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AMA ESD shares strategic plan update with staff

ALPENA — On Monday, staff members of the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District were updated about the AMA ESD’s strategic plan. The AMA ESD focused its strategic plan on six focus areas: service line/service delivery, accreditation, behavior, literacy, human resources, ...

Beautiful day

News Photo by Jordan Spence Boats travel into and out of the harbor in Alpena, Sunday. The sunny day drew a lot of people outdoors to enjoy the nice weather.

ACAF seeking donations for its fundraiser

Alpena County Animal Facility are seeking for any pre-loved items that you may no longer have a use for that they could sell to raise funds a building. Some of the items they are looking for are furniture, tools, household items, toys, wall art, sporting equipment, camping gear, kitchenware, ...

Community welcomes new United Way Executive Director

ALPENA — The United Way of Northeast Michigan held a reception recently to welcome Sonya Thomas as its new executive director. Nearly 50 people attended the reception held at the APlex. Thomas will work with the local United Way staff and its board of directors to raise funds for its annual ...

First Fed, Mackinac merger complete

The directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation, the holding company for mBank, announced Friday the consummation of the all-stock merger of First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. of Alpena with and into Mackinac. First Federal of Northern Michigan was consolidated into mBank and all ...

Getting ready to paint

News Photo by Jordan Spence Josh Lucas, 18, scrapes the bottom of a boat before it’s painted at the City of Alpena Small Boat Harbor Friday.

Protocols help APS, Alcona deal with bomb threats

In the past couple of months, both Alpena Public Schools and Alcona Community Schools have had to deal with written bomb threats found in the schools and the two school districts are working on how to deal with the matter and keeping students and staff safe. Alpena Superintendent Dr. John ...

AMA ESD receives waiver for early start

ALPENA – The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District has been granted its waiver to start school before Labor Day for three years through the 2020-21 school year. The AMA ESD and the school districts in its intermediated district were granted the waiver based on ...

A day for singing in Posen

POSEN — Sixteen-year-old Cameron Freed said one of his favorite parts about Learn to Sing Day at Posen Consolidated Schools was to instill the joy of song to younger students. “I love singing and I think a lot of other people do too,” he said. Learn to Sing Day was created by teacher ...

Alcona agrees to easement on school property

LINCOLN — Alcona Community Schools approved entering into an agreement with Consumers Energy for an easement on school property during its meeting on Monday. Superintendent Dan O’Connor said Consumers Energy came to Alcona earlier in the spring to inquire about an agreement. “We did ...

Raising funds

News Photo by Julie Goldberg The Boys and Girls Club of Alpena held a fundraiser at the APlex on Friday. There was live music, a silent auction, a raffle and dinner for those who attended.

Top Cats

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena High School honored its Top Cats during an assembly on Friday. Honored were freshmen Christina LaCross, Trevor Dubie, and Brandon Puckett, sophomores Caleb Zaborney, Kristen Armstrong, and Madison Timmreck, juniors Kali Spomer, Brand Secrest, Dayna LaBell, ...

Chamber to host program featuring business consultant

Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Michigan SBDC, is hosting business consultant and restaurant industry expert John Schmitt for a valuable workshop titled, “Become a more successful restaurant/brewery.” Schmitt, senior business consultant, “Restaurant Guru,” and ...

Schmidt joins AAACU as commercial lender

Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union has announced the addition of Jerry Schmidt as its new commercial lender. Schmidt received his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and went on to obtain his MBA from Walsh College of Business. He brings to the credit union over 28 years of ...

Walleye fishing excels in Alpena

Much has been made about bass fishing in Alpena, and rightfully so, as the area is ripe with trophy small mouth bass and attracting fisherman from around the nation. Despite that it appears the walleye fishery in Thunder Bay and surrounding inland lakes is strong and continuing to ...

Medilodge of Rogers City celebrates National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Medilodge of Rogers City kicked off National Skilled Nursing Care Week on Monday. This week of observance was established in 1967 and always begins on Mother’s Day. It provides an opportunity to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and ...

All smiles

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Fifteen-month-old Meela Orban is all smiles while playing on the teeter-totter at Kiwanis Kiddie Park on Thursday.

College to discontinue auto body program

ALPENA — Alpena Community College has decided to suspend its auto body program in order to restructure. The change was discussed at the board of trustees meeting on Wednesday. The board discussed the new change after Chris Lubiato, head of the auto body department, sent his letter of ...

ACES to receive more personalized learning

ALPENA — ACES Academy is going to be implementing some changes to make learning more personalized for its students. Principal Matt Poli said the school is looking at adding personalized learning for the students, and he said it’s easier to implement that at ACES than at any other ...

College conducts budget workshop

ALPENA — The Alpena Community College Board of Trustees conducted a budget workshop before its regular board meeting Wednesday. “We will continue to have challenges I plugged in 2 percent raises in state aid. I also plugged in the numbers of our contracts,” Vice President of ...