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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.