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Lakeview offers peer mentoring program

Lakeview Middle School speech and language pathologist Holly Bennet and social worker Kathy Hewett are teaming up to offer a peer-to-peer mentoring program. The duo is working with a male and female group of sixth-graders to teach, implement and reinforce social and language skills they would typically learn during speech and language or social work programs.

The dock at Lakeside Park could see the addition of a universally accessible kayak launch through a future Lakeview Downtown Development Authority project. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview DDA receives final lakeshore development plans

After eight months of meetings, public input and designing, a shoreline development plan was presented to the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday night. Matthew Levandoski, a landscape architect with Prein & Newhof, a Grand Rapids-based civil engineering company, and his colleague Kim Jongsma, an urban planning and public outreach specialist, presented six areas of development they designed.

Lakeview Clerk and Finance Director Pam Main and new Village Manager Shay Gallagher review budget notes in preparation for the village’s upcoming budget. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview’s new village manager Shay Gallagher feels right at home

During Shay Gallagher’s interview for Lakeview village manager, he told the Village Council he planned to hit the ground running. Since accepting the position and starting the job less than one month ago, that’s exactly what he has done.

Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview, at right, was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners by his colleagues during Tuesday morning’s organizational meeting. Also pictured is Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, at left. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County BOC switches to night meetings for more attendance

If your New Year’s resolutions included attending more Montcalm County Board of Commissioner meetings — but you work a day job — you’re in luck.

Commissioners voted 8-1 during Tuesday’s annual organizational meeting to start meeting at 6 p.m. each month for full board meetings, instead of the usual 1:30 p.m. meeting time. All full board meetings take place the fourth Monday of each month.

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Four area fire departments now installing smoke detectors for free

Teaming up with the American Red Cross, four local fire departments are on a mission to ensure all its residents have working smoke detectors. Montcalm Township, Belvidere Township, Maple Valley Township and Lakeview District fire departments have agreed to install smoke detectors provided by the American Red Cross in their residents’ homes.

After the closure of recycling centers in Howard City and Montcalm Township, Lakeview’s recycling center (on the southwest corner of 2nd and Washington streets) has seen an overflow of recyclable materials. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview Village Council tackling recycling change

In September, Recycle World in Montcalm Township discontinued service, and on Dec. 5, Howard City’s recycling center closed as well. Now, Lakeview has started discussing future plans for its recycling center at the southwest corner of the village parking lot by Lakeview Post Office at 2nd and Washington streets. Since the closure of the Howard City and Montcalm Township recycling centers, there has been heavier use — and more dumping — at Lakeview’s recycling center.

Students of Lakeview High School’s leadership class (student government) headed a donation drive to collect items for the Blue Star Mothers to create care packages for deployed soldiers from Nov. 11-30 to be shipped out today. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview High School collects 2,000+ items to send to soldiers

Blue Star Mothers Michigan President Kathy Barnes addressed Lakeview High School students at a Veterans Day rally asking them to use November to conduct a donation drive for items to go to deployed soldiers. Students at Lakeview responded to the request wholeheartedly, collecting more than 2,000 items.

Fox DeWitt, 11, from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School inspects a toy car during a Toys for Tots shopping trip at Meijer on Tuesday. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Middle school students go shopping for Toys for Tots

Sixteen middle school students skipped class to go shopping and eat pizza … for Montcalm County Toys for Tots.

The students from Greenville Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Vestaburg Middle/High School were excused from class Tuesday and allowed to go to Meijer and Walmart in Greenville to pick out toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, right, welcomes Shay Gallagher to Lakeview as the new village manager at a special Lakeview Village Council meeting Monday night. Lakeview and Stanton have parted ways regarding their prior shared manager agreement. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview hires Gallagher as full-time village manager

When Stanton decided to end a shared manager arrangement with Lakeview last week, Lakeview officials knew they would have to consider new options. The Lakeview Village Council held a special meeting Monday night to offer Shay Gallagher, currently the deputy supervisor of Algoma Township, a full-time job as Lakeview’s village manager.

Lakeview Police Chief and Interim President Darin Dood, right, and Village President Ed Winter discuss the possibility of Dood serving as dual village manager and police chief for Lakeview. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview interviews 2 finalists for manager job

Lakeview and Stanton have been without a manager since September, when Jake Ekholm left for another job.

During Monday night’s Lakeview Village Council meeting, the council interviewed the two finalists a search committee had narrowed down from 14 applicants.