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RCAS board sets goals, expectations for new superintendent

ROGERS CITY — Goals of new Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Nicholas Hein were discussed after he was hired during a special board meeting Tuesday. Hein was hired after he was interviewed by the school board. After the unanimous vote to hire him, the board discussed what his ...

Record snowfall Monday, but low output for year

ALPENA — There have been several local records broken for cold temperatures in the last several weeks, but for the most part there has been little snow in the Alpena area. That changed Monday, as a snowfall record was set and led to some schools in the area being canceled. According to ...

RC board hires Hein as new super

ROGERS CITY — The search for a new Rogers City Area Superintendent is over. Middle School/High School Principal, Nicholas Hein, was hired during a special Rogers City Area School Board meeting, Tuesday. Before he was hired Hein was interviewed by board members. Former board member ...

City to hire new firefighter

ALPENA — The Alpena Fire Department received the go-ahead from Alpena Municipal Council to move forward with the process to hire another full-time firefighter/paramedic. According to Chief Bill Forbush a new employee is needed because of the stress excessive overtime is putting on the ...

Hillman council proclaims April as Social Host Responsibility Month

HILLMAN — The Hillman Village Council approved a resolution to proclaim April as Social Host Responsibility Month on Tuesday. The proclamation states that underage drinking is a national public health issue with serious implications. This is the sixth year promoting this effort and the ...

Hillman school to incorporate new fitness program

HILLMAN — Hillman Elementary School is incorporating a new fitness program to get students moving and help them concentrate better. Meg Romel, of School Success, recently started PoundFit, an exercise and focus program that helps get students moving. “PoundFit helps the immune ...

MLK Day celebrated

ALPENA — In order to follow the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. people can be kind and speak out about inequality and discrimination said Emeline Hanna. The 15-year-old is one of four Alpena students who recited an essay to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The ...

Contaminated water meeting at CRTC Thursday

ALPENA — A special town hall meeting regarding the contaminated groundwater at Alpena Combat Readiness Center is going to take place Thursday and it is expected residents will receive an update on groundwater testing taken from wells within a one-mile radius of the base. A plan of ...

City in good shape financially

ALPENA — The Alpena Municipal Council received its independent audit report for the fiscal year 2016-17 during its meeting Monday and even though there was a decrease in fund balance of more than $450,000, auditor Straley, Lamp & Kraenzlien said the city’s financial situation is ...

First day back

News Photo by Jordan Spence Alpena Community College students listen to professor Tim Kuehnlein speak during their first day of the winter semester, Monday in Alpena.

Board approves senior exit survey, reading program

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved a senior exit survey as a graduation requirement for the 2017-18 school year. “Traditionally, our seniors have all taken a senior exit survey and what we’re doing is we’re putting this into the graduation policies,” ...

Lincoln Ele. class receives donation from Rotary Club

ALPENA — One class at Lincoln Elementary received a $280 check from the Rotary Club of Alpena on Monday for the different activities that the class has participated in at Rotary Island. Tina DenBleyker’s third grade class received the check from the Rotary Club for helping cleanup on ...

Proclamation

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora presents a proclamation to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Media Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Gandulla during Monday’s council meeting. Waligora proclaimed the week of Jan. 21-28 Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week in ...

Zoom … zoom

News Photos by Jordan Spence Weston Wierciak, 8, of Vandebilt checks out a snowmobile with his Grandpa Hugo Wierciak at the Alpena Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Show, Saturday.

AMA ESD board celebrates School Board Recognition Month

ALPENA — January is School Board Recognition Month and the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District is joining the 541 local and 56 intermediate school districts across the state to thank the volunteers for their dedication to public education. Superintendent Scott Reynolds ...

United Way is offering applications for 2019

The United Way of Northeast Michigan (UWNM) is currently accepting applications for 2019 funding. Eligibility guidelines are as follows: ∫ Agencies/organizations must be non-profit and have a 501(c)(3) status from the IRS; ∫ Agencies/organizations must provide human service ...

Walleye and perch fishing tournament to begin Jan. 27

Thunder Bay Walleye Club and Side Door Bait & Tackle are sponsoring the Walleye and Perch Fishing Tournament at Hubbard Lake on Jan. 27 from dark to dark. Registration is at Side Door Bait & Tackle beginning at 6 a.m. (bait will be available); registration will not be taken after 11 ...

Next up, retirement

News Photo by Jordan Spence Alpena Clerk/Treasurer Karen Hebert and Deputy Clerk Julie Krajniak receive gifts from staff presented by Human Resources Director Kathy Himes during their retirement party Friday at city hall.

Economic development takes time to show visible growth

ALPENA —The success or failure of economic development shouldn’t always be judged by the amount of new stores or restaurants that open each year. Because of the time it takes to recruit investors, conduct feasibility studies, form a business plan, execute and ratify agreements and begin ...

AMA ESD adopts resolution opposing Senate bills

ALPENA – The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education adopted a resolution during Thursday’s meeting in opposition to Senate Bills 584-586 and 366, which would allow anyone licensed to carry concealed weapons to be able to walk into a school building with ...