Friday, September 28, 2012

Hunter Safety Courses

Hunter Safety Courses

Deputy Nate Ertle conducts hunting safety courses during the Fall (hunting season). The course involves three evening meetings. Attendance at each is required to receive a course certificate. The class is open to all who may need a hunting certificate, ages 12 and older (or who will be 12 years of age for the hunting season). Students must bring a pen or pencil to class. Registration is required. To register, contact the Township Offices (616-784-1262) during regular office hours. There is a $5.00 registration fee payable the first day of class.
Small game, turkey, archery deer, and resident bear is open to those 12 years and older. Firearm deer is open to those 14 years and older.

Where: Alpine Township Hall. 5255 AlpineAve NW. (Corner of 6 Mile Rd. NW)

When: October   2  -  4  6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
           October 23 - 25  6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.


Friday, September 21, 2012

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

At its August meeting, the Alpine Township Board of Trustees, by Resolution, declared Friday, September 21, 2012 as POW/MIA Recognition Day and will be presenting the Resolution at a special ceremony held at the Michigan Veteran's facility that day. It will be presented by Alpine Township Trustee and Vietnam Veteran William Schweitzer.

POW/MIA Recognition Day honors the commitments and sacrifices made by our nation's prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. By custom, it is on the third Friday in September.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is one of the six days specified by law on which the black POW/MIA flag shall be flown over federal facilities and cemeteries, post offices and military installations.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The "Man in the Yellow Hat" Visits Alpine Township Library

The children who came to the Alpine Township Library for Story Time were surprised when the "man in the yellow hat" visited them as part of the 70th birthday party of Curious George.  Curious George was a character created by Margret and Hans Rye who fled Paris in 1940 and published seven Curious George books after that.  The "man in the yellow hat", who is never mentioned by name, rescued George (a monkey) and took him to Europe to live with him.

The books continue to be popular and are available at your local library.  Bringing the "man in the yellow hat"" to life at the library Tuesday morning was MLive News Reporter Jeff Cunningham, who read to the children and then took them for a monkey run through the Alpine Township Hall. 

For more Story Time and other programs at the Alpine Township Library, visit
The "man in the yellow hat" with monkeys disturbing Township Hall

After the "man in the yellow hat", left it was time for crafts

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pearsall School Reunion

For the past 8 years, the Alpine Township Historical Committee has selected the students of local one room schools and invited them to a reunion at the Alpine Townhip Historical Museum.
On Sunday, those who attended Pearsall School were invited where many acquaintances were resestablished and old memories rekindled. It was a fun afternoon for everyone.

Reunions are planned for the two remaining schools and then....who knows, it could be done all over again.

Pearsall School Reunion 9/16/2012             Photo by Mary Alt

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Alpine Township on Receiving End of Eagle Scout Project

Greg Brill
When Greg Brill approached officials at Alpine Township about looking for a project to complete in his quest to become an Eagle Scout, it was almost a no brainer.  The playground at the Alpine Township Recreational Complex was in need of a park bench  as well as shade.  Providing a place to sit will certainly be appreciated by the parents whose young children use the facility.
On Saturday Greg, accompanied by family members and his scout master, installed a bench for adults, a bench for children, and planted a shade tree.  What seemed like a simple task turned out to be quite the challenge, Greg was up to the task.  All of Greg's brothers are Eagle Scouts and belonged to Boy Scout Troop 223 in Comstock Park.  Alpine Township feels a close relationship because the troop has participated in the Township's Memorial Day Service for many consecutive years.

On Sunday.  The Maple shade tree is in the background

The playground

Perrin Brewing Rolls Our Red Carpet

Perrin Brewing Company, 5910 Comstock Park Drive Northwest Comstock Park officially opened its doors to the public Friday at 11:00 a.m.  There were a few dozen micro-brew lovers in line on the red carpet waiting in anticipation.
Waiting for 11:00 a.m.

Very first in line

More of the crowd in line

Customers were greeted by Dan Perrin (left) and Jarred Sper

World Headquarters


Friday, September 14, 2012

Grotto Park Restoration Project Worthy of ArtPrize

Phil Obetts
Perhaps the Comstock Park Rotary should have placed an official entry into the ArtPrize 2012 competition. The fine work of  the painted bridges at Grotto Park is worth viewing.  It was not done as part of ArtPrize, but as part of the continuing Comstock Park Rotary restoration project to the park which is there for the enjoyment of the residents of the Michigan Veteran's Home, located at 3000 Monroe Ave. NE.  Special thanks to Rotarian Phil Obetts and Alpine Township Resident Dan Matthews for sharing their time and talent, and to Fritz Wahlfield Jr. for providing and placing the scaffolding in the stream.
If you are downtown looking at all the entries for ArtPrize, take a few moments to drive by the Veteran's Facility in appreciation of not only the park, but the veterans who call it home.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fricano's Last Summer Fling

It was Fricano's Pizza's last fling with antique cars this summer and the event  went out in style.  The parking lot was crowded with vintage automobiles, the weather was still all summer, the music was live, and the mood festive. 
While the antique cars may not be on display again until next year, Fricano's award winning pizza will remain available at the 5808 Alpine Ave. (M-37) location (4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday)  and (4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday - Saturday)  The restaurant is closed on Sundays.  Visit their website at

Patriot's Day 2012 - Presidential Proclamation

Presidential Proclamation
On September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. Thousands of innocent men, women, and children perished when mighty towers collapsed in the heart of New York City and wreckage burned in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. They were family and friends, service members and first responders -- and the tragedy of their loss left pain that will never fade and scars our country will never forget.
More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed. But as we mark the anniversary of September 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a Nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness. In the spirit that moved rescue workers and firefighters to charge into darkness and danger that September morning, we see the same sense of moral responsibility that drove countless Americans to give of themselves in the months that followed. We offered our neighbors a hand and lined up to give blood. Many helped our Nation rebuild and recover long after the dust had settled, donating and volunteering and helping survivors who had borne so much. We were united, and the outpouring of generosity reminded us that, through challenges that have spanned from acts of terrorism to natural disasters, we go forward together as one people.
Today, as we remember the victims, their families, and the heroes who stood up during one of our country's darkest moments, I invite all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead. From volunteering with a faith-based organization, to collecting food and clothing for those in need, to preparing care packages for our men and women in uniform, there are many ways to bring service into our everyday lives -- and each of us can do something. To get involved and find a local service opportunity, visit, or for Spanish speakers.
Even the simplest act of kindness can be a way to honor those we have lost, and to help build stronger communities and a more resilient Nation. By joining together on this solemn anniversary, let us show that America's sense of common purpose need not be a fleeting moment, but a lasting virtue -- not just on one day, but every day.
By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2012, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Alpine Township Library Farm Worker Appreciation Festival

On Sunday afternoon the Alpine Township Library once again hosted its annual Farm Workers Appreciation Festival at the Alpine Township Sports Complex, 1850 Alpine Church Road.

The intent of the program is to entertain the children who have Spanish speaking parents, give them information about the many services provided by the library and to encourage them to use these services.

The Migrant Soccer League of Michigan had scheduled games at the fields on Sunday so gathering children was no problem. Many volunteers were on hand from the Alpine Township Branch along with a number of other Kent District Library branches and from the Comstock Park Lions. Katie the Elephant was there and brought many smiles from the children.  Also volunteering and back by popular demand was Purdy the Clown. Some firefighters from Alpine (which co-sponsored the event) stopped by with their Rescue Truck while other firefighters were at the Holy Trinity Festival.

Of course there was plenty of soccer all around the event.