Going to the dogs

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alisha Manning, left, and Abby O’Bryan set up one of the silent auction tables at a fundraiser for the proposed dog park to be built in Alpena at North Riverside Park. Manning and O’Bryan have led the effort to have the park constructed. Construction on the ...

Four candidates vie for vacant seat

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners will have four candidates to consider in filling the vacant District No. 3 seat after Camille Nerkowski resigned for health reasons. The filing deadline for those interested passed Thursday at noon and there were three familiar names in ...

Students to begin next school year before Labor Day

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ALPENA — Students in Alpena Public Schools will be starting school before Labor Day next school year after the board of education acted on the waiver the Michigan Department of Education’s approved last year. The option to move the start date was granted to APS in May 2016 but was ...

Numbers about the same for tax exemptions

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ALPENA — Tax exemptions for both veterans and poverty-eligible residents remained close to previous year’s numbers following the Alpena Township’s March board of review meetings. The board of review meets in three months of the year to hear tax exemption applications from residents ...


Dedicated worker

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Alcona County Commission on Aging kitchen aide Dana Howay uses a thermometer to check the temperature on a kettle of boiled potatoes in the kitchen of the Lincoln center Wednesday. The potatoes, she said, were part of the evening senior meal, which included cabbage ...

TBTA working to hire new management staff

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ALPENA — The Thunder Bay Transportation Authority’s executive committee is working on hiring management positions for the pending opening of the agency’s new building north of Alpena. During a meeting Tuesday, authority member Tony Suszek, a member of the executive committee, said ...

New DDA director to be announced April 3

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ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority’s personnel committee is prepared to make a recommendation on a candidate to replace former executive director Lesslee Dort, who stepped down last month to accept another employment opportunity. The identity of the candidate will not be ...

Alcona library board scales back project scope

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HARRISVILLE — New LED lighting should be installed this year at the Alcona County Library’s Harrisville and Lincoln branches, but other projects may be put on hold until next year. These matters were discussed Wednesday during an Alcona County Library Board meeting. Each year the ...

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Representatives from 911 equipment companies at a special Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday.

PI County purchases 911 equipment

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of 911 equipment for $197,000 during a special meeting Thursday. Commissioners had a choice between bids from Tele-Rad and West Safety Services. “This is a mammoth expense and a big change for Presque ...

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Former Alpena Mayor Carol Shafto receives the Honorary Life Membership Award at the 2017 Michigan Municipal League Awards Gala.

Former mayor receives MML award

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LANSING — The Michigan Municipal League awarded former Alpena Mayor Carol Shafto with its highest individual honor — the Honorary Life Membership Award. The award was given during the league’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 21 in Lansing. Shafto served Alpena for 24 ...

Drug issues in four counties out of control

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ALPENA — The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team is tasked with fighting drug distribution in Alpena, Presque Isle, Alcona and Montmorency counties, but despite the team’s best effort, the distribution and use of hardcore drugs is increasing. Although having a limited budget the officers, ...

Twp finalizes upcoming year budget

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ALPENA — Following the required public input session, the Alpena Township Board of Trustees is set to adopt the 2017-18 fiscal year budget. The process of creating a budget has been cumbersome for the board as it struggled with issues such as difficulty in ascertaining previous budget ...

Posen Science Fair presents 3rd through 6th grade projects

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POSEN — The Posen Elementary School Science Fair is a 20 year tradition that continued Wednesday. Students in grades third through sixth picked their own presentations for family, fellow students and teachers to view. “It’s a great time to bring the community together and show ...


Encouragement for reading

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Students from Ella White School rush out of the AMC State Theater in Alpena after viewing Beauty and the Beast Wednesday afternoon. The theater is offering free viewing for the movie for schools around the area as a way to promote March is Reading Month. Belle, ...

Alcona road commission approves equipment, services

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LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission approved two motions for equipment and services for the agency during a Wednesday meeting. The motions involved accepting bids for a new bulldozer as well as a service to inspect the county’s bridges, which is required for 2017. Managing ...

No snow meant reduced revenues for Alcona businesses

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BARTON CITY — The relative lack of snow in Alcona County and other areas of lower Michigan this year meant fewer visitors and less revenue for Alcona County businesses. There were few who came to Alcona County to utilize the Michigan Department of Natural Resources snowmobile trails ...

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Dave Wagner takes the oath of office after being voted onto the Montmorency County Board of Commissioners. Wagner will assume the role of District Four commissioner after former Chairman Gene Thornton resigned earlier this month.

Montmorency fills vacant seat

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ATLANTA —After receiving two applications for the vacant commissioner’s position, the Montmorency County Board of Commissioners appointed Dave Wagner by unaimious decision. Following the resignation of District No. 4 commissioner and board Chairman Gene Thornton, Wagner was appointed ...

Rogers City funds face deficits for ’17-18

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City marina fund and local street funds both will have deficits for the 2017-18 budget. These details were discussed at the first City of Rogers City Council budget workshop meeting Tuesday. “The garbage fund has $7,000 surplus, the equipment fund has ...

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Avery Damp, 11, calls “Action” while AmeriCorp volunteer Olivia Rose films a PSA video at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center Tuesday. The Ella White fifth-grader was there with his class as STEM initiative field trip.

STEM initiative goes on for 5th-graders

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ALPENA — It’s not every day students have the chance to search for Spanish galleons. They had this opportunity during a history-themed STEM field trip at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center on Tuesday. Students from Bob Thomson’s fifth grade class spent most of their day at the ...