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Street Performers Play In Remembrance of Former Performer

Street performers fill downtown every Friday night, but on Friday, August 28th they were playing for someone special.

The downtown street performers have become a close group and unfortunately their good friend Rick Hyde had passed away this week.

They've decided to come together and dedicate the night to Hyde in memory of his talent and love for music.

Hyde was out performing every Friday night, giving his heart and soul to the community and fellow musicians agreed it is only appropriate for the community to show their appreciation in return.

There was a special "tip jar" placed at Culligan Plaza in his memory with donations going to his wife and number one fan, Jean.

Hyde lived in the Alpena area for a long time and will be deeply missed, but the downtown street performers will keep playing in his name.

Jeremy Smith, drummer for Chris Crown and Friends said, "The news was very disheartening for all of us. Unfortunately, I only got to meet the guy a couple times. There was one time, on a regular Friday night just like tonight, I walked by and heard his playing and I sat down. I listened to what he had to say through his music and I got a glimpse of his soul that night and when I heard the news tonight I went right back to that moment with him. I knew that night that he was someone special and it just really hit home to focus that that was the last time I'd get to interact with him."

There are five different performance platforms downtown and all played tonight in honor of Hyde.

Artists who had the pleasure of becoming close with him said he was a very talented performer who played with his soul.

His specialty was soft country tunes and his voice will be remembered and truly missed.

Person of Interest Found

The Alpena County Sheriff's Office posted an update on their Facebook page about the search of a previous person of interest.

The post stated that due to the help from the public, the Alpena County Sheriff's Office was able to identify and locate the man in the photograph.

The department expresses its thanks for all the help they received in identify the individual.

The photo was originally posted on the Facebook page on August 24th, asking the public for help in identifying the individual and stated the photo was taken in July of 2015.

However the investigation is still ongoing and further details will be released at a later date.

Crossroad Culvert Replacements

Crews from the Alcona County Road Commission will be replacing a culvert on Goddard Rd. between F–41 and Alvin Rd. on Monday, resulting in road closure for a few days.

They'll be replacing the crossroad culvert with a much larger one, requiring extensive excavation beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday and going through Wednesday until about 5:30 p.m.

Crossroad culverts extend from one side of the road to the other under the asphalt and allow water to pass through.

These culverts are being replaced in cooperation with Huron Pines, an environment unit the commission gets funding from to upgrade these stream crossings.

"They're actually being done not only for the benefit of the road, but to enhance the health of the stream itself," Marlena Mac Neill said.

Some culverts replaced in the past were too small and caused erosion in the streams, so the hope is that this replacement with fix that issue.

Traffic on Goddard Rd. between F–41 and Alvin Rd. will be re–routed via a signed detour route.

ARMC And Downtown District Partner Up

ARMC and the Downtown District worked together to provide a day full of community engagement  and healthy activities.

Community Health Walks take place once a month and in the month of August ARMC hosted the walk during the Downtown Summer Stroll.

The health walk started at NOAA, went over the bridge, headed downtown to enjoy the summer stroll and then back over the river adding up to about a two mile walk.

Pediatrician John Nicholson also walked, answering questions about adolescent years and puberty along the way.

Nicholson said it's important to teach kids to eat healthy and the best way to get them excited about eating right is to lead by example.

ARMC wants to see the older Alpena Community taking care of themselves and their children.

Melissa Tolan-Halleck an ARMC employee said, "It's really important to be engaged in your community. We know that people, research shows it over and over, people who are engaged in their community have a better outlook, they're more positive and they're more aware of their health. Those are good things, we want people to be aware of their health in our community and to take care of themselves so it's a win, win, win."

Guests could also participate in a nature scavenger hunt while they strolled along and the winner had a chance to win free glass bottom boat tour tickets.

The health walk began at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 27th and went right into the Downtown Summer Stroll which was from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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