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World War II letters to Lakeview

Until a decade ago, former Montcalm County resident Monte Ball didn’t know about the letters his father had written home during his time fighting in World War II. Penned to family back home between April of 1941 and June of 1945, Elvin Ball’s letters provide a window into the life of a soldier serving during “The Big One.”

Jim Wood, of the Hough-Pontius VFW Post in Lakeview, was instrumental in getting a veteran’s memorial started at the high school there. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Hough-Pontius VFW honors Lakeview veterans from past and present

Veterans of the armed services who once attended Lakeview Public Schools hold a special place in the hearts of members of the Hough-Pontius VFW post. It doesn’t matter if the service man or woman in your life passed through the schools for one semester of Kindergarten or throughout an entire academic career, the VFW wants to hear from you.

Ninety-eight seniors received diplomas at this year’s commencement exercises at Lakeview High School, held Sunday afternoon. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School’s class of 2013 brought up district’s academic standing

The motto of Lakeview High School’s graduating class of 2013, “Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising each time we fall” seems especially appropriate to these 98 seniors. In the past four years, it was this group who changed the academic standing of Lakeview High School, bringing the school’s standardized test scores from an “at risk” rating to among the county’s highest.

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Lakeview teacher’s YouTube video reaches 4.2 million views

What happens when you throw a golf ball onto a freshly frozen lake early in the morning on very thin ice? Science teacher Cari Scholtens knew, and she wanted to share the unique experiment with her students at Lakeview High School.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Lakeview parade celebrates academic success

A parade in Lakeview was held on Friday afternoon to commemorate the dramatic increase in ACT scores at the school over the course of the past few years.

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Lakeview park to see $200,000 in improvements

Lakeside Park is about to receive $200,000 worth of improvements thanks to a private donation and a contribution from the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority. Lakeside Park, located on the banks of the Tamarack Lake, will see a host of proposed improvements, including a new fishing and boat pier, parking enhancements and a professional amphitheater to host the annual Music in the Park series. There will also be upgrades to park lighting and walkways so that the entire park will be handicap accessible, including the new pier.

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Lakeview High School shop class produces popular products

Imagine a school that operates almost entirely without tuition or tax dollars, one that is self sufficient. That’s a scenario likely to remain imaginary, unfortunately, but Dave Albert’s Lakeview High School shop class comes close.

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Lakeview High School Forensic Team shines in competition, ACT scores up

Things are definitely looking up for students and staff at Lakeview High School, both in the academic and extra-curricular areas. At Monday evening’s school board meeting, board members got a chance to hear firsthand from some of the students who — for the fifth year in a row — brought home the CSAA League Championship. The forensic program, under the leadership of Chris Bayne and Carolyn Gleason, consistently shines in competitions.

Lakeview Middle School Principal Tim Erspamer, left, accepts a check for $2,500 from Johanna Rentschler.  Also pictured are, from left, Trevor, Hayden and Eugene Rentschler. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Area farmers score $5,000 for Lakeview Community Schools

Lakeview High School and Middle School both received a financial boost Monday evening when area farmers Johanna and Eugene Rentschler donated $2,500 to each school. The donation comes as a result of Johanna Rentschler being selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Classic snowmobiles were put center stage Saturday during the Lakeview Winterfest snowmobile races on Tamarack Lake. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Return of more seasonal weather boosts Lakeview’s Winterfest

Winter was back in force for this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview, where more than 100 snowmobilers gathered to show their sleds, swap and sell, and compete in BEVRA vintage snowmobile racing on Tamarack Lake. The two-day event also featured food booths, courtesy of the Lakeview Lions Club, and a beer tent with live music, sponsored by the Lakeview Area Jaycees.