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Paul Rajasekhar to be featured artist at TBA Gallery

ALPENA ­— Thunder Bay Arts Featured Artist for March and April 2021 is Paul Rajasekhar. His artwork is on display at the TBA Gallery, 127 W. Chisholm St., Alpena. “Keeping in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, there will not be a reception for Paul,” a TBA press release explained. ...

Dodge is Optimist of the Year

ALPENA — Two members of the Alpena Optimist Club were honored on Feb. 18 with awards they earned for outstanding achievement with the club and in the community. Amy Dodge was named 2020 Optimist of the Year, and Pete Wilson earned the 2020 President’s Award. The gathering was held at ...

Life’s journey provides wisdom

Life is not a destination but a journey. Sometimes the road needs plowing and salt. My social calendar is full — just a bit different. I remember going down the road for a swim, a dance, a movie. Now the calendar is still full — dentist, eye doctor, chiropractor, and primary care doctor. ...

Downtown merchants host virtual shopping event Thursday

ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority is collaborating with six downtown merchants to host Snowed In: A Downtown Facebook Live Shopping Event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Participating merchants include: Soaps and Such, Boudoir by Michele Zee Photography, Olivet Book & ...

National Spelling Bee to return in mostly virtual format

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will return this year in a mostly virtual format, with the in-person competition limited to a dozen finalists who will gather on an ESPN campus at Walt Disney World in Florida, Scripps announced Monday. Last year’s bee was canceled because of the ...

Tips for starting or reinventing a business in tough times

Think the best time to start a business is in a booming economy? Maybe. But some of the biggest business success stories in recent decades actually came from a good idea hatched during a recession. Consider these names: CNN, Uber, Airbnb and Square. There are many more. The effects of ...

Alpena bridge results noted

Alpena Bridge Club results have been announced for this week. In first place was Beverley Rousseau, followed by Eve Phillips in second place. A three-way tie for third place went to Marcy Sherman, Judie Vivian and Linda Clegg.

Optimist youth music competition to honor Day of Happiness

Optimist International invites middle and high school youth to participate in the first-ever Optimist International Musical Happiness Competition. The entries are due March 15, and the winners will be announced on the International Day of Happiness, March 20. Guidelines are as ...

Bright snowy morning

Courtesy Photo Mary Splitt of Alpena submitted this photo overlooking the Alpena boat harbor on a cold winter morning.

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

Hillman Lions food pantry Sat. The Hillman Lions Club will host a food pantry at 1 p.m. until food is gone on Saturday at Thunder Bay Resort, 27800 M-32 East, Hillman. Upcoming dates include March 13 in Atlanta, March 27 in Hillman, April 10 in Atlanta, and April 24 in Hillman. Free senior ...

Sunset over Thunder Bay

Courtesy Photo This photo submitted by Kirk McAnsh features a view of the sunset over Thunder Bay, looking southwest.

Alpena library to host tween book club

ALPENA ­— The Alpena County Library is hosting an In BeTween Book Club at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. Readers ages 9 - 11 are invited to sign up for the upcoming February/March In BeTween Book Club featuring “BenBee and the Teacher Griefer: The Kids Under the Stairs,” by K.A. Holt. ...

ALL photography program Tuesday

ALPENA — Programs from the Association of Lifelong Learners this week include a photography presentation on Tuesday. Currently all programs are via Zoom livestream only. These programs are open to the public. Just send an email to ALL@Alpenacc.edu to receive Zoom connection information. ...

Enrollment at community colleges plummets amid pandemic

PHOENIX — Peniella Irakoze is cold calling a list of 1,001 fellow students who didn’t return to Phoenix College this semester, checking on how they’re managing during the coronavirus pandemic. The calls have become a regular part of her job at a community college like others across the ...

Baltimore muralist with Alpena ties to lead ALL presentation

Baltimore-based professional street artist and muralist Nether 410 is bringing his expertise to Alpena — virtually. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Association of Lifelong Learners will host a Zoom presentation by the muralist. “Nether will speak about the history of street art/muralism, ...

AMA ESD receives Education Excellence Award, grant

Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District has been named one of this year’s 10 Education Excellence Award winners and has received a $2,500 grant for the program, Interactivity: Delivered Expert to Student. The Education Excellence Awards are hosted by the SET SEG Foundation ...

Happy 100th!

Courtesy Photo Margaret Suszek is celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 20. Her secret to longevity has always been to eat three meals every day at specific times and to keep busy. She resides at Medilodge Greenview and participates in all activities. She loves to play cards ...