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Although the Harvest on the Ridge Apple Festival is sponsored by the Sparta Chamber of Commerce, it had plenty of Alpine Township flavor added throughout.
The best tasting smoked ribs in the Harvest on the Ridge BBQ contest had to be the ones prepared by the Squirell II team, headed up by Alpine Township resident Mike Warrelman, assisted by his family.  While this may not be the official judges' opinions, these ribs were simply awesome.  "Better than candy!"  exclaimed one young connoisseur.
The Antique Tractor Show had neary 30 participants.  A parade followed, ending at the Bow Tie Tavern on  Alpine Ave and Ten Mile. The event was was part of a fundraiser sponsored by the Bow Tie to raise money for Gilda's Club, a cancer victim support group.

Comstock Park shuts out Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE (WZZM) -- In a must-win game for both teams, the Comstock Park Panthers traveled to Coopersville to take on the Broncos Friday.

The Panthers up 20 at the half start the second half strong as Kevin McCarthy goes for 37-yards.  That would eventually set up Jake Brown to Zach Crittendon for an 11-yard touchdown connection.

Coopersville tried to make a comeback but Andrew Esjmont made the leaping pick to thwart that drive.  The Panter D played well all game as McCarthy came up with a big hit.

Comstock Park shut out the Broncos 27-0.

Fatal rollover crash in Alpine Twp.

ALPINE TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A woman is dead this afternoon after losing control of her vehicle and crashing on 7 Mile Road in Alpine Township.

The one-car crash happened about 3:00 p.m. after the woman lost control heading eastbound on 7 Mile Road near Walker Ave. NW.  Her vehicle rolled and she was ejected from the car.

45-year-old Julie Ann Clark, of Fruitport, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Arriving Soon!

Everybody at the Alpine Township Fire Department  as well as at Township Hall is anxiously waiting for the arrival of the new County Fire Engine.  If all goes as planned, it will arrive the first week in October. The truck is being assembled at Spencer Manufacturing, Grand Haven, Michigan.
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Business Watch

The Kent County Sheriff's Department is investigating several breaking and enterings to businesses that have occurred in the Alpine and Plainfield Township areas.  The suspects have been targeting businesses in these townships and breaking in in the early morning hours, usually between 2am and 4 am.  They gain entry by smashing out a window or door and grabbing what is visible.  Some of the businesses have had alarms but that did not stop them from quickly going in and grabbing items.

The suspect description is a white male of average build, approximately 6ft tall with no noticeable facial hair that is driving a white four door sedan. The vehicle is possible an older model white Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-632-6125 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. 

CPPS - Special community meeting to discuss 2011 bond issue

From: http://www.cppschools.com/

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

For the past few months, our Board of Education has been deliberating the possibility of asking our community for their support on a bond issue. In stepping back and analyzing the current and future needs of the district, five key areas began to move to the forefront. These areas are safety and security, technology, energy conservation, operational efficiencies, and transportation. These identified areas of need have led the Board to move forward with plans for a February 2011 bond issue.

I am cordially inviting you to a Community Meeting on Tuesday, September 28, to give input and share ideas on the scope, size, and nature of potential projects.

Alpine Township to Host Area Silent Nigtht Parade and Memorial Service during Fire Prevention Week

This years Area Silent Night Parade and Memorial Service will be hosted by Alpine Township and the Alpine Township Fire Department.  This annual event takes place on Thursday evening, October 7th, starting at 7:00 P.M. with a Memorial Service on the lawn of Alpine Township Center.  In case of inclemennt weather, the service will be moved inside.

The purpose of the memorial service is to pay tribute to all firefighters from the area who passed away last year.  The fire service is very dedicated to paying honor and respect to their fellow firefighters and their families.

Following the memorial service, fire departments will participate in a silent parade of fire trucks from the Alpine Township Center, through a part of the Westgate community, and completing the parade route at Fifth Third Ball Park.