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Four large bays have been added to a former church gymnasium, soon to reopen as Belvidere Township’s new firehouse. Concrete approaches will soon be added and firefighters should be able to relocate to the facility by early June. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belvidere Township to benefit from newly constructed fire building

Firefighters in this township tend to stand up for their meetings. It’s not that they’re anxious to be somewhere else — it’s just that in the firehouse, there’s literally no room to sit down, except perhaps on the bumpers and running boards of the crammed-together firefighting vehicles. The current structure is simply too small for the department’s needs.

The Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school districts are teaming up in launching a food program for students in need. The program will provide a dinner Monday through Friday and a snack for the weekend for students who qualify. Pictured is Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events for both the Montcalm and Ionia ISDs. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

School program will provide meals to ‘food insecure’ children

Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”

The snowmobile first gained popularity in the 1950s. Sleds from the past 50 years were on display Saturday at the Winterfest snowmobile show in Lakeview. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Classic sleds highlight Lakeview Winterfest

Nature took its toll on this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview, held Saturday. Many planned events were canceled because, ironically, of both warm weather and cold.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

Montcalm Alliance looking to move forward after setbacks

The Montcalm Alliance may have been in the news lately regarding a failed millage proposal that never even went to a vote, but in the meantime, the Alliance’s executive director has been staying busy working to assist local businesses.

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BREAKING NEWS: County Line Farms building destroyed in Trufant-area fire

An early-morning fire destroyed the main building at County Line Farms at 13202 22 Mile Road in Spencer Township near Trufant. The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene after the fire was reported around 6:45 a.m. Fire Chief Dan Kain said the building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

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Historic Lakeview home gets new address, new life as a bed and breakast

When you move a house the size of the old Kazmer place, you don’t rush the job. The historic home, which stood for decades at 432 S. Lincoln Ave., rolled Wednesday toward its new location at 220 E. 4th St., across from the Lakeview Wellness Center.

Lakeview High School junior Kennedy Cogswell, 16, is spearheading a project, coined “Courage 4-H Pillow Project,” which will result in more than 600 pillows for patients and residents at local hospitals and senior homes. Cogswell is hosting an event at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Township Hall and is asking anyone willing to donate time or materials to participate in putting together the final couple of hundred pillows to be donated. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Lakeview teen looking for help in sewing pillows for patients

It’s taken hours upon hours of cutting, sewing and stuffing, and there is still plenty more to do. The goal for one Lakeview teenager is to make 550 pressure pillows to be distributed to community hospitals and nursing homes.

Drivers with the Road Commission for Montcalm County enjoy many different aspects of being on the roads during the winter snow plow season. From the peaceful mornings to performing a duty, the drivers speak of the personal benefits each get from “pushing snow.” A snow covered road is shown from inside the cab of a snow plow driven by Jake Sias. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Road Commission for Montcalm County drivers find peace in a snow plow

It’s 4 a.m. and there isn’t a soul on the country roads of Montcalm County. The sun hasn’t yet risen. With a hot cup of coffee in his lap and only the dull scraping of his snow plow along the gravel road and the humming of the diesel engine in his ears, Yale Parker finds an unspeakable peace.

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Santa’s reindeer visit Lakeview Elementary School

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen; Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen … but how many times have you actually met a reindeer face to face?

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Work underway at Bright Start Elementary School

The story of Bright Start Elementary School is unusual and one that has been affected repeatedly by the vagaries of educational financing and population. Built over a decade ago, the school originally housed Lakeview Community Schools’ lower elementary students.