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After being diagnosed with diabetes just over a year ago, Greenville resident Kat Skeens decided to make some changes in her life. Since then, she has dropped 50 pounds and is living a happier, healthier life. — Courtesy photo

Greenville woman earns new lease on life after diabetes detection

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference, the small changes that alter the course of a life.

That’s certainly been the case for Greenville resident Katherine “Kat” Skeens, who in February 2015 was diagnosed with diabetes.

The Tamarack Family Dentistry has been a staple of Lakeview’s downtown district for the past 20 years. Owners Dr. Keith Treiber and his wife, Debbie, both pictured above, are also well involved in community events, as well, founding the successful Lakeview Area Community Foundation. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Lakeview dentistry celebrates 20 years of business

For 20 years, Dr. Keith Treiber and the staff of Tamarack Family Dentistry have provided quality dental services to the village and surrounding areas. In that time, the practice has thrived, both as a business and as a contributing member of the community.

Greenville resident and mother of three Jennifer Millard is constantly “in training” for various 5 and 10K races. She runs as a means of staving off her family history of heart disease. Currently, she’s training for the Fifth Third Riverbank Run, to be held May 14 in Grand Rapids. — Courtesy photo

Greenville woman running for her life

Few people know the day or hour of their own demise. This is a fact for which most of us are grateful.

Life, after all, is meant to be lived with a certain sense of abandon; counting down the remaining hours is the main ingredient in a recipe for unhappiness.

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Stanton thinking big when it comes to civic improvements

If all goes as planned, the city of Stanton could find itself $700,000 closer to seeing a host of public amenities become reality. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Commission, commissioners passed a resolution allowing City Manager Jake Eckholm to seek grant funding from two separate sources: The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program.

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From chickens to robots, 4-H craft show raising funds for future projects

There’s a lot more to 4-H than raising and showing chickens and rabbits. In fact, there’s a whole world of 4-H fun and learning out there that bears little resemblance to the “public face” of the program with which most 4-H fair goers are familiar.

According to Sheridan Village Superintendent Doug Lane, a poorly marked center turn lane winds up getting used in ways never intended by MDOT in front of Sheridan Community Hospital at 301 North Main St. Village leaders fear a potential head-on crash scenario without proper markings in place.— Daily News/Cory Smith

New striping on M-66 could prevent accidents in Sheridan

A rash of complaints from village residents have prompted officials here to look at additional striping for portions of M-66.

According to Village Superintendent Doug Lane, there are currently four problem areas, two of which if left unchecked could result in serious head-on collisions.

Motorcycles speed across the ice of Tamarack Lake during the 2015 Lakeview Winterfest. Ice bike races for this year’s festival are slated for 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, but could be hampered by melted snow and unsafe ice. — File photo

Lakeview Winterfest planners hoping for snow Saturday

Organizers of this year’s Lakeview Winterfest are hoping predictions for an unseasonably warm weekend are wrong.

It’s hard to blame them, considering how many activities for Saturday’s festival are predicated on the notion there will be plenty of snow and ice, ice, ice.

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.