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Learning to fly

News Photo by Jordan Spence Lucy Cook, 11, flies a drone she programmed at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Maker’s Space with her fifth grade class Wednesday.

AHS alum speaks to students about dating abuse

ALPENA — Alpena High School students learned about dating abuse, healthy relationships and consent from Emily Hansen, a graduate of AHS and current University of Michigan student, on Wednesday. “It covered six different types of abuse, what consent looks like in healthy ...

Alcona board OKs new furniture, lighting

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners approved replacing tables and chairs in the courtroom and adding new LED lighting in the courtroom at its meeting Wednesday. Grounds and maintenance department head Dave Hanson said some upgrades already have been completed in the ...

Posen students first on Lady Michigan this season

ALPENA — Posen High School students were the first people of the season to take a voyage on the Lady Michigan. The students went on Lake Huron as a combination of their English and science classes. “It’s great to get the history aspect and in the fall we talked about ecosystem ...

Little Flanders Field receives makeover

ALPENA — Volunteers from Home Depot, Michigan State Police and Marine Corps League #1327, Alpena Detachment met at Little Flander’s Field Tuesday to spruce up crosses which represent the men and women from the Alpena area who died during combat. About two dozen people were putting a ...

Committee OKs ‘Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway’

LANSING — The Michigan Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday approved Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation to permanently honor former Rep. Peter Pettalia, who died in 2016 in an accident while traveling down to the capitol for session. Senate Bill 622 would designate the portion of US-23 ...

City hall to get HVAC upgrade

ALPENA — After the sale of the former civic center and Department of Public Works properties, the City of Alpena put the money into a fund that can be used for improvements to city-owned facilities. The Public Safety Building had extensive work done and now an HVAC project is taking ...

RC council adopts city budget

ROGERS CITY — The City of Rogers City Council had a public hearing and adopted the city budget for 2018-19 during its meeting Tuesday. City Clerk/Treasurer Teri Koss said she didn’t receive any written comments in the mail. Council member Gary Nowak said why he would vote a certain ...

Lions clean up

News Photo by Jordan Spence Members of the Alpena Lions Club and Alpena Evening Lions clean up along the bi-path at Sytek Park Tuesday.

APS to decide on new science curriculum

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Curriculum and Technology Committee received a recommendation on Tuesday for adoption of science curriculum for sixth through eighth grades at Thunder Bay Junior High for the 2018-19 school year. The science curriculum is called IQWST and it’s by ...

Curriculum committee recommends bid awards for new program

ALPENA — During its meeting on Tuesday, the Alpena Public Schools Curriculum and Technology Committee recommended bid awards for the new mechatronics program that is going to be a part of the career and technical education program at Alpena High School starting the 2018-19 school ...

RC’s Hein continues working on goals

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Nick Hein said during Monday’s school board meeting he continues to work on his goals. “We’re not doing a formal goals update. We’re just going through the goals and see what the progress is,” board President Ivy Cook ...

Hillman approves repaving projects for street, path

HILLMAN — The Hillman Village Council approved having asphalt replaced on a bike path and a street during its meeting on Tuesday. The council approved for $15,625 to have a bike path trail and bridge that approaches between Riverside Drive and the Progress Street parking lot repaved. The ...

Besser students participate in Salmon Release Day

ALPENA — Besser Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders were at Rotary Island Mill on Monday participating in the Department of Natural Resources Salmon in the Classroom program. The students spent the day rotating through different stations. The stations were salmon migration, life ...

Hillman board discusses next step

HILLMAN — It has been a week since the Hillman Community Schools request for a sinking fund millage was rejected by voters at the polls and the board of education is now figuring out what the next step is going to be for the school district. During the board’s meeting on Monday, ...

3-car accident

News Photo by Jordan Spence There was a three-car accident around 3 p.m. Monday on US-23 South of Alpena at Squaw Bay, causing traffic to be stopped and backed up. There were injuries reported but no other details were available at press time.

Groovy

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Hungry Hippie owner Greg Konwinski hangs classic album art on a wall in his new location at the former Dairy Queen on State Avenue. The restaurant will be opening in the coming weeks and feature music, food and fun.

DDA hires summer intern

ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority decided a few months ago it wanted to hire an intern to help work on projects in the district and to add a fresh set of eyes to the downtown that can hopefully provide a fresh perspective. Last week it decided to hire Kingsli Kraft, an ...

Get fit, win healthy pizza

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Angela Samp’s social studies class was the winner of Thunder Bay Junior High’s Get Fit Don’t Sit event put together by the Bay Athletic Club and MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. Classes were invited to move for at least five minutes during their period to ...

RC board to take closer look at finances

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education has decided to examine financial matters from when former Superintendent Dave O’Bryant was still employed. “I believe that there are some cause for concerns which I’ve brought forward before and I remain in the same ...