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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 ...

County, staff at airport choose parking lot design

ALPENA — Alpena County and staff at Alpena County Regional Airport have selected a parking lot design that will be incorporated with the new terminal once it is built. At Thursday’s airport committee meeting, Airport Manager Steve Smigelski said there would be a pair of parking lots, ...

First snowfall

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Downtown Alpena saw the sky darken and let down a snowfall that brought light accumulation.

Board of ed approves contract with MLI

ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education approved to enter into a contract of $6,500 with the Michigan Leadership Institute (MLI) to facilitate strategic planning with the AMA ESD. Superintendent Scott Reynolds said that the last time the ...

Soft and cuddly

News Photo by Jason Ogden Alcona Humane Society volunteer Angie Germond works with a kitten at the society’s shelter in Lincoln Thursday. According to Manager Jenna Richardson the shelter is full.

Hunters to show off bucks at buck pole

ALPENA — Hunters in Alpena will have an opportunity to show off their bucks on opening day and hunters and non-hunters will be able to admire them thanks to Dr. David Dargis. For the seventh consecutive year Dargis will be hosting a buck pole for the hunters, but also a party to ...

Road commission to move forward with building fix

LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission voted unanimously to allow an engineer to move forward with designs and bids for an awning project to fix a flaw with the recently build facility. Other proposed projects, like a new truck washing facility and parking lot modifications, have ...

Construction begins at Rogers City ambulance garage

ROGERS CITY — Construction has started on the addition to the ambulance garage. Rogers City Council member Scott McLennan discussed the addition at the regular board meeting Tuesday. “They started to put in the footings. They’re working on the addition to the ambulance garage. ...

Alpena elections show strong voter turnout

ALPENA — Though there were few items on the ballot for both the City of Alpena and Alpena County, there was a strong turnout at the polls Tuesday according to statistics. With only the proposed jail millage on the ballot for most of the townships and pair of Alpena Municipal Council ...

Monument to honor Ossineke men killed in action

OSSINEKE — The Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox monuments stationed at the entrance of Ossineke soon will be joined by a new monument honoring Ossineke military veterans who were killed in action in two wars. Friday wooden mockups of copper plaques that eventually will be affixed to the ...