Mike Taylor

The Central Montcalm High School Marching Band’s new uniforms were purchased new at a total cost of $24,000. Of that amount, $12,000 was raised through a series of donations and fundraising activities. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm High School Marching Band debuts new uniforms

After more than a year of hard work, planning and dedication, Central Montcalm High School’s marching band finally looks as good as it sounds. Sporting new uniforms in public for the first time, the band performed a rousing halftime show at Thursday night’s football game.

Lakeview’s new Pocket Park as it looks today. Some cosmetic work remains to be done on the exterior walls of the building bracketing the park. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Village project is the latest step in putting the ‘lake’ in Lakeview

For decades, the village of Lakeview’s name has been something of a misnomer. There’s a lake there, sure, but — except for the handful of residents who actually live on Tamarack’s shores — it has gone mostly unseen and unnoticed.

This year’s Potato Festival Parade featured a large number of lovingly restored antique tractors. — Daily News/

Effort in Edmore’s Potato Festival ‘pays off’ for 2015

Organizers put a great deal of work into this year’s Potato Festival. This past weekend, that effort paid off in spades as hundreds of locals and visitors alike gathered to honor the noble tuber, a staple of the area’s economy for decades.

Danish Festival Band Director Keith Hudson leads the group during a performance Thursday evening at Tower Riverside Park in Greenville.  — Daily News/Mike Taylor

VIDEO: Danish Festival Band performs in park

The Danish Festival Band, led by Director Keith Hudson, leads the group during a performance Thursday evening at Tower Riverside Park in Greenville.

Cool temperatures and the threat of rain did little to dissuade the Tower Riverside Park audience from turning out in force.


Edmore’s Potato Fest ready to make a comeback

There was a time when the annual Potato Festival was a Really Big Deal. If organizer Sandy Jordan has her way, that’s going to be the case again, starting with this year’s festivities, which get underway today through Sunday.

Sunflower Bakery owner Virginia Hinton said she was attracted to Stanton because of the city’s healthy business environment. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton’s downtown steadily improves to attract business

If you haven’t been to Stanton in a while, you haven’t been to Stanton. In recent months, the city’s downtown has undergone something of a renaissance. Not only have new businesses come into town, they’ve thrived.

Trevor Rentschler, left, received a marching baritone, and Anthony Blazo a Sousaphone in the first purchase made with a gift from the Padden family to the Lakeview High School Band. — Courtesy photo

$15,000 donated to Lakeview High School band

A recent $100,000 donation from the Padden family to the Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) is already paying dividends to the village.


Village of Lakeview ‘sells’ the incorrect property

It was a simple mistake, but one that conceivably could have spelled trouble for this village, had it not been caught — literally — in the nick of time.

In January, the Lakeview Village Council voted to move forward with the sale of a property on Townline Lake that had previously been donated to the village by Wells Fargo. Proceeds from the sale were to have been used, potentially, for the purchase of new snow removal equipment.


Feeding America food truck will be in Lakeview on Thursday

About 58 percent of students attending Lakeview Community Schools qualify for free and reduced lunches. That equates to a lot of local families that could, from time to time, use a little assistance.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, that assistance will arrive at the old elementary school gym, 124 Sixth St. in the form of a Feeding America food truck.


JUST IN: Lakeview Schools accept $15,000 band donation

LAKEVIEW — If the high school band sounds just a little sweeter this coming fall, thank the Padden family and the $100,000 donation they made in July to the Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF). The donation was made by the family in honor of Larry and Pearl Padden, following the death of Larry, the family’s [...]