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A few stories to come

August 24, 2011 - Diane Speer
Admittedly, with summer vacation time, a fair amount of traveling and out-of-town company, my blog writing has suffered. But I'm back on board today with some random musings about stories I'm currently working on here at The Alpena News.

First, I'm hoping to pull together one of our Saturday's photo features on the Thunder Bay Arts Council and its new gallery in downtown Alpena. I've been covering the Arts Council for many years now, and am pleased to say the organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary in September. I've done dozens of stories on all the great activities and events sponsored by the TBAC. The new gallery is just the latest creative effort to inspire others through the arts.

I also will be attending a small celebration next week of the Alpena Peace Coalition as it hands out awards for those who have supported the group's continuing peace efforts. With the 10th anniversary of 9-11 just around the corner, the "30 Days of Peace" programming put on annually by the Peace Coalition takes on an even greater significance. I haven't been given a schedule yet of what's in store for this year, but I know that it will be good and that it will begin on that most sobering of days when America and Americans were forever changed – September 11.

It's also time for me to do an update on the impending visit of ground-breaking journalist Bob Woodward, who will speak Oct. 13 on behalf of the Alpena County Library's Authors in the Fall series. Interestingly, a plaque just went up earlier this week in the parking garage in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., where all those years ago Woodward held clandestine meetings with his Deep Throat source and ultimately brought down a president. Tickets are now on sale at the library for his talk, and the community still is encouraged to read "All The President's Men," Woodward's book about the Watergate scandal, before his arrival in Alpena.

There are a couple of other loose-end stories as well – that's the nature of our business here at the newspaper – there is always another good story to pursue. I'm looking at one about a new commemorative song written and produced by Alpena's own Cal Howard that remembers Dick McElroy and one about a new book by a former local resident, Leon Abbe.

Hopefully, these and the offerings of our other staff writers/editors all are enough to peak your interest and keep you reading!


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