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December 14, 2012
Vernie Nethercut , The Alpena News

Questions visitors ask

Q. A visitor being shown around Alpena recently asked many questions. A few are listed here, with answers that might interest readers who are showing off Alpena's many "must see" places.

* Q. Is the Lafarge plant in Alpena still the largest cement plant in the world? A. No, there are many other plants now around the world that are larger, some as many as five times larger. Our Lafarge plant is, however, in the top five in the U.S. for the manufacture of cement, according to Plant Manager Dave Dziubinski.

* Q. How many students are at Alpena Community College? A. The total credit head count for the fall 2012 semester was 1,953, according to Jay Walterreit, ACC public information director. This number includes full-time and part-time students on the Alpena campus, Huron Shores campus, and off-campus sites.

* Q. How many parks are in the city of Alpena? A. 19 city parks are listed on the the city's website ( Avery, Bay View, Blair Street, Culligan Plaza, Downtown Parks, Duck Park, Island Park, LaMarre, McRae, Mich-e-ke-wis, Riverside Skate Park/Water Tower Park, Rotary Island Mill Park, South Riverfront Park, Starlite Beach, Sytek, Thomson, Washington Avenue, and Veteran's Memorial.

* Q. How many people visit NOAA in a year? A. In 2012, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary visitor center in Alpena has had over 82,000 visitors. The most visitors are in July, with 22,000 in July 2012, according to Sarah Waters, NOAA education and outreach coordinator.

Alpena in December 1914

Q. What was happening in Alpena in December 1914?

A. John C. Viall, early historian who compiled "Alpena, Dates of Events" wrote this summary of Alpena in 1914.

"In the matter of improvements, 1914 was a year which kept fairly well up to the average. New and substantial docks were constructed on the south side of the river from Third street down to a point below the D.& C. landing. Washington avenue was paved and new sewer constructed for more than half a mile. Fletcher street paved one block. New water main across the river at Ninth street; Northern Planing mill reopened; new Donald McRae Hospital rebuilt; Telephone company has new home for headquarters; a lot purchased for new armory building; Avery park equipped, and other city parks materially improved; Nicholson grist mill erected; Gas Works much improved; large amount of cement walks laid; large number of residences built, about a dozen in the Beebe addition alone; work at Rockrport progressing; while the farming community in every way had a most successful year and bountiful crops."

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