- Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 13:02
- Written by Ashley McDowell
The Alpena County Library is holding a spin a yarn class Tuesday morning.
The spin a yarn class will be held in the patio on the main floor of the library.
Parents, kids and grandparents can bring a spindle and wheel to spin or can simply visit and watch yarns of natural fibers be made.
The event is free and open to anyone in the public and will be from 10 A.M. to noon.
- Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 12:58
- Written by Ashley McDowell
The Michigan State Police is organizing the largest Operation C.A.R.E. traffic safety initiative in state history this week.
Operation C.A.R.E., Combined Accident Reduction Effort, is a safety initiative where posts across the state will be keeping a close eye on impaired driving, seat belt use, careless driving and speeding.
Looking out for drunk drivers to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities during the holiday weekend of November 26th through November 30th.
Michigan State Police are asking that you designate a sober driver if you are attending a party over the holiday weekend and that you celebrate responsibly.
- Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 23:54
- Written by Allison Preston
Alpena Public Schools has issued a statement today about pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough.
Both Ella White and Besser Elementary Schools have confirmed that one student at both schools has been diagnosed with whooping cough.
School officials stated they expected to see additional cases after the first, and are taking preventative measures to stop the virus from spreading. They are also relaying information from health department number four in alpena to keep the virus from spreading.
"It's important I think that each family member or each family in general takes a good inventory of the information and what's going on with their family, double checking to make sure their immunizations are up to date, and go from there," said APS Human Resources Director Justin Glueing.
The information from the health department on preventative measures to take can be found on the
Alpena Public Schools website.
- Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 18:55
- Written by Michelle Mackonochie
In today's day and age a good education is more important than ever before. You get your High School Diploma and then it's off to College.
But what happens when you're acquiring a bachelors degree and want to stay close to home, but you cant. With no four year Universities in Northeast Michigan many students are forced to move away.
Alpenas Public Schools Parent Involvement Coordinator Lee Fitzpatrick discussed a program called Alpena Career and College Access Network which helps expose high school students to post–secondary education.
"Alpena County is the farthest place in the state of Michigan from a four year university and there's nobody that's farther from that so we need to find ways to expose kids to the State College system and one of those ways is Alpena Public Schools is partnered with a group called Michigan College access network and we have a grant and our grant project is called Alpena Career and College Access Network."
The goal of the program is to expose students to further education beyond high school. According to a study, 9 out of 10 jobs require education beyond high school and students who complete a Bachelors degree will earn more than $2.5 million more than students who did not earn a diploma.
"We want to make sure our kids are financially ready and if possible have College credits under their belt when they're going, we want them to be academically prepared to succeed in a different environment and certainly want to build that culture of people with the expectation that kids are going to go on some post secondary training whether that's four year College certificates, other professional training, Military, but all the things that they need for future success."
When it comes time for it, making the move to college far away from your hometown isn't always the best route for everyone. Many students find themselves lost and end up dropping out.
Director of Admissions at Alpena Community College Mike Kollien explained to me the advantages ACC has when students aren't quite ready to make the jump.
"We get a lot of students who graduate from High School up here and they do go away to start they go to you know, Central, Saginaw Valley, Grand Valley, Oakland University all the schools down State and they find out its not what they expected they weren't used to the environment and so fourth so they end up coming back to Alpena either a semester or after one year, I don't wanna say they failed because they went out and tried and they found out it wasn't right for them at the time so they come back here to ACC, get their feet back on the ground and get those core general education classes and then eventually transfer back to those schools or find another school so if there was that four year opportunity here, maybe they would've stayed here from the start."
Tune in tomorrow to hear the students point of view on what they think about a four year University right here in Alpena.