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Courtesy photos The First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation presented a check for $10,000 to the Thunder Bay Arts Council, Inc. as one of the fourth quarter grant recipients. The $10,000 will be used for future Art Vision Alpena Bi-Path sculptures. Pictured, left to right, are Tim Kuehnlein, 2nd Vice President of TBAC, Ann Diamond, President of TBAC, and Michael Mahler, President of the FFNM Legacy Foundation.

ALPENA – The First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation presented a check for $10,000 to the Thunder Bay Arts Council, Inc. as one of the fourth quarter grant recipients. The $10,000 will be used for future Art Vision Alpena Bi-Path sculptures.

Thunder Bay Arts is in its 50th year of operation and is one of the oldest continuously operating arts councils in Michigan. Their mission is to “promote, support and preserve the arts through performance, education and leadership” by adapting the arts offered to the needs and interests of the community. They host a range of educational opportunities for Alpena schools as well as a range of performing arts and visual arts opportunities for the community; among them, the Thunder Bay Arts Gallery and Art on the Bay.

Art Vision Alpena, a project of TBAC, seeks to populate the Alpena Bi-Path with a range of large-scale public sculptures with the aim of promoting recreation with art in nature. Since the project began in 2017, 14 sculptures have been placed in various locations along the Bi-Path. Five additional sculptures are planned over the next five years.

The First Federal Legacy Foundation will contribute $10,000 to Thunder Bay Arts’ Alpena Bi-Path sculptures over the next five years. The gift provides $2,000 each year for five years until 2026, the half-centennial (250th) anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The Alpena Bi-Path takes its name from the 1976 Bicentenary celebrations (200th anniversary) when the Bi-Path was dedicated as a sculpted promenade and cycle path. The next of five sculptures leading up to the 2026 celebrations is “Water in Limestone,” by local sculptor Autumn Bildson, which will be installed this fall.

The sculptures are made possible through the generous contributions of various foundations, local government and business entities, TBAC patrons and individuals. If you would like to donate or obtain additional information about the Thunder Bay Arts Council, visit the Thunder Bay Arts Council & Gallery Facebook page, their website at www.thunderbayarts.org or call 989-356-6678.

The First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation presented a check for $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan, Inc. as one of the fourth quarter grant recipients. The money will be used for the renovation and upgrade of the new ReStore building. Pictured, from left, are Max Lindsay, Chairman of the Board of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan, Mike Mahler, Chairman of the First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation, and Ted Fines, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan.

Habitat receives $10,000

The First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation presented a check for $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan, Inc. as one of the fourth quarter grant recipients. The money will be used for the renovation and upgrade of the new ReStore building.

The ReStore opened in its new permanent location at 2630 US-23 South, Alpena in November 2021. It is a non-profit home improvement store and donation center that sells furniture and new and gently used building materials below retail price. The new location comprises nearly 12,000 square feet with 8,500 square feet dedicated to the store’s retail space and the remaining space used for Habitat’s offices, construction and hospitality area.

The ReStore is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan and how you can donate or get involved, visit Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan’s Facebook page, their website at www.habitatnemi.org or call 989 -354-5555.

Additional grants

The FFNM Legacy Foundation recently approved $30,000 in grants. Grants awarded will support arts, cultural, educational, and social service programs and projects in Alpena, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Près Isle counties.

In addition to the $10,000 grants from TBA and Habitat, fourth quarter FFNM Legacy Foundation grant recipients include:

¯ Alpena County Sheriff’s Department — $5,000 towards the purchase of a used forklift;

¯ Junior Achievement of Northern Michigan — $1,000 for educational programs;

¯ Oscoda Public Library — $2,000 for their Prime Time Family Reading program;

¯ Thunder Bay Brown Trout, Inc. — $2,000 for planting brown trout in Thunder Bay.

About the FFNM Heritage Foundation

Based in Alpena, the First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to community activities and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Alanson, Cheboygan, Gaylord, Lewiston, Oscoda, Mio, and Alpena areas. The FFNM Legacy Foundation welcomes your grant application for review at its quarterly meeting. Applications are available at www.ffnmlegacyfoundation.com.

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