Kadren Grawburg stands next to a “Pigging Out at the County Fair” poster, which is the theme of the upcoming Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Grawburg is the new 4-H coordinator for Montcalm County, where she oversees more than 600 youths and 200 adult volunteers. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

New Montcalm County 4-H coordinator is ready for fair week

Montcalm County’s 4-H coordinator loves the program so much she went to college specifically to be qualified for a job “in the 4-H world.”

Kadren Grawburg of Lakeview was hired as the county’s new 4-H coordinator this past January. A 4-H’er as a child, she earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and community development from Central Michigan University, where she also studied child psychology.

Blake Holmstead, 9, paddles to shore to win first place in the Pickle Docks boat race’s youth class. Holmstead and five other teams participated in the race as part of Lakeview’s five-day Summerfest Sesquicentennial celebration, which wrapped up on Saturday. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview community celebrates 150 years amid rain and sun

The five-day Sesquicentennial Summerfest celebration was met with heat during the week and rain on Saturday, but it didn’t stop Lakeview residents from enjoying the celebration and history of their village. For Lisa Oliver, the festival was important enough for her to drive up from the Kalamazoo area.

Dan Knapp and Melissa Stevens work together to pull a bench out of Tamarack Lake. The bench was one of several large items pulled from the lake in Lakeview during Saturday’s cleanup event. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview residents clean trash out of Tamarack Lake

Dodging poison ivy, leeches and snails, Lakeview residents committed their Saturday afternoon to cleaning up Tamarack Lake.

“I felt that the community completely came together and helped make this a special event that will only get better and better,” said Amber Treiber, co-organizer of the event. “Strong winds made it a little bit difficult to get some of the items out, but this was a great start.”

Trash has been gathering in Tamarack Lake in Lakeview. On Saturday, residents will have a chance to pick up trash in and around the lake as part of the first Tamarack Lake cleanup. — Courtesy photos

Lakeview residents to clean up Tamarack Lake

The village of Lakeview is named because of its picturesque location on Tamarack Lake. The lake provides residents with a great view and several recreational opportunities in the summer and winter.

Lakeview High School’s graduating class of 94 seniors toss their caps into the air at the conclusion of Sunday afternoon’s commencement ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Warm day, hot future: 94 graduate from Lakeview High School

Emotions and temperatures ran warm inside Cook Gymnasium on Sunday as 94 seniors graduated from Lakeview High School. Typically held outside at Kos Field, this year’s commencement ceremony took place indoors so seniors could feature a video they had created of class highlights. The afternoon was an emotional affair, as students and their loved ones recalled nearly two decades worth of memories, some bitter, but many sweet.

Mia McCrumb works on a presentation for Lakeview High School’s track banquet. McCrumb will graduate as one of Lakeview’s valedictorians, but she also focused on sports and extra-curricular activities so she could be a well-rounded student. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview valedictorian to attend U of M on full scholarship

In two short days, Mia McCrumb will graduate as one of Lakeview High School’s two valedictorians. Graduating at the top of her class is something Mia set her mind on four years ago when she completed eighth grade.

From left, Lakeview High School history club students Ella Royston, Rachel Evans and Jesse Miedema help VFW Post No. 3701 Adjutant Jessica Wright place flags around Lakeview Cemetery on Friday afternoon. Together, the students and veterans placed around 380 flags. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Veterans, students place flags at Lakeview Cemetery

Eighth- and ninth-grade history club students from Lakeview High School started their Memorial Day Celebration before school was out on Friday. The students along with eighth-grade history teacher James Perkins, ninth-grade history teacher Jen Rasmussen, Village Manager Shay Gallagher and a group of veterans from VFW Hough-Pontius Post No. 3701 set out to replace tattered flags alongside the headstones of veterans buried in Lakeview Cemetery.

Lakeview’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hough-Pontius Post 3701, on M-91, just south of M-46, is planning a Memorial Day parade for this coming weekend in the hopes of being more visible in the community. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Re-energized Lakeview VFW Post plans updates, parade

Stacey Roberts, Dan Duvall and Jessica Wright deployed together in 2004 with Greenville’s 1073rd National Guard Maintenance Company. Twelve years later, the trio has reconnected for a new mission: Save and revive Lakeview’s Hough-Pontius Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3701.

Lakeview High School students work together to plant trees along the perimeter of the tree-planting site. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview students plant 5,000 trees on school-owned property

Harley Kahl might not have gotten the warm and sunny day he was hoping for Tuesday, but he still was able to oversee more than 2,000 red pines being planted by his Lakeview High School classmates. “It was nice to see this happen,” the 17-year-old said. “I’m glad it’s finally happening.”

Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney Andrea Krause, Ionia County Prosecuting Attorney and I/M SAFE CAC Vice President Kyle Butler, Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams, Ionia County Intermediate School District Superintendent for Special Education and CAC Board Secretary Jim Loser, Mary Ellen Clery, Esther Combs, Tim Hemenway, Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller, and Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Michelle Seigo toured the I/M SAFE CAC facility on S. Sheridan Road (M-66) Friday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

State representatives tour area child advocacy center

State legislators on Friday toured a local facility focused on helping children tell their stories. Lawmakers including 70th District State Rep. Jim Lower, 87th District State Rep. Julie Calley and State Sen. Judy Emmons visited the Ionia/Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment (I/M SAFE) Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at 10260 S. Sheridan Road (M-66).