AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe city of Alpena was a busy day celebrating Memorial Day, starting off with the annual Courthouse Ceremony and Parade.It was a gorgeous Monday morning as families, Veterans, and organizations gathered outside of the Alpena County Courthouse to kick off Memorial Day celebrations with the annual Courthouse Ceremony, and Parade.The March from South 9th Avenue to Little Flanders Field is a day for Boys and Girl Scouts, along with Veterans, and other community members to join forces to pave the walkway for those who died serving the United States.The Boys Scouts of Alpena have been in the parade for over 50 years.Scout Leader, Chris Harsh said he has been apart of the event for at least 17 years, and makes it mandatory to march for those who lost their lives fighting in wars for the country.Before the parade the guest speaker reminded everyone that Memorial Day was not only about taking time off to enjoy barbeques, with family and friends, but to reflect on those who died. Following the ceremony was a lying of flowers along with the National Anthem and prayer before the parade march.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: memorial day, Memorial Day ParadeContinue ReadingPrevious Locals Honor Heroes Lost at Sea for Memorial DayNext Rogers City Memorial Day Parade
The long-awaited influx of top prospects is finally underway for the A’s, who have been forced to wait to debut their two best young arms due to injury setbacks.Ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Yankees, Oakland will reportedly promote left-hander A.J. Puk from Triple-A in hopes he’ll shore up an inconsistent bullpen. Puk, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, is eventually expected to become a starter for the organization. For now, though, his high-90s fastball and sharp slider could make him a primary late-inning option for manager Bob Melvin at a crucial point in the season. MORE: A’s ‘very happy’ post-deadline despite apparent bullpen holesShould the A’s make the wild card, Puk would additionally have the chance to join a historic list of first-year pitchers to break through in October. There are several of those potential hurlers in MLB this season, most notably Dodgers rookie Dustin May, who is also slated to log significant postseason innings.Oakland was 1 ½ games back of the Rays for the second wild card entering Monday. When the A’s were unable to complete a deadline deal for another relief pitcher at the July 31 deadline — despite attempting to do so — they held hope Puk and fellow left-handed prospect Jesus Luzardo could emerge. Luzardo is on a rehab assignment from a strained lat and is in position to join the MLB roster soon.Oakland’s bullpen has been shaky at times over the past month, though its most problematic arms banded together for seven scoreless frames in an extra-inning victory this past Friday against the division rival Astros. Last year’s closer, Blake Treinen, has a 4.67 ERA. Top 2018 setup man Lou Trivino has a 4.75 ERA. There is room for Puk to grab high-leverage opportunities within a couple of weeks.