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Keeping them fed

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HILLMAN — Forty-one students in Hillman Community Schools will not go hungry over winter break because they were provided food that was donated to the school. Kayla Nichols, instructional coach and data coordinator at Hillman Elementary School, said Thursday that 41 students are being ...

Good tidings to a veteran

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Hillman Elementary School students honor 93-year-old veteran Harvey Morrison on Thursday. The students sang Morrison “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and gave him a gift basket with Christmas cards. Morrison served in World War II and the Korean War.

Township ready to invest fire millage funds

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Alpena Township Fire Department is in need of at least a pair of new ambulances and intends to use funds from a recently passed property tax to pay for them. And, the quicker the purchase is approved, the lower the cost will be for the new vehicles, fire officials ...

Dreaming of a … green Christmas

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You would think that, after 20-plus years of living in northern Michigan, I would be used to the winter season up here. Not a chance. Before anyone goes off assuming that I have no Christmas spirit or I traditionally play the role of the Grinch each holiday season, let me explain why my ...

‘A willingness to bend’

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The years-long dispute between Alpena and Alpena Township over water and sewer rates is back in mediation, the township’s attorney announced during a public forum on the issue Wednesday. While presenting a history of the case to about 40 residents, attorney Dan Florip ...

Van Lare work could start by early summer

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ALPENA — The Van Lare Hall renovation project at Alpena Community College recently took a big step toward becoming a reality. On Wednesday, ACC President Don MacMaster told the college Board of Trustees that the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget approved the ...

‘Inspired by our town’

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ALPENA — The two women in winter coats and mittens radiated enthusiasm. “It’s a nice start. A cool little rink. I think people are really going to enjoy it,” said Alpena resident Kara Bauer LeMonds, straightening her floppy gray hat against the brisk wind. They were standing by ...

City to get new Mich-e-ke-wis plan underway

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena has already accomplished much of what it’s planned for Starlite Beach, but now the city is beginning the process of updating the list of possible projects for Mich-e-ke-wis Park, which officials hope will increase usage at the park. At Monday’s Alpena ...

Santa takes out the trash

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Courtesy Photo Brandon Burnham of Dynamic Waste Solution spreads a little Christmas cheer on Wednesday morning by making his morning rounds picking up trash in downtown Alpena dressed as Santa Claus.

‘Like a community event’

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ALPENA — Local elementary schools have been packed with parents and families for winter holiday programs. During the school day, students practiced the songs they performed during the holiday programs. Among the songs students performed were “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” ...

Township forum today on water-sewer dispute

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — Many residents in Alpena Township want updates and have questions regarding the township’s ongoing water and sewer dispute with the City of Alpena. Today at 5 p.m., the township Board of Trustees will hold a special public meeting to address concerns and any ...

Peters vows to push for Alpena customs agent

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ALPENA — In 2016, the federal government decided not to refill the position of a customs agent in Alpena who retired and, although there was a concerted effort to convince the feds to reconsider, that position remain open today. That means international travelers are forced to stop ...

Habermehl honored at his last meeting

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ALPENA — There was little on the Alpena Board of Commissioners’ meeting agenda Tuesday. In fact, most of the meeting was dedicated to longtime Commissioner Cam Habermehl, who served in his last meeting on Tuesday. Habermehl, who was defeated in the August primary election by Kevin Burr ...

RC works to make itself ‘redevelopment ready’

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials are putting the finishing touches on a plan that will allow the city to continue receiving grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. City Manager Joseph Hefele told council members he hopes to submit the plan to the MEDC early next year, ...

Taking it a step further

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ALPENA — On Monday, school districts within Alpena, Alcona, and Montmorency counties were one of nine partnerships in the state awarded a Marshall Plan for Talent grant from the state. Alpena Public Schools, Alcona Community Schools, Hillman Community Schools, Atlanta Community Schools, ...

‘More meaningful’

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ALPENA — Christmas brings with it so many memories and, while every gift received is special or meaningful, many believe it is the ones made with hands that bring a smile and warmth to the heart. Sometimes it’s nice to go to a shop and create a special gift, as can be done at Soaps and ...

‘We are a voice of the people’

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Alpena Township Board of Trustees took a cue from its voters and have begun the process of adopting an ordinance banning recreational marijuana businesses from opening and operating in the township. The 5-0 vote took place at the monthly board meeting ...

Santa Claus is back in town

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Santa Claus extended his weekend stay in Alpena by a day to meet with students from Lincoln Elementary School on Monday. The kids were happy to meet with Santa at Culligan Plaza and received candy canes from Alpena Downtown Development Authority Executive ...

APS asks state to approve bond plans

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education took another step Monday toward asking voters to approve a bond sale for facilities renovations by approving an application to the state for preliminary qualification of bonds. Superintendent John VanWagoner said the district has ...

Township to hold special meeting regarding lawsuit with city

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — Many residents in Alpena Township want updates and have questions regarding the township's water and sewer litigation with City of Alpena. On Wednesday at 5 p.m., the board of trustees will hold a special public meeting to address concerns and any misinformation that ...