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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.

Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, right, reports on plans for the 2015-2016 school year as School Board President Edward Jonaitis listens during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Andrews

Lakeview may go back to school early

Staff and students at Lakeview Community Schools may go back to school as early as Aug. 31 this year. The Lakeview school board heard plans regarding an earlier start to the school year, as well as an update about the balanced calendar concept, during Monday’s regular meeting.

Student volunteers wait their turn to start digging in at Wiseman Park. The Lakeview Middle School fifth-graders planted 65 red oak, red maple and white paper birch trees at the park as part of a community beautification program funded by a grant from the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview’s Wiseman Park gets improvements

Wiseman Park, located on the northwest side of town, has for time out of mind been little more than a scraggly, weed-infested field. Although maintained regularly by the Lakeview Department of Public Works, it has been, in essence, a plot of land looking for a purpose.

Caleb Martz is the new assistant principal and athletic director for Lakeview High School. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

New Lakeview High School admin takes on double duty

The last few weeks have seen a change in administration for Lakeview High School students and staff with the hiring of Caleb Martz as the new assistant principal and athletic director. Students, staff and Martz himself are all looking forward to what the future holds for Lakeview and what Martz can bring.

Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm, left, and members of the Village Council listen to local contractor Kevin Griffith, standing, right, at Monday’s regular meeting. The council awarded Griffith a contract for the construction of a pocket park in downtown Lakeview, as well as other village improvements.  Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview Village Council goes local for pocket park contractor

Members of the Village Council voted Monday to go local when it comes to contractors for an upcoming park project, even if it means spending a little more money. The project includes a new downtown “pocket park” that will connect Lincoln Avenue to a completely renovated parking area on the east side of the businesses located there. The project also calls for the paving of Lake Drive from Fifth Street to the Tamarack Lake outlet.

Dave Hornak, principal of Horizon Elementary School in Holt and future executive director of the National Association for Year-Round Education, speaks about the benefits of a balanced calendar for school education during a Montcalm County School Boards Association meeting Monday in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local schools weigh balanced calendar vs. traditional calendar

When reflecting on one’s elementary and secondary education today, most people probably reach the same idea about how and when they attended school. They started in early autumn, finished in late spring, and enjoyed a lengthy summer vacation.

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Steeplechase Tool & Die expansion could lead to new jobs in Lakeview

A new piece of equipment being installed at Steeplechase Tool & Die could eventually spell new jobs for the village. According to Steeplechase co-owner Tim Caverley, the new 1,600-ton press will be used as a “try-out” press to test dies manufactured at the plant. At present, the press is essentially installed in a soon-to-be completed addition to the plant at 9307 Howard City-Edmore Road, though some electrical work must be completed before it becomes operational.

The BEVRA-sponsored snowmobile race relocated to another site north of town for this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview. However, motorcycles put the track on Tamarack Lake to good use throughout the day. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Weather cooperates for Lakeview Winterfest

Organizers of this year’s Winterfest couldn’t have been happier with the weather Saturday. Like Goldilocks’ third try at pilfered porridge, it was not too hot and not too cold. The bevy of sleds turning out for the BEVRA Snowmobile Races and classic sled show had plenty of frozen liquid on which to race, but those taking part in the polar plunge were in no immediate danger of freezing solid upon exiting the water.

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Lakeview Middle School students hear why it’s ‘Cool to be Kind’

Life can be tough for kids in middle school. Stuck in that adolescent no-man’s land between childhood and the world of adults is often a confusing miasma of trying to fit in, trying to stand out and just trying to make it through another day of sixth grade. It’s all too easy for kids to make bad decisions. And often, when they do, they’re too emotionally inexperienced to find workable solutions to their problems.

The entire student body of Lakeview High School filled the gymnasium Friday for a farewell assembly for popular principal Gary Jensen. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Gary Jensen steps down as Lakeview High School principal

During his tenure as principal of Lakeview High School, Gary Jensen helped move the school from the state’s “dishonor roll” to one of the highest rated educational institutions in Michigan. Jensen has always been quick to credit the hard work of his fellow staffers and students for this transformation, but there’s little doubt it was Jensen’s guiding hand that made the change possible.