Mike Taylor

After 14 years without a major remodeling project, John Leppink, owner of Leppink’s Food Center in Belding, thought it was about time. The store’s renovation brings an entirely new look to the market.

Belding Leppink’s store gets new interior makeover

Shoppers who haven’t been to the Leppink’s store in a while may not recognize the place on their next visit. For the past several weeks, the venerable grocery — which recently celebrated its 85th anniversary — has been undergoing a complete makeover.

A total of 324 runners participated in last year’s Yellow Jacket Challenge. This year’s run is slated for April 27 in Greenville. — File photo

Yellow Jacket Challenge to be even bigger and better this year

Only 174 runners took part in the first Yellow Jacket Challenge, held in 2008. Last year’s event saw 324 runners — 158 women and 166 men — with the youngest runner being only 7 and the oldest 71.

Members of the Sheridan Village Council consider a resident’s request for reduced water rates at commercial properties. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Limited use of water meters addressed at Sheridan meeting

The idea of installing water meters at an apartment complex was again at the forefront of business for the Sheridan Village Council on Tuesday. Sheridan chiropractor and landlord Douglas Willemin has been trying for several months to convince the council to approve the installation of meters — at the village’s expense — at one or more of the apartment buildings he owns in town. His current water rates, he contends, are far greater than the actual usage at his properties.

Leader Dog for the Blind representative Tammy Bartz explains to the Vestaburg Lions Club how the Rochester program works. Bartz spoke Monday evening at the club’s regular meeting. — Mike Taylor/Daily News

Some leader dogs begin their training in prisons

A good dog can change a life. A great dog can change the lives of many. The business of the Leader Dogs for the Blind program is to create good dogs and place them where they will do the most good.

Greenville’s Per Gradus Club will soon be celebrating its 110th anniversary. Pictured here at March’s meeting are, from left, Maureen Burns, Secretary Elaine Pendrick, President Annette Sandtveit, Second Vice President Sharon Swindell and Treasurer Shirley Kalbfleisch. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Per Gradus Club has been improving Greenville for 110 years

When members of the Per Gradus Club gathered for their first meeting in 1904, women were still 16 years away from being granted the right to vote. Although 1904 was the year Helen Keller graduated from Radcliffe, few women of the time pursued university degrees.

Mike Kamps, owner of H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, fills up one of his business vehicles with natural gas. His plumbing business is the only privately owned business in the state that operates its vehicles on natural gas, according to him. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: H&H Plumbing owner is proponent of natural gas use for vehicles

When one of Mike Kamps’ vehicles leave the lot of his business, H&H Plumbing and Classic Car Garage, they’re leaving behind a lot less than most trucks, vans or cars; less fumes, less expense, less wear and tear on the vehicles themselves.

Four large bays have been added to a former church gymnasium, soon to reopen as Belvidere Township’s new firehouse. Concrete approaches will soon be added and firefighters should be able to relocate to the facility by early June. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belvidere Township to benefit from newly constructed fire building

Firefighters in this township tend to stand up for their meetings. It’s not that they’re anxious to be somewhere else — it’s just that in the firehouse, there’s literally no room to sit down, except perhaps on the bumpers and running boards of the crammed-together firefighting vehicles. The current structure is simply too small for the department’s needs.

Dozens of different types of herbs, grown by Montcalm Area Career Center students, were available for purchase at the center’s All Things Green expo Monday evening. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

‘All Things Green’ draws in large crowd to Montcalm Area Career Center

Teachers, students and many vendors were on hand Monday afternoon at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC), where things were “greener” than St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Green technology and its application to everything from gardening to bio-fuels was the topic of the day at the “All Things Green” expo. The event, held annually at the center, was open to the public and drew a very respectable crowd anxious to see the latest advances in green technology, hear from master gardeners and maybe pick up a couple freebies in the process.

Becky Hansen

Parkinson’s fundraiser ‘personal’ for local organizers

About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with Parkinson’s disease. Nearly 1 million live with the disease every day. Greenville resident Becky Hansen is one of them. That’s one reason she wants people to be aware of the fact that April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Hydroponic gardening is one of the green technologies that have been examined at previous All Things Green events at Montcalm Area Career Center. — Courtesy photo

Green tech ‘going through the roof’ at Montcalm Area Career Center

The idea of going green is moving up at Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC), all the way to the roof, in fact. That’s where the action’s going to be Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m., when master gardeners from across the area converge on the college for this year’s “All Things Green” event.