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Four area fire departments now installing smoke detectors for free

Teaming up with the American Red Cross, four local fire departments are on a mission to ensure all its residents have working smoke detectors. Montcalm Township, Belvidere Township, Maple Valley Township and Lakeview District fire departments have agreed to install smoke detectors provided by the American Red Cross in their residents’ homes.

After the closure of recycling centers in Howard City and Montcalm Township, Lakeview’s recycling center (on the southwest corner of 2nd and Washington streets) has seen an overflow of recyclable materials. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview Village Council tackling recycling change

In September, Recycle World in Montcalm Township discontinued service, and on Dec. 5, Howard City’s recycling center closed as well. Now, Lakeview has started discussing future plans for its recycling center at the southwest corner of the village parking lot by Lakeview Post Office at 2nd and Washington streets. Since the closure of the Howard City and Montcalm Township recycling centers, there has been heavier use — and more dumping — at Lakeview’s recycling center.

Students of Lakeview High School’s leadership class (student government) headed a donation drive to collect items for the Blue Star Mothers to create care packages for deployed soldiers from Nov. 11-30 to be shipped out today. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview High School collects 2,000+ items to send to soldiers

Blue Star Mothers Michigan President Kathy Barnes addressed Lakeview High School students at a Veterans Day rally asking them to use November to conduct a donation drive for items to go to deployed soldiers. Students at Lakeview responded to the request wholeheartedly, collecting more than 2,000 items.

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JUST IN: 3 injured in Lakeview traffic accident

Three people were injured in a collision at the intersection of Youngman Road and Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) on Friday morning.

Michigan State Police Lakeview Post troopers responded to the accident at 7 a.m.

Fox DeWitt, 11, from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School inspects a toy car during a Toys for Tots shopping trip at Meijer on Tuesday. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Middle school students go shopping for Toys for Tots

Sixteen middle school students skipped class to go shopping and eat pizza … for Montcalm County Toys for Tots.

The students from Greenville Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Vestaburg Middle/High School were excused from class Tuesday and allowed to go to Meijer and Walmart in Greenville to pick out toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

Montcalm County’s new website showcases the county seat via a slideshow of high-resolution photographs. Social media links are easily accessible and a calendar of events previews upcoming county meetings and news.

Montcalm County’s new website is live

Montcalm County’s new website went live this week.

The goal was for montcalm.us to be a more user-friendly website for mobile users, according to IT Director Eric McLaughlin.

Kenedi Bouck, 11, volunteers as “head elf in training” for Toys for Tots. She stopped by the donation box at Greenville Tractor Supply Co. with her mother and Montcalm County Toys for Tots Coordinator Jennifer Bouck.— Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Toys for Tots drive now underway in Montcalm County

Jennifer Bouck has seen the hardships families face during the holiday season.

The coordinator of Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots is familiar with scenes of homelessness and poverty.

In response, Bouck and her volunteers are working to provide a “magical” Christmas for families in need this year.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, right, welcomes Shay Gallagher to Lakeview as the new village manager at a special Lakeview Village Council meeting Monday night. Lakeview and Stanton have parted ways regarding their prior shared manager agreement. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Lakeview hires Gallagher as full-time village manager

When Stanton decided to end a shared manager arrangement with Lakeview last week, Lakeview officials knew they would have to consider new options. The Lakeview Village Council held a special meeting Monday night to offer Shay Gallagher, currently the deputy supervisor of Algoma Township, a full-time job as Lakeview’s village manager.

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview makes manager offer, ends shared manager with Stanton

After the contention last week over the shared manager search for Lakeview and Stanton, Lakeview Village Council held a special meeting Tuesday night at Lakeview Airport-Griffith field.

A pile of trash sits in next to a recycling bin in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center in Howard City on Friday, even though the Montcalm County recycling site has signage specifically stating “No Trash.” The recycling site will be permanently closed down by Dec. 23 due to repeated issues of trash abuse, as well as funding problems for the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City recycling site to close; county’s recycling future uncertain

Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.