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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 ...

House fire

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Township Firefighters work to extinguish a house fire on US-23 North Tuesday afternoon. Michigan State Police closed the northbound lane of the highway until the fire was out and the scene secure. The home was heavily damaged and everyone at home at the ...

More than a dozen scholars to visit sanctuary

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ALPENA — The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will be the host of Nancy Foster Scholars this August. The scholars visit was announced at the TBNMS Advisory Council meeting Tuesday. There will be 12 to 16 scholars in attendance and each received the Nancy Foster Scholarship ...

Proclaimed

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Left to right, Jim Miller and Dick Wiitala accept a proclamation from Mayor Matt Waligora during Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting proclaiming this week Amateur Radio Week.

Beach walking

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Dick and Jane Silver walk Stella as they were dogsitting Tuesday in Alpena.

Tall ship stops in Alpena

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ALPENA — Capt. Jesse Doucette said he hopes the tall ship Appledore makes other stops in Alpena in the future. The ship was in Alpena for a couple days while it traveled to Detroit. “This is our first voyage to Alpena. It was suggested by a crew member who is from the area. She did ...

APS board approves its 2018-19 general appropriations budget

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved its 2018-19 general appropriations budget during its meeting on Monday with over $41 million in revenue to appropriate, over $38 million in appropriated expenditures, and a fund balance of $2.9 million. Revenues include ...

Council votes to contract with MDOT

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council voted 4-0 to enter into a contract with Michigan Department of Transportation that will provide the city $325,000 in federal funding to help cover the cost of the reconstruction of Miller Street. The city’s match for the project is about $1,132,600, ...

Record high temperature Sunday

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It may only be the middle of June, but the weather this past weekend made it feel like mid-July. Temperatures reached their peak Sunday when they reached 96 degrees at Alpena County Regional Airport, which broke the old record of 95 degrees from 2006. According to National Weather ...

Camp give students exposure to careers

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ALPENA — Bonnie Johnson is enthusiastic to help advise students during the TRiO Talent Search summer camp. “I like helping them find their dream, to just help them find their passion for life; to help find their passion, so they enjoy waking up every day for work,” she said. ...

Reynolds wrapping up first year as AMA school chief

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ALPENA — Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Superintendent Scott Reynolds is almost done with his first year as superintendent and said this year has been a phenomenal experience and a learning year for him. “With the first year, you’re going to tend to put a lot ...

Wooden boat show

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News Photo by Jordan Spence The Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show drew a large crowd, Saturday in Presque Isle.

Groovin’ to the blues

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Broken Arrow Blues Band was one of six bands who performed at the annual Alpena Blues Festival in Alpena Saturday. It was the 16th year the festival has been held at Alpena County Fairgrounds.