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American Kennel Club recognizes new breed

NEW YORK (AP) — A vigorous Belgian livestock-guarding breed is gaining entree to the American Kennel Club. But Americans eager to see a Belgian Laekenois in person may have to be patient, since the coronavirus pandemic has taken a bite out of dog shows. The AKC is announcing Wednesday that ...

Alpena veterans reflect on the meaning of Independence Day

ALPENA — Independence Day is not about fireworks and partying. It’s about patriotism and honoring those who have fought to secure and maintain our freedoms as Americans. Veterans and those currently serving in the military told us about what the Fourth of July means to them. Veterans talk ...

Northland earns prestigious award

Northland Area Federal Credit Union has earned the distinguished Outstanding Credit Union of the Year — Large Asset Size Award — for this year’s 2020 Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) Awards and the Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF) Awards. Collectively, the MCUL and MCUF awards ...

Alcona library branches reopen in Harrisville, Lincoln

The Alcona County Library will be opening to Phase 2 at 25% capacity in its reopening plan on Monday. Only Harrisville and Lincoln branches will be open. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in Harrisville, and noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in Lincoln. Patrons shall ...

Presque Isle Lighthouse photo contest underway

In celebration of the Presque Isle Lights and Keeper’s House anniversaries, the Presque Isle Township Museum Society is hosting a photo contest. Send in your best photos and help celebrate the beauty and history of these special places. Winning photos will be featured on the Presque Isle ...

Friends Together Pig Roast July 19

Friends Together is excited to announce its annual Pig Roast will be held on Sunday, July 19, at The Fletcher Street Depot in Alpena. Barbecued pulled pork, baked beans, baked potato, coleslaw, beverage and chocolate chunk cookies will be served from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $15 per ...

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

WW resumes in-person operations WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, has reopened its WW Studio in Alpena. Beginning July 6, in-person workshops will resume at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. Drop-in hours will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. The WW Studio is located at 2205 US 23 S Suite, ...

Fourth of July car deals less generous but still solid this year

With summer in full swing, we typically see car dealerships heavily discounting excess inventory for the Fourth of July holiday. But the novel coronavirus and its effects make this year different than most. Demand for new cars has rebounded over the last couple of months but vehicle ...

Honor the flag this Fourth of July

“Hats off! along the street there comes, A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums; And loyal hearts are beating high, Hats off! The flag is passing by!” — Henry Holcomb Bennett, “The Flag Goes By.” The Flag of the United States of America has been prominent in Alpena’s celebration of ...

Monks, experts in social distancing, find strength in isolation

Need a habit to get through trying times? Try solitude. Ever since the rainy season retreats of the Buddha 2,500 years ago, sages have celebrated the transformative power of being alone. In Christian monasteries, silent mindfulness became part of the everyday routine in the sixth century ...

Stone sculptor Autumn Bildson is Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Artist in Residence

ALPENA — This artist has toyed with many types of artwork, but, once she tried stone carving, she was hooked. Autumn Bildson, of Black River, is the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary’s 2020 Artist in Residence. She will demonstrate her work on July 11, 14, and 16 at Island Park, where the public ...

O’Neil is featured artist at Thunder Bay Arts Gallery

ALPENA — The July/August 2020 Featured Artist at the Thunder Bay Arts Gallery is Pamela O’Neil. Her work will be on display at the gallery for the months of July and August. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, there won’t be a reception for her but the gallery is open ...

Making your own wedding cake? Plan and ‘don’t go wild’

Even in a pandemic, folks are getting married. And where there’s a wedding — even a small one in the backyard — there’s usually a cake. Home bakers looking to make their own wedding cakes don’t need a fancy, multi-tiered tower. But how can they create something that rises above the ...

Art in the Loft’s SummerView 2020 in gallery now

ALPENA — This year, SummerView opened later than usual at Art in the Loft, because of the required shutdown of businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 25, SummerView 2020 is up and ready for viewing in the gallery, with all works on display and for sale. Featuring more than 25 ...

ALL programming offered this week

The Association of Lifelong Learners is offering both online and some in-person programs this week. ALL is continuing with online programming, open to the public. Just send an email to ALL@alpenacc.edu to receive connection information to connect via Zoom. Online programs this week are ...

French Road panning place offers visitors buried treasure

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — Snuggled in the woods on French Road is a gem waiting for people of all ages to enjoy. The Cedar Panning Co. was established by Correne and Larry Kenza in 2015 and offers visitors an opportunity to pan for gems that they can take home as treasured keepsakes. Correne ...

Budniks celebrate 70 years of marriage

Arthur and Margaret (Polaski) Budnik of Posen celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 24. They met in Posen when they were just teens. While both were on a walk with their friends, the two groups met up. As they walked, Art stopped to pick some wildflowers from the side of the road ...

Campus Corner

Nelson earns master’s degree Claire Nelson graduated with a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, in a virtual commencement ceremony on May 14. She has accepted a position at Virtua Samson Cancer Center in Moorestown, New ...

New leadership at Alpena Salvation Army

ALPENA — Major Kevin and Captain Amy Cedervall of The Salvation Army have been transferred to Kansas City, Missouri, effective Sunday. “We have loved our six years here in Alpena, this community has been one of the most caring and connected that we’ve had the privilege of serving ...