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Thanksgiving Day Buffet Lake Grille 4296 Red Arrow Hwy Stevensville 269-408-1000 ECRWSS Local Postal Customer “Where the taste makes the difference” Call today for details and reservations! ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 the helm of his distributorship. Congratulations, Greg & Marian. Some of the most important motorcycles of our region are in danger of being silenced due to budget cuts, but friends and fans are working to keep that from happening. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey has indicated that budgetary restraints will force elimination of his department’s motor-cycle division. At least one man is working dili-gently to assure that that never happens. Gus Scheffler is Associate President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 96 in St. Joseph. Scheffler tells me that he is launching a drive to collect at least $15,000.00 to finance the motorcycle division for one year. It’s a drive that has to move very quickly because the contract for the lease of the motorcycles is due very soon. If you would like to help this critical division which not only conducts safety patrols but provides escorts for many com-munity events you need to act quickly by either calling Gus to get engaged at 269-208-2551 or send a check payable to Berrien County Sheriff Department Motorcycle Division to 721 Park Den Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Do it soon, please! POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 10, 2012 November 10, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 45 Moody on The Market H e likely did not ever plan to adopt the concept of “thirty and out,” but things are shaping up for local busi-nessman Greg O’Niel to turn out to be remarkably close to a perfect match for such a plan. O’Niel and his partner in business as well as life, his lovely wife Marian , have sold their booming busi-ness at O.K. Distributors in St. Joseph. The striking coincidence is that they are, this very week, marking 30-years in business as first class importers and distributors of wines, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages to local retailers throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest. More on that sale in just a moment, but first you need to peek behind the curtain at these two remarkable people who have dedicated their lives to their family, their employees, their friends, their customers, their community, and to everything that speaks of the goodness of this region we call home. The two have dedicated countless hours to local organiza-tions from the Lake Michigan College Foundation and Winners Circle Auction to the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Greg continues to serve on the board of directors of Cornerstone Alliance, they have assisted count-less fairs, festivals, and public events for decades, and now they’re going to earn some well-earned time for family and “retirement.” I place that word in quotes because they are already lining up new office space from which they will continue their very active roles in the community. Greg tells me they have no intention whatsoever of disappearing from the scene and pledges to continue to be very visible on the local front. The couple still has twin 14-year old sons, James & Joey, in high school and a daughter, Jacqueline , who will graduate soon from college and head to Chicago for her new career. Greg will continue his role as PGA Chairman for Administration in the 2014 Senior PGA Championship, will remain on the Cornerstone board, and both will be active in the upcoming Winners Circle Auction in March of 2013. Back on the business side of the equation, O.K. is being acquired by Kent Beverage of Grand Rapids , a distributor that already sells many of the same brands as the O’Niels. Kent Beverage has more than 50-years in business in West Michigan, and they have pledged to not only keep all of O.K.’s employees, but to leave the entire operation intact with the only change being somebody new sitting at Greg’s desk in command. Ever the promoter, Greg isn’t simply walking away. He tells me that 2013 will mark the 110 th Anniversary of Miller High Life and Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Those two great American institutions have world headquarters directly across the street from one another in Milwaukee , and Greg is already cook-ing up a major joint promotion for next summer to celebrate those amazing milestones in business. I know his passion personally, having served this past summer together with him on Governor Rick Snyder’s Office of Regulatory Reform advisory panel regarding liquor laws in the state of Michigan. He is a good man, and will be very much missed at MOODY M oody Pat MGM47-2012 Mailmax full pg color1 1 The Pure Michigan marketing campaign there is a new face at Rumors Hair Studio at 2940 continues to work its magic all across the state Niles Avenue. That new face is Tiffany Allmon, a according to the latest figures from Travel talented stylist who was employed in the down-Michigan Director George Zimmerman. He town business district for some time. Owners reports that Michigan hotels continued to set Roger & Jeff tell me that she joins the Rumors hair records early this fall. The firm of Smith Travel design team and welcomes women, men, students Research says that Michigan’s hotel occupancy and children for hair services either on a walk-in rate in September was 63.6%...representing the service or by calling at 983-5671. highest September occupancy rate since 2004 and a A little further to the south I owe an apology 1.5% increase over the same month last year. The to Nancy Baiers and her crew at Eco-Logical Michigan rate is higher than the national hotel Cleaners! She sent me a note about their 3rd occupancy rate as well. Year-to-date numbers also Anniversary in Coloma and their 2 nd Anniversary broke a record dating back to 2004, running a 3.2% celebration in St. Joseph , but it was too late for increase over the first nine months of last year. that particular week’s column. Then, I proceeded Revenue per available hotel room for the first three to lose the information completely and forgot all quarters of the year had increased by 7.1% over the about it, which is sad because they were partners in same period in 2011. the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign and donat-Our growth in Michigan is not tied exclu-ing a portion of their proceeds November 16 -November 18 to the National sively to the travel industry either, according to Breast Cancer Foundation. Hopefully, you heard new reports posted by Area Development maga-about the promotion on the radio…but I dropped zine. That national publication, which is a leader the ball here in MailMax and owe the Eco-Logical in the coverage of corporate site selection and relo-team a sincere apology. Hope the promotion went cation, places Michigan at the very top (#1) for well for you. “Availability of Skilled Labor” and 6 th -best in If you’re looking to really punch-up your look the nation for “Overall Labor Climate.” Perhaps in the upcoming holiday season, De-Ann Walkine the best statistic to come out of the just-released has launched a new venture locally that will afford research however is the one that ranks Michigan you a great opportunity with new designer-inspired 4 th among all states in the nation in “Leading the handbags, eyewear, scarves, jewelry and more. Economic Recovery!” Authors of the survey say She just hosted a major extravaganza at Courtyard that Michigan’s “strong economic growth figures by Marriott in Benton Harbor last weekend, but have been driven by an increase in manufacturing you can still find tremendous savings online. jobs.” The magazine notes that, “In the results we De-Ann’s new Jappa Designs makes the fabulous see that even amid the recessionary gloom, there affordable, online at www.jappadesigns.com. You were blooms of prosperity, and there are some can also call 1-800-774-8135 to speak to De-Ann places that have gotten back on their feet faster than personally about the styles you might be looking others.” We performed well in overall labor cli-for. If you are looking to “glamorize yourself,” mate because of our “deep and unique labor pool Jappa Designs of Benton Harbor is at the ready. If you have driven anywhere near the Harbor for particular industry sectors.” It’s good to garner national recognition of the turnaround underway Town subdivision going up across from the for-here at home and elsewhere in the state of mer Establishment Bar & Restaurant in Benton Harbor you’ve probably been wowed at the amaz-Michigan. ing progress made 24th by builders putting up David Hunt and his crew at the Stevensville Valid November 23rd being -December Big Boy restaurant at 4641 Red Arrow Highway quality homes at remarkably affordable prices for are continuing a long-standing tradition this com-those who qualify. There are 12 homes for sale just ing Monday, November 12 th , by treating American a block off of Main Street in the city’s center and Veterans to a free breakfast in honor of Veteran’s qualified home buyers are eligible for brand new 3 Day. From 7am until 10:30am that day, any vet-and 4 bedroom homes for a cash down payment eran can stop by the Big Boy to enjoy a trip to the grant that could result in a mortgage payment of breakfast buffet compliments of Hunt and his part-less than $800.00 per month. Homes with floor ner Brian Smith. David tells me that it is their plans ranging from 1,550 to 1,825 square feet start “pleasure to honor the men and women who have from just $124,000.00. Take a drive by and see the Open Sundays 12-4pm November 18 thru our December 23 in times of combat or beautiful homes being finished on Market Street served country, whether between 8 th and 12 th streets in Benton Harbor. If peace.” Bradford Insurance continues to grow, you are interested in learning more, contact Deb recently adding long-time AAA agent Nan Patterson at 208-3367 or Dan Morissette at 449-Bankston to their staff. She brings with her more 4198. You can also learn a great deal more online than 8-years of experience in the AAA culture and at www.harbortownmi.com. Don’t wait until joins Tim Arronyos, Cindy Julius, Robin Wilson they’re all sold! and Scott Bradford at the new agency at 2900 Next Friday night (November 16 th ) down-Niles Avenue in Southtown St. Joseph. You can town St. Joseph will sparkle in candle light as reach Nan For and the rest of the AAA team by calling 1,000 luminaries line the streets from St. Joseph * In Stock Items Only. Not Applicable To Prior Sales. See Stores Details. 982-5262 or by simply stopping by the office at any time. Continued on page 12 A few yards away from the Bradford agency As A Thank You For Your Donation, Receive a 10% off Coupon MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Inserts & Promotions • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets •Ace Hardware • Pater True Value • Jets Pizza • St. Joe Holiday Happenings Inserts may vary by Zip Code 10/24/12 8:40:27 PM Continued on page 10

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

He likely did not ever plan to adopt the concept of “thirty and out,” but things are shaping up for local businessman Greg O’Niel to turn out to be remarkably close to a perfect match for such a plan. O’Niel and his partner in business as well as life, his lovely wife Marian, have sold their booming business at O.K. Distributors in St. Joseph. The striking coincidence is that they are, this very week, marking 30-years in business as first class importers and distributors of wines, beers, and nonalcoholic beverages to local retailers throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest. More on that sale in just a moment, but first you need to peek behind the curtain at these two remarkable people who have dedicated their lives to their family, their employees, their friends, their customers, their community, and to everything that speaks of the goodness of this region we call home. The two have dedicated countless hours to local organizations from the Lake Michigan College Foundation and Winners Circle Auction to the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Greg continues to serve on the board of directors of Cornerstone Alliance, they have assisted countless fairs, festivals, and public events for decades, and now they’re going to earn some well-earned time for family and “retirement.” I place that word in quotes because they are already lining up new office space from which they will continue their very active roles in the community. Greg tells me they have no intention whatsoever of disappearing from the scene and pledges to continue to be very visible on the local front. The couple still has twin 14-year old sons, James & Joey, in high school and a daughter, Jacqueline, who will graduate soon from college and head to Chicago for her new career. Greg will continue his role as PGA Chairman for Administration in the 2014 Senior PGA Championship, will remain on the Cornerstone board, and both will be active in the upcoming Winners Circle Auction in March of 2013. Back on the business side of the equation, O.K. is being acquired by Kent Beverage of Grand Rapids, a distributor that already sells many of the same brands as the O’Niels. Kent Beverage has more than 50-years in business in West Michigan, and they have pledged to not only keep all of O.K.’s employees, but to leave the entire operation intact with the only change being somebody new sitting at Greg’s desk in command. Ever the promoter, Greg isn’t simply walking away. He tells me that 2013 will mark the 110th Anniversary of Miller High Life and Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Those two great American institutions have world headquarters directly across the street from one another in Milwaukee, and Greg is already cooking up a major joint promotion for next summer to celebrate those amazing milestones in business. I know his passion personally, having served this past summer together with him on Governor Rick Snyder’s Office of Regulatory Reform advisory panel regarding liquor laws in the state of Michigan. He is a good man, and will be very much missed at the helm of his distributorship. Congratulations, Greg & Marian.<br /> <br /> Some of the most important motorcycles of our region are in danger of being silenced due to budget cuts, but friends and fans are working to keep that from happening. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey has indicated that budgetary restraints will force elimination of his department’s motorcycle division. At least one man is working diligently to assure that that never happens. Gus Scheffler is Associate President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 96 in St. Joseph. Scheffler tells me that he is launching a drive to collect at least $15,000.00 to finance the motorcycle division for one year. It’s a drive that has to move very quickly because the contract for the lease of the motorcycles is due very soon. If you would like to help this critical division which not only conducts safety patrols but provides escorts for many community events you need to act quickly by either calling Gus to get engaged at 269-208-2551 or send a check payable to Berrien County Sheriff Department Motorcycle Division to 721 Park Den Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Do it soon, please!<br /> <br /> The Pure Michigan marketing campaign continues to work its magic all across the state according to the latest figures from Travel Michigan Director George Zimmerman. He reports that Michigan hotels continued to set records early this fall. The firm of Smith Travel Research says that Michigan’s hotel occupancy rate in September was 63.6%...representing the highest September occupancy rate since 2004 and a 1.5% increase over the same month last year. The Michigan rate is higher than the national hotel occupancy rate as well. Year-to-date numbers also broke a record dating back to 2004, running a 3.2% increase over the first nine months of last year. Revenue per available hotel room for the first three quarters of the year had increased by 7.1% over the same period in 2011.<br /> <br /> Our growth in Michigan is not tied exclusively to the travel industry either, according to new reports posted by Area Development magazine. That national publication, which is a leader in the coverage of corporate site selection and relocation, places Michigan at the very top (#1) for “Availability of Skilled Labor” and 6th-best in the nation for “Overall Labor Climate.” Perhaps the best statistic to come out of the just-released research however is the one that ranks Michigan 4th among all states in the nation in “Leading the Economic Recovery!” Authors of the survey say that Michigan’s “strong economic growth figures have been driven by an increase in manufacturing jobs.” The magazine notes that, “In the results we see that even amid the recessionary gloom, there were blooms of prosperity, and there are some places that have gotten back on their feet faster than others.” We performed well in overall labor climate because of our “deep and unique labor pool for particular industry sectors.” It’s good to garner national recognition of the turnaround underway here at home and elsewhere in the state of Michigan.<br /> <br /> David Hunt and his crew at the Stevensville Big Boy restaurant at 4641 Red Arrow Highway are continuing a long-standing tradition this coming Monday, November 12th, by treating American Veterans to a free breakfast in honor of Veteran’s Day. From 7am until 10:30am that day, any veteran can stop by the Big Boy to enjoy a trip to the breakfast buffet compliments of Hunt and his partner Brian Smith. David tells me that it is their “pleasure to honor the men and women who have served our country, whether in times of combat or peace.” <br /> <br /> Bradford Insurance continues to grow, recently adding long-time AAA agent Nan Bankston to their staff. She brings with her more than 8-years of experience in the AAA culture and joins Tim Arronyos, Cindy Julius, Robin Wilson and Scott Bradford at the new agency at 2900 Niles Avenue in Southtown St. Joseph. You can reach Nan and the rest of the AAA team by calling 982-5262 or by simply stopping by the office at any time.<br /> <br /> A few yards away from the Bradford agency there is a new face at Rumors Hair Studio at 2940 Niles Avenue. That new face is Tiffany Allmon, a talented stylist who was employed in the downtown business district for some time. Owners Roger & Jeff tell me that she joins the Rumors hair design team and welcomes women, men, students and children for hair services either on a walk-in service or by calling at 983-5671.<br /> <br /> A little further to the south I owe an apology to Nancy Baiers and her crew at Eco-Logical Cleaners! She sent me a note about their 3rd Anniversary in Coloma and their 2nd Anniversary celebration in St. Joseph, but it was too late for that particular week’s column. Then, I proceeded to lose the information completely and forgot all about it, which is sad because they were partners in the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign and donating a portion of their proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Hopefully, you heard about the promotion on the radio…but I dropped the ball here in MailMax and owe the Eco-Logical team a sincere apology. Hope the promotion went well for you.<br /> <br /> If you’re looking to really punch-up your look in the upcoming holiday season, De-Ann Walkine has launched a new venture locally that will afford you a great opportunity with new designer-inspired handbags, eyewear, scarves, jewelry and more. She just hosted a major extravaganza at Courtyard by Marriott in Benton Harbor last weekend, but you can still find tremendous savings online. De-Ann’s new Jappa Designs makes the fabulous affordable, online at www.jappadesigns.com. You can also call 1-800-774-8135 to speak to De-Ann personally about the styles you might be looking for. If you are looking to “glamorize yourself,” Jappa Designs of Benton Harbor is at the ready.<br /> <br /> If you have driven anywhere near the Harbor Town subdivision going up across from the former Establishment Bar & Restaurant in Benton Harbor you’ve probably been wowed at the amazing progress being made by builders putting up quality homes at remarkably affordable prices for those who qualify. There are 12 homes for sale just a block off of Main Street in the city’s center and qualified home buyers are eligible for brand new 3 and 4 bedroom homes for a cash down payment grant that could result in a mortgage payment of less than $800.00 per month. Homes with floor plans ranging from 1,550 to 1,825 square feet start from just $124,000.00. Take a drive by and see the beautiful homes being finished on Market Street between 8th and 12th streets in Benton Harbor. If you are interested in learning more, contact Deb Patterson at 208-3367 or Dan Morissette at 449-4198. You can also learn a great deal more online at www.harbortownmi.com. Don’t wait until they’re all sold!<br /> <br /> Next Friday night (November 16th) downtown St. Joseph will sparkle in candle light as 1,000 luminaries line the streets from St. Joseph Today as underwritten by Indiana Michigan Power and the Cook Nuclear Center. All sorts of shops and restaurants will be open late for a festive evening, with free horse draw trolley rides from the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and more. Don’t miss the Luminary Festival next Friday from dusk until 9pm.<br /> <br /> Riverview Park Christian Church is hosting a Harvest Dinner and Open House at 2929 Niles Road in St. Joseph this evening from 4 until 7pm. The congregation will be serving soups, salads and desserts alongside a bake sale. Tickets are just $6-dollars each and they can be purchased at the door. Check it out this evening, Saturday, November 10th.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Village of Baroda is hoping you can help local area families in Baroda with their Annual Food Drive. The village is asking that you consider bringing a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation to the Baroda Municipal Building by 5pm on December 14th. You can help make the difference in the lives of needy families in the community. If you have questions, you can reach Village Clerk Tina Boehm at 422-1779.<br /> <br /> Finally a reminder that The Silver Beach Hotel and Bridges to Digital Excellence are celebrating America Recycles Day at midweek with two unique events in St. Joe. The first begins at 7am when they team up with Berrien County with an all-day electronics recycling drive at the hotel at 100 Main Street in downtown St. Joe. The second event that evening, Wednesday, November 14th, is a screening of the award winning film “Terra Blight” which traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and their impact on the environment. $5-dollar showings get underway at 6:30pm and 8:30pm at the hotel.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you again next 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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