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According to a local real estate broker, options were taken on the land by an Indiana developer planning to build the new restaurant and bar this spring or summer. Things had advanced to the stage where the site, across the road from the new Stevensville Meijer Store, was even being prepped for the arrival of construction teams to build the place. Then came word that the developer was undergoing a considerable change of heart. His fear was that “the people of St. Joseph might not venture to Stevensville,” to patronize his restaurant. I’m not certain if his fear was based on geographical dis-tance or some sort of community rivalry, but in either case I would strongly suggest that the fear is absolutely unfounded. I have found that people in all sectors of the local region gladly and, in fact, routinely travel considerable distances to enjoy quality food and drink in a convivial and welcom-ing atmosphere. It is not uncommon at all to see friends and neighbors in establishments well beyond their “home port” enjoying food, fellowship and fun regardless of the distance. Hopefully, the current delay is simply a negotiating ploy or a sim-ple misunderstanding of the local marketplace, because based on my knowledge of the proposed business I would think it would be a homerun for all parties involved. Stay tuned for updates. Meanwhile, across I-94 from that freshly cleared site, local auto dealer Lou Dominion appears to have some sort of renovation activity underway. Dominion owns the building that housed the former Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant in front of the Comfort Inn & Suites. Large paper covers now block any view to the inte-rior of the facility, but vehicles from various trades-men have been spotted on site and workers have been seen going in and out of the building. Thus far there is no word on what (if anything) is going to be moving into that space bordering the interstate. Further south along the interstate, however, Mr. Dominion’s path is being cleared for a new Dominion Chevrolet dealership at Bridgman’s Exit 16 along Red Arrow Highway. Demolition crews have pretty well finished their work in taking down the former JRS Truck Stop , which has been vacant for at least three years now. Next month excavation teams will inherit the site for prep-work for Dominion’s new 21,000-square foot dealership, which he hopes to move into by late summer. Lou will move the dealership he bought six years ago to the new location when construction is complete. See back!  mattresses approaching fever 0% APR list excitement price WITH EQUAL T he level for a PAYMENTS rumored project was † FOR 36 MONTHS! See back! M oody Get the Most at napier Gold! burgundy $ 249 99 50% off list price SKU# 1040313 Pat VAIL ROCKER RECLINER 54 positions, locking 3-position footrest and lumbar support. Plush chenille. Burgundy color only. 40.5w 32d 36h. 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She graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications , and briefly returned to her roots in Michigan’s Great Southwest to create a project called MVP and a brief stint locally with 8094-TV in Benton Harbor , before drawing her Georgia assignment. The cast and crew at InterCare, headed up by Executive Director Velma Hendershott , is celebrating their 40 th Anniversary in service to the community across the region. What began four decades ago as a tiny volunteer-based team helping bring health care to migrant farm workers has bal-looned to a team of more than 400 employees serv-ing more than 55,000 people in a six-county market. The amazing team of health care providers now operates centers in Benton Harbor, Bangor, Eau Claire, Holland and Pullman. Hendershott her-self has the organization in her blood having accompanied her volunteering parents on migrant health calls, and has advanced through the ranks from her starting role in 1977 as a social worker to administrator of various programs and eventually to the top job as executive director in 1986. Congratulations on 40-years of service to an ever-widening circle of clients! InterCare opened a world-class facility in Benton Harbor in the summer of 2011. 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The excitement level for a rumored project was approaching fever pitch on several local fronts in recent days only to be dashed against the rocks for the moment. Many of you have noticed with great interest and asked me if I knew what project was responsible for the considerable land clearing tak-ing place along Red Arrow Highway between the Hampton Inn and the newly opened Tractor Supply Store in Stevensville. I’ve been aware for some time of the speculation regarding that land and the impending arrival of a new restaurant. According to a local real estate broker, options were taken on the land by an Indiana developer planning to build the new restaurant and bar this spring or summer. Things had advanced to the stage where the site, across the road from the new Stevensville Meijer Store, was even being prepped for the arrival of construction teams to build the place. Then came word that the developer was undergoing a considerable change of heart. His fear was that “the people of St. Joseph might not venture to Stevensville,” to patronize his restaurant. I’m not certain if his fear was based on geographical dis-tance or some sort of community rivalry, but in either case I would strongly suggest that the fear is absolutely unfounded. I have found that people in all sectors of the local region gladly and, in fact, routinely travel considerable distances to enjoy quality food and drink in a convivial and welcom-ing atmosphere. It is not uncommon at all to see friends and neighbors in establishments well beyond their “home port” enjoying food, fellowship and fun regardless of the distance. Hopefully, the current delay is simply a negotiating ploy or a sim-ple misunderstanding of the local marketplace, because based on my knowledge of the proposed business I would think it would be a homerun for all parties involved. Stay tuned for updates.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, across I-94 from that freshly cleared site, local auto dealer Lou Dominion appears to have some sort of renovation activity underway. Dominion owns the building that housed the former Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant in front of the Comfort Inn & Suites. Large paper covers now block any view to the inte-rior of the facility, but vehicles from various trades-men have been spotted on site and workers have been seen going in and out of the building. Thus far there is no word on what (if anything) is going to be moving into that space bordering the interstate.<br /> <br /> Further south along the interstate, however, Mr. Dominion’s path is being cleared for a new Dominion Chevrolet dealership at Bridgman’s Exit 16 along Red Arrow Highway. Demolition crews have pretty well finished their work in taking down the former JRS Truck Stop, which has been vacant for at least three years now. Next month excavation teams will inherit the site for prep-work for Dominion’s new 21,000-square foot dealership, which he hopes to move into by late summer. Lou will move the dealership he bought six years ago to the new location when construction is complete.<br /> <br /> His Chevy shop is currently at the center of the crossroads in downtown Bridgman where Lake Street and Red Arrow Highway intersect. Dominion purchased the former Weller Chevrolet in 2007, but leases the lot. He has also owned Deals on Wheels dealerships in Benton Harbor & Dowagiac for many years, as a veteran of more than two dozen years in the business.<br /> <br /> The commercial television career of former Miss Stevensville Jenna Lee Thomas continues to advance. She is actually now going by the name of Jenna Wright following her marriage this past summer in Georgia to Eric Wright. Jenna left Michigan in the winter of 2011 to become a week-end weather forecaster and weekday reporter for WJBF Television in Augusta, Georgia. She enjoyed a brief foray into the national spotlight when her fiancé, Eric, proposed to her on the set of her weather forecast on live television and the YouTube bit was replayed seemingly everywhere from Fox News to CNN. Well, fast forward to today and Jenna has been promoted to the role of Producer and Host of The Dish, airing live every Friday at 12:30pm at that same ABC affiliate sta-tion . It will also prove to be a fortuitous move for Jenna, inasmuch as she and her husband are expect-ing their first child this fall and she’ll have more time to be a mom with the new schedule. She graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and briefly returned to her roots in Michigan’s Great Southwest to create a project called MVP and a brief stint locally with 8094-TV in Benton Harbor, before drawing her Georgia assignment.<br /> <br /> The cast and crew at InterCare, headed up by Executive Director Velma Hendershott, is celebrating their 40 th Anniversary in service to the community across the region. What began four decades ago as a tiny volunteer-based team helping bring health care to migrant farm workers has bal-looned to a team of more than 400 employees serving more than 55,000 people in a six-county market. The amazing team of health care providers now operates centers in Benton Harbor, Bangor, Eau Claire, Holland and Pullman. Hendershott her-self has the organization in her blood having accompanied her volunteering parents on migrant health calls, and has advanced through the ranks from her starting role in 1977 as a social worker to administrator of various programs and eventually to the top job as executive director in 1986. Congratulations on 40-years of service to an ever-widening circle of clients! InterCare opened a world-class facility in Benton Harbor in the summer of 2011.<br /> <br /> The local housing market rebounded nicely last year according to the latest numbers from Gary walter at the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors. When compared to 2011, home sales in 2012 increased by 24% while selling prices also increased modestly year-over-year. In all, 2,916 homes were sold in the local market during 2012 compared to 2,361 the previous year. Average and median sales prices both improved during that time period as well, according to Walter’s report, with the average price up by 4% and the median sales price up by 5%. Walter suggests that so long as the economy continues to improve, and barring any federal government action that would impact home ownership, the local housing market looks to continue to improve. Record low mortgage rates are also helping keep the deal flow moving.<br /> <br /> That great little demonstration kitchen inside Perennial Accents in downtown St. Joseph is firing up the first two culinary classes of 2013 soon. Over the next two Saturdays you can select from Comforting Classics with Angela Baylis of The American Kitchen and a Valentine’s Lunch with Tara Newman of Delicious Deliveries. Each class is $30, running from 11am until 1pm, and Angela’s class is in the middle of St. Joseph’s Magical Ice Festival weekend. She’ll show you how to make a classic Shepherd’s Pie, the best eggplant parmesan, and baked gnocchi. Tara meanwhile, holds court on the 16th with chicken Marsala, sweet green bean salad, mashed cauliflower and cream cheese vanilla lemon bars. Log onto www.perennialaccents.com for sign up and details.<br /> <br /> Those Comforting Classics are just a small part in the grand scheme of things for the 9th Annual Magical Ice Fest coming to downtown St. Joseph next weekend, the 8th through the 10th . Regional ice carvers will transform blocks of ice into a wintery, outdoor sculpture gallery, using chainsaws, chisels and more. Street competition begins Friday evening at 4pm, professional competitions take place Saturday and Sunday and the new Ice Wars event will feature 15-minute duels on Saturday from 4 until 6pm. The traditional Fire & Ice Reception gets underway Friday night at 8pm at the Shadowland Ballroom at Silver Beach Center at 333 Broad Street below the bluff. All weekend long Budweiser’s Black Crown Block Party will take place at participating downtown restaurants with drink specials from Bud Distributing. There’s also a SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt all weekend long, Saturday Magic Shows and tons more going on. To find the complete schedule point your browser to www.stjoetoday.com or visit the downtown Visitors Center in the 400 block of State Street.<br /> <br /> Shadowland, by the way, has been selected as a 2013 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings for Top Venues for weddings. Additionally, they are teaming up with the Lego City-Wide Build coming in March, and our friends at the Silver Beach Carousel are looking to update the train set inside and would like to feature local children’s Lego handiwork within the train set. The Carousel would like to have kids submit their builds for display from February 23 rd to March 23 rd . Winners, who will be notified by mid-February, will earn 5 free carousel tokens and recognition on their website, Facebook page and at the Carousel. If your kids would like to enter a Lego build, just log onto www.CarouselLego.com and fill out the online form . Good luck…hope to see the results soon at the Carousel House!<br /> <br /> Also a major part of winter’s fun in these parts is the 3 rd Annual Coastline Children’s Film Festival in partnership with Brookview School. It’s a one-of-a-kind family event taking place in 10 locations around Berrien County from now through February 10th . There are more than 50 films being screened in the festival this year at multiple venues, so the best advice I can give you is to get the entire schedule in one place by going to the school’s website at www.brookviewschool.org/events.asp.<br /> <br /> Members of the St. Joseph MOMS Club are hosting their annual Preschool Fair this coming Tuesday, the 5th , at the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph. That’s at 2001 Niles Avenue in the city and the event runs from 9 until 11am. It’s a veritable one-stop shop for parents, providing in-depth access to the wonderful selection of St. Joseph and Stevensville area schools. Ten of the area’s public, parochial, and independent schools will be represented under the sponsorship of Panera, Martins Supermarkets, Biggby Coffee, The Vikki Wade Team at Coldwell Banker Advantage Real Estate and United Way of SW Michigan. The fair is open to club members and the public at large and is totally free.<br /> <br /> At the opposite end of the K-12 experience, the Berrien Community Foundation has unveiled the application process for various scholarship pro -grams for graduating seniors in Berrien County. All interested high school seniors should visit www.berriencommunity.org and click the scholarship button soon for a complete list of available scholarships and their criteria. All applications are due by March 8th and decisions will be announced in early May.<br /> <br /> The Samaritan Counseling Center of SW Michigan is rolling out a new Becoming a Love and Logic Parent Program which gets underway on February 18th running for six consecutive Mondays from 6 until 8pm each week. It is designed to be the most practical and entertaining parent training in the nation and is prepared to give you practical skills that can be used immediately. Cost is $50 for two parents or $35 per person for the entire course, including a workbook you can keep as a tool for success. Class size is limited to the first 20 registrants, and a limited number of scholarships are available to help offset the coast. To register or for more information go to www.samcounseling.org or call 926-6199 soon.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week kids. Have a great weekend…enjoy your Superbowl parties responsibly…and we’ll see you next 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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