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ECRWSS RENAISSANCE ATHLETIC CLUB Fitness Through Community Get a 3-month summer membership starting at $222 racbh.com | 269.927.1129 Local Postal Customer Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com appointments or questions regarding options for your hair care. Awards and honors continue to accumulate for the prolific team at Allegretti Architects in down-town St. Joseph. Principal John Allegretti was honored last week by the AIA Michigan chapter in ceremonies at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor. This particular award is for team Allegretti’s design of a private residence in Laketown Township south of Holland. The heav-ily wooded homesite was designed by Allegretti and POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 22, 2013 June 22, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 25 Matrix, StairMaster, Cybex, Octane, and a func-tional training system by Torque Fitness. While the extensive project is expected to last all summer, the fitness floor will still be open to members and guests. Certain areas will be closed to customer use from time to time, according to Fitness Director Tara Sabo, but the crew intends to make as much of the equipment available as possible at all times. Renovations will extend to the second floor men’s and women’s locker rooms, as well, with new car-peting and lockers on the way. Every year the South Shore team selects another area of the club for improvements, and this year it’s the fitness floor. When Kathy Bricker Manis took over Ivelise’s Yarn Shop in Benton Harbor and moved operations to the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Lakeview Avenue in St. Joseph, she teased us with word of a significant new re-purposing venture in the old location at 159 E. Napier Avenue. Well, the tease is complete, the Grand Opening VIP Event has been conducted and Michigan’s Great Southwest has been introduced to the new Lizzie’s Garden Creativity Center. Operated by the Lizzie’s Garden Foundation, the site will host Sipping & Painting Events…Sipping & Creating Events…and Kid’s Events in the memory of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bricker, the first daughter of Kathy and her hus-band Jack Bricker. Lizzie was the seventh child and first daughter of the couple and an incredibly creative and outgoing child known for her tendency to write on any flat surface with colored markers. When she was 14-months old she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and spent many hours at the Pediatric Oncology Ward at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. She lost her battle with cancer on Valentine’s Day in 1995. Kathy Bricker and her sister, Jackie Kearns Wyant have held a longtime dream to open an event center celebrating Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Travis Struble has called himself The English Gardener for nearly ten years now, and for those who have missed him…he’s back on the local scene and ready to punch up your garden once again. Struble owned and operated The English Gardener Nursery on property across the road from Adent’s Landscaping Supply until the fall of 2011 when he ended up taking a job as retail sales manager for a 40-acre nursery in Grand Haven. Given the cur-rent gasoline prices and that sizable daily commute, Mr. Struble elected to seek a more viable option back here at home and has struck gold in his busi-ness relationship with Joe Giannola. Travis tells me that he has established a new nursery operation on the eastern end of the Roger’s Foodland com-plex at Hollywood & Glenlord in Royalton Township. The English Gardener specializes in high quality and unique plants for gardens across the region. He is especially proud of his proven winners at reasonable prices and routinely seeks out the latest offerings in the nursery industry to show-case and offer to his clientele. By way of example, if you love plants like lilacs and azaleas, but are disappointed once the blooms are gone, Travis offers re-blooming varieties of those plants and oth-ers that bloom several times over the course of the growing season. From his launch in 2004 until his departure in 2011, Struble established a large stable of satisfied customers, and now he’s back following his one-year absence from the market. He will be open four days a week, but hasn’t established his firm hours as yet. You can reach him by phone at 269-470-6622. Welcome home! Although his company is celebrating 50 years in business this year, Dave Boelcke is not even close to calling it a career. In fact, even as his half-century milestone was being celebrated through live radio broadcasts, business after hours events, and special offers of free Derby Dog lunches, Dave and his crew were announcing their acquisition of R&M Heating & Cooling of Coloma. The merger of the two powerhouse providers will assure that well over 100-years of experience and quality cus-tomer service become the hallmark of the newly larger Boelcke Heating & Air Conditioning head-quartered in Derby, just outside of Stevensville proper. It actually happened to be purely coinci-dental that the merger landed smack in the middle of the big anniversary celebration, but proved to be serendipitous for everyone concerned. Rick Martin, who owned and operated R&M Heating & Cooling will continue to serve customers right alongside Dave and his crew. Congratulations to both first-class businessmen in their joint venture, and best of luck headed toward the future. You can reach Dave at 429-9261 or Rick at 468-4321. Hair Stylist Erin Barlow who formerly held court at Great Clips has joined the cast and crew at the Lakeview Beachcomber Hair Salon in St. Joseph and is now accepting appointments at her new work station. Erin joins longtime stylists Kaye Gerring-Krieger, Susan Burge and Sharon Erickson at the colorful little salon alongside Rooster’s Party Store. The address is 1610 Lakeview Avenue in St. Joe and you can reach Erin or any of the others by calling 982-4247 for M oody The Area’s Premier Pat Dealer Sunglasses Frames & Lens Packages Starting at $ 79 00 constructed by crews from Lamar Construction of Holland. The Allegretti team works daily out of a historically significant home of its own at 500 Main Street on the periphery of the central business dis-trict in St. Joseph. They can be reached daily at 983-1100 if you’d like them to work on your proj-ect. Speaking of historically significant build-ings…the entire community owes a collective thank you to Ken Ankli and his associates at Brammall Industrial Supply in the Benton Harbor Arts District for saving a significant piece of art from fading into history. The massive mural facing Water Street on the Brammall Supply building has been restored to its original vibrancy. It is a landmark collage painted by noted Lansing mural-ist Tony Hendricks to depict historical scenes from the early days of Benton Harbor. It was created 8 years ago in 2005 through grants from the New Territory Arts Association and the Kellogg Foundation. Ultraviolet degradation was rapidly taking its toll on the artwork, causing it to begin a descent into obscurity. Ken Ankli commissioned the restoration as a part of his own company’s 140 th Anniversary in business in the community. Congratulations on your milestone anniversary, Ken, and on behalf of art lovers everywhere, thank you for saving that marvelous creation, Time Bridge Blossoms , from oblivion! If you’re attending tomorrow evening’s (Sunday, 6/23) 15 th Annual Coming Home Coming Together Concert at City Center Park in down-town Benton Harbor, you will undoubtedly have the opportunity shake Ken Ankli’s hand personally to thank him for that great save across Main Street. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy yet anoth-er fantastic concert featuring national recording artist headliner Niki Haris, special guest performer Bruce Katz, and the outstanding talents of Niki’s backup crew in the form of the Tim Fitzgerald Quartet. Showtime, in case you misplaced your flyer, is 6:15pm, but the “gates” open at 5pm, and it’s all free at the corner of Pipestone and Main in the Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park. In their never-ending drive to provide the ulti-mate fitness experience, the folks at South Shore Health & Racquet Club near Shoreham have undertaken major renovations on the fitness floor. General Manager at the club, John Phillips , tells me that this past week they launched a major make-over from lighting, insulation and carpet updates to some exciting new fitness equipment from MOODY Continued from page 9 t L E r g w f g t i 7 w a M s S a n u M e s c Eye Exams Starting at $ 45 00 T S y b s f u T a Some restrictions apply -see store for details Dr. Flood’s Vision Center 269-408-8762 2603 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI • www.govision.com Eye Injury -Glaucoma Dry Eyes -Infections Dr. Robert Flood MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 Continued on page 9 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Inserts & Promotions • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets • Ace Hardware • Jets Pizza Continued on page 14 • Tractor Supply Co. • Orchards Mall Inserts may vary by Zip Code MOODY Continued from page 9

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Travis Struble has called himself The English Gardener for nearly ten years now, and for those who have missed him…he’s back on the local scene and ready to punch up your garden once again. Struble owned and operated The English Gardener Nursery on property across the road from Adent’s Landscaping Supply until the fall of 2011 when he ended up taking a job as retail sales manager for a 40-acre nursery in Grand Haven. Given the current gasoline prices and that sizable daily commute, Mr. Struble elected to seek a more viable option back here at home and has struck gold in his business relationship with Joe Giannola. Travis tells me that he has established a new nursery operation on the eastern end of the Roger’s Foodland complex at Hollywood & Glenlord in Royalton Township. The English Gardener specializes in high quality and unique plants for gardens across the region. He is especially proud of his proven winners at reasonable prices and routinely seeks out the latest offerings in the nursery industry to showcase and offer to his clientele. By way of example, if you love plants like lilacs and azaleas, but are disappointed once the blooms are gone, Travis offers re-blooming varieties of those plants and others that bloom several times over the course of the growing season. From his launch in 2004 until his departure in 2011, Struble established a large stable of satisfied customers, and now he’s back following his one-year absence from the market. He will be open four days a week, but hasn’t established his firm hours as yet. You can reach him by phone at 269-470-6622. Welcome home!<br /> <br /> Although his company is celebrating 50 years in business this year, Dave Boelcke is not even close to calling it a career. In fact, even as his halfcentury milestone was being celebrated through live radio broadcasts, business after hours events, and special offers of free Derby Dog lunches, Dave and his crew were announcing their acquisition of R&M Heating & Cooling of Coloma. The merger of the two powerhouse providers will assure that well over 100-years of experience and quality customer service become the hallmark of the newly larger Boelcke Heating & Air Conditioning headquartered in Derby, just outside of Stevensville proper. It actually happened to be purely coincidental that the merger landed smack in the middle of the big anniversary celebration, but proved to be serendipitous for everyone concerned. Rick Martin, who owned and operated R&M Heating & Cooling will continue to serve customers right alongside Dave and his crew. Congratulations to both first-class businessmen in their joint venture, and best of luck headed toward the future. You can reach Dave at 429-9261 or Rick at 468-4321.<br /> <br /> Hair Stylist Erin Barlow who formerly held court at Great Clips has joined the cast and crew at the Lakeview Beachcomber Hair Salon in St. Joseph and is now accepting appointments at her new work station. Erin joins longtime stylists Kaye Gerring-Krieger, Susan Burge and Sharon Erickson at the colorful little salon alongside Rooster’s Party Store. The address is 1610 Lakeview Avenue in St. Joe and you can reach Erin or any of the others by calling 982-4247 for awards and honors continue to accumulate for the prolific team at Allegretti Architects in downtown St. Joseph. Principal John Allegretti was honored last week by the AIA Michigan chapter in ceremonies at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor. This particular award is for team Allegretti’s design of a private residence in Laketown Township south of Holland. The heavily wooded homesite was designed by Allegretti and constructed by crews from Lamar Construction of Holland. The Allegretti team works daily out of a historically significant home of its own at 500 Main Street on the periphery of the central business district in St. Joseph. They can be reached daily at 983-1100 if you’d like them to work on your project.<br /> <br /> Speaking of historically significant buildings… the entire community owes a collective thank you to Ken Ankli and his associates at Brammall Industrial Supply in the Benton Harbor Arts District for saving a significant piece of art from fading into history. The massive mural facing Water Street on the Brammall Supply building has been restored to its original vibrancy. It is a landmark collage painted by noted Lansing muralist Tony Hendricks to depict historical scenes from the early days of Benton Harbor. It was created 8 years ago in 2005 through grants from the New Territory Arts Association and the Kellogg Foundation. Ultraviolet degradation was rapidly taking its toll on the artwork, causing it to begin a descent into obscurity. Ken Ankli commissioned the restoration as a part of his own company’s 140th Anniversary in business in the community. Congratulations on your milestone anniversary, Ken, and on behalf of art lovers everywhere, thank you for saving that marvelous creation, Time Bridge Blossoms, from oblivion!<br /> <br /> If you’re attending tomorrow evening’s (Sunday, 6/23) 15th Annual Coming Home Coming Together Concert at City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor, you will undoubtedly have the opportunity shake Ken Ankli’s hand personally to thank him for that great save across Main Street. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy yet another fantastic concert featuring national recording artist headliner Niki Haris, special guest performer Bruce Katz, and the outstanding talents of Niki’s backup crew in the form of the Tim Fitzgerald Quartet. Showtime, in case you misplaced your flyer, is 6:15pm, but the “gates” open at 5pm, and it’s all free at the corner of Pipestone and Main in the Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park.<br /> <br /> In their never-ending drive to provide the ultimate fitness experience, the folks at South Shore Health & Racquet Club near Shoreham have undertaken major renovations on the fitness floor. General Manager at the club, John Phillips, tells me that this past week they launched a major makeover from lighting, insulation and carpet updates to some exciting new fitness equipment from Matrix, StairMaster, Cybex, Octane, and a functional training system by Torque Fitness. While the extensive project is expected to last all summer, the fitness floor will still be open to members and guests. Certain areas will be closed to customer use from time to time, according to Fitness Director Tara Sabo, but the crew intends to make as much of the equipment available as possible at all times. Renovations will extend to the second floor men’s and women’s locker rooms, as well, with new carpeting and lockers on the way. Every year the South Shore team selects another area of the club for improvements, and this year it’s the fitness floor.<br /> <br /> When Kathy Bricker Manis took over Ivelise’s Yarn Shop in Benton Harbor and moved operations to the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Lakeview Avenue in St. Joseph, she teased us with word of a significant new re-purposing venture in the old location at 159 E. Napier Avenue. Well, the tease is complete, the Grand Opening VIP Event has been conducted and Michigan’s Great Southwest has been introduced to the new Lizzie’s Garden Creativity Center. Operated by the Lizzie’s Garden Foundation, the site will host Sipping & Painting Events…Sipping & Creating Events…and Kid’s Events in the memory of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bricker, the first daughter of Kathy and her husband Jack Bricker. Lizzie was the seventh child and first daughter of the couple and an incredibly creative and outgoing child known for her tendency to write on any flat surface with colored markers. When she was 14-months old she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and spent many hours at the Pediatric Oncology Ward at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. She lost her battle with cancer on Valentine’s Day in 1995. Kathy Bricker and her sister, Jackie Kearns Wyant have held a longtime dream to open an event center celebrating the creativity in all of us to honor the impact that lizzie had on many people during her short time on Earth. Lizzie’s Garden Creativity Center is the realization of that dream. Ten percent of all revenue generated by parties and events held at the center will be donated to Riley’s Children’s Hospital. To find activities and opportunities afforded by this great new activity center, please point your browser to www.lizziesgarden.org or stop by the center itself. They are available by phone at 888-919- 7837. I have a feeling it will become a rapid hit with lots of people everywhere. Check it out!<br /> <br /> When my friend Judy Truesdell took part as a vendor in the Marketplace Trade Show of the Making it in Michigan Conference back in 2011, she likely had no idea that her visit to the Michigan State University Product Center would provide an amazing new launch point for her online business CupcakeTree.com in the form of a new product line in partnership with the good people of Meijer, Inc. Just two short years after that brief encounter in the vendor circle, customers of Meijer stores have been afforded the opportunity to purchase the creative new Graduation Party in a Box. That’s a kit containing the Michigan-designed, manufactured, and shipped cardboard stand and accessories with colors customized for local schools across the state. The kits have been sold in the bakery departments of Meijer stores everywhere. The daunting task of color combinations for schools of all stripes took some logistical gyrations with sub-contractors from French Paper Company in Niles who immediately went to work on color overlays and assembly of the kits. Congratulations on yet another creative homerun, Judy! We continue to be both proud of and in awe of your marketing prowess taking Michigan worldwide!<br /> <br /> This will be the last summer for the current Executive Director of the South Haven Center for the Arts. Word came last week of the resignation of Lou Vidmar from that post effective August 1st. Her responsibilities at the center along with her full-time teaching position became too large of a challenge, and she decided to step away from the role. She actually took the position in what was supposed to be an interim role for three months, but that turned into three years, and now she will be leaving according to the center’s president Paul Hix. The search for a replacement will get underway immediately.<br /> <br /> They plan for weeks and months on end and then party like it’s 1776 in Watervliet and this Independence Weekend Celebration will certainly be no different. Head to the Paw Paw Lakes neighborhood and grab a colorful brochure detailing a full three days of action coming your way July fifth, sixth and seventh beginning with Sidewalk Sales and food and craft vendors Friday afternoon, a youth parade and teen dance that night, and then a run and walk, pancake breakfast, farmers market, car show, fly-in, kids games, fashion show, steak dinner, dunk tank, bean bag tourney, beer & music tent, scavenger hunt, baseball games, ping pong ball drop, duck race, talent contest, waterball tournament and tons more. It’s all hosted by the Watervliet Business Association, and is designed as a safe, exciting, fun-filled weekend for the entire region.<br /> <br /> If you read this in a timely manner, you should still be able to avail yourself of a great musical treat opportunity tonight, Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30pm. The Lake Effect Jazz Band will be performing at The Box Factory for the Arts at 1101 Broad street in St. Joseph. This is the launch of their 13th year of brining a unique blend of traditional big band and contemporary jazz arrangements to the summer venues across the region. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and children under 12 get in free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available at the door.<br /> <br /> Another outstanding musical extravaganza awaits 4th of July revelers when the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra performs two spectacular shows in the area as a part of America’s birthday bash! On July 3rd the orchestra takes to the Lions Park Pavilion in New Buffalo for an 8:30 performance. One night later, on the 4th itself, the tradition continues with a 9pm performance at the Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach in St. Joseph. Each concert concludes, and is punctuated beautifully, with a huge finale and breathtaking fireworks display over Lake Michigan. The show in New Buffalo is free, but for tickets to the St. Joe performance you can arrange things at www.smso.org where you will find additional details on both shows.<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 Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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