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Mornin’ from the Mitten – events and happenings across the North Country

By Mark Constance

Good morning Northern Michigan.

I’m writing today, and listening to the bumping sound coming from our roof. I had some bricks come loose from the chimney last winter and they fell onto the shingles. A little closer inspection found even more that were cracked and some of the mortar was missing.

So I had to call in the experts. I’m a little handy around the house and can do little things like faucets, door knobs, railings, shelving, etc. But I’m not afraid to admit that a lot of things are outside of my wheelhouse.

Which is why I call pros to do a job like this. Well, most of the time anyway. Sometimes I have to call them after I botch a job I wasn’t sure I could manage, but barged forward anyway, after my wife said I couldn’t do it.

But I’m not taking a chance with this one. 🙂

Our featured picture today is of a couple of little goats. Couldn’t resist taking a pic of these guys. My daughter, Autumn, had a Nubian for years. We brought it home as a baby in the back seat of my car and it was the size of a small puppy

It was a great animal, much like a dog in alot of ways. But I never appreciated it standing on the hood of my truck.

Note: If you have a recent picture and short story to go with it you would like us to use in “Mornin’ from the Mitten,’ send it over.


Just a reminder, but thank you for sending in your events from across the area we call, “Northern Michigan.” We consider this to be everything north of the Standish, (from Lakes Huron to Michigan), then North past the straits into the U.P. (West to Marquette and Escanaba). And all the communities and pine trees in between.

We look forward to hearing from you. Send your events to info@upnorthvoice.com.

Quote of the day is from Hunter Thompson:

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it so seriously.”


Regional events and activities this weekend include:

ALPENA – Thunder Bay Theater’s “Break a Leg 5k run/walk from 9-11 a.m. at 119 West Fletcher Street. Register by April 28 at 3 p.m.

WHITTEMORE – Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Whittemore-Prescott softball team April 28 form 4-7 p.m.at the Whittemore Chamber of Commerce.

WEST BRANCH – West Branch Art & Wine Walk April 29 downtown from 5-9 p.m.

PICKFORD – Buzz and Bloom Spring Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pickford Township Hall, located at 115 East Main.

GAYLORD – Tree planting workday at the Sturgeon River Preserve on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preserve is located at 3791 Whitmarsh Road.

MORAN -HSS Spring Trail Work day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Brevort Lake Road.

ATLANTA – Fireworks committee fundraiser April 29 starting
at 5 p.m.at the Chamber Hall. Dinner and a show featuring old school-new school country night. Willie Nelson Tribute vs. Garrett Veal. Doors
open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and music at 7 p.m.

ALPENA – Spring salamander survey on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emily Min Hunt Preserve on Shubert Highway.

GAYLORD – Otsego County Conservation District – Seedling Sale Fundraiser on April 29 starting at 8:30 p.m. at 459 Livingston Blvd.

STANDISH – American Legion Post #104 pizza night. April 29 from 3-8 p.m. Call 989-846-4091

ROSCOMMON – Community cleanup downtown April 29 at 9 a.m. at the AuSable River Center. Volunteers wanted. Dress warm and bring gloves. Hot dogs afterward.

STANDISH – Euchre Night! Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. 0. All Euchre fans are invited. Located at Beacon of Light UMC on South Forrest Street in Standish.

ALPENA – “Beyond the Stars” from 8-10 p.m. April 28 at the Bessemer Museum, located at 491 Johnson Street. Info: 989-356-2202.


NOTE: “Mornin’ from the Mitten” is posted on Tuesday and Friday at UpNorthVoice.com. If you want us to include your event, please email it to  info@upnorthvoice.com. We accept major events from all areas of Michigan North of Standish.

Looking for a unique way to promote your business? “Mornin’ from the Mitten” can bold your business event, or place an advertisement with a hyperlink to your website pushing customers your direction.

For info call Tracy at 989-275-1170 or email tracy@upnorthvoice.com.







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