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Travelers Rise In The U.S.

Trip Advisor the world's largest travel site conducted is bi--annual study and announced their results today revealing an increases nation wide in consumer spending on traveling. With international trips up over 14 percent from 2013, the average United States traveler budget is up slightly one hundred dollars making an average $8,202.00 budget. Ranking the United States sixth among the top ten countries expected to spend the most on trips in 2014. With the economy seeing slight up's over the years. People are starting to spend their money on more experiences than fancy cars and many are looking to branch out into unfamiliar territories.
President of the Conventional Visitors Bureau in Alpena, Mary Beth Stutzman, said that in recent numbers, 10 thousand people are retiring per day across the nation and that trend will continue for about the next 18 years. These statistics are what helps Alpena develop a powerful marketing plan to increase tourism in the area.

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Quit Smoking Program

Alpena Regional Medical Center is taking steps to lower the number of smokers in northeast Michigan. The hospital will be holding a free quit smoking information session followed by an optional, ongoing 6-week program for those who decide they want to continue getting help. Those attending the information session will be provided with the tools and basic information they need to quit smoking, including a free quit kit. Topics during the optional 6-week program will include medication options, behavior therapy, lifestyle--nutrition management and exercise. Involvement with a Pulmonologist, Dr. Daniel Maxwell, will help patients realize what smoking is doing to them and what approaches can be taken to stop. The free information session will be held Tuesday, April 29 from 6-7 p.m. at the ARMC Theater. The 6-week program will begin on Monday, may 5 and run every Monday from 6-7 pm. for more information or to pre-register call 989--356--8124.

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Zonta Woman of the Year

The Zonta club of Alpena's Annual Woman of the Year Banquet was held tonight at the Sanctuary Inn. The banquet is held every year on administrative/professional day as a local way to enhance the status of women. Joyce Gohlke stood in awe as she realized she was being honored as the 48th woman of the year. Soon after the announcement, family and friends, who had been waiting to surprise her piled into the banquet room to congratulate her and thank her for all she does in the community. Gohlke is an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and donates her time with the baby pantry, children's closet and the shelter to name just a few. She is also a member of the Lutheran world relief quilters, where she helps to make quilts that are donated to different organizations.

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Oscoda Continues Their Search for Their Next High School Principal

The search for the next Oscoda High School principal continues today. With current principal Steve Kennedy retiring at the end of this school year, the Oscoda Board of Education is narrowing their list of possible candidates to replace him. The search started with 20 applicants and since then has been cut down to four final candidates including terry Allison of Alcona, Thomas Van Hulle of Detroit, Larry Cowger of Imlay City, and Christopher Davidson of Calumet. Schools officials say they are happy with the qualifications for the all the remaining applicants. The Oscoda Board of Education is holding a forum Friday night with the four remaining candidates to further evaluate who would be best fit for the job. Some teachers, students, and parents will be invited to attend the forum in hopes to get input from other members of the community. School officials hope to have a final candidate chosen by the beginning of May.

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