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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.

Student volunteers wait their turn to start digging in at Wiseman Park. The Lakeview Middle School fifth-graders planted 65 red oak, red maple and white paper birch trees at the park as part of a community beautification program funded by a grant from the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview’s Wiseman Park gets improvements

Wiseman Park, located on the northwest side of town, has for time out of mind been little more than a scraggly, weed-infested field. Although maintained regularly by the Lakeview Department of Public Works, it has been, in essence, a plot of land looking for a purpose.

Caleb Martz is the new assistant principal and athletic director for Lakeview High School. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

New Lakeview High School admin takes on double duty

The last few weeks have seen a change in administration for Lakeview High School students and staff with the hiring of Caleb Martz as the new assistant principal and athletic director. Students, staff and Martz himself are all looking forward to what the future holds for Lakeview and what Martz can bring.

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.

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.