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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.

Lakeview Clerk and Finance Director Pam Main and new Village Manager Shay Gallagher review budget notes in preparation for the village’s upcoming budget. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview’s new village manager Shay Gallagher feels right at home

During Shay Gallagher’s interview for Lakeview village manager, he told the Village Council he planned to hit the ground running. Since accepting the position and starting the job less than one month ago, that’s exactly what he has done.

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Four area fire departments now installing smoke detectors for free

Teaming up with the American Red Cross, four local fire departments are on a mission to ensure all its residents have working smoke detectors. Montcalm Township, Belvidere Township, Maple Valley Township and Lakeview District fire departments have agreed to install smoke detectors provided by the American Red Cross in their residents’ homes.

After the closure of recycling centers in Howard City and Montcalm Township, Lakeview’s recycling center (on the southwest corner of 2nd and Washington streets) has seen an overflow of recyclable materials. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview Village Council tackling recycling change

In September, Recycle World in Montcalm Township discontinued service, and on Dec. 5, Howard City’s recycling center closed as well. Now, Lakeview has started discussing future plans for its recycling center at the southwest corner of the village parking lot by Lakeview Post Office at 2nd and Washington streets. Since the closure of the Howard City and Montcalm Township recycling centers, there has been heavier use — and more dumping — at Lakeview’s recycling center.

Students of Lakeview High School’s leadership class (student government) headed a donation drive to collect items for the Blue Star Mothers to create care packages for deployed soldiers from Nov. 11-30 to be shipped out today. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview High School collects 2,000+ items to send to soldiers

Blue Star Mothers Michigan President Kathy Barnes addressed Lakeview High School students at a Veterans Day rally asking them to use November to conduct a donation drive for items to go to deployed soldiers. Students at Lakeview responded to the request wholeheartedly, collecting more than 2,000 items.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, right, welcomes Shay Gallagher to Lakeview as the new village manager at a special Lakeview Village Council meeting Monday night. Lakeview and Stanton have parted ways regarding their prior shared manager agreement. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview hires Gallagher as full-time village manager

When Stanton decided to end a shared manager arrangement with Lakeview last week, Lakeview officials knew they would have to consider new options. The Lakeview Village Council held a special meeting Monday night to offer Shay Gallagher, currently the deputy supervisor of Algoma Township, a full-time job as Lakeview’s village manager.

At Wednesday night’s Montcalm Township Board meeting, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson presented a contract that he, the Lakeview District Fire Department and the Maple Valley Township Fire Department came up with for the Montcalm Township Fire Department to serve the southern part of Pine Township on automatic aid. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Local fire departments solve issues

Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson wanted to nix hard feelings between fire departments regarding a Pine Township coverage issue. Dickinson called for an emergency meeting Nov. 6 with Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township fire departments, along with Montcalm Township firefighters, to solve the issue of fire coverage in Pine Township.