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Seven-acre corn maze in Grand Rapids area is 'woman' made

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Now that Labor Day has passed, it means the beginning of West Michigan's fall season --- including apple cider, and corn mazes. For the first time, a local farm has a seven-acre corn maze that's helping residents get "lost" in the season. But what makes it unique is that it has a feminine touch.

An Alpine Township farm has a corn maze so big, pilots are taking notice. But what you can't see from the air, is the women behind the maze. They're proving farming is not just for men.

Fall is in the air at the Dunneback Farms on Six Mile Rd. NW, but look around, and you'll be hard pressed to find a man.

Suanne Shoemaker and her girls run an all-women's farm. They left other occupations to run the family farm after the men passed away.

Suanne says, "You know women are doing a lot of different occupations nowadays. In fact, we want John Deere to paint us a pink tractor sometime soon."

Meet Penny Weller

Please meet Penny Weller.  Penny was recently appointed by the Kent County Board of Commissioners to represent the Townships of Alpine and Plainfield, and the City of Walker on the Kent County Library Board.  Penny is a resident of Alpine Township but received endorsements from George Meek, Supervisor of Plainfield  Charter Township,  Rob VerHeulen, Mayor of Walker, as well as from  Alex Arends, Supervisor of Alpine Township.  Penny has been spending a lot of time volunteering at Spectrum Health as well as for the Association for the Blind and Hearing Impaired.   She is currently the Treasurer of the Walker Lions Club.

Lane Closure Notification from MDOT

From: 9/7/2010, 9 AM To: 9/9/2010, 1 PM. 
M-37 (Alpine Ave.)Intersections at: 4 Mile, Alpenhorn Drive/Henze Drive, Menard Street, and Lamoreaux Drive.
There will be intermittent (20 Min.) lane closures on Tuesday, Sept. 7th, 8th and 9th between 9 AM and 1 PM, daily. Work will take place in each lane for approximately 20 min. for aerial cable installation.


Upcoming Events in Alpine Township

On September 11 and 12, 2010, Holy Trinity Parish, 1200 Alpine Church Road NW, will celebrate it's 35th annual ALPINE FESTIVAL. There will be Food, Refreshments, Entertainment, Live Music, Beer, Las Vegas Party, Sunday Bingo, and much more. Sunday is geared towards families with Kids Games, Bingo, 50/50 raffle, large inflatables, a Country Store and a Kiddie Tractor Pull. Of course there is also the famous Sunday BBQ chicken, mini raffles, and a Raffle with first prize of $8,000. This is a great event for the entire community. Here are some pictures from last year's event.

Perfect September Weather

We have been blessed with beautiful Sundays this summer and today was no exception. Another nice day to spend outside and for those stayed near home, a nice day to enjoy our parks and playgrounds. .

Recycling on the rise in Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- People in Kent County are recycling more since the county opened its new recycling center.  Public Services Director James Hurt says the amount of recycled waste in the first three weeks of August was 25% higher than the same time last year.

The county recently finished distributing 35,000 recycling bins for its new processing plant.  The facility sorts recyclables so residents do not have to. 

People say they are more willing to take part in the easier system.  Resident Beverly Reid says, "I see more people using them now that they've been delivered to everyone.  I see more of the bins out, the large rolling bins than I did see the smaller bins, so I think more people are utilizing them now which is a good thing."

Over the next few weeks crews will visit homes that they missed during the recycle bin drop-off.  They will also swap out bin sizes.

Police: Scam artist hit 21 Walmarts, travelled with his teenage kids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Kent County deputies say a con man was able to collect thousands of dollars in a phony merchandise return scam by pretending to be a firefighter.

"This person has been very active in Michigan," says Detective Sgt. Marc Burns of the Kent County Sheriff's Dept.

Investigators say 40-year-old Jeffrey Lowery of Wisconsin used his con to cheat stores in 21 Michigan municipalities over the last three weeks, including the Walmart store on Alpine Avenue in Alpine Township.

They say Lowery identifies himself as a lieutenant or other high-ranking officer and says he is picking up the money for merchandise returned by other firefighters who had to rush to an emergency before the refund was paid.