The Montcalm Alliance may have been in the news lately regarding a failed millage proposal that never even went to a vote, but in the meantime, the Alliance’s executive director has been staying busy working to assist local businesses.
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An early-morning fire destroyed the main building at County Line Farms at 13202 22 Mile Road in Spencer Township near Trufant. The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene after the fire was reported around 6:45 a.m. Fire Chief Dan Kain said the building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
Members of the Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education are again considering an early college program being offered to the district by Montcalm Community College.
When you move a house the size of the old Kazmer place, you don’t rush the job. The historic home, which stood for decades at 432 S. Lincoln Ave., rolled Wednesday toward its new location at 220 E. 4th St., across from the Lakeview Wellness Center.
It’s taken hours upon hours of cutting, sewing and stuffing, and there is still plenty more to do. The goal for one Lakeview teenager is to make 550 pressure pillows to be distributed to community hospitals and nursing homes.
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.
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.