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ALPENA – The Association of Lifelong Learners at Alpena Community College has announced upcoming programs that will be in addition to their regularly scheduled weekly program.

Call the ALL Office at 989-358-7207 for more information about these programs. For Zoom connection information, send an email to [email protected]

Tour the library

Visit the newly renovated Alpena County Library on Monday, January 10th at 1pm. The library is located at 211 N. 1st Ave. in downtown Alpena.

The completely renovated George N. Fletcher Public Library is available for viewing. Join Library Director Eric Magness-Eubank as he shows what happened over the past year.

Over the years Magness-Eubank has contributed a lot to programming for EVERYONE.

Exciting new senior programs 2022

Find out more about exciting new Seniors programs for 2022 on Tuesday, January 11th at 1:30 p.m. at ACC’s M. Briggs Center, in person and through Zoom.

BJ Sander, program manager of the Alpena senior center, will briefly talk about the current programs of the senior center: meals on wheels, home service and exercise programs. She is excited to share information on five new programs: the Healthy Book Club, Mindfulness and Dementia, and an art project that works with Art in the Loft.

Sander has been working in the senior citizen center for five years. She is certified in senior fitness, nutrition and dementia. BJ starts her training as a health coach in January.

Travel to Egypt

Join ALL for a tour of Egypt on Wednesday January 12th at noon at the M. Briggs Center and via Zoom.

A bucket list is ready! Join Sue Nagy to learn about her recent trip to Egypt. Hear how Egypt was part of the ancient man. Hear how the temples and pyramids were built and how awesome they are than any television documentary can show. You can try some Egyptian goodies and be part of Nagy’s dream trip.

Nagy is a valued board member of ALL. Aside from making plans for The Happening, arranging the monthly Moveable Feast, writing articles for The Alpena News and bringing her wisdom to the meetings, she finds time to travel and then to share her experiences with EVERYONE.

Amusement park by the water (relocated)

Join ALL to learn more about a marine-themed community park on Thursday, January 13th at 11am at the M. Briggs Center and through Zoom.

Since NOAA opened its Alpena headquarters in one of the Old Fletcher Paper Company’s buildings more than a decade ago, creating a maritime-themed community park along the Thunder Bay River adjacent to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center campus has been planned. Funding at the time supported the creation of the Maritime Heritage Trail and the construction of the pedestrian bridge across the river to Rotary Island Mill Park. This presentation will highlight the key features of the planned waterfront park, the partners involved so far, and a schedule for completion.

Throughout her career, Katie Wolf has brought together her knowledge of science, technology and communication to advance public understanding and protection of our natural environment. She began her environmental career with the Kentucky Division of Water, where she developed an internationally recognized water monitoring program for citizens, Water Watch. After moving to Michigan to coordinate the World Conference on Large Lakes on Mackinac Island, she directed the Michigan Governor’s Environmental Youth Awards and served as a public participation consultant for the Great Lakes and Water Resources Planning Commission. Later in her career, she directed external relations for the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network and then directed the National Medal of Technology & Innovation. She now lives on the shores of Lake Huron and serves as the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s liaison and community relations and outreach coordinator for the sanctuary.

Living the dream: hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hear from a couple who hiked the Appalachian Trail at 1:30 PM at the M. Briggs Center and via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 13.

For over 10 years, Eric and Shelly Cornish dreamed of doing a trek through the Appalachian Trail. In 2021, they fulfilled their dream by hiking the entire 2,193 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 167 days.

The Cornishes both retired from busy careers in 2020. Eric was an orthopedic surgeon and Shelly was a teacher / headmistress. Shelly was inspired to hike by Russ Lewis and participated in long distance hikes with the Bike & Boot Club. Despite being an active hiker, Eric had never slept in a tent until four months prior to their hike. Together they researched equipment and completed shakedown hikes in the months prior to their hike through. Now they are dreaming of their next big hike.

Elderly Safety and Risk Mitigation for the Community

On Monday, January 17th at 10:30 am at the M. Briggs Center and through Zoom, listen to Andy Marceau, a community risk reduction officer.

Captain Marceau will be discussing his numerous programs to keep our homes safe and to reduce our risk of injury and fire. A main focus is on installing more functioning fire alarms in the entire Alpena area in cooperation with the American Red Cross. He will also have information on Smart 911 to help responders get the help they need, faster.

Captain Andy Marceau is the Community Risk Reduction Officer for the Alpena Fire Department. He has been a firefighter for 23 years. He enjoys talking to groups and making our community safer through fire and fall prevention.

WWII industrialization and the home front

World War II industrialization and the home front will take place on Tuesday, January 18 at 2 p.m. at the M. Briggs Center and via Zoom.

In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt and his military advisers believed that the United States would soon be drawn into World War II. Recall from your historical knowledge that the First World War was “The war to end all wars”. Since no further wars were necessary after the First World War, the United States quickly dismantled its military-industrial capabilities. A short 20 years later, when World War II was already underway in Europe, it became painfully clear that the United States was in no way ready to wage another war, and American industry was not ready to produce what it needed would. In short, President Roosevelt’s ability to endorse Winston Churchill’s appeal for help was essentially absent. Yet Roosevelt said “yes” to Churchill. What happened next is the theme of this presentation – how the United States military went from a poorly prepared state to the most powerful in the world, with an emphasis on Detroit and Michigan, with a particular focus on what would become the main manufacturing facility in America at Willow Run Airport.

Dennis Norton’s father, Austin Norton, returned from World War II serving on the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill in some of the most terrifying campaigns in the Western Pacific. On the GI Bill, his father attended Michigan State University, where Dennis was born. Since his mother worked to support the family while her husband attended classes and because babysitters were few, Austin would take Dennis to class from time to time. Dennis’ college career began at MSU in 1949 at the age of 1½ and ended in 1970 with his graduation from Eastern Michigan University. His father’s experiences during World War II were the main driver of Dennis’ lifelong interest in World War II history. His college major was history, later became a pilot, and was the founder and first president of the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run. Forty years later, he’s still working on fundraising for the museum and continues to tell the story of Willow Run and how that story fits with all of the home front’s involvement in World War II.

After his father graduated from MSU, Dennis grew up in Ypsilanti, lived in Ann Arbor for many years and currently resides in Dexter and Presque Isle. His family hails from Presque Isle in the late 19th century. His wife, Carol, served on the board of directors of the Grand Lake Association, and Dennis currently serves on the board of the Grand Lake Association and on the board of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society. They have three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Damn sisters

Damn Sisters will be the subject of a presentation on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm at the M. Briggs Center and via Zoom.

This is the story of two sister ships, the Western Reserve and the WH Gilcher.

Launched by the same shipyard in the same year (1890), both ships were lost in storms in 1892. This presentation tells the story of the parallel life of twin ships on the Great Lakes.

As a local history teacher and part-time sailor on the Great Lakes, Jeff Thomas uses both experiences to tell the stories of the Great Lakes shipwrecks. He finds the small details that bring the stories to life in a narrative experience that puts the viewer “in the moment” of these dramatic stories.

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