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JUST IN: Community garden going strong in Lakeview

The new community garden, which only got underway last month in the village, is already attracting “gentleman” (and lady) farmers anxious to try their hand at growing fruits and vegetables, an update heard at a regular meeting of the Lakeview Village Council Monday evening.

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Students from the Virtual Learning Center wait patiently for their diplomas at commencement exercises Tuesday evening. This year’s graduating class included 55 students from Greenville, Central Montcalm, Ionia, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg school systems. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

55 virtual learners get diplomas

If you build it they will come. It worked for Kevin Costner in the movie, “Field of Dreams” and it seems to be working for the Berrien Springs Public Schools & Success Virtual Learning Center, which graduated its class of 2015 on Tuesday evening at Greenville High School.

Vestaburg High School graduated 58 seniors at this year’s commencement, held Sunday afternoon at the high school. Pictured are Vestaburg graduates awaiting the beginning of the ceremony. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Vestaburg graduates consider ‘the places they will go’

This year’s valedictorian at Vestaburg High School, Jacob Young, relied heavily on a doctor’s advice during his address to the graduating class of 2015 on Sunday afternoon — Dr. Seuss. That advice, from the children’s book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” — though originally intended for youngsters — applies admirably to graduates moving on to college or careers.

Lakeview author Dallas Lincoln has published several novels in recent years. His most recent, “Eagle Feather, Boy Chief,” is now available at Robbins Book List in Greenville. The story is a continuation of a story published several years ago about life on Tamarack Lake in the 1800s. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview author Lincoln pens sequel

Author Dallas Lincoln is back again with the latest installment in his “Eagle Feather” story, a fictionalized history of what life might have been like along the banks of Tamarack Lake during the time of white encroachment of what had until then been Native American land. “Eagle Feather, Boy Chief” picks up the story begun in Lincoln’s earlier novel, “Eagle Feather and Louise.” That book chronicled a time in the mid-1800s, during the height of Michigan’s logging days.

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Lakeview senior overcomes health issues to pursue her dreams

Life in a small town is what you make it. It’s a matter of who you choose as friends, which activities you choose to participate in; in short, you get out of it what you put into it. That’s the philosophy of Kennedy Cogswell, who recently put in her last day as a senior at Lakeview High School.

Edye Evans, voted West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year in 2011, is just one of several acts performing at this year’s Music in the Park concert series at Lakeside Park in Lakeview. The Wednesday evening series gets underway July 1 with vocal jazz from Michigan native Claudia Schmidt. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview concert series just keeps getting better

It seems nearly every town has some sort of summertime concert series these days. After all, what’s not to like about free music in a bucolic, temperate setting?

But few of these musical offerings compare with the acts presented this year at Lakeview’s Music in the Park concert series. The surprisingly diverse lineup includes several nationally recognized acts, renowned recording artists and a few West Michigan favorites.

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Stanton’s financial future looks promising

Financially, Stanton is in even better shape than it really needs to be, according to City Manager Jake Eckholm. At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Stanton City Commission, commissioners reviewed and approved the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The outlook is fairly positive.

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JUST IN: Blight ordinances adopted by Stanton City Commission

STANTON — The City Commission approved several new ordinances at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting. Three of the four ordinances center around the city’s blight problem, which City Manager Jake Eckholm called “alarming.” The ordinances will allow city staffers to go onto derelict properties to determine levels of non-compliance. In some cases, the city could request [...]

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Tri County’s 149 graduates ‘braver than you believe’

A fresh crop of Tri County High School students celebrated years of academics, sports and extracurricular activities at commencement exercises Thursday evening at the school. The graduating class of 2015 saw 149 students cross the stage to receive diplomas.

Roots music and dance will be the focus of an upcoming weeklong camp at the Wheatland Music Organization’s grounds in Remus. The camp includes camping, food, showers, workshops and concerts. — Courtesy photo

Wheatland Music Organization offers music and dance camp

There are few groups more dedicated to preserving and promoting the “roots arts” than is the Wheatland Music Organization. For decades, Wheatland has presented concerts, classes, workshops and — during the first week of September each year — what has become the state’s premier outdoor roots music and arts festival.