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.

Motorcycles speed across the ice of Tamarack Lake during the 2015 Lakeview Winterfest. Ice bike races for this year’s festival are slated for 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, but could be hampered by melted snow and unsafe ice. — File photo

Lakeview Winterfest planners hoping for snow Saturday

Organizers of this year’s Lakeview Winterfest are hoping predictions for an unseasonably warm weekend are wrong.

It’s hard to blame them, considering how many activities for Saturday’s festival are predicated on the notion there will be plenty of snow and ice, ice, ice.

On March 8 — the same day as Michigan’s presidential primary election — Montcalm County voters will be asked to consider a five-year Headlee override millage proposal.  — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage vote on the horizon

In less than three weeks, Montcalm County residents will be deciding how much county services are worth to them.

On March 8 — the same day as Michigan’s presidential primary election — Montcalm County voters will be asked to consider a five-year Headlee override millage proposal. The millage would generate approximately $986,077 in revenue in its first year and would help fund the county’s $220,000 budget deficit, which is currently being covered by fund equity, as well as help improve or restore other county services.


Quick response knocks down Trufant house fire

A quick knockdown of an early Sunday morning fire likely saved a residence from destruction.

Firefighters from the Maple Valley and Lakeview District fire departments were dispatched at 3:23 a.m. through a mutual aid agreement to a report of a structure fire at 238 C. St. in Trufant.

Construction is underway at the future home of Byrne Electrical Specialists on Tamarack Lake in Lakeview. A $160,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant was awarded to Byrne by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. with the understanding that Byrne will add at least 32 new full-time jobs in Lakeview. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Byrne Electrical Specialists construction on track in Lakeview

This winter’s mild weather has been a friend to construction workers, including the site of the future home of Byrne Electrical Specialists in Lakeview.

Rockford-based Byrne — a power and data-solutions manufacturer and supplier — is expanding operations by constructing a new manufacturing facility and collaborative workspace on Tamarack Lake, the same property once home to America’s largest pickle salting station.

Ervin Brinker's mugshot.

Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

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.


Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.


Lakeview Area Chamber of Commerce comes back

Numerous civic improvements and an influx of new businesses have altered the face of this village in recent months. So it’s not surprising the Lakeview Area Chamber of Commerce — dormant for the past two years — is experiencing a resurgence as well.


Families Against Narcotics forum is Thursday in Greenville

As a Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy, Charlie Mahar often sees the dark side of human nature.

During his 10 years in law enforcement, Mahar has witnessed a major increase in heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug use. He has personally dealt with countless addicts, some of whom were former high school athletes that he coached.