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Lakeview’s Lakeside Park is undergoing an expansion and transformation within the next two years. The park recently expanded after an adjancent home was torn down. — Courtesy photo

First phase of Lakeview park improvement is complete

Since the 1950s, the Lincoln family home stood at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street in Lakeview. Surrounded by stately maple trees and situated on the west edge of Lakeside Park, it was one of the nicer-looking homes on the block. In July, that house came down after being purchased by the village with Downtown Development Authority funds to make way for the expansion of the park. The demolition upset a few village residents until they learned the park expansion is exactly what the Lincoln family wanted, particularly Ruby Lincoln, the last of the Lincoln clan to reside there.

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Film at MCC aims at suicide prevention

Suicide is a tragedy with long reaching consequences and its prevention is the goal of the film “Don’t Change The Subject” produced by Michael Stutz. Stutz contacted Montcalm Community College Dean of Instruction and Faculty Gary Hauck to premier the movie in Montcalm County. Hauck said that it was Stutz’s intention to introduce the movie on college campuses around the country. Suicide can still be considered a taboo subject but that is exactly what Stutz wants to change.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 4, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012

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Sunday night fire destroys Fenwick home

No one was injured in a structure fire that completely destroyed a home at 9516 S. Brown Road in Fenwick on Sunday night. According to Sheridan Community Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Ed Lingeman, the owners of the home were away when the fire started shortly before 8 p.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene the fire was already fully involved.

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OUR VIEW: The bridge and the billionaire

There’s a $2 billion dollar bridge in the balance as the battle continues between Gov. Rick Snyder and Matty Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge, the current span linking Detroit and Windsor, Ont.

Ryan Dombrowski, 7, of Rockford, spreads his arms to imitate a plane on the “Swinger” carnival ride as his mother, Michelle Cooper, of Rockford, swings behind him during the first day of the Belding Labor Day Celebration in downtown Belding Friday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Labor Day kicks off with midway, parade and classic cars

As local businesses began to close their doors for the holiday weekend Friday night, downtown Belding was open and alive with carnival rides, bands and parades for the 107th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 1, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012

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ED GILBERT: Duck, goose hunting is in the wings

Yes, duck hunters, it’s about time to oil up your dogs and feed your shotgun some carbohydrates. Duck and goose hunting is in the wings. Actually, an early goose season is on, statewide, beginning today. And from all indications there are plenty of geese around. You know, you golfers may even have to fight your favorite golf course for space, since geese seem to love those links.

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Belding rolls to first victory of the season vs. Lakewood

Once the Belding Redskins offense got rolling, it never stopped. The Redskins cruised to 63-42 victory at Rudness Field on Thursday night against Lake Odessa Lakewood. It was Belding’s second straight win against the Vikings.

Alec and Trenton Martinez were fishing in Como Lake in Greenville recently when they spotted hundreds of freshwater jellyfish. They took a photo and released the creatures back into the lake.— Courtesy photo

Freshwater jellyfish sighting in Greenville lake called rare by DNR

Greenville residents recently caught a glimpse of nature that is not seen very often, maybe once every 15 years, according to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources official.