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Agencies beginning next step with toxins

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Even before the federal government released the results of a study that showed current Environmental Protection Agency health standards for perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid were in drinking water are likely higher than needed, state and federal agencies were taking steps ...

A scaled-back Smokey’s opens following fire

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When a late-night fire threatened to end the business at Smokey’s Restaurant and Tavern, the tight-knit restaurant family found a way to persevere. The restaurant has been reinvented as a “to go” business, operating out of the back of neighboring Jake’s Ice Cream Parlor at 5992 N. ...

Bromund joins Wolgast’s Alpena office

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Wolgast Corporation has announced that Kris Bromund has joined its Alpena office staff as project manager assistant. President and CEO Brian Stadler, made the announcement. Bromund comes to Wolgast from Alpena Public Schools with 20 years of administrative assistant experience. Her new role ...

Car clips motorcycle

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg There was a two car and one motorcycle accident on Bagley Street in Alpena at around 3 p.m. on Thursday. Alpena Township Fire Capt. Ken Piper said a car pulled out into traffic, clipped the motorcyle, and the motorcycle ran into another vehicle. Piper said there ...

HHS releases PFOS, PFOA study

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LANSING — On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the results of a study conducted by Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a branch of HHS, regarding potential health impacts from exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic ...

ACC board OKs tuition increase

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ALPENA — The Alpena Community College Board of Trustees has approved a three percent tuition rate increase for the fiscal year 2019. The increase was approved unanimously at the regular board meeting, Thursday. “The college is always mindful on the cost of education and its impact ...

Quickly extinguished

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Fire Department and city police responded to a car fire on Cavanaugh Street Friday. When first responders arrived at the scene the car was filled with smoke and the fire was extinguished quickly. No one was injured during the incident.

APS, AMA ESD enter cooperative agreement with Dean Transportation

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ALPENA — During Monday’s Alpena Public Schools Board of Education meeting, the board adopted a resolution to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District for special education transportation. The AMA ESD approved during its meeting ...

Free lecture at the sanctuary next week

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ALPENA — A different maritime environment will be the focus of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary lecture “If These Waters Could Talk.” The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Thursday at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St. in ...

County considers loan options for new terminal

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners is looking for a way to reduce the monthly payment and interest from a $2.7 million United States Department of Agriculture loan it intends to apply for to cover its match for the new terminal at the airport. One of the considerations is ...

Committee acts on intergovernmental surcharge agreement

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ALPENA — The Alpena CountyBoard of Commissioners Finance Committee voted to recommend the board accept an intergovernmental agreement for the $20 surcharge for countywide recycling. Residents who file for poverty or disabled veteran exemptions will not be required to pay the ...

Can he do it?

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Johann Polanco gives his son Dominic Polanco a lift closer to the rim while shooting basketball at Bay View Park in Alpena Wednesday.

Sanctuary continues Heritage Trail work

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ALPENA — The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary continues to work on the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail. “I don’t think there is a single member of staff who hasn’t worked on this project. We’re working on over 100 interpretive signs that will go between the three ...

Pied Piper to apply for REACH grant

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ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education recently approved support for a Recognize Everyone’s Abilities and Creative Hearts grant application for Pied Piper School. REACH is going to give Pied Piper students the opportunity to experience ...

EMS director updates board about first year on the job

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HARRISVILLE — Alcona County EMS Director Scott Rice provided a yearly update of the EMS department to the Alcona County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday. Rice has been the EMS director for a year and provided a list of accomplishments throughout the past year to the commissioners. He ...

Answering questions

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Bridge Magazine Mobile newsroom was at Culligan Plaza in Alpena Tuesday distributing election issue guides and taking comments to forward to the state’s gubernatorial candidates. Ron Lemke, left, asks a few questions to interns Allie Parker and Marlie Pratt.

DDA closer to finalizing Christmas decorations plan

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ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority is getting closer to finalizing a plan that could replace dated Christmas decorations used downtown. If things go smoothly, some or all of the new holiday decorations could be in place this year. According to DDA Executive Director Anne ...

ACES Academy to have new learning options next year

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ALPENA — Next year, the students at ACES Academy are going to see some positive changes and ACES Academy staff members presented those changes to the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education on Monday. Counselor Barbara Matteson said there are going to be different learning options for ...