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World Environment Day

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Madison Amlotte, left, is presented a proclamation from Mayor Matt Waligora declaring today World Environment Day. The city urges people to limit the use of one-time usable plastics, which have become one of the largest pollutants in the Great Lakes.

Council votes against truck route

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council voted 3-1 to not modify a portion of the truck route in Alpena that would have allowed single-unit trucks to utilize a portion of the north side for deliveries and jobs. Councilman Mike Nowak recused himself from the vote because of a conflict of ...

PI County sheriff to retire

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ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle County Sheriff Bob Paschke has announced his retirement. “I know it’s come kind of sudden,” he said. “The decision itself is not sudden, I’ve been thinking about it and there are some factors that make it the right time.” After years as a police ...

Getting some hands-on experience

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ALPENA — Elizabeth Thomson graduated from Alpena High School on Sunday and gained lots of experience throughout high school that has helped her prepare to start school at Michigan State University in the fall. Throughout this school year, Thomson has interned for Michigan Sea Grant and ...

Alpena man facing two drug charges

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A 40-year-old Alpena man was arrested last week on drug charges stemming from an incident that occurred in January. James Donald Hayes was arrested and lodged at the Alpena County Jail Thursday on a pair of drug charges. Troopers from the Michigan State Police-Alpena Post had obtained a ...

Lincoln students help with debris cleanup

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ALPENA — Lincoln Elementary third-graders combed the shores of the Thunder Bay River on Rotary Island Mill Monday in search of marine debris. The students picked up pieces of trash and recorded the types they found. “We start the year where I tied my science and writing together as ...

AHS grads: ‘Go out and be heroes’

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ALPENA — Over 300 students graduated and received their diplomas from Alpena High School on Sunday inside the Arthur V. Gillespie Gymnasium to become the 136th graduating class from AHS. Principal Thomas Berriman told the attendance the many successes of the Class of 2018: many students ...

Rogers City Class of 2018 graduates

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Superintendent and High School Principal Nicholas Hein said at graduation he hears a lot of people talk about “kids these days.” “These kids these days attend college at a greater group of frequency than any group of Americans ever. I think people need to ...

Flowers and plant sale

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News Photo by Pamela Brunn Flowers and plants aplenty at Options Pregnancy Center’s side yard for its first Garden & Plant Item Sale on Saturday. Plenty of sunshine and fine folks to stop by and chat about planting arrangements and finding the right accents for their gardens. There ...

One last pic

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena High School Principal Tom Berriman takes a selfie in front of the graduating class of 2018. The senior will receive their diplomas Sunday during graduation.

Fireworks donations running behind

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ALPENA — Residents in northeast Michigan have been generous over the years to help cover the cost of the Fourth of July fireworks show and help it become one of the biggest in the state. So far this year, however, donations are down and there is a chance the show could be scaled back if they ...

A fond farewell

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena City Manager Greg Sundin, left, presents a plaque to City Assessor Jeff Shea who retired Friday after 18 years. Shea’s wife Micki, right, was there to celebrate her husband’s last day of work and accomplishments.

Former student performs at Besser

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ALPENA — Besser Elementary School students and staff were treated to a performance from Sam Gould, a professor of music at Grand Valley State University, on Friday. The performance was a part of the Alpena Blues Coalition “Blues in the Schools” program. Gould played different songs on ...

Getting locked in

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena High School seniors sign in to participate in Senior Lock In on Friday. There were lots of different activities for the students to participate in throughout the night.

McAnsh attends neurology seminar

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Dr. Kirk McAnsh, D.C. at McAnsh Life-Energy Institute in Alpena recently traveled to an intensive three-day seminar in Traverse City. The first seminar, “Effective Strategies for Prevention, Evaluation and Management of Opioid Use Disorder,” was taught by Dr. Scott Munstreman. The ...

PIE&G awards Community fund grants

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Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to give generously to assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings. Member contributions to the Communities First Fund enable awards for grants and ...

Gardening tips from local experts

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ALPENA — Gardening is a hobby where many people want to dig right into the dirt, but in order for plants to thrive and grow it may be best to take time. “Start small,” Annette “Netta” Taratuta said. “I’ll have someone come in and say ‘I have 100 feet and I don’t have much ...

AHS team makes preparations for ROV competition

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ALPENA — Alpena High School’s ROV team recently won first place in the Great Lakes Regional Competition for Marine Advanced Technology Education and with the victory, the team qualified for the Annual MATE International ROV Competition in Seattle, Wash., on June 21-23. Before the team ...

AHS students can take online courses for summer school

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools is offering summer school for students who need to recover classes in the English, math, science, social studies and elective areas. The deadline for enrollment is June 15 at 3 p.m. The classes start on June 18 and finish on Aug. 17. Students can register ...

Making birthday cards

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Gretchen Rea’s fourth-grade class at Besser Elementary School made birthday cards for Michigan World War II veteran Isaac Fabela who turns 100 on Wednesday. The cards are going to be mailed to Fabela today and along with the individual cards, the class also made ...