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Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team credits family, community for fifth national title
The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team once again exhibited its trade-mark dominance by winning its fifth national championship since 1996 at this year's national meet In Janesville, Wisconsin.
In addition to those five titles (won In 1996,2000,2001,2010 and now 2016) the team has finished in the top five at every national tournament — quite the achievement for a team made up of 95 percent local Wonder Lake residents.
"We had a pretty solid summer of skiing," team spokesman Jarret Graff said. "We came into it in May when we first got onto the water with big intentions of winning a national championship this year. It had been six years since our last one. We had some very new leadership taking over with a lot of motivation and momentum and great leadership abilities that got us to where we wanted to be." ... Read full story
Published in the McHenry Times Oct 3-9, 2016 edition
Smart Use of "Variables" Can Lead to Right Answers
Financial News brought to you by David Lammers, Edward Jones Investments. 815-344-2925. Member SIPC
If you think back to your math classes, you may remember that many problems involved variables — and changing these variables altered the outcome of the problem. Similar situations also occur in life — for example, several variables are involved in managing your retirement income.
One such variable is your investment mix. You can adjust this mix to provide more income-producing opportunities as needed.
Another variable is the percentage of your investment portfolio you withdraw each year during your retirement. You can always change your withdrawal rate to reflect your circumstances.
And another key variable is your Social Security benefits. Your benefit is permanently reduced if you start taking your benefit early. But your benefit is permanently increased the longer you delay up to age 70.
Finally, you might do some work during your retirement years — and this earned income is another key variable in your retirement income picture. You have some control over all these variables. So study your choices carefully as you work toward achieving the income you need to enjoy the retirement you want.
My Journey to Hell: A Story of Lave, Loss, and Hope Out of a tragedy,
I have published a book titled: My Journey to Hell: A story of Love, Loss, and Hope. I never expected to write a book, especially about such a personal and heartbreaking topic. It began as my own way to process and as a therapy for myself. Shortly after I began, I realized I had a story to share with others and one that I hope will help others in crisis.
The sudden and tragic suicide of Robin Williams brought new attention to the subject of depression and suicide. If a celebrity with fame, finances and success could struggle with depression to the point of suicide, the country started to realize it could happen to anyone. In fact, it does!
Life is a journey but this was not the path that I expected to take. Suicide happens in the newspaper or on television, not up close and personal! I never expected the complete shutdown I now experience whenever I see a police squad car with lights shining and sirens blaring. Navigating through warning signs, expectations of leaving a child in a mental health hospital, emotional bombardment, and many other factors of dealing with a loved one who has attempted suicide can be overwhelming. With my first hand experience along with my counseling training I hope to help others through the trauma of coping with a loved one's attempted suicide.
I believe hope is what we need to cling to when reality leaves us little else. My hope is that the unimaginable pain my son experienced and the telling of our story will help others.
Geri A. Condon, LCPC, Capture Your Path Counseling 815-728-3056 www.captureyourpath.com firstname.lastname@example.org
On April 22, 2015 Casey Voris of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Starck Real Estate and agent for Patriot Estates a Cunat Development, humbly accepted the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Presidents Award for achieving $185,000 in gross commission income and 50 or more closings for the 8th time. His dedication, loyalty, commitment and education of the real estate business was praised by his peers at the BHHS Starch real Estate Annual Awards Banquet.
"Winter was coming and K-9 Kastle has a long driveway. My previous snow plow operator broke down and scalped my grass. I thought "THE CHAMBER WAY" and called Dana at K.T. Cleaning and ~ Snow Removal. They staked out the driveway all the way back to the barn. Their plow is lifted to push snow over the grass. What a relief - no snow piled by the parking area. K.T. Cleaning & Snow Removal from Wonder Lake, ' "You are a Howling Success" with all the K-9's". ~ Kathy Reiland, Gypsy Glen K-9 Kastle Pet Resort.
Outlook for Today's Investors: Less Certaintv - but Potential Opportunities
Smartphones, tablets and other technological innovations of today have made our lives more enjoyable and productive in many ways. Yet when it comes to investing for the future, our predecessors in the 1950s and 1960s may have had an easier time of it than we do. What's changed? First, real wages - wages after inflation is taken into account - have stagnated for about 40 years. Secondly, guaranteed pensions have largely disappeared. To help compensate for these losses, you'll need to consider two things: investing for growth and taking advantage of every retirement plan available to you, such as your 401 (k) and IRA. Putting as much as you can afford into these tax-advantaged accounts can help you build the resources you may need for a comfortable retirement. As far as attaining rising wages and enjoying guaranteed retirement payments, we don't have the "certainties" that many people had in previous decades. But look closely at the opportunities you do have as you plan for your future. For more info contact Dave Lammers, Edward Jones Investments at 815-344-2925. Member SIPC
Performance Unlimited Inc. is Thrilled to Receive this 2014 Angie's List Super Service Award
"Only about 5 percent of the Auto Repair companies in McHenry County have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award," said Angie's List Founder Angie Hicks. "It's a really high standard." Performance Unlimited have met strict eligi-bility requirements, which include an "A" rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie's List, pass a background check and abide by Angie's List operational guidelines. 815-728-0343; www.4performanceunlimited.com.
Excellence Award for Crystal Lake Attorney
Crystal Lake family law attorney Karen M. Lavin has been awarded the "Excellence in the Legal Profession" by Martindale-Hubbell.
The peer review rating is earned through a process that is managed and monitored by Martindale-Hubbell.
According to martindale.com the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and judiciary.