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Preparations

News Photo by Jason Ogden Tammy Helsom, left, and Mike Solomon work Wednesday at the Sunrise Mission, Alpena’s homeless shelter, to help prepare a Thanksgiving meal for residents and friends. According to shelter organizers more than 50 people are served during the annual meal, which ...

Suzek reappointed to TBTA board amid conflict of interest

ALPENA — Thunder Bay Transportation Authority President Tony Suszek was reappointed to the board as a private citizen instead of a representative of the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District after ESD officials said his presence on the board was a conflict of ...

PI County to rejoin HUNT

ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County will be rejoining the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team after the board of commission voted to rejoin HUNT during its meeting Wedneday. “At our last meeting (Commissioner Steve Lang) and I attended a meeting of the finance committee of HUNT. We heard ...

Getting ready

News Photo by Jordan Spence Tim Coran prepares an electrical outlet on city property Wednesday in Alpena.

HHS fundraiser takes public into historic apartments

ALPENA — Organizers with the Huron Humane Society hope the first ever Home for the Howlidays fundraiser event will continue for years to come. Event Co-chair Cindy Johnson said Saturday’s event will feature tours of holiday decorated properties in the downtown area. “We will ...

APS  approves online course offerings

ALPENA — On Monday, the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved a list of online courses that students in the school district can take. Superintendent Dr. John VanWagoner shared the list of classes with the curriculum and technology committee last week and recommended the ...

Montmorency holds off MSUE agreement decision

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners discussed a 2018 agreement with Michigan State University Extension on Wednesday, though did not approve it. MSU Extension proposed a budget of $55,127, an increase from $51,000 in 2015. “We have been doing this for about ...

Happy adoption day

ALPENA — Tuesday was a happy day for two local families, as the adoption process was completed for two children and they officially became members of their families. Judge Thomas LaCross, who presided over the adoptions on Michigan Adoption Day, noted the unique nature of adoption. ...

Road commission discusses proposed budget for 2018

ALPENA – The Alpena County Road Commission went over a second draft of the 2018 budget during its meeting on Tuesday. The proposed budget for 2018 is $6,112,454 in total revenues and other sources with $6,977,943 in total expenditures, so net revenues is proposed at $865,489. The ...

Rogers City council against renegotiating on water tower

Rogers City — The City of Rogers City Council decided not to renegotiate terms with AT&T to have equipment on the water tower. A company that negotiates for AT&T — Md7 — contacted the city with its terms at the regular board meeting Tuesday. “Organizations have ...

Showing appreciation

News Photo by Jason Ogden Members of the St. Paul Lutheran Girl Scout Troop present gifts of appreciation to members of the Alpena Police Department during a Monday meeting of Alpena Municipal Council. According to the Scouts they wanted to show that members of the public were thinking of the ...

TBTA offering free trolley service for downtown Saturday events

ALPENA — The public will get a chance to ride the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority’s electric/diesel trolleys free Saturday as well as have a chance to win door prizes during the rides. TBTA Operations Manager Andrew Sundin said a trolley will be running a special downtown route ...

Road commission examining road reconstruction funding policy

LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission has directed Managing Director Jesse Campbell to come up with a new set of policies concerning how road projects are paid between the road commission and townships. The new policies were discussed Tuesday during a meeting. Currently the road ...

Raising money for band

News Photos by Julie Goldberg The Thunder Bay Junior High School bands hosted a spaghetti dinner concert on Tuesday. Students in seventh and eighth grade performed their Solo and Ensemble pieces throughout the event while all the band classes performed for the audience.

Salvation Army begins Red Kettle campaign

ALPENA — Volunteers and staff with the Salvation Army have begun the annual Red Kettle donation campaign with bell ringers at area businesses collecting donations for Christmas. Capt. Amy Cedervall said bell ringing this year began Nov. 10 at most businesses but Friday will be the full ...

Council briefed on medical marijuana regulatory issues

ALPENA — Members of Alpena Municipal Council will have to consider a host of new state laws going into effect in December concerning medical marijuana facilities in the state. On Monday, Development Director Adam Poll briefed council on the ever-changing landscape of medical marijuana ...

Drone classes for credits at ACC in spring

ALPENA — When spring semester starts for Alpena Community College new courses can be taken for credit. “This is the cumulation of the whole project. It’s starting on Jan. 19 and that is the pilot exam prep course,” trade adjustment grant Director Dawn Stone said. If people want ...

Sanctuary to host ROV open house Dec. 16

ALPENA — This December families have another chance to work on science skills. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will have another ROV open house from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Maker’s Space at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena. The event is open to ...

APS board receives audit for 2017

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education reviewed its 2017 audit for the fiscal year ending June 30 with auditors Phil Straley and Mark Sandula of Straley, Lamp & Kraenzlien P.C. on Monday. “Alpena Public School is a big organization and that will be noticed across ...

Boil advisory lifted for Alpena, township

ALPENA — A break in one of the main water pipes at the water plant in Alpena forced a water boil advisory for all of the City of Alpena and a portion of Alpena Township this weekend. The repairs to the line were fixed and the advisory was lifted at about 10 a.m. Sunday. According to ...