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at the Berrien County Fairgrounds Saturday, June 23 -Sunday, June 24 Dance Away Cancer ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See details on page 22. June 16, 2012 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 the Benton Harbor Arts District. You can reach the Pruitts at 363-4485. Congratulations on your impending growth and relocation across from City Center. Also new in that same block is the arrival of Honor Credit Union , which has signed a two year lease for space vacated several years ago with the departure of Integrity Design. Honor Credit Union chief Scott McFarland tells me that the offices across the street from Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce will house back-office POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 16, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 24 excellent care, compassion and leadership. As a result, Dr. Charles Howenstine is assuming Jeff’s general practice at 3012 Niles Road in St. Joseph. Dr. Howenstine is a native of Wisconsin who graduated the Marquette University of Dentistry. The office crew of Judy, Trudy, Cathy, Coreen, Brandi and Kim remains intact, as do your dental records if you have been a patient of Dr. Schmidt. Congratulations on your retirement Doc. Enjoy your time off! Happy First Anniversary to my friends John & Jitka Nelson at Dove Nest Bed & Breakfast in Royalton Township! They are delighted to mark the all important milestone, and continue to help spread the goodwill of the local market to their world wide visitors, includ-ing Senior PGA Championship contestant Barry Lane from England. You can find Dove Nest at 5000 Scottdale Road, and you can reach them by dialing 429-2211. Online you’ll find them at www.dovenestbedandbreakfast.com. Congratulations on your anniversary. I’m sure it’s just the first of many to come! Local restaurateur Larry Schuler at Schu’s Grill & Bar is undoubtedly proud of his father Hans who was recently named National Restaurateur of the Year by the folks at Independent Restaurateur magazine. It is the nation’s largest trade publication written exclu-sively for independent restaurant owners. Hans Schuler owns and operates Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub in Marshall, Michigan. The magazine’s award recognizes excellence in all aspects of business and commitment to owning a successful independent restaurant. The restaurant is now in its 103 rd year of operations, having been founded by Hans’ father and Larry’s grandfather. Visit our folks Facebook The good at Jollay Orchards of Coloma hope to see your smiling face along page for with your kids and grandkids today, Saturday, June Special 16 th , as you Offers Discover the Emerald Avenue by taking in the Jollay properties strung along Friday Road, including the new Jollay Market…Grandpa’s Cider Mill…and Jollay Orchards. Elements of the Wizard of Oz will pop up in all locations from the ferris wheel to the fishing pond, from the petting zoo to the hay rides. The Emerald Avenue destinations will be Moody on The Market A nother beautifully reha-bilitated building in down-town Benton Harbor is once again fully occupied with a new professional firm taking up residence. Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering is now fully operational at 88 W. Main Street in the heart of the city, a space that was previously home to the Harbor Shores Community Transformation Center. That center recently relocated to the former Canal Building a block away and is sharing space with the Consortium for Community Development. The architec-tural firm which also goes by the shorter 7GenAE was established last February as the first operat-ing subsidiary of Mno-Bmadsen. That organi-zation is the economic development enterprise chartered by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to plan and execute the economic development of the tribe. The crew at 7GenAE provides engi-neering, architectural, planning, surveying, real estate, and environmental services for state, fed-eral and tribal governments, municipalities, pri-vate development, industrial and commercial clients. They have diverse and extensive experi-ence with Native American Indian projects for strategic and land use planning and many other core capabilities. They were housed temporarily in the 2300 block of Pipestone until their move in recent days to downtown Benton Harbor. Troy Clay is the President and CEO of Mno-Bmadsen which is headquartered in Dowagiac. Thomas Wilbur is the Managing Director of 7GenAE. According to the master plan for Mno-Bmadsen, this Architecture and Engineering team is just the first operating subsidiary to come on line. The parent agency is also in negotiations to establish a linen facility, a pair of gasoline service stations, and a power plant. The linen facility would primarily serve the laundry and linen needs of Four Winds Casinos in New Buffalo and Hartford , as well as other hospital-ity and government related clients. They have already identified sites for gas stations on Pokagon trust land in New Buffalo and Dowagiac where they could sell tax-free gasoline and ciga-rettes to tribal citizens. Meanwhile negotiations to purchase methane gas from the Forest Lawn Landfill in Three Oaks continue. The landfill methane gas would be piped to the Four Winds New Buffalo campus and used to generate elec-tricity in a power plant planned for that campus. Ideally, it would provide nearly all of the elec-tricity needs of the casino campus. Stay tuned for more as the master plan develops in the months and years to come. Up around the corner from the new 7GenAE offices building owner Tim Moynihan tells me that his space at 132 Pipestone is getting a new tenant by the middle of next month. James & Michelle Pruitt will re-locate their J&M Body Gallery to that space from their current space at 74 W. Wall Street in the city. Their tattoo enter-prise is thriving and this move will give them a little higher visibility and bring them closer to Continued on page 14 MOODY M oody Pat “Your Replacement Window Specialists” and administrative functions, but will not serve as a branch office. The office will house some 25 employees at the outset. There’s a new auto upholstery shop in Benton Harbor with a delightfully interesting back-story to it. Residents of Tennessee have long recognized the Benfield name for automo-bile and commercial upholstery thanks to Gene Benfield. Gene has been providing upholstery service to the people of Tennessee for more than 40 years. Last winter, Gene discovered a recent-ly-widowed Michigan lady on-line. Their on-line romance bloomed nicely and now newly-weds Gene & Debbie Benfield have purchased Gerry Slocum’s building across from Jerry Hunt’s Auto Sales on M-139. In that building they have opened up Benfield’s Auto Upholstery Shop . It is a full-service auto, boat, and com-mercial upholstery shop, offering a variety of upholstery services including automobile head-liners, seat recovery and repair, leather packages, carpets, convertible and simulated convertible tops, boat covers, boat seats, boat windows, jet ski covers, awnings, restraint booths, hospital and medical furniture and equipment upholstery and even the re-covering of church pews. You’ll find the Benfields in the house at 1278 S. M-139, Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm. You can reach them at 269-363-9898 or 269-363-0256. Congratulations…and best of luck in your new venture! 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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Another beautifully rehabilitated building in downtown Benton Harbor is once again fully occupied with a new professional firm taking up residence.Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering is now fully operational at 88 W. Main Street in the heart of the city, a space that was previously home to the Harbor Shores Community Transformation Center. That center recently relocated to the former Canal Building a block away and is sharing space with the Consortium for Community Development. The architectural firm which also goes by the shorter 7GenAE was established last February as the first operating subsidiary of Mno-Bmadsen. That organization is the economic development enterprise chartered by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to plan and execute the economic development of the tribe. The crew at 7GenAE provides engineering, architectural, planning, surveying, real estate, and environmental services for state, federal and tribal governments, municipalities, private development, industrial and commercial clients. They have diverse and extensive experience with Native American Indian projects for strategic and land use planning and many other core capabilities. They were housed temporarily in the 2300 block of Pipestone until their move in recent days to downtown Benton Harbor. Troy Clay is the President and CEO of Mno- Bmadsen which is headquartered in Dowagiac. Thomas Wilbur is the Managing Director of 7GenAE. According to the master plan for Mno-Bmadsen, this Architecture and Engineering team is just the first operating subsidiary to come on line. The parent agency is also in negotiations to establish a linen facility, a pair of gasoline service stations, and a power plant. The linen facility would primarily serve the laundry and linen needs of Four Winds Casinos in New Buffalo and Hartford, as well as other hospitality and government related clients. They have already identified sites for gas stations on Pokagon trust land in New Buffalo and Dowagiac where they could sell tax-free gasoline and cigarettes to tribal citizens. Meanwhile negotiations to purchase methane gas from the Forest Lawn Landfill in Three Oaks continue. The landfill methane gas would be piped to the Four Winds New Buffalo campus and used to generate electricity in a power plant planned for that campus. Ideally, it would provide nearly all of the electricity needs of the casino campus. Stay tuned for more as the master plan develops in the months and years to come.<br /> <br /> Up around the corner from the new 7GenAE offices building owner Tim Moynihan tells me that his space at 132 Pipestone is getting a new tenant by the middle of next month. James & Michelle Pruitt will re-locate their J&M Body Gallery to that space from their current space at 74 W. Wall Street in the city. Their tattoo enterprise is thriving and this move will give them a little higher visibility and bring them closer to the Benton Harbor Arts District. You can reach the Pruitts at 363-4485. Congratulations on your impending growth and relocation across from City Center.<br /> <br /> Also new in that same block is the arrival of Honor Credit Union, which has signed a two year lease for space vacated several years ago with the departure of Integrity Design. Honor Credit Union chief Scott McFarland tells me that the offices across the street from Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce will house back-office and administrative functions, but will not serve as a branch office. The office will house some 25 employees at the outset.<br /> <br /> There’s a new auto upholstery shop in Benton Harbor with a delightfully inter esting back-story to it. Residents of Tennessee have long recognized the Benfield name for automobile and commercial upholstery thanks to Gene Benfield. Gene has been providing upholstery service to the people of Tennessee for more than 40 years. Last winter, Gene discovered a recently- widowed Michigan lady on-line. Their online romance bloomed nicely and now newlyweds Gene & Debbie Benfield have purchased Gerry Slocum’s building across from Jerry Hunt’s Auto Sales on M-139. In that building they have opened up Benfield’s Auto Upholstery Shop. It is a full-service auto, boat, and commercial upholstery shop, offering a variety of upholstery services including automobile headliners, seat recovery and repair, leather packages, carpets, convertible and simulated convertible tops, boat covers, boat seats, boat windows, jet ski covers, awnings, restraint booths, hospital and medical furniture and equipment upholstery and even the re-covering of church pews. You’ll find the Benfields in the house at 1278 S. M-139, Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm. You can reach them at 269-363-9898 or 269- 363-0256. Congratulations…and best of luck in your new venture!<br /> <br /> Having practiced his profession for 45 years and upon deep personal reflection, Dr. Jeff Schmidt has decided to retire from the practice of active dentistry this month. He tells me that he has taken great time and effort to find a successor who will provide his valued patients with excellent care, compassion and leadership. As a result, Dr. Charles Howenstine is assuming Jeff’s general practice at 3012 Niles Road in St. Joseph. Dr. Howenstine is a native of Wisconsin who graduated the Marquette University of Dentistry. The office crew of Judy, Trudy, Cathy, Coreen, Brandi and Kim remains intact, as do your dental records if you have been a patient of Dr. Schmidt. Congratulations on your retirement Doc. Enjoy your time off!<br /> <br /> Happy First Anniversary to my friends John & Jitka Nelson at Dove Nest Bed & Breakfast in Royalton Township! They are delighted to mark the all important milestone, and continue to help spread the goodwill of the local market to their world wide visitors, including Senior PGA Championship contestant Barry Lane from England. You can find Dove Nest at 5000 Scottdale Road, and you can reach them by dialing 429-2211. Online you’ll find them at www.dovenest bedandbreakfast.com. Congratulations on your anniversary. I’m sure it’s just the first of many to come!<br /> <br /> Local restaurateur Larry Schuler at Schu’s Grill & Bar is undoubtedly proud of his father Hans who was recently named National Restaurateur of the Year by the folks at Independent Restaurateur magazine. It is the nation’s largest trade publication written exclusively for independent restaurant owners. Hans Schuler owns and operates Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub in Marshall, Michigan. The magazine’s award recognizes excellence in all aspects of business and commitment to owning a successful independent restaurant. The restaurant is now in its 103rd year of operations, having been founded by Hans’ father and Larry’s grandfather.<br /> <br /> The good folks at Jollay Orchards of Coloma hope to see your smiling face along with your kids and grandkids today, Saturday, June 16th, as you Discover the Emerald Avenue by taking in the Jollay properties strung along Friday Road, including the new Jollay Market…Grandpa’s Cider Mill…and Jollay Orchards. Elements of the Wizard of Oz will pop up in all locations from the ferris wheel to the fishing pond, from the petting zoo to the hay rides. The Emerald Avenue destinations will be Open from 10:30am until 5:30pm for your enjoyment.<br /> <br /> For the first time ever, Berrien County is participating in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this year. The event is held worldwide every June 15th in a broad-based attempt to reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens while enhancing the delivery of law enforcement to that vulnerable population. Many of our elderly neighbors are victims of such things as financial exploi tation, neglect and physical or emotional abuse. They are frightened and often times they live right in your neighborhood. They are afraid to speak out because the abuser is often a family member, caregiver, or someone else they know. Fear of retribution, lack of care, embarrassment and fear of being institutionalized keeps them silent. You have to help break the silence. Call adult protective services if you suspect elder abuse. Call 855-444-3911. It is anonymous and completely confidential. Please help make a difference. Break the silence!<br /> <br /> If you were a spectator at the recent Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores you may very well have been among the thousands of folks who crossed the Champions for Change Bridge over the Paw Paw River connecting holes two and three. Did you see the dedicated bridge plates signifying the myriad folks who have memorialized their own personal champions along that bridge? You can join them by donating to the Champions for Change Bridge project benefitting Lake Michigan College and the community at large through donations to Cornerstone Alliance. If you’d like to be a part of that commemorative opportunity with a bridge plate dedicated to someone in your life like a recent graduate, the man in your life in celebration of Father’s Day, or just your own family… call Katie Veine today at 925-0147.<br /> <br /> Another benefit worthy of your attention will also add to your culinary skills in the kitchen. Perennial Accents in downtown St. Joseph will feature two cooking classes with renowned cookbook author Betty Sims to benefit the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation on June 28th. Classes will take place at 10:30am and 6:00pm focusing on “Brunch for a Bunch” and “Sips and Apps” respectively. Betty is a culinary star from Alabama steeped in southern hospitality. Call 983-5791 to reserve your space in class ASAP as space is limited.<br /> <br /> This coming Thursday, June 21st, is a very important day for the Benton Harbor Boys & Girls Club. My friend Bill Crowder at Signature Automotive Group tells me that on that day, and that day alone, Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good will afford our local club the chance to go up against five other organizations to win a<br /> <br /> new Toyota vehicle. Save this web address and plan to vote between 10am and midnight that day: https://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood/ Remember, the organization with the most votes that day will win the vehicle! Let’s all help make this happen for the local club. VOTE ON THURSDAY, 6/21!<br /> <br /> You can lend a hand to the Athletes of Special Olympics Michigan Area 17 on Saturday, June 30th by playing a role in the 8th Annual Motorcycle Ride to benefit those athletes. The ride will begin and end at the St. Joseph FOP Lodge on Niles Road. Registration gets underway that day at 10:30 and the escorted rides starts at noon. Cost is $15 per person or $20 per couple. A celebration meal will get underway at 4pm and everyone can join at a cost of $10, with lots of fun, food, silent auction and raffle items.<br /> <br /> Finally, a reminder that the Three Oaks Flag Day Parade celebrates its 60th year tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, June 17th) at 3pm in downtown Three Oaks. The celebration has grown over the years to include an entire weekend of events and you can find the entire line up online at www.threeoaksflagday.com. That’s it for this week, kids! Have a great weekend…Happy Father’s Day…and if you happen to run into my lovely wife, Carol Moody, wish her a happy birthday…her big day was this past Thursday, the 14th…Flag Day! See you next Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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