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Mary M. Judnich, a representative from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s office, center, joined state Sen. Judy Emmons and state Rep. Rick Outman at a town hall meeting in Trufant to address planned changes to the village’s post office hours. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Residents meet to discuss hour cuts at Trufant Post Office

A large crowd of residents from Trufant and surrounding areas gathered at the village’s community center Thursday evening in the hope of getting answers from the U.S. Postal Service as to why hours will soon be severely curtailed at the post office there. They left 90 minutes later with most of those questions unanswered; nobody from the postal service showed up. However, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s representative, Mary Judnich — along with state Rep. Rick Outman and state Sen. Judy Emmons — were there to hear the concerns of the residents.

Firefighters wait in the front yard of the residence at 115 First St. in Trufant Monday evening as a precaution as firefighters check the home to assure a fire that began in the basement of the home is completely extinguished. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Trufant basement fire quickly extinguished, no one injured

A family of six is resting peacefully at a nearby friend’s home today after firefighters successfully contained and extinguished a fire in the basement of their Trufant home. Melissa Portell and her husband, Jeremy Portell, along with their four children, were home at their residence at 115 W. First St. when Melissa discovered a fire in the basement.

Resources such as this computer lab at Montcalm Community College will be available to the high school students participating in the Early College program, as it is available to current students now. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Alternative programs presented to Lakeview school board

Alternative education led the Lakeview Board of Education’s agenda Monday evening as board members heard presentations on behalf of Montcalm Community College and West Michigan Virtual, a learn-at-home program for at-risk students. Career Center Principal Selena Mills also made a short presentation on various programs there.

The staff at Leppinks in Lakeview is always ready to provide personalized service with a smile. According to store owner, Ransom Leppink, it is the personal touch that sets the small chain apart from big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Leppink’s carries on 85 years of tradition of family service

In an era of bag-your-own, robo-teller grocery shopping, where customer service is little more than a quaint memory, there are still locally owned stores that serve old-fashioned, in-person customer service, like Leppink’s. With locations in Belding, Lakeview, Stanton, Howard City and Ferrysburg, Leppink’s represents a throwback to a better time, when service was king and the customer’s needs came first.

Former Trufant resident and 1962 Lakeview High School graduate Lynne Andrews-Britt, third from left, is featured in this stock photo from Metro Creative Graphics. The photo, which Andrews-Britt says she cannot remember, appeared in a recent Young at Heart special section of the Daily News. — Courtesy photo

Former Trufant woman’s forgotten picture winds up as stock photo

When you’ve lived a life as rich and full as former Trufant resident Lynne Andrews-Britt, chances are you’re going to forget a thing or two along the way. Memory, like elusive mercury freed from a thermometer, has a way of slipping from our grasp just when we’d most like to hang onto it.

The former pickle docks are circled in red on the south end of Tamarack Lake in Lakeview. The property may one day become residential. — Courtesy photo

‘Eyesores’ could see development in Amble, Lakeview and Sheridan

If all goes as planned, three area eyesores may soon be transformed into vibrant additions to their respective communities. Amble, Lakeview and Sheridan are about to enter into the second stage of an inspection process that could allow either new construction or demolition of existing structures at sites that have, until recently, been deemed too environmentally hazardous for development.

Lakeview Police Officer Dave Mack previously served as a part-time school resource officer for Lakeview Community Schools from February 2009 until his position was eliminated later that year due to school budget cuts. Mack is now a full-time officer with the Lakeview Police Department. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Community Schools considering resource officer

The tragic shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 has left many schools nationwide reviewing their own safety policies — including Lakeview. Officials from the Lakeview Police Department, Lakeview Community Schools and the village of Lakeview have been in talks to review current emergency plans and procedures and to explore additional security measures in the Lakeview school district.

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Lakeview powder puff workshop makes toys for children

Make all the jokes you want about girls and their alleged ineptitude when it comes to power tools — all evidence to the contrary was on display Wednesday evening at Lakeview High School. That’s where students in Dave Albert’s all-female “powder puff” shop class have spent the past several weeks putting together 20 toy motorcycles, which were then awarded to a select group of area children. The motorcycles, crafted from white pine and mahogany, were among the most carefully built and decorated toys Albert has seen during his time at Lakeview High School. The girls, Albert said, tended to be a bit more meticulous than their male counterparts.

Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen, left, introduces recent Youth Challenge graduate Preston Wirth to the Lakeview school board. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview school board hears Youth Challenge success story

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education got a firsthand look Monday evening at the positive results Youth Challenge — a Battle Creek military academy — can have on “at risk” students. Lakeview High School Principal Gary Jensen introduced the board to student Preston Wirth, who recently completed six month’s training at the academy. Wirth attended Youth Challenge after Jensen suggested it following numerous school infractions on Wirth’s part.

With 12 remodeled lanes, certified by the U.S. Bowling Congress, the Alley Cat Bar & Grill bowling alley is the hottest destination in Lakeview. The cerfitied lanes qualifys it it for tournaments, both adult and high school.

BIZ BEAT: New owner reopens Lakeview bowling alley

Is this heaven? For some local bowlers, Lakeview’s reopened and remodeled bowling center, renamed Alley Cat Bar & Grill, just might be. Since its soft opening Dec. 1, it has the community buzzing with excitement about having a new recreational facility and another place to enjoy a dinner and drinks with family and friends.