Monday, December 22, 2014

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

After a year of absence, the Alpine Fire Fighters Association held their Annual Christmas Breakfast with Santa.  The event, held at Kenowa Middle School on Hendershot Ave., was well attended and both adults and kids had a great time. The Association wishes to thank all those who contributed to the success of the program.

And while Santa was attending to the children, members of the Comstock Park Rotary gathered at the Alpine Township Hall to pick up and distribute gifts on behalf of Santa Girls to families local families in need. 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Comstock Park Education Foundation Holiday Celebration

Those who braved the weather Thursday evening enjoyed a taste of Comstock Park as local businesses offered generous samples of their specialties at the Fine Arts Center of Comstock Park High School..  Also on display were numerous decorated Christmas trees and wreaths that were part of a silent auction and were donated by various businesses and organizations.  The tree raising the most funds was the tree decorated by Alpine Township employees. The event was sponsored by the Comstock Park Education Foundation.

Entry from the Alpine Township[ Employees raised $100 for the Comstock Park Education Foundation

Friday, November 14, 2014

Comstock Park Educational Foundation's Holiday Fund Raising Festival

Alpine Township staff members are always pleased to participate in the Annual Comstock Park Educational Foundation's Holiday Fund Raising Festival, to be held at the High School's Fine Arts Center this Thursday November 20 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Each year employees decorate a Christmas tree as an entry for the Silent Auction.  Last year's theme featured fire fighters.  This year theme is "Frozen".  Alpine Township staff will be looking for your vote!

Samantha Hanna and Julie Bulerski

Jean Wahlfield and Samantha Hanna


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bauble Patch Jewelers Celebrates New Location

Bauble Patch Jewelers celebrated moving into its new location by inviting their customers and the community to an open house Thursday.  The new location is at 5228 Alpine Ave NW which is on the corner of Alpine Ave and 6 Mild Rd. NW, with the entrance off 6 Mile Rd.
Bauble Patch began in Alpine Township  as a two man repair shop and has grown in building, staff, trust and reputation.  They can design a ring just the way you want it.  In addition to rings and diamonds, the store offers necklaces, braces, pendants, watches and more.  Their website is available at
Store Owner and designer Richard Kerkau and store manager and gemologist Trina Berkompas-Elvey invite you to visit them and the staff this holiday season or any other time.

5228 Alpine Ave. at 6 Mile Rd.
 Richard Kerkau and Trina Berkompas-Elvey

Trina Berkompas-Elvey with Jenna Arcidiacono from Amore Trattoria Italiana  who provided refreshments for her new neighbor  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day, 2014


Since the birth of our Nation, American patriots have stepped forward to serve our country and defend our way of life.  With honor and distinction, generations of servicemen and women have taken up arms to win our independence, preserve our Union, and secure our freedom.  From the Minutemen to our Post-9/11 Generation, these heroes have put their lives on the line so that we might live in a world that is safer, freer, and more just, and we owe them a profound debt of gratitude.  On Veterans Day, we salute the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have rendered the highest service any American can offer, and we rededicate ourselves to fulfilling our commitment to all those who serve in our name.

Today, we are reminded of our solemn obligation:  to serve our veterans as well as they have served us.  As we continue our responsible drawdown from the war in Afghanistan and more members of our military return to civilian life, we must support their transition and make sure they have access to the resources and benefits they have earned.  My Administration is working to end the tragedy of homelessness among our veterans, and we are committed to providing them with quality health care, access to education, and the tools they need to find a rewarding career.  As a Nation, we must ensure that every veteran has the chance to share in the opportunity he or she has helped to defend.  Those who have served in our Armed Forces have the experience, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve success as members of our civilian workforce, and it is critical that we harness their talent.

Across our country, veterans who fought to protect our democracy around the globe are strengthening it here at home. Once leaders in the Armed Forces, they are now pioneers of industry and pillars of their communities.  Their character reflects our enduring American spirit, and in their example, we find inspiration and strength.

This day, and every day, we pay tribute to America's sons and daughters who have answered our country's call.  We recognize the sacrifice of those who have been part of the finest fighting force the world has ever known and the loved ones who stand beside them.  We will never forget the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and all those who have not yet returned home.  As a grateful Nation, let us show our appreciation by honoring all our veterans and working to ensure the promise of America is within the reach of all who have protected it.

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, 2014, 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 fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Fright Night in Alpine Townhsip

Halloween night at home.  Not safe on the streets today. Seems as if the dead returned from the graves


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Munchkins Unleashed

One of the favorite events at the Alpine Township Center is when preschoolers gather at the library and stop at the office for trick or treat. Staff is always prepared.  This year was no exception as the children enjoyed activities at the library and then toured our offices, led by Library Manager Shaunna Martz.

 Library Manager Shaunna Martz


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Judith McNally: THIS IS YOUR LIFE!

Members of the Alpine Township Historical Committee caught committee member Judy McNally by surprise this Sunday.  Thinking that she was to present a program about her well known button collection, Judy learned early through her presentation that the committee had other ideas and instead intended to honor her for her life and many contributions.  The 96 year old Judy is creating quite a legacy over her life span, beginning with her work during World War II with the Signal Corps and continuing today with her involvement in the Historical Committee, Audubon Society, and as a volunteer at the Veteran's Home.
Members of the Alpine Township Board were on hand and Township Supervisor Alex Arends read a proclamation honoring Judy and proclaiming Sunday October 19 as Judith L. McNally Day. Special guest at the event was Michigan State Representative Rob VerHeulen who took time from a busy week of campaigning to present Judy with a Special Tribute signed by him, Senator Jansen, and Michigan Governor Snyder.  Committee member Don Doyle read Judy's life story, from a book prepared by Marta Brechting.  Judy's life story in words and pictures was also converted to video format so that the large audience was as entertained as Judy was.
At the end of the program, Judy was also presented with a cake especially prepared for her in her favorite colors. 

Judy with Don Doyle who was master of ceremonies

Michigan State Representative Rob VerHeulen reads Judy a special tribute from himself, Senator Mark Jansen, and Governor Richard Snyder 
Representative Rob VerHeulen and wife Norma

Judy and her special cake

A few of the admirers who came out to help honor Judy