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At Wednesday night’s Montcalm Township Board meeting, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson presented a contract that he, the Lakeview District Fire Department and the Maple Valley Township Fire Department came up with for the Montcalm Township Fire Department to serve the southern part of Pine Township on automatic aid. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Local fire departments solve issues

Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson wanted to nix hard feelings between fire departments regarding a Pine Township coverage issue. Dickinson called for an emergency meeting Nov. 6 with Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township fire departments, along with Montcalm Township firefighters, to solve the issue of fire coverage in Pine Township.

Tomás Lenzi, 16, talks to Lakeview High School teacher Chris Bayne about Lenzi’s home country of Brazil at the school’s sixth annual International Fair on Wednesday. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview High School, exchange students host international fair

Students from Turkmenistan, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Georgia, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Cambodia, Poland, Czech Republic and the U.S. set up tables in the halls of Lakeview High School.

Karl and Kay Thompson of Mecosta talk to Chris Maddox, plant manager at Byrne Electrical Specialists, about the history of Lakeview’s pickle docks. The Thompsons used to work at the Heinz pickle docks. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Byrne Electrical Specialists hosts open house at Pickle Docks facility

Byrne Electrical Specialists held an open house Saturday to showcase their new Lakeview location, named the Pickle Docks in honor of its history. Kay and Karl Thompson of Mecosta came out to support their daughter who works for the company and to see the transformation of the old pickle processing plant.

Nearly 100 residents and property owners gathered at Lakeview Middle School on Wednesday to hear a fire protection committee’s report and voice their opinions on the issue of fire coverage in Pine Township. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Emotions run hot as Pine Township residents talk fire coverage options

The atmosphere became heated in Lakeview Middle School on Wednesday evening as residents and firefighters debated how best to serve Pine Township.

The issue began in August, when Hunter Lake residents asked the Pine Township Board to change the lake’s fire jurisdiction from being covered by the Lakeview District Fire Department to the Montcalm Township Fire Department. A volunteer committee was formed to research the issue.

From left, Janet Johnson, former trustee; trustees Patricia Hinrichs, Diane Robson, Kathy Nerychel and Sue Draper; and Hope Nobel, library director, accepted the 2016 Quality of Life Award on Thursday at the Lakeview Area Community Fund dinner. — Courtesy photo

Tamarack District Library honored with Quality of Life Award

Tamarack District Library’s Director Hope Nobel, staff members, board members and Friends of the Library have worked hard to make the library an integral part of the community.

During Thursday night’s Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) dinner, their efforts were rewarded by being named the 2016 Quality of Life recipients.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to table a proposed annexation of Cato Township into the village of Lakeview, which would have included the M-46 corridor. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County tables Lakeview’s annexation of Cato Township

An annexation proved to be too much of a vexation to move forward.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday tabled a proposed annexation of Cato Township into Lakeview, telling village officials they needed to do a better job communicating with township residents.

Colliene Willison, Lakeview Middle School mathematics and reading interventionist, and Lakeview Middle School Principal Time Erspamer presented to the Lakeview school board Monday night some new behaviors they teaching and rewarding. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview Middle School rewards students with PRIDE tickets

Lakeview Middle School Principal Tim Erspamer has been working to improve students’ behavior in the hallways, and he is rewarding them for their efforts.

Some of the new hallway procedures are no earbuds or headphones, no technological devices, quiet voices and walking on the right side in the school hallways.

Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field Manager Clark Newell, at left, and Jim Draper stand next to Draper’s restored World War II fighter trainer plane. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

New Lakeview airport manager has big plans for the future

Clark Newell owns two real estate businesses and Clark’s Auto Sales, volunteers for the Lakeview District Fire Department and now manages Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field.

Newell started his new job on Aug. 29 when Mike Matthews stepped down as airport manager to take a job with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Tamarack District Library Director Hope Nobel shared her ideas on Lakeview downtown development at Wednesday night’s meeting. She suggested creating something everyone could enjoy. Prein and Newhof hosted a design charrette at Tamarack District Library Wednesday night to collect ideas on how community members wanted to develop the on- and off-shore areas of downtown Lakeview. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Creative juices flow at Lakeview design meeting

The scene of the Tamarack Room at Tamarack District Library looked more like an art class than a design meeting Wednesday night.

From left, Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, City Manager Jake Eckholm and City Commissioner Lewis Corwin at Eckholm’s final meeting as Stanton’s manager on Tuesday. Eckholm accepted a job as Muskegon Heights’ city manager, and his last day in Lakeview and Stanton is Sept. 23. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Eckholm has final meetings as shared manager

After two years of managing a pair of municipalities, Jake Eckholm had his final meetings in Lakeview on Monday and Stanton on Tuesday.