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Can you identify these photos?

Courtesy Photos Members of the Northeast MI Genealogical Society have a soft heart for old photos and they seem to have a number in their storage shed. It is time to stop collecting and start identifying the individuals in these pictures. Although the Society does not have the originals of ...

Library hosting genealogy event on Facebook

The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library Special Collections Department will be presenting a special informational session on genealogy research using Facebook Live. Genealogy: Getting Started will be offered online at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7. In this free program, Head of ...

Extroverts (and introverts, too) facing quarantine challenges

Within days, Vicktery Zimmerman had figured out how to connect with friends and family even as she and her husband shelter in place at their Chicago home. There are the FaceTime calls. There’s the movie night (remote, of course) with another couple. There are plans for a game night. ...

Mental health care imperative during coronavirus crisis

ALPENA — Staying healthy amid a virus outbreak includes taking care of your mental health. Area counselors and mental health professionals encourage people to take measures to help safeguard against depression and anxiety, which are likely to increase as the crisis continues. Counselors are ...

Maps help us navigate challenges

“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” — William Butler Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming.” The colored, patterned maps in the news are info-graphics that brings to mind the words from Charles Dickens’ novel, “A Tale of Two Cities,” ...

The eagle has landed

Courtesy Photos Here is a sure sign of spring from Mother Nature. On Tuesday, March 24, Mary Tagliareni captured pictures of this bald eagle collecting nesting materials on Grand Lake.

A sacred kind of drive-thru

ALPENA — You can’t get fries and a soft drink at this drive-thru, but you can get prayer and encouragement. All Saints Catholic Parish is offering a sacred kind of drive-thru during this government-mandated isolation period. Every Sunday starting at 11 a.m., Fathers Joe Muszkiewicz and ...

MidMichigan Health Foundation offering health care scholarships

ALPENA — The Development Council of the MidMichigan Health Foundation serving Alpena is offering scholarship opportunities for second-year students enrolled in the field of health care. Scholarships are available to students whose primary residency is in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency or ...

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

Longbeards meeting, banquet canceled Alpena Longbeards will not be having their April 7th meeting due to the restrictions in place through April 30th. Also, the banquet scheduled for the 18th of April has been canceled for the same reason. As of now, the scheduled seed distribution day for ...

Making Easter cards

Pictured is Ava Wickstrom, 3, making Easter cards for the residents at Medilodge of Alpena Rehab Department, where her mom, Amy Wickstrom, works. Ava holds up one of the cards she made. The residents were so happy to receive these cards and one even made a card back for Ava to say thank you. ...

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry

BOSTON (AP) — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of “Sweet Caroline” with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, “Hands ... washing hands.” A news anchor asks when social distancing will end because “my husband keeps trying to get into the house.” And a sign outside a ...

Keeping busy with crafts

Courtesy Photos Above is 7-year-old Kenna Mousseau learning to sew at “Momo’s” house. She made three doll pillows, a hair scrunchie and a doll quilt, shown below. Trudy Mousseau submitted these photos of her granddaughter.

Virus sends us back to the kitchen

Last Tuesday night in Tennessee, bluegrass musicians David and Virginia Blood were busy making sandwiches. In Pittsburgh, real estate agent Michelle Bushee was stirring a pot of homemade black-bean chili in her kitchen instead of shepherding curious buyers through potential dream homes. Marty ...

AHS Class of 1953 luncheons canceled

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Alpena High School Class of 1953 monthly luncheons have been canceled until further notice. If you have questions or need more information, call Jeanne at 989-356-0606.

Art in the Loft offering at-home art kits, online classes

ALPENA — Art in the Loft may be physically closed to the public, but it is still a hub of creativity, offering at-home art kits and online video classes. “Given the circumstances and just because the Loft doors are closed, doesn’t mean our creativity also has to be shut down,” said ...

Cheer up your neighbors at 1 p.m. on Sunday

A reader suggested that we all get on our porches and wave, sing, and play instruments if we have them, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, as a way of breaking the isolation without leaving our own homes. She has been going for walks around her neighborhood, but said she has not seen many people out. Now ...

Siblings turn their city block into a Monopoly board

ALPENA — Chalk it up to boredom, or ingenuity, but this sister and brother found a fun way to pass the time on Wednesday. Using colorful sidewalk chalk, they teamed up to turn their city block into a life-sized Monopoly Junior board game. Elsa Schultz, 13, and her brother, Tristan Schultz, ...

Elementary Science Olympiad winners honored

Courtesy Photos The fourth annual Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament was held February 15 at Lincoln Elementary. Seven area schools competed in 16 science events including Crime Busters, Paddleboat, Feathered Friends and more. This year COACH Homeschoolers took first place, All Saints ...

Banner Realty celebrates 30th anniversary with gift to Salvation Army

ALPENA — Banner Realty continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary by contributing to the community that has helped make it a successful business. The Banner Realty team on Monday presented a check to the Salvation Army, which will be used to purchase a much-needed stand-up freezer. “We ...