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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Jan. 22

Big Rapids 78, Central Montcalm 36: The Green Hornets were mercied by the Cardinals, who shot 58.5 percent from the field, in a CSAA-Gold game Friday night. Mitch Nichols had eight and Hunter VeltKamp had seven for Central…


Funeral Notices for Jan. 25, 2016

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One of the 130 participants of the 2015 Turk Lake Polar Plunge take the plunge into the cold depths of Turk Lake. Last year’s plungers raised more than $35,000 for Michigan Special Olympics. (File photo)

Turk Lake Polar Plunge is Feb. 13

Although not scientifically proven, Jim Dennis has a theory: Jump into the icy waters of Turk Lake and you’ll never be cold again. That’s the mentality the Turk Lake Polar Plunge coordinator shares with those who may be on the fence about participating in the annual event, scheduled for Feb. 13.

Families Against Narcotics chapter for Ionia and Montcalm counties (I/M FAN) Advisory Board member Daniel Brewer speaks about his experiences with addiction and how I/M Fan will aim to help those in need Thursday at First Congregational Church in Greenville. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Local Families Against Narcotics chapter aims to eradicate drug addiction

As Charlie Powers scanned the crowd of more than 75 people seated before him, he could sense the same pain in them that he carries within himself every day.

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.”

Personalized funerals are trending in today’s society. For example, one local funeral procession called for friends and family to gather at an American Legion where the deceased arranged to buy the “last round” for family and friends. (Courtesy photos)

FINANCIAL FITNESS: Funerals are becoming more personalized in today’s society

Many conversations have taken place about “when I die…,” with ideas of what a person would want at his or her funeral. Those ideas are now starting to be the norm in today’s funerals.

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.”

Mike Verdun has been in the funeral business for 20 years, operating Verdun Family Funeral Home in Belding. Within that time, Verdun has seen cremation increase within his clientele from approximately 10 to 12 percent to more than 50 precent of families opting for cremation.

FINANCIAL FITNESS: Religious, emotional and financial implications of cremation

When making end of life plans for a loved one or pre-planning funeral arrangements, many decisions come into play. One such decision is deciding to be cremated, an option that continues to trend upward.

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BUSINESS BEAT: Cambridge Court leads way for Greenville’s PACE district in energy efficiency

A small multi-family unit complex on Walnut Street has become the flag bearer for clean energy, not only within Michigan but nationally. Those involved celebrated the feat with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.


Funeral Notices for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2016

Funeral Notices for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2016