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Campus Corner: Lesley Szymanski graduates from CMU

Lesley Szymanski graduated from Central Michigan University in May with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Development. She is currently employed as a teacher with Kent County Head Start in Grand Rapids. She is the daughter of Paul and Robin Szymanski and granddaughter of Daniel and ...

Raised bed gardening is easy and yields large plants

ALPENA — Shawn Lancaster calls gardening religious. It’s a time for her to plant and watch things grow, as she grows closer to God. She’s been gardening since she was about 7 or 8 years old, starting with her great grandmother, and it’s stuck with her. “It’s religious,” she ...

MOC Ladies Auxiliary held regular meeting on Tuesday

The regular meeting of the MOC Ladies Auxiliary met on Tuesday, July 21. Seven members were in attendance. After roll call and payment of fines, minutes were read and the treasurer’s report was given. An audit took place before the meeting. The audit report was read by 1st Year Trustee ...

Library selects Meridian as general contractor

The Library Board of the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library has unanimously selected Meridian Contracting Services as the general contractor for its renovation project. Meridian bid $2,668,000. The two other bids received were from Troy-based CE Gleason Constructors at ...

Volunteers needed for Friday’s pop-up pantry at Northern Lights

Volunteers are needed for a pop-up pantry at 2 p.m. on Friday at Northern Lights Arena in Alpena. The event is sponsored by Feed the Need Alpena and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. To volunteer, sign up on the Feed the Need Alpena Facebook page or go to this link: ...

Soak or drip? Watering advice for the hot season

August is the month for two garden W’s: weeding and watering. Regular attention to both keeps a vegetable or flower garden pretty and productive well into autumn. For now, let’s look at watering. It’s not necessarily less rain that makes soils drier in August; it’s August’s ...

Calcite Credit Union teams up to give $10K back to community

Calcite Credit Union had the opportunity to team up with the Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF) to donate $10,000 back to the local community. MCUF offered a Community Crisis Support Grant in which they would match Calcite Credit Union’s $5,000 donation to serve the purpose of ...

What to do with your stuff the kids don’t want

Parents who are downsizing or simply decluttering may have to get creative at finding homes for all their unwanted possessions —particularly these days. The generations that came after the baby boom are famously less interested than their predecessors in the trappings of domestic life, says ...

Hubbard Lake St. Paul receives $2,000 grant for new daycare center

First Federal of Northern Michigan (FFNM) Legacy Foundation presented a $2,000 grant to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hubbard Lake as part of their second quarter grant awards. The $2,000 will be used in the renovation of two classrooms that will become a licensed childcare center. St. Paul ...

‘Rightfully Hers’ exhibition on display at Alcona County Library

HARRISVILLE — A new popup exhibition opened Monday at the Harrisville branch of Alcona County Library. The popup exhibition is from the National Archives, “Rightfully Hers,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. “Rightfully Hers” contains ...

Besser Foundation commits $300K to patient tower project

ALPENA — Dedicated to the community, Besser Foundation recently committed $300,000 to the MidMichigan Health Foundation for the new patient tower project at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Construction on the 99,000 square-foot project began on July 7, and is slated to be complete in ...

Principal personally delivers diploma

Courtesy Photo Thomas Berriman, Alpena High School principal, attended a graduation party for Shania Soik, on Saturday, July 12. Shania was unable to attend her graduation ceremony. On his own time and out of care and concern for a young graduate, he attended the party held at Pappy’s Pub ...

Art in the Loft offers new kits, RSVP nights for small groups

ALPENA — Art in the Loft is offering new take-home kits, as well as a new type of group session for parties of up to 10, called RSVP Nights. Art and cooking kits You can pre-order your cooking or art kits, suitable for ages 5 and older. Get smART art kits and Get Cooking culinary kits ...

A future forged in iron

LINCOLN — Alpena resident Jacob Moss Idema is giving an old-fashioned tradition new life. The 36-year old blacksmith recently transitioned from his job as a jeweler to pursue a new opportunity as a blacksmith full-time. Idema is probably best known for his work on a bicycle sculpture he ...

Zeller to be inducted into Michigan Lions Hall of Fame

ALPENA — This lifelong Alpena resident was born with Lions in his blood. And now he’s received the state’s highest honor that can be awarded to a Lion. David Zeller has been selected as an inductee into the Lions Clubs of Michigan Hall of Fame. “This is the highest honor bestowed ...

Alcona and Montmorency counties granted emergency funds

Alcona County has been awarded $3,097 and Montmorency County has been awarded $2,800 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the counties by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board. A representative Local Board is charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress ...

Hunter’s Harvest gives $1K in gas cards to Friends Together

Courtesy Photo Friends Together was excited to receive this outstanding donation of $1,000 in gas cards to help cancer patients get to and from their critical cancer appointments, from Hunter’s Harvest for Charity on Friday. Pictured from left are Shelly Gibbs, Jim Wils and Judy Burns.

ALL programs beginning Monday

The Association of Lifelong Learners has announced its programs that are starting Monday. These online programs are open to the public. Just send an email to ALL@Alpenacc.edu to receive connection information, if not listed below. Monday 2 p.m.: “Line Dancing” Debbie Kerr has been ...

Trunk sale at Craftmakers’ Cabin today

There will be a trunk sale for crafts and craft supplies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Craftmakers’ Cabin in Harrisville, located at 106 S. State Road, on the corner of U.S.-23 and M-72. In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday instead. Call 734-904-0108 for details.

Coffee and Cars downtown next two Saturdays in Alpena

ALPENA — Calling all classic car connoisseurs. Come to Downtown Alpena the last two Saturdays of July for Coffee and Cars from 8 to 11 a.m. this Saturday and July 25. Coffee and Cars is a casual event for those who own classic or vintage cars and want to get out and enjoy downtown with ...