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New mural brightens up downtown

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Bay City artist Mark Piotrowski painted this mural last week on the side of Salon 125 at 125 E. Chisholm St. in Alpena. The mural, called “Wave Journey,” is the second installment in the Fresh Waves project, a public arts initiative to bring new, vibrant artwork ...

Presque Isle man played big role in Michigan history

PRESQUE ISLE — It all started with curiosity. It was curiosity that took Mike Westfall from humble beginnings in Montrose to deep in the heart of one of the most important chapters of Michigan’s history, where he squared off with Michael Moore, was name-dropped by Phil Donahue, and was ...

Thunder Bay Theatre needs complete renovation

ALPENA -- Northeast Michigan’s only year-round professional theater will need a complete renovation after the fire that destroyed the John A. Lau Saloon next door caused considerable irreversible damage to the Thunder Bay Theatre building. TBT is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and ...

Kitten adoptathon and bottle drive today

A kitten adoptathon and bottle drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the parking lot next to Kadrich Family Chiropractic Plaza at 1015 U.S.-23 North in Alpena. Applications are available at Kadrich Family Chiropractic or at the adoptathon. The adoption fee is $65 for one kitten ...

Huron Pines hosting purple loosestrife workshop

Huron Pines is hosting a two-part workshop in early August focused on purple loosestrife, a prolific invasive plant species found in wetland areas, along shorelines, riverbanks and in ditches throughout Northern Michigan. Purple loosestrife can spread quickly, crowding out native plants and ...

Campus Corner

Koseba graduates from GVSU with honors Caitlyn Koseba graduated Cum Laude from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in biology and biomedical sciences in April 2020. She has been accepted to the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University ...

Waters are open, so Get Into Your Sanctuary this weekend

ALPENA — The shipwreck museum may be closed, but the Great Lakes are still open. And the internet never sleeps, so hop online or in the water this weekend for the annual Get Into Your Sanctuary events. “What’s cool about this is it’s across all of the Office of the National Marine ...

Lewandowski artwork selected for international exhibition

Artwork by professional artist Erwin P. Lewandowski has been selected for the 15th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition in Charleston, South Carolina. His entry, Falling Water VIII, is a colored pencil drawing of water slowly moving through a colorful bed of landscape rocks. The ...

Faces express more than words

“Vanity keeps persons in favor of themselves who are not in favor with another.” — William Shakespeare. The face, from the past to the present, has played a role in shaping our lives. From literature we understand a face can express beauty or deception, as in “was this the face that ...

Lions partner with Austin Brothers to distribute sanitizer

The Alpena Lions Club and Michigan Lions District 11-E2 recently completed their distribution of hand sanitizer throughout the eastern part of the district. Two hundred gallons of hand sanitizer were distributed to eastern District 11E-2 clubs who then distributed locally in their area to ...

Bay City artist leaving his mark on downtown Alpena

ALPENA — This colorful mural represents the ever-changing journey of life. Bay City artist Mark Piotrowski is honored to be able to leave his mark on downtown Alpena. “I am honored to be one of the featured artists,” Piotrowski said of the Fresh Waves project. Fresh Waves is a public ...

Isabelle Renaud to be Artist of the Month at the Dragonfly

The Dragonfly Art Gallery will feature two artists in August. Chuck Schroder will be the visiting artist, with his brilliant pen and ink drawings on display throughout the month. Isabelle Renaud, a Dragonfly Art Gallery member will be the August Artist of the Month, with her beautiful oil ...

LWV Alcona forum will be livestreamed on Facebook page

The Alcona County virtual candidate forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northeast Michigan, has been rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. The original event was canceled because of fire damage at Thunder Bay Theatre where it was to be recorded. The forum will now be ...

Use caution when trusting mobile payment apps such as Venmo, PayPal

Money transfer apps including Venmo, Cash App and PayPal have surged in popularity during the pandemic as people seek safe, contactless ways to send and receive money. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the limitations of these payment platforms or how they can put someone’s ...

IAI students earn awards in arc welding competition

ONAWAY — Students at the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) have honed their welding skills over the past six months and have had more than their fair share of trials to overcome in the uncertain times that we live in. IAI takes pride in producing workforce ready welders in 19 ...

Stuff the Bus coming up ­— United Way seeking school supplies, donations

Back to school season is here, and students will need supplies. While the upcoming school year will look different, there’s one thing that is for certain: the need for supplies remains. In our area, many students will begin the first day of school without the supplies they need to ...

NEMAG Really Big Art Sale at Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan

The Northeast Michigan Artists Guild (NEMAG) is hosting its Really Big Art Sale now through Aug. 22 at Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan. Organizers say “it’s like a garage sale — only better.” A portion of each sale is donated to Besser Museum. You will find a great selection ...

ALL programs this week

This week’s Association of Lifelong Learners programs begin today. Here is the week’s schedule. These programs are open to the public. Just send an email to ALL@alpenacc.edu to receive connection information, if not listed below. Online programs Monday at 2 p.m. — “Line ...

CFNEM awards over $463K in scholarships to area students

Two hundred twenty-seven (227) students from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) and its affiliate foundation service area have been awarded scholarships this year. “Across all nine counties served by the foundation, our students have received $463,254 in scholarships in ...

Alcona candidate forum on Wednesday

The Alcona County candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northeast Michigan has been rescheduled and will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. As originally planned, the forum will be streamed live on the LWV Northeast MI Facebook page and a recorded version will be available ...