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Local Rotarians Help Provide Clean Water by Drilling a Well

Local Rotarians Help Provide Clean Water by Drilling a Well

Rotarians believe in "Service Above Self" and that service is not restricted to the local communities but extends world wide.  That was recently demonstrated when the Cedar Springs, Comstock Park and Sparta Rotaries paid for a clean water well for residents in a small community near Aca Jutla, El Salvador. They also helped sponsor a team of local Rotarians to help with the installation of the well and the training of hygiene a few weeks ago. 

Comstock Park Rotarians Todd Vanden Toorn, wife Patti, Dan Clark, wife Ellen and Sparta Rotarian Lou Knooihuizen  were on hand Thursday to give a first hand account of their experiences.  The group worked through an organization called "Living Water International" which has completed more than 10,000 water projects for communities in 26 countries. 783 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water.

Walker to address Sidewalk Issue on Alpine Ave NW

Walker to address Sidewalk Issue on Alpine Ave NW

Walker has some plans for part of this year’s Federal Community Block Grant Funds; they are hoping to make Alpine Avenue much better connected for pedestrian traffic.

Sidewalks on Alpine, near the I-96 expressway, cause problems for people walking or in motorized wheel chairs. At present time, the sidewalk on the northwest side of the expressway ends at Logan’s and on the south end, at 3 Mile.

It may take close to a year to even come up with a design to connect sidewalks because of the off/on ramps. After coming up with a plan and design, Walker City Engineer Scott Connors said, “then the Michigan Department of Transportation has to approve the design before anything more can be done.”

It is surprising how many people walk over the expressway, dodging traffic as they walk along.

City Bus Service returns to Walker City Hall Complex

City Bus Service returns to Walker City Hall Complex

City bus service to the Walker City Hall complex has been restored after nine years. Bus #7 stops by this area every half hour and runs 5 days a week, including evenings, Monday through Friday. Weekend bus service is not available.

This service is of great benefit to people using the Walker library, the courts and the fitness center.

Walker City Commissioner, Chuck Deschaine said “Now that bus service has been restored, we have to find a way to provide bus service to our industrial parks and other areas of the city that are not currently being served.” He also noted that evening bus service gives residents the opportunity to attend city commission meetings as well.

Rapid bus routes and information can be found at: www.ridetherapid.org.

Comstock Park Community Outreach Planning Session

Members of the Comstock Park Community Outreach Committee spent  Tuesday morning learning about issues facing our community.  Representatives from Comstock Park School, Alpine Township, York Creek Apartments and numerous churches and community non profit organizations were briefed by Comstock Park Schools Superintendent Ethan Ebensten.  Based on some of the  statistics Ethan provided, 3 issues surfaced to the forefront that the committee wishes to focus on this year:

Alpine Township on Receiving End of Eagle Scout Project

Alpine Township on Receiving End of Eagle Scout Project

When Greg Brill approached officials at Alpine Township about looking for a project to complete in his quest to become an Eagle Scout, it was almost a no brainer.  The playground at the Alpine Township Recreational Complex was in need of a park bench  as well as shade.  Providing a place to sit will certainly be appreciated by the parents whose young children use the facility.

On Saturday Greg, accompanied by family members and his scout master installed a bench for adults, a bench for children, and planted a shade tree.  What seemed like a simple task turned out to be quite the challenge...

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Eat lunch at Dwight Lydell Park

Eat lunch at Dwight Lydell Park

COMSTOCK PARK - Need a break at lunch?  Eat outside at Dwight Lydell Park in Comstock Park.

Located right in downtown CP, the park has at least five restaurants surrounding it - Mad Dogz, R&R Cafe, Park View Cafe, Mill Creek Tavern, and Vitales. 

Playgrounds, two picnic shelters, a walking trail, and plenty of picnic tables make for a nice relaxing time.

Nite Lites Holiday Light Show Set to Kickoff its 14th Season at Fifth Third Ballpark

Nite Lites Holiday Light Show Set to Kickoff its 14th Season at Fifth Third Ballpark

News Release:

COMSTOCK PARK, MI -- Christmas light displays are being set-up around Fifth Third Ballpark in preparation for the Nite Lites annual holiday lights display, which is set to return to the ballpark for the 14th season. Michigan's largest Christmas light display will open to the public this Saturday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. and runs nightly from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. through January 1.

The drive-through Nite Lites display is over a mile long and includes more than 40 life-size animated figures, lighted trees and tunnels. Synchronized lights give life to a waving Frosty, a five-car train full of gifts, Santa carrying a huge sack of presents, Santa and his nine reindeer (a 160-foot long display), Santa bowling, and of course Santa pitching a baseball to an elf who hits it out of the park - every time.