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Five teams take a lap around the Tamarack Two Miler endurance ice track to get a feel for the ice on Tamarack Lake in Lakeview.

Motorcyclists come out for Lakeview Winterfest attraction (PHOTOS)

This weekend may have felt like spring, but the pleasant weather didn’t stop Lakeview area residents and ice bikers from enjoying still frozen Tamarack Lake. Saturday’s weather did change the start time for the Tamarack Two Miler two-person endurance race to begin at 10 a.m., instead of the original noon time as part of the Lakeview Winterfest.

Lakeview Village Manager Shay Gallagher presents the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget at Monday night’s Village Council meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview’s yearly budget makes room for projects

For the past few months, Village Manager Shay Gallagher has been crunching numbers and planning for the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget.

Gallagher presented the budget proposal, complete with graphs and a list of themes to Lakeview Village Council on Monday night.

From left, Mark Kuzma, banking center manager; Holli Trevino, lead customer service representative; Lynett Jack, relationship banker; Abigail Deacons, customer service representative; Teri Kirby, customer service representative; and Ted Johnson, treasurer for Lakeview Ministerial Association, hold the $545 check Chemical Bank presented to the Lakeview Ministerial Association to sponsor February’s food truck. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Chemical Bank sponsors food truck in Lakeview

Every two months, the Lakeview Ministerial Association hosts a food truck from West Michigan Food Bank as part of its food pantry.

The food truck, which comes from the West Michigan Food Bank in Grand Rapids gets a bargain on the 5,000 pounds of food it delivers up to Lakeview, but the $545 charge is by no means cheap.

Lakeview Community Schools owns 80 acres of woods in Altona, which school staff and students haven’t used much in the past. They are planning on taking more field trips to the property thanks to a Wheels-to-Woods grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview High School senior applies for, receives DNR grant

Harley Kahl, 17, has been interested in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from a young age.

The Lakeview High School senior has participated and continues to participate in DNR programs, and he plans on attending Lake Superior State University to double major in criminal justice law enforcement and criminal justice homeland security with the possibility of becoming a DNR officer.

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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.