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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.