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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 ...

Parking issues

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John VanWagoner met with parents on Wednesday to discuss a new parking lot and driveway project at Ella White Elementary School. The parents told VanWagoner their concerns about the new parking lot and driveway. VanWagoner ...

Autumn Light Festival offers visitors a unique opportunity

PRESQUE ISLE TWP. — It’s not every day people have permission to throw things from the top of a lighthouse. But, the public will be able to do so during the Autumn Lights Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the New Presque Isle Lighthouse Park. One of the events for the festival ...

Nowak to hold another public meeting Saturday

Alpena Municipal Councilman Mike Nowak will host another “Councilman at Your Call” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cabin Creek Coffee. Nowak encourages residents to come down, say hello and discuss any city issues or projects you would like the council to work on. Over the next ...

Hope Shores Alliance, Art in the Loft partner on art therapy program

ALPENA — Hope Shores Alliance and Art in the Loft are partnering on a program funded through a grant that will offer scholarships for art therapy to children involved in domestic abuse cases. Art in the Loft Director Justin Christensen-Cooper said the nonprofit received a grant from the ...

Presque Isle will accept land donation

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners has decided to go forward with the acceptance of a land donation. The donation was discussed at the regular board meeting Wednesday. “I want to make sure before we go further what the board wants to do,” county ...

Honoring domestic violence victims

News Photo by Jordan Spence People gathered for a candlelight vigil to honor victims of domestic violence and to talk about October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month Wednesday at the Presque Isle County Courthouse in Rogers City.

Montmorency proclaims October Domestic Violence Awarness Month

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation from Hope Shores Alliance to proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during its meeting on Wednesday. “I want to thank the commissioners for recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness ...

Fixing a robot

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Fourth-grader Jenna Tolen fixes the claw on her robot on Tuesday at Hinks Elementary School. Jenna and her team are participating in a scrimmage on Thursday at Alpena High School against other local elementary school robotics teams.

My Brother’s Hope seeking winter coat donations

CALEDONIA TWP. — In an effort to supply children and others with winter coats this year My Brother’s Hope is holding a winter coat donation drive Saturday at the Free Store in Harrisville and at the Caledonia Township Hall. Organizer and Caledonia Township Clerk Kerry Scott said the ...

PI Project Connect chance to see all resources

ONAWAY — Collaboration is key for an event such as Project Connect, according to organizers. The Presque Isle Project Connect will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, at St. Paul’s Hall, 20811 Washington St., Onaway. “This year from 9-10 a.m. we only open it up to local high ...

Swabbing the deck

News Photo by Jordan Spence Jim Johnson mops his boat in the Alpena Small Boat Harbor Tuesday. He has been sailing his whole life and said fall is his favorite time to sail because the water is usually warmer than the air.

CTE committee receives tech update

ALPENA — Director of Information Systems Paul Mancine discussed with the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education Curriculum and Technology Committee the technology around the school district. “Right now, we are sitting on over 1,200 Chromebooks in over 10 months,” Mancine said. ...

Beaver dam removal leads to complaints by public

LINCOLN — The Alcona County Road Commission has received complaints for the removal of a beaver dam on Cedar Lake that allegedly was causing drainage and flooding issues for residents. Managing Director Jesse Campbell told trustees during a meeting Tuesday that although the dam may be ...

It’s National Fire Prevention Week

ALPENA — There are many things people can do to protect themselves against a fire in their home. According to Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush many of those things are promoted during National Fire Prevention Week which runs until the end of the week. Forbush said the second week of ...