Mike Taylor

If investments are handled professionally and with due consideration, even in tough times, assets may be pulled from some areas without upsetting an investor’s entire apple cart. (Courtesy graphic)

FINANCIAL FITNESS: Diversification is key to secure retirement

It’s heavy on the Scottish brogue, but the message of Robert Burns’ 1785 poem, “To a Mouse,” still rings true today. Writer-director Woody Allen couched this eternal truth in more modern vernacular when he quipped, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”

The cost of residing at an assisted living facility has skyrocketed and those in the know say it’s likely to continue to climb in the future.  (Courtesy photo)

FINANCIAL FITNESS: Make your later years ‘golden’ by planning ahead

Gone are the days when two or even three generations of family lived beneath a single farmhouse roof. Today’s seniors — living longer than any previous generation — often find themselves on their own when it comes to locating housing and adequate long-term health care in their “golden years.”

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Lakeview Area Chamber of Commerce comes back

Numerous civic improvements and an influx of new businesses have altered the face of this village in recent months. So it’s not surprising the Lakeview Area Chamber of Commerce — dormant for the past two years — is experiencing a resurgence as well.

Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, left, Supervisor Chris Johnston, center, and Clerk Bob Naumann listen to residents interested in the amount of usage the Crystal Community Center has been getting in recent months. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Crystal residents query community center usage

Township residents are curious as to just how much use the Crystal Community Center is getting these days, as well as how much revenue it’s bringing in. Understandable, considering the township board has previously discussed the possibility of a bond to help pay for improvements and repairs there. That bond issue could appear on the ballot as soon as August.

Rick Chapla, left, of The Right Place, fielded questions and concerns Tuesday evening from members of the Sheridan Village Council. Council members were upset over problems with bids let out for demolition of the old Carnation building. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Carnation building demo still on track despite bidding snafus

Montcalm County officials continue to work to strike the right note when it comes to dog kennel regulations. On Monday, the county’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee approved making changes to the county’s dog law enforcement ordinance and sending it back to committee for review in February before recommending the changes to the full Board of Commissioners.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township approves tractor purchase

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — At its regular Wednesday evening meeting, members of the Crystal Township Board unanimously approved the purchase of a new tractor for use by the township’s Sewer District.

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: Sheridan roads to be sprinkled with ‘kosher’ salt

The Department of Public Works usually goes that extra mile to keep roads clean in this village, but starting soon, things will be even more kosher than usual.

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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.