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Lions Club raises money with spoof newspaper

ALPENA, Mich.– The Lions Club of Alpena had a successful fundraiser this weekend.

The Old Newsboys fundraiser has been a tradition in Alpena for years. The project is a collaboration between the Alpena News, Lions Club, and Salvation Army, and puts out a small spoof newspaper. Friday and Saturday, Alpena residents were able to donate any amount they wanted in exchange for a copy of the newspaper.

Members of the Lions Club set up at the old Habitat for Humanity site, Perch’s I.G.A, and the farmers market.

All money collected benefits the Salvation Army.

“It is strictly on behalf of the Salvation Army to help them get started on their Christmas collection,” said Randy Boboltz of the Lions Club.

“Old Newsboys” is typically run in December, but was moved to October to avoid competition with the Salvation Army’s bell ringers.

This year’s spoof paper featured stories about a volcano, and a secret gold stash below the library.