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Home Care In Lakeville, IN

Home Care Lakeville, IN

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Lakeville Historical Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Lakeville, IN is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“I have worked alongside Always Best Care and they have been amazing. Very quick to help out patients in need and staff is very polite and professional.”

Jill W.

“ABC is a great place to be! Thank you Patti, Stephanie, and Michele for all you do! You all are Awesome & thank you for the honors of being part of the team also acknowledging myself for Employee of the Month of March! You all are appreciated”

Sowana H.

“Best Company I’ve ever encountered. I love how flexible and efficient they are. I love the open door policy. Michelle is my favorite schedule she does an amazing job with communication.”

Angelnique T.

“I give always best care of 5 stars. They are caring and have a sincere heart I love working with this agency..”

Deniva J.

“Always Best Care has been exceptional the four years i’ve worked there. The staff and schedulers, especially Michele, are helpful in finding compatibility for your clients, they’re also flexible in scheduling hours. Great company, great staff.”

Alexis E.

“it is my pleasure to leave a review for the Coffee need that support the most I would like Stephanie Kramer for supporting me and helping me get through my work schedules and feel comfortable at my place of employment. I am sad to see that she left Scheduling , but she still tries her best to help everyone even with her new position. Her dedication means everything I would like to Tasha as well for communicating with me so much I also cannot forget Patricia and Michelle as well. You ladies help me so much with my client. I greatly appreciate you ladies. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that you ladies have with meeting me halfway when it comes to our job it definitely makes everything much easier. Keep up the great work as well as the rest of the staff thank you ladies for everything that you do and congratulations Monique on your new position.”

Doninique W.

“I have worked with more home health agencies than I care to remember, both in GA and MI, when I worked in healthcare; and I have to say that Always Best Care is one of the best home health care agencies that I have found since the early 90's !!! I have been a client with Always Best Care since February 2022 and I have been extremely pleased with the help I have received both from my caregivers and the office staff. All the staff work hard and the quality of care is exceptional!!! The few occasions that I didn't like a caregiver because of either poor work ethic or personality, Always Best Care always took care of finding another caregiver to better meet my needs ASAP!! When I first started with Always Best Care I did get a few caregivers that weren't a good fit. But, within a very short period of time my scheduler learned my specific needs and personality and she found caregivers for me that were a wonderful match!! As in every area of healthcare, the high turnover of employees is to be expected!!! But, Always Best Care has always made sure that I have a new caregiver that matches my needs and expectations!! I have and would, highly recommend Always Best Care for your home health daily care!!”


“We used ABC several years ago for my dad, after he had a stroke. I called a few months ago to set up a care plan for my elderly mom. She had a hip replaced, and lives alone. I knew we would feel better having someone there to help her and visit with her until she could get up and around on her own. ABC works through our scheduling nightmares (mom tends to send people home early, and tell them not to come back)….and they have been SO patient with our ever changing and increasing needs for mom. Their response time and communication are impeccable!!”

Amy L.

“We used ABC several years ago for my dad, after he had a stroke. I called a few months ago to set up a care plan for my elderly mom. She had a hip replaced, and lives alone. I knew we would feel better having someone there to help her and visit with her until she could get up and around on her own. ABC works through our scheduling nightmares (mom tends to send people home early, and tell them not to come back)….and they have been SO patient with our ever changing and increasing needs for mom. Their response time and communication are impeccable!!”

Amy L.

“I love working for Always Best Care The staff is very helpful, encouraging wonderful, loving family. Thank you for the opportunity of serving for your company thank you to Michelle, who is always looking out for me and making sure that I have the hours that I need.”

Jazzmine .

“Always Best Care gives great encouragement and support to their caregivers during any situation or time of need. The care and dedication to their staff is incredible and I throughly enjoy my time working along side them!”

Kaitlyn S.

“I love the company I think they really do care about the employee the residents”

Falon S.

“Stephanie Stevens is a great CSD! Thanks for all you do!”

Stephanie S.

“Always Best care is amazing!”

Patti V.

“Always Best Care is a great company. Not only do they provide the best care for their clients, but they go above and beyond for their staff as well.”

Monique B.

“We have used Always Best Care two different times for our Mother. Both times the care was excellent. I have referred Always Best Care to several people.”

Michelle P.

“Hi my name is Linda and I've been working with always best care for 2 years now and it's a great atmosphere I like coming in to work meeting new people. It's a place that's kind friendly and it makes you feel at home it makes you feel that you're working with people that understand you know you're different needs your different hours and if something come up they are there to help you with anything that you need help with it's a great company I'm so glad I signed up with the company I signed up a little bit after the pandemic and I just needed somewhere that I could really consider myself at home or I find a home and I have I'm amazed at how the people are so nice when you talk to them on the phone how nice they are friendly you can tell this saying it with a smile I enjoy working there I tell people ask me where I work at always best care they like what yeah always best care yes it's a nice company sign up with it you won't regret it I'm glad I do it I'm really glad I did”

Linda M.

“Always best care has always been there when I needed them! They make it convenient for me to take care of my father. I most definitely recommend them!”

Stacy F.

“I have used quite a few different providers and ABC is by far the best company. From the office staff to the caregivers, they are doing what they love and it shows.”

Wendy O.

“Great place to work at very professional and appreciative for their staff”

JerelCDBErep C.

“Overall a great company to work for! They do a wonderful job recognizing caregivers; from big recognition like a monthly caregiver award and random drawings, to small recognition such as any time you visit the office you are free to grab snacks, beverages, gear and more often than not there is some type of food they have ordered that is available. They really don’t hold back in this area! There has been quite a bit of changes made in office positions within the last year. Response time, outside of the scheduling department, can be improved upon.”

Natalie C.

“They really help people when they need it”


“I've had caregivers for about 5 years now. Only having been disappointed and frustrated. Since Always Best Care came into my life, my worries have ended. I never knew if previous caregivers were going to show up, or do what I needed. Everytime they would complete a task, they would sit down and be on their phone. Kari and Jamisha finish a task and right to the next. No problems. My mind has been put at ease. They are very professional yet so so friendly. They ask, what else they can do for me. I also have my ABC emergency call button. Now I have peace of mind if an emergency should arise. My case coordinator Stephanie Stevens. Stays right on top of my case. Thank you so much for making my life easier. I have recommended your company to others that may need assistance in the future.”

Gary M.

“Carole is an excellent caring professional. She has been extremely helpful in advising us and in scheduling care. With respect to the caregivers, we have no complaints. We want to give a special thank you to Rhona for her time and effort in creating a special bond with our mother.”

Melissa E.

“They were my mother's caretakers up until we moved away to seek life saving treatment. It was hard for them at times, because sometimes the homecare aides sometimes called off last minute. One time something came up missing, and the owner personally delivered a replacement. They're not perfect but they try their best.”

LaVon T.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Lakeville, IN?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Lakeville, IN

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Newton Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local PORTERHOUSE Steak & Seafood Restaurant or visit Betty's Neck, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Lakeville, IN

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Lakeville, IN, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your IN's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Lakeville, IN understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Mary B Home
  • BeeHive Homes of Lakeville
  • Suite Living Senior Care of Lakeville
  • Kingsley Shores Senior Community
  • The Fountains at Hosanna
  • 2 Caring Hands Inc
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Lakeville, IN 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Lakeville, IN

Lakeville author and former Apponequet teacher to give talk on book

Emma [email protected] — Sometimes life comes down to a series of specific moments.For longtime Apponequet High School Teacher Richard Tripp, he isn’t sure if he would have become an English teacher if it ha...

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LAKEVILLE — Sometimes life comes down to a series of specific moments.

For longtime Apponequet High School Teacher Richard Tripp, he isn’t sure if he would have become an English teacher if it hadn’t been for a supportive conversation in high school. And he’s not sure if he would have been the same person he is today if he hadn’t spent three pivotal years of his life teaching English at a high school in the Zuni Pueblo.

Tripp was one of the first students to graduate from Apponequet High School when it opened in 1959. At the time he had already signed up to go study business in college, but his high school English teacher suggested a different route.

“I had an English teacher who said to me… ‘you’re planning to be an English teacher, aren’t you?’” Tripp explained. “He said several things [about me] that were very kind and nice and, I hope, true.”

That conversation stuck with Tripp, and after studying business, he realized that he would be better off as a teacher and got a second degree at Bridgewater State University.

That was where, by chance, he ended up on a journey that would see him travel away from Lakeville and teach English on a Native American reservation.

Walking through Bridgewater State University before he was due to graduate, Tripp met a group of people who were recruiting for a program called VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America.

“One of their films that they were showing [to recruit people for VISTA] was a girl working on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico,” Tripp explained. “I had never been to the West and the geography there looked really inviting.”

A few years later, after working as a teacher in a hospital, Tripp got a job teaching in Zuni, a Native American reservation between New Mexico and Arizona.

“I was living in a foreign culture. Everybody looked very different than I did,” Tripp said.

“Most of the teachers there were not there for the best of reasons,” Tripp explained. “Some of them were there because they couldn't hold down jobs any other place.”

Teaching at the high school in Zuni came with a set of challenges for Tripp, he said. Most of the students there spoke English as a second language, and they felt alienated by the curriculum, which didn’t refer to indigenous people in a positive light.

One of the changes Tripp made was he started teaching books that featured indigenous people.

The students at the high school were given the “books that every kid in the United States had, which were all geared to white kids,” Tripp explained. “Any references to Indians were negative. You know, the word savage or lots of other words that were just not culturally very good.”

“I wrote to the publishing companies and I said: ‘I'm on a reservation. I have kids who don't have culturally appropriate materials. I can't get any money to buy textbooks. Can you send me 30 copies of [various books]?’”

The new books sparked his students’ interest in his class and “won them over,” Tripp recalled. “It just made teaching quite easy because they wanted to read [the material],” Tripp said.

Tripp said that during his time at the Zuni reservation, he was a student as well as a teacher, and spent time learning about pottery and weaving. He also got married to another teacher.

“It was a unique experience and it changed my whole life,” Tripp said. “I learned to weave there and… I’ve been a weaver ever since.”

He also served as a leader of the native dance group at the school, he said, along with a worker at the school who was Native American herself.

Eventually, after three years at the reservation he came back to Lakeville, in part because he missed his family, he said.

“Zunis were very closely related to their families, they did things together all the time, and I saw what I was missing in my own life,” he said.

Even after Tripp left the reservation, he stayed in contact with the people he met there, he said. He hosted the daughter of one of his students from the reservation in Lakeville for two years so she could attend high school at Apponequet, after the former student told him that his daughter wasn’t learning enough at the high school on the reservation.

“If that guy hadn't been trying to get people to join VISTA that afternoon at Bridgewater [State University], and if I hadn't gone through Boyden Hall and seen him there, none of this would have happened,” Tripp said.

“I wouldn't be married to the person I'm married to or have the kids I have,” he added.

After he retired from his job as a teacher at Apponequet High School in Lakeville, Tripp wrote a book about his time at the Zuni Pueblo, titled “Lessons Learned in Zuni.” He is giving a talk about his book at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Middleboro on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Later this year, Tripp will give a second talk about his book at the Lakeville Library on Monday, Feb. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8.

Those wishing to purchase a copy of the book can do so by emailing [email protected].

He wrote the book, he said, in part because “I wanted my children and my grandchildren to know about a very important time to me.”

When Is Santa Claus Coming To Lakeville?

Get ready, because Santa Claus is coming to Lakeville! This holiday season, the man in red is spreading holiday joy all over town. So get those wishlists ready, be on your best behavior (Santa knows if you've been bad or good!) and mark your calendar. Here's when and where you can catch Santa in the Lakeville area this year!Please note: Event dates are subject to change or cancellation. We recommend calling ahead to confirm and making reservations when possible.When: Saturday, Dec. 2Where:...

Get ready, because Santa Claus is coming to Lakeville! This holiday season, the man in red is spreading holiday joy all over town. So get those wishlists ready, be on your best behavior (Santa knows if you've been bad or good!) and mark your calendar. Here's when and where you can catch Santa in the Lakeville area this year!

Please note: Event dates are subject to change or cancellation. We recommend calling ahead to confirm and making reservations when possible.

When: Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Rosemount Community Center Banquet Hall, 13885 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068

What: Less than 20 minutes away from Lakeville, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are spreading joy at Breakfast with Santa. Attendees can enjoy a delightful continental-style breakfast featuring muffins, donuts, fruit, yogurt, juice, hot cocoa and coffee while the kids engage in holiday crafts. Capture cherished moments with Santa and Mrs. Claus through photo opportunities facilitated by the attentive staff. Tickets are $5 per person and include a morning filled with festive breakfast, crafts and the chance to meet the beloved holiday duo! Click here for more info.

When: Saturday, Dec. 2Where: Historic Downtown Lakeville, Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044What: Experience the magic of the season at Holiday on Main! Join Historic Downtown Lakeville and the Arts Center on Holyoke Avenue for a day filled with crafts, entertainment, music, sleigh rides and the beloved appearance of Santa Claus. Embrace the festive spirit, relive the joy of childhood and create heartwarming memories as Santa Claus spreads cheer during this free-to-the-public event. Don't miss the chance to be part of this unique celebration that captures the essence of the holidays! Click here for more info.

When: Saturday, Dec. 2Where: Lakeville Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044What: Experience the joy of giving at Santa's Secret Store, designed for kids to enjoy hassle-free holiday shopping! Priced between $1 to $15, a variety of wonderful gifts will be available for children to purchase for their family and friends. Parents and kids collaborate on a shopping list, then embark on a fun shopping adventure. Gifts are wrapped on-site, ready to be kept secret until the holidays, creating heartwarming surprises for loved ones. No registration is required — just join your fellow neighbors for this delightful holiday shopping experience, ensuring cheerful smiles and festive anticipation for the season ahead! Click here for more info.

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 - Sunday, Dec. 3Where: Twin Cities Premium Outlets, 3965 Eagan Outlets Parkway, Eagan, MN 55122What: Capture the magic of the holidays with free photos alongside Santa and live reindeer in a winter wonderland just a short drive from Lakeville! Visit for a festive experience filled with cherished moments, warm beverages, complimentary candy canes and the opportunity to check off your gift list with retailers. The event will be outside in Center Court, near Market Hall, for a joyful celebration perfect for the whole family. Click here for more info.

Happy holidays, Lakeville! Wishing you a joyful season filled with warmth and happiness.

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An open book: new library director excited to meet Lakeville community

Emma RindlisbacherLAKEVILLE – Jennifer Jones, Lakeville’s new library director, said that accepting the new role in Lakeville was a decision she made “quickly.”“When I first met the staff, I sensed that they were a very dedicated, caring, and jovial group and they made me feel at ease instantly,” Jones said. “It was a major reason for me quickly saying yes when offered the position.”Jones started her career at the Plymouth Public Library, where she worked for fifteen years,...

Emma Rindlisbacher

LAKEVILLE – Jennifer Jones, Lakeville’s new library director, said that accepting the new role in Lakeville was a decision she made “quickly.”

“When I first met the staff, I sensed that they were a very dedicated, caring, and jovial group and they made me feel at ease instantly,” Jones said. “It was a major reason for me quickly saying yes when offered the position.”

Jones started her career at the Plymouth Public Library, where she worked for fifteen years, before going to Mattapoisett, where she served as the library director during the brunt of the covid pandemic.

“I started in the middle of the pandemic and in the beginning, it was a challenging time to get to know the library users and staff well,” Jones explained.

She then resigned from her position in Mattapoisett to accept the Library Director role in Lakeville.

Jones says that she is excited about the prospect of meeting Lakeville residents. Libraries are important, Jones explained, in part because they are free and accessible to everyone.

“Libraries have become such a hub for connection in the community because they are spaces in which you don’t have to spend money,” Jones said. “Libraries are places to be social through hobbies like knitting and cribbage, plus little ones learn important social skills during story times.”

Jones currently lives in Middleboro, she said, and she said that as she begins her new role, she wants to collaborate with other groups in Lakeville.

“I hope to explore any collaborations with local organizations and be present at community events to promote the library,” she explained.

Outside of her professional life, Jones said she enjoys listening to local bands, and added that she cares about the environment.

“I am also interested in conservation and sustainability, so I try to live in an environmentally friendly way whenever possible.”

One of her first tasks, and the thing she is most excited about, Jones said, is taking the time to meet and connect with the Lakeville Library community.

“The first months will be spent getting to know the staff and the community,” she said. “I love making new connections through meeting new people.”

Lakeville Town Clerk wears many hats

Lillian Drane, in the midst of her first 3-year term, earns Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk designationLAKEVILLE – With at least a half dozen other official duties attached to her full-time job as Town Clerk of Lakeville, Lillian Drane might wear up to seven hats in one day, if she planned it right.Recently recognized by the Mass. Town Clerk’s Association as a Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk (CCMC), Drane is about two-thirds of the way through her first three-year term as Lakeville&r...

Lillian Drane, in the midst of her first 3-year term, earns Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk designation

LAKEVILLE – With at least a half dozen other official duties attached to her full-time job as Town Clerk of Lakeville, Lillian Drane might wear up to seven hats in one day, if she planned it right.

Recently recognized by the Mass. Town Clerk’s Association as a Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk (CCMC), Drane is about two-thirds of the way through her first three-year term as Lakeville’s elected clerk, responsible for maintaining official town records, running elections, and providing expertise to all on how state law impacts local affairs.

In addition to being the elected town clerk, she is also the town’s chief elections officer, a mandated member of the Board of Registrars, a commission able to administer oaths of office, the town’s liason to the federal census bureau, de facto burial agent, and the official Super Records Access Officer of Lakeville.

If each separate duty came with an official hat, that’s a lot of hats for one person to be wearing.

Official duties aside, Drane also manages to serve the community as a notary public and a justice of the peace, two other recognized positions of local authority in the Commonwealth.

Last winter, she was adding her studies of the long list of state laws on the books to the list of things to do, as she prepared for the rigorous 300-question exam that was the final step in her qualification for CMMC certification.

“There’s 472 chapters of Mass. General Laws that I have to enforce” as a town clerk, she noted. The studying and the testing included general law; election law; related election policies and procedures; standards for keeping public records; reporting requirements; campaign finance reporting; and so much more, she indicated.

Just to be eligible for certification, “you have to accumulate seven years of experience as an assistant town clerk, then be the town clerk for three years,” she explained. Then, going to seminars and studying for the exam... “it’s a lot of work” to get certified by the state association, Drane said.

It is the second professional certification she has collected during an 11-year residency in the Lakeville town clerk’s office, she said. She was the assistant town clerk from 2007 to 2014, and completed the required coursework from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks to become a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) several years ago.

Before that, she spent several years working in the treasurer’s office, and has served on the Cemetery Commission and the Library Gallery Arts Committee.

Her most recent certification is a highlight of her professional career in public service, Drane suggested, pointing out its place of honor on a filing cabinet in her office.

“I’m very proud of this... I’ve been in this office for 11 years, and 18 years altogether in town hall,” she noted. “I’m the only town clerk to be certified by the state association who is already a Certified Municipal Clerk,” she explained.

The more education and experience a town clerk can collect, the better, Drane said, calling the position “a complex job” governed by both state law and local bylaws and regulations. In a small town like Lakeville, the “default” duties are many, she indicated.

“We’re getting ready for the 2020 federal census,” reporting all new addresses and residents to the federal government in advance of the start of the local count, Drane said in her capacity as liason to the census bureau.

As chief elections officer, she is also a default member of the Board of Registrars, an advisory position that ensures the three registrars follow the letter of the law regarding voter affairs. As a Commissioner to Qualify, she is authorized to administers oaths to newly-elected officials; as the town burial agent, she is the person to see for the local permit needed for a burial.

Her newest unpaid and usually mandated position is being the town’s Super Records Access Officer, assigned to help citizens track down and obtain public information from other town departments.

Being a notary is useful in the records business, and the justice of the peace job is.... well, just a convenient service she provides to the public, she said. “I felt it was something the town needed, so I became one,” providing the occasional private wedding or witnessing a legal proceeding such as a safe deposit box inventory, she explained.


The dedication to public service makes her question the reasoning behind the winter initiative to change the town clerk’s job from an elected post to an appointed position, Drane said.

The job has always been an elected one in Lakeville, and in most other places in southeastern Massachusetts, making every third election year a referendum on her job performance, she noted. “If people don’t think I’m doing a good job, they can vote someone else in,” Drane said.

The petition to the state legislature headed to town meeting, to make both the town clerk and treasurer/collector posts appointed positions, was initiated by selectmen, and she thinks it’s “unfair,” she said.

“The townspeople should make the choice, like they always have... not just three people,” she feels. “I don’t understand it, the motivation behind it,” she said of the change proposed by selectmen, who would be the appointing authority for the position if the legislative request is approved by local voters.

Only 21 percent of Massachusetts cities and towns have appointed town clerks, Drane pointed out, and there is no great trend toward eliminating elected clerks elsewhere in the state.

Lakeville has done fine with an elected town clerk for the past 165 years, and she sees no reason to change the local tradition now.

Middleboro, Lakeville officials prepare for potential storm

Emma [email protected] — The National Weather Service has issued a ...

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LAKEVILLE — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that will last from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday, and has forecasted between four to eight inches of snow for Lakeville and Middleboro. The warning also forecasts “winds gusting as high as 50 mph.”

Middleboro Fire Chief Owen Thompson said that Middleboro residents “should stay at home if they have the ability to do that.”

“The snowfall rate during the late morning and the beginning of the afternoon could be about 1 to 3 inches, and coming down that fast plows are not going to be able to keep up,” Thompson said. He added that the town of Middleboro held an emergency management meeting on Monday, Feb. 12 before the storm so that multiple town departments, such as the Fire Department and the Department of Public Works, could coordinate their response to the storm. The Fire Department will have additional staffing on Tuesday and the Department of Public Works would have “all of its town employees plus its contract plows” available on Tuesday, Thompson added.

Lakeville Fire Chief Michael O’Brien recommended that Lakeville residents “stay off the roads and only travel out if necessary” in the event of a storm. He added that residents should “have some flashlights ready and keep your cell phones charged up” and that power outages could be a possibility in the event of a winter storm.

“Most of the risks this storm will create can be avoided by staying home. Anytime there are strong gusts of wind there is a danger of falling trees and branches. If you can avoid being under or around these trees please do,” O’Brien said.

Alan Strauss, the superintendent of the Lakeville School District, said that the decision to cancel school in the event of a storm is not an “exact science.” However, Strauss said that the District attempts to “inform parents as early as possible so they can plan for child care if necessary.”

“Last year for our one snow day we called the day the night prior,” Strauss said. “The timing of the storm and forecast for the length of the storm… helps us determine whether a delay is possible or not,” he added.

Thompson said that if residents go outside, “they should make sure that they are wearing appropriate clothing so they can stay dry and warm.” He added that if residents encounter any downed power lines, “all power lines should be treated as live” and that residents should avoid going near any downed power lines. Thompson said that carbon monoxide could pose a risk to residents during a storm and that residents should make sure their fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and that residents should clear snow out of any heating vents to avoid any buildups of carbon monoxide.

O’Brien said that two additional firefighters would be working on Tuesday to deal with any potential impacts from the storm.

“Lakeville residents are a hardy bunch: they've been through these storms before,” O’Brien said. “With any luck, the storm will be a big flop and all of the preparations for nothing. That would make me very happy.”


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