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Kenneth Wood of Sheridan reads a plaque the class dedicated to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Kotenko. The inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy named Tuesday’s graduating class the Michael Kotenko Family Citizens’ Police Academy. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy graduates first class

A police academy of a different sort celebrated graduation Tuesday at Montcalm Community College.

A group of 25 excited men and women gathered to receive certificates of completion for finishing the inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy put on through a partnership between the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.

Some local households are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, a campaign to bring awareness to food allergies during Halloween. People with teal pumpkins outside their house on Halloween will have toys or other prizes as an alternative to candy to be sensitive to the needs of children who have food allergies and cannot have certain candies. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Teal Pumpkin Project aims to raise awareness for food allergies

Come Monday, goblins will walk the sidewalks, witches will run in the streets and ghouls will haunt neighborhoods.

All these haunting prospects are still not as scary as the idea of someone’s child eating a piece of candy they shouldn’t have and having an allergic reaction severe enough to create an anaphylactic response.

From left, Janet Johnson, former trustee; trustees Patricia Hinrichs, Diane Robson, Kathy Nerychel and Sue Draper; and Hope Nobel, library director, accepted the 2016 Quality of Life Award on Thursday at the Lakeview Area Community Fund dinner. — Courtesy photo

Tamarack District Library honored with Quality of Life Award

Tamarack District Library’s Director Hope Nobel, staff members, board members and Friends of the Library have worked hard to make the library an integral part of the community.

During Thursday night’s Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) dinner, their efforts were rewarded by being named the 2016 Quality of Life recipients.

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Pine Township fire protection committee meeting Wednesday

The Pine Township Board is responding to residents’ requests to be assigned to the Montcalm Township Fire Department by forming a fire protection committee.

Several Pine Township residents have requested to be under the Montcalm Township Fire Department because of its proximity. Residents believe it would reduce response times and possible reduce their home insurance rates.

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview Area Community fund celebrates 15 years

LAKEVIEW — Fifteen years ago, the Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) started as a way to raise money for the community, and Thursday night, the LACF celebrated their 15th anniversary at the annual LACF dinner. This year, the LACF had the goal of having 15 donors for their 15th anniversary. They ended up with 16 [...]

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to table a proposed annexation of Cato Township into the village of Lakeview, which would have included the M-46 corridor. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County tables Lakeview’s annexation of Cato Township

An annexation proved to be too much of a vexation to move forward.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday tabled a proposed annexation of Cato Township into Lakeview, telling village officials they needed to do a better job communicating with township residents.

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Montcalm County considers ending cardboard recycling in Lakeview

A proposal to eliminate Lakeview’s cardboard recycling service narrowly failed Monday.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 4-5 to eliminate the service per the recommendation of the county’s Solid Waste Management Planning Committee, meaning the motion failed.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to borrow $2,677,000 to fix budget

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a 2016 borrowing resolution to borrow no more than $2,677,000 for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund Monday.

The state of Michigan began withholding 25 percent of revenue sharing from Montcalm County on Oct. 13 after the county was late in submitting a deficit elimination plan.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals President Andrea Leslie, center, talks to registered nurse Michelle Schroll, left, and nurse tech Mercedes Packard, right, in the hallway of the labor and delivery wing of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals welcome new president

Andrea Leslie decided to pursue a career in healthcare after watching her father battle cancer when she was 14. She was inspired by the way healthcare workers impacted her father’s life. Leslie worked her way up through the healthcare ranks and is now the new president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals.

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Montcalm County hears economic development update

In describing greater Grand Rapids, Birgit Klohs was forthright in her approach of the area from an economic standpoint.

“Nobody wonders where Grand Rapids is,” said Klohs, the president and CEO of The Right Place. “They know New York, they know Las Vegas, they know Chicago, they know L.A., but the middle of the country is often called flyover territory.”