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Belvidere Township Fire Department firefighters check a Six Lakes house after a propane explosion caused significant damage to the structure. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Propane line ruptures at Six Lakes home, no one hurt

What started out as a normal afternoon for the Dolson family turned into a shocker. Quite literally. Just around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Todd Dolson was upstairs in his Six Lakes home when he heard a loud bang and felt his whole house literally move under his feet.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Flat River Saloon saved from fire, old hotel destroyed

Montcalm County firefighters rushed to help one of their own amid a devastating fire on a sweltering hot Monday afternoon in downtown Six Lakes.

Firefighters from Belvidere Township, Day Township, Home Township and Lakeview responded to a fire at the old hotel next door to the Flat River Saloon around 2:30 p.m. as temps flirted with 90 degrees.

One of the few times Jaxon opens up is when he’s in the company of animals. Here, he plays with the family dog, Coconut. — Courtesy photos

Service dog will make all the difference for fifth-grader

Jaxon’s not crazy. He’s mentally ill. It says so on his T-shirt. And he’s no more ashamed of that fact than you would be of a common cold, nor should he be.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, left, and council members voted Monday evening to approve the purchase of a blighted property on Pearl Street. The property will likely be torn down within 30 day as part of the village’s initiative to remove blight. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

First home on Lakeview blight list to come down

A derelict home will be the first of several properties to be repaired or removed as part of this village’s new blight eradication initiative. Located in the 900 block of Pearl Street, the house has been vacant for some time and is, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, “basically, just a tarpaper shack.”

A hunting lodge located at 10720 W. Stanton Road east of Trufant was destroyed by fire early Thursday. No one was injured. Officials have ruled the cause of the fire suspicious after it was determined that several items belonging to the property owner were discovered missing. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pine Township hunting lodge is destroyed by fire, ruled suspicious

An early morning fire that destroyed a hunting lodge Thursday is being ruled suspicious after several items were reported missing by the property owner. Firefighters from the Lakeview District Fire Department were dispatched to 10720 W. Stanton Road at approximately 4:52 a.m. to the structure fire, about three miles east of Trufant, with automatic aid provided by the Maple Valley Fire Department.

A carnival provided plenty of fun for younger Summerfest attendees. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New events prove popular at Lakeview Summerfest

Cloudy skies that threatened rain throughout the day Saturday did little to deter revelers intent on enjoying this year’s Summerfest. Several new events, as well as a host of returning favorites, helped ensure the festival offered something to appeal to everyone. Turnout was excellent throughout the weekend, particularly at popular events like the Kid’s Carnival in the parking lot across the street from the Kelsey Wellness Center.

The 96 graduating seniors of Lakeview High School’s class of 2015 toss their caps into the air at the conclusion of Sunday’s commencement ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview High School graduates 96 seniors

Graduation caps are traditionally thrown into the air at the end of a commencement ceremony, but Lakeview seniors had to hold onto their hats Sunday afternoon while a strong wind played toss-up with caps and honors cords alike.

Roots music and dance will be the focus of an upcoming weeklong camp at the Wheatland Music Organization’s grounds in Remus. The camp includes camping, food, showers, workshops and concerts. — Courtesy photo

Wheatland Music Organization offers music and dance camp

There are few groups more dedicated to preserving and promoting the “roots arts” than is the Wheatland Music Organization. For decades, Wheatland has presented concerts, classes, workshops and — during the first week of September each year — what has become the state’s premier outdoor roots music and arts festival.

Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, right, reports on plans for the 2015-2016 school year as School Board President Edward Jonaitis listens during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Andrews

Lakeview may go back to school early

Staff and students at Lakeview Community Schools may go back to school as early as Aug. 31 this year. The Lakeview school board heard plans regarding an earlier start to the school year, as well as an update about the balanced calendar concept, during Monday’s regular meeting.

Lakeview property owner Paul Messman, standing, spoke to members of the Lakeview Village Council on Monday in an effort to convince them to consider designating a block of Lake Drive — between 4th and 5th streets — a pedestrian only walkway. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tree removal near Lakeview airport coming soon

As new trees are planted in Wiseman Park, old trees will soon be coming down on village-owned property adjacent to Griffith Field Airport. At Monday’s meeting, the Lakeview Village Council debated the best use of the 14 acres. Currently, the land sits unused and overgrown with pine trees. The overabundance of pines has prevented healthy tree growth there and many of the trees are in danger of toppling over in high winds. Others already have. Additionally, the trees are reaching a point that they may soon present a danger for airport traffic.