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9th Annual Lisa's Run

It was a beautiful day for a run along the Thunder Bay River this morning, and around 60 runners came out to participate in the 9th annual Lisa's Run 5K.

The Borchard family continued the Memorial Day tradition here in Alpena to honor their late mother and wife, Lisa Borchard, who passed away five years ago from ALS.

The public showed up this morning bright and early and began running at 9 a.m., many who run it year after year to honor Lisa's life.

Each runner could register for $10, and ranged in age from five to 65.

Lisa's daughter, Lauren, who has followed her footsteps working in the schools, was happy to see the range of runners they get every year.

"It's nice because we have runners and walkers, so you see pets and kids, all different ages, all different abilities,” Lauren said. “It's just a really great day to honor her and I love that the kids are here, my mom would really want that, so that's awesome."

Many local businesses such as Besser Credit Union, Bay Athletic and Alpena Agency sponsored the 5K, which is also done on another weekend each year in Webberville, Lisa's hometown.

The top two runners in each age group received medals, and the two overall winners were Isaac Cross and Elaine Lowe.

All money raised from the run goes toward scholarship dollars to help high school students looking to go into education.

New Flags for Veterans' Graves

Today was the first full day of Memorial Day Weekend, and the community took the time to remember those who fought for our country.

The Alpena Veterans Council encouraged the public to come to the cemetery this morning to replace the veterans' graves with new flags that the city provides them.

They had help from the Boy Scout Troop 97 out of Ossineke, and just as they do each year, many were replacing flags from 9 a.m. into the afternoon.

It's important on a weekend like this to remember what the holiday is truly for, and the take some time to honor that in the midst of celebrations.

"These men died for our country, and the ones that didn't die for our country got to live in it, and what more of an honor could you give these men than coming out here once a year and putting down some new flags?” Larry Marchlewski said. “I love doing it, and I'll probably do it until the day I die."

The Veterans’ Council is hosting more events throughout the weekend that they encourage the public to come to, including the Memorial Day parade on Monday that starts at the Alpena County Courthouse at 9 a.m. and ends at Flanders Field.

Fatal Crash in West Branch

We begin tonight with news out of West Branch where MSP responded to a two–vehicle fatal crash today around 9:30 a.m.

89–year–old Helen McCarron of Alger, MI, was killed in the crash that occurred at the intersection of M–33 and Greenwood Rd.

Police says McCaron's vehicle proceeded to cross M–33 and crossed into the path of a Chevy Silverado pickup, traveling north on M–33, driven by 61–year–old Dennis Schulze.

McCarron was pronounced dead at the scene and family was notified, while the three occupants in the Chevy were not injured.

The crash is still under investigation.

Pied Piper Graduation

Four students from Pied Piper School drew a crowd to their school's gymnasium today as they walked across the stage to graduate.

Joshua Baumgart, Katrina Brandenburg, Charlie Delong and Thomas Douglas received their diplomas from their principal, Scott Reynolds, as well as a board of teachers and AMA–ESD Superintendant Brian Wilmot.

A video showing pictures of the graduates was shown, while they were welcomed with an introduction and each presented with a special speech about them by their teacher.

Students are able to attend pied piper from age three all the way up to 26.

"Each of our students has their own very unique story based on their strengths and their life skills, and in most cases have been here for a number of years, so they've worked hard to prepare for integration into the community and moving on with their life. It's a very emotional, heartfelt day and we're very excited to celebrate with them," Scott Reynolds said.

The commencement continued with cake, ice cream and punch for all to enjoy in celebration of Pied Piper's graduates.

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