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About Eric Sagonowsky

Eric is the News Advocate’s city and crime reporter. You can reach him at (231) 398-3109 or erics@pioneergroup.com.

Details surface in proposed Washington Street redevelopment

Details surface in proposed Washington Street redevelopment

MANISTEE — On Tuesday, Manistee’s brownfield redevelopment authority was the first board to hear about a proposed project between the City of Manistee and a private developer to rehabilitate an area at the south end of Washington Street. The proposal includes restoration of the vacant River Parc condos, North Channel Outlet and improvements to two nearby […]

Copemish to host weekend celebration of heritage

Copemish to host weekend celebration of heritage

COPEMISH — Those with roots in the small community will likely find their way back to Copemish this weekend as part of Copemish Heritage Days. Featuring three days of music, food and other activities, the festival hopes to reunite those with ties to the area. “It’s for young and old alike,” said organizer Linda Cudney. “People […]

New Rotary Park project moves forward slowly

New Rotary Park project moves forward slowly

MANISTEE — The City of Manistee’s project to update and relocate Rotary Park is moving forward with the approval of a federal grant, but is stalled until the concept can be approved by the State of Michigan. At its meeting on July 15, the Manistee City Council approved a resolution accepting the terms of a Land […]

Artist Nathan Greene leads watercolor workshop

Artist Nathan Greene leads watercolor workshop

MANISTEE — Watercolor artists with experience ranging from novice to advanced all learned something during a Manistee Art Institute watercolor workshop on Monday lead by professional freelance artist Nathan Greene. Greene — who demonstrated 28 works in an exhibit at the MAI throughout the month of July — said that watercolor is his favorite medium, though he is […]

New Mickey Matson film debuts at Vogue

New Mickey Matson film debuts at Vogue

Three screenings nearly sell out on Saturday MANISTEE — Film in Manistee came full circle on Saturday when several hundred moviegoers had a chance to see “The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Pirate’s Code” at the Vogue Theatre. Saturday’s first two screenings of the film — which features areas around Manistee County — nearly sold out, while […]

AES to go through internal strategic planning

AES to go through internal strategic planning

MANISTEE — Since 2010, Bob Wangbichler has been on the Alliance for Economic Success board of directors. A former Chamber of Commerce board chair in Troy, he said he felt he should get involved in AES because he sees it as a worthwhile organization in Manistee County. In 2006, the AES was a subordinate of […]

Wine enthusiasts take to Manistee River

Wine enthusiasts take to Manistee River

MANISTEE — For wine enthusiasts in Manistee County, the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual event Grapes on the River was sure to please on Saturday. Throughout the afternoon, residents and visitors had a chance to sample wines from Douglas Valley Winery, Chateau Grand Traverse, Three Fires Wine, Skipping Stone Cellars, St. Julian Winery, Leelanau Cellars […]

Michigan author visits Manistee

Michigan author visits Manistee

Michigan author AnnieMarie Chiaverilla (left) stopped by the Happy Owl Bookshop in Manistee on Saturday to meet with children and sign copies of her book, “The Twelve Months of Michigan.” Pictured children are, Grace Danison, Lily Sagala, Sarah Davison, Gavin Rhodea and Blair Rhodea and Michal and Maxim Paradise.

Thousands raised in annual charity fundraiser

Thousands raised in annual charity fundraiser

WELLSTON — Little Mary’s Hospitality House founders Tom and Maureen Fischer were stunned on Saturday at the amount of support generated for the charity at an annual dinner. The Wellston community and beyond came together for the dinner at the Norman Township Community Center, which raised around $20,000, or half of the charity’s annual budget. In […]