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Answering questions

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Bridge Magazine Mobile newsroom was at Culligan Plaza in Alpena Tuesday distributing election issue guides and taking comments to forward to the state’s gubernatorial candidates. Ron Lemke, left, asks a few questions to interns Allie Parker and Marlie Pratt.

DDA closer to finalizing Christmas decorations plan

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ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority is getting closer to finalizing a plan that could replace dated Christmas decorations used downtown. If things go smoothly, some or all of the new holiday decorations could be in place this year. According to DDA Executive Director Anne ...

ACES Academy to have new learning options next year

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ALPENA — Next year, the students at ACES Academy are going to see some positive changes and ACES Academy staff members presented those changes to the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education on Monday. Counselor Barbara Matteson said there are going to be different learning options for ...

House fire

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Township Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire on US-23 North Tuesday afternoon. Michigan State Police closed the northbound lane of the highway until the fire was out and the scene secure. The home was heavily damaged and everyone at home at the ...

More than a dozen scholars to visit sanctuary

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ALPENA — The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will be the host of Nancy Foster Scholars this August. The scholars visit was announced at the TBNMS Advisory Council meeting Tuesday. There will be 12 to 16 scholars in attendance and each received the Nancy Foster Scholarship ...

Proclaimed

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Left to right, Jim Miller and Dick Wiitala accept a proclamation from Mayor Matt Waligora during Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting proclaiming this week Amateur Radio Week.

Beach walking

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Dick and Jane Silver walk Stella as they were dogsitting Tuesday in Alpena.

Tall ship stops in Alpena

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ALPENA — Capt. Jesse Doucette said he hopes the tall ship Appledore makes other stops in Alpena in the future. The ship was in Alpena for a couple days while it traveled to Detroit. “This is our first voyage to Alpena. It was suggested by a crew member who is from the area. She did ...

APS board approves its 2018-19 general appropriations budget

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved its 2018-19 general appropriations budget during its meeting on Monday with over $41 million in revenue to appropriate, over $38 million in appropriated expenditures, and a fund balance of $2.9 million. Revenues include ...

Council votes to contract with MDOT

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council voted 4-0 to enter into a contract with Michigan Department of Transportation that will provide the city $325,000 in federal funding to help cover the cost of the reconstruction of Miller Street. The city’s match for the project is about $1,132,600, ...

Record high temperature Sunday

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It may only be the middle of June, but the weather this past weekend made it feel like mid-July. Temperatures reached their peak Sunday when they reached 96 degrees at Alpena County Regional Airport, which broke the old record of 95 degrees from 2006. According to National Weather ...

Camp give students exposure to careers

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ALPENA — Bonnie Johnson is enthusiastic to help advise students during the TRiO Talent Search summer camp. “I like helping them find their dream, to just help them find their passion for life; to help find their passion, so they enjoy waking up every day for work,” she said. ...

Reynolds wrapping up first year as AMA school chief

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ALPENA — Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Superintendent Scott Reynolds is almost done with his first year as superintendent and said this year has been a phenomenal experience and a learning year for him. “With the first year, you’re going to tend to put a lot ...

Wooden boat show

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News Photo by Jordan Spence The Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show drew a large crowd, Saturday in Presque Isle.

Groovin’ to the blues

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Broken Arrow Blues Band was one of six bands who performed at the annual Alpena Blues Festival in Alpena Saturday. It was the 16th year the festival has been held at Alpena County Fairgrounds.

A rare wooden boat

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Art Peltz, left, and Art Rasche get ready for the Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show Friday. The show continues today at the Presque Isle Harbor. Rasche said this is an original Henry Ford Steamship. He said there were only three in existence, one sank, one was in the ...

Report: Tunnel, trench offer options for replacing pipeline

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TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A 65-year-old pipeline that carries crude oil beneath a sensitive waterway connecting two of the Great Lakes could be replaced with pipes buried in a tunnel or partially enclosed in trenches that would pose virtually no risk of leakage but require years and hundreds of ...

Fourth of July parade details being finalized

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ALPENA — The Fourth of July is a little over two weeks away and oarade organizers are busy finalizing details and involvement from residents. The Performance Locker Fourth of July Parade sponsored by Lafarge kicks off a long day of activities in Alpena and draws people from all over the ...

Still raising funds

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Mary Paquette sells Fourth of July Fireworks bracelets in downtown Alpena Friday. The money raised from the fundraiser will cover the cost of the fireworks display. According to Member Services Director Ashley DeFisher ...

Talent Search to hold summer camp next week

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ALPENA — The TRiO Talent Search Program will host the Summer Career Camp Monday through Friday next week. The program is for qualified high school students from 17 local high schools to promote college for specific students, most of whom would be the first in their family to attend ...