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Drivers with the Road Commission for Montcalm County enjoy many different aspects of being on the roads during the winter snow plow season. From the peaceful mornings to performing a duty, the drivers speak of the personal benefits each get from “pushing snow.” A snow covered road is shown from inside the cab of a snow plow driven by Jake Sias. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Road Commission for Montcalm County drivers find peace in a snow plow

It’s 4 a.m. and there isn’t a soul on the country roads of Montcalm County. The sun hasn’t yet risen. With a hot cup of coffee in his lap and only the dull scraping of his snow plow along the gravel road and the humming of the diesel engine in his ears, Yale Parker finds an unspeakable peace.

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Local angels come through as answer to Greenville woman’s prayer

Life is a journey bereft of maps, navigated without compass, sextant or global positioning satellites; from cradle to grave there is no sure thing, no guarantee, no promise that — should you do this and this — certain outcomes are your due. We are all motes upon a larger mote, circling a still larger mote as it hurtles through the empty blackness of space; the best we can hope for is to share what love and light we have, while we still have it. Rarely are these rough truths so apparent as at Christmastime, when the disparity between those who have and those who have not is thrown into stark relief.

Lisa Jensen, regional manager of the CCI Greenheart student exchange program, right, shared her experiences with the program with members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education on Monday evening. Pictured here with Jensen is exchange student Anniken Sletta, right, from Norway. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview school board hears from exchange students

Cultures from around the world were the main topic of interest at Monday evening’s meeting of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education. Board members heard a presentation from Lisa Jensen, regional manager of the CCI Greenheart student exchange program. Several exchange students currently taking part in the program also were on hand to discuss their experiences, so far, in the United States.

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Work underway at Bright Start Elementary School

The story of Bright Start Elementary School is unusual and one that has been affected repeatedly by the vagaries of educational financing and population. Built over a decade ago, the school originally housed Lakeview Community Schools’ lower elementary students.

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Community Dinner extols Lakeview’s financial, scholastic improvement

Five years ago, the village of Lakeview was in trouble. The small community was hemorrhaging jobs; foreclosures were rampant; the schools were being listed as “at risk” by the state. What a difference five years can make.

Lakeview’s new outdoor theater will play host to several live concerts each summer, including the inaugural show slated for Oct. 5. The stage is part of a $250,000 park improvement project. — Courtesy photo

Improvements at Lakeview’s Lakeside Park ‘really is amazing’

At the next concert in Lakeview’s Lakeside Park, the music will not only sound good, but — thanks to the installation of a new bandshell and myriad other improvements — it’s going to look good, too.

Montcalm County Commissioner Betty Kellenberger asks a question to Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Monday afternoon during the monthly Legislative Update session at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Senate passes Michigan Student Safety Act, awaiting passage in House

In the wake of a recent shooting near a Lansing high school where three students and a fourth teenager were injured, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, says legislation he has co-sponsored with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, will be “invaluable” in helping to prevent such horrific events from occurring in the future.

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Bluegrass band The Boxcars entertained audiences at the Wheatland Music and Arts Festival this past weekend in Remus.

Wheatland Music Festival marks its 40th year

The population of Remus swelled by a factor of eight this weekend during the annual Wheatland Music and Arts Festival. From Friday until Sunday, traditional music and arts lovers from across the nation descended on the area to enjoy world class performances by some of the world’s best “roots” musicians.

John Deere tractors lumbered down the Trufant Jubilee Grand parade route Saturday afternoon. See Page 3 for a story and more photos from this weekend's 35th annual Trufant Jubilee. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

35th annual Trufant Jubilee visitors enjoy wonderful weekend

What originally began as a one day fundraising event 35 years ago is now a fun-filled, three-day celebration, and this year’s Trufant Jubilee went off without a hitch with great weather and attendance.

Ground was broken Tuesday morning for a new assisted living facility in Lakeview. When completed, the facility will provide housing for 26 older residents.  At the groundbreaking were, from left, Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer, Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr, Lakeview Area Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, an unidentified Crestwood Holdings representative, Lakeview Seniors representative Gene Nienhuis, Leisure Living President and Chief Operating Officer Neil Kraay,  Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, Lakeview Village Manager James Freed and Commission on Aging Director Bob Clingenpeel. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview breaks ground for new assisted living facility

By this time next year, the village of Lakeview will be home to a new 26-bed assisted living facility, Lakeview Terrace. Ground was broken for the project at a ceremony held Tuesday morning on Paden Road, directly across from Bright Start Elementary School.