Mike Taylor

Michigan Works and Montcalm Community College hosted a job fair Monday for those interested in careers with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Corrections officer Eric Riggs demonstrates some of the equipment prison guards use during the course of an average workday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Jobseekers learn about corrections department

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. On Monday, about 120 candidates gathered at Montcalm Community College (MCC) to learn more about what it takes to be a Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) officer.

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Lakeview building could get new emergency power, warning siren

This village has what could be called a “troubled” history with electricity. Though outages are far from an everyday occurrence, it’s not uncommon to find a portable generator tucked away in the pole barns and garages of many residents here.

Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm is hoping to see a pocket park installed in the vacant lot, which was once home to the State Farm Insurance Building on the village main street. The park would provide easy access to a municipal parking lot and Tamarack Lake. If all goes according to plan, work on the project could begin this spring. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Converted alley space will connect Lakeview’s main street with lake

“There’s never anywhere to park!” This is a lament heard frequently in downtown Lakeview, particularly during village-wide events like Summerfest, Winterfest and holiday gatherings at McKenna’s Tavern (just try finding a spot on Lincoln Avenue after 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day).

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Lakeview building could get new emergency power, warning siren

This village has what could be called a “troubled” history with electricity. Though outages are far from an everyday occurrence, it’s not uncommon to find a portable generator tucked away in the pole barns and garages of many residents here. Most storm-related outages last only hours, or even minutes. But there have been cases in recent history which have gone on for days.

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Lakeview joins Montcalm Economic Alliance

In recent months, many communities have banded together in an effort to change Montcalm County’s economic fortunes. On Monday, Lakeview became one of these when the Lakeview Village Council approved a three-year commitment to the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

A new snowfall, like the one which fell Monday evening in Lakeview, can be beautiful to look at, but in the future it could also prove costly to village residents who don’t comply with a new snow removal ordinance being considered by the Lakeview Village Council. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview considers winter sidewalk ordinance

One way or another, the sidewalks of Lakeview will be clear of snow following the next winter blast. The preferred method, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, would be if residents just picked up the shovel and did the job themselves.

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JUST IN: Lakeview Council considers new snow ordinance

The Village Council is considering a new snow ordinance that would “put some bite” in the municipality’s ability to fine residents and business owners who do not keep their sidewalks shoveled. Championed by recently-hired Village Manager, Jake Eckholm, the ordinance would provide for ticketing of non-compliant residents, who would then have 48 hours to remove [...]

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Stanton looks to future with Montcalm Economic Alliance

This city took another step toward improving its economic condition last week when members of the Stanton City Commission voted to extend their affiliation with the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

Already contracted with the organization for one year, commissioners opted to continue the contract for three years at a cost of $2,500 per year.

Stanton city officials hope to have a new downtown clock, similar to one installed this past year in the village of Sheridan, by next fall. Fundraising efforts are currently underway. About 1/4 of the $20,000 needed for the project has already been raised. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton’s clock project a symbol of community involvement

Does anyone really know what time it is? Come next October or shortly thereafter, in this city, they will. That’s assuming a current effort to raise funding for the installation of a new downtown clock is successful. And according to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, there’s no reason to believe it won’t be.

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Stanton may offer sidewalk snow removal

A proposed master plan and snow removal were the chief topics of Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Stanton City Commission.

Commissioners debated the merits, and related expense, of updating the city’s master plan. According to City Manager Jake Eckholm, a new master plan is long overdue and the cost estimate provided by Rowe Engineering is in line with similar firms.