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Noel points out that the developers are coop-erating fully with the legal process, and defends against the charges, pointing to a title insurance policy showing clear title. He even goes on to strongly endorse everything possi-ble to help New Products Corporation , who filed the lawsuit, to be successful. Jeff con-cluded his letter by saying that Harbor Shores acted properly and in good faith in acquiring land with a clear title. Hopefully, readers of the letter will now better understand the “What’s the Big Squeeze?” signs erected dur-ing the Senior PGA Championship last spring, and have both sides of the story. In the middle of next month, the Lakeshore Wedding Walk will attempt to break the mold on the nature of bridal shows in what they call, “A unique, interactive expe-rience for brides, grooms, friends and family.” On Sunday, September 16 th , more than 30 local vendors from photographers to fashions will provide future bridal couples with special Volume 13, Ver. 31 looks at unique and beautiful venues in the region to hold a wedding ceremony and the ensuing party. Upon arrival at the registration table, guests will be provided with a Wedding Walk Passport , and then be whisked away by a trolley to visit the first venue to scope out beautiful décor and tablescapes, live musi-cians, h’ors doeuvres and cake samples. You can also chat with a wedding planner, flip through photographic portfolios, and try out a photo booth. The entire affair is presented by Fresh Coast Weddings and Stella Event Design. To learn more and register to attend this 3 rd Annual event, point your internet browser to www.lakeshoreweddingwalk.com or www.freshcoastweddings.com. If one of life’s challenges is causing you to lose your perspective, Susan Startup would like to offer her professional assistance. She recently launched the Startup Center for Inner Peace in Coloma, and stands ready to help you with life challenges like the loss of a relationship, a death among family or friends, Moody on The Market sale $ 99 SPECIAL PURCHASE while 250 last! From the Midwest’s #1 Recliner Store 99 64% off list price STORAGE BENCH with 2 FREE OTTOMANS! Convenient bench seating with two ottomans stowed inside. Leather-look upholstery. 33w 17d 18h. SKU# 3089385 0% APR up to 60% off WITH EQUAL T ravelers making their list price M oody burgundy $ 249 99 50% off list price SKU# 1040313 Pat VAIL ROCKER RECLINER 54 positions, locking 3-position footrest and lumbar support. Plush chenille. Burgundy color only. 40.5w 32d 36h. Benton Harbor have been treated to an amazing aroma emanating from a former gas station just over the bridge for the past sixteen years now, and soon they’ll have a larger opportu-nity to cash in on those wonderful smells. Larks Hand Car Wash & Barbecue Shop is now celebrating their 16 th Anniversary in business, even as crews are working daily to erect new walls, establishing a full kitchen, re-working the electrical grid and more on the soon-to-be-new-home of Larks BBQ at 174 W. Main Street, just a couple of blocks away from their long time hang out. Owner Willie Lark doesn’t have a hard and fast time line for the move…he just wants to make certain that everything is ready before he fires up the trucks to move his operation to its new home. Larks will set up in the space formerly occu-pied by LeBeau’s Automotive Electric shop several years ago. That’s next door to the former State Theater in the heart of down-town Benton Harbor. Willie and his wife Marilyn have been satisfying the lust for world class barbecue since 1996 in one of the most unique eateries in the nation. How many other BBQ restaurants do you know of that will also hand-wash your car and provide fine detailing while you are enjoying your lunch or dinner? The whole operation actually started as simply a car wash, but Willie figured that his customers might like to enjoy some food while they waited for the work to be done on their vehicles. Sixteen years later it is still simple word of mouth that carries the day for Willie and Marilyn. Well, that and the wafting aroma of the old-fashioned barbecue smoking on the grill which has caused far more than a handful of u-turns through the years. While Larks specializes in ribs and rib-tips, they also barbecue chicken, fried turkey drum-mettes, and offer jambalaya, catfish and more. The true measure of what makes the food so good is that the Larks truly care about not only their customers, but what they serve them as well. Their down home cooking is done very low and slow and marinated over-night, with cooking done outside over wood and charcoal. All natural, as Willie would say. He often tells the story that the secret is in the meat, not the sauce. “If the meat is no good, the sauce can’t really help it,” he says. Willie, by the way, is also Pastor of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church . As for the new place, Willie tells me that he certainly hopes to be in “before the snow flies,” but other than that…he’s taking it day by day as he has for sixteen years now. Incidentally, if you have a summer picnic, backyard party, family reunion or a company picnic, give Larks a call, and they can roll out their large mobile unit to cook all your favorite southern barbecue items and side dishes. You can reach them at their Continued on page 10 See back! 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I usually steer clear of politics and legal issues in this forum but have to tell you how happy I was to read Jeff Noel’s recent letter to the editor following direct mailings and a paid ad in the local newspaper accusing Harbor Shores Development of intentionally “squeezing” a longstanding local business by taking land they claim to have rightfully HOT TM MOODY Continued from page 1 Southwest Michigan’s Retinal Specialist, ARLINGTON 3-PIECE DINING Great small-space set! 42x26 drop-leaf table opens to 42” round. Hardwoods in 2-tone fi nish of black and java. Includes 2 chairs. SKU# PINT486 FINAL PRICE. NO FURTHER DISCOUNTS. Dr. Wes Heroman wants you to know:  Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Symptoms include blurred, wavy or distorted vision and a blind spot in Continued on page 11 the center of vision. Dr. Heroman is specially trained to treat retina diseases. 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Travelers making their way through downtown Benton Harbor have been treated to an amazing aroma emanating from a former gas station just over the bridge for the past sixteen years now, and soon they’ll have a larger opportunity to cash in on those wonderful smells. Larks Hand Car Wash & Barbecue Shop is now celebrating their 16th Anniversary in business, even as crews are working daily to erect new walls, establishing a full kitchen, re-working the electrical grid and more on the soon-to-be-new-home of Larks BBQ at 174 W. Main Street, just a couple of blocks away from their long time hang out. Owner Willie Lark doesn’t have a hard and fast time line for the move…he just wants to make certain that everything is ready before he fires up the trucks to move his operation to its new home. Larks will set up in the space formerly occupied by LeBeau’s Automotive Electric shop several years ago. That’s next door to the former State Theater in the heart of downtown Benton Harbor. Willie and his wife Marilyn have been satisfying the lust for world class barbecue since 1996 in one of the most unique eateries in the nation. How many other BBQ restaurants do you know of that will also hand-wash your car and provide fine detailing while you are enjoying your lunch or dinner? The whole operation actually started as simply a car wash, but Willie figured that his customers might like to enjoy some food while they waited for the work to be done on their vehicles. Sixteen years later it is still simple word of mouth that carries the day for Willie and Marilyn. Well, that and the wafting aroma of the old-fashioned barbecue smoking on the grill which has caused far more than a handful of u-turns through the years. While Larks specializes in ribs and rib-tips, they also barbecue chicken, fried turkey drummettes, and offer jambalaya, catfish and more. The true measure of what makes the food so good is that the Larks truly care about not only their customers, but what they serve them as well. Their down home cooking is done very low and slow and marinated overnight, with cooking done outside over wood and charcoal. All natural, as Willie would say. He often tells the story that the secret is in the meat, not the sauce. “If the meat is no good, the sauce can’t really help it,” he says. Willie, by the way, is also Pastor of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church. As for the new place, Willie tells me that he certainly hopes to be in “before the snow flies,” but other than that…he’s taking it day by day as he has for sixteen years now. Incidentally, if you have a summer picnic, backyard party, family reunion or a company picnic, give Larks a call, and they can roll out their large mobile unit to cook all your favorite southern barbecue items and side dishes. You can reach them at their current location at 440 W. Main Street by calling 926-9833. Stay tuned for word on when the big move takes place.<br /> <br /> Speaking of notable anniversaries, my friends at G&M Variety Store in the heart of downtown St. Joseph have just marked their 15th Anniversary of ownership of one of the longest running, most successful businesses in the region. You know them simply as The Dime Store, but the current ownership has now been in place for 15-years and continues to provide an eclectic experience in a store that carries virtually anything you could ever want or need. Stop by and say high to longtime general manager Gloria Mance and enjoy a little slice of nostalgia!<br /> <br /> I usually steer clear of politics and legal issues in this forum but have to tell you how happy I was to read Jeff Noel’s recent letter to the editor following direct mailings and a paid ad in the local newspaper accusing Harbor Shores Development of intentionally “squeezing” a longstanding local business by taking land they claim to have rightfully Owned. Responding to the misleading claims, Harbor Shores (where Noel serves as President of the organization) responded to provide accurate information on the situation. Noel’s letter explained the common legal practice used to acquire the land along Klock Road and the golf course’s 18th hole, the remediation of environmental issues, and construction of the golf course. It wasn’t until four years later that a petition was filed (in 2011) asserting that more than 40-years earlier, local and state government agencies acted improperly with regard to that parcel of land, thereby challenging the validity of the Harbor Shores purchase. Noel points out that the developers are cooperating fully with the legal process, and defends against the charges, pointing to a title insurance policy showing clear title. He even goes on to strongly endorse everything possible to help New Products Corporation, who filed the lawsuit, to be successful. Jeff concluded his letter by saying that Harbor Shores acted properly and in good faith in acquiring land with a clear title. Hopefully, readers of the letter will now better understand the “What’s the Big Squeeze?” signs erected during the Senior PGA Championship last spring, and have both sides of the story.<br /> <br /> In the middle of next month, the Lakeshore Wedding Walk will attempt to break the mold on the nature of bridal shows in what they call, “A unique, interactive experience for brides, grooms, friends and family.” On Sunday, September 16th, more than 30 local vendors from photographers to fashions will provide future bridal couples with special looks at unique and beautiful venues in the region to hold a wedding ceremony and the ensuing party. Upon arrival at the registration table, guests will be provided with a Wedding Walk Passport, and then be whisked away by a trolley to visit the first venue to scope out beautiful décor and tablescapes, live musicians, h’ors doeuvres and cake samples. You can also chat with a wedding planner, flip through photographic portfolios, and try out a photo booth. The entire affair is presented by Fresh Coast Weddings and Stella Event Design. To learn more and register to attend this 3rd Annual event, point your internet browser to www.lakeshoreweddingwalk.com or www.freshcoastweddings.com. <br /> <br /> If one of life’s challenges is causing you to lose your perspective, Susan Startup would like to offer her professional assistance. She recently launched the Startup Center for Inner Peace in Coloma, and stands ready to help you with life challenges like the loss of a relationship, a death among family or friends, divorce issues, a career change, shifting parental roles, disabilities, or even just plain aging. Located at 6588 Red Arrow Highway in Coloma, Susan’s new venture houses her role as a Clinical Therapist in independent practice. She brings more than 20-years of experience to the table having worked in community agencies, the court system and the private sector. She works with individuals, couples, families and people from all walks of life. She earned her degrees from Ferris State University and Grand Valley State and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Michigan Chapter of Social Workers, and the National Anger Management Association. She will work as a guide to help you discover your personal beliefs. She works with Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Aetna and other insurance platforms to help you. You can reach Susan at 269-487- 6337, and get on the road to your personal recovery from whatever challenges you face.<br /> <br /> The crew at the local Senior Centers in Benton Harbor, Buchanan, Central County, Greater Niles, North Berrien, River Valley and St. Joseph-Lincoln have asked me to remind Berrien County voters that there are three key votes on your primary ballot next Tuesday, August 7th. The one most critical to them, clearly, is the Senior Center millage renewal. Also on the ballot that day is the renewal millage for county law enforcement and public safety, and finally you will find the 9-1-1 emergency system proposal that calls for a small tax increase. All are critical to life in the region, so don’t forget to vote on them when you get to the polls.<br /> <br /> A tip of the hat to Lakeland HealthCare where their hospital properties in both St. Joseph and Niles have earned an “A” for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. That’s an independent national non-profit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The results were revealed as a part of the annual Hospital Safety Score which collected patient-safety data from more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide. Lakeland’s properties were among the 34 in the state of Michigan who earned the A-grade.<br /> <br /> Next Saturday, August 11th, the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library in St. Joseph is hosting a showing of the newest action-packed addition to the Bourne series, “The Bourne Legacy.” The fundraiser scheduled at Celebration Cinema! In Benton Harbor, is a special viewing on the film’s opening weekend at 4pm only. Cost is $13- per voucher, which must be purchased this weekend at the library and turned in for the movie ticket and a refillable pop and popcorn. It’s a $15.50 value for you…and a great fundraiser for the library. If you can’t make this one…there’s another coming for “Alex Cross” on Saturday, October 27th at 4pm only. Check it out…and act fast!<br /> <br /> There was a whole lot of celebrating going on for the West Michigan Diamond Jaxx travel baseball team recently. The team traveled to Omaha, Nebraska on the week of July 10th to compete with 21 teams from seven states and came back with the first USSA “AA” World Series Championship since Lakeshore Baseball accomplished that feat in 2008. They entered the bracket round as the number one overall seed, and found themselves in a hole early on after losing the first game in an upset to the Aledo Knights from Illinois. They didn’t quit, though, and proceeded to win their next 8 games in a row through the losers bracket including four games on Saturday and three on Sunday in 98 degree heat. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th to the Siouxland Stars of Iowa, in true Jaxx form they rallied for two runs to pick up the win and force the “if” game where they went on to win 9 to 1 for the title. Tyler Mojsiejenko of Stevensville was named Tournament MVP and Brent Rago of Berrien Springs was Defensive MVP for the tourney. They are ranked 20th in the nation. Congrats, Jaxx!<br /> <br /> Fiddle fans…the Shady Grove Fiddlefest has been slated for Saturday, August 25th on the Buchanan Commons. Celebrating live music and local food from 10am until 10pm the event will run rain or shine in downtown Buchanan.<br /> <br /> Tonight, the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra pledges to take you on a musical journey through the music behind the movies with The Reel Score at Jean Klock Park. Showtime is 7:30pm tonight, Saturday, August 4th. Check it out and enjoy a great night on the beach with outstanding music from the movies you know and love.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great time around town on a busy weekend with the Concours, Chalk the Block, the Benton Harbor Autofest, The Latin Festival at Silver Beach, the Symphony and a whole lot more! See you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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