A carnival provided plenty of fun for younger Summerfest attendees. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New events prove popular at Lakeview Summerfest

Cloudy skies that threatened rain throughout the day Saturday did little to deter revelers intent on enjoying this year’s Summerfest. Several new events, as well as a host of returning favorites, helped ensure the festival offered something to appeal to everyone. Turnout was excellent throughout the weekend, particularly at popular events like the Kid’s Carnival in the parking lot across the street from the Kelsey Wellness Center.

Members of the Betham Trucking tee ball team wave to the crowd as they make their way down Lincoln Avenue during last year’s Lakeview Summerfest parade. — File photo

Summerfest returns to Lakeview, bigger and better than ever

For village residents who still remember the “big” summer festivals of years past, this year’s Summerfest is going to be a trip down memory lane. Thanks to the hard work of the Lakeview’s Festival Board — which recently gained non-profit status — the festival is packed with offerings guaranteed to appeal to young and old alike.

The 96 graduating seniors of Lakeview High School’s class of 2015 toss their caps into the air at the conclusion of Sunday’s commencement ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview High School graduates 96 seniors

Graduation caps are traditionally thrown into the air at the end of a commencement ceremony, but Lakeview seniors had to hold onto their hats Sunday afternoon while a strong wind played toss-up with caps and honors cords alike.

Lakeview author Dallas Lincoln has published several novels in recent years. His most recent, “Eagle Feather, Boy Chief,” is now available at Robbins Book List in Greenville. The story is a continuation of a story published several years ago about life on Tamarack Lake in the 1800s. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview author Lincoln pens sequel

Author Dallas Lincoln is back again with the latest installment in his “Eagle Feather” story, a fictionalized history of what life might have been like along the banks of Tamarack Lake during the time of white encroachment of what had until then been Native American land. “Eagle Feather, Boy Chief” picks up the story begun in Lincoln’s earlier novel, “Eagle Feather and Louise.” That book chronicled a time in the mid-1800s, during the height of Michigan’s logging days.

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Lakeview senior overcomes health issues to pursue her dreams

Life in a small town is what you make it. It’s a matter of who you choose as friends, which activities you choose to participate in; in short, you get out of it what you put into it. That’s the philosophy of Kennedy Cogswell, who recently put in her last day as a senior at Lakeview High School.

Edye Evans, voted West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year in 2011, is just one of several acts performing at this year’s Music in the Park concert series at Lakeside Park in Lakeview. The Wednesday evening series gets underway July 1 with vocal jazz from Michigan native Claudia Schmidt. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview concert series just keeps getting better

It seems nearly every town has some sort of summertime concert series these days. After all, what’s not to like about free music in a bucolic, temperate setting?

But few of these musical offerings compare with the acts presented this year at Lakeview’s Music in the Park concert series. The surprisingly diverse lineup includes several nationally recognized acts, renowned recording artists and a few West Michigan favorites.

Roots music and dance will be the focus of an upcoming weeklong camp at the Wheatland Music Organization’s grounds in Remus. The camp includes camping, food, showers, workshops and concerts. — Courtesy photo

Wheatland Music Organization offers music and dance camp

There are few groups more dedicated to preserving and promoting the “roots arts” than is the Wheatland Music Organization. For decades, Wheatland has presented concerts, classes, workshops and — during the first week of September each year — what has become the state’s premier outdoor roots music and arts festival.

Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, right, reports on plans for the 2015-2016 school year as School Board President Edward Jonaitis listens during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Andrews

Lakeview may go back to school early

Staff and students at Lakeview Community Schools may go back to school as early as Aug. 31 this year. The Lakeview school board heard plans regarding an earlier start to the school year, as well as an update about the balanced calendar concept, during Monday’s regular meeting.

Lakeview property owner Paul Messman, standing, spoke to members of the Lakeview Village Council on Monday in an effort to convince them to consider designating a block of Lake Drive — between 4th and 5th streets — a pedestrian only walkway. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tree removal near Lakeview airport coming soon

As new trees are planted in Wiseman Park, old trees will soon be coming down on village-owned property adjacent to Griffith Field Airport. At Monday’s meeting, the Lakeview Village Council debated the best use of the 14 acres. Currently, the land sits unused and overgrown with pine trees. The overabundance of pines has prevented healthy tree growth there and many of the trees are in danger of toppling over in high winds. Others already have. Additionally, the trees are reaching a point that they may soon present a danger for airport traffic.

Student volunteers wait their turn to start digging in at Wiseman Park. The Lakeview Middle School fifth-graders planted 65 red oak, red maple and white paper birch trees at the park as part of a community beautification program funded by a grant from the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview’s Wiseman Park gets improvements

Wiseman Park, located on the northwest side of town, has for time out of mind been little more than a scraggly, weed-infested field. Although maintained regularly by the Lakeview Department of Public Works, it has been, in essence, a plot of land looking for a purpose.