Sunday, June 24, 2012

Liga de Futbol De Inmigrantes de Michigan

Here are a few pictures of the action at the Sports Complex this Sunday as young and old played in the Liga De Futbol De Inmigrantes de Michigan, also known as the Migrant Soccer League of Michigan.  For real soccer fans, there will be a tournament Saturday June 30th, where select adult players from the league will be playing the best of other leagues.  Three games are scheduled beginning at 12:00 noon.  Admission is free. The Alpine Township Sports complex is located on the corner of Alpine Church Street and Baumhoff Ave. Schedule and more photos can  be found on the league's facebook page at

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beyond the Gold

Beyond the Gold was the theme of this year's Day Camp sponsored by Maranatha Bible Church at their facility on Stony Creek NW.  Tonight was family night where family was invited for hot dogs,   a brief program, and an opportunity to see their youngsters participate in some of the crafts and events they worked on over the past two weeks. 
Some of the many coaches for the event

Lots of parents and grandparents

and lots of campers

lots and lots and lots of campers

Air Riflery

Pastor Todd Dykstra

Customer Appreciation Day at Jimmy Johns

It was customer appreciation day at Jimmy Johns at 3782 Alpine Ave  NW and sandwiches went out the door for a dollar each.  People were waiting in line during the few hours the offer was available, and Jimmy Johns had plenty of staff on hand to take care of everybody. 3 1/2  hours into the 4 hour period the store had catered to 1,400 customers already.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carnival at the Alpine Township Library

The Alpine Township Branch of the Kent District Library held it's annual carnival in front of the Township Hall.  Many of the activities were carried our inside, due to the heat.  Most favorite was the horse and buggy ride, followed by animal balloons

York Creek Summer Program

School age children in the Comstock Park and York Creek vicinity are attending an exciting program this summer and it is free. The program is coordinated by Meghan Aupperlee with Wedgwood Christian Services and is presented by Wedgwood, Comstock Park Public Schools, Arbor Circle, The Comstock Park KDL Library, YMCA, Girl  Scouts, Junior Achievement, Zion Lutheran Church and others.

KIds enjoy Library Story Time, Vacation Bible School, Physical Education, recreation, health and nutrition, gardening, puppet shows focusing on life lessons, making and keeping friends, pet ownership, and junior achievement.
Teens learn about relationships, choosing friends, dealing with anger and stress, family relations, health and wellness, teamwork, recreation, life skills, risk taking, and more. Indoor activities occur in several apartments provided by York Creek Apartments. The program began June 18th and will continue through August 16th. 
Both groups are booked and there is a waiting list for any spot that may open. The program is partially funded by the Comstock Park Rotary though  Comstock Park Community Outreach.

Signing in for the day

Finding a shaded spot for lunch snack was the hardest task of the day
The teen kids program will be conducted by Wedgwood Christian Services today

The YMCA will be providing the program for the younger kids today

Sneak Preview of 2012 Summer Harvester

A sneak preview of the 2012 Summer Harvester, the official Alpine Township Newsletter is available right here.   It has information about the candidates for Township Offices and the millage renewal that will be on the August 7th Primary Election ballot, as well as information about other events that will be taking place in or adjacent to our Township.  The black and white edition will go out to print near the end of June.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Select team from Liga de Futbol De Inmegrantes De Michigan beats Hart 5-0

Congratulations to the select team of the Migrant Soccer League of Michigan (Liga de Futbol De Inmegrantes De Michigan).  A group of select players from the Alpine Township based league beat a group of select players from HART, Saturday.  The game was at the Jaycee Park on 28th Street.  The score was 5-0 and had to be called early because of severe weather.  The team will play next at the Alpine Township Recreational Complex on Saturday, June 30th, time to be announced.  More information and photos on the league's facebook. The 10 team league plays at Alpine Township on Sundays. The park is located on the corner of Alpine Church Road and Bristol.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Strawberries. Strawberries, Strawberries

Strawberry season is here and there are plenty of strawberries ripe for picking right here in Alpine Township.  A few of the strawberry patches where customers can pick their own are almost adjacent to each other.  Morse Brothers Farm is located at  2925 6 Mile Road NW (616-784-4776) and Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market is at 3025 6 Mile Rd NW. (616-784-0058) but you may want to call them first and check for hours.  Both have farm markets as well.

For more information about West Michigan and strawberry facts, go to

Pick Your Own at Morse Brothers Farm

More than just fresh strawberries available

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Maranatha Day Camp Celebrates 44th Anniversary

Our community has been blessed with 44 years of Maranatha Day Camp.  Some in attendance may be third generation campers, as the program was established by the late Pastor Richard Gordon in 1968. 

The purpose of Day Camp is to give the campers a Christ centered camping experience that will enrich their lives spiritually, physically, and mentally.

Crafts offered are: Archery, Air Riflery, Beadie Buddies, Canoeing, Ceramics, Cheerleading, Cooking, Creative Card making, Critter Catchers, Drama, Fishing, , Handcrafts, Advanced Handcrafts, Leather Craft, Outdoor Life, Advanced Outdoor Life, Riflery, Scrap Booking, Shabby Chic Crafts, Soccer, Swimming, Ultimate Survival, and Volleyball.  The program continues throughout next week and will conclude with an open house for family and friends next Thursday evening.

About 500  day campers and staff are on hand each day at the camp. Maranatha Day Camp is an outreach and service program run by Maranatha Bible Church, 4426 Stony Creek Comstock Park, MI. Current and future news on the program can be found here:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Animal Crackers Petting Zoo

Lots of kids came out to visit the Animal Crackers Petting Zoo which settled in the front lawn of the Alpine Township Hall and Library Wednesday evening.  There were four legged animals including a miniature horsea lama, a ferret, bunny, lizards and lots of snakes. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Alpine Township Fire Chief Ron Christians' Retirement Celebration

Alpine Township Fire Chief Ron Christians will be retiring after 16 years as Fire Chief.  A celebration is planned for Wednesday July 11, 2012, beginning with honoring Ron at an open house from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Fire Station #1, 841 Alpine Church Street N.W. Cake and coffee will be served.  Everyone is also invited to a dinner held in Ron's honor that evening at English Hills Country Club, 1200 4 Mile Rd.  N.W.  Cost for the dinner is $25.00 a person.  For more information and reservations, click on the flier below. Please join us at either or both events that day in thanking Ron for his many years of service to the Alpine Township community. 

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Caricature Workshop a Great Success at Library

Corey Eno Ruffin, a nationally recognized caricaturist, and talented artist presented a workshop Tuesday at the Alpine Township Library.  Over a dozen teens participated and learned the basics of cartooning and illustration and the fine art of caricature. Participants enjoyed the workshop which is part of the Kent District Library Teen Summer Program and will be repeated at a number of other KDL branches later this summer.

Monday, June 11, 2012

American Legion Post 47 Sponsors Comstock Park Student at Girls State Program

Alpine Township Officials received a special visit Monday from Comstock Park High School Junior Alyssa Chartier.  Alyssa was selected to represent Comstock Park at the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program being held at Michigan State University in Lansing next week.

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a government simulation program for girls who have completed  their junior year of high school. The objective is to provide “hands on” training in city, county, and state government.  As a citizen, Alyssa will participate in a variety of activities.  All levels of government (executive, legislative and judicial) are explored. 

The purpose of Girls Sate is to broaden participants understanding of our government and how it works; to learn the importance of their role as a citizen; and to give them the opportunity to participate in a program widely recognized by colleges and universities.

Alyssa was sponsored by the American Legion Post #47 in Comstock Park.  After meeting with Township officials, Alyssa has a clearer understanding of Township government, particularly in her own Alpine Township community.  We feel honored to have Alyssa represent us and wish her the best at the Girls State program and her senior year.

Alpine Township Clerk Jean Wahlfield with Alyssa Chartier