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Lena Rader Meijer, left, receives this year’s Quality of Life Award from last year’s recipient, longtime Lakeview resident Jim Wood. (The Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Community Fund dinner highlights Lakeview’s progress

Lakeview is on the move. That was the theme of this year’s Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) dinner Thursday evening at Lakeview High School.

Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm shows a scale model of a downtown clock he would like to see placed on Main Street sometime in the coming year. The clock is just one project the city is considering at this time. Others include an electronic sign and the re-establishment of the Downtown Development Authority. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton moves forward with DDA plans

This city’s plans for the establishment of a new Downtown Development Authority came one step closer to reality at Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Commission.

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen helped present the idea of a “social success coach” to Board of Education members at Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview schools talk ‘success coach’

Administrators at Lakeview Community Schools are making a concerted effort to help the system’s “at risk” students succeed, both academically and socially. Few avenues are being ignored when it comes to advancing the academic standing of the elementary, middle and high schools. In past years, the school has attempted to serve at risk students by hiring new teaching staff. This practice, according to Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, has not been entirely successful. The problem, he says, is that new teachers wind up dealing with all the same social problems as the old — poor attendance, lack of parental involvement, disruptive behavior.

The Virtual Learning Center in Lakeview typically provides hands-on study facilities to anywhere from three to 15 students simultaneously, though there is room for more. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Virtual Learning Center provides options for Lakeview students

In even the best school systems, some students fall through the cracks. Some schools offer alternative education programs, some don’t. Some of those programs are successful and some aren’t. Despite all efforts, each year schools are faced with a percentage of students who just can’t seem to make it through to graduation day. These are the students the Virtual Learning Center, which opened this year in Lakeview, seeks to help.

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Glow Run returning to Belding on Oct. 10

Next Friday, runners and walkers will light up the night while providing desperately needed funding for cancer research.

The fourth annual Day to Believe and 5K Glow Run/Walk, sponsored by the B Foundation, is set for 10 p.m. Oct. 10 at Rudness Field. The event will get underway immediately following the high school’s PINK game.

Michigan’s deer population in Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties are healthy and hunters should have good success this hunting season, according to Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

WOODS and WATER: Deer hunting outlook is good for upcoming season

Michigan deer hunters across the state and region will have plenty to shoot at this season — this according to John Niewoonder of the Flat River State Game Area Field Office in Belding.

Last year, more than 28,000 food items were distributed to 18 food pantries throughout Montcalm County during the annual Montcalm Challenge Food Drive. The annual effort to benefit local food pantries is hosting a fundraiser Saturday at the Greenville Optimist Camp. — File photo

Montcalm Challenge Food Drive to host Saturday morning fundraiser

Whether you’re a fitness buff or the sort likely to plow through a morning plate of pancakes (or both), you’ll have the opportunity to do some good for area food pantries beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Greenville Optimist Camp. That’s when the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive will host a fundraiser to benefit 18 pantries county-wide.

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Mid Michigan Motorplex races helps local Toys for Tots fundraising

For well over a decade, Mary Ledford, of Mid Michigan Motorplex, has been hosting an annual race to help support Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots program. On good years, the effort has raised as much as $2,000; bad years have brought in as little $500. But every race has gone a long way toward brightening the Christmas mornings of the county’s neediest children.

Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws and City Manager Jake Eckholm discussed several possible municipal improvement ideas with commissioners at Tuesday’s regular City Commission meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton City Commission turns to downtown improvements

New City Manager Jake Eckholm has been busy during his first few weeks on the job and is already formulating plans for various improvements around the town. At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the city commission, he laid out some of those plans.

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Former Montcalm County sheriff dies in Florida

A former Montcalm County sheriff, a man who dedicated most of his adult life to law enforcement, died Aug. 29 in Sun City Center, Fla. Thomas Hebert was 83 years old.