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Pumpkin Day activities

News Photo by Jason Ogden Left to right, Tucker Chrzan, Mason Chrzan, Cullen Tezak and Brogan Tezak all paint pumpkins Saturday at the Alpena Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Club’s annual Apple Pumpkin Day. The event included demonstrations and children’s games. News Photo by Pamela ...

Grand unveilings

ALPENA — As people walk, bike or run along the Alpena bi-path two new art pieces will greet them. The sculptures “Global Collaboration Awareness” and “Departure of the Great Blue Herons” were dedicated during two ceremonies Friday in Alpena. “This is a dream that has now become ...

Suez tests water as state mandates

ALPENA — As the state of Michigan and the military begin the process of determining the extent of contaminated groundwater at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, the City of Alpena has and will be testing for the contaminants in question, but it could be as long as two years before ...

DDA, sheriff try to clear up confusion about jail millage TIF

ALPENA —Only property owners in the Alpena Downtown Development Authority will have a portion of their taxes distributed to DDA if the proposed jail millage passes in November. That is the message the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office and the DDA want to convey to voters. Whether the DDA ...

A day of fun

News Photo by Jason Ogden Students, volunteers and family board a horse-drawn wagon at Pied Pier Academy Friday, one of the many activities that took place during the school’s annual fall festival. According to Principal Stacy Wentz the festival is a chance for students to get outside in ...

MidMichigan to host Freedom from Smoking

To help smokers kick the habit, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena will host the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program this fall. The free eight-week program will be held on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 24 through Dec. 12. Sessions will take place from 5:30-8 p.m., in Auditorium ...

Health experts: Now is time to get flu shot

ALPENA — Health experts in Michigan are telling residents to roll up their sleeves and get ready for flu shots ahead of flu season. Family Nurse Practitioner Rhonda Keller of Healthwise Medical Clinic in Alpena said those seeking the immunization should get it soon. “The earlier you ...

Family grows giant pumpkins for Farm Bureau

HILLMAN — The Johnson children of Moltke took first, second and third place during the annual pumpkin growing contest held by Presque Isle County Farm Bureau earlier this month. The bureau held the contest during its 73rd annual meeting at Brush Creek Mill in Hillman. According to a ...

Scrimmage

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alcona Community Schools and Hinks Elementary were two of the 17 teams that competed at Alpena High School on Thursday in a robotics scrimmage. The teams were preparing for the final tournament, which is next Saturday at Alpena High School.

Contaminated groundwater found at CRTC

ALPENA — Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center has become the third military base in Michigan that has tested positive for perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid in groundwater and an effort is under way to see if and how far the contamination has spread. Alpena joins ...

CRTC hangar project a go

ALPENA — One of the largest concerns of units training at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is the lack of space and technology in the hangar. In the coming years that could change as plans to have a $19 million state-of the-art hangar constructed that will be able to ...

Representative presents overview of Main Street Program

ROGERS CITY — A representative provided a brief overview of the Main Street Program at the Rogers City Community Development Authority meeting Thursday. Michigan Economic Development Corporation Main Street specialist Leigh Young attended the meeting to discuss the program, City Manager ...

Despite delays Hubbard Lake cell tower to begin construction

HUBBARD LAKE — A project that will result in a new Verizon cell phone tower in Hubbard Lake is back on track after a property lease for the tower was signed nearly a year ago. Caledonia Township Supervisor Ken Hubbard said the tower, to be installed on Hickey Hill just a few miles out ...

Friends group raffles off boat

ALPENA — The Penobscot 14 handcrafted wooden boat on display at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Maritime Heritage Center has found a permanent home. Ray Keith of Scottville won the boat as part of a drawing through the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Keith ...

Project Lead The Way gets kids excited to learn

ALPENA – Fourth grade students around Alpena Public Schools have been working on Project Lead The Way throughout the school year with teacher Elly Diamond, and on Thursday the students at Lincoln Elementary were starting to build their cars. For Lincoln fourth grade teacher Jon Bradley, ...

AMA ESD board hires new assistant coordinator

ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education on Thursday approved of Shawna Boyd as the new Early On Assistant Coordinator. The Early On Assistant Coordinator is a new position for AMA ESD and Boyd will start the position on Oct. 16. “My ...

Cleaning up

News Photo by Jason Ogden Students from Alcona High School work to winterize the Alcona School and Community garden Thursday. Teacher Connor Hubbard said the garden is maintained by high school students, Alcona Elementary students and members of Alcona Health Center. Students worked to ...

Drug court loses funding, but county to press on

ALPENA — The Alpena County Adult Drug Court has helped addicts overcome their dependency on narcotics and alcohol since its inception in 2012. It utilized a federal grant to begin and to help the program, but last week it learned the federal funding will cease. During a special meeting ...

Stamas, Allor seek Pettalia memorial

LANSING — It has been just over a year since former 106th State Rep. Peter Pettalia was killed in a motorcycle accident in Montmorency County, but it appears his legacy in Northeast Michigan could be immortalized. His deeds and accomplishments, as well as their impact on the residents, ...

Elk resurgence a success story for DNR

ATLANTA — This year the Michigan Department of Natural Resources issued more than 200 elk hunting permits allowing hunters to kill elk from the Montmorency County herd, which is thousands strong. This marks a significant change in the herd, which was reintroduced into Michigan in 1918 ...