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Upcoming area blood drives

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Monday Noon to 5:45 p.m. Alpena Mall 2380 U.S.-23 South, Alpena Tuesday Noon to 5:45 p.m. St. Matthew Lutheran Church 7109 Wolf Creek Road, Herron Aug. 29 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. St. Anne Catholic Church 817 Sable St., Alpena Sept. 10 Noon to 5:45 p.m. Rogers ...

Unique store opens in Alpena

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ALPENA — The popularity of listening to or collecting vinyl records has increased significantly over the last several years. More people are choosing to listen to their favorite tunes on turntables, which was the primary way to consume music for decades. The invention of cassettes, ...

United Way offering mini grants

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Area nonprofits, health or educational organizations and governments have until 4 p.m. Friday to submit applications for an up to $1,000 mini grant from the United Way of Northeast Michigan. The funder said in a news release that grants will be giving to innovative programs that meet new ...

Employers can tap $27M in training funds

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The state is offering employers a total of $27 million in grants to train employees in skilled trades, and area Michigan Works! agencies are offering information sessions for employers, the Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium said in a news release. Several sessions are happening throughout ...

Local coastal wetlands and what they provide to the area

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ALPENA — Michigan coastal wetlands provide homes to many interesting animal and insect species, including the state’s only venomous snake, the eastern massasauga. The endangered rattlesnake is hard to find, and would rather avoid humans than bite them. “Coastal wetlands are hugely ...

Alcona Health Center gets state, federal honors

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State and federal officials honored the Alcona Health Center for 40 years of service during a recent reception in Cheboygan. State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, Brandon Fewins of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s office, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services deputy director Matt Lori, and Jen ...

Miller Street work to disrupt traffic

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ALPENA — A major street, water and sewer project begins Monday on Alpena’s north side and it may disrupt traffic flow and parking on one of the city’s busiest streets. The city’s engineering department has a plan in place, however, that it hopes will limit inconveniences for ...

Informing the public

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz June Perry, left, chats with Doris Feys about Proposal 2, which could end gerrymandering in Michigan if voters approve the proposal in November. Perry had a table set up at the Alpena County Library and was also registering people to vote.

ACC celebrates millage win, makes purchases

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ALPENA — Alpena Community College President Don MacMaster thanked the people who voted in favor of the 10-year millage during the August election. He discussed the election numbers during the regular ACC Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday. “It looks like we didn’t quite do as ...

Great Start offering shoes to kids in need as school year starts

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ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Great Start Collaborative is beginning their back to school shoe program for students in need of shoes. Covering Alpena, Montmorency and Alcona counties, the Great Start Collaborative will provide athletic shoes for students ages 3 to 12. To ...

County continues talks with NLA manager

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ALPENA — Alpena County’s contract with Northern Lights Arena-Community was set to expire at the end of the month, but on Wednesday the county board’s finance committee voted to extend the contract for four months as talks continue toward a longer deal. Because of some financial ...

‘Not meeting our expectations’

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ALPENA — Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Superintendent Scott Reynolds said on Wednesday that the district recently started a contract with Dean Transportation because the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority did not make necessary changes for the safety of Pied ...

NOAA chief: Thunder Bay ‘a role model’ of sanctuaries

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ALPENA — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leaders visited Alpena this week and discussed the impact of marine sanctuaries. Visitors included Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, NOAA’s assistant secretary and acting undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, Matt ...

Bergman visits

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Congressman Jack Bergman meets with Northland Area Federal Credit Union board and staff members, Thunder Bay Tree Service members, and Shalla’s Market owners on Wednesday at the NAFCU future headquarters in Alpena. The members spoke with Bergman about different ...

Alcona schools to open with new programs

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LINCOLN — Alcona Community Schools are gearing up for the start of the school year on Aug. 28, and there are a wide variety of new classes and opportunities available to students in the upcoming year. Superintendent Dan O’Connor discussed some of the new programs and what this school ...

Alcona talks cuts after tax failure

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County general fund is currently $689,000 in the red, and the County Board of Commissioners is considering which county services will be cut in order to amend the budget. Voters earlier this month rejected a millage proposal to restore revenue lost from ...

RC schools hire new elementary principal, teacher

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ROGERS CITY — A new elementary school principal and secondary social studies teacher have both been hired by Rogers City Area Schools. Steven Kowalski will be the new elementary principal and Kendra Beebe will be the new secondary social studies teacher. The Rogers City school board ...

Sheriff seeks grants for patrol, ORV, snowmobile units

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office plans to be submit three grant renewal requests to the State of Michigan after the county board’s finance committee approved the submittal of the grant applications on Wednesday. If approved, the state funding will help to cover the ...