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Hospice of Michigan Alpena office receives recognition

Hospice of Michigan has been recognized for providing exemplary care to patients and families across northern and northwest Michigan through the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. Quality care delivered by HOM teams in Alpena and Gaylord earned Hospice Honors ...

Kid Zone at Lincoln Elementary

ALPENA — Every Tuesday throughout the school year, students at Lincoln Elementary School get to participate in Kids Zone, a working community that teaches the students what it’s like to have a job. The students work one week, then the next week they get to go shopping and spend their Kids ...

Improved MyMidMichigan patient portal launches today

Beginning today, patients who use the MyMidMichigan portal at any of MidMichigan Health’s locations will notice a new, cleaner look making it easier to find the content they want most. New features include: ∫ New mobile app: Patients may upgrade to MyChart Mobile 6.0 to access after ...

ACC graduating class earns a ‘day of rest’

ALPENA — During Alpena Community College graduation Distinguished Alumni, Dr. James E. Stoddard, said a critical part of life is learning how to learn. “If you can do that, you can be successful,” he said. Stoddard enrolled and earned a degree from ACC in 1960 before he continued ...

ACC Foundation announces 2018 Distinguished Graduate

Dr. James E. Stoddard was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Award at the 65th Alpena Community College commencement ceremonies held in the Park Arena on Thursday. Established in 1998 by the ACC Foundation, this award honors ACC graduates who have gone on to contribute to society through ...

Rogers City Community Development Authority changing name to DDA

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Community Development Authority has changed its name. The organization voted Wednesday at their regular meeting to change its name back to the Downtown Development Authority. City Manager Joe Hefele said it needs to change the name back to the DDA because ...

Local man dies in work-related accident

ALPENA — A 52-year-old man who was an employee of Viatech Corp. in Lachine was killed while at work Tuesday afternoon at about 6:30 p.m. The name of the victim was not released. According to a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration memo the man and another employee were ...

Climbing high

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alissa Prince, left, and Melody LaCross climb a tree at Bay View Park in Alpena. From above the girls had a great view of Lake Huron, the bandshell and the smaller kids playing at Kiwanis Kiddie Park.

Alpena airport to take legal action against tenant

ALPENA — The Alpena County Airport Committee voted to take action on a tenant who leases property at Alpena County Regional Airport during its meeting Thursday. The tenant is $40,000 in arrears to the county, but has been keeping current on their regular monthly payments since being ...

Board approves bids for repairs to entrance, roof

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners approved bids to have repairs completed on the front east entrance and the annex roof during its meeting on Wednesday. The board received one bid for the front east entrance, Jon Schulze of Hillman for $19,844. The bid includes all ...

Besser students to release salmon they raised

ALPENA — Eighty-seven Besser Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders will be at Rotary Island Mill on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. taking part in the Department of Natural Resources Salmon in the Classroom Program. Partners from the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship ...

Council to implement new security camera for vandalism at playground

LINCOLN —The Lincoln Village Council is going to implement a new security camera to a children’s playground after vandalism was committed recently. Due to the recent vandalism, Village President Phil Jordan said he priced a new camera to be put on a different building at the playground ...

AHS Plant Sale fundraiser begins today

Alpena FFA members and Alpena High School Agriscience students will be hosting a plant sale fundraiser today from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Alpena High School greenhouse. This is the first time the program is having a spring plant sale. All proceeds from ...

Pinning ceremony

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Judy Stump, left, places a nursing pin on Alpena Community College license practical nurse graduate Hailey Britton during a ceremony Wednesday. There were 11 LPN and 15 RN who were pinned. ACC graduation is today with commencement beginning at 7 p.m.

City hires assessing and consulting firm

ALPENA — The City of Alpena has signed a contract with an area assessing firm to handle the city’s assessing responsibility for the next two years after it was unable to hire a level three assessor to replace Jeff Shea, who is retiring at the end of the month. Alpena Municipal Council ...

Mother, daughter graduate together

ALPENA — Jody and Ashley Reed said their bond as mother and daughter has deepened since they attended and graduated from the Alpena Community College medical assistant program. They both started the program in August 2016. It’s a two year program and they just had their pinning ...

Alpena and Ossineke to host ‘Art Around Town’

ALPENA — There will be more than a 1,000 art pieces on display this year at around 50 businesses in the Alpena and Ossineke areas for the eighth annual Alpena Public Schools Art Around Town event. The event starts Friday and runs through May 20. Bethany Cooke, an art teacher at APS, ...

New Lafarge plant manager excited to be in Alpena

ALPENA — The Lafarge North America plant in Alpena will have a new manager and he not only will oversee operations, but also said he will work hard to support the community he now calls home. Last week, Mike Nixon replaced previous plant manager Paul Rogers. Nixon, who is married and has ...

Alpena team ready for ROV regional competition

ALPENA — An Alpena High School ROV team is ready to compete in the Great Lakes ROV MATE regional competition at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Heritage Center on Saturday. Senior Elizabeth Thomson said this is the eighth year the team is competing. She said the winner at ...

Awareness is aim of mental health month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority is providing the community with information to boost understanding that mental health is important to overall health. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, good mental health is ...