Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks for Our Many Blessings

The Board of Trustees and Alpine Township Staff wish everyone a heart full of thanks this Thanksgiving day.  The office will be closed Thursday and Friday

Presidential Thanksgiving Day Proclamation 2012
On Thanksgiving Day, Americans everywhere gather with family and friends to recount the joys and blessings of the past year. This day is a time to take stock of the fortune we have known and the kindnesses we have shared, grateful for the God-given bounty that enriches our lives. As many pause to lend a hand to those in need, we are also reminded of the indelible spirit of compassion and mutual responsibility that has distinguished our Nation since its earliest days.
 Many Thanksgivings have offered opportunities to celebrate community during times of hardship. When the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony gave thanks for a bountiful harvest nearly four centuries ago, they enjoyed the fruits of their labor with the Wampanoag tribe – a people who had shared vital knowledge of the land in the difficult months before. When President George Washington marked our democracy's first Thanksgiving, he prayed to our Creator for peace, union, and plenty through the trials that would surely come. And when our Nation was torn by bitterness and civil war, President Abraham Lincoln reminded us that we were, at heart, one Nation, sharing a bond as Americans that could bend but would not break. Those expressions of unity still echo today, whether in the contributions that generations of Native Americans have made to our country, the Union our forebears fought so hard to preserve, or the providence that draws our families together this season.
 As we reflect on our proud heritage, let us also give thanks to those who honor it by giving back. This Thanksgiving, thousands of our men and women in uniform will sit down for a meal far from their loved ones and the comforts of home. We honor their service and sacrifice. We also show our appreciation to Americans who are serving in their communities, ensuring their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. Their actions reflect our age-old belief that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, and they affirm once more that we are a people who draw our deepest strength not from might or wealth, but from our bonds to each other.
On Thanksgiving Day, individuals from all walks of life come together to celebrate this most American tradition, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country. Let us spend this day by lifting up those we love, mindful of the grace bestowed upon us by God and by all who have made our lives richer with their presence.
 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 2012, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to join together – whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors – and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.
 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, 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.

United States of America

Monday, November 19, 2012

Alpine Township Changing of the Guard

Monday night's meeting of the Alpine Township Board of Trustees was the last one for the board members who were elected in 2008.  Tuesday beginning at noon, the newly elected board will officially take office.
In Alpine Township this means it was the last board meeting for Ted Wallace Monday night, and at the conclusion of the meeting he was awarded with an Award of Appreciation for the dedication and commitment that he demonstrated during his eight years in office.  Ted served on numerous committees and also served as board liaison to the Fire Department. While Ted may not be representing the Township Board over the next four years, it is certain that he will remain an active voice in the community.
The newly elected board was sworn in after the meeting, which includes newcomer Mike Wahlfield.
Supervisor Alex Arends presenting Award to Ted Wallace

Thank you, Ted!

Mike Wahlfield, Bill Schweitzer, Ron Cordes and Jim May being sworn in as Trustees

Treasure Jim Townsend being sworn in by Township Clerk Jean Wahlfield

Supervisor Alex Arends being sworn in by Township Clerk Jean Wahlfield


Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Wisdom of Mark Twain

From the cover of Harper's Weekly to the cover of Time Magazine and now on the pages of Alpine Township Blog, Mark Twain continues to entertain people with his wisdom and wit.  This Sunday he visited the Alpine Township Community Room upon the invitation of the Historical Committee.  Sharing words of wisdom, Mr. Twain also shared stories about his life, his childhood, his loss of family, and some of his travels.   Mark Twain was the pen name of author Samuel Langhorne Clemens.  He was best known for his novels, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and its sequel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". He was known not only as a writer but also as a great public speaker, and he counted presidents, foreign leaders and industrialists amongst his friends.
Portraying Mark Twain was Cliff Helms. Cliff is a local historian who can be seen at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay some Thursdays sharing the same wisdom he shared with local history buffs today.

Mary Alt introduces Mark Twain to the audience
The youngest person in the audience and is seen here being introduced to Mark Twain


Alpine Township Branch, Kent District Library - KDL

Some of the special programming that took place at the Alpine Township Branch of the Kent District Library this week  included Fire Safety for pre-schoolers Tuesday, and lessons in Grossology* on Saturday.
*grossology:  The science of real gross things.
Kids paid close attention as a firefighter crawled in the room in full gear
Not sure what is being invented but it seems gross

Eek!!!!! That looks gross!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Spaghetti Dinner and Holiday Tree /Wreath Silent Auction Tree

Supporters of the Comstock Park Educational Foundation enjoyed pasta, homemade spaghetti sauce, salad and bread sticks provided by Vitale's, and delicious desert from Amore Trattoria Italiana at the High School Saturday night, while 32 people walked away with beautifully decorated trees many stuffed with coupons and certificates.  This is the fourth annual event.  Artwork from Comstock Park students was also on display and supporters were also  entertained with music and song. 

Comstock Park PTO's contribution
First place winner of most original and tied for first place in best liked category, this entry titled :Hoot Hoot" was donated by the Kidz Clubhouse

This wreath appropriately titled "The Grinch" was donated by West River Carpets

Superintendent Ethan, wife Julie and son Trevor  Ebenstein enjoying the evening.

The "Go Blue" tree was donated by the Fidler/McLellan family and raised the most money.Next to it is a tree titled "Family Fun!" donated by Alpine Family Eye Care.

Comstock Park Panthers Fall in State Semi Finals

It was a disappointing day for the Comstock Park Panthers as the football team lost to South Christian 21-7 at Houseman Field.  Although the Panthers kept it close, they were no match for the South Christian team today.  Never the less, the Panthers had a great season for which congratulations are in order.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mark Twain to Make Appearance this Sunday

The man often referred to as “the Father of American Literature” has been invited by the Alpine Township Historical Committee to share his humor and wisdom on Sunday, *November 18th at 2 p.m. at the Alpine Township Community Building, 2015 7 Mile Road. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Donations accepted
According to Wikepedia, Mark Twain achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and
satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Mark Twain is the pen name of American author Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He will be portrayed by local historian Clifford Helms
*Note: The Alpine Township Harvester Newsletter posted the wrong date for this event.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Preparing for Comstock Park Educational Foundation Silent Auction

The Comstock Park Educational Foundation will be sponsoring its annual Holiday Tree Silent Auction and Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday evening, November 17, 2012 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Comstock Park High School Cafeteria. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 yrs-12 yrs. Children 5 years and under eat free. This year, wreaths as well as Christmas trees will be auctioned off. Come join the fun and support your school.
This will be the fourth year the Alpine Township staff has participated in this event by decorating a Christmas tree.  Their tree has earned recognition each year and raised considerable funds for the Educational Foundation.  Last year's theme was  "A Taste of Alpine Township"  This year the tree will again display apples, as well as some Applebee's Gift cards donated by staff.

Sue Becker, Alex Arends and Rose Kogge represent the Township staff and invite you to bid on their tree in order to  benefit the Comstock Park Educational Foundation

Monday, November 12, 2012

Anticipated Santa Sightings in Comstock Park

Last year Santa Claus made public appearances at a number of locations in Comstock Park and he is expected  to make encore appearances this year.  If you are aware of other public appearances, please pass them along.
Saturday, November 24  Noon - 3 pm
Alpine Flowerland in Comstock Park
Some of Santa's reindeer friends will be stopping by Flowerland , 3801 Alpine Ave. and I can’t imagine them not bringing Santa along.  Bring the kids for a close-up look at these incredible creatures. You may even be able to feed them!
Saturday, December 8  7:00 – 11:00 am
Alpine Fire Fighters Association
The Alpine Firefighters Association will have its third annual pancake breakfast at the Holy Trinity Family Center,  1200 Alpine Church Road.   Santa will be back this year. Donations accepted with proceeds going to meet needs in the community.
Saturday December 15 9:30 – 9:50 am
Marquette Rail  (Rail America)
For the past five years, the Santa Train has made a stop at the Comstock Park Depot behind Dwight Lydell Park.  The train stops long enough for Santa and Mrs. Claus and a handful of elves to hand out  candy canes and allow good boys and girls to tour the engine.  Come join the fun and then go for breakfast!
Saturday December 15 9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Breakfast with Santa at Little Pine Island Campground

All of us have driven by but few of us have ever visited the Little Pine Island Campground located at 6889 Pine Island Drive NE on Comstock Park.  On Saturday, December 15th Little Pine Island Camp is hosting their 2nd annual Breakfast with Santa event. From 9:30 – 12:00 PM, participants will join Santa himself for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Cost: $2.50 per person / $10 per family.  To order tickets or if you have any questions call Les at (616) 784-1404 ext. 211.


Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day, 2012



Whether they fought in Salerno or Samarra, Heartbreak Ridge or Helmand, Khe Sanh or the Korengal, our veterans are part of an unbroken chain of men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction. On Veterans Day, we show them our deepest thanks. Their sacrifices have helped secure more than two centuries of American progress, and their legacy affirms that no matter what confronts us or what trials we face, there is no challenge we cannot overcome, and our best days are still ahead.
This year, we marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. We began to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. We welcomed our veterans back home from Iraq, and we continued to wind down operations in Afghanistan. These milestones remind us that, though much has changed since Americans first took up arms to advance freedom's cause, the spirit that moved our forebears is the same spirit that has defined each generation of our service members. Our men and women in uniform have taught us about strength, duty, devotion, resolve -- cornerstones of a commitment to protect and defend that has kept our country safe for over 200 years. In war and in peace, their service has been selfless and their accomplishments have been extraordinary.
Even after our veterans take off the uniform, they never stop serving. Many apply the skills and experience they developed on the battlefield to a life of service here at home. They take on roles in their communities as doctors and police officers, engineers and entrepreneurs, mothers and fathers. As a grateful Nation, it is our task to make that transition possible -- to ensure our returning heroes can share in the opportunities they have given so much to defend. The freedoms we cherish endure because of their service and sacrifice, and our country must strive to honor our veterans by fulfilling our responsibilities to them and upholding the sacred trust we share with all who have served.
On days like this, we are called to reflect on immeasurable burdens that have been borne by so few. We pay tribute to our wounded, our missing, our fallen, and their families -- men and women who have known the true costs of conflict and deserve our deepest respect, now and forever. We also remember that our commitments to those who have served are commitments we must honor not only on Veterans Day, but every day. As we do so, let us reaffirm our promise that when our troops finish their tours of duty, they come home to an America that gives them the benefits they have earned, the care they deserve, and the fullest opportunity to keep their families strong and our country moving forward.
With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation's veterans.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2012, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of November, 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, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day 2012 - A Tribute

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the VETERAN,
who salutes the Flag,

It is the veteran,
who serves under the Flag
Veterans Day Slideshow
*  Veterans Day Sunday November 11 2012  is observed Monday November 12 2012.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Go Panthers!

For a second consecutive season, the Comstock Park Panthers  High School football High team will be in the Division 4 Semi Finals, facing Grand Rapids' South Christian Saturday 11/17/2012 at 1:00 PM at Houseman Field.  Last Saturday, the Panthers enjoyed their biggest win of the season as they defeated Ogemaw Heights at home 62-27.  Go Panthers!



Friday, November 9, 2012

Comstock Park Rotary ThanksGIVING Project

This year as in the past, some members of the Comstock Park Rotary team up with Roger Kropf, former Superintendent of the Comstock Park Schools and former Comstock Park Rotarian and a team of other concerned community members in order to build a handicap accessible ramp for someone in need.  This year, the recipients were an elderly couple in the Lowell area who are both wheelchair bound and for whom entering and exiting their home had truly become a challenge.
This is one of many ways that members of the Comstock Park Rotary give back to the community.
Taking down the old

Getting ready for business, Bernie Spruit, Doug Gordon, Jim Olson

Finding the right location

Friday's Thanksgiving crew donating their time and expertise


Many hands make light work


Friday, November 2, 2012

Holiday Tree Silent Auction and Spaghetti Dinner

The Comstock Park Educational Foundation will be sponsoring its annual Holiday Tree Silent Auction and Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday evening, November 17, 2012 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Comstock Park High School Cafeteria. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 yrs-12 yrs. Children 5 years and under eat free. This year, wreaths as well as Christmas trees will be auctioned off. Come join the fun and support your school.