Thursday, March 25, 2010

Captain Underpants, REAP

Alpine Township library offered crafts and games at Alpine Township Hall Wednesday featuring Captain Underpants.

Captain Underpants is a series of American children's books written by Dav Pilkey about two fourth graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, and the aptly-named superhero they accidentally create by hypnotizing their principal, Mr. Benny Krupp. The book series won a Disney Adventures Kids Choice Award in 2007.

The kids created capes, comix, and much more. All who attended had their names deciphered and given new names.

Live from Alpine Township Hall, this is Stinky Diaper Nose reporting.

Visiting the Purple Potty People

Once the attendees created and put on their own cape, they becamse invincible

Kids could create their own comix books


Members of REAP (Ridge Economic Agricultural Partners) met at the Alpine Township Community Center and discussed achievements and developed and set goals and priorities for the upcoming year. The meeting was facilitated by Betty Blase, Kent County Extension Director.

Many of the attendees were from Alpine Township including current president, Sharon Steffens (Standing)

Betty Blase (right) from MSU Extension Services facilitated the planning process.
In 1998, REAP was established to counter the depressed agricultural economy on the "Ridge." The economic situation was due to the greatly increased import of apple juice concentrate from China and the loss of markets for Michigan apple juice concentrate. In addition, a May, 1998 windstorm did multi-millions of dollars damage to trees, homes, and farm buildings on the "Ridge."

A Steering Committee made up of farmers, local government officials, agri-business and representatives of the Michigan Cooperative Extension Service worked together to develop solutions to the local economy. A value-added economic agent of the Cooperative Extension Service was hired with grant funding from Project Greeen, the Frey Foundation and the Urban Cooperation Board for a period of three years. Value-added Extension Agent, Dianne Novak, was effective in developing programming particularly in the value-added area, fresh apple slice research, and in creating the Fruit Ridge Country Market Guide and this website.

At the end of the grant cycle, the Steering Committee took over the organization, developed bylaws and Articles of Incorporation and elected a Board of Directors. REAP is now a 501 (c ) (3) charitable, educational organization enabling it to apply for and receive grants. REAP is now licensed under Michigan State law and assigned the number MICS/CT 30647.

Click here to download the Fruit Ridge Country Market Guide in Adobe PDF format. Continued education programming is planned. Membership dues are $15 per year. Persons wishing to contact REAP can write Sharon Steffens, President, 6690 Walker Ave. N. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49544, call by phone at 616-784-2821616-784-2821 , or email

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