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ECRWSS TENT SALE Biggest Sale of the Year! See display ad on page 5 July 26th -28th -Thur. thru Sat. Local Postal Customer Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 the unit for operation. According to James Jonatzke, the thing “is humongous and very impressive.” It becomes a great tool for genera-tions of local firefighters, paramedics and police officers to train on and be safe in saving lives and property. The facility will be dedicated in an open house on August 4 th from 10am until 2pm in the parking lot of Meijer in Stevensville along Red Arrow Highway. Every Berrien County fire department will be represented. The new equipment was made possible through FEMA grant monies totaling $400,000.00 and local donations from businesses and individuals totaling another $180,000.00. Get it on your calendar, and be sure to take the kids to see an ocean of firefighting gear all in one place at one time on August 4 th . The cast and crew at WNIT Public Television are beaming over a new award just announced for their Outdoor Elements program hosted by Evie Kirkwood . Station officials report that the long-running locally-produced program has been awarded 1 st Place by the Hoosier Outdoor Writers in the 2012 Broadcast Category. The writers particularly cited the episode “Fins and Feathers” for the award. The award-winning program airs Sundays at 9am on 34.1 and Wednesdays at 8:30pm on WNIT InFocus 34.2. It is dedicated to bringing viewers a close-up and personal look at nature and wild-life across the region. Kirkwood is the Director of the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Parks Department . It marks the third consecutive year that the program has been recognized by the writer’s association, having won 1 st place honors in 2010 and 2011 in the broadcast division as well. Congratulations to Evie and the entire POSTMASTER: Please deliver on July 21, 2012 July 21, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 29 From healthy lunch ideas to immunization infor-mation…from child ID kits to speech thera-pists…from children’s games to raffles there is no cost to attend this program in partnership with Michigan State University, United Way of SW Michigan, the Berrien County Health Department, InterCare Community Health Network, and the Michigan Child ID Program. Vision and hearing screenings will be available for children entering pre-school or kindergarten, and more. Get your child off to a “Great Start” for school this year on August 9 th . If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind the closed doors and window shades of some of the spectacular cottages of the Paw Paw Lake region…next Saturday is your chance to peek behind the curtain! Watervliet Community Hospital Foundation’s 2 nd Castles & Cottages Tour of Homes takes place next Saturday, July 28 th from 10am until 4pm, beginning at the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club in Coloma. You can board pontoon boats to tour several unique homes or pick up a map and tour on your own by car. All proceeds support the expansion and renovation of Lakeland Community Hospital in Watervliet. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event, and can be arranged at www.lakelandhealth.org/castlesandcottages. Later that same day, next Saturday, a Lakeland HealthCare affiliate, Hospice at Home will conduct its Annual Wine & Beer Tasting event at 6pm on the majestic grounds of Dan & Mary Nulty’s home on the Bluff of South Beach in South Haven. With the generosity of OK Distributors and many local wineries and Moody on The Market P lans to establish a fam-ily-owned neighborhood-style deli and grocery store in the former Hollywood Video Store space located in Southtown St. Joseph may just be on hold temporarily, or they might be in jeopardy. Things were advancing nicely in June, but hit a few speed bumps this month that might end up derailing the project completely. This would have been the fifth such venture for the projected proprietors, but for now there is no progress to report. Stay tuned for additional word as it becomes available. Across the spacious parking lot from that site, however, progress continues with the arrival of Cellular Connections in the same center recently vacated by Verizon Wireless. The new operation is also a licensed Verizon dealer under the corporate name of Moorehead Communications based in Indiana. Building landlord Dave Slavicek tells me that the regional manager has been overwhelmed by the open arms welcome that the local community has pro-vided to the new owners there and already has fallen in love with Michigan’s Great Southwest. Right next door to the cell phone shop social media is abuzz with rave reviews for the new La Pita Mediterranean Style Restaurant which replaces the former Clancy’s Deli. I haven’t seen anything but positive comments for the new place, even on the critic’s choice website Yelp! The authentic Middle Eastern cuisine being produced by Lebanese owners already has people making multiple repeat visits even though the restaurant has been officially opened for barely two weeks now. It’s a family-owned operation with great attention to detail according to the early fan base. I haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but understand they are open seven days a week with lunch and dinner service and carry-out options as well. From falafel to kabobs, from grape leaves to hummus, the reviews are absolutely glowing. Even the olive oil comes from the family farm in Lebanon. You’ll find La Pita at 2019 Niles Avenue in Southtown St. Joseph. You can reach the restau-rant via phone at 982-0982. Check it out! It’s hard to believe, but they are already celebrating the 1 st Anniversary of the Benton Harbor Slumberland Furniture Store on Napier Avenue! Owner Jim Paul and his staff have been extremely well received, and they get the double honor of celebrating their first year in business at the same time as their parent corpora-tion is celebrating 45 years in business. Everybody wins in this case, thanks to the big Anniversary Sale featuring some of the best values of the year on many items. Stop in and help celebrate, and you just might come away with some great new pieces for your own home. Berrien County Firefighter’s new state of the art burn/search & rescue training facility has arrived, and teams were in the process of con-necting the two trailers for the very first time last weekend. They then calibrated the features of Continued on page 8 MOODY Southwest Michigan’s Retinal Specialist, M oody Pat Dr. Wes Heroman wants you to know: team at WNIT. It also gives me a little bragging rights as a member of the station’s Board of Directors. Renowned author Rosanne Bittner will be signing books at Majerek’s in downtown St. Joseph next Saturday, the 28 th , from 1pm until 2:30pm for her myriad fans. Rosanne has been writing 30-years now, resulting in 57 published novels including a number published internation-ally. She has just sold her 58 th novel coming next spring. The Casablanca line of Sourcebooks is currently reissuing several back titles, including Thunder on the Plains, a western historical romance set against the building of the transcon-tinental railroad. Stop in and say hi, and get your personal copy autographed by this amazingly prolific neighbor! As we continue to march through the sum-mer of 2012 if your family ever finds itself com-ing up short on things to do (although I don’t know how that is possible!) point your internet browser to http://familyfuninswmi.blogspot.com where Jennifer Berry is working hard to give parents everywhere a weekly blog identifying the huge array of things for families to explore. Jennifer is the mom of two young girls who is continually in search of fun and inexpensive things to do with her family. Her weekly calen-dar is quite impressive and seemingly exhaus-tive. Check it out for yourself, and help Jennifer to keep the growing list complete with things she might be missing. Speaking of children, The Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition is hosting a Back to School Fair on Thursday, August 9 th from 3:30pm until 6:30pm at Berrien RESA at 711 St. Joseph Avenue in Berrien Springs. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Symptoms include blurred, wavy or distorted vision and a blind spot in the center of vision. Dr. Heroman is specially trained to treat retina diseases. His specialized care allows patients to have treatments performed close to home. breweries, fine wines and specialty brews will be available for tasting along with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction and raffle. For tickets, log onto www.hospiceathomecares.org. Next weekend also marks Peace Lutheran Church of South Haven’s Christmas in July Craft Fair. Running both Saturday and Sunday the 28 th and 29 th the big event takes place at the church located at 06321 Blue Star Highway. Hours on Saturday are 10am until 4pm and Sunday from 9:30am until 1:30pm. Even Santa will make a summertime visit during the show. One of my personal favorite festivals will mark its 10 th Anniversary early next month with the return of the Latin Taste & Rhythms Festival at the Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach in St. Joseph on August 4 th . Showtime runs from 4pm until 10pm that Saturday evening and tickets are now on sale at participating Martin’s Supermarket locations and La Perla Produce in Benton Harbor. They will also be available at the gate, but you’ll save $3 bucks by buying in advance. Presale tickets are $7 each and gate tickets are $10.00. Live music, Latin flavors, Brazilian martial arts and more for the entire family will be on the menu as you watch MailMax a publication Far is Ahead Advertising, Inc. the sun set over Lake is Michigan. The of event a fund-raiser by the Whirlpool Hispanic Network. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Children 10 and under get in free and students will be admitted for $5 Phone: at the gate 269.934.7522 with a valid student ID. Proceeds help supply necessi-FAX: basic 269.934.3297 ties for local Hispanic families in need. email: The year was 1986 and publisher@farahead.com the great horseman, Robert C. Egan held the first ever Twin Cities www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Classic Horse Show at the Berrien County Youth Fair Grounds in Berrien Springs. Now, as part of the Lake Michigan Hunter/Jumper Association , the show has grown into much more Please call our offi ce today if you think that you might t from an evaluation of your eyes. MOODY Continued from benefi page 8 MOODY Continued from page 9 Continued on page 9 1-800-424-2393 269.428.3300 www.greateyecare.com Convenient locations in St. Joseph, Niles and South Haven Clinical Research Site FREE WiFi • proceeds going to the Berrien County Sheriff Department Mounted Division. If you’d like to learn more, go to www.eganstables.com, or look them up on Facebook. You can also reach Karen Lukkarila who now owns the stables at 269-695-5190. Sarett Nature Center and the owners of Deer Path Gardens are teaming up for a special double Garden Tour on Sunday, August 5 th from 1 until 5pm. The rain-or-shine event includes a self-guided walk through a 15-acre privately owned garden estate and a visit to Sarett Nature Center’s Butterfly House and Native Plant Garden. For more detailed information, go to www.sarett.com. Advanced tickets are $10, while day-of-tour admissions will run $12.00. You can reach the center at 927-4832. Finally, you can learn more about the West Michigan Pike this coming Wednesday, July 25 th at the South Haven Memorial Library when the authors of Vintage Views along the West Michigan Pike: From Sand Trails to US 31 discuss things beginning at 6pm. You’ll find the library at 314 Broadway Street in South Haven. Inserts & Promotions If you miss it…they will also present at the St. Joseph Public Library at 6:30pm on Tuesday, • Harding’s Friendly Markets August 7 th . • Martin’s Super That’s it for this Markets week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you next Saturday right Southshore Health & Racquet here in MailMax! • Schroeder Furniture Inserts may vary by Zip Code Vice President of Executive Pat Moody Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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Plans to establish a family- owned neighborhoodstyle deli and grocery store in the former Hollywood Video Store space located in Southtown St. Joseph may just be on hold temporarily, or they might be in jeopardy. Things were advancing nicely in June, but hit a few speed bumps this month that might end up derailing the project completely. This would have been the fifth such venture for the projected proprietors, but for now there is no progress to report. Stay tuned for additional word as it becomes available.<br /> <br /> Across the spacious parking lot from that site, however, progress continues with the arrival of Cellular Connections in the same center recently vacated by Verizon Wireless. The new operation is also a licensed Verizon dealer under the corporate name of Moore head Communications based in Indiana. Building landlord Dave Slavicek tells me that the regional manager has been overwhelmed by the open arms welcome that the local community has provided to the new owners there and already has fallen in love with Michigan’s Great Southwest.<br /> <br /> Right next door to the cell phone shop social media is abuzz with rave reviews for the new La Pita Mediterranean Style Restaurant which replaces the former Clancy’s Deli. I haven’t seen anything but positive comments for the new place, even on the critic’s choice website Yelp! The authentic Middle Eastern cuisine being produced by Lebanese owners already has people making multiple repeat visits even though the restaurant has been officially opened for barely two weeks now. It’s a family-owned operation with great attention to detail according to the early fan base. I haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but understand they are open seven days a week with lunch and dinner service and carry-out options as well. From falafel to kabobs, from grape leaves to hummus, the reviews are absolutely glowing. Even the olive oil comes from the family farm in Lebanon. You’ll find La Pita at 2019 Niles Avenue in South town St. Joseph. You can reach the restaurant via phone at 982-0982. Check it out!<br /> <br /> It’s hard to believe, but they are already celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the Benton Harbor Slumberland Furniture Store on Napier Avenue! Owner Jim Paul and his staff have been extremely well received, and they get the double honor of celebrating their first year in business at the same time as their parent corporation is celebrating 45 years in business. Everybody wins in this case, thanks to the big Anniversary Sale featuring some of the best values of the year on many items. Stop in and help celebrate, and you just might come away with some great new pieces for your own home.<br /> <br /> Berrien County Firefighter’s new state of the art burn/search & rescue training facility has arrived, and teams were in the process of connecting the two trailers for the very first time last weekend. They then calibrated the features of the unit for operation. According to James Jonatzke, the thing “is humongous and very impressive.” It becomes a great tool for generations of local firefighters, paramedics and police officers to train on and be safe in saving lives and property. The facility will be dedicated in an open house on August 4th from 10am until 2pm in the parking lot of Meijer in Stevensville along Red Arrow Highway. Every Berrien County fire department will be represented. The new equipment was made possible through FEMA grant monies totaling $400,000.00 and local donations from businesses and individuals totaling another $180,000.00. Get it on your calendar, and be sure to take the kids to see an ocean of firefighting gear all in one place at one time on August 4th.<br /> <br /> The cast and crew at WNIT Public Television are beaming over a new award just announced for their Outdoor Elements program hosted by Evie Kirkwood. Station officials report that the long-running locally-produced program has been awarded 1st Place by the Hoosier Outdoor Writers in the 2012 Broadcast Category. The writers particularly cited the episode “Fins and Feathers” for the award. The award-winning program airs Sundays at 9am on 34. 1 and Wednesdays at 8:30pm on WNIT InFocus 34.2. It is dedicated to bringing viewers a close-up and personal look at nature and wildlife across the region. Kirkwood is the Director of the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Parks Department. It marks the third consecutive year that the program has been recognized by the writer’s association, having won 1st place honors in 2010 and 2011 in the broadcast division as well. Congratulations to Evie and the entire team at WNIT. It also gives me a little bragging rights as a member of the station’s Board of Directors.<br /> <br /> Renowned author Rosanne Bittner will be signing books at Majerek’s in downtown St. Joseph next Saturday, the 28th, from 1pm until 2:30pm for her myriad fans. Rosanne has been writing 30-years now, resulting in 57 published novels including a number published internationally. She has just sold her 58th novel coming next spring. The Casablanca line of Source books is currently reissuing several back titles, including Thunder on the Plains, a western historical romance set against the building of the transcontinental railroad. Stop in and say hi, and get your personal copy autographed by this amazingly prolific neighbor!<br /> <br /> As we continue to march through the summer of 2012 if your family ever finds itself coming up short on things to do (although I don’t know how that is possible!) Point your internet browser to http://familyfuninswmi.blogspot.com where Jennifer Berry is working hard to give parents everywhere a weekly blog identifying the huge array of things for families to explore. Jennifer is the mom of two young girls who is continually in search of fun and inexpensive things to do with her family. Her weekly calendar is quite impressive and seemingly exhaustive. Check it out for yourself, and help Jennifer to keep the growing list complete with things she might be missing.<br /> <br /> Speaking of children, The Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition is hosting a Back to School Fair on Thursday, August 9th from 3:30pm until 6:30pm at Berrien RESA at 711 St. Joseph Avenue in Berrien Springs. From healthy lunch ideas to immunization information… from child ID kits to speech therapists… from children’s games to raffles there is no cost to attend this program in partnership with Michigan State University, United Way of SW Michigan, the Berrien County Health Department, InterCare Community Health Network, and the Michigan Child ID Program. Vision and hearing screenings will be available for children entering pre-school or kindergarten, and more. Get your child off to a “Great Start” for school this year on August 9th.<br /> <br /> If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind the closed doors and window shades of some of the spectacular cottages of the Paw Paw Lake region…next Saturday is your chance to peek behind the curtain! Watervliet Community Hospital Foundation’s 2nd Castles & Cottages Tour of Homes takes place next Saturday, July 28th from 10am until 4pm, beginning at the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club in Coloma. You can board pontoon boats to tour several unique homes or pick up a map and tour on your own by car. All proceeds support the expansion and renovation of Lakeland Community Hospital in Watervliet. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event, and can be arranged at www.lakelandhealth.org/castlesandcottages. <br /> <br /> Later that same day, next Saturday, a Lakeland HealthCare affiliate, Hospice at Home will conduct its Annual Wine & Beer Tasting event at 6pm on the majestic grounds of Dan & Mary Nulty’s home on the Bluff of South Beach in South Haven. With the generosity of OK Distributors and many local wineries and breweries, fine wines and specialty brews will be available for tasting along with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction and raffle. For tickets, log onto www.hospiceathomecares.org. <br /> <br /> Next weekend also marks Peace Lutheran Church of South Haven’s Christmas in July Craft Fair. Running both Saturday and Sunday the 28th and 29th the big event takes place at the church located at 06321 Blue Star Highway. Hours on Saturday are 10am until 4pm and Sunday from 9:30am until 1:30pm. Even Santa will make a summertime visit during the show.<br /> <br /> One of my personal favorite festivals will mark its 10th Anniversary early next month with the return of the Latin Taste & Rhythms Festival at the Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach in St. Joseph on August 4th. Showtime runs from 4pm until 10pm that Saturday evening and tickets are now on sale at participating Martin’s Supermarket locations and La Perla Produce in Benton Harbor. They will also be available at the gate, but you’ll save $3 bucks by buying in advance. Presale tickets are $7 each and gate tickets are $10.00. Live music, Latin flavors, Brazilian martial arts and more for the entire family will be on the menu as you watch the sun set over Lake Michigan. The event is a fund-raiser by the Whirlpool Hispanic Network. Children 10 and under get in free and students will be admitted for $5 at the gate with a valid student ID. Proceeds help supply basic necessities for local Hispanic families in need.<br /> <br /> The year was 1986 and the great horseman, Robert C. Egan held the first ever Twin Cities Classic Horse Show at the Berrien County Youth Fair Grounds in Berrien Springs. Now, as part of the Lake Michigan Hunter/Jumper Association, the show has grown into much more than just another show…it is a legacy. This weekend, July 21st and 22nd, the crew at the Robert C. Egan Training Stables continue that legacy by hosting the 26th Annual Twin Cities Classic. Riders can compete regardless of their membership status, making it a perfect opportunity for those who will be showing at the Berrien County Youth Fair next month to prepare with some friendly competition. The event is open to spectators as well, with lots of great food and all proceeds going to the Berrien County Sheriff Department Mounted Division. If you’d like to learn more, go to www.eganstables.com, or look them up on Facebook. You can also reach Karen Lukkarila who now owns the stables at 269-695-5190.<br /> <br /> Sarett Nature Center and the owners of Deer Path Gardens are teaming up for a special double Garden Tour on Sunday, August 5th from 1 until 5pm. The rain-or-shine event includes a self-guided walk through a 15-acre privately owned garden estate and a visit to Sarett Nature Center’s Butterfly House and Native Plant Garden. For more detailed information, go to www.sarett.com. Advanced tickets are $10, while day-of-tour admissions will run $12.00. You can reach the center at 927-4832.<br /> <br /> Finally, you can learn more about the West Michigan Pike this coming Wednesday, July 25th at the South Haven Memorial Library when the authors of Vintage Views along the West Michigan Pike: From Sand Trails to US 31 discuss things beginning at 6pm. You’ll find the library at 314 Broadway Street in South Haven. If you miss it…they will also present at the St. Joseph Public Library at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 7th.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax!

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