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Four area fire departments now installing smoke detectors for free

Teaming up with the American Red Cross, four local fire departments are on a mission to ensure all its residents have working smoke detectors. Montcalm Township, Belvidere Township, Maple Valley Township and Lakeview District fire departments have agreed to install smoke detectors provided by the American Red Cross in their residents’ homes.

After the closure of recycling centers in Howard City and Montcalm Township, Lakeview’s recycling center (on the southwest corner of 2nd and Washington streets) has seen an overflow of recyclable materials. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview Village Council tackling recycling change

In September, Recycle World in Montcalm Township discontinued service, and on Dec. 5, Howard City’s recycling center closed as well. Now, Lakeview has started discussing future plans for its recycling center at the southwest corner of the village parking lot by Lakeview Post Office at 2nd and Washington streets. Since the closure of the Howard City and Montcalm Township recycling centers, there has been heavier use — and more dumping — at Lakeview’s recycling center.

Students of Lakeview High School’s leadership class (student government) headed a donation drive to collect items for the Blue Star Mothers to create care packages for deployed soldiers from Nov. 11-30 to be shipped out today. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview High School collects 2,000+ items to send to soldiers

Blue Star Mothers Michigan President Kathy Barnes addressed Lakeview High School students at a Veterans Day rally asking them to use November to conduct a donation drive for items to go to deployed soldiers. Students at Lakeview responded to the request wholeheartedly, collecting more than 2,000 items.

Fox DeWitt, 11, from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School inspects a toy car during a Toys for Tots shopping trip at Meijer on Tuesday. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Middle school students go shopping for Toys for Tots

Sixteen middle school students skipped class to go shopping and eat pizza … for Montcalm County Toys for Tots.

The students from Greenville Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Vestaburg Middle/High School were excused from class Tuesday and allowed to go to Meijer and Walmart in Greenville to pick out toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, right, welcomes Shay Gallagher to Lakeview as the new village manager at a special Lakeview Village Council meeting Monday night. Lakeview and Stanton have parted ways regarding their prior shared manager agreement. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview hires Gallagher as full-time village manager

When Stanton decided to end a shared manager arrangement with Lakeview last week, Lakeview officials knew they would have to consider new options. The Lakeview Village Council held a special meeting Monday night to offer Shay Gallagher, currently the deputy supervisor of Algoma Township, a full-time job as Lakeview’s village manager.

Lakeview Police Chief and Interim President Darin Dood, right, and Village President Ed Winter discuss the possibility of Dood serving as dual village manager and police chief for Lakeview. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview interviews 2 finalists for manager job

Lakeview and Stanton have been without a manager since September, when Jake Ekholm left for another job.

During Monday night’s Lakeview Village Council meeting, the council interviewed the two finalists a search committee had narrowed down from 14 applicants.

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.