An annual honor, Scene Magazine chooses a person or persons - or even an entire entity - as one who should be singled out as a significant community champion. This year, Scene has chosen Battle Creek auto dealer Vince Pavone.

Pavone, who became the proprietor of the city's Ford new car dealer, renaming it Lakeview Ford Lincoln seven years ago, actually moved to the area at that time. But his influence since has certainly been recognized, if only judging by the number of congratulatory messages surrounding the announcement in the latest issue of Scene Magazine.

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