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A lesson on the true meaning of Christmas

Growing up, I don’t remember too many things about Christmas or the presents I received. My parents tried to instill in us that Christmas isn’t about gifts and certainly not about how many one got. We usually received one or two presents and a stocking filled with oranges, apples, nuts ...

Wind farm policy to go to public vote

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners will consider a petition to force a wind turbine ordinance to a public vote after residents collected enough signatures. Presque Isle County Clerk Ann Marie Main on Tuesday confirmed the petition garnered enough signatures to ...

NEMCOG celebrates half-century of cooperation

ALPENA — In 1968, a group of counties came together to create the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments to help pool resources and provide assistance to municipalities in a variety of ways. Now, 50 years later, officials said NEMCOG plays a critical role in helping these communities ...

APS receives several grants

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools recently recieved several grants that will expand student learning, Superintendent John VanWagoner said during Monday’s Curriculum and Technology Committee meeting. VanWagoner said the district received a federal Title IIA competitive grant worth $50,000. ...

Resurrecting the Nativity

POSEN — When people drive through Posen, they will see a 12-foot by 8-foot Nativity scene that Posen High School woodshop students helped rebuild for the Christmas season. Posen residents Raymond and Lori Wozniak contacted teacher Glenn Budnick last winter about putting wheels on the ...

School savings?

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner said on Monday that the cost of needed renovations to school buildings is now projected to be just over $63 million, $3 million cheaper than earlier projections. That means the district may need to ask voters to OK a smaller ...

Township considers second monthly meeting

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Alpena Township Board of Trustees is considering a change to its meeting schedule which officials said could help expedite the decision-making process, shorten meetings, and possibly save money. At its last meeting, trustees voted to approve a resolution that would ...

Propane fuels debate in Hillman schools

HILLMAN — After months of discussions, the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education is starting to move forward with a switch to propane buses instead of diesel. The board on Monday approved the purchase of three propane buses under a rebate program, subject to bid. The district now ...

Harrisville taxes to fall after project paid off

HARRISVILLE —The City of Harrisville approved status-quo budgets for its water, sewer and water debt accounts during its regular meeting Monday night. The biggest change in the budgets occurred in the water debt cash fund, according to Treasurer Tom Keerl, where the city was able to pay ...

Some gifts cherished more than others

ALPENA — Christmas gifts can be big or small, costly or inexpensive handmade or store bought, but no matter which they are, they can be very special to the person that receives them. Most people have that one special Christmas gift they will always cherish and remember. For some it is a ...

APS posts pictures showing school needs

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools is in the midst planning for a potential multimillion-dollar tax proposal for repairs and renovations to all of its facilities. To help the public see the issues that need to be fixed, the district has posted a link on its website directing visitors to a ...

State sends robotics money to NE Michigan schools

= ALPENA — School districts around the state can continue growing their robotics programs this upcoming season because the Michigan Department of Education recently announced its yearly recipients of robotics grants. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics ...

Nurse practitioners donate funds for Safe Sitter Program

ALPENA — The Northeast Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) recently donated funds to the MidMichigan Health Foundation for the benefit of local youth interested in learning how to provide care for children. The donation will be used to provide scholarship ...

A day lives in infamy

ALPENA —On Dec. 7, 1941 the United States of America witnessed one of the most somber, defining moments in its history. That event, Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, forever reshaped our nation and eventually led to the U.S. leading the way to eventual victory of World War II. In ...

Christmas still bright for singles

ALPENA — Being alone during the holiday season doesn’t have to be lonely. That’s not to say you don’t wish for a friend or two to invite you over to enjoy a great home-cooked meal during this time, but there are always reasons for being alone at Christmas or New Year’s. Dan ...

ACC students prep for mass casualties

ALPENA — Students in Alpena Community College’s nursing program prepared for an active shooter situation on Friday. In the scenario, the program’s four registered nursing students were the first on the scene to a mock mass shooting in the school’s nursing lab, where 35 of their peers ...

Alcona schools tap eighth-grader as student liaison

LINCOLN — The Alcona Community Schools Board of Education now has the opinion of a student on its board to provide input on district topics. Eighth-grader Sierra West was recently selected to be a student liaison to the district’s Board of Education. She is not a voting member of the ...

Teddies on ice

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki The Alpena High School hockey team on Friday poses for a picture with teddy bears that were tossed onto the ice after Alpena’s first goal of the game, with 5:53 left in the second period. The teddy bears thrown onto the ice go toward charities for the holiday ...

An arresting spirit

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena County sheriff deputies Derik Kieliszewski, left, and Mike Lash, center, show off the office’s law enforcement-themed Christmas tree with Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski, right. The tree has barricade tape in stead of garland and handcuffs instead of lights. ...

Operation Good Cheer delivers gifts to NE Michigan kids

LANSING — Foster children in Alcona, Alpena and Montmorency county were among thousands statewide to receive Christmas gifts on Friday and today through the Operation Good Cheer program, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release. DHHS said 82 social ...