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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer www.lapitarestaurant.com | ph: (269)982-0982 2019 Niles Rd, St. joseph Mi 49085 Mediterranean Cuisine Paper. News Good our Y www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 13 , 2013 April 13, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 15 Continued from page 11 ning for metal-casters all over North America and beyond. They’ve been doing so for many years, and yet one of their most recent success stories comes just miles from home-base in the form of a new implementation at New Products Corporation in Benton Harbor. As a full-ser-vice die casting company utilizing B&L’s BLIS-400 product, the team at New Products took the next step to fully commit to the process of imple-menting the Odyssey system from B&L. That’s no small step, inasmuch as it requires a great deal of methodical planning, decisive execution and teamwork to avoid disruption of daily opera-tions. Late last month, the switchover was com-plete and New Products Controller Clyde Daniel says, “It’s hard for me to believe that we just moved into a new operating system around here, as I hear nothing but good things.” Nice work on the part of the teams of both local enterprises for a successful upgrade. Congratulations are in order for the cast and crew at Marketing Partners of St. Joseph. They are currently celebrating three decades in Moody on The Market Kirk Lieberg has owned his own aquarium since he was 8 years old, and has enjoyed a fascination with fish and other organisms that live in water his entire life. He originally launched EcoAquatica , an aquarium installation and maintenance com-pany, out of the sheer frustration he felt from seeing too many saltwater aquariums being setup and maintained improperly. His immersion into that business ten years ago has now evolved fully to a storefront operation of his own in down-town Stevensville called 3rd Coast Reef. In a labor of love that has interestingly taken a sym-bolic nine months of hard work, a boatload of cash, and dogged determination, Mr. Lieberg quietly opened the doors onto his new shop just about a month ago, and he draws new customers in with every passing week to the amazing trans-formation he has performed on the building at 5710 St. Joseph Avenue at the center of the vil-lage. In an adventure that was kick-started back in early June of last year when Kirk acquired the space, he has documented the trials and tribula-tions of setting up a complex, sophisticated, cli-mate-controlled rack system complete with pumps, impeller motors, and some truly remark-able aqua-cultures that will astound you. His photo-blog of sorts is online on his Facebook page, where he also routinely updates customers and fans on his latest livestock acquisitions being added into inventory. From his own design plan to a couple of mammoth 560-lb, 400-gallon aquariums delivered last October, Kirk and his wife, Diane, have been hard at it for a long time and are now enjoying the fruits of that labor by welcoming saltwater fish fans and customers to the shop. Featuring 3,000 gallons of display aquariums, saltwater fish, coral, and tons of supplies, the store is rapidly being discovered by beginning and serious collectors from far and wide. The store is currently open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 6pm, Saturdays from 10am until 4pm, and Sundays from 1pm until 4pm. You can reach the shop by dialing 269-281-3732. From Dot-Dash Flasher Wrasses and Blue Side Fairy Wrasses to Sail-fin Tang, and lots of Coral, aquarium lovers now have a world class place to shop for their pets. Kirk is very interested in stocking the types and breeds you are looking for, so be sure to let him know what your favorites are for when he goes to market to order his livestock. Another third-coaster, the Third Coast Surf Shop in downtown St. Joseph is hosting a book-signing and surf photography exhibition this evening, Saturday, April 13 th from 5 until 8pm at the shop located at 212 State Street. Jack Nordgren will sign copies of his latest book, Wave Chasers 2: Searching for Surf on the Great Lakes , during the event. He was among the first group of surfers to ride Lake Michigan back in the ‘60’s and went on to live in Hawaii Continued on page 9 M oody Pat for nearly three decades before returning in ’07 to found South Shore Fellowship in Bridgman. Also on display in the shop’s gallery space will be works by Mike Killion of Chicago who founded Great Lakes Surfer magazine. Select merchandise will also be on sale for the event. The reception is free and open to the public. Barry Davis , who already spends three quarters of his year in the Hilton Head area of South Carolina , has fewer commands on his MOODY Continued from page 1 time here at home in St. Joseph now that he has sold his Metro Business Archives company to a Grand Rapids firm. In a deal that was closed in late January, Davis sold his operation to Kent Record Management, Incorporated which is owned and operated by Greg George of Grand Rapids. George also acquired the assets of Lakeshore Document Services of Muskegon at about the same time and continues to grow his firm into a leading provider of record manage-ment storage, data protection services, imag-ing, electronic records, and online backup and recovery services. Kent Record Management now has operations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Benton Harbor. The new additions for Kent are the 5 th and 6 th business acquisitions since the company was launched in 1981. Barry actually met George way back in the beginning of his own early days in the busi-ness, and has maintained a friendship over the years. Kent Record Management is in the pro-cess of rebranding Metro’s two mobile shredder trucks, and will add products and capabilities to the local office that Davis had not been offering previously. Davis meanwhile is shifting his focus to his role as a distributor for Vollara products. That’s a company engaged in the promotion and sale of earth friendly, water optimization, air purification and nutraceu-tical products. You can see his lineup at www.barryontheweb.com. Phil Laney and his team at B&L Information Systems in Bridgman provide world-class integrated enterprise resource plan-Continued on page 10 MOODY Lake Michigan It moves us. Shapes our region. Changes our perspective. It’s the Lake effect. Lake Michigan College More than 100 areas of study that lead to a certificate or degree. To move you. To reshape your life. Change your perspective. 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Kirk Lieberg has owned his own aquarium since he was 8 years old, and has enjoyed a fascination with fish and other organisms that live in water his entire life. He originally launched EcoAquatica, an aquarium installation and maintenance company, out of the sheer frustration he felt from seeing too many saltwater aquariums being setup and maintained improperly. His immersion into that business ten years ago has now evolved fully to a storefront operation of his own in downtown Stevensville called 3rd Coast Reef. In a labor of love that has interestingly taken a symbolic nine months of hard work, a boatload of cash, and dogged determination, Mr. Lieberg quietly opened the doors onto his new shop just about a month ago, and he draws new customers in with every passing week to the amazing transformation he has performed on the building at 5710 St. Joseph Avenue at the center of the village.In an adventure that was kick-started back in early June of last year when Kirk acquired the space, he has documented the trials and tribulations of setting up a complex, sophisticated, climate- controlled rack system complete with pumps, impeller motors, and some truly remarkable aqua-cultures that will astound you. His photo-blog of sorts is online on his Facebook page, where he also routinely updates customers and fans on his latest livestock acquisitions being added into inventory. From his own design plan to a couple of mammoth 560-lb, 400-gallon aquariums delivered last October, Kirk and his wife, Diane, have been hard at it for a long time and are now enjoying the fruits of that labor by welcoming saltwater fish fans and customers to the shop. Featuring 3,000 gallons of display aquariums, saltwater fish, coral, and tons of supplies, the store is rapidly being discovered by beginning and serious collectors from far and wide. The store is currently open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 6pm, Saturdays from 10am until 4pm, and Sundays from 1pm until 4pm. You can reach the shop by dialing 269-281-3732. From Dot-Dash Flasher Wrasses and Blue Side Fairy Wrasses to Sailfin Tang, and lots of Coral, aquarium lovers now have a world class place to shop for their pets. Kirk is very interested in stocking the types and breeds you are looking for, so be sure to let him know what your favorites are for when he goes to market to order his livestock.<br /> <br /> Another third-coaster, the Third Coast Surf Shop in downtown St. Joseph is hosting a book-signing and surf photography exhibition this evening, Saturday, April 13th from 5 until 8pm at the shop located at 212 State Street. Jack Nordgren will sign copies of his latest book, Wave Chasers 2: Searching for Surf on the Great Lakes, during the event. He was among the first group of surfers to ride Lake Michigan back in the ‘60’s and went on to live in Hawaii for nearly three decades before returning in ’07 to found South Shore Fellowship in Bridgman.Also on display in the shop’s gallery space will be works by Mike Killion of Chicago who founded Great Lakes Surfer magazine. Select merchandise will also be on sale for the event.The reception is free and open to the public.<br /> <br /> Barry Davis, who already spends three quarters of his year in the Hilton Head area of South Carolina, has fewer commands on his time here at home in St. Joseph now that he has sold his Metro Business Archives company to a Grand Rapids firm. In a deal that was closed in late January, Davis sold his operation to Kent Record Management, Incorporated which is owned and operated by Greg George of Grand Rapids. George also acquired the assets of Lakeshore Document Services of Muskegon at about the same time and continues to grow his firm into a leading provider of record management storage, data protection services, imaging, electronic records, and online backup and recovery services. Kent Record Management now has operations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Benton Harbor. The new additions for Kent are the 5th and 6th business acquisitions since the company was launched in 1981. Barry actually met George way back in the beginning of his own early days in the business, and has maintained a friendship over the years. Kent Record Management is in the process of rebranding Metro’s two mobile shredder trucks, and will add products and capabilities to the local office that Davis had not been offering previously. Davis meanwhile is shifting his focus to his role as a distributor for Vollara products. That’s a company engaged in the promotion and sale of earth friendly, water optimization, air purification and nutraceutical products. You can see his lineup at www.barryontheweb.com. <br /> <br /> Phil Laney and his team at B&L Information Systems in Bridgman provide world-class integrated enterprise resource planning planning for metal-casters all over North America and beyond. They’ve been doing so for many years, and yet one of their most recent success stories comes just miles from home-base in the form of a new implementation at New Products Corporation in Benton Harbor. As a full-service die casting company utilizing B&L’s BLIS- 400 product, the team at New Products took the next step to fully commit to the process of implementing the Odyssey system from B&L. That’s no small step, inasmuch as it requires a great deal of methodical planning, decisive execution and teamwork to avoid disruption of daily operations.Late last month, the switchover was complete and New Products Controller Clyde Daniel says, “It’s hard for me to believe that we just moved into a new operating system around here, as I hear nothing but good things.” Nice work on the part of the teams of both local enterprises for a successful upgrade.<br /> <br /> Congratulations are in order for the cast and crew at Marketing Partners of St. Joseph.They are currently celebrating three decades in business, having been founded by Steve Reed and Steve Sizer in 1983. Their 30th Anniversary is punctuated by the recent hiring of new President Michael Beall as I told you several weeks ago here in MailMax. The company’s line has grown over the past thirty years into a diverse shop focusing on business improvement and organizational development, marketing and branding, market and opinion research, and strategic planning for clients in a broad range of industry sectors from consumer products and health care to not-for-profit agencies. Corporate headquarters is at 2919 Division Street in Southtown St. Joseph, and Reed now focuses most of his efforts from a base of operations in Orlando, Florida.<br /> <br /> Van’s Medical Equipment of Lakeland has garnered national acclaim in recent days having been named a Quality Respiratory Care Provider for 2013 by the American Association for Respiratory Care. The local company had to meet stringent requirements consistent with national standards and guidelines to achieve the recognition. Meanwhile, Rita Fedor and Karen Burkhardt of Van’s Health & Appearance Center are now certified fitters for TruLife Radiant Impressions breast forms. The center, located in the Marie Yeager Cancer Center on Hollywood Road, is the only provider in the area offering innovative and custom-made prosthetics that stimulate missing breast tissue following surgery. You can reach Van’s 556-7197.<br /> <br /> St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host their semi-annual Hadley Pottery Sale next Saturday morning from 9am until noon at the church, located at the corner of Morton Avenue and Lane Drive in St. Joseph. Peggy McAllister tells me that they will have an extensive stock of the hand-painted dinnerware, accessories, and decorative items on sale, any of which can be personalized with names and/or dates for special gifting. This could be your chance to plan ahead for Mother’s Day, summer weddings, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, and beyond. Check it out, Saturday, April 20th only.<br /> <br /> Friends of Cycle-Re-Cycle will be hosting their 3rd Annual Fundraiser at The Livery Microbrewery in the Benton Harbor Arts District on Saturday, April 27th from 6:30pm until 10:00pm, featuring live music, a silent auction, food, and (naturally!) Plenty of bicycles.Shop Manager Sarah Cook tells me that the organization has been enjoying a very busy spring, with a showroom full of affordable bicycles in a variety of styles and sizes. Feel free to stop by on Wednesday or Thursdays or on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm to check out their selection. Just a reminder, too, that they will be on hand next Saturday at the Brookview School 5K hosting a Bike Rodeo. Cycle-Rehas cycle is also working on exciting programs to expand class opportunities, furthering their involvement with the Michigan Works Prisoner Re-Entry Program, and applying for grant funding. Incidentally, tickets to the April 27th fundraiser are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and that price includes appetizers and two drinks while you enjoy the live music and silent auction.I understand that congratulations are also in order now that the organization has achieved its official 501(c)3 status for tax-deductible donations retroactive to 2010 when they launched that effort.<br /> <br /> Pancake lovers, set your GPS for Baroda next Saturday and enjoy an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Baroda. It’s a major fundraiser for the Miss Baroda Float by the Baroda Lion’s Club. You’ll find the church at 9193 Cleveland Avenue in Baroda, and the breakfast will run Saturday, April 20th, from 7am until 11am.<br /> <br /> Looks like the weekend of May 18th and 19th is going to be a very busy time around these parts. Early the morning of Saturday, May 18th, runners, walkers, and other supporters will be streaming to the Edgewater neighborhood for the Lory’s Place 9th Annual Run, Walk & Rock Event. Flooded by nearly 1,200 participants last year, it was their biggest event ever and there’s little doubt that they’ll accomplish similar results this year when the race steps off at 8:30am. You can register that morning beginning at 7am or, better yet, do so online right now at www.lorysplace.org and save $5 off the cost.<br /> <br /> That weekend also marks the 31st Annual Bridgman Community Wide Garage Sale sponsored by The Friends of the Bridgman Library. Permits will be available at the library starting Saturday, April 20th at a cost of $12.00. The sale will run Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th with free official maps being dispersed on that Saturday morning from 8am until 10am at the corner of Lake and Church Streets. It’s a huge and fun event every year with proceeds going to fund operations at the library.<br /> <br /> After you’ve run the Lory’s race in the morning, and picked up some Bridgman bargains in the afternoon, make plans to head to Three Oaks for the Annual Three Oaks Flag Day Hog Roast taking place from 5pm until 9pm on Saturday, May 18th. That event takes place at the Three Oaks American Legion Hall, and is a major fundraiser to help sustain the Three Oaks Flag Day Parade. The committee has enhanced this year’s Hog Roast by adding a country dance after the main event. There is also a silent auction. For more information, log onto www.threeoaksflagday.com.<br /> <br /> That’s a wrap on this edition of Moody on the Market, kids. Thanks for reading, thanks for shopping locally as often as possible…and we’ll see you out and about or else here in MailMax again next Saturday!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody <br /> <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce <br /> pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com <br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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