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POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Dec. 16-22: 98 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 11 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 27 Medical: 16 Warrant ...

When teachers are taught

ALPENA — Teachers have to stay up-to-date with teaching methods to provide the best education for their students. To do so, teachers have to participate in five professional development days each school year, days student stay home and teachers come to work to train. On those days, ...

Winter farm memories

When I think back to winters gone by, a picture of my grandparents’ farm in Maple Ridge Township always comes to mind. I’m not sure the snow was so different then, so deep and sparkling, but, as a child, spending precious time on the farm it just seemed to register so. With autumn ...

Kiddos are excited for Christmas

ALPENA — When you ask kids what they want for Christmas, the answer can be anything. Local kids say that they want Nerf guns, video games, and technology, like phones or laptops. Wilson Elementary School students know what they want for Christmas, with the holiday just two days away. ...

An Alpena curling match

News Photo by Julie Riddle Rubber bands on their shoes for safety, members of the new Thunder Bay Curling Club grimace with intensity as they steer a granite stone during a curling match Sunday afternoon. The club, which brought the ancient sport to Alpena this fall, will begin a full season ...

Forecast good for travel, but bad for white Christmas

ALPENA — A warmer-than-normal Christmas is forecast this year, which should help holiday travels but could diminish chances for a white Christmas. Meteorologist Jeff Lutz, with the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, said above-average temperatures are expected through much of next ...

Decades of tradition

When our oldest son was 6 years old, I made a tree ornament for him. The following year, I made one for his baby brother, and continued every year. Four years later, we added a baby sister to the family. I was making ornaments every year for all three. The ornaments are always different from ...

City drinking water pipe to be repaired, inspected

ALPENA — The Alpena Municipal Council voted unanimously this week to award a pair of bids to two companies who will perform some minor maintenance and an inspection of one of the city’s water intake pipes that draws drinking water from Lake Huron. The water is pulled into the city’s ...

New APS programs allow kids to learn at their own pace

ALPENA — To help students learn math better, Alpena Public Schools has rolled out new personalized learning programs that customize how each student is presented information based on his or her own strengths and needs. Two math programs were implemented this school year: Imagine Math, and ...

Images of a warm Christmas past

Courtesy Photos Now there’s a couple of buscaderos! These images provided by Jefferson B. Davis show boys dressed up for Christmas and a handmade Christmas decoration.

Sundin gets his send-off

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora presents outgoing city manager Greg Sundin, left, with a plaque that thanked Sundin for his many years of service and work for the city. City staff hosted a retirement party for Sundin on Friday, his last day.

Toys for Kids makes its goal

News Photo by Shannon Knowlton A shopping cart overflows with gifts for area kids in need on Thursday as part of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 583 Operation Holidays program. Thanks in part to a $2,300 donation from Duane Jennings of Midwest Diesel and Laura Lee of Alpena Beverage and a ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of Dec. 11-17 Complaints: 57 Police runs: 25 People investigated: 132 Traffic stops: 23 Citations: 8 Business/house checks: 33 Misdemeanor arrests: ...

‘Almost there’: Postal workers huffing to holiday finish line

ALPENA — “We’re almost there — I can taste it,” said postmaster Sharon Wirgau on Friday as her post office in Ossineke entered the homestretch of a post office’s busiest time of year. Christmas cards and carefully boxed gifts have been flowing fast and furious through local post ...

For winter months, Alpena Ramada opens its pool to a cold community

ALPENA — The weather outside may be frightful, but, inside, giggling kids in swimsuits chase ping-pong balls, putt their best putts, and hang their feet over warm, toe-tickling water. In an effort to provide the community with one more way to survive a long, cold winter, Ramada Inn in ...

BIZ BRIEFS

Three farms earn historical certification Three Northeast Michigan farms, inlcuding the Hardies farm in Presque Isle County’s BelknapTownship, have been named Centennial Farms by the the Historical Society of Michigan for being owned by the same family for more than 100 years, the Presque ...

A big bull elk

Courtesy Photo Northeast Michigan’s Josh Spragg is seen in this undated provided photo with a big bull elk he took.

Nuts for nutcrackers

ALPENA — Several hundred eyes watch Juli Sauve as she sits at her desk. “When I work alone, I’m really not alone,” the business owner said, her gaze sweeping over the shelves of straight-backed toys standing at attention before her. At Right Away Restoration and Cleaning, on the ...

Charlevoix judge assigned to Winfield case

ALPENA — An out-of-area judge has been assigned to preside over the upcoming sex assault trial of former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield. Roy C. Hayes III, from the 33rd Circuit Court out of Charlevoix, was assigned by the State Court Administrative Office to oversee ...

The yellow jacket

I grew up on the north side of Alpena (Taylor Street, to be exact). We had a very busy and noisy house. There were three boys and three girls, my mom and dad, three bedrooms, and one bathroom (ugh), and we were always coming and going. My mom and dad owned their own butcher shop, worked very ...