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Lakeview Middle School staff and students pose for a really big group picture before the start of a Friday afternoon assembly. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Middle School hosts pay it forward assembly

One year ago, a Lakeview family woke up to smoke filling their home. It was Feb. 22, 2015, a cold morning. The family of nine was sleeping in the living room, because the back bedrooms weren’t heated. One of the children got up to get a glass of water around 2:30 a.m. She noticed thick smoke and went to get get her father out of bed.

Ron Imhoff of Trufant races his bike around the slick surface of Tamarack Lake. About two dozen bikers participated in Saturday’s races at the Lakeview Winterfest. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview Winterfest fun for all despite sun and mud (PHOTOS)

Muddy parking conditions and a thawing lake didn’t keep people away from Saturday’s Lakeview Winterfest. They just put on their boots and slogged through the swampy parking lot to the edge of Tamarack Lake, where they enjoyed watching wet motorcycle racing on the lake and a snowmobile show on the shore.

The nondescript, unmarked Amble Fire Department building is located kitty corner from the Amble Road House bar in Winfield Township. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

After non-response to fire calls, Amble Fire Department facing hazy future

The future is uncertain for Winfield Township’s fire department. The Amble Fire Department didn’t answer tones from Montcalm County Central Dispatch for several fire calls last year, leaving some local officials wondering if the time has come for a new approach to fighting fires.

The Lakeview Ministerial Association’s Food Pantry is currently running low on several important items, due to holiday-related demand. The pantry is most in need of toiletry items and gift cards for the purchase of fresh meat. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Ministerial Association Food Pantry in need of donations

The need for food pantry donations exists year-’round, but sometimes the holidays are an especially tenuous time for those tasked with providing meals to local, economically disadvantaged families.

Tom Aldridge II of Lakeview uses a radial drill press to prep a custom-made mold. Aldridge started as a cleaner for Steeplechase in Lakeview in 2009 and is now in the company’s apprenticeship program through Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Made in Our Own Backyard: Steeplechase Tool & Die

A portrait of Michael “Mick” Baird hangs in the lobby of Steeplechase Tool & Die. Baird died this past March at the age of 68, but his legacy lives on through the company he founded 16 years ago. He gifted much of his stocks to his colleagues and employees, including Vice President Michael Garvey and President Tim Caverley.

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post hosted its Shop with a Hero event Tuesday at the Greenville Meijer. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan State Police hosts Shop with a Hero event

The spirit of philanthropy was personified in the troopers of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post on Tuesday. During the Shop with a Hero event, more than 15 troopers took 16 Montcalm County-area children shopping for Christmas presents at the Greenville Meijer.

Michigan’s 4th District U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, at left, is helping lead Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in Michigan. — Courtesy photo

Moolenaar co-chairman of Rubio’s campaign in Michigan

The Congressman for Michigan’s 4th District is stumping for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, previously endorsed Rubio for president in September, saying, “Marco Rubio is a generational leader who has a bold vision for creating jobs in the 21st century. Marco’s plan for a new American economy is exactly what Michigan and our country needs.”

PromoQuip, a promotional equipment resource company in Cedar Springs, is looking to relocate its business to this property in Lakeview, which formerly served as office space for Campbell Electric. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

PromoQuip may be coming to Lakeview

A promotional equipment resource company is relocating from Cedar Springs to Lakeview, according to Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm. Eckholm, who is also manager of Stanton, updated the Stanton City Commission about PromoQuip during the commission’s Oct. 27 meeting.

Byrne Electrical Specialists is headquartered in Rockford and specializes in product, mold and fixture design. — Courtesy of Byrne Electrical Specialists

Byrne Electrical Specialists expanding to Lakeview, creating 32 new jobs

Byrne Electrical Specialists has long had a strategic vision for employing as many people in West Michigan as possible. Today, Lakeview is becoming part of that vision.

Representing the Padden family, Lakeview chiropractor Gary Padden, left, accepts the Lakeview Area Community Fund Quality of Life award from LACF Board member Pat Hinrichs. — Daily News/Mike Taylow

Padden family receives Quality of Life award at community fund dinner

For the past 14 years, Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) has been giving students, businesses and civic organizations in the village a financial leg up. Organizers reason what’s good for the residents is good for the entire municipality.