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ECRWSS Local Postal Customerers Now Open, Tax expertise is standing by. January 26, 2013 See Display Ad on Page 15 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 just learned this past week that my good friend and former Cornerstone colleague Evan LeDuc has been hired to assist with many of the new design elements at the Stray Dog. Evan is a world-class architect with a veritable Who’s Who for a client list. Can’t wait for the return of the great restaurant and bar in Harbor Country. The cast and crew locally at PSG Plastic Service Group of Stevensville have announced a new alliance with Thermal-Tech Incorporated of West Chicago , giving both manufacturers a stron-POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 26, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 4 ger presence in all of North America. Thermal-Tech is a well-established family owned company that offers hot runner service with an outstanding reputation in the market. PSG is a 50-year old “made in Germany ” hot runner and temperature controller company with a sterling reputation for quality products as well. Together the two will provide engineering products for the automotive, cap & closure, packaging, medical, electronics, and household goods manufacturing industries. Effective February 1 st , Thermal-Tech will be PSG’s official, authorized agent for North America. There’s a new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Hanson Logistics in St. Joseph. It shouldn’t take him long to bond with team mates, however, inasmuch as it’s a promotion not an acquisition. Jack White assumes his new duties for the leading provider of temperature con-trolled supply chain services, and will continue to be responsible for all aspects of accounting, risk management, and finance as well as Hanson’s 401-K and pension plans. He’s been a Hanson associate since 2009 with 18-years of experience prior to that with Maytag and Whirlpool Corporation. Congratulations, Jack. Businessmen and women who are members of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce have a unique opportunity this coming Tuesday to seek answers to That One Burning Question that always seems to elude them. The Chamber, in partnership with Western Michigan University Southwest , will conduct a Business Roundtable Lunch n’ Learn session on Tuesday, January 29 th from 11:30am until 1pm at the WMU site on the Napier Campus of LMC . Cost is just $5.00 and an online survey continues to poll the business community for the single question that seems to keep them up Moody on The Market WATERVLIET oody 7489 Red Arrow Hwy A n old friend is Phone: 269-463-4334 leaving the building at Southwest Michigan Between Regional Airport , but fear Watervliet & Coloma not…a new friend is right on his heels. Bill M Pat the building evicted the restaurant and bar. Other Facebook postings indicate that those Windy City owners are working to acquire a liquor license transfer in order to re-open the establishment some-time in the future. Once again stay tuned. A bit closer to the beach and on the opposite side of Whittaker, there’s good news for fans of the Stray Dog. That incredibly popular night-spot which burned down last July is prepping for full-on reconstruction. Owner Marc Danesi is planning to finish construction and re-open by early summer. I MOODY Continued from page 1 Hannah has sold the assets of his business aviation center at Ross Field to an experienced operator from Jackson, Michigan. What has been known and loved for several decades at the airport as AVSAT Aviation is undergoing a substantial make-over under the new ownership of Skyway Aviation. Hannah’s family founded AVSAT on the local air-field in 1979 and has been a first-class operator since day one as Southwest Michigan Regional’s Fixed Base Operator, or FBO. Ben Jordan is the President of Skyway Aviation and he’s been so busy directing contractors and other tradesmen in the remodeling process that I haven’t actually had the opportunity to sit him down yet. Nevertheless, I can tell you that his own firm, which is also a fam-ily-run operation at the Jackson County-Reynolds Field , took flight in 1961 under the steady hand of Ben’s father Bob Jordan. The elder Jordan rapidly built a substantial fleet of DC-3 aircraft flying pas-sengers and cargo from Reynolds Field across the nation. As that airstrip’s FBO, Skyway Aviation provides fueling, corporate aviation services, cargo services and more just as they will now deliver for Michigan’s Great Southwest for our own airfield. Bob Jordan negotiated his first oper-ating agreement with Jackson’s Airport Manager Don Weisbaum after Weisbaum informed him that he could not provide pilot lessons at Reynolds Field without such an agreement. Seems that Bob, until then, had delivered his flight instruction service out of the Napoleon Airport but on that fateful day, Napoleon was hampered by poor field conditions. That was in December of 1960, and by July of ’61 Skyway was building its fleet and offering a broad array of services. The business eventually grew to a fleet of 15 aircraft and 17 employees handling air taxi and significant freight service for the Mid-Michigan region. With more than 40 years of FBO experience under their belt, the Jordan family is well-prepared to take over the controls at SW Michigan Regional, and local Airport Manager Lee Scherwitz is extremely excited about their arrival on the air field. Bill Hannah can be very proud of the outstanding reputation and outstanding service that he and his family and crew members have pro-vided to local businessmen, aviators, and student pilots over the past 33 years. No word on how long the revamp of the pilot briefing center, pilot lounge, fueling offices and so forth for Skyway Aviation will take, but they should be ready to roll very soon. Stay tuned. A popular watering hole and dining option in the heart of New Buffalo recently suffered a sub-stantial internal struggle between business partners, followed closely by an eviction notice and the result is the outright closure of Casey’s Bar & Grill just off the beachfront on Whittaker Street in Harbor Country. Co-owner Tom Jennings of St. Joseph voiced deep “disappointment” on Casey’s Facebook website. 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Tuesday, February 5 th is National Pancake Day, and on that day the folks at IHOP nationwide invite MOODY Continued from page 9 $5.00 OFF Caffe Bags 516 Pleasant Street • Downtown St. Joseph 269-983-DELI (3354) you to enjoy free pancakes as they work to raise $3-million dollars in honor of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30 th Anniversary. You can enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7am until 10am. All guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities and 100% of those donations will help those chari-ties. This will mark the 8 th consecutive year for the big day. The teams at Edward Jones offices across the region are once again celebrating their parent firm’s No. 8 Rank on Fortune Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For List. It’s the 14 th year that Edward Jones has been cited including Top 10 finishes for 10 years. Congratulations! Another local author has found her way into the ranks of offerings at Amazon.com. Josephine Little-DiMaggio of Coloma has authored Darling Emma, A Tale of Bullying and it is available from the online bookseller. Josephine’s book is the tale of a young girl’s constant battle with obesity as she is forced to endure incessant teasing from her peers. The book is based on a true story, and is dedicated to all children who have felt isolated, ignored or bullied simply because of the way they looked. Look for it online at www.amazon.com. Finally today, an invitation for you to join in the fun of a night of Dueling Pianos this coming Friday night, February 1 st at the Vineland Center in St. Joseph. Sponsored by the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra, it’s a cool way to beat the winter blues beginning at 7pm that night. It will be a high energy evening including cash bar, dinner, $5.00 OFF Stainless Mugs and a s duels. 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Pat Moody

An old friend is leaving the building at Southwest Michigan Regional Airport, but fear not…a new friend is right on his heels. Bill Hannah has sold the assets of his business aviation center at Ross Field to an experienced operator from Jackson, Michigan. What has been known and loved for several decades at the airport as AVSAT Aviation is undergoing a substantial makeover under the new ownership of Skyway Aviation. Hannah’s family founded AVSAT on the local airfield in 1979 and has been a first-class operator since day one as Southwest Michigan Regional’s Fixed Base Operator, or FBO. Ben Jordan is the President of Skyway Aviation and he’s been so busy directing contractors and other tradesmen in the remodeling process that I haven’t actually had the opportunity to sit him down yet. Nevertheless, I can tell you that his own firm, which is also a family- run operation at the Jackson County-Reynolds Field, took flight in 1961 under the steady hand of Ben’s father Bob Jordan. The elder Jordan rapidly built a substantial fleet of DC-3 aircraft flying passengers and cargo from Reynolds Field across the nation. As that airstrip’s FBO, Skyway Aviation provides fueling, corporate aviation services, cargo services and more just as they will now deliver for Michigan’s Great Southwest for our own airfield. Bob Jordan negotiated his first operating agreement with Jackson’s Airport Manager Don Weisbaum after Weisbaum informed him that he could not provide pilot lessons at Reynolds Field without such an agreement. Seems that Bob, until then, had delivered his flight instruction service out of the Napoleon Airport but on that fateful day, Napoleon was hampered by poor field conditions. That was in December of 1960, and by July of ’61 Skyway was building its fleet and offering a broad array of services. The business eventually grew to a fleet of 15 aircraft and 17 employees handling air taxi and significant freight service for the Mid- Michigan region. With more than 40 years of FBO experience under their belt, the Jordan family is well-prepared to take over the controls at SW Michigan Regional, and local Airport Manager Lee Scherwitz is extremely excited about their arrival on the air field. Bill Hannah can be very proud of the outstanding reputation and outstanding service that he and his family and crew members have provided to local businessmen, aviators, and student pilots over the past 33 years. No word on how long the revamp of the pilot briefing center, pilot lounge, fueling offices and so forth for Skyway Aviation will take, but they should be ready to roll very soon. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> A popular watering hole and dining option in the heart of New Buffalo recently suffered a substantial internal struggle between business partners, followed closely by an eviction notice and the result is the outright closure of Casey’s Bar & Grill just off the beachfront on Whittaker Street in Harbor Country. Co-owner Tom Jennings of St. Joseph voiced deep “disappointment” on Casey’s Facebook website. According to Linda Henderson of the New Buffalo Times, the Chicago-based owners of the building evicted the restaurant and bar. Other Facebook postings indicate that those Windy City owners are working to acquire a liquor license transfer in order to re-open the establishment sometime in the future. Once again stay tuned.<br /> <br /> A bit closer to the beach and on the opposite side of Whittaker, there’s good news for fans of the Stray Dog. That incredibly popular night-spot which burned down last July is prepping for full-on reconstruction. Owner Marc Danesi is planning to finish construction and re-open by early summer. I just learned this past week that my good friend and former Cornerstone colleague Evan LeDuc has been hired to assist with many of the new design elements at the Stray Dog. Evan is a world-class architect with a veritable Who’s Who for a client list. Can’t wait for the return of the great restaurant and bar in Harbor Country.<br /> <br /> The cast and crew locally at PSG Plastic Service Group of Stevensville have announced a new alliance with Thermal-Tech Incorporated of West Chicago, giving both manufacturers a stronger presence in all of North America. Thermal- Tech is a well-established family owned company that offers hot runner service with an outstanding reputation in the market. PSG is a 50-year old “made in Germany” hot runner and temperature controller company with a sterling reputation for quality products as well. Together the two will provide engineering products for the automotive, cap & closure, packaging, medical, electronics, and household goods manufacturing industries. Effective February 1st, Thermal-Tech will be PSG’s official, authorized agent for North America.<br /> <br /> There’s a new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Hanson Logistics in St. Joseph. It shouldn’t take him long to bond with team mates, however, inasmuch as it’s a promotion not an acquisition. Jack White assumes his new duties for the leading provider of temperature controlled supply chain services, and will continue to be responsible for all aspects of accounting, risk management, and finance as well as Hanson’s 401-K and pension plans. He’s been a Hanson associate since 2009 with 18-years of experience prior to that with Maytag and Whirlpool Corporation. Congratulations, Jack.<br /> <br /> Businessmen and women who are members of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce have a unique opportunity this coming Tuesday to seek answers to That One Burning Question that always seems to elude them. The Chamber, in partnership with Western Michigan University Southwest, will conduct a Business Roundtable Lunch n’ Learn session on Tuesday, January 29th from 11:30am until 1pm at the WMU site on the Napier Campus of LMC. Cost is just $5.00 and an online survey continues to poll the business community for the single question that seems to keep them up at night. The roundtable discussion, facilitated by Chamber Board Chair David Krock, will employ a best practices approach allowing those in attendance to weigh in on each question posed and share personal and professional experiences. You can still register at www.cornerstonechamber.com. <br /> <br /> When outgoing Benton Harbor Financial Manager Joe Harris held his recent news conference to reflect on gains made and progress still being pursued, he opened the event with the news that he was officially naming the small triangular park at the eastern end of the Benton Harbor Arts District in honor of the team at Thayer, Incorporated. Since about 2008 employees of Thayer have been weeding, planting, watering, mulching, fertilizing, decorating, and maintaining that pocket park bounded by Park, Water & 5th Streets with donated materials and their own time, talent and treasure. As a result, they have saved the City of Benton Harbor more than $25,000.00 over time and created a spectacular spot for the city complete with public art, beautiful flowers, ornamental grasses and more. Harris officially named the pocket park Thayer Park in recognition of the efforts put forth by team Thayer.<br /> <br /> If everything works out according to the dream-space created by a steering committee of like-minded friends, Benton Harbor could soon be home to the Third Coast Market Co-Op. Designed on paper to be a consumer-owned cooperative grocery store, the Co-Op would bring a selection of healthful foods and natural products to the market at affordable prices where everyone is welcome to shop. The steering committee is putting the finishing touches on their business plan and beginning their search for an experienced General Manager according to co-founder Julie Katz. Julie tells me that she is encouraged by the support and interest shown thus far, and they have narrowed their search for physical space to a couple of viable sites in downtown Benton Harbor. Right now they are looking for your input by completing a brief online survey at www.thirdcoastmarketcoop.com. You can also sign up there for updates on their progress. Plans are for the co-op to carry a full line of healthy food and personal care items, with produce, baked goods, meats, and dairy all as organic, natural, and locally-sourced as possible. The current goal is to open the co-op later this year, so your input is critical now. You can reach Julie at 269- 985-3876.<br /> <br /> The Rhoa family, which created Lake Michigan Mailers in St. Joseph in 1977 and now operates processing centers in Kalamazoo and South Bend, is growing once again. They have begun the New Year with strategic promotions of key personnel and are creating new job opportunities. President David Rhoa says they are currently seeking candidates to fill select positions in Kalamazoo including a full-time team leader for operations, a full time accounting specialist, and a full time account executive. Two positions in South Bend are also coming on line in the form of a full time account executive and a part-time driver/mail processor. Information at www.barcodemail.com or by contacting David at 269-383-9333.<br /> <br /> If the ever-increasing pull of the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail seems to be calling your name, Joanne Davidhizar would love to see your smiling face at the upcoming Michigan Winery Development Pre-Conference at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. The event runs Wednesday, February 13th from 9:30am until 3:30pm and is targeted specifically at those who are considering or are in the process of launching a new winery. You can find all of the pertinent details at www.michiganwines.com/conference. The fee right now is $80 to attend, but that will jump to $100 after February 1st. The event precedes the Michigan Wine & Grape Conference which immediately follows.<br /> <br /> Pancake Lovers…your day is on the way. Tuesday, February 5th is National Pancake Day, and on that day the folks at IHOP nationwide invite you to enjoy free pancakes as they work to raise $3-million dollars in honor of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary. You can enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7am until 10am. All guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities and 100% of those donations will help those charities. This will mark the 8th consecutive year for the big day.<br /> <br /> The teams at Edward Jones offices across the region are once again celebrating their parent firm’s No. 8 Rank on Fortune Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For List. It’s the 14th year that Edward Jones has been cited including Top 10 finishes for 10 years. Congratulations!<br /> <br /> Another local author has found her way into the ranks of offerings at Amazon.com. Josephine Little-DiMaggio of Coloma has authored Darling Emma, A Tale of Bullying and it is available from the online bookseller. Josephine’s book is the tale of a young girl’s constant battle with obesity as she is forced to endure incessant teasing from her peers. The book is based on a true story, and is dedicated to all children who have felt isolated, ignored or bullied simply because of the way they looked. Look for it online at www.amazon.com. <br /> <br /> Finally today, an invitation for you to join in the fun of a night of Dueling Pianos this coming Friday night, February 1st at the Vineland Center in St. Joseph. Sponsored by the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra, it’s a cool way to beat the winter blues beginning at 7pm that night. It will be a high energy evening including cash bar, dinner, and a silent auction along with the rollicking piano duels. Sign up now at www.smso.org. <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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