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ECRWSS Local Postal Customerers Now Open, Tax expertise is standing by. January 12, 2013 See Display Ad on Page 12 who do not have dependents and do not itemize deductions. Taxable income must be lessedit and for state tax returns. Taxpayer must meet IRS criteria to use Federal Form 1040EZ. Offer Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 12, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 2 Moody on The Market Pat WATERVLIET 7489 Red Arrow Hwy oody A long time automobile Phone: 269-463-4334 service center in Southtown St. Joseph has changed Between hands, and soon you will Watervliet & see a new name go Coloma up on the building as well. M Veteran service desk operator Matt Miller who greeted customers in the service department for the LeValley dealerships in downtown Benton Harbor and now on M-139 for years is now liv-ing a life-long dream to own his own auto care establishment. Matt has purchased the former St. Joe Auto Repair & Tire Service at the T-intersection of Hilltop & Niles across from Chili’s. He has changed the name of the busi-ness to Matt’s Auto Care after acquiring it from John Riccioni who launched the enterprise back in 1989. Matt is a native of Michigan’s Great Southwest who worked the service desk for LeValley for 23 years, but always had the itch to “do my own thing.” You’ll find Matt’s Auto Care at 2101 Niles Avenue in St. Joseph with operating hours of 7am until 5pm Monday through Friday. He labors through the day on your behalf performing general auto repairs and maintenance, from oil changes and tune-ups to engine work and tire care. He and his wife then labor into the night after the business is closed scraping tile, cleaning, brightening, and gener-ally putting a fresh face on the building in their spare time. He’ll also be making some equip-ment changes, enhancing the capabilities of his shop and has several key players who have joined him to keep your car in the best running order possible. You can reach Matt during busi-ness hours by stopping in personally or contact-ing the shop by phone at 983-0007. Congratulations, Matt…and best of luck as you begin a new chapter in your life at Matt’s Auto Care of St. Joseph. Turns out that Applebee’s new “See You Tomorrow” marketing campaign which pledges a fresh approach to “dining in the neighborhood” is not the only fresh approach from the world’s largest casual dining chain. A substantial remod-eling makeover is currently underway system-wide and will be making its way into our neigh-borhood late this winter or in early spring. Starting in March the extremely popular Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant at 2050 Pipestone in Benton Charter Township will undergo a $1.5-to-$2-million dollar make-over to reflect the mother ship’s new approach to life in the neighborhood. Those stained glass light fixtures will be history, a new updated logo will show up, new stone-faced entries are becom-ing the norm and major bar upgrades and high-tech, flat-screen TV’s are on the way along with new signage, awnings and more. Nationwide there are more than 2,000 Applebee’s restaurants in 49 states and the corporate folks report that nearly $200-million dollars in remodeling is being pumped into the system across the board. Sleek new lighting and murals that link each restaurant with its neighborhood are being incor-Continued from page 1 porated across the country and coming to Benton Harbor this year. You can expect the restaurant to be closed down for about a week or so to affect the tasks at hand, but we’ll give you the heads up on that as the project draws closer to an official start date. Stay tuned. St. Joseph City Commissioners have paved the way for the arrival of a new bed and breakfast inn this summer. The Painted Turtle Inn Bed & Breakfast is currently being pre-pared in an elegant home at 3205 Lakeshore Drive in the city across from Look Out Park . Owned and operated by Joel & Christine Schull , The Painted Turtle will feature 5 guest rooms, a large common area with fireplace and a large breakfast area overlooking about 9 acres of property. Stay tuned for more. I recently told you the story of the new Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks and their star continues to rise across the entire region. In fact, Midwest Living magazine has just named them among the 32 Best New Midwest Attractions, Hotels and Restaurants. The January-February issue of Midwest Living sports the comprehensive list of attractions as largely a photo compilation with a quick sentence regard-ing each venue highlighted. Regarding Journeyman, the magazine says, “Oh, the irony. An 1880’s corset factory once owned by a staunch Prohibitionist has become a place were carefully crafted whiskey, gin, vodka and rum flow freely.” There is a short review attached as well, that goes into more detail regarding the distillery and a bit of the history behind its build-ing and beginnings. Congratulations to owner Bill Welter and his crew on their ongoing run of great publicity attracting new fans and patrons. Amtrak lovers take note! The Pere Marquette passenger rail service to the St. Joseph Train Depot is now in the middle of their Midwest Winter Warm Up Sale! Book your travel to Chicago or Grand Rapids now through the end of March and save 20% on your train trip this winter. When you go to www. Amtrak.com you will find a clickable link that says “Save 20% on select Michigan routes… Winter Warm Up Sale.” Click there…and by clicking “Book Now” you will earn your savings so long as your travel is completed by March MOODY Start. Finish. Southwest 31 st . Advance reservations are required to get the discount…so just showing up at the train station won’t cut it. Brian Loope recently completed his long-time dream of owning his own business by acquiring South Haven Packaging, Inc. In achieving his dream it would appear that he trun-cated what might have been a nightmare for his co-workers at the plant. The manufacturer of corrugated packaging for the automotive and The partnership between Western Michigan furniture industries has been a viable local busi-ness in South Haven dating back to 1994. A University-Southwest and Lake Michigan couple of years ago, an impending sale to an College provides students a seamless outside party who was contemplating moving the operation out of Michigan threatened not only transition from an associate’s degree to a Loope’s livelihood, but those of his eighteen fel-bachelor’s degree in one location, in close low employees. Brian stepped up to the plate, to home and work. made some connections with proximity economic devel-oper Jack McCloughan, the team at Chemical Bank, and Congressman Fred Upton and saved the day by working a deal to buy the com-pany himself and keep it in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Having worked there for 17 years, he WMU-Southwest and LMC offer four just couldn’t see it any other way. Now, as the undergraduate completion programs so full-on owner of the shop, he’s planning equip-ment and software upgrades and looks to add that you can start your education with LMC even more jobs in the future. Nice save, Brian. and Psychology finish it with WMU right on the Napier The cast and crew at Life Coach of Berrien Springs has taken Avenue up root in Campus: a new location, and look forward to helping you with accessible, affordable, and quality mental health • Business Administration services. Owned and operated by Dr. Harold Elementary Smith, the center has moved • to 300 W. Ferry Education Street in Berrien Springs. They • have a psychiat-Engineering ric nurse practitioner for mental health on staff, • Nursing and Office Manager Barbara Little tells me that she does not have a 3-month waiting period to be seen. Life Coach Psychology operates daily To learn more about starting or finishing from 9am until 8pm and can be reached by phone at 269-815-5331. The agency your offers path outpatient to a new career, contact: and counseling services, long term care, medica-tion management, and testing for a broad array of Lake Michigan College issues from ADHD to anxiety, depression, (269) 927-8170 school-readiness, and beyond. They accept most www.lakemichigancollege.edu/start insurance plans and are a Medicaid provider. Real Estate Associate Broker Michelle Alger is switching allegiance. Formerly with Start at LMC. Finish at WMU. Go on to your career. Transfer Programs Continued on page 7 Continued from page 7 Keller Williams Realty in St. Joseph, Alger Boy Scouts of America Greater Pittsburgh available online at Amazon.com but can also be announced recently to friends, clients and col-Council and most recently with Roberts Public purchased right here in town at Banner Books leagues that she is joining the team at Pier Relations. According to a New Year article in Parable Christian Store on Niles Avenue in St. Realty in Southwest Michigan. In doing so, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , DeWitt has Joseph. If you’re looking for a little mid-winter she follows the lead of Mark & Linda changed jobs again, this time landing with the break, consider swinging by the 4 th Annual Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh in the new posi-Mawhinney who made the switch themselves. Michelle recently added Home Staging skills to tion of director of administration and communi-Winter Delights Festival of Wine, Food & her bailiwick, encouraging her clients to consult cations for the organization’s “Our Campaign Jazz on the Napier Campus of Lake Michigan takes place next Saturday with her regarding the benefits of home staging for the Church Alive.” In that new role, DeWitt College. The big event th in a bid to outshine the competition in a tight real will be in charge of a massive $125-million dol-evening, January 19 , from 5 until 9pm inside the Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall. The Inserts & Promotions estate market. Pier Realty, by the way, can be lar fundraising campaign launched in mid-event showcases more than 20 Michigan winer-December among 204 parishes in Allegheny, found at 1100 Main Street in St. Joseph and you ies, a number of local restaurants, coffee shops Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and can reach Michelle at 269-876-2713. Good luck MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. in Pennsylvania. Looks and bakeries, as well as an evening of entertain-Washington counties in your new venture, Michelle. like Bob’s got his work cut out for him for some ment by Jazzmin II. Tickets are $35 in advance 2202 Plaza Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Elsewhere in the local Drive real estate communi-or $40 at the door. You can learn a lot more and time to come. ty, Chris Marzke has been installed as the new Phone: 269.934.7522 Her day job is to run the elementary library purchase tickets online at www.winterdelights-President of the SW Michigan Association of FAX: 269.934.3297 Realtors, Inc. Chris, as many of you know, is a at Lakeshore’s Stewart Elementary School. In festival.com or by calling the Mendel Center licensed associate email: broker publisher@farahead.com with Meredith & her spare time, she is an author, and she is now Box Office at 927-1221. It’s a great event…so get it on your calendar! Kamp of Stevensville. As a result of the recent out with her first picture book in the children’s Inserts may vary by Zip Code www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Also coming to the LMC campus is the col-grief genre titled, “Am I Like My Daddy?” You elections, Cathy Smith of Coldwell Banker Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Residential Brokerage of New Buffalo becomes see, Marcy Blesy is also a grief volunteer facili-lege’s Martin st on January 21 at 7:45am. The keynote speaker tator at Lory’s Place in St. Joseph. Her new President-Elect, and Debbie Floor of Cressy & Everett in Niles is the new Treasurer. Outgoing book, released last month by Bronze Man will be Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell. MOODY Go. WMU-Southwest Continued on 934-1500 page 8 (269) www.wmich.edu/finish • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets • Quiznos • Jets Pizza • Tractor Supply Co. • Downtown St. Joe Coupons

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A long time automobile service center in Southtown St. Joseph has changed hands, and soon you will see a new name go up on the building as well. Veteran service desk operator Matt Miller who greeted customers in the service department for the LeValley dealerships in downtown Benton Harbor and now on M-139 for years is now living a life-long dream to own his own auto care establishment. Matt has purchased the former St. Joe Auto Repair & Tire Service at the T-intersection of Hilltop & Niles across from Chili’s. He has changed the name of the business to Matt’s Auto Care after acquiring it from John Riccioni who launched the enterprise back in 1989. Matt is a native of Michigan’s Great Southwest who worked the service desk for LeValley for 23 years, but always had the itch to “do my own thing.” You’ll find Matt’s Auto Care at 2101 Niles Avenue in St. Joseph with operating hours of 7am until 5pm Monday through Friday. He labors through the day on your behalf performing general auto repairs and maintenance, from oil changes and tune-ups to engine work and tire care. He and his wife then labor into the night after the business is closed scraping tile, cleaning, brightening, and generally putting a fresh face on the building in their spare time. He’ll also be making some equipment changes, enhancing the capabilities of his shop and has several key players who have joined him to keep your car in the best running order possible. You can reach Matt during business hours by stopping in personally or contacting the shop by phone at 983-0007. Congratulations, Matt…and best of luck as you begin a new chapter in your life at Matt’s Auto Care of St. Joseph. <br /> <br /> Turns out that Applebee’s new “See You Tomorrow” marketing campaign which pledges a fresh approach to “dining in the neighborhood” is not the only fresh approach from the world’s largest casual dining chain. A substantial remodeling makeover is currently underway systemwide and will be making its way into our neighborhood late this winter or in early spring. Starting in March the extremely popular Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant at 2050 Pipestone in Benton Charter Township will undergo a $1.5-to-$2-million dollar makeover to reflect the mother ship’s new approach to life in the neighborhood. Those stained glass light fixtures will be history, a new updated logo will show up, new stone-faced entries are becoming the norm and major bar upgrades and hightech, flat-screen TV’s are on the way along with new signage, awnings and more. Nationwide there are more than 2,000 Applebee’s restaurants in 49 states and the corporate folks report that nearly $200-million dollars in remodeling is being pumped into the system across the board. Sleek new lighting and murals that link each restaurant with its neighborhood are being incorPorated across the country and coming to Benton Harbor this year. You can expect the restaurant to be closed down for about a week or so to affect the tasks at hand, but we’ll give you the heads up on that as the project draws closer to an official start date. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> St. Joseph City Commissioners have paved the way for the arrival of a new bed and breakfast inn this summer. The Painted Turtle Inn Bed & Breakfast is currently being prepared in an elegant home at 3205 Lakeshore Drive in the city across from Look Out Park. Owned and operated by Joel & Christine Schull, The Painted Turtle will feature 5 guest rooms, a large common area with fireplace and a large breakfast area overlooking about 9 acres of property. Stay tuned for more.<br /> <br /> I recently told you the story of the new Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks and their star continues to rise across the entire region. In fact, Midwest Living magazine has just named them among the 32 Best New Midwest Attractions, Hotels and Restaurants. The January-February issue of Midwest Living sports the comprehensive list of attractions as largely a photo compilation with a quick sentence regarding each venue highlighted. Regarding Journeyman, the magazine says, “Oh, the irony. An 1880’s corset factory once owned by a staunch Prohibitionist has become a place were carefully crafted whiskey, gin, vodka and rum flow freely.” There is a short review attached as well, that goes into more detail regarding the distillery and a bit of the history behind its building and beginnings. Congratulations to owner Bill Welter and his crew on their ongoing run of great publicity attracting new fans and patrons.<br /> <br /> Amtrak lovers take note! The Pere Marquette passenger rail service to the St. Joseph Train Depot is now in the middle of their Midwest Winter Warm Up Sale! Book your travel to Chicago or Grand Rapids now through the end of March and save 20% on your train trip this winter. When you go to www. Amtrak.com you will find a clickable link that says “Save 20% on select Michigan routes… Winter Warm Up Sale.” Click there…and by clicking “Book Now” you will earn your savings so long as your travel is completed by March 31st. Advance reservations are required to get the discount…so just showing up at the train station won’t cut it.<br /> <br /> Brian Loope recently completed his longtime dream of owning his own business by acquiring South Haven Packaging, Inc. In achieving his dream it would appear that he truncated what might have been a nightmare for his co-workers at the plant. The manufacturer of corrugated packaging for the automotive and furniture industries has been a viable local business in South Haven dating back to 1994. A couple of years ago, an impending sale to an outside party who was contemplating moving the operation out of Michigan threatened not only Loope’s livelihood, but those of his eighteen fellow employees. Brian stepped up to the plate, made some connections with economic developer Jack McCloughan, the team at Chemical Bank, and Congressman Fred Upton and saved the day by working a deal to buy the company himself and keep it in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Having worked there for 17 years, he just couldn’t see it any other way. Now, as the full-on owner of the shop, he’s planning equipment and software upgrades and looks to add even more jobs in the future. Nice save, Brian.<br /> <br /> The cast and crew at Life Coach Psychology of Berrien Springs has taken up root in a new location, and look forward to helping you with accessible, affordable, and quality mental health services. Owned and operated by Dr. Harold Smith, the center has moved to 300 W. Ferry Street in Berrien Springs. They have a psychiatric nurse practitioner for mental health on staff, and Office Manager Barbara Little tells me that she does not have a 3-month waiting period to be seen. Life Coach Psychology operates daily from 9am until 8pm and can be reached by phone at 269-815-5331. The agency offers outpatient and counseling services, long term care, medication management, and testing for a broad array of issues from ADHD to anxiety, depression, school-readiness, and beyond. They accept most insurance plans and are a Medicaid provider.<br /> <br /> Real Estate Associate Broker Michelle Alger is switching allegiance. Formerly with Keller Williams Realty in St. Joseph, Alger announced recently to friends, clients and colleagues that she is joining the team at Pier Realty in Southwest Michigan. In doing so, she follows the lead of Mark & Linda Mawhinney who made the switch themselves. Michelle recently added Home Staging skills to her bailiwick, encouraging her clients to consult with her regarding the benefits of home staging in a bid to outshine the competition in a tight real estate market. Pier Realty, by the way, can be found at 1100 Main Street in St. Joseph and you can reach Michelle at 269-876-2713. Good luck in your new venture, Michelle.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere in the local real estate community, Chris Marzke has been installed as the new President of the SW Michigan Association of Realtors, Inc. Chris, as many of you know, is a licensed associate broker with Meredith & Kamp of Stevensville. As a result of the recent elections, Cathy Smith of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of New Buffalo becomes President-Elect, and Debbie Floor of Cressy & Everett in Niles is the new Treasurer. Outgoing President Paul Dumke of Core Real Estate in Stevensville had earlier presented the coveted President’s Cup Award to Dan Coffey of RE/ Max Harbor Country in Union Pier.<br /> <br /> Those among us who have been around since the 90’s might recall the radio broadcast name of former WSJM News Director Bob DeWitt. When Bob left town in 1997 he reported for duty at Pittsburgh’s KDKA Radio. Two years later he left broadcast journalism to become director of communications for the United Way of Allegheny County. He later moved on to the Boy Scouts of America Greater Pittsburgh Council and most recently with Roberts Public Relations. According to a New Year article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, DeWitt has changed jobs again, this time landing with the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh in the new position of director of administration and communications for the organization’s “Our Campaign for the Church Alive.” In that new role, DeWitt will be in charge of a massive $125-million dollar fundraising campaign launched in mid- December among 204 parishes in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. Looks like Bob’s got his work cut out for him for some time to come.<br /> <br /> Her day job is to run the elementary library at Lakeshore’s Stewart Elementary School. In her spare time, she is an author, and she is now out with her first picture book in the children’s grief genre titled, “Am I Like My Daddy?” You see, Marcy Blesy is also a grief volunteer facilitator at Lory’s Place in St. Joseph. Her new book, released last month by Bronze Man Books, a university publisher in Illinois, focuses on the time several years after the death of a parent when a child is re-processing her grief and seeking more complete memories of her loved one, as compared to most books in the genre that are written about the time immediately following a death. Marcy’s message is one of hope, as Grace, the 7-year old main character, finds peace with each bit of information she learns about her dad. Marcy’s own father died when she was 13 and her mom died when she was 24, so she sees this as her life coming full circle. Her book is Available online at Amazon.com but can also be purchased right here in town at Banner Books Parable Christian Store on Niles Avenue in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> If you’re looking for a little mid-winter break, consider swinging by the 4th Annual Winter Delights Festival of Wine, Food & Jazz on the Napier Campus of Lake Michigan College. The big event takes place next Saturday evening, January 19th, from 5 until 9pm inside the Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall. The event showcases more than 20 Michigan wineries, a number of local restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries, as well as an evening of entertainment by Jazzmin II. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. You can learn a lot more and purchase tickets online at www.winterdelightsfestival. com or by calling the Mendel Center Box Office at 927-1221. It’s a great event…so get it on your calendar!<br /> <br /> Also coming to the LMC campus is the college’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on January 21st at 7:45am. The keynote speaker will be Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kathy Tebell at 927-6197.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week…and we’ll see you again Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216.

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