Alpine Township was able to welcome a special visitor today. Jennifer Baker, a graduate of Comstock Park High School and a junior at Aquinas College is required to do 10 hours of experimental learning about local government for her Community Sociology class. Jennifer spent most of the day shadowing and meeting with Township Supervisor Alex Arends, Township Clerk Jean Wahlfield, and Township Planner Sue Thomas. The activities included reviewing the township masterplan, the budget, water and sewer improvements and public safety. She also reviewed Township communication tools such as the newsletter, Facebook, the Township's website, and this blog. Before she left for the day, she was able to get in some tough questions about what community means to government officials, and future growth of the Township. The entire Township staff enjoyed the pleasant diversion away from every day activities. Jennifer, an Alpine Township resident, demonstated assurance that our next generation will be left in very capable hands.