Lifestyles

Jamie McClintic finalist for national award

Listen up. This community activist needs your support. A local hearing-impaired woman is among 12 finalists for the Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national awards program that honors individuals dedicated to improving lives and raising awareness about the hearing-impaired community. Local ...

Make a choice to be kind

I think we can all agree that none of us really know what is going on in another person’s life at any given moment. We may be able to take an educated guess based on true knowledge known. We may even be able to surmise a few nuggets of information by drawing some simple lines; connecting the ...

ACC’s annual Scramble for Scholarships coming up

Alpena Community College Foundation is calling all golfers for its annual Scramble for Scholarships. Since its inception in 1996, the Robert M. Granum Scramble for Scholarships has raised more than $367,845, providing hundreds of scholarships to assist students attending ACC. This year’s ...

Wildlife Sanctuary Board hears report on park upkeep

Partnering with several other organizations was evident when the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board discussed future plans and heard reports at their June meeting, chaired by Terry Gougeon. An Island Park maintenance report noted that the Alpena High School Robotics Team spread 7.5 yards of ...

ACC president addresses Lions Club about upcoming millage request

Don McMaster, president of Alpena Community College, was the speaker at last week’s meeting of the Alpena Lions Club held at JJ’s Steak & Pizza House. Program chair for the meeting was Florence Stibitz. McMaster has served ACC for 27 years. He began by noting that ACC has three ...

‘Hairspray’ opens today for one weekend only

For one weekend only, Thunder Bay Theatre patrons can get a taste of a much heralded musical and sixties-style dance tunes with the concert version of “Hairspray.” The show opens today for four performances, including tonight’s show, two more on Saturday and one on Sunday. While the ...

Scholarships available for kid’s Art in the Loft classes

A local business owner recently decided to do his part to ensure all children can enroll in culinary classes at Art in the Loft, regardless of income. Thanks to the generosity of Jon Benson, owner of JJ’s Steak and Pizza House, the Loft now can offer scholarships for those who need some ...

Locally sourced food to star in Brunch at the Harbor

To many locally grown residents, it’s important to be local, buy local and eat local. That’s the theme of Harrisville’s Brunch at the Harbor on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, sponsored by Farm to Fork Alcona. The event will feature $5 breakfast burritos made from locally sourced ...

Making it to the end

All of us made it through. Another day of going our separate ways only to come together again. My boy to Bible Camp and a friend’s house. My daughter to the grandparents. SB to teach, after doing everything that needs to be done at our house. The laundry, the dishes, the mysterious messes, ...

Art on the Bay coming this weekend

About 150 vendors will converge this weekend in Alpena’s Bay View Park for the 41st annual Art on the Bay. This popular fine art and crafts extravaganza sponsored by Thunder Bay Arts Council attracts new artists every year while also featuring many who keep coming back because of the positive ...

TBAC brings kid’s concert to Brown Trout Festival

Come Sunday afternoon of the opening weekend for Michigan Brown Trout Festival, the focus will rest squarely on kids and families. The festival committee and PNC Bank have teamed up to present Family Day from noon to 4 p.m. Part of the fun will include the fifth annual PNC Bank Kiddie Classic ...

Coconut stars in these cupcakes

Coconut is one of my favorite ingredients and flavors, especially in baked goods. I love coconut so much I would eat it for a snack after school when I was younger. I would just eat coconut and chocolate chips. This would then anger my mom who needed those ingredients in order to bake. The ...

Eagles Family Picnic announced

Alpena Ladies Eagles Auxiliary #1241 gathered June 26 for a regular meeting with President Linda Fairchild presiding. It was announced the Family Picnic will be held on July 14 at 1 p.m. Cost for the picnic is $5 per couple or $3 per person. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass. ...

Get Hooked on Music at TBAC Brown Trout event

In addition to hooking some prize-winning fish during Alpena’s upcoming Michigan Brown Trout Festival, folks are invited to get Hooked on Music. This second annual Big Tent event hosted by the Thunder Bay Arts Council features local bands sharing their music on July 14 from 8 p.m. to ...

Dragonfly Art Gallery plans reception today for gourd artist

HARRISVILLE – Dragonfly Art Gallery announces Wendy Werth as its Artist of the Month for July. A reception will be held in her honor today from 1-3 p.m. Werth has been a dried gourd artist for approximately five years. “I’m still learning new techniques, but really my imagination is ...

JFK assassinaton sparks two books

A history teacher for nearly 20 years, Barry Jones knows his chosen subject can be what he calls “mind-numbingly boring” to some students. Over the course of teaching, however, he has found a way to peak their interest by turning them onto pivotal events of the 1960s. “Years and years ...

LWV of Alpena County conducts planning workshop

The League of Women Voters of Alpena County met for a recent workshop to make plans for the coming year, including candidates forums and election information for the coming elections. A report on voter registration of high school students in Alcona County, Alpena and Rogers City was given. ...

Three published authors to visit Olivet Book & Gift

Three published authors will do book signings Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at Olivet Book & Gift in Alpena. The trio includes Pegg Thomas, who lives on a local hobby farm with her husband, Michael. They raise sheep and chickens, keep a few barns cats and their dog Murphy, who Thomas calls ...

Lumberjacks: beyond ordinary

‘No school without spectacular eccentrics and crazy hearts is worth attending.’ Saul Bellow, writer Among the towering pines of the great lakes, the legend of the lumberjack was born – hardworking, bearded and clad in flannel, ready to get things done. A dreamologist will tell you ...

ALL celebrates 20th anniversary

More than 60 members of the Association of Lifelong Learners attended the annual membership meeting and 20th anniversary celebration on June 28 in ACC’s Besser Technical Center commons area. ACC President Dr. Don MacMaster started the event by congratulating the ALL organization on its ...