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Calling all kids

ALPENA — If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, and you think you have a good idea in the field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), Google is looking for you. Submissions for the Google Science Fair opened on Thursday and are calling for students or ...

Judge ends city, township dispute

ALPENA — After nearly five years of litigation, there is a resolution to the water and sewer dispute between the City of Alpena and Alpena Township. On Wednesday, 26th Circuit Court Judge Michael Mack issued his final order of the case, which was spurred when the city raised rates on all ...

Federal alert test delayed to Oct. 3

ALPENA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Tuesday that a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) schedueld for Thursday will be postponed until Oct. 3. FEMA stated that the test would be pushed back because of its ...

Police warn of scam in Alcona County

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement warning residents of scams that are targeting people via phone, email, and the U.S. Postal Service in an effort to get victims to send money. According to the statement, some of the scammers are using the names of ...

Threat investigated at Onaway schools

ONAWAY — The Presque Isle County Sheriff Department was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday about a threat at Onaway Area Community Schools, the department said in a news release Tuesday. As a security measure, the schools were notified and secured. Law ...

Breast Cancer Awareness

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora presented a resolution to members of the Alpena Zonta Club on Monday, declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the city. Zonta will host its annual Walk for Women event on Oct. 6.

Hillman bandshell nearly finished

HILLMAN — The bandshell in Hillman is almost completed, Village President Myron McIntire said during Tuesday’s Hillman Village Council meeting. “There are just a few minor things left to do,” McIntire said. “There’s a little trim work to do and shingle it, which will only take a ...

Researcher who found microplastics in Alpena beer honored for efforts

ALPENA — The presence of microplastics in the Great Lakes is an area of growing concern, and Dr. Sherri Mason from the University of New York in Fredonia has been named a recipient of the 23rd Heinz Award for her groundbreaking research involving microplastics in the lakes, which make up ...

‘A gift from the past’

ALPENA — Alpena High School students on Monday were told we don’t live in a democracy and July 4 is not the birthday of the United States of America. The Exchange Club of Alpena’s Freedom Shrine rededication ceremony took place on Constitution Day, which commemorates the anniversary ...

Fed alert test postponed to Oct. 3

ALPENA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Tuesday that a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) schedueld for Thursday will be postponed until Oct. 3. FEMA stated that the test would be pushed back because of its ...

City’s goose hunt successful

ALPENA — The City of Alpena’s annual goose hunt, which is held to help control the number of geese that litter area parks and property, yielded good results, as 85 birds were harvested, officials said Monday. The hunt was held on two consecutive Fridays, for half of a day each time, ...

Alcona scraps homework for reading time

LINCOLN — The Alcona Elementary School is trying a new afterschool reading initiative that will replace traditional homework. The SPRITE program — SPRITE stands for Students and Parents Reading In The Evening — is centered on a 20-minute reading session to be completed aloud with a ...

The last splash

News Photo by Darby Hinkley The bucket tips at the Splash Park at Starlite Beach on Monday afternoon. The city had announced that the park would close Sunday, but, with temperatures in the 80s on Monday, the park remained open. Temperatures dip into the 60s today, however, and won’t climb ...

‘Bird walk and coffee talk’ event to preview Huron Pines Preserve

HUBBARD LAKE — Huron Pines is holding a free “bird walk and coffee talk” event on Wednesday at the newly acquired Hubbard Lake Preserve to showcase what the property has to offer. John and Wendy Frye donated the 80 acres preserve to Huron Pines earlier this year. John Frey works for ...

Laying the stripes

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Tim Sherman, left, and Josh Rozeveld of PK Contracting lay down stripes at the corner of First Avenue and Park Place in downtown Alpena on Monday. Rozeveld is spraying white paint while Sherman follows, sprinkling fine grains of reflective glass over the paint.

‘Definitely no bad feelings’

ALPENA — It’s OK to not be OK. That’s the message school counselors try to send to teens, one in five of whom live with a mental health disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. With the stress of school, athletics, clubs, preparing for life after high school, and ...

Yummy berries

News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan Chet Szuber was selling raspberries and other produce along US-23 in Harrisville on Friday. Szuber owns a farm in Haynes Township.

City to begin updating comprehensive plan

ALPENA — The City of Alpena is in the early stages of beginning to update its comprehensive plan. The plan needs to be amended every five years and is used as a road map in planning for the city’s future. Planning and Development Director Adam Poll said the city has hired the Northeast ...

Personal growth

News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan Jackie Krawczak spoke at the Alcona High School on Friday during suicide awareness month. She discussed her own personal struggles with clinical depression.

‘Illness is illness’

ALPENA — Losing a child to suicide could be the worst pain imaginable to a parent. Janeen and Ron Wardie have fought through that pain daily, turning it into passion for helping others prevent suicide. Their son, Zechariah, took his own life three years ago at the age of 25. “We were ...