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NEMROC trains 19 with state funds

The North Eastern Michigan Rehabilitation Opportunity Center, with help from the Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium has secured more than $7,900 in state Skilled Trades Training Grant funds to train 19 existing employees in Sawyer and computer numerical control training from the National ...

Wallace, Bauer honored

Alpena attorneys Keith Wallace and Roger Bauer were recently honored by the State Bar of Michigan for 50 years of service in Michigan. The pair were honored during a Golden Celebration ceremony at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, according to a news release. Wallace is a member of the firm ...

Alpena grad named president of VAM USA

Alpena High School graduate Garrett Francis was named the president of VAM USA, a premium threading division of Vallourec Group. He will start his new position on Jan. 1, leadING the safety, quality, research development, and operations of the company’s premimum facilities in Houston and ...

CPA firm announces certification, new hires

Chelsea Meeder, an employee at the accountancy firm Straley, Lamp & Kraenzlein since December 2015, has passed the accountancy exam and is now a certified public accountant through the Michigan Board of Accountancy, the firm said in a news release. Meeder graduated Davenport University ...

A PAWS-itive influence

LINCOLN — Alcona Elementary School is introducing a new, furry staff member as a way to support students while increasing their confidence and reducing stress. Much research has been done in recent years on the benefits of therapy animals, and it has become more common to see these animals ...

Quit smoking program launches Oct. 23

ALPENA —MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena will host a free, eight-week program to help smokers kick the habit, the hospital said in a news release. The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program runs Oct. 23 to Dec. 11 at the hospital’s Leaning Center on the north end of ...

Spaghetti dinner Friday

Under His Wings Christian Fellowship will have an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and a bake sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Post No. 65, 1326 M-32 W., Alpena. The church requests a suggested donation of $8 per person or $20 per family.

Autumnal art

ALPENA — With fall here, elementary school art teachers are incorporating the season into different projects and activities for students. Alpena Public Schools art teacher Melody Zelazny said pumpkins, apples, and scarecrows are all popular items art teachers incorporate into class ...

What makes for good fall color?

ALPENA — There are a lot of variables that affect when leaves change in the autumn and how long they remain on the tree before slowly falling to the earth. In Northeast Michigan, the fall foliage is in its early stages, but as fall proceeds, more leaves will change color and people will ...

Autumn by train

Fall is in full swing in Michigan, which comes with the obligatory cider mill visits, pumpkin spice coffee, and color tours. Not every state gets to witness the brilliant display of colors that comes with the natural progression of seasons. So there is no question about why people come to ...

Michigan appeals court denies Skaluba’s request

ALPENA — An Alpena man who is accused of raping two women in Alpena will be headed to trial early next year, after the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled there was enough evidence that both victims may have been assaulted and drugged by him. Nicholas Skaluba is charged with two counts each ...

Hope Shores Alliance celebrates 40 years

ALPENA — This October, Hope Shores Alliance is celebrating 40 years of service to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, an anniversary that coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is nationally recognized each October. Hope Shores Executive Director Katy Conklin said ...

NE Michigan to benefit early from new state aid for opioid crisis

LANSING — Northeast Michigan will be one of the first regions to benefit from a new state program focused on addiction recovery that seeks to curb the opioid epidemic in the state. Lt. Gov. Calley on Thursday announced the start of the state’s first Opioid Health Home program. It’s ...

PI County imposes restrictions as wind turbines proposed

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved ordinance changes to place limits on proposed wind turbines. A public hearing was held Sep. 20 to discuss the potential installation of wind turbines in Moltke Township. The meeting prompted the ...

Students learn to stay cool in a fire

WILSON TOWNSHIP — The Wilson, Green, and Long Rapids township fire departments visited Wilson Elementary School on Thursday to teach students about fire safety for Fire Prevention Week. Wilson Township Fire Captain Tony Parris said the departments visit Wilson every year to tell the ...

AMA ESD buys Pied Piper vehicle

ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education voted Thursday to buy a new vehicle for Pied Piper School. The new vehicle is a 2019 Ford Escape 4x4 for $21,350 from MiDeal. MiDeal is a cooperative purchasing program that allows government units to ...

Learning the trade

News Photo by Darby Hinkley About 50 students from two Alpena High School classes on Thursday took a tour of Besser Company, hearing from CEO Kevin Curtis and from Brian Siegert, vice president of manufacturing, about the value of choosing a career in manufacturing. AHS students from welding ...

Brief warmth broke records

ALPENA — Don’t be fooled by the summer-like weather the last two days, because it is unlikely to return until spring. It is common to have a week or so of warmer-than-average temperatures in Northeast Michigan during the month of October before cooler weather moves in and the chance of ...

Improvements

News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan Foreman Jeff Shull works with Jim Foster on creating a mock beachfront underneath the recently restored mural on Chisolm Street in downtown Alpena. Shull said there will be sand, river stones, and artwork to create a special area to sit and enjoy the mural.

‘I knew Dani was there’

ATLANTA — On Saturday, anti-domestic violence advocates will host a 5K Fun Run/Walk in memory of Dani Klein, who was killed by her abuser in the summer of 2016. October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Klein was shot and killed by Eric Shay in Hillman. ...