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Lakeview’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hough-Pontius Post 3701, on M-91, just south of M-46, is planning a Memorial Day parade for this coming weekend in the hopes of being more visible in the community. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Re-energized Lakeview VFW Post plans updates, parade

Stacey Roberts, Dan Duvall and Jessica Wright deployed together in 2004 with Greenville’s 1073rd National Guard Maintenance Company. Twelve years later, the trio has reconnected for a new mission: Save and revive Lakeview’s Hough-Pontius Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3701.

Lakeview High School students work together to plant trees along the perimeter of the tree-planting site. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview students plant 5,000 trees on school-owned property

Harley Kahl might not have gotten the warm and sunny day he was hoping for Tuesday, but he still was able to oversee more than 2,000 red pines being planted by his Lakeview High School classmates. “It was nice to see this happen,” the 17-year-old said. “I’m glad it’s finally happening.”

Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney Andrea Krause, Ionia County Prosecuting Attorney and I/M SAFE CAC Vice President Kyle Butler, Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams, Ionia County Intermediate School District Superintendent for Special Education and CAC Board Secretary Jim Loser, Mary Ellen Clery, Esther Combs, Tim Hemenway, Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller, and Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Michelle Seigo toured the I/M SAFE CAC facility on S. Sheridan Road (M-66) Friday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

State representatives tour area child advocacy center

State legislators on Friday toured a local facility focused on helping children tell their stories. Lawmakers including 70th District State Rep. Jim Lower, 87th District State Rep. Julie Calley and State Sen. Judy Emmons visited the Ionia/Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment (I/M SAFE) Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at 10260 S. Sheridan Road (M-66).

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MCC gives scholarship to Lakeview seventh-grader

Seventh-grade students at Lakeview Middle School are thinking about the future. As part of the seventh-grade business writing class, students were required to write formal and informal letters.

The gates are locked at Krampe Park and will likely be locked again for good on June 1 if no one volunteers to adopt the park to help with Montcalm County budget cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to close Krampe Park on June 1 unless volunteer steps up

Krampe Park on Winfield Lake is set to be closed June 1 unless someone steps up to adopt the park.Since the summer of 2016, Montcalm County officials have been looking for someone to adopt six of the county’s seven parks — Artman Park in Howard City, Bass Lake in Richland Township, Carl Paepke Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township, Krampe Park in Winfield Township, McCarthy Park in Montcalm Township and Schmeid Park in Lakeview. The county maintenance crew is no longer to take care of the parks due to budget cuts.

Jeremiah Ropoleski, 17, far left, presented the retirement options Chris Bruggema, on right, was going over with his academic center class. Thursday night, Ropoleski presented what he has been learning in academic center classes to Lakeview Board of Education. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview High School seniors learn life skills in class

Lakeview High School wants its seniors to be prepared to enter the workforce, a trade school or college after graduation. In order to better accomplish that goal, the high school changed its seniors academic center (AC) classes to better prepare students for skills they will need after graduation.

Five teams take a lap around the Tamarack Two Miler endurance ice track to get a feel for the ice on Tamarack Lake in Lakeview.

Motorcyclists come out for Lakeview Winterfest attraction (PHOTOS)

This weekend may have felt like spring, but the pleasant weather didn’t stop Lakeview area residents and ice bikers from enjoying still frozen Tamarack Lake. Saturday’s weather did change the start time for the Tamarack Two Miler two-person endurance race to begin at 10 a.m., instead of the original noon time as part of the Lakeview Winterfest.

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JUST IN: Woodstove likely to blame for Pine Township structure fire Saturday

Upon rolling up to a structure fire Saturday evening, Lakeview District Fire Chief Patrick Q. Carr began mobilizing his firefighters for a potential rescue.

A mobile home residence at 8195 W. Briggs Road — about one mile northwest of Langston off of M-91 — was completely engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading quickly to a nearby garage and barn.

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Lakeview offers peer mentoring program

Lakeview Middle School speech and language pathologist Holly Bennet and social worker Kathy Hewett are teaming up to offer a peer-to-peer mentoring program. The duo is working with a male and female group of sixth-graders to teach, implement and reinforce social and language skills they would typically learn during speech and language or social work programs.

The dock at Lakeside Park could see the addition of a universally accessible kayak launch through a future Lakeview Downtown Development Authority project. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview DDA receives final lakeshore development plans

After eight months of meetings, public input and designing, a shoreline development plan was presented to the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday night. Matthew Levandoski, a landscape architect with Prein & Newhof, a Grand Rapids-based civil engineering company, and his colleague Kim Jongsma, an urban planning and public outreach specialist, presented six areas of development they designed.