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A little gardening

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Susie Calkins plants spring bulbs in her garden on State Avenue Thursday in Alpena. Calkins said she loves to garden and some of her favorite plants include coneflowers and foxgloves.

County might start 2018 in the red

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ALPENA —Alpena County is positioned to cut into a $406,000 budget deficit it had at the start of the fiscal year on Jan.1. As the new budget process begins, however, early indications are running a deficit again next year is likely. According to Treasurer Kim Ludlow, the county already ...

APS brings success high school program to elementary level

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ALPENA — Project Lead The Way is a program that has been taught at the high school level for many years and now is being taught to fourth-graders at the elementary schools in Alpena. “Superintendent John VanWagoner was familiar with PLTW at the elementary school level and decided to ...

ACC to have public forum during accreditation visit

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ALPENA — The public has been invited to attend the community forum for the accreditation visit next week at Alpena Community College. The community forum is at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the ACC Granum Theater. This visit is for the High Learning Commission accreditation the college goes ...

Weather factor in fewer boaters in Harrisville

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HARRISVILLE — A rainy and cold summer had an effect on how many boaters utilized the Harrisville Harbor of Refuge this summer season. Harbormaster Jim Ferguson described the summer boating weather as “horrible” for people seeking to enjoy Lake Huron this season. “The weather was ...

Playing a little tune

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Members of the Alpena High School marching band play for customers as visited local stores on Thursday. The band was raising money for new band instruments and uniforms. Left to right, Eva Lusardi, Emilie Bruski, Zoe McKim and Dylan Susewitz perform outside ...

Parks and recreation getting jump on snowmobile season in Alcona

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HARRISVILLE — Snow may be months away but the Alcona County Department of Parks and Recreation is getting a jump on snowmobile season. Committee member Kevin Boyat told the Alcona County Board of Commissioners Wednesday the department is working on getting the nearly 100 miles of ...

Creepy spider webs

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Alpena resident Roxy Prieur, 12, uses fake spider webs to decorate her front yard for Halloween Wednesday.

Sunday is moving day for TBTA

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ALPENA — Thunder Bay Transportation Authority services, including Dial-a-Ride and the electric/diesel trolleys, will shut down Sunday for one day according to officials. Operations Manager Andrew Sundin said that the shutdown of services will be so that personnel can facilitate the move ...

Commissioners prepare for big hit in child care costs

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners is bracing for what potentially could be a large hit to its child care budget for the balance of this year and next. During Wednesday’s finance committee meeting 26th Circuit Court Juvenile Division Financial Officer Janelle Packer told ...

ACC enrollment numbers climbed this fall

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ALPENA — Dual enrollment was cited as the main reason enrollment climbed at Alpena Community College this fall. “The semester began four weeks ago. The text here lays it out. We’re up considerably in head count. A lot of that has to do with our dual enrollment work we’re up 4.7 ...

Thunder Bay Folk Festival begins Friday

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ALPENA — There will be three days of music and fun during the Fourth Annual Thunder Bay Folk festival this weekend in Alpena. There will be as many as 30 bands, music and art workshops, as well as vendors and arts and crafts. Thunder Bay Folk Society President Bonnie Bartz said this ...

Tree removal spurs more debate

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ROGERS CITY — The debate about tree removal was again heated during the Rogers City Council meeting, Tuesday. This time the trees discussed are located at North Shore Park. Owner of Up North 23 Restaurant and Lounge (formally Water’s Edge) Jesse Streich requested four trees to be ...

Senior expo

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena News Advertising Consultant Ryan Sanders talks with Hospice of the Sunrise Shore during the 2017 Senior Expo on Wednesday.

Atlanta Elk Festival begins Friday

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ATLANTA — Atlanta, the elk capital of Michigan, is hosting the 33rd Annual Elk Festival Friday through Sunday. This year’s Elk Festival is dedicated to Kevin Carigon, who was a part of the chamber for many years. The festival starts on Friday at 5 p.m. with the elk fest parade. The ...

Board seeks to expand veteran office hours

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HARRISVILLE — Alcona County officials will examine what resources it would take to expand the office hours at the Alcona County Veterans Affairs office. Veteran’s Service Officer Tony Atkinson discussed the need for expanded services Wednesday during an Alcona County Board of ...

Mentoring the younger

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Harrisville — Gail Gombos noticed the bonds form between her first grade students and Alcona High School students Tuesday. The high schoolers took their time to gently encourage, assist and — when needed — re-direct the younger kids. “The opportunity here is just like anything ...

South Bay progressing toward 45th Parallel park

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ALPENA — South Bay may have found the location for a park near 45th Parallel in Alpena. According to President Larry Clark there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, before a park could become a reality. The members of South Bay have been interested in creating a park close to ...

RC council approves abatement

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Council approved a tax exemption for the Calcite plant owned by Carmeuse Lime and Stone. The Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption was approved with a unanimous vote from the board at the regular meeting, Tuesday. “In essence the state has not agreed to ...

Zonta Club

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora proclaimed October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the city. He presented the proclamation to members of the Alpena Zonta Club which host a cancer walk/5K on Oct. 7.