High school today is not what it was yesterday. As a public institution of higher learning, with teenagers shuffling from class to class on an hourly basis, the culture and world inside the doors of what many refer to as the “best four years of your life,” is an ever-changing whirlwind of new experiences found each and every day. But that culture, filled with children who are learning to become adults, is not always a favorable one, and students, faculty and administration at high schools throughout Montcalm County are ready to make a change.
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Lakeview High School and Middle School both received a financial boost Monday evening when area farmers Johanna and Eugene Rentschler donated $2,500 to each school. The donation comes as a result of Johanna Rentschler being selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
Winter was back in force for this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview, where more than 100 snowmobilers gathered to show their sleds, swap and sell, and compete in BEVRA vintage snowmobile racing on Tamarack Lake. The two-day event also featured food booths, courtesy of the Lakeview Lions Club, and a beer tent with live music, sponsored by the Lakeview Area Jaycees.
A large crowd of residents from Trufant and surrounding areas gathered at the village’s community center Thursday evening in the hope of getting answers from the U.S. Postal Service as to why hours will soon be severely curtailed at the post office there. They left 90 minutes later with most of those questions unanswered; nobody from the postal service showed up. However, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s representative, Mary Judnich — along with state Rep. Rick Outman and state Sen. Judy Emmons — were there to hear the concerns of the residents.
A family of six is resting peacefully at a nearby friend’s home today after firefighters successfully contained and extinguished a fire in the basement of their Trufant home. Melissa Portell and her husband, Jeremy Portell, along with their four children, were home at their residence at 115 W. First St. when Melissa discovered a fire in the basement.
Alternative education led the Lakeview Board of Education’s agenda Monday evening as board members heard presentations on behalf of Montcalm Community College and West Michigan Virtual, a learn-at-home program for at-risk students. Career Center Principal Selena Mills also made a short presentation on various programs there.
If you’ve got a problem with the government, sometimes it’s best to go straight to the top. That was the thinking behind Lakeview High School eighth-grade student Mitchell Englund’s recent letter to President Obama. In that letter, Mitchell urged the president to do whatever he could to put a halt to “fracking,” the process by which chemicals are pumped under pressure into the earth with the intent of breaking up shale to gain access to natural gas reserves. That controversial process has been carried out extensively in states like Pennsylvania, sometimes with disastrous results, according to many environmentalists.
In an era of bag-your-own, robo-teller grocery shopping, where customer service is little more than a quaint memory, there are still locally owned stores that serve old-fashioned, in-person customer service, like Leppink’s. With locations in Belding, Lakeview, Stanton, Howard City and Ferrysburg, Leppink’s represents a throwback to a better time, when service was king and the customer’s needs came first.
When you’ve lived a life as rich and full as former Trufant resident Lynne Andrews-Britt, chances are you’re going to forget a thing or two along the way. Memory, like elusive mercury freed from a thermometer, has a way of slipping from our grasp just when we’d most like to hang onto it.
If all goes as planned, three area eyesores may soon be transformed into vibrant additions to their respective communities. Amble, Lakeview and Sheridan are about to enter into the second stage of an inspection process that could allow either new construction or demolition of existing structures at sites that have, until recently, been deemed too environmentally hazardous for development.