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Lifestyles

Be your own health advocate

I can remember a stay in the hospital years ago. The doctors were trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Lots of tests were performed. In an effort to keep up, I asked the doctor if I could read through his notes in my record. He had no problem with that. So, one afternoon I pulled on my ...

Reel Fun fishing tournament canceled because of pandemic

This February was scheduled to be the 13th Annual Reel Fun Ice Fishing tournament with Festivus scheduled for the Friday prior to the event. After careful thought and consideration for the current pandemic associated with COVID-19, the committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the ...

Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma offers $1,000 scholarship

The Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honorary association of women educators, will award one $1,000 scholarship in spring 2021. Applicants for the DKG Future Educator Scholarship must be enrolled full- or part-time in a college program leading to a degree in ...

MOCA Auxiliary held Jan. meeting

Due to closure of the VFW Hall, the MOCA Auxiliary was unable to have a meeting in November and December. On Jan. 19, the group had its regular meeting with six members in attendance. It was a brief meeting as there was no unfinished business to complete. Fines were paid, minutes of the ...

Pen pals find comfort in correspondence

Even before she sees the name on the return address, Nancy Sloane knows who sent the letter — the Snoopy sticker that seals the envelope is a dead giveaway. It’s from Wesley Morgan, a 32-year-old fan of the comic strip “Peanuts” who’s been sending Snoopy-themed cards and letters ...

Szymanski focuses on love in winning MLK essay

ALPENA — Alpena High School junior Madison Szymanski believes that small acts of love can lead to a better community. She took first place in the high school division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day essay contest, sponsored by the MLK Jr. Committee of Alpena. The honor came with a $200 ...

Ann Gildner to give virtual studio tour in ALL program

ALPENA ­— Metal sculptor Ann Gildner will give a virtual studio tour next week as one of the Association of Lifelong Learners programs. These programs are free and open to the public. Currently all programs are via Zoom Livestream only. For connection information, send an email to ...

Sen. Stabenow nominates Berles for U.S. Naval Academy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow on Tuesday announced that she has nominated four Michigan students from Northern Michigan for admission at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Amelia Berles of Alpena is one of those four students. “Michigan is ...

Rebecca V. Lee appointed public defender

Rebecca Vance Lee has been appointed 4th Judicial District Public Defender, serving several counties in Tennesse. On Jan. 12, 2021, Governor Bill Lee appointed Rebecca Lee to fill the position vacated by Ed Miller, who retired at the end of 2020. Lee has worked as Assistant Public Defender ...

Hospice of Michigan offers online grief support group for young people

With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, often paired with a young family, newer relationships and a higher likeliness of working full-time, young adults are under a lot of stress. It’s understandable that when a young adult experiences a loss, that initial grief — along ...

Rogers City Theater showing free films

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Theater is showing free full-length feature films Friday through Monday. Here is the schedule for upcoming showings: ¯ “Big Hero 6” — 7:30 p.m. on Friday. ¯ “Dumb and Dumber” — 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. ¯ “Jojo Rabbit” — 2 p.m. on ...

TBIFF to feature free Great Lakes films, live Q&A sessions

ALPENA ­— There’s really no reason to leave your house from Jan. 20 to 31, thanks to this year’s Thunder Bay International Film Festival. The 9th annual TBIFF will not only feature national and international films about our oceans, but many free films about the Great Lakes, as ...

Here’s the Thunder Bay International Film Festival feature film lineup

More than 50 films will be shown in the Thunder Bay International Film Festival, which starts Wednesday and runs through Jan. 31. The festival is virtual this year because of the pandemic. To view all the films and sessions, purchase a Thunder Pass for $100. Otherwise, some films and ...

Gagnon, Szymanski win MLK Jr. Day essay contests

ALPENA — Two Alpena students have won the Martin Luther King Jr. Day essay contests sponsored by the MLK Jr. Committee of Alpena. In the junior high contest, Aiden Gagnon garnered the top spot for his essay focusing on homelessness. In the high school contest, Madison Szymanski won for ...

MLK Jr. Committee offering free Zoom workshop Jan. 30

ALPENA — The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee is sponsoring a free Zoom workshop focusing on racial issues in American culture. This workshop is free and open to the public. The workshop presenter will be La’Ron Williams, who is a nationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning ...

VFW 2496 Auxiliary held January meeting

ALPENA — The regular meeting of the VFW 2496 Auxiliary was presided over by President Darryl McQuarrie at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 with 10 members in attendance. The November and December secretary and treasurer reports were given and accepted pending audit. Tammy gave the ...

LWV invites public to join equity in education program

ALPENA — The League of Women Voters of Northeast Michigan invites the public to join them at 7 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom and Facebook for a program called, “A Conversation on Equity with Education Leaders.” Dr. Lisa Hilberg will lead a panel discussion with superintendents David Rabbideau ...

ALL programs: Leadership, equity, photography, Smart911, local takeout

ALPENA ­— Programs from the Association of Lifelong Learners for Jan. 19-22 include a leadership book review, equity in education, camera club, Smart911, and sampling local takeout meals from area restaurants. Currently all programs are via Zoom livestream only. These programs are open to ...

Campus Corner

Niemetta earns master’s degree KALAMAZOO ­— Karalyn Niemetta graduated from Western Michigan University in December 2020 with a master’s degree in public administration. She is a 2013 graduate of Alpena High School. Niemetta’s parents, Jeff and Nina Niemetta of Lincoln, said ...

In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

By The Associated Press Since the pandemic’s descent, they have generally been viewed as among those at higher risk — older Americans, some of them medically vulnerable, figuring out how to navigate life in a COVID-saturated, increasingly isolated world. That’s one type of health — ...