Friday, April 30, 2010

Tour of Homes Reminder


This years Women's City Club tour of homes features several Lake Isabella Homes.

Come and see the following homes of Lake Isabella residents:
Sharon and John Bishop, 1004 Pueblo Pass
Dana and Doug Moore, 1037 Pueblo Pass
Angie and Aaron White, 1051 Pueblo Pass

Additionally, the tour features the home of Mary and Tom Harter, 1375 N. Cedar Pt Drive, Coldwater Lake, and the 2010 Mt. Pleasant Area Tech Center Voc House at 1520 Batson.

Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance, and $10 the day of the house walk. Proceeds help to fund music scholarships and community projects. To purchase tickets in advance please call Terrie Zitzelsberger at 989-506-8586.

Also, the Morning Sun did a feature on this last weekend, click here to read the full story.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Golf Carts & 4 Wheelers on Village Streets



Our office has recieved a handful of concerns this month about riding golf carts and 4 wheelers on Village streets. Under Michigan law, golf carts and 4 wheelers are allowed on public roadways under very limited and specific conditions. The infomartion below is taken from the Michigan State Police website:

Question: My husband saw on the news last night that golf carts were allowed on the county roads in the state of Michigan. Is this true? What are the requirements?

Answer: In late 2006 the Michigan Legislature amended MCL 257.25b and modified the definition of a low speed vehicle to conform to federal standards. As now defined, a low speed vehicle means a four-wheeled motor vehicle whose speed attainable in 1 mile is more than 20 mph but not more than 25 mph on a paved level surface.

A low speed vehicle must be equipped as necessary under both federal standards and Michigan Law. The operator must have a driver license and the vehicle must be registered and insured.

If the cart is not equipped as necessary it can only be legally operated on a highway, (including the right-of-way) in the state of Michigan, under very strict circumstances. In those situations it would be defined as an ORV found in MCL 324.81101 and circumstances allowing operation on a highway while severely limited can be found in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, MCL 324.81122 .


Question: I have a Polaris Ranger and want to know if I can operate it on the road?

Answer: A number of questions have been received concerning use of motor vehicles on public roads that were originally designed and manufactured as off-road vehicles. As a result, we published Traffic Services Section Field Update #21 that discusses this question in depth.

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Under Michigan law, certain counties, and municipalities within those counties are able to create ORV routes. In doing so, it can become permissible to allow golf carts and other ORVs on public roadways. A map of those counties is below.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mark your Calendars... May Tour of Homes--Sunday May 2nd 1-4 pm

This years Women's City Club tour of homes features several Lake Isabella Homes.

Come and see the following homes of Lake Isabella residents:
Sharon and John Bishop, 1004 Pueblo Pass
Dana and Doug Moore, 1037 Pueblo Pass
Angie and Aaron White, 1051 Pueblo Pass

Additionally, the tour features the home of Mary and Tom Harter, 1375 N. Cedar Pt Drive, Coldwater Lake, and the 2010 Mt. Pleasant Area Tech Center Voc House at 1520 Batson.

Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance, and $10 the day of the house walk. Proceeds help to fund music scholarships and community projects. To purchase tickets in advance please call Terrie Zitzelsberger at 989-506-8586.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another Red Flag Day



From the National Weather Service:

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS
EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A RED
FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT
THIS EVENING.

STRONG SOUTHWEST WIND GUSTS OF 25 TO 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED BY
AFTERNOON. THIS WILL COMBINE WITH TEMPERATURES AROUND 80 DEGREES
AND LOW HUMIDITY AROUND 25 PERCENT. THIS WILL CREATE A HIGH FIRE
DANGER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL
CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Strong Showing So Far!




Lake Isabella residents should be very proud, as of today, you are #2 in terms of your census return rate at 76%. Deerfield Township is leading the county with 81% returned. Here is how things are shaping up for the major governmental units in Isabella County:

81% Deerfield Township
76% Lake Isabella
74% Clare
71% Rosebush
69% Shepherd
68% Mount Pleasant
61% Union Township

The information above is provided by the Census Website, which has a pretty cool map to show you the return rate of each area. The map can be found by clicking here!

Right now Michigan ranks 5th in terms of the return rate with a statewide 69%. Isabella County is just 1% above the statewide rate at 70%. Two adjacent counties, Gratiot and Midland have very strong rates each at 78%.

Again, excellent work, and lets strive for 100%!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Burning Ban in Effect



...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

GUSTY SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS OVER 20 MPH WILL COMBINE WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE 80S AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES BELOW 25 PERCENT TO CREATE VERY HAZARDOUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Return to Golden Pond



When Lake Isabella decided to list the features of the community and register with the Michigan Film Office, nobody could have expected such fast results. The bedroom community of just under 1,000 homes has been chosen as the setting for the recast of On Golden Pond.

The original which was shot in 1981 won three Oscars and starred Hollywood legends Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Dabney Coleman. Based on a 1979 play of the same title, On Golden Pond focuses on an aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond.

During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé Bill and his son Billy in tow. The film explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father while growing up, the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, and the special bond forged by Norman and Billy while his father and Chelsea spend time in Europe.

The new installment is set to reexamine those relationships as Chelsea and Bill are now in their golden years, living nearly the same life that her parents did. Casting is in progress with Hollywood gossip site TMZ reporting that recent Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges being a front runner for the role of the elder Bill. Rumors also abound regarding the casting of Chelsea.

Universal Pictures has been stedfast that since the original resulted in Academy wins in Best Actor and Best Actress, the new installment needs to carry the same magnitute of acting ability. The studio, while not publically hinting at their wish list, is reported to be seeking either Sissy Spacek or Susan Sarandon for the role of Chelsea.

24 front man Kiefer Sutherland is also rummored to be cast as Billy Jr., now in his middle ages and with a family of his own. Also in the mix will be local casting calls for extras and other minor roles in the film. No exact date has been set for the start of filming, but late this fall is a possibility.

In addition to this breaking news, the Village would like wish everyone a very happy April's Fool Day!