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Alpena Meijer Anticipates Successful First Black Friday

Thanksgiving is just a few hours away, which means Black Friday is right around the corner, and Meijer in Alpena is preparing for its first day of super savings here in its new location.

Meijer may be new to Alpena, but the business is well adept in preparing for Black Friday.

The relatively new store is adapting to the Alpena location by bringing in large loads of new inventory and studying the trends that local residents may be interested in this year.

Store Director Warren Richter says employees at the Alpena location are more than ready for the early lines; they're welcoming them.

"It is new for us, not having been here the previous year, but we're preparing like we would at any other store. We're ready for the large crowds, we have enough staff on hand for the large crowds, and we're hoping for that," Richter said.

Richter thinks a big hit this year that shoppers will be targeting is the new Nintendo Wii U, along with other electronics like iPads.

Meijer staff will be ready for shoppers when sales start bright and early at six o'clock tomorrow morning on thanksgiving, as well as even more at 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Community Invited to Take Part in 13th Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving is full of tons of traditions, and you can expect one local tradition to be back at it bright and early tomorrow morning.

For the 13th year, Dork Brothers Athletics of Alpena will be putting on their annual turkey trot race to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday.

The race will start at the Aplex in Alpena and go down Johnson St., through Alpena Community College's parking lot, down Woodward, to the Northeast State Trail and back to the finish line at the Aplex.

On–site registration is more than welcome, and runners who do this tomorrow morning are encouraged to show up between 7:30 and 9 to register, as the race begins promptly at 9 a.m.

The cost to register is $10 for students, $15 for adults, and there's a flat family rate of $30, with the option to buy a shirt for 8 dollars.

However, you can also receive a shirt if you bring $8 worth of paper products like toilet paper or paper towels, which will go to the Sunrise Mission directly after the race.

Race Director Joe Gentry says the race is a great tradition that began to raise money for the food kitchens and Sunrise Mission, and it's grown so much that it now does that and so much more.

The first 100 finishers will receive a race medal.

Childhood Cancer Support Groups

Childhood cancer is a devastating situation for everyone involved. Parents are in a sense of fear and confusion. As we continue our series on childhood cancer, we talk about the support groups that can help parents ease the anxiety. 

Alpena Recognizes National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, and the community recognized this with an adoption day celebration Tuesday evening at the Alpena Free Methodist Church.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan and Post Adoption Resource Center, held tonight's event to spread awareness and recognition regarding adoption.

The event was a chance to highlight the families and groups within the community who have embraced the mission to change children's lives through adoption.

"Adoption is a wonderful option, and it's amazing when you see kids who have a permanent loving family, how they thrive, and develop into productive, caring, loving members of our community,” John Keller said.

Tonight's event included speeches from the Post Adoption Resource Center, which provides support to individuals under the age of 21 who were adopted, as well as Miss Michigan Emily Kieliszewski, whose platform is Adopting America's Children.

Alpena woman Lorilee McGee also won the Michelle Burns ‘Make a World of Difference’ award, for her work as a foster parent and the driving force behind the Alpena Foster Closet, where foster children in our community receive free clothing.

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