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Lakeview’s website lacks functionality and interactivity, at least compared with the proposed website council members discussed at Monday’s meeting.

Lakeview village website needs to be updated

A municipal website should be a place where residents can pay bills, get regularly updated information about village events and easily access the particulars regarding local ordinances. In all these categories, Lakeview’s current online presence is somewhat lagging, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm.

This Lakeside Park pier was funded in part with Lakeview Downtown Development Authority monies. Now the DDA is considering other, future projects. These may include a seaplane base, small boat docks on the northwest side of the lake and a public park in the former Bollinger’s car lot. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tamarack Lake improvements planned in Lakeview

The Lakeview Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has in recent years overseen several improvements to the public areas surrounding Tamarack Lake.

These include a complete overhaul of Lakeside Park, a pier there, street improvements along Lake Drive, and a park and several new “green areas” between the village’s main street and the lake.

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview looks at website update

This village will be getting an online makeover soon if members of the Lakeview Village Council have their way. Lakeview’s current site is too limited in functionality, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm.

The Pocket Park connecting Lakeview’s main street with the lake from which the village takes its name is one of many improvements completed there in recent months. — Courtesy photo

Improvements draw increased usage of Lakeview’s community parks

If there’s one municipality that seems to be growing steadily more attractive and desirable to both residents and potential business, it’s the village of Lakeview.

According to Village Manager Jake Eckholm — who also serves as Stanton’s city manager — that’s no mistake.

The Lakeview Ministerial Association’s Food Pantry is currently running low on several important items, due to holiday-related demand. The pantry is most in need of toiletry items and gift cards for the purchase of fresh meat. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Ministerial Association Food Pantry in need of donations

The need for food pantry donations exists year-’round, but sometimes the holidays are an especially tenuous time for those tasked with providing meals to local, economically disadvantaged families.

Electrical problems that have cause several Christmas lights in downtown Lakeview to go dark will soon be repaired, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Christmas lights will be back on soon in Lakeview

Residents of this village are likely wondering if the Grinch has been working his nefarious magic on the town’s downtown Christmas lights.

For the past several weeks, they’ve been on again and off again.

Tom Aldridge II of Lakeview uses a radial drill press to prep a custom-made mold. Aldridge started as a cleaner for Steeplechase in Lakeview in 2009 and is now in the company’s apprenticeship program through Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Made in Our Own Backyard: Steeplechase Tool & Die

A portrait of Michael “Mick” Baird hangs in the lobby of Steeplechase Tool & Die. Baird died this past March at the age of 68, but his legacy lives on through the company he founded 16 years ago. He gifted much of his stocks to his colleagues and employees, including Vice President Michael Garvey and President Tim Caverley.

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JUST IN: Lakeview Christmas lights on the fritz

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the village, and then again, it’s not. Problems with the main street Christmas lighting has been causing headaches for the village Department of Public Works since they were installed earlier this winter.

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post hosted its Shop with a Hero event Tuesday at the Greenville Meijer. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan State Police hosts Shop with a Hero event

The spirit of philanthropy was personified in the troopers of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post on Tuesday. During the Shop with a Hero event, more than 15 troopers took 16 Montcalm County-area children shopping for Christmas presents at the Greenville Meijer.

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CPL gun board changes will allow ‘one-stop shopping’

County gun boards were eliminated last week per a new state law, leaving concealed pistol license (CPL) applications in the hands of county clerks and state police.

County sheriffs and prosecutors are no longer part of the CPL process, per Public Acts 3 and 4, which Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law last March. County clerks and the Michigan State Police (MSP) are now responsible for issuing CPLs to qualified applicants.