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ACC  Players ready for 1st performance in 7 years

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ALPENA — For the first time in seven years the Alpena Community College Players Theatre Group will be back on stage. The ACC Players will present “The Actor’s Nightmare,” by Christopher Durang this week. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. There also will be a special ...

Twp chooses insurance provider

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ALPENA — The Alpena Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to contract with Alpena Agency as its provider for employee health insurance for 2018. The board had to choose between Alpena Agency, Franklin Benefit, and Lappan Agency. David Zeller of Alpena Agency and Michael Spleet of ...

Garden club looking to purchase, improve Harrisville parcel

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HARRISVILLE — The Sunrise Gardening Club is looking to turn a small corner of Harrisville into something beautiful. Club President Becky Bean said the group is working to raise more than $5,000 to purchase a wedge-shaped parcel of property near the Harrisville intersection of M-72 and ...

Robotics offers multiple learning experiences for students

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ALPENA — Local schools are becoming more involved with robotics programs. Being in robotics helps students in their classes, helps them create leadership roles and helps build a student’s work ethic. STEM education — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is a new ...

Ciarkowski serves 2 fire stations, plus full-time job

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ROGERS CITY — Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week Dylan Ciarkowski has to be ready for anything. For about four years Ciarkowski has been a volunteer firefighter with the Rogers City and most recently, Posen fire departments. He joined the department after he succumbed to peer ...

Story of the candy cane

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News Photo by Pamela Brunn Children gather around Stephanie Teets, center, to learn the story behind why people celebrate Christmas with candy canes during First Assembly of God’s Hanging of the Greens ceremony, Sunday.

Let the holidays begin

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Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Alpena for the annual Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade and many of them stayed for annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Culligan Plaza. Float winners for the parade: Non-Commercial Division 1. Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce 2. Cub ...

TBTA not finished, architect warns of losing occupancy permit

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ALPENA — Although the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority is in its new facility, it could be in danger of getting kicked out in early December, according to DLZ Construction observer Rod Lawrence. During a Wednesday meeting Lawrence told the authority board the issue concerned an ...

Carter Street parking lot now 24-hour free parking

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena now has 24-hour free parking available downtown after approval from Alpena Municipal Council Monday. On Monday, the council voted unanimously to convert the Carter Street parking lot, adjacent to the Holiday Inn and the Thunder Bay River, after a recommendation ...

Rogers City’s O’Bryant leaving for position in Farwell

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Dave O’Bryant is leaving the district and begins his new job Wednesday. O’Bryant has accepted the superintendent position at Farwell Area Schools. He accepted the contract Monday. O’Bryant said he left the position with Rogers ...

Getting ready

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Curtis Viers takes advantage of the nice weather and decorates his lawn for Christmas Friday in Alpena.

Salvation Army hold late assistance signup

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ALPENA — The Salvation Army of Alpena County is hosting a Last Chance Late Christmas Assistance Sign-Up next week to help people during the Christmas season. Applications are being taken at the church, located at 722 N. Second Avenue on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from ...

PI County given sound financial outlook in audit

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ROGERS CITY — The 2017 Presque Isle County audit showed a positive financial outlook. Anderson, Tackman & Co. accountant Ken Talsma presented the 2017 financial audit to the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners Wednesday at its meeting. “Everything checked out without ...

Symbol of the season

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena resident Dan Schultz sells homemade wreaths on State Avenue by Starlite Beach Friday. Schultz said he has a variety of sizes and species of wreaths for people to choose from.

TBTA has new building, training regime

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ALPENA — The iconic red buses of the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority will look the same as they transport passengers around the agency’s three-county service area, but they have a new home and the drivers within a new training regime. In recent months the authority has settled into ...

Prayer service marks landmark anniversary

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Steven J. Raica of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord and Bishop Craig A. Satterlee of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America jointly led and preached at the LARCC-sponsored ecumenical prayer service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the ...

A jump-start on Black Friday

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Walmart was busy Thursday night as people were getting ready for the early start to Black Friday sales. Customers were lined up all over the store waiting for the sales to begin.

Annual parade, tree lighting today

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ALPENA — The Christmas spirit kicks into high gear today as downtown transforms into holiday central. The Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Culligan Plaza. “We have a good number of entries this ...

Preparations

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Tammy Helsom, left, and Mike Solomon work Wednesday at the Sunrise Mission, Alpena’s homeless shelter, to help prepare a Thanksgiving meal for residents and friends. According to shelter organizers more than 50 people are served during the annual meal, which ...

Suzek reappointed to TBTA board amid conflict of interest

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ALPENA — Thunder Bay Transportation Authority President Tony Suszek was reappointed to the board as a private citizen instead of a representative of the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District after ESD officials said his presence on the board was a conflict of ...