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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.

Steeplechase Tool & Die is one of the properties that could eventually be part of the village of Lakeview if plans for an annexation reach fruition. Currently, the parcels under consideration lie outside the southwest borders of the village and in Cato Township. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview could annex, develop new parcels

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.

Lakeview Police Officer Jeffrey Campbell, far right, takes a moment to speak to youths in the parking lot of Tamarack District Library on Friday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Police work a ‘collaborative effort’ in Lakeview and Stanton

“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.

Lakeview Middle School staff and students pose for a really big group picture before the start of a Friday afternoon assembly. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Middle School hosts pay it forward assembly

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.

Ron Imhoff of Trufant races his bike around the slick surface of Tamarack Lake. About two dozen bikers participated in Saturday’s races at the Lakeview Winterfest. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Winterfest fun for all despite sun and mud (PHOTOS)

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.

Construction is underway at the future home of Byrne Electrical Specialists on Tamarack Lake in Lakeview. A $160,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant was awarded to Byrne by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. with the understanding that Byrne will add at least 32 new full-time jobs in Lakeview. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Byrne Electrical Specialists construction on track in Lakeview

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 nondescript, unmarked Amble Fire Department building is located kitty corner from the Amble Road House bar in Winfield Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

After non-response to fire calls, Amble Fire Department facing hazy future

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.