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Alpena loses big in Bay Athletic Club’s Thinner Winner

ALPENA — The Alpena community lost 1,393 pounds and 1,444 inches during a five week fitness competition led by Bay Athletic Club where people ate better, exercised more and supported each other in teams. The ninth annual Thinner Winner competition inspired hundreds of people to sign up, ...

ACS Board of Ed decides where to spend sinking fund

LINCOLN — The Alcona Community Schools Board of Education decided Monday to use upcoming sinking fund millage funding to finish roof maintenance work on the district’s high school building. The decision was made during a board of education meeting. Officials have been working for three ...

Proper placement

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Department of Public Works employees set up this year’s Christmas tree and put the finishing touches on it by placing the star on top. The tree is at Culligan Plaza and will be lit after the annual holiday parade downtown.

A day to honor, salute fallen soldiers

ALPENA — Veteran’s Day is a day to remember not only the brave soldiers who perished while at war, but all of those who gave of themselves to serve in the United States military and fought to protect our nation or others who struggled to defend themselves. Saturday at Little ...

Oh … Christmas tree

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Department of Public Works employees cut down and loaded up this year’s Christmas tree for Culligan Plaza on Friday. The tree was at the Alpena County Fairgrounds.

Saturday activities

News Photos by Pamela Brunn The Alpena Mall was a buzz of activity Saturday with the Farmers Market on one end and the Autumn Craft Show at the other end. There was quite a few people hovered over every booth looking for the perfect gifts for loved ones or just getting their every day items ...

Quilts of Valor

ALPENA —The passage of time hasn’t dulled the wartime memories of 93-year-old Dorothy Malinowski and her 69-year-old daughter, Margaret Malinowski. Both Alpena residents served their country with honor during two different conflicts: World War II for Dorothy and the Vietnam War for ...

Officials: Speed limit change has been smooth

ALPENA — Michigan motorists can drive a littler faster than they previously could on some Michigan roadways after speed increases were implemented by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Locally these sections of roadways include a long stretch of M-32 between Alpena and Atlanta and ...

AHS student receives World Changer Award

ALPENA — Alpena High School senior Rose Jasman received the World Changer Award at the Youth Volunteer Corps 2017 Summit in Kansas City two weeks ago after completing over 1,500 volunteer hours throughout the past seven years. “I received the World Changer Award and it’s awarded to ...

50 days celebration

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Ella White Elementary School students celebrated their 50th day of school on Friday by participating in a variety of activities, including hula hooping. Other activities included a sock hop, having root beer floats, and listening to records from the ‘50s on a ...

Water sampling near CRTC to begin soon

ALPENA —Groundwater sampling for PFCs in residential wells near the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is expected to begin soon and so far more than 150 people have requested testing. Once the testing is conducted and the results returned to rthe Michigan Department of Environmental ...

Szatkowski graduates from Marine recruit basic training depot

U.S. Marine Private First Class Christian L. Szatkowski Jr. graduated from Marine Corps recruit basic military training depot at Parris Island, S.C. Szatkowski completed an intensive 13-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Marine Corps values, warrior ...

Lore museum to hold bell-tolling services during November

ROGERS CITY — Today marks the first of three bell-tolling services in Rogers City to remember ships that sank. The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum, 367 N. 3rd Street will host the three services in the month of November. “The services are for the men who lost their lives when the ...

Roots the cause of RC sewer problems

ROGERS CITY — Tree roots seem to be the source of problems within city sanitary systems. The sewer cleaners of Monchilov Excavating discussed their findings at the City of Rogers City Council meeting Tuesday. “You guys have a lot of heavy cleaning in your sanitary, more than what you had ...

MSP to hold fifth annual Stuff a Blue Goose on Dec. 9

The Michigan State Police Alpena Post is organizing the fifth annual Stuff a Blue Goose drive to gather toys and non-perishable food items for those in need this holiday season. The Blue Goose is the Michigan State Police Patrol Car. MSP has long referred to its patrol cars as a “Blue ...

Shalla’s expands business, more planned for the future

ALPENA —There are few neighborhood businesses in Alpena that are still in operation, let alone expanding. On Alpena’s north side, however, there is one that has been remodeled recently and new services added. Plans also are in the works for additional development. Shalla’s gas ...

Everyone is a winner with FIRST robotics

ALPENA —Twenty-four teams from schools around the state gathered on Nov. 4 for the Bots on the Bay Northern Michigan FIRST Robotics Off-Season Event at Alpena High School. The alliance team of V2 Robotics from Alpena High School, Wiking Kujon from Posen Consolidated High School, and Delta ...

Students say ‘thank you’ to local veterans

ALPENA — Besser and Lincoln elementary schools hosted a Veterans Day assembly on Thursday to honor local veterans and thank them for their service. Students from both schools participated in different activities, including singing the national anthem, America the Beautiful, You’re a ...

Officials warn of home heating hazards

ALPENA — With winter weather slowly setting in on northern Michigan more people, if they haven’t already, will be using woodstoves, electric heaters and other forms of home heating to keep warm. But officials say those sources can pose dangers to the family. Alpena Fire Department ...

RC group sets up fundraiser

ROGERS CITY — As the coldest months arrive, those most vulnerable to the temperatures will need help to stay warm. In order to provide children in need of coats, hats, gloves and other winter gear the Rogers City Fire Association has organized a fundraiser. The event takes place from ...