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File photo above, BJ Sander, Alpena Senior Center Program Manager, and Annie Hepburn, Director of Community Risk Reduction, Captain Andy Marceau and Bruce Honeycutt of the Alpena Fire Department , which helped people sign up for free smoke detectors in their homes and provided additional safety resources during last year’s Save-A-Life Saturday.


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ALPENA – Come learn about safety tips, including CPR, as well as vision testing for children, and more during Save-A-Life on Saturday at the Alpena Farmer’s Market.

In addition to fresh produce and artisan items, attendees will learn from medical professionals and public safety officials, as well as community volunteers.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at Mich-e-ke-wis Park in Alpena.

MyMichigan Health Center Alpena will offer demonstrations on hands-only CPR, stopping bleeding, and applying a tourniquet, as well as resources on vaccine awareness, Medicare well visits, falls prevention, and diabetes.

The Alpena Lions Club will again be offering free eye screenings for children. Last year, they did nearly 50 vision screenings for children, according to Lion BJ Sander.

The Alpena Fire Department will be on site, with Community Harm Reduction Officer Andy Marceau helping to stop the bleeding displays. The fire department will also offer blood pressure testing.

Annie Hepburn, Director of Alpena Senior Center, will be on hand with information on Senior Project Fresh, as well as resources on dementia.

Sander, who is also program manager at the senior center, explained Senior Project Fresh.

“These are coupons that we get from the state,” she said. “To qualify, you must live in Alpena County, be 60 or older, and meet an income requirement.”

If you meet these requirements, you’ll get $25 in coupons to spend at the Farmers’ Market or Kipfmiller’s Produce Market on US-23 South in Alpena.

Sander said it was a one-time $25 coupon.

Senior Project Fresh started in June and continues through the summer.

“He helps seniors make sure they get their fruits and vegetables, and he also supports our local farmers,” Sander said. “The state does it every year, which is great.”

She added that the coupon amount has increased this year to $25. It was $20 last year.

“The Farmers’ Market is a really nice festive event that people can go to every Saturday,” Sander added.

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James V. Payne