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.
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.
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.
“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.
The village may soon be growing. At Monday’s regular meeting, the Lakeview Village Council took a first tentative step toward increasing the village’s geographic footprint.
“Things are different than they used to be.” That statement — simple, self-evident and recently stated by Lakeview’s Police Chief Darin Dood — packs a lot of truth into eight words.
One year ago, a Lakeview family woke up to smoke filling their home. It was Feb. 22, 2015, a cold morning. The family of nine was sleeping in the living room, because the back bedrooms weren’t heated. One of the children got up to get a glass of water around 2:30 a.m. She noticed thick smoke and went to get get her father out of bed.
Muddy parking conditions and a thawing lake didn’t keep people away from Saturday’s Lakeview Winterfest. They just put on their boots and slogged through the swampy parking lot to the edge of Tamarack Lake, where they enjoyed watching wet motorcycle racing on the lake and a snowmobile show on the shore.
This winter’s mild weather has been a friend to construction workers, including the site of the future home of Byrne Electrical Specialists in Lakeview.
Rockford-based Byrne — a power and data-solutions manufacturer and supplier — is expanding operations by constructing a new manufacturing facility and collaborative workspace on Tamarack Lake, the same property once home to America’s largest pickle salting station.
The future is uncertain for Winfield Township’s fire department. The Amble Fire Department didn’t answer tones from Montcalm County Central Dispatch for several fire calls last year, leaving some local officials wondering if the time has come for a new approach to fighting fires.