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Homecoming Weekend in Comstock Park

If you're seeing people dressed in green and gold, chances are they are showing their Panther Pride for Homecoming 2010!  Today wraps up spirit week in the schools with students encouraged to dress in Comstock Park logo apparel. The annual Homecoming parade starts at 6pm tonight at the intersection of 4 Mile Rd and West River Drive and will proceed north on West River to Division Avenue.  Following the parade, the Panthers will take on the Cedar Springs Red Hawks at 7pm at the Comstock Park High School football field at 150 Six Mile Rd.  Go Panthers!

Picnic at Alpine Township Center

The picnic table located on the grass behind Township hall gets plenty of use by the public.  Seen  today was the Lycklama family from Grandville.  Bryan Lycklama works nearby and his wife drove in with their sons to enjoy a family picnic.  From the smiles on everyone's face, it's plain to see that it was a very happy event.


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.

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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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.

Boyd School Reunion

Several dozen graduates of Boyds school met today at the Alpine Township Historic Hall and Museum as part of a school reunion sponsored by the Alpine Township Historic Society.  This one room school house housed students for over a hundred years, opening its doors in 1858 and permanently closing in the 1960s.  READ MORE


National POW/MIA Day

Alpine Township was one of many communities in the Greater Grand Rapids area that passed proclamations declaring September 17 2010 as Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day.  Leaders from these communities were on hand at a special ceremony conducted at the chapel of the Grand Rapids Veteran's Home in North Park.  There are currently 361 Michigan military men and women still  unaccounted for or missing from the Korea conflict, 53 from the Vietnam conflict, 4 from the cold war, and 1 from Iraq.  READ MORE