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The BEVRA-sponsored snowmobile race relocated to another site north of town for this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview. However, motorcycles put the track on Tamarack Lake to good use throughout the day. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Weather cooperates for Lakeview Winterfest

Organizers of this year’s Winterfest couldn’t have been happier with the weather Saturday. Like Goldilocks’ third try at pilfered porridge, it was not too hot and not too cold. The bevy of sleds turning out for the BEVRA Snowmobile Races and classic sled show had plenty of frozen liquid on which to race, but those taking part in the polar plunge were in no immediate danger of freezing solid upon exiting the water.

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Lakeview Middle School students hear why it’s ‘Cool to be Kind’

Life can be tough for kids in middle school. Stuck in that adolescent no-man’s land between childhood and the world of adults is often a confusing miasma of trying to fit in, trying to stand out and just trying to make it through another day of sixth grade. It’s all too easy for kids to make bad decisions. And often, when they do, they’re too emotionally inexperienced to find workable solutions to their problems.

The entire student body of Lakeview High School filled the gymnasium Friday for a farewell assembly for popular principal Gary Jensen. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Gary Jensen steps down as Lakeview High School principal

During his tenure as principal of Lakeview High School, Gary Jensen helped move the school from the state’s “dishonor roll” to one of the highest rated educational institutions in Michigan. Jensen has always been quick to credit the hard work of his fellow staffers and students for this transformation, but there’s little doubt it was Jensen’s guiding hand that made the change possible.

At around noon on Friday, the Maple Valley Township Fire Department responded to a barn fire at 15404 Coral Drive. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Coral barn fire quickly suppressed

The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was quick in suppressing a barn fire on Friday. At about 11:45 a.m, the fire department responded to a call at 15404 Coral Drive. The four firefighters on scene pulled out of the driveway by 12:25 p.m. with the fire completely extinguished.

The historic Lakeview Inn at 333 S. Lincoln Ave. in downtown Lakeview has been condemned — again. All residents living in the upstairs apartments have been given until Dec. 31 to leave the 120-year-old building. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Inn condemned again, residents must leave by Dec. 31

A 120-year-old building located in the heart of Lakeview has been condemned for the second time in three and a half years. The Lakeview Inn at 333 S. Lincoln Ave. was built in 1894 and has housed various businesses over the past century.

Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm is hoping to see a pocket park installed in the vacant lot, which was once home to the State Farm Insurance Building on the village main street. The park would provide easy access to a municipal parking lot and Tamarack Lake. If all goes according to plan, work on the project could begin this spring. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Converted alley space will connect Lakeview’s main street with lake

“There’s never anywhere to park!” This is a lament heard frequently in downtown Lakeview, particularly during village-wide events like Summerfest, Winterfest and holiday gatherings at McKenna’s Tavern (just try finding a spot on Lincoln Avenue after 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day).

Former Lakeview VFW Post Commander Jim Wood, left, and post member Wayne Youmans were on hand Friday at Lakeview High School to show off some of the 1,218 9-inch by 12-inch flags planted on school grounds in preparation for a planned Veterans Day celebration. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview area veterans honored with flag display

Every veteran who served in the U.S. military deserves recognition. That’s the driving philosophy of Jim Wood, former commander of the Hough-Pontius VFW Post 3701 in Lakeview.

The Virtual Learning Center in Lakeview typically provides hands-on study facilities to anywhere from three to 15 students simultaneously, though there is room for more. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Virtual Learning Center provides options for Lakeview students

In even the best school systems, some students fall through the cracks. Some schools offer alternative education programs, some don’t. Some of those programs are successful and some aren’t. Despite all efforts, each year schools are faced with a percentage of students who just can’t seem to make it through to graduation day. These are the students the Virtual Learning Center, which opened this year in Lakeview, seeks to help.

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Actor Tom Hiddleston thrills audience with performance at Wheatland festival

Loki can sing. Those who attended this weekend’s annual Wheatland Music Festival received an unexpected treat when British actor Tom Hiddleston made two surprise onstage appearances to sing songs by one of music’s most beloved and tragic figures.

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New Miss Trufant Jubilee overcomes her fears to win

Megan McPherson has always wanted to compete for the title of Miss Trufant Jubilee, but was too scared to try it. This year, she faced her fears and did it, and walked away with the title.

“It was one of those things that seemed pretty scary, but once I did it, I realized that my thinking that way was making it worse than it really was,” said the demure McPherson, 17, who was crowned Thursday night as the 35th Trufant Jubilee queen.