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The BEVRA-sponsored snowmobile race relocated to another site north of town for this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview. However, motorcycles put the track on Tamarack Lake to good use throughout the day. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Weather cooperates for Lakeview Winterfest

Organizers of this year’s Winterfest couldn’t have been happier with the weather Saturday. Like Goldilocks’ third try at pilfered porridge, it was not too hot and not too cold. The bevy of sleds turning out for the BEVRA Snowmobile Races and classic sled show had plenty of frozen liquid on which to race, but those taking part in the polar plunge were in no immediate danger of freezing solid upon exiting the water.

The entire student body of Lakeview High School filled the gymnasium Friday for a farewell assembly for popular principal Gary Jensen. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Gary Jensen steps down as Lakeview High School principal

During his tenure as principal of Lakeview High School, Gary Jensen helped move the school from the state’s “dishonor roll” to one of the highest rated educational institutions in Michigan. Jensen has always been quick to credit the hard work of his fellow staffers and students for this transformation, but there’s little doubt it was Jensen’s guiding hand that made the change possible.

At around noon on Friday, the Maple Valley Township Fire Department responded to a barn fire at 15404 Coral Drive. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Coral barn fire quickly suppressed

The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was quick in suppressing a barn fire on Friday. At about 11:45 a.m, the fire department responded to a call at 15404 Coral Drive. The four firefighters on scene pulled out of the driveway by 12:25 p.m. with the fire completely extinguished.

The historic Lakeview Inn at 333 S. Lincoln Ave. in downtown Lakeview has been condemned — again. All residents living in the upstairs apartments have been given until Dec. 31 to leave the 120-year-old building. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Inn condemned again, residents must leave by Dec. 31

A 120-year-old building located in the heart of Lakeview has been condemned for the second time in three and a half years. The Lakeview Inn at 333 S. Lincoln Ave. was built in 1894 and has housed various businesses over the past century.

Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm is hoping to see a pocket park installed in the vacant lot, which was once home to the State Farm Insurance Building on the village main street. The park would provide easy access to a municipal parking lot and Tamarack Lake. If all goes according to plan, work on the project could begin this spring. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Converted alley space will connect Lakeview’s main street with lake

“There’s never anywhere to park!” This is a lament heard frequently in downtown Lakeview, particularly during village-wide events like Summerfest, Winterfest and holiday gatherings at McKenna’s Tavern (just try finding a spot on Lincoln Avenue after 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day).

Former Lakeview VFW Post Commander Jim Wood, left, and post member Wayne Youmans were on hand Friday at Lakeview High School to show off some of the 1,218 9-inch by 12-inch flags planted on school grounds in preparation for a planned Veterans Day celebration. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview area veterans honored with flag display

Every veteran who served in the U.S. military deserves recognition. That’s the driving philosophy of Jim Wood, former commander of the Hough-Pontius VFW Post 3701 in Lakeview.

The Virtual Learning Center in Lakeview typically provides hands-on study facilities to anywhere from three to 15 students simultaneously, though there is room for more. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Virtual Learning Center provides options for Lakeview students

In even the best school systems, some students fall through the cracks. Some schools offer alternative education programs, some don’t. Some of those programs are successful and some aren’t. Despite all efforts, each year schools are faced with a percentage of students who just can’t seem to make it through to graduation day. These are the students the Virtual Learning Center, which opened this year in Lakeview, seeks to help.

From left, Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Allen Cumings and MCC President Bob Ferrentino discuss the “hybrid college” arrangement between the two school districts and the college Tuesday evening during the monthly MCC Board of Trustees meeting in Pierson Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

TC, Lakeview start joint ‘hybrid’ early college program with MCC

Montcalm Community College strives to help students from throughout the area, and those efforts wouldn’t be complete without a dedicated reach to the county’s panhandle area. The MCC Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting at the college’s Panhandle Area Center just south of Howard City on Tuesday evening to provide an update on the college’s involvement in the area.

James Fase is pictured with Rizzo, a black lab/husky mix who was shot and killed by a neighbor earlier this summer. — Courtesy photo/Fase family

Winfield Lake family wants law changed after their dog was shot and killed

Was it the result of a long-standing neighborhood feud between two families, or a simple case of self defense against an aggressive dog? Rizzo, a 10-year-old, three-legged black lab/husky mix, was shot and killed by a neighbor’s 9mm semi automatic handgun this summer. The case was investigated and closed with no criminal charges issued, but questions remain in the Winfield Lake neighborhood of Winfield Township.

Jacob Eckholm fielded questions in a final interview Tuesday evening at Stanton’s City Commission meeting. Eckholm was chosen to replace the city’s previous manager, James Freed, who left earlier this summer to take a post in Port Huron. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton, Lakeview decide on 24-year-old Jacob Eckholm as new manager

After weeks without a manager, the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton have finally settled on a replacement for James Freed, who left the post earlier this summer to take a job in Port Huron. Following an extensive search process and several interviews, Stanton’s City Commission on Wednesday voted to hire Jacob Eckholm as shared manager for both communities. Lakeview’s Village Council had already arrived at the same decision Monday evening.