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Lake Grille “Where the taste makes the difference” ECRWSS Local Postal Customer 4296 Red Arrow Hwy Stevensville 269-408-1000 Book Your Holiday Party With Us! Call Today for Reservations! No Charge for 20+ people Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com cataract surgeries a year quietly celebrated its 25 th Anniversary a couple of months ago in September. The cast and crew there has grown from the opening 5-person staff to a current contingent of more than 110 people today. Dr. Cooke and his team have witnessed a resurgence in clinical research over that quarter-century that has become increasingly important as new drugs and devices are tested with the help of local volunteers to find better treatments for glaucoma, inflammation and dry eyes. In fact, next year the Great Lakes Eye Care Center will complete its 50 th research trial. They have been leaders in helping many drugs tested over the years to reach the point of generic availability, thereby saving all of us money when we suffer from those diseases. Now that I think about it…many of the doctors at Great Lakes are, in fact, authors of major articles published in highly respected professional journals of ophthalmology! Congratulations, Team Great Lakes…and happy anniversary! They haven’t been around for quite as long as Dr. Cooke and his crew, but even Andy & Susan Pavlopoulos are rubbing their eyes in disbelief that it has already been 8-years since they opened the doors onto Mr. Goody’s Diner at the Scottdale crossroads of Royalton Township. As a part of the celebration, they’re welcoming Santa Claus him-self into the shop today (12/8) from 1 until 3pm. Stop by to see the jolly old fellow and check out some celebratory dining specials and holiday baked treats. If you’re planning a holiday party of your own, Susan would like to remind you that they can help solve your catering needs as well, even cus-tomizing a menu just for your crowd and delivery to your party center. You’ll find Mr. Goody’s in the Scottdale Crossing Center at M-139 and Miners Road across from Pater True Value Hardware. For everyone who has been anxiously await-ing their arrival…and clearly there are a lot of you POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 8, 2012 December 8, 2012 Moody on The Market Volume 13, Ver. 49 profit, contact the agency for a copy of the coupon of your choice. If you’re among the growing contingent of citizens focused on the new Three “R’s”, there’s a great new option for you in downtown New Troy in Harbor Country. There you will find Janna Riley and Lawrence Kittleson holding court at their unique new resale shop aptly titled The New Troy Resale Shop. Janna tells me that they are very much in tune with the Three “R’s” of Re-use… Re-purpose…and Re-cycle. With items populat-ing the store from the practical to art objects many buyers will find lots of options. If you’ve been searching for a French door…a towel bar…a garden ornament or a red wood bench, they have them. Janna and Lawrence espouse two keys: “Don’t buy new, buy resale,” and “We have a little bit of ‘almost’ everything!” Currently the shop is open Wednesday through Friday from 2 until 5pm and from 10am until 4pm on the weekends. You can find the shop at 13484 California Road in New Troy. Best of luck in your venture, folks! Beth Wagner is taking the next step in grow-ing her business by opening up a new photography studio in downtown Watervliet. Wagner’s Studio 139 will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony on the evening of December 18 th at 131 N. Main Street in downtown Watervliet. She has been in the business for a bit more than 6-years now as Beautiful Beginnings Photography , but this is her first com-mercial studio venture in Watervliet. Beth special-izes in weddings, newborns, and lifestyle imagery. You can reach her at 757-1973. The Watervliet community is also being invit-ed to tour the new expanded Emergency Department at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet this coming Friday, December 14 th from MOODY Continued from page 1 A s we draw one weekend closer to Christmas, this will be one of the busiest days of the year for families decorat-ing the family Christmas tree. If you are among them, and you’ll be venturing out to find the perfect tree, you might consider an option that supports the entrepreneurial spirit of a young farmer and small businessman by the name of Alex Gallert. If you’ve ventured into the farmlands surrounding Stevensville you might recognize him as the owner and operator of Alex’s Veggies. He’s been selling fresh fruits and vegetables into the local market-place for a number of years now and this year he has entered the holiday market as well. His proud sister Brooke Zelmer tells me that his colorful stand near the corner of John Beers Road and Washington Avenue now sports fresh pre-cut Christmas trees and wreaths. Since Alex also holds down a full-time job with Wilson Construction , his holiday market is open on week-day evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday to help you decorate for the holidays in grand style. Just thought you might like to know. Also grabbing the holiday by the horns as you might expect is the crew at The Christmas Tree Shop north of town at the blinking light. Today (Saturday 12/8) the ladies are celebrating Tasting Time in the Pantry with their favorite, Chef Jack. Jack will be offering sampling all day of delicious party options, especially featuring Michigan Cherry Pepper Jam Meatballs. The Pantry is filled with great gift ideas and quick party foods for you to make. Also in the house there today from 10am until 2pm is local author Gene Mandarino who will be signing his amazing new book, The Home Front. You might have seen his story in the newspaper recently about his recollections as a small boy in the big war. It is remarkably well writ-ten and poignantly illustrated by Gene himself… and you have the chance to meet him personally if you make it to the Christmas Tree in time. Head north on M-63 past the Whirlpool Administration Center and turn left at the flasher. You won’t be sorry. Another local author is making her mark on Amazon.com. Katrina Harrmann tells a compel-ling story of a teen-aged fisherman who surpris-ingly discovers a mermaid in the waters of Lake Michigan. Katrina’s novel, set in the city of St. Joseph where she lives for real, is a great piece in the young adult literature market that has drawn very strong favorable reviews from readers who have acquired her book at Amazon. Katrina lives in St. Joe with her husband Nathan and three kids and draws her inspiration from her home’s close prox-imity to the big lake. Her novel, titled simply Mer is her first commercial novel and is available on the Kindle e-reader device. If you’re getting one of your own teens a Kindle for Christmas, you might want to have Mer already loaded and ready to go as an extra bonus! Well, the professional team at Great Lakes Eye Care might not be authors, but they’ve cer-tainly been writing their own highly successful slice of local history for more than twenty five years now. Originally launched by Dr. David Cooke, the eye care center noted for performing nearly 3,000 M oody Come in and See our Latest Designer Lines Pat 23 DAyS to uSe your SPeNDING Dr. Flood’s 269-408-8762 • 2603 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI Dr. Robert Flood O.D., P.C. Eye Injury -Glaucoma Dry Eyes -Infections because last weekend they already had well over 500 fans on Facebook before anybody had even been in the place… Players Bar & Grille is now officially open for business in downtown St. Joseph. The full bore makeover is complete and the restaurant opened for business on Thursday, December 6 th . Congratulations, guys…and best of luck. Players is in the space that housed the former Stooge’s Restaurant & Bar. The year was 1988 when Bill Bingaman opened up the first private teen driver education school in all of Berrien County. In the ensuing years Bings Driving School has grown to serve students in six school districts here and three in Cass County. In October, Bings entered a partner-ship with another driving school, All-Star Driving School. Bings number remains the same, and not much else has changed except for scheduling, in as much as All-Star will handle day to day operations, and the agreement will allow them to add even more school districts into the mix in the future. As for Mr. Bingaman? He is not retiring. In fact, he has launched a new operation called Adult Driving with Mr. Bingaman. You can reach him at 429-7573 if you are an adult 18-years old or older. Congratulations on all counts, Bing! Somebody who is retiring after decades of service to Southwest Michigan Regional Airport is John Chaddock. The venerable character who knows more about the airport than probably anyone but Lee Scherwitz, revealed to Lee and others on staff recently that he will step away from the job he has been performing for more than 39-years now. His last day will be New Year’s Eve…and the air-port will host a small lunch gathering in a couple of weeks at the air terminal in his honor. Congratulations, John…and thanks for your dedica-tion to service. Your visit to the new LaPita Restaurant in Southtown St. Joseph will pay great dividends to a number of local non-profit organizations thanks to the generosity of owners Nader & Sam. LaPita has just unleashed about 1,000 coupons to friends of the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Berrien County Relay for Life, Young Life, the Benton Harbor/St. Joe YMCA, Child & Family Services, and Bridges to Digital Excellence in their first ever Give Back Program. For every coupon redeemed between now and January 31 st , LaPita will donate back 10% of the purchase to the agency depicted on the coupon. If you would like to try LaPita on Niles Avenue and help your favorite non-FLeX Sunglasses Make Great Gifts Continued on page 12 VISION CENTER www.govision.com Inserts & Promotions 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 • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets • Ace Hardware • Pater True Value • Tractor Supply Co. Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 10

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

As we draw one weekend closer to Christmas, this will be one of the busiest days of the year for families decorating the family Christmas tree. If you are among them, and you’ll be venturing out to find the perfect tree, you might consider an option that supports the entrepreneurial spirit of a young farmer and small businessman by the name of Alex Gallert. If you’ve ventured into the farmlands surrounding Stevensville you might recognize him as the owner and operator of Alex’s Veggies. He’s been selling fresh fruits and vegetables into the local marketplace for a number of years now and this year he has entered the holiday market as well. His proud sister Brooke Zelmer tells me that his colorful stand near the corner of John Beers Road and Washington Avenue now sports fresh pre-cut Christmas trees and wreaths. Since Alex also holds down a full-time job with Wilson Construction, his holiday market is open on weekday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday to help you decorate for the holidays in grand style. Just thought you might like to know.<br /> <br /> Also grabbing the holiday by the horns as you might expect is the crew at The Christmas Tree Shop north of town at the blinking light. Today (Saturday 12/8) the ladies are celebrating Tasting Time in the Pantry with their favorite, Chef Jack. Jack will be offering sampling all day of delicious party options, especially featuring Michigan Cherry Pepper Jam Meatballs. The Pantry is filled with great gift ideas and quick party foods for you to make. Also in the house there today from 10am until 2pm is local author Gene Mandarino who will be signing his amazing new book, The Home Front. You might have seen his story in the newspaper recently about his recollections as a small boy in the big war. It is remarkably well written and poignantly illustrated by Gene himself… and you have the chance to meet him personally if you make it to the Christmas Tree in time. Head north on M-63 past the Whirlpool Administration Center and turn left at the flasher. You won’t be sorry.<br /> <br /> Another local author is making her mark on Amazon.com. Katrina Harrmann tells a compelling story of a teen-aged fisherman who surprisingly discovers a mermaid in the waters of Lake Michigan. Katrina’s novel, set in the city of St. Joseph where she lives for real, is a great piece in the young adult literature market that has drawn very strong favorable reviews from readers who have acquired her book at Amazon. Katrina lives in St. Joe with her husband Nathan and three kids and draws her inspiration from her home’s close proximity to the big lake. Her novel, titled simply Mer is her first commercial novel and is available on the Kindle e-reader device. If you’re getting one of your own teens a Kindle for Christmas, you might want to have Mer already loaded and ready to go as an extra bonus!<br /> <br /> Well, the professional team at Great Lakes Eye Care might not be authors, but they’ve certainly been writing their own highly successful slice of local history for more than twenty five years now. Originally launched by Dr. David Cooke, the eye care center noted for performing nearly 3,000 cataract surgeries a year quietly celebrated its 25th Anniversary a couple of months ago in September. The cast and crew there has grown from the opening 5-person staff to a current contingent of more than 110 people today. Dr. Cooke and his team have witnessed a resurgence in clinical research over that quarter-century that has become increasingly important as new drugs and devices are tested with the help of local volunteers to find better treatments for glaucoma, inflammation and dry eyes. In fact, next year the Great Lakes Eye Care Center will complete its 50th research trial. They have been leaders in helping many drugs tested over the years to reach the point of generic availability, thereby saving all of us money when we suffer from those diseases. Now that I think about it…many of the doctors at Great Lakes are, in fact, authors of major articles published in highly respected professional journals of ophthalmology! Congratulations, Team Great Lakes…and happy anniversary!<br /> <br /> They haven’t been around for quite as long as Dr. Cooke and his crew, but even Andy & Susan Pavlopoulos are rubbing their eyes in disbelief that it has already been 8-years since they opened the doors onto Mr. Goody’s Diner at the Scottdale crossroads of Royalton Township. As a part of the celebration, they’re welcoming Santa Claus himself into the shop today (12/8) from 1 until 3pm. Stop by to see the jolly old fellow and check out some celebratory dining specials and holiday baked treats. If you’re planning a holiday party of your own, Susan would like to remind you that they can help solve your catering needs as well, even customizing a menu just for your crowd and delivery to your party center. You’ll find Mr. Goody’s in the Scottdale Crossing Center at M-139 and Miners Road across from Pater True Value Hardware.<br /> <br /> For everyone who has been anxiously awaiting their arrival…and clearly there are a lot of you because last weekend they already had well over 500 fans on Facebook before anybody had even been in the place…Players Bar & Grille is now officially open for business in downtown St. Joseph. The full bore makeover is complete and the restaurant opened for business on Thursday, December 6th. Congratulations, guys…and best of luck. Players is in the space that housed the former Stooge’s Restaurant & Bar.<br /> <br /> The year was 1988 when Bill Bingaman opened up the first private teen driver education school in all of Berrien County. In the ensuing years Bings Driving School has grown to serve students in six school districts here and three in Cass County. In October, Bings entered a partnership with another driving school, All-Star Driving School. Bings number remains the same, and not much else has changed except for scheduling, in as much as All-Star will handle day to day operations, and the agreement will allow them to add even more school districts into the mix in the future. As for Mr. Bingaman? He is not retiring. In fact, he has launched a new operation called Adult Driving with Mr. Bingaman. You can reach him at 429- 7573 if you are an adult 18-years old or older. Congratulations on all counts, Bing!<br /> <br /> Somebody who is retiring after decades of service to Southwest Michigan Regional Airport is John Chaddock. The venerable character who knows more about the airport than probably anyone but Lee Scherwitz, revealed to Lee and others on staff recently that he will step away from the job he has been performing for more than 39-years now. His last day will be New Year’s Eve…and the airport will host a small lunch gathering in a couple of weeks at the air terminal in his honor. Congratulations, John…and thanks for your dedication to service.<br /> <br /> Your visit to the new LaPita Restaurant in Southtown St. Joseph will pay great dividends to a number of local non-profit organizations thanks to the generosity of owners Nader & Sam. LaPita has just unleashed about 1,000 coupons to friends of the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Berrien County Relay for Life, Young Life, the Benton Harbor/St. Joe YMCA, Child & Family Services, and Bridges to Digital Excellence in their first ever Give Back Program. For every coupon redeemed between now and January 31st, LaPita will donate back 10% of the purchase to the agency depicted on the coupon. If you would like to try LaPita on Niles Avenue and help your favorite nonprofit, contact the agency for a copy of the coupon of your choice.<br /> <br /> If you’re among the growing contingent of citizens focused on the new Three “R’s”, there’s a great new option for you in downtown New Troy in Harbor Country. There you will find Janna Riley and Lawrence Kittleson holding court at their unique new resale shop aptly titled The New Troy Resale Shop. Janna tells me that they are very much in tune with the Three “R’s” of Re-use… Re-purpose…and Re-cycle. With items populating the store from the practical to art objects many buyers will find lots of options. If you’ve been searching for a French door…a towel bar…a garden ornament or a red wood bench, they have them. Janna and Lawrence espouse two keys: “Don’t buy new, buy resale,” and “We have a little bit of ‘almost’ everything!” Currently the shop is open Wednesday through Friday from 2 until 5pm and from 10am until 4pm on the weekends. You can find the shop at 13484 California Road in New Troy. Best of luck in your venture, folks!<br /> <br /> Beth Wagner is taking the next step in growing her business by opening up a new photography studio in downtown Watervliet. Wagner’s Studio 139 will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony on the evening of December 18th at 131 N. Main Street in downtown Watervliet. She has been in the business for a bit more than 6-years now as Beautiful Beginnings Photography, but this is her first commercial studio venture in Watervliet. Beth specializes in weddings, newborns, and lifestyle imagery. You can reach her at 757-1973.<br /> <br /> The Watervliet community is also being invited to tour the new expanded Emergency Department at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet this coming Friday, December 14th from 2 until 7pm at 400 Medical Park Drive just east of the downtown area off of Red Arrow Highway. The $4-million dollar makeover encompassing 6,500 square feet is a major expansion and renovation designed to create an exceptional experience for patients in a healing environment.<br /> <br /> A special Holiday Open House takes place today (12/8) in one of the newly constructed homes in Harbor Town. Make plans between 2 and 6pm this afternoon to head to 320 Market Place between 8th and 12th Streets in Benton Harbor. Learn more at www.harbortownmi.com. <br /> <br /> Next Tuesday, the 11th, a visit to The Livery in the Benton Harbor Arts District will take you to their Annual Holiday “Bizarre!” More than 25 local artists and businesses create a unique shopping bazaar inside the popular micro-brewery. Show time for the event is Tuesday from 5 until 9pm. It’s a one-stop shop for buying locally!<br /> <br /> Hats off to Anytime Fitness of Stevensville, where this past weekend they hosted their first ever Tough Hero Competition, raising dollars for military families in need. Unfortunately, they didn’t send me the information in time to allow me to extend an invitation. They did, however, ask me to remind you that just as at several other local clubs, Anytime Fitness in the Martins Supermarket complex welcomes members participating in the Silver Sneakers & Prime programs. You can reach Angie at 429-1222 if you have questions.<br /> <br /> You have the chance to enjoy A Special Christmas Concert this weekend presented by James Kraus, minister of music at St. Joe’s First United Methodist Church, John Korzun, director of instrumental music at SW Michigan College, and David Carew, their director of Choral Music. Featuring dozens of regional musicians, the shows are open free of charge to the public. Today, Saturday 12/8, shows take place at SW Michigan College in Dowagiac at 2pm and 7pm. Tomorrow’s show times (12/9) are 8:30am and 11am during worship services at the First United Methodist Church at 2950 Lakeview Avenue in St. Joseph. “The Many Moods of Christmas” by Robert Shaw and other favorite carols will be included.<br /> <br /> A huge thank you to United Federal Credit Union…Honor Credit Union…Whirlpool Corporation…Lane Automotive and Kalin Construction Company who all chipped in to help keep the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Motorcylce Unit operating. I wrote recently of the feared demise of the unit due to severe budget constraints, and these folks have made it happen to keep the unit up and running. Now that’s the holiday spirit!<br /> <br /> Finally…a quick note about the new Moxie’s 2 shop at 415 State Street in St. Joseph. I told you last week about the holiday season clearance center Monica Bolin had established. She is afraid that because the shop was formerly a consignment shop that people are getting the wrong idea. Everything in the store is brand new designer apparel at outlet pricing. Just so you know!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids…keep spending your dollars local…and keep the spirit of the season alive. See you next Saturday, right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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