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COVID-safe Halloween ideas

In lieu of the traditional Halloween parties and trick-or-treating, here are some ideas to keep the spooky fun going during October while keeping a safe distance and avoiding large crowds. Treasure hunt — Much like an Easter egg hunt, but with an autumnal twist, hide candy around the house ...

Last chance Dem sign giveaway Sat.

The Alpena Democratic Party is hosting their very last yard sign giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event will be held at at Mich-e-ke-wis Park on the corner of Mason Street and State Avenue. Come and get them while they are still available. Call 989-916-6499 for more information.

Kiwanis Club of Alpena donates 125 handmade baby quilts

ALPENA — The Kiwanis Club of Alpena just completed its second annual Kiwanis Kwilting for Kids program resulting in a contribution of 125 baby quilts to Preemie Pals in Saline, Michigan. The donation of these quilts is part of the Kiwanis International Young Children Priority One Project, ...

We all have a unique story to share

We all have a story. Seniors’ stories are a little longer and much more life-filled. My story is I married at 19, by 22 I had three children, then four. We lived a TV family life (without the not-for-public-showing parts). At age 30, I went back to school. I received and associate’s ...

New Salvation Army volunteer unit in Onaway

ONAWAY — The Salvation Army is pleased to announce the appointment of Pastor Trenton Wollberg of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Onaway as its new volunteer service unit representative in western Presque Isle County. In his position, Wollberg will provide assistance to people in crises and ...

Trunk or Treat participants needed

ALPENA — The APlex will be holding a drive-through Trunk or Treat from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Organizers are seeking individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that would like to participate by providing or handing out candy. If you are interested in helping out, please ...

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

MOCA plans for holidays; sends donations for children On Oct. 20, the Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cooties, Pup Tent 96, held their regular meeting, with seven members in attendance. Fines were declared and paid, and minutes and the treasurer’s report were read and approved as ...

New book details Alpena’s role in WWI

In a new book called “Alpena’s Service in the Great War,” discover the story of a small community in Northeast Michigan and the response they displayed to the “Call to Arms” of World War I. In the book, by the Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society, find out about the feelings of ...

Free youth mental health first aid course

ALPENA — Partners in Prevention and Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority are teaming up to present a free Youth Mental Health First Aid program. The training program is for adults who want to help adolescents ages 12 to 18 who are experiencing a mental health challenge or ...

Salvation Army to accept Christmas assistance applications

ALPENA COUNTY — The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for its annual Christmas gifts and food assistance program starting on Nov. 3. Applications for qualifying low-income families will be taken on the following days and times: 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Operation Christmas Child in full swing despite pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause fear and uncertainty, Samaritan’s Purse is calling on churches and families to pack more shoebox gifts than ever before for Operation Christmas Child — making sure millions of children experience the Good News and great joy of the holiday. ...

Besser Museum offering free independent field trips

ALPENA — Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan is offering a new program for teachers and their students. As we all know, COVID-19 quickly changed everyone’s world. As teachers and schools throughout Northeast Michigan are making major adjustments to their classroom routines to protect ...

ALL programs include camera club, pandemic reading, more

The Association of Lifelong Learners is continuing its online programming plus some in-person programs at the Briggs Center and elsewhere. Due to very limited seating capacity, you must call the ALL Office at 989-358-7207 to get a confirmed reservation for in-person programs. Most in-person ...

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

Alcona library adds Halloween programs The Alcona County Library has added Halloween programs for children and teens in October. Starting Wednesday through Oct. 30, youth ages 12 to 18 can participate in the Teen Grab N Go Craft. They can pick up a Nightmare Catcher craft, a Halloween game, ...

Thunder Bay Arts birdhouse sale kicks off Thursday

ALPENA — With supplies donated by Home Depot, and craftsmanship provided by Alpena High School students, Thunder Bay Arts is ready to sell over 100 unique birdhouses to the public. Birdhouses, both painted and plain, will be available for purchase starting on Thursday at the Downtown Alpena ...

VFW Post 2496 Auxiliary hears updates at October meeting

The regular meeting of the VFW Post 2496 Auxiliary was presided over by President Darryl McQuarrie 6 p.m. on Oct. 13 with 16 members attending. The secretary and treasurer reports were given and approved. Tammy presented the bingo reports from the last three months and made a donation. ...

Road Commission duties extend beyond highway repair

ALPENA — When people think about the Alpena County Road Commission, they probably picture employees plowing snow, spreading salt, or filling potholes. The crews do much more than that, tackling all different types of projects year-round, and it takes a total team effort to make sure the ...

TCF Bank donates $25K to NEMCSA

Thanks to TCF’s $25,000 donation to Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, more individuals will be given the services tools they need to succeed. NEMCSA’s Healthy Home Program (HHP) is intended to assess the health and safety of the people’s homes and to encourage and implement a ...

Building assessment program Oct. 27

Building Assessment 101, hosted by Alpena County Library Special Collections Librarian Don LaBarre, will be a virtual presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Join the library and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network for this free, Zoom workshop intended for people who are ...