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Hebert, Krajniak to retire at year’s end

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ALPENA — There are going to be some large personnel changes in the Alpena clerk’s office in early 2018. Clerk/treasurer Karen Hebert and her Deputy clerk Julie Krajniak have decided to retire in January. The process of filling their positions is already under way. Hebert was hired in ...

Montmorency County given clean audit during presentation

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ATLANTA — Montmorency County was given a clean audit for the 2017 fiscal year, according to an audit report given Wednesday by the firm of Straley, Lamp and Kraenzlein P.C. Certified Public Accountant Mark Sandula gave the report and said although there was a clean “unmodified” ...

DDA signs off on two-way traffic plan

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ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority voted 8-0 to sign off on a change to the city’s two-way traffic plan for Second Avenue in Alpena. The changes will add parking to the south side of the street, but narrow the traffic lanes significantly. Before the plan can be ...

Sunrise Mission moves closer to its activity center

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ALPENA — Sunrise Mission in Alpena has moved a step closer to getting its proposed activity center built. After a public hearing during Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting the board voted 8-0 to allow an amendment to the mission’s special use permit which would allow the 1,927 ...

South Shore FD chief celebrates 50 years at dept.

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HUBBARD LAKE — Many things have changed in Hubbard Lake during the past 50 years but one constant is South Shore Fire Department Chief Carl Smith’s involvement with the fire department. He changed jobs from working with the Alcona County Sheriff Department as a deputy sheriff to the ...

Briley Twp. to hold first ever VetFest event

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BRILEY TWP. — The first ever VetFest in Briley Township is an event to recognize veterans as well as a dedication of sorts for the community’s new stage, according to volunteer Walter Baumgard. The Saturday event will feature guest speakers, 10 bands, food and other entertainment. ...

Frogbit grows in shallow rivers, swamps, ponds

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ALPENA — European frogbit is a native species to Switzerland and it has become an invasive species to North America. The aquatic plant grows in shallow rivers, swamps and ponds, said NEMIGLSI (Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative) Program Coordinator Meaghan Gass. In ...

ACC to offer Mental Health First Aid course

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ALPENA — Not every emergency is one that can be treated with CPR. This is why a Mental Health First Aid course will be offered 8 a.m.-noon Friday, July 28 and Friday, Aug. 4 at the Newport Center Room in Alpena Community College. “Well it’s similar to traditional first aid or ...

New sign

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News Photo by Jason Ogden The Valley City Sign Company of Comstock Park works to install a new information sign Tuesday at the entrance to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. According to company officials the sign will provide information to the community about the hospital.

Bergman makes stop in Alpena

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ALPENA — Michigan First Congressional Congressman Jack Bergman said he has noticed a slight improvement in relationships between political parties since he and other Republicans were targets of a shooting in June. He said there are still strides that need to be made to further improve ...

Hillman students to ‘pay it forward’

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HILLMAN — Hillman students hope to raise funding for a summer 2018 trip to Ireland and Scotland by paying it forward according to Hillman Schools world history teacher Kendra Beebe. She said a group of 10 students are going to work on raising funding by doing community service projects ...

15 Michigan teachers learn at sanctuary

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ALPENA — A few Michigan teachers switched roles and became the students during a recent workshop. The teachers will spend a week aboard an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel and travel to different stops along Lake Huron. Gaylord High School science teacher Jeff Kalember ...

NEMCOG encourages residents to participate in survey

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ALPENA — North East Michigan Council of Governments’ joint land use study that is ongoing in the region and residents are encouraged to participate by filling out a simple survey. The study will help determine the economic impact on communities that are within 25 miles of Alpena Combat ...

A celebration

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Amanda Boboltz, the general manager at the Thunder Bay Winery in Alpena, serves wine in the lobby of the Alpena Holiday Inn Express and Suites during a grand opening celebration held at the hotel Monday.

Harrisville mayor discusses unauthorized tree trimming

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HARRISVILLE — Harrisville Mayor John Dobis said someone is trimming city trees on Main Street without authorization and said the work is shoddy. He discussed the issue Monday during a Harrisville City Council meeting. According to Dobis the trimming work is not good and is against a city ...

Thornton honored with plaque at school board meeting

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LINCOLN — Former Superintendent Shawn Thornton was honored Monday by the Alcona Community Schools Board of Education Monday for her 16 years of service as superintendent for the district. Thornton, who is a graduate of Alcona retired in March from her position as superintendent. She was ...

Forsythe has children, families in mind for her career

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By JASON OGDEN News Staff Writer LINCOLN — Brenda Forsythe, a family support worker for Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan, hit a milestone this spring. Forsythe operates the Alcona County Day One Program, which works with young mothers to help teach them how to care for ...

Greenbush man steals police car; dies in crash

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TAWAS CITY — A Greenbush man was killed in the crash of a Michigan State Police patrol car after MSP officials said he allegedly stole the vehicle during a traffic stop early Sunday. According to a press release from MSP officials it is currently unknown and under investigation as to how ...

Co-op members help fund children’s playground at the Safe Home

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Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s Safe Home provides a secure and supportive place to stay for women and their children experiencing the perils of domestic abuse. Because the Safe Home playground was in dire need of updates, Leadership Little Traverse class of 2017 members ...