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Library to host virtual author talk July 20

Join the Alpena County Library for a virtual author talk with Michigan Notable Book author James H. McCommons as he discusses his book, “Camera Hunter: George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography,” at 6:30 p.m. July 20 over the videoconferencing software Zoom. Spots are ...

New Michigan 4-H leader named

EAST LANSING — On Tuesday, Michigan State University Extension announced the appointment of Erica Tobe, Ph.D., as director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute (CYI), the unit focused on programming for those from birth to age 19, including Michigan 4-H. Tobe assumes the role ...

Friends Together events planned

ALPENA — Friends Together in Alpena has announced upcoming events and support groups. UPCOMING EVENTS The Annual Pig Roast will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, at Fletcher Street Depot. The cost is $15 per adult and $7 per child for this BBQ pork meal. Takeouts will be ...

$25K in CARES Act funds help area nonprofits

A total of $25,000 went to four Northeast Michigan nonprofits from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act through the Humanities Organizations Pandemic Emergency (HOPE) grants, Michigan Humanities said in a news release. The Northeast Michigan gifts were part of ...

VFW Auxiliary 2356 meets, upcoming events listed

VFW Auxiliary 2356 meeting was brought to order by President Thomas Brown on July 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. with 13 members in attendance. We welcomed back Marge Sprouse and Nancy Haeger who has been out sick. All reports of committees were given and Michigan Connection was read. Plans for the V.J. ...

Pampered Chef fundraiser underway

Friends Together is throwing a virtual Pampered Chef Party at pamperedchef.com/party/friendstogether0702. Money raised through the online party will be used to purchase gift certificates for the group’s Mums The Word Raffle Board that will be on display at Connie’s Fall Festival on Sept. ...

Doris Puls: Exercise and organize

Did you know that exercising and organizing have many similarities? They both provide many benefits when you do them. Exercising is for your physical health and organizing can be for your mental health. There are many other likenesses to consider. For example, both are difficult to start. ...

Pin-Ups on Tour at Alpena VFW July 25

Pin-Ups on Tour, a nationally touring WW2 style burlesque and variety show based out of Las Vegas, will be performing on Saturday, July 25, at VFW Post 2496 in Alpena. The shows are free for our military, both veterans and active duty. COVID-19 prevention policies will be implemented during ...

Outdoor concerts happening in RC

Upcoming outdoor concerts at Lakeside Park Bandshell are scheduled for Friday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Rogers City. Concerts are also scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2. Concerts include the following: ¯ July 10 — David Paul Britton ...

Troy Graham to host concert July 27

Music at the library is back, but in online form. The Alpena County Library is thrilled to announce a Facebook Live concert with one of their favorite Michigan musicians, Troy Graham. Graham will present a concert from his hometown of Marquette through the Library’s Facebook page at 6 ...

LWV sponsoring Alpena, Alcona candidate forums

Two virtual candidate forums, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northeast Michigan, will be offered in mid-July to help voters be informed about the Aug. 4 primary election. Participating will be candidates in contested races in Alpena and Alcona Counties. The Alpena Candidate Forum ...

Alpena City Band cancels summer concerts

Because of concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alpena City Band will not be performing the weekly Thursday night concerts at the Alpena Band Shell this summer. The band extends its appreciation to past attendees and looks forward to performing during the summer of 2021.

Family Fishing Derby canceled

The annual Family Fishing Derby hosted by the Long Lake Improvement Association has been postpned until August of 2021. This year’s event has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that are applied.

Alpena County Democrats announce events, meetings

The Alpena County Democratic Party announces the following activities, events and meetings: The ACDP has Biden, Ferguson, O’Dell and Kathy Thomas Signs along with Gary Peters merchandise. Peters signs won’t be in until the end of July but they can hold one for you. Contact ACDP Secretary ...

Colorful display

New Photos by Darby Hinkley A large crowd enjoyed the fireworks on Saturday — many from the comfort and safety of their own vehicles parked in lots all around the area of Mich-e-ke-wis and Starlite beaches, State Avenue and Ripley Boulevard. Here are some of the fireworks on display during ...

Alzheimer’s Association offering virtual support groups, programs

The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter has announced its free virtual support groups, education programs and social engagement programs for July. “Persons with dementia, their caregivers and all those impacted by dementia need our help and support now more than ever,” said Jean ...

Stores focus on cleaning to get shoppers back to spending

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget about making shopping fun. As clothing retailers and others try to stay viable during the coronavirus pandemic, they’re hoping steps like cleaning during store hours, offering hand sanitizer and other safety measures will bring in customers to spend. At the same ...

Brightening someone’s day

New Photo by Darby Hinkley Chalk drawings and positive sayings line the driveways of Kensington Court subdivision on the west end of South erd Avenue in Alpena. Sayings include things like “You Rock,” pictured at right, “You Are Essential,” and more. Drawings include a puppy, a ...

Wildlife Sanctuary Board hears updates

The Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board met recently at Alpena City Hall for the first time since February. Updates of many Island Park and Wildlife Sanctuary projects were given. Mark Beins reported that sculptor Autumn Bildson will be the Artist in residence this summer, starting on July 10. ...