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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Any Lunch $ 5.95 Exp. 1/14/13 MARgARITA $ Limit 1. Exp. 1/14/13 3.99 Best Mexican Food in Royalton Township (Across from Mark III) 269.429.3100 • 4142 M-139, Saint Joseph, MI 49085 Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Gary Grathwohl’s cast and crew at Harbor Sports Cycle on M-139 are excited beyond compare for several reasons. First… they have launched a new website for friends, customers, and interested parties at www.harborpowerhouse.com. But, the sales team is equally excited that the website now showcases not only their legendary line up of Honda gear for sportsmen and women everywhere, but now they are a full-tilt autho-rized Polaris dealer, offering a full line of Polaris ATV’s and UTV’s for aficionados look-ing at those sweet machines. From Honda generators, snow-blowers, lawn and garden gear, pumps and engines to Honda motorcy-cles to Polaris snowmobiles and other Polaris motorsport products, Harbor Sports is officially your one-stop shop for outdoor fun this winter and all year long. You can find a powerhouse line-up including Honda and Polaris branded riding gear and clothing at 2188 M-139 in Benton Harbor, or by phone at 877-837-2648. Sometimes the churning, grinding, whis-pering rumor mill runs rampant with absolutely blatant false information. Such is the case for my good friends Roger & Pam Seely at Roger’s Foodland in Royalton Township. Perhaps it is just wishful thinking from jealous competitors, maybe even malicious mischief and misinformation. But the bottom line truth about Roger’s Foodland is this: The grocery store IS NOT CLOSING. Read it slowly folks. Roger’s Foodland is not closing. They have been a solid, good, loyal, local neighbor-hood store for more than 30 years now and they POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 29, 2012 December 29, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 52 plan on continuing to be just that. Roger and Pam have reached out to me to help quash the hurtful and absolutely false rumors that have been building up steam rather than fading away. The ridiculous thing is that other grocers have even called asking for employee referrals in hopes of grabbing up Rogers’ loyal employee base. Roger has asked that if people or espe-cially other businesses hear similar rumors that you always call the store directly to address such falsehoods instead of simply passing them on. For the record, Roger’s is my nearest neigh-borhood grocer and I shop them routinely and they have never shown even the slightest hint at being in distress to the point of closure. In fact, Roger’s crew is looking forward to seeing all of their great customers in the New Year and they wish you a happy 2013. If you’d like to talk to Roger about all of this, you can reach him at 429-9661 any time. The Michigan Mitten Contest has con-cluded with a resounding success under the sponsorship of the Box Factory for the Arts, MailMax, Berrien Community Foundation and local Horizon Bank branches. $550.00 in cash and many pairs of mittens, stocking caps and scarves were generated by the contest including entry fees and donations from the Don J. Sayan/W. Jack Keiser and Dr. Nanette Keiser Fund at the Berrien Community Foundation. All donations of money and clothing provided by the Mitten Contest were donated to Child & Family Services of Southwest Michigan-Safe Shelter. Winners of the contest were Ceili Oliver, Elaine Lydon, Maya Sandor, Linda Kowrach, Sydney Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 B efore we get down to the business of business this weekend…let’s get down to the business of fun! Let me be among the first to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise New Year for 2013! We’re down to the last handful of 2012, leaving you literally just hours to get things requiring end-of-year attention accomplished. I hope you are able to dispatch that work with minimal effort and get into the spirit of the holiday weekend before we all have to head back to the daily grind come Wednesday morning. Thank you for your notes, cards, e-mails, letters, phone calls, text messages, tweets, voicemail messages, and every other possible form of contact over the past year regarding things you’ve seen or would like to see here in the Moody on the Market column of MailMax! It is a truly rewarding task each week to assemble the stories and pieces that weave the fabric of Michigan’s Great Southwest. If it weren’t for you, the readers of the column, there would be no reason to write it. Thanks also to the advertisers that Glen, Doug and the MailMax team assemble weekly to support the publication. We hope to bring you lots more exciting news in the next 365 plus days as well. If you’ve ventured to the northern reaches of the St. Joseph Valley Parkway (notice that I keep encouraging you to use the proper termi-nology for what everyone calls “The By-Pass?”) you have likely noticed an incredibly large steel frame work that has become a substantive pres-ence along the east side of the Parkway between Sodus and the river . That is the new dealer-ship and showroom for Fillmore Equipment Company headquartered in Holland. It becomes the tenth location for the John Deere branded farm implement and equipment sales firm that recently acquired the assets of Klug Equipment of Eau Claire. Fillmore now has a presence in Holland, Hastings, Kent City, Jenison, Three Rivers, Paw Paw, Union, Athens, and Eau Claire here in Michigan as well as in Howe, Indiana. The relocation from Main Street in Eau Claire to the highway has been set up to provide rapid access to interstate travel now that the firm is doing its own truck-ing of equipment among multiple showroom sites. Ken, Dave and Mitch Timmerman are owners in the Fillmore partnership, but Ken Klug continues to serve the local market as branch manager and sales agent for the compa-ny. The Klug family has maintained a presence in the local farm equipment market dating back to 1953. Fillmore markets to the farming com-munity to provide tractors, harvesters, tillers, chemical applicators, planting equipment, hay & forage equipment, lawn mowers, parts and service for a broad range of equipment. The family-owned Fillmore has been in busi-ness for more than 30 years across the region. Continued on page 12 M oody Pat Sando ter’s c result A this ho for the by St. pant r event h Michi case y alread the ev 2013 Joseph If major comm jobs ar will b Lovej firm, h has ha than 5 tially w The c square space compa sion, h sion te Amer Lovejo pulp & ing, m start the new year with a new look and save 20-50%! * We’re happy to assist you! Owners/Design Consultants Kerry, Stephanie, Mary Kay and “Jack” Jack is always happy to see you! * All Floor Sample sales final. 613 B road S t ., S t . 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Before we get down to the business of business this weekend…let’s get down to the business of fun! Let me be among the first to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise New Year for 2013! We’re down to the last handful of 2012, leaving you literally just hours to get things requiring end-of-year attention accomplished. I hope you are able to dispatch that work with minimal effort and get into the spirit of the holiday weekend before we all have to head back to the daily grind come Wednesday morning. Thank you for your notes, cards, e-mails, letters, phone calls, text messages, tweets, voicemail messages, and every other possible form of contact over the past year regarding things you’ve seen or would like to see here in the Moody on the Market column of MailMax! It is a truly rewarding task each week to assemble the stories and pieces that weave the fabric of Michigan’s Great Southwest. If it weren’t for you, the readers of the column, there would be no reason to write it. Thanks also to the advertisers that Glen, Doug and the MailMax team assemble weekly to support the publication. We hope to bring you lots more exciting news in the next 365 plus days as well.<br /> <br /> If you’ve ventured to the northern reaches of the St. Joseph Valley Parkway (notice that I keep encouraging you to use the proper terminology for what everyone calls “The By-Pass?”) you have likely noticed an incredibly large steel frame work that has become a substantive presence along the east side of the Parkway between Sodus and the river. That is the new dealership and showroom for Fillmore Equipment Company headquartered in Holland. It becomes the tenth location for the John Deere branded farm implement and equipment sales firm that recently acquired the assets of Klug Equipment of Eau Claire. Fillmore now has a presence in Holland, Hastings, Kent City, Jenison, Three Rivers, Paw Paw, Union, Athens, and Eau Claire here in Michigan as well as in Howe, Indiana. The relocation from Main Street in Eau Claire to the highway has been set up to provide rapid access to interstate travel now that the firm is doing its own trucking of equipment among multiple showroom sites. Ken, Dave and Mitch Timmerman are owners in the Fillmore partnership, but Ken Klug continues to serve the local market as branch manager and sales agent for the company.The Klug family has maintained a presence in the local farm equipment market dating back to 1953. Fillmore markets to the farming community to provide tractors, harvesters, tillers, chemical applicators, planting equipment, hay & forage equipment, lawn mowers, parts and service for a broad range of equipment.The family-owned Fillmore has been in business for more than 30 years across the region.<br /> <br /> Gary Grathwohl’s cast and crew at Harbor Sports Cycle on M-139 are excited beyond compare for several reasons. First… they have launched a new website for friends, customers, and interested parties at www.harborpowerhouse.com. But, the sales team is equally excited that the website now showcases not only their legendary line up of Honda gear for sportsmen and women everywhere, but now they are a full-tilt authorized Polaris dealer, offering a full line of Polaris ATV’s and UTV’s for aficionados looking at those sweet machines. From Honda generators, snow-blowers, lawn and garden gear, pumps and engines to Honda motorcycles to Polaris snowmobiles and other Polaris motorsport products, Harbor Sports is officially your one-stop shop for outdoor fun this winter and all year long. You can find a powerhouse line-up including Honda and Polaris branded riding gear and clothing at 2188 M-139 in Benton Harbor, or by phone at 877-837-2648.<br /> <br /> Sometimes the churning, grinding, whispering rumor mill runs rampant with absolutely blatant false information. Such is the case for my good friends Roger & Pam Seely at Roger’s Foodland in Royalton Township.Perhaps it is just wishful thinking from jealous competitors, maybe even malicious mischief and misinformation. But the bottom line truth about Roger’s Foodland is this: The grocery store IS NOT CLOSING. Read it slowly folks. Roger’s Foodland is not closing. They have been a solid, good, loyal, local neighborhood store for more than 30 years now and they plan on continuing to be just that. Roger and Pam have reached out to me to help quash the hurtful and absolutely false rumors that have been building up steam rather than fading away.<br /> <br /> The ridiculous thing is that other grocers have even called asking for employee referrals in hopes of grabbing up Rogers’ loyal employee base. Roger has asked that if people or especially other businesses hear similar rumors that you always call the store directly to address such falsehoods instead of simply passing them on. For the record, Roger’s is my nearest neighborhood grocer and I shop them routinely and they have never shown even the slightest hint at being in distress to the point of closure. In fact, Roger’s crew is looking forward to seeing all of their great customers in the New Year and they wish you a happy 2013. If you’d like to talk to Roger about all of this, you can reach him at 429-9661 any time.<br /> <br /> The Michigan Mitten Contest has concluded with a resounding success under the sponsorship of the Box Factory for the Arts, MailMax, Berrien Community Foundation and local Horizon Bank branches. $550.00 in cash and many pairs of mittens, stocking caps and scarves were generated by the contest including entry fees and donations from the Don J. Sayan/W. Jack Keiser and Dr. Nanette Keiser Fund at the Berrien Community Foundation. All donations of money and clothing provided by the Mitten Contest were donated to Child & Family Services of Southwest Michigan-Safe Shelter. Winners of the contest were Ceili Oliver, Elaine Lydon, Maya Sandor, Linda Kowrach, Sydney Sandor, and Naomi Nimtz. Hopefully winter’s cold will be held a bit more at bay as a result of the warm outcome.<br /> <br /> Another resounding fund-raising success this holiday season was generated by entry fees for the wildly popular Reindog Parade hosted by St. Joseph Today. $260-dollars in participant registration fees from the record-setting event has gone to Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan, the popular animal rescue team. In case you missed this year’s parade, they have already officially scheduled the 2013 edition of the event for 4pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in the central business district of St. Joseph. Get it on your calendar now!<br /> <br /> If you haven’t already heard, there’s a major industrial expansion underway in the community of South Haven. Twenty-five new jobs are on the way this year and another 50-75 will be created over the next five years at Lovejoy, Incorporated’s local facility. That firm, headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois has had a presence in South Haven for more than 52 years now, but will expand exponentially with a new $3-million dollar investment.The current plant comprises some 35,000 square feet, but will add nearly three times that space with a 95,000 square foot expansion. The company supplies couplings, power transmission, hydraulic components and rubber suspension technology to companies all across North America and 45 other nations. Primary Lovejoy customers are engaged in the steel, pulp & paper, power generation, food processing, mining and construction industrial sectors.It’s a family-owned and operated company through four generations <br /> <br /> Over at The Orchards Mall, excitement is building daily for the Slackers Family Fun Center’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Party.Monday night, December 31st from 9pm until 1am Slackers Family Fun Center will host laser tag specials, token specials and great food offerings. Parents can drop kids 10-years old and older off at Slackers rear, outdoor entrance.There is only one way in and out at that rear door and security guards will assure that kids cannot leave until they are picked up by their parents at an agreed upon time. If you’d like to learn more about the 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Party event, contact owner Rod Burch or his associates at 269-325-7525. Should be a night of great fun and entertainment for the kids to celebrate together.<br /> <br /> Tonight, Saturday, December 29th, will mark your last chance this year to enjoy dinner at The Grille at Harbor Shores. The dining room at the popular golf club will be seasonally closed in January and February and will re-open for the new season on Friday, March 1st.However, your golf swing doesn’t have to hibernate for the winter thanks to excellent preplanning by Harbor Shores Club Pro Ross Smith. Ross would love to invite you to the Harbor Shores Learning Center to work on your game in heated bays and have your swing analyzed by their Trackman and V1 state-ofthe- art equipment. The Learning Center is open for the winter for lessons, swing analysis, club fitting and their indoor range. Ross is happy to book appointments anytime Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm. He offers private 45-minute lessons, 45-minute swing analysis lessons that include a video analysis of your swing and use of the range by half-hour and hour-long segments. If you’d like to make a reservation with Ross or have questions, you can reach him at 269-927-4653. The Learning Center is situated at the Harbor Shores driving range at 201 Graham Avenue in Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> If all the family stories generated over the Christmas dinner table have sparked renewed interest in finding the roots of your family tree, Anita Stout would love to see your smiling face at an upcoming community family history fair. That event is scheduled to take place on January 26th at 3711 Niles Road in St. Joseph from 1pm until 4pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Displays from area libraries, The Berrien Springs Genealogy Society, “How-To” exhibits, games, children’s activities, a free family photo and more are planned. For additional information, contact Anita directly at 269-556-9551 or Aloma Custer at 269-556-1631. Admission to the family event is free.<br /> <br /> If you’re wondering what to read next, you can join the “Need a Read” group at the Bridgman Public Library. It’s not your typical book club. Everyone chooses different books and shares their opinion. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month at 2pm. No pre-registration is required to attend, and the next meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 16th.<br /> <br /> Speaking of books, Erin Farwell who grew up in Berrien Springs and lived in Chicago for many years and now lives in Roswell, Georgia has written “Shadowlands,” a book that came out in late summer and was showcased recently at Forever Books in St. Joseph.The book is set in 1927 St. Joe and Chicago, and features the Silver Beach Amusement Park and many other landmarks. Shop for it at Forever Books or check out Erin’s website at www.erinfarwell.com. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Benton Harbor Author Tawana Taylor has released her new poetry book “Standing Through the Tears.” It’s an inspiring collection of poetry and short prose written with hurting souls in mind…by those searching for a glimmer of hope in what often seems like desperate times. Published by Tate Publishing Tawana’s book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore or online at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com. This is her first book. Best of luck!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great New Year, take along a designated driver and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody <br /> <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce <br /> <br /> pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com <br /> <br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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