Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014 in Alpine Township

Family members and friends of veterans laid to rest in Alpine Township cemeteries met at Pine Grove Cemetery  this Memorial Day to pay homage to there heroes. The brief ceremony included the reading of  the names of all veterans buried in Pine Grove, Holy Trinity, Englishville and Alpine Center Cemeteries.  Participating in the ceremony were members of the Alpine Township Board and the Fire Chief. Special thanks go to the honor guard of American Legion Post 258 and members of the Michigan Council of Boy Scouts Troop 223.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

Please join Alpine Township Elected Officials and friends and family of veterans buried at Alpine Township cemeteries for a brief ceremony at Pine Grove Cemetery, 6200 Vinton M.W. at 11:00 A.M.

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 – President Barack Obama today proclaimed Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, as a day for all Americans to “never forget” the service and sacrifices of U.S. military members in defense of the nation and to “pray for and hold close the families of the fallen.”
The president’s proclamation reads as follows:

Constant in the American narrative is the story of men and women who loved our country so deeply they were willing to give their all to keep it safe and free. When a revolution needed to be won and our Union needed to be preserved, brave patriots stepped forward. When our harbor was bombed and our country was attacked on a clear September morning, courageous warriors raised their hands and said, "send me." On the last Monday of each May, our Nation comes together to honor the selfless heroes who have defended the land we love and in so doing gave their last full measure of devotion.
Today, we pause to remember our fallen troops, to mourn their loss, and to pray for their loved ones. Though our hearts ache, we find a measure of solace in knowing their legacy lives on in the families our heroes left behind -- the proud parents who instilled in their sons and daughters the values that led them to serve; the remarkable spouses who gave our Nation the person they cherished most in the world; and the beautiful children who will grow up with the knowledge that their mother or father embodied the true meaning of patriotism. To those we lost, we owe a profound debt that can never be fully repaid. But we can honor the fallen by caring for their loved ones and keeping faith with our veterans and their fellow brothers and sisters in arms.
The security that lets us live in peace, the prosperity that allows us to pursue our dreams, the freedom that we cherish -- these were earned by the blood and the sacrifices of patriots who went before. This Memorial Day, as we near the end of more than a decade of war, let us never forget their service and always be worthy of the sacrifices made in our name. And today and every day, let us pray for and hold close the families of the fallen.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, 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.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


Welcome to the new Firehouse Subs

Ben (left) and Tony Gorbach
Welcome to the new Firehouse Subs at 3850 Alpine Ave.  The store opened for business this past Friday.  It will share its building with Five Guys Hamburgers, a new Verizon retail store and the already opened Sherwin Williams Paint store.  Firehouse Subs was started by firefighters.The local franchise is owned by brothers Ben and Tony Gorbach who invite you to visit them soon.

The new shops are located in a brand new strip mall that once housed Gipper's.  It is directly adjacent to JoAnne Fabrics.

Firehouse Subs is very community oriented and is a great addition to our township.


Firehouse Subs is adjacent to the new Sherwin Williams Paint Store

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Coming Down

Travelers along Alpine Ave near Lamoreaux were surprised to see the Peter Josapaitas Hall U.A.W. Local 2131 coming down.  The building had been sitting vacant for years.  The property is being demolished with plans for new commercial development.

 Demolishment of a long vacant building
Clearing is also occurring behind the building

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Memorial Day Service to Recognize all Deceased Veterans

Their graves are scattered throughout the four cemeteries in Alpine Township.  Men and women who risked their lives to defend our freedom through war time and during peace time and whose lives are now complete.
Since Alpine Township does not have a Veteran's Day ceremony, these deceased heroes will be recognized in a Memorial Day service scheduled for Monday May 26th. The short ceremony will take place at 11:00 A.M. at Pine Grove Cemetery, 6200 Vinton NW, in Comstock Park.  The service is conducted by elected officials from Alpine Township and will be assisted by Boy Scout Troop 223 and an honor guard from the American Legion Furniture Post 258.  The ceremony is open to the public and refreshments will be available.

Below are randomly selected graves of just a few of the many veterans buried at Pine Grove Cemetery. Others veterans are laid to rest at Englishville, Alpine and Holy Trinity Cemeteries. More Alpine Township Veterans are buried across our nation and abroad. 

Alpine Historical Committee Annual Antique Tractor Show

The Alpine Township Historical Committee sponsored it's annual Antique Tractor Show at the Harold Thome Barn immediately adjacent to the Community Building.  Besides nearly 20 antique tractors to view, those who attended had the opportunity to enjoy free hot dogs, coffee and donuts.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Comstock Park Relay for Life 2014

The chilly weather did not keep cancer survivors, their supporters, friends and family from participating in the Comstock Park Relay for Life held Friday and Saturday.  The event is held to create awareness, financial support and moral support in an effort to eradicate this disease.

Comstock Park Jazz Band entertaining

Three of the band members

One of the many corporate sponsors, Independent Bank

Teachers, Parents and Students from Stony Creek Elementary

High school students participating in the Relay for Life

One way the message was shared was on Jeans

One of many fund raising booths

Ever present at community fund raisers this time with all proceeds going to Relay for Life