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Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm is hoping to see a pocket park installed in the vacant lot, which was once home to the State Farm Insurance Building on the village main street. The park would provide easy access to a municipal parking lot and Tamarack Lake. If all goes according to plan, work on the project could begin this spring. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Converted alley space will connect Lakeview’s main street with lake

“There’s never anywhere to park!” This is a lament heard frequently in downtown Lakeview, particularly during village-wide events like Summerfest, Winterfest and holiday gatherings at McKenna’s Tavern (just try finding a spot on Lincoln Avenue after 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day).

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Lakeview building could get new emergency power, warning siren

This village has what could be called a “troubled” history with electricity. Though outages are far from an everyday occurrence, it’s not uncommon to find a portable generator tucked away in the pole barns and garages of many residents here. Most storm-related outages last only hours, or even minutes. But there have been cases in recent history which have gone on for days.

Beckee Kibler, who works as a nurse for Lakeview Community Schools and the Lakeview Youth Clinic, reported on student health during a Lakeview school board presentation. — Daily News/Katlyn Vuillemot

Student reports shed light on Lakeview school district

Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education heard a presentation Monday about student health and homelessness.

According to Johanna Rentschler, a Lakeview Middle School counselor and homelessness liaison, a homelessness state assessment from the Michigan Department of Education, is due Monday.

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Montcalm County officials considering creating PACE district

Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems saves lots of green in the long run, but the initial investment cost leaves many people seeing red.

Some Michigan business owners are considering whether Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) act, can help them upgrade their facilities in a high efficiency manner while spreading the cost over a longer, more affordable timeframe.

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Lakeview joins Montcalm Economic Alliance

In recent months, many communities have banded together in an effort to change Montcalm County’s economic fortunes. On Monday, Lakeview became one of these when the Lakeview Village Council approved a three-year commitment to the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

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Whooping cough case confirmed in Lakeview school district

A case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was found within Lakeview Community Schools last week. School district officials confirmed the case was found Dec. 5 at Lakeview High School.

A new snowfall, like the one which fell Monday evening in Lakeview, can be beautiful to look at, but in the future it could also prove costly to village residents who don’t comply with a new snow removal ordinance being considered by the Lakeview Village Council. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview considers winter sidewalk ordinance

One way or another, the sidewalks of Lakeview will be clear of snow following the next winter blast. The preferred method, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, would be if residents just picked up the shovel and did the job themselves.

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Lakeview driver hits trees, fence

On Sunday a Lakeview driver and two passengers were taken to the hospital after losing control of their vehicle.

Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart in Greenville Thursday evening, creating a difficult-to-navigate sea of customers, to take advantage of discounted Black Friday deals offered throughout the store. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local shoppers show up big for Gray Thursday; Black Friday remains popular

When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.

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Toys for Tots of Montcalm County to hold fundraisers

Toys for Tots of Montcalm County will be holding several fundraising events in the next few weeks.

There is a fundraiser dinner from 5 to 8 pm. tonight at the Greenville Eagles, located at 11690 SW Greenville Road. There is a requested donation of $10 with all proceeds going to the Toys for Tots program.