mounting successful theater productions. This is ...

In the community – making a difference

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it is compulsory, like a thunderstorm we all go through together” Garrison Keillor The date of Dec. 25 was declared a federal holiday in 1870 making it an occasion for non-believers as well as Christians. A survey by the Pew Research Center ...

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Hubbard Lake Fire Department members Al Ratz, left, and Daryl Kauffman, recently were honored with a plaque that acknowledges the vital part they played in helping to save the lives of five Air Force veterans whose plane crashed near Hubbard Lake 40 years ago. The five survivors had the plaque made in recognition of the heroism of Ratz and Kauffman.

Recognition for two heroes 40 years later

The Hubbard Lake Fire Department recently acquired a plaque to display, and while the plaque is new, the story behind it stretches back 40 years. It was four decades ago on Sept. 26, 1976 that an Air Force KC-135 plane crashed in a remote forested area near Hubbard Lake. Only five ...

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Pictured above is a treasured Christmas decoration that conjures up memories of warm family holidays.

Readers asked to share favorite decorations

Admittedly, I’m one of those crazy for Christmas kind of people. I love the meaning behind the season, the in-gathering of family and friends, the carols, the gift giving, the holiday meals, and the warm hope Christmas always brings that maybe, just maybe, one day there will be peace on ...

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Celebrate ‘This Christmastide’ with TBAC Chorus

Thunder Bay Arts Council Chorus, founded in 1987, will launch its holiday concert season on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 167 S. Ripley. A pre-concert flute recital will be held at 4 p.m. Audience members will enjoy a variety of selections celebrating the season ...

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New book by local author comes out

Local author Christine Johnson will do a reading of her latest book Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. at Olivet Book and Gift in downtown Alpena. The just published inspirational historical romance is titled “Mail Order Mommy.” Nursing a broken heart, Amanda Porter had answered a frontier ...

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Art in the Loft currently is showcasing its latest WinterView Exhibit featuring works by 33 artists. The exhibit will remain up through March 4, 2017.

WinterView Exhibit equals beautiful art

While Art in the Loft has become a premier gathering place for special events and activities, it still remains true to its roots as an exhibition space for local and regional artists. The Loft recently installed its latest WinterView Exhibit, and as in seasons ...

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Bruno Hirzel autographs copies of his just published book, “Bruno’s Art,” as Besser Museum Executive Director Chris Witulski looks on.  He donated 50 copies of the book for the museum to sell as a fundraiser.

The art of Bruno Hirzel

As a follow-up to the first-ever public exhibit of his artwork held earlier this year at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Bruno Hirzel of Alpena has put together a full-color book of his paintings. He had the book, called “Bruno’s Art,” printed locally at Allegra mostly for ...