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Fuelwood Permits

Winter is not too far away and many people may want to start preparing, as days are getting shorter and cooler weather is moving in.

The Department of Natural Resources wants to remind residents that 2014 firewood permits are still available.

The cost is $20 for one permit per family and is good for 90 days.

Each permit allows up to five standard cords of deadened down wood from the state forest.

Permits can be purchased at the DNR office in Atlanta or with a mail–in order form that can be found at michigan.gov/fuelwood.


ACC Awarded Grant

Alpena Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

This grant is awarded for the college to continue training for the next four years with local industries in areas of aerospace, cyber security, green energy/smart grid technology and advanced manufacturing.

These areas of focus will also provide more job openings in Northeast Michigan.

ACC is one of only two community colleges in the state of Michigan to receive this grant, which will start October 1ST.

Resurfacing in Posen and Harrisville

Residents in Posen and Harrisville can expect slight traffic delays starting this week.

Starting this Wednesday in Posen the Michigan Department of Transportation will be resurfacing parts of M–65. There will be slight delays as crews work on the stretch of road from Detour Street to Grand Lake Highway.

They will also be working on making sidewalk ramps more handicapped accessible and up to the standards of the American With Disabilities Act.

Over in Harrisville resurfacing will begin next monday on October 6th along US–23.

They hope to have the project in Posen completed by October 24th, and the project in Harrisville completed by October 27th.

ARMC Provides Online Health Records

Board of Trustees members at Alpena Regional Medical Center discussed a new, digital program allowing patients to see their full medical history.

Patient Portal is a new, online tool inpatients and outpatients can use to access all of their ARMC health information. The portal was introduced in the middle of August, and has since had a steady increase of use by ARMC patients.

Members of the Board are happy with the success of Patient Portal so far, and believe it will continue to gain users, especially since it allows users to access Lab Results, Radiology Reports, and more, faster and more convenient than waiting for a printed report.

Another benefit of the program is that Primary Care Physicians can see the full medical history of their patient through the portal, which may help with future diagnoses and effective medication.

"That's part of the grand plan which is electronic health record, and the connectivity, so that the physicians, whether it be in the emergency room or the family provider... has access to that electronically," said George Smart, Vice-President of Finances and IT services.

Anyone interested in joining the Patient Portal can join by visiting the website below or sign up in person at Alpena Regional Medical Center.

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