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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.

The Lakeview District Fire Department and Department of Public Works currently share a building on Park Drive. The fire department has outgrown their portion of the building and offered to buy the Department of Public Works portion for $80,000. Village council members unanimously voted to accept the offer at Monday night’s meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview fire department to purchase DPW building

The Department of Public Works will soon be moving into a new building. But before the department makes the transition, the building will have to be moved from Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field to North Street.

Lakeview High School band members carry the American flag through the Lakeview during Sunday evening’s Patriot’s Day Silent Parade. The parade proceeded through downtown Lakeview to honor and remember those who lost and risked their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview Patriot’s Day Silent Parade evokes memories

Many tears were shed while the Lakeview 9/11 Patriot’s Day Silent Parade made its way through downtown Lakeview.