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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.

This Lakeside Park pier was funded in part with Lakeview Downtown Development Authority monies. Now the DDA is considering other, future projects. These may include a seaplane base, small boat docks on the northwest side of the lake and a public park in the former Bollinger’s car lot. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tamarack Lake improvements planned in Lakeview

The Lakeview Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has in recent years overseen several improvements to the public areas surrounding Tamarack Lake.

These include a complete overhaul of Lakeside Park, a pier there, street improvements along Lake Drive, and a park and several new “green areas” between the village’s main street and the lake.

The Lakeview Ministerial Association’s Food Pantry is currently running low on several important items, due to holiday-related demand. The pantry is most in need of toiletry items and gift cards for the purchase of fresh meat. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Ministerial Association Food Pantry in need of donations

The need for food pantry donations exists year-’round, but sometimes the holidays are an especially tenuous time for those tasked with providing meals to local, economically disadvantaged families.

Tom Aldridge II of Lakeview uses a radial drill press to prep a custom-made mold. Aldridge started as a cleaner for Steeplechase in Lakeview in 2009 and is now in the company’s apprenticeship program through Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Made in Our Own Backyard: Steeplechase Tool & Die

A portrait of Michael “Mick” Baird hangs in the lobby of Steeplechase Tool & Die. Baird died this past March at the age of 68, but his legacy lives on through the company he founded 16 years ago. He gifted much of his stocks to his colleagues and employees, including Vice President Michael Garvey and President Tim Caverley.

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post hosted its Shop with a Hero event Tuesday at the Greenville Meijer. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan State Police hosts Shop with a Hero event

The spirit of philanthropy was personified in the troopers of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post on Tuesday. During the Shop with a Hero event, more than 15 troopers took 16 Montcalm County-area children shopping for Christmas presents at the Greenville Meijer.

Michigan’s 4th District U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, at left, is helping lead Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in Michigan. — Courtesy photo

Moolenaar co-chairman of Rubio’s campaign in Michigan

The Congressman for Michigan’s 4th District is stumping for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, previously endorsed Rubio for president in September, saying, “Marco Rubio is a generational leader who has a bold vision for creating jobs in the 21st century. Marco’s plan for a new American economy is exactly what Michigan and our country needs.”

PromoQuip, a promotional equipment resource company in Cedar Springs, is looking to relocate its business to this property in Lakeview, which formerly served as office space for Campbell Electric. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

PromoQuip may be coming to Lakeview

A promotional equipment resource company is relocating from Cedar Springs to Lakeview, according to Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm. Eckholm, who is also manager of Stanton, updated the Stanton City Commission about PromoQuip during the commission’s Oct. 27 meeting.