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Trufant Jubilee Queen Ashley Lee and her court will represent Trufant at the Trufant Jubilee festival this upcoming weekend. Pictured are, front row from left, Pre-Teen Kia Reyburn, Lee and Princess Jayden Gibbons; back row from left, Pre-Teen court Member Melissa Mckinley, Pre-Teen Court Member Brooklyn Bommer and Pre-Teen court member Lia Huizinga. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant teenager crowned Jubilee queen

Last year, Ashley Lee considered trying out for the Trufant Jubilee Queen’s Pageant. She decided it was too late in the process to jump in and opted to wait one year.

When the Trufant teen entered this year’s contest, she learned she was the only contestant.

Brigham Funeral Chapel, DeWitt Lumber and The Lincoln Agency are three of the 14 businesses a proposed annexation would include. Forty-one properties are included in the proposed area. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview Village Council moves forward with township annexation

After six months of planning and reconfiguring, Lakeview is moving forward with a proposed annexation of multiple properties in Cato Township. The annexation would include all properties on M-46 from M-91 to Youngman Road, known as the 46th corridor.

The Amble Fire Department’s original 1948 International fire truck sits in a barn at Dale Ulrich’s farm in Winfield Township. The truck has 2,663 miles on it, along with original tires, hoses and wooden ladder. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Amble’s final siren: Winfield Township dissolves fire department

The Amble Fire Department has long had beneficial working relationships with neighboring fire departments. When the Amble Creamery caught fire on Oct. 19, 1942, due to a combustion in the boiler and tool room, the fire spread to the roof of the nearby town hall. Firefighters from Howard City, Lakeview, Coral and Cedar Springs battled the stubborn blaze for two hours. Local volunteers carried water in milk cans by the truckload to help fight the fire.

Former Lakeview High School principal Gary Jensen, at right, smiles June 5 as the graduating seniors of Lakeview High School’s class of 2016 repeat a mantra he taught them years ago: “I love Mr. Jensen, and Mr. Jensen loves me.” — File photo

Former Lakeview High School principal appointed CEO of 4 Detroit schools

The words came to Gary Jensen in the middle of a difficult school assembly as he strived to capture the attention of distracted and struggling students. “I love Mr. Jensen, and Mr. Jensen loves me.”

Children enjoy riding horses at the 2015 Lakeview Summerfest. This year’s Summerfest starts today and continues through Saturday.  — File photo

‘Embracing the lake’ at Lakeview Summerfest

Tamarack Lake will be the star of the show at this weekend’s Lakeview Summerfest. The 330-acre body of water will host two new events this year — a raft race Saturday morning and an airplane fly-in Saturday evening. Summerfest gets underway today and continues through Saturday.

Lakeview High School’s gradating class of 2016 throws their caps into the air at the conclusion of Sunday’s commencement ceremony.

‘We made it’: 87 seniors graduate from Lakeview High School (PHOTOS)

Sean Rinehart works double duty at Lakeview High School as an English teacher and the football coach. As the keynote speaker of Lakeview’s graduation on Sunday, he seemed just as home speaking to the class of 2016 as he does firing up his football players on the field.

An original Amble Fire Department helmet is on display in a glass case at Winfield Township Hall. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Amble Fire Department may soon be history

A black helmet with “Amble Fire Dept.” written in white across the brim is behind glass in a display case at Winfield Township Hall. The helmet is a relic from the early days of the fire department. The present day fire department is about to become a piece of history too.

Lakeview’s new website will offer many amenities missing from the village’s current site. These include online bill pay, email contact forms and downloadable village documents or ordinances.

New $6,500 Lakeview website will offer more village options

The village will soon be getting an attractive new online “front end” in the form of an updated and greatly expanded website. The Lakeview Village Council voted Tuesday to award a $6,500 contract for the website’s development to City Web Central Website Design in Rockford. According to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, the new website will offer residents far more features than the municipality’s current website.

Lakeview High School freshman Cade Oberlin, left, decided to pass on a class ring he’d won from Josten’s to fellow student Angel Taylor. Although the two swim in different social circles, Angel says they have been “friend-ish” since grade school. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School student re-gifts his class ring

Cade Oberlin is one of the popular kids. A freshman at Lakeview High School, Cade typically scores A’s in his classes; he speaks with the casual confidence of a junior senator from Minnesota; it’s almost a given he serves on the student class council. Cade’s self-deprecating manner rings true.

CCI Greenheart Regional Manager Lisa Jensen, left, helps place students like these from around the world with local host families. The goal of the program is to increase cultural understanding between countries. — Courtesy photo

Exchange student program a local success in culture

“If you want the people to understand you, invite them to your life and let them see the world from your window!” These words, from Turkish novelist Mehmet Murat Ildan, elegantly sum up the philosophy behind student exchange organization CCI Greenheart.