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Lifestyles

More is not necessarily better

As I take box after box to St. Vincent’s to donate my stuff and that of those I work with as a professional organizer, I wonder who buys it all! The store is filled with donated items and the inventory is constantly changing, so someone is buying it. I have had conversations with people ...

First Federal Foundation grants $1,500 to Alpena Sheriff’s Office

Courtesy Photo First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation presented a $1,500 grant to the Alpena County Sheriff’s office as one of their fourth quarter grant recipients. The $1,500 will be used toward the purchase of ice rescue equipment to assist with emergency rescue operations. ...

FFNM Foundation grants $1,500 to Hope Shores

First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation recently presented a $1,500 grant to Hope Shores Alliance. The $1,500 will be used to provide current and relevant training to the more than 70 volunteers that give of their time and talents to the organization. Hope Shores Alliance is the ...

Meet the artists at ‘Winter Blues’ reception Thursday

ALPENA — Neither of these two artists would say they are talented, but their work suggests otherwise. First-time exhibitors Bob Cordes and Esther Ableidinger will be among the many artists whose work is featured in the “Winter Blues” non-juried art exhibit at Besser Museum for Northeast ...

Ritzler, Chihuly, Clewell also on display

Courtesy Photo The 1980s are back at Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan! Three collections that were last on display in the 80s are being exhibited again — Shirley Ritzler’s “Kaleidoscopes” cut-paper design series, Dale Chihuly’s “Seaforms” glass pieces, and Charles W. ...

Empty Bowls luncheon fundraiser at Alpena senior center on Sunday

ALPENA — Grab a bowl, fill it with homemade soup, fill your belly and take that one-of-a-kind bowl home to remind you of those whose bowls are empty year-round. The Third Annual Empty Bowls Alpena is Sunday at Alpena Senior Citizens Center, 501 River St. For a minimum donation of $5 per ...

Delightful decadence

ALPENA — Chocolate is the answer. What was the question? Let your troubles melt away with every mouth-watering bite Saturday at the 20th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza. More than 50 sweet treats, from trifles to truffles to mousse to Charlotte Russe, will be spread out on the table in the ...

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

Messy Hands for tots at Art in the Loft Tuesday Art in the Loft is hosting a new class for kids, Messy Hands open studio for ages 18 months to 4 years, starting Tuesday. Join in every other Tuesday (opposite of Art POP) anytime between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. This free experience is self-guided ...

‘A labor of love’

ALPENA — Around 1 p.m. on weekdays, the volunteers and director of the Friendship Room gather behind St. Bernard’s Catholic Church to start the process of preparing meals for the hungry. It takes hours of work that involves sifting through food donations, getting pots and pans out, ...

FFNM awards $1,500 grants to Huron Humane Society, NEMI Trap Neuter Release

ALPENA — First Federal of Northern Michigan (FFNM) Legacy Foundation recently presented a $1,500 grant to Huron Humane Society, Inc. as one of fourth quarter grant recipients. The $1,500 will be used to provide spay/neuter procedures and rabies vaccinations to kittens. The Huron Humane ...

Guest speaker at New Life women’s event Tues.

New Life Christian Fellowship warmly invites women and young women, junior high age and up, to the WOVEN (Women of Victory Experiencing Newness) meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 317 S. Ripley Blvd., Alpena. Guest speaker Patty Spaeth will share about “The Heart of Hospitality” ...

Campus Corner

Church makes LSSU dean’s list Courtney Church of Spruce has been included on the Fall 2019 Lake Superior State University Dean’s List. To make the dean’s list, students much achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Church is majoring in nursing at LSSU. She is ...

Author David Sedaris coming to Alpena in April

The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library presents “An Evening with David Sedaris” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the Alpena High School Auditorium. Tickets are available for $25 for orchestra level and $15 for balcony level seating and may be purchased from Eventbrite or ...

Keith & Ginny Titus to perform Sunday at First Congregational

ALPENA — Keith and Ginny Titus have done a lot for this community, and they continue to do more, despite major health setbacks. The pair will host a live performance at 2 p.m. Sunday of “Spoon River Anthology,” written by Edgar Lee Masters in 1915. The collection of short free-form ...

AAACU donates over $22K

ALPENA — Through the generosity of its membership and its employees, Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union (AAACU) donated $22,299.14 throughout 2019 to various local organizations. Each year, each of AAACU’s seven office locations vote on organizations their office would like to fundraise for ...

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

Hillman VFW Auxiliary planning April banquet The VFW Auxiliary 2356 meeting was held at the post on Feb. 4 in Hillman. President Thomas Brown called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Many things were discussed including the backing of the Quilt of Valor Program. A brief discussion was held ...

Hometown news matters

“Things aren’t different, things are things.” — William Gibson, author. Using the words “when I was your age,” by one generation to the next, is what psychologists call the “reminiscence bump,” remembering the positive with more clarity than the negative, mostly associated ...

FFNM awards $1,500 each to Vietnam vets, senior center

ALPENA — First Federal of Northern Michigan (FFNM) Legacy Foundation recently presented a $1,500 grant to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 583 as one of their fourth quarter grant recipients. The $1,500 will be used to purchase food and toys for their Operation Holidays program. ...

Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board elects Gougeon, Kalmanek

Election of officers, plans for Festivus and the Reel Fun Ice Fishing Tournament, and donations received were among many items of business at the December and January meetings of the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board. Elected unanimously to continue were Terry Gougeon as board chairman and ...