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Young sailors

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Thunder Bay River in Alpena was full of small sailboats Tuesday, as members of the Alpena Youth Sailing Club practiced their navigational skills. The sailing classes take place each summer in Alpena.

Low rainfall may lead to drought conditions

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Above-average temperatures and lower-than-normal rainfall in Northeast Michigan have pushed the area into near-drought conditions. If there isn’t significant precipitation soon, there could be cause for concern for local farmers. To date, the area is about three inches below the annual ...

Up it goes

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Austin Morley and Vincent Cirilo help set up one of the tents for the Michigan Brown Trout Festival Tuesday in Alpena. The festival starts on Friday and continues until Sunday, July 22.

Rendezvous at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse

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ROGERS CITY — The shores of Lake Huron will take a step back in time during the Rendezvous at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, located seven miles north of Rogers City on US-23 North. “It’s ...

Alpena-area schools talk talent with state

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ALPENA — Local educators were at the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Tuesday to give feedback to the Michigan Department of Education about the state’s new Marshall Plan for Talent. The workshop was one in a series being held around the state to inform educators ...

Alpena schools to expand Project Lead the Way

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Curriculum and Technology Committee was updated on Tuesday about a bid submitted for the expansion of Project Lead the Way. One bid was submitted from Robot Space for $35,345.97 to implement PLTW in fifth grade, Meaghan Gauthier, APS director of K-12 ...

PI Library to show new new documentaries

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ROGERS CITY — There will be a new event and a new program offered at the Presque Isle Library in the next few months. The event is the showing of the two documentaries: “The Big Five Dive” and “Stand Up for the Great Lakes, Paddleboarding 90 Miles Across Lake Huron.” The movies ...

Cherry time

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Allen Puckett, left, and his son, Logan, clean cherries they are selling on Ripley Boulevard in Alpena on Monday. The cherries were picked in Traverse City and were selling quickly. Puckett said he intends to sell them until the end of the week.

City exploring restroom options

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ALPENA — People visiting the Alpena Small Boat Harbor or Bay View Park may have noticed the city-owned restroom facility on Harbor Drive has been closed and a pair of portable toilets have replaced it. Plans are developing, however, that could lead to new restrooms being built. The city ...

Ordinances adopted at RC council meeting

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ROGERS CITY — Four zoning ordinances and one parking ordinance were adopted by the City of Rogers City Council on Monday. The first one adopted was ordinance 2018-10. “That one clarifies the definitions of ‘lot’ and ‘front lot line,’” City Manager Joe Hefele ...

Scouts clean Harrisville war memorial

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HARRISVILLE — TJ Hanson and Boy Scout Troop 959 were in Harrisville on Saturday cleaning up the war memorial in front of the Alcona County Courthouse. The boys were cleaning up the courthouse, flagpole, and the lawn around the memorial for TJ’s Eagle Scout project. TJ, 17, said he ...

Rogers City schools talk building projects

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Nicholas Hein said Monday there are some building and grounds projects he would like to tackle over the next couple of years at the school. The projects were discussed at the school board meeting Monday. “It’s troublesome. ...

Hillman schools set 2018-19 school calendar

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HILLMAN — The Hillman Community Schools Board of Education approved the 2018-19 school district calendar during its meeting on Monday. The 2018-19 school year is going to start on Aug. 27, with the last day of school happening June 6. “It coincides with our waiver to start earlier ...

Record-breaking temps

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ALPENA — Relief from the dry heat is not to be expected until late into next week. “We have a really small chance on Monday (for rain), about 20 percent, and then we go into next week dry,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Andy Sullivan. “By Thursday night there’s a ...

Concert for kids

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Music from The Depot Town Players play at the Grand Lake Library Friday in Presque Isle.

Something for everyone

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HILLMAN — Brush Creek Mill has been a historical landmark in Hillman since 2006. Since opening, the mill has hosted different events and activities for people of all ages. Brush Creek Mill is located at the connection of Brush Creek and the Thunder Bay River. The exterior of the mill ...

First Presbyterian installs Rayment as new pastor

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The First Presbyterian Church of Alpena recently installed Rev. William J. Rayment as its new pastor. Officials of the Presbytery of Mackinac along with several elders conducted the installation ceremony on June 24 with members and friends of the congregation in attendance. Rayment recently ...

Groups partner to clean up local beaches

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ALPENA — All of the fun on the July Fourth holiday can produce a lot of trash. To combat anything left over from the day’s festivities, groups have partnered across the state and in Alpena to pick up trash. “We are here at Alpena’s local beaches to do a trash cleanup after the ...

Treasurer updates board on 2018 budget

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HARRISVILLE — Alcona County Treasurer Cheryl Franks updated the Alcona County Board of Commissioners on the 2018 budget during Thursday’s meeting. Franks said the county has spent 47.12 percent of its budget so far this year. “We’ve put out almost half our budget and we’ve ...