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Kathy Barnes

Lakeview parade planned to honor 9/11 victims, survivors

There’s not an American alive who can’t remember where he or she was the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, when every station in the country suddenly began broadcasting the events transpiring in New York City.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Flat River Saloon saved from fire, old hotel destroyed

Montcalm County firefighters rushed to help one of their own amid a devastating fire on a sweltering hot Monday afternoon in downtown Six Lakes.

Firefighters from Belvidere Township, Day Township, Home Township and Lakeview responded to a fire at the old hotel next door to the Flat River Saloon around 2:30 p.m. as temps flirted with 90 degrees.

One of the few times Jaxon opens up is when he’s in the company of animals. Here, he plays with the family dog, Coconut. — Courtesy photos

Service dog will make all the difference for fifth-grader

Jaxon’s not crazy. He’s mentally ill. It says so on his T-shirt. And he’s no more ashamed of that fact than you would be of a common cold, nor should he be.

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New radios will improve communications in Lakeview

Various departments within this village will soon be communicating more effectively, and over longer distances, thanks to several new radios to be added to the village’s communication arsenal.

Currently, communication between the village office, the Department of Public Works (DPW), fire and police departments is carried out in large part on privately owned cell phones and antiquated radio equipment.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, left, and council members voted Monday evening to approve the purchase of a blighted property on Pearl Street. The property will likely be torn down within 30 day as part of the village’s initiative to remove blight. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

First home on Lakeview blight list to come down

A derelict home will be the first of several properties to be repaired or removed as part of this village’s new blight eradication initiative. Located in the 900 block of Pearl Street, the house has been vacant for some time and is, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, “basically, just a tarpaper shack.”

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JUST IN: Lakeview Village Council approves Silent Parade for Sept. 11

The Lakeview Village Council has approved the idea of a Silent Parade on Sept. 11 that would coincide with Lakeview High School’s annual Wounded Warriors football game.

A $100,000 donation from the Pearl and Larry Padden estate will help the Lakeview Area Community Fund improve the community in many ways. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Area Community Fund receives $100,000 donation

Larry and Pearl Padden didn’t move to Lakeview until 1991, long after Larry’s 1971 retirement. Before that the couple summered on the shores of Lake Nipissing in Canada and wintered in Vero Beach, Fla. It didn’t take long before the Paddens adopted their new hometown, heart and soul. Both became integral members of the community and in no time were on a first name basis with many Lakeview residents.

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JUST IN: Dirt biker seriously injured by car in Pine Township

A man was seriously injured Sunday afternoon after being struck by a car while walking his dirt bike down a road. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident around 12:08 p.m. on Lake Road south of Stanton Road.

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Maple Valley Township appoints new supervisor

A local businessman is the new supervisor of Maple Valley Township.

John Schwandt, who owns Maple Valley Market and Stump’s Pizzeria and Diner with his wife Marianne, was appointed supervisor earlier this month.

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Coral Days set for Saturday

Coral Days is set to return to this small village on Saturday. Billed as “a small town festival with big fun,” the event kicks off with a free pancake, sausage and egg breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church.