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Lifestyles

Island Park habitat restoration underway; ‘quiet recreation’ urged

ALPENA — It’s a place for “quiet recreation.” It’s not a place for biking or partying in the warmer months, nor is it a place for sledding in the winter. Island Park, formerly known as Sportsman’s Island, is part of the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. As such, it is dedicated to ...

Donating to Friends Together

News Photo by Julie Riddle A motorist drops off a donation at a drive-thru fundraiser for Friends Together, an Alpena nonprofit group that supports cancer patients and their families. The event, continuing through 6 p.m. today, is raising money for the purchase of a new van to transport cancer ...

Wine and dine for tax-filer loyalty

Courtesy Photo Tammy Lancaster is seen with her prize elk-viewing ride, dinner, and wine-tasting package from Thunder Bay Resort, given to clients of H&R Block to reward customer loyalty. Other winners this year were Brian and Tina Gerard and David and Julie Krawczak.

Alpena Art Walk tonight to feature four galleries

The first Alpena Art Walk of 2020 will be held from 5-8 p.m. today, featuring four downtown art galleries. The featured galleries are Art in the Loft, Studio Rubedo, Thunder Bay Arts Gallery and My Glass Wings. Studio Rubedo will open its doors for the first time since the pandemic began. ...

CCHS Class of ’58 cancels 62nd reunion

Catholic Central High School Class of 1958 is canceling its 62nd reunion. This is due to the uncertainness of the coronavirus. Organizers said they will try for their 63rd reunion next year.

Alpena County Library offering timely titles

ALPENA — In an effort to inform the public about racial equality and social justice issues relating to the Black Lives Matter movement, the Alpena County Library is offering ebooks and audiobooks to patrons. And currently, signing up online for a library card is free. The Black Lives ...

Michigan first to match 2010 census rate

Michigan is the first state in the nation to match its 2010 census self-response rate — a significant milestone that can be attributed in part to early outreach by nonprofits throughout the state. Michigan matched its 67.7% self-response rate from 2010 and ranks third in the nation overall ...

Alpena steps up for Midland

Courtesy Photo After 10 days of requesting help for Midland, Alpena came through with enough supplies for two trailers, like the one seen in this photograph provided by John Knapp. Everything from clothes, food, furniture, toys, pet supplies, and cleaning products were delivered on Friday. ...

‘Violence begets violence’

I protest. I protest this world and my beloved country breaking my heart. In my professional and family life, I have worked closely with police officers. I have respected and appreciated their efforts. That video could make me cry. I have never hated anyone, and yes I have had reason. My ...

PRIDE week events planned, concluding with Saturday walk

ALPENA — Pride is in the air this week, as rainbow flags decorate windows to signify support for the LGBTQ+ community during National Pride Week. Thunder Bay Theatre, ACC Takes Pride, and Hope Shores Alliance are teaming up to present events, including a Let’s Talk: Pride panel featuring ...

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

Long Lake Association to meet July 1; bring chairs The Long Lake Improvement Association will host a meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, at the Parker House. The public is welcome. The meeting will be held outdoors behind the Parker House, adjacent to the patio. The association is ...

Upcoming ALL programs both online and in-person

The Association of Lifelong Learners has resumed some of its in-person programming, and is still offering many online courses, open to the public. Pickleball has resumed from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the APlex. ALL organizers are still waiting for Alpena Community ...

Knight a top-five finalist for national veterinary hero award

Dr. Daniele Knight has been selected as one of five finalists in the United States for American Humane’s Hero Veterinarian Award. The seventh annual American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards honor the heroes who dedicate their lives to making a difference in ...

Quirky tourist town in Alaska struggles to survive during pandemic

TALKEETNA, Alaska — In one quirky Alaska town, small sightseeing planes sit idle, the grand fireplace is dark at the usually bustling lodge, and the general store is stocked with ice cream for tourists who are nowhere to be seen. It’s almost “ghost town-esque,” said Fernando ...

Thunder Bay Arts Gallery open; seeking matching funding

By DARBY HINKLEY News Lifestyles Editor ALPENA — The Thunder Bay Arts Gallery reopened for business on June 1 after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In compliance with CDC and the governor’s mandates, masks and social distancing are required. Now in its ninth year, the ...

NEMAG exhibit at Brush Creek Mill

Courtesy Photos Brush Creek Mill, at the foot of the bridge in Hillman, reminds you that “Reopening Celebration,” an art exhibit by the North East Michigan Artist Guild, continues through June 27. This is one of their best exhibits, and the public is invited to visit from noon to 4 p.m., ...

Besser Museum is now open to the public

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan reopened on Friday. Hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 2 p.m., and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 1 p.m., 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and 3 to 4 p.m. Besser Museum is committed to providing a safe and ...

Onaway farmers grow peonies in unique, profitable ways

ONAWAY — Growing peonies is a family affair at Kammer-Paulus Farms in Onaway, where an estimated 7,000 peonies are grown and sold to florists each year. Doug Paulus, his wife, Shelley Kammer-Paulus, and their children, Tanner and Kayleigh Paulus, split their time between their home in ...

Campus Corner

Natalie Wierzbicki earns master’s degree The University of Nevada Reno College of Education announces the graduation of Natalie Carol Wierzbicki with a Master’s of Science Education degree. Wierzbicki teaches sixth and eighth grade science and resides in the Lake Tahoe area. She is ...