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Leppink’s Food Centers operates five Leppink’s stores, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store throughout West Michigan. The organization is being awarded the 2016 Outstanding Retailer by the Michigan Grocers Association on Sunday during the fall conference on Sunday. Pictured is the Leppink’s Food Center Howard City location. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Leppink’s recognized as Michigan Grocer’s outstanding retailer

Over the course of 88 years, the Leppink family has built a company with five Leppink’s Food Centers, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store. This year, Leppink’s Food Centers has been recognized by the Michigan Grocer’s Association as 2016’s Outstanding Retailer.

Springtime planting season is the busiest time of year at Taylor Seed and Grain as Brian Taylor (left) begins to fill and deliver seed orders to local farmers. Jane Vierzen (right) works in sales and provides agronomy services.

MICHIGAN FARM and GARDEN: Six Lakes family’s three businesses engrained in local farming industry

Spring is a busy time for Lakeview’s Brian and Sheri Taylor, who own and operate three businesses that all revolve around farming.

Colder than average temperatures and above normal rainfall have contributed to a late planting season. Crops like corn and potatoes, which are planted later in the season, will likely not be affected by April’s wet, cold weather.

2013 Farming outlook: Spring crops get late — but not terrible — start

Heavier than average rainfall probably won’t have too great an influence on most crops grown in the area, according to Montcalm County Extension Field Crops Educator Fred Springborn, though it is likely to be responsible for some crops getting in the ground later than they would during a warmer, drier spring.

Chad Lincoln, of Lincoln Insurance Agency in Lakeview, represents the third generation of agents in this family-owned business started by his grandfather, Dallas Lincoln.

Lakeview’s Lincoln Insurance spans three generations

For three generations, Lincoln Insurance Agency in Lakeview has catered to the insurance needs of area residents.

The staff at Leppinks in Lakeview is always ready to provide personalized service with a smile. According to store owner, Ransom Leppink, it is the personal touch that sets the small chain apart from big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Leppink’s carries on 85 years of tradition of family service

In an era of bag-your-own, robo-teller grocery shopping, where customer service is little more than a quaint memory, there are still locally owned stores that serve old-fashioned, in-person customer service, like Leppink’s. With locations in Belding, Lakeview, Stanton, Howard City and Ferrysburg, Leppink’s represents a throwback to a better time, when service was king and the customer’s needs came first.

With 12 remodeled lanes, certified by the U.S. Bowling Congress, the Alley Cat Bar & Grill bowling alley is the hottest destination in Lakeview. The cerfitied lanes qualifys it it for tournaments, both adult and high school.

BIZ BEAT: New owner reopens Lakeview bowling alley

Is this heaven? For some local bowlers, Lakeview’s reopened and remodeled bowling center, renamed Alley Cat Bar & Grill, just might be. Since its soft opening Dec. 1, it has the community buzzing with excitement about having a new recreational facility and another place to enjoy a dinner and drinks with family and friends.

Sandy and Aaron opened their new wine-making business in Morley April 21. Go to www.heavenlyvineyards.weebly.com to check out the flavors of wine they have to offer.

Sedines’ wine-making hobby turns into small business

Sandy and Aaron Sedine of Morley have taken their wine-making hobby to the next level, opening a new small wine-making business called Heavenly Vineyards.

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Daily News staffers receive promotions

A pair of Daily News staff members are receiving promotions on Monday.

Elisabeth Waldon has accepted the position of news editor. In her new role, she will manage the reporting staff, scheduling and story assignments. Waldon also has been named editor of the Carson City Gazette — her second stint in that role. Ryan Schlehuber has accepted the new position of features editor, which will include supervising a features writer and providing more support in the production of The Daily News beyond the special section content he currently produces.

The Daily News awarded a few subscribers prizes from a December-long drawing. Pictured are Stafford Media Solutions subscription services accountant Teresa Haverstick and prize winners Ilo and Laurel Basney of Lakeview, who won a stereo surround sound DVD system; Jackie Gable of Gowen, who won a Nikon Coolpix L24 digital camera; and Barb and Ken Moser of Greenville, who won a 26-inch HD LCD t.v. Gift card winners (not pictured) were Brenda Klingbeil of Sheridan, who won a $20 Ace Hardware gift card; Jyll Mitchell of Sidney, who won a $25 Applebee’s gift card; and Dean Iverson of Stanton, who won a $20 Wayside Garden gift card. Contestants qualified by prepaying for a subscription to The Daily News for at least six months.

Winners of The Daily News subscriber drawing

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BUSINESS BRIEF: New towing business in Lakeview

LAKEVIEW — Larry Cole of Lakeview opened a new towing business called WildCat Towing LLC Dec. 14, 2011. The new company covers the counties of Mecosta, Macomb, Isabella and Gratiot and offerings towing, fluid delivery, winching, tire changing, locksmithing, tire changing and battery service, to name a few. WildCat Towing is available 24 hours a [...]