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Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm, left, and members of the Village Council listen to local contractor Kevin Griffith, standing, right, at Monday’s regular meeting. The council awarded Griffith a contract for the construction of a pocket park in downtown Lakeview, as well as other village improvements.  Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview Village Council goes local for pocket park contractor

Members of the Village Council voted Monday to go local when it comes to contractors for an upcoming park project, even if it means spending a little more money. The project includes a new downtown “pocket park” that will connect Lincoln Avenue to a completely renovated parking area on the east side of the businesses located there. The project also calls for the paving of Lake Drive from Fifth Street to the Tamarack Lake outlet.

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JUST IN: Tree planting project approved in Lakeview

Members of Lakeview’s Village Council voted Monday evening to approve a tree planting project at Wiseman Park on the north end of town. Funded by the Michigan Watershed Association, the initiative will provide for the planting of 65 trees at the park.

A flock of turkeys comb through a cornfield in southwestern Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Hunters get ready to bag a bird during spring turkey season

Up until now, the only turkeys in Montcalm County that have been knocked down have been those on the bowling lane. However, that is about to change. Starting next Monday, hunters will be out in the woods trying to bag the wily wild turkey. Spring turkey season opens up at 6:20 a.m. on April 20 and hunters are getting excited to get out in the field.

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Lakeview community garden will soon be reality

Things are going to be a little bit greener this summer if organizers of a proposed community garden have their way. According to Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm, the idea of creating a community garden was brought to him recently by three village residents, Molly Moblo-Perusse, Lisa Jensen and Jackie Bissonette.

Dave Hornak, principal of Horizon Elementary School in Holt and future executive director of the National Association for Year-Round Education, speaks about the benefits of a balanced calendar for school education during a Montcalm County School Boards Association meeting Monday in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local schools weigh balanced calendar vs. traditional calendar

When reflecting on one’s elementary and secondary education today, most people probably reach the same idea about how and when they attended school. They started in early autumn, finished in late spring, and enjoyed a lengthy summer vacation.

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Steeplechase Tool & Die expansion could lead to new jobs in Lakeview

A new piece of equipment being installed at Steeplechase Tool & Die could eventually spell new jobs for the village. According to Steeplechase co-owner Tim Caverley, the new 1,600-ton press will be used as a “try-out” press to test dies manufactured at the plant. At present, the press is essentially installed in a soon-to-be completed addition to the plant at 9307 Howard City-Edmore Road, though some electrical work must be completed before it becomes operational.

The anatomy and physiology I class at Montcalm Community College collected more than 80 blankets and many nonperishable food items and hygienic products as part of a “Warming Montcalm County” service project.  — Courtesy photo

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”

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Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, holding a pamphlet on the OK2SAY confidential student hotline, reaches out to the audience at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College to promote the new program.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman working to promote OK2SAY student safety hotline

The best way to stop a violent act, be it suicide, bullying or the manifestation of a serious bomb threat, is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

That’s the message Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was hoping to convey when her legislation to create the new OK2SAY confidential student safety hotline was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2013.

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Woman ejected from and pinned by SUV

An Alma woman was ejected from her vehicle and then pinned to the ground by the vehicle during a rollover crash Saturday night in Winfield Township.