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Sisters Charlie Miller, 5, left, and Stevie Miller, 3, both of Muir, scream with excitement as they sled down a hill at Crystal Township Park Saturday during the Crystal WInter Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Conditions ‘perfect’ for successful Crystal Lake Winter Festival (Photos)

Zooming across the white, powdery desert of snow upon Crystal Lake, Ben Clevenger was having the time of his life. The Stanton resident, sitting atop his classic 1972 Snow Pony vintage snowmobile, was one of dozens of snowmobilers who brought their sleds to Crystal Lake Saturday during the Crystal Lake Winter Festival, speeding on the frozen tundra with nothing but miles of fresh snow and solid ice to enjoy as a driving surface.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 28, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

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 Harter family has owned Sage’s since 2007. Pictured are, from left, Kim, Meredith, Whitney, Dean and Rebecka.

Harter family keeps Sage’s Meat Processing’s tradition of consistency going strong

If there is one thing constant in Dean Harter’s life, it’s work. His Greenville business, Sage’s Meat Processing, which he runs with his wife, Kim, has him working so often that their oldest daughter has decided to hold her graduation open house at the store to assure he attends the event.

Montabella’s Zach Taubitz, top, tries to roll Ithaca’s Keisha Clark on her back during the fourth round of the Mustang Duals Saturday.

Home mat advantage, Montabella takes first

Montabella’s wrestling team was the best team at its own invitational Satuday, and they had no problems proving it. The Mustangs won all five matches they wrestled and allowed a combined 50 points in the wins.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, Jan. 26

CC-Crystal third at Leslie: The Eagles placed third at the Leslie Invitational on Saturday in their final tournament before the CMAC tourney Feb. 2. Garner Cusack (140), Dillon Decker (145) and Darren Decker (152) all placed first…


Man OK after snowmobile falls through ice

A Woodland man has been treated and released from the hospital after he was rescued from Crystal Lake when his snowmobile fell through the ice, submerging him in the lake.

Magnum Sports store manager demonstrates the store’s DART Video System. The store is now offering league competition to area archers and may soon expand the league concept to rifle hunters and handgun shooters.

Video archery league offered at Magnum Sports in Greenville

It can be tough for hunters to keep their chops up during the non-hunting season. The targeting skills of archers, in a particular, often deteriorate between one deer season to the next.

Dylan Rodriguez, 19, left, and Grace DeGelder, 16, both of Rockford, started “Neverending GRACE,” a 4-H project that raises money for those in need. — Courtesy photo

Local 4-H’ers help others to make an impact

Through a 4-H project, a young duo hopes to make a difference locally and nationally. It all started when Grace DeGelder, 16, and Dylan Rodriguez, 19, both of Rockford, heard of the devastation on the east cost from Hurricane Sandy.

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.