Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Township "Scuttlebutt"

It was a busy Wednesday morning at the IHOP Restaurant on Alpine Ave as "All Conference" athletes from West Catholic High School and school staff had the opportunity  to get together and celebrate their achievements.

Meanwhile in another section of IHOP, employees from Charter Communications were celebrating successes in regional sales.
The new Heeren Brothers facility on 7 Mile Rd West of Alpine Ave is progressing nicely

Perrin Apparel on Rusche Drive is expanding its facility


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kent District Library Wins EPIC Award for Excellence in Business

At a recent ceremony at Meijer Gardens, the Kent District Library  was recognized by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce for Excellence in Business, beating out two prestigious finalists, Cascade Engineering, Inc. and  Elzinga & Volkers, Inc.  The Award was sponsored by Meijer, Inc. and was part of the Chamber's EPIC Awards ceremonies. EPIC  stands for Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative and Collaborative and the ceremony recognizes businesses and individuals that support the community, demonstrate growth, are innovative, and have worked with others as mentors and collaborators.
KDL Executive Director Lance Werner stopped by Alpine Township today and shared KDL's achievement with the Alpine Library staff as well as the Township Staff.  Accompanying Lance were Alpine Township Branch Manager Laura Weld, Alpine Township's representative on the Library Board Penny Weller, and Jacob Kraley, General Accountant at the Kent District Library's Headquarters in Comstock Park.  Along with giving credit to the KDL Board and Staff, Lance Werner thanked the Alpine Township staff for their continued support and encouragement.
Laura Weld, Lance Werner, Penny Weller, Jacob Kraley

Monday, May 27, 2013

Alpine Township 2013 Memorial Day Service

Alpine Township officials with the assistance of Comstock Park Boy Scout Troop #223  and the Honor Guard of the American Legion Furniture City American Legion Post #258 conducted its annual Memorial Day service, not only honoring all those veterans who died while serving in the Armed Forces, but all who served in the military and are buried in Alpine Center, Englishville, Pine Grove and Holy Trinity Cemeteries.    

Township Clerk Jean Wahlfield welcoming members of the community

Boys Scouts raising the flag and then lowering it to half mast

Cliff Bartrum (right) offering salute during flag ceremony
Trustee Mike Wahlfield  giving the invocation
Trustee Bill Schweitzer providing history of Memorial Day
Treasurer Jim Townsend reading names of veterans buried at Holy Trinity Cemetery

Some of those who attended the ceremony

American Legion Honor Guard  providing Gun Salute.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Obama Issues ‘Prayer for Peace’ Memorial Day Proclamation 2013

The Alpine Township community is invited to commemorate Memorial Day at Pine Grove Cemetery on May 27. The brief ceremony starts at 11 a.m. and includes a reading of the names of all veterans buried in Alpine Township’s  cemeteries.  The Boy Scouts will also hoist the flag.  The ceremony wraps up with a gun salute. Pine Grove Cemetery is located at 6200 Vinton NW.

American Forces Press Service

 WASHINGTON, May 24, 2013 – President Barack Obama Friday proclaimed Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, “as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.”
The president’s proclamation reads as follows:
Since our Nation's earliest days, America has been blessed with an unbroken chain of patriots who have served our country with honor and distinction. From Concord to the Korengal, generations of brave warriors have fought for freedom across sand and snow, over mud and mountains, into lonely deserts and through crowded streets.
Today, we pay tribute to those patriots who never came back -- who fought for a home to which they never returned, and died for a country whose gratitude they will always have.
Scripture teaches us that "greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." On Memorial Day, we remember those we have lost not only for what they fought for, but who they were: proud Americans, often far too young, guided by deep and abiding love for their families, for each other, and for this country. Our debt to them is one we can never fully repay. But we can honor their sacrifice and strive to be a Nation equal to their example. On this and every day, we must meet our obligations to families of the fallen; we must uphold our sacred trust with our veterans, our service members, and their loved ones.
Above all, we can honor those we have lost by living up to the ideals they died defending. It is our charge to preserve liberty, to advance justice, and to sow the seeds of peace. With courage and devotion worthy of the heroes we remember today, let us rededicate ourselves to those unending tasks, and prove once more that America's best days are still ahead. Let us pray the souls of those who died in war rest in eternal peace, and let us keep them and their families close in our hearts, now and forever.
In honor of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.
I request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Third Annual Antique Tractor Show

The Alpine Township Historical Committee hosted its Third Annual Antique Tractor Show on Sunday at the Township Community Building and adjacent Harold Thome Farm.  The equipment was on display all day and visitors were treated with hot dogs, donuts and  refreshments.  Also on hand were Greg and Roxanne Bliss featuring tin type photography.


Friday, May 17, 2013

A Caring Community - Comstock Park Relay for Life 2013

The Comstock Park community came together this month to draw attention to and raise money for the fight against cancer.  Relay for Life took place this weekend at he Comstock Park High School.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mothers Day

There is no one, Mother, who
Loves me in the way you do.
Who helped me when I was a child
Makes the strongest hurts turn mild.
Whose task it was to toil and strive
To give this child a happy life.
And now as we are getting old
This love must not pass by untold.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Welcome to Alpine Township - Grillin' Wings & More

It did not take long to find a new tenant for the vacant restaurant last occupied by "Le Kabob" 4022 Alpine Ave. N.W. in Comstock Park  The location is now the home of "Grillin' Wings & More" which officially opened today.  Proprietor Anton Lulgjuraj is excited to be offering not only awesome chicken wings and pigs wings with over 20 dipping sauces to choose from, but also traditional items such as Coney Islands, Seafood, Wraps, Gyros, Subs,Burgers and Salads along with delicious side dishes. There is also a Kid's Menu that includes Chicken Wings, Detroit Hot Dogs and Chicken Tenders.  Original hours are 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. but in the near future Anton plans to also be open for Breakfast Specials and Omelettes.
Things get even better because Grillin' Wings & More does not only have sit-in or take-out service, they also deliver and cater!  Alpine Township welcomes Anton and his staff and wish them well.

Anton Lulgjuraj  and Staff like you to stop by  at 4022 Alpine N.W. or call 616-785-5337


Comstock Park Paint the Town Purple

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.- If you drive down West River Drive in Downtown Comstock Park, don't be alarmed to find that our Panther green and gold has been replaced with purple. 
Purple banners currently adorn the lampposts throughout the Comstock Park business district.  The purple banners are part of the "Paint the Town Purple" campaign that was launched Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by the Relay For Life of Comstock Park Committee.
Alpine Township and Plainfield Township have signed proclamations to declare the month of May "Paint the Town Purple Month", which includes the entire Comstock Park area.  The Relay For Life of Comstock Park Committee is asking all Comstock Park residents and businesses to participate in the event by decorating themselves, storefronts, houses, cars, etc. purple on May 10.
"The goal is to raise awareness about the upcoming Relay For Life of Comstock Park," said Kari Kippen, Event Chair.  "We hope to see a lot of purple to get people into the spirit of the Relay being held at Comstock Park High School on May 17 and 18."
"Anything you want to do to decorate your house or business in purple will do", said Kippen. "At other events around the country, some people planted purple flowers, spray-painted their front lawns, hung purple ribbons and streamers, and even painted their driveways purple.  Some people do some really wacky things."
For more information on how you can become involved with Relay For Life of Comstock Park or ideas for how you can participate in our "Paint the Town Purple" campaign, contact Kari Kippen at 616-262-5124 or by email or visit

Comstock Park will "Paint the Town Purple" for the Month of May!