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Gift Basket Wrapping With coupon & comparable product purchase FREE ECRWSS Local Postal Customer 421 State Street • St. Joseph, MI 269-277-5051 424 Phoenix St. •South Haven, MI 269-637-4754 OliveCart.com Paper. News Good our Y POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 23, 2013 November 23, 2013 Moody on The Market Laura & Dan O’Sullivan happened upon Jennifer & Lonnie Hoover in much the same way many of us find newfound friends in small-town America : watching their kids play Little League Baseball . Sideline conversations also turned up a desire for something new and different close to home where they could meet for dinner with the family or even just date-night drinks. Love for spending time with family and friends coupled with a healthy dose of home-town pride led the foursome to plan for and open up downtown Buchanan’s newest restaurant. Thus was born the Bucktown Tap at 259 E. Front Street in Buchanan. Renovations of the building were launched last May. Inside, hardwood floors, exposed duct-work and tin ceilings all work together to cre-ate a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere. In season a picturesque patio will provide alfresco dining alongside McCoy Creek . The restaurant officially opened for business on October 11th and awaits your visit soon. The menu features what the two couples are calling upscale pub food, including appetizers, salads, burgers & sandwiches, with a blackboard menu offering seasonal items and spe-cial entrees. By way of example, bacon lovers can find their fix with the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers or the Bacon Dog. The Vegetarian Scottish Eggs and Stuffed Mushrooms add additional flair to the ensemble. All of the organic greens are grown locally at Green Spirit Farms in New Buffalo , and the fully-stocked bar includes local beer and wine options from Greenbush, Founder’s, Bell’s, Round Barn and Tabor Hill . The “Sunday Funday Brunch” includes mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and omelets. A separate kids menu offers family-friend-ly options as well. Laura and her husband Dan moved from Chicago to Buchanan eight years ago and she tells me, “Eating fresh and local food is something that’s important to us. We wanted a place that offered those options, in a fun fresh environ-ment.” The two families are proud to put their mark on the growing downtown in Buchanan, especially so for Jennifer, the sole Buchanan native in the group. She says, “It’s been amazing to watch the revitalization of our downtown and the greater Buchanan area. To be a part of that means a lot to me. I can’t wait for our family and friends to create some lasting memories here.” Jennifer and Lonnie are both Lake Michigan College grads and Jennifer is the daughter of longtime LMC supporters Liz & Lloyd Miller . You’ll find Bucktown Tap open for business Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm until 10pm, Fridays from 4pm until 1am, Saturdays from 11am until 1am and Sundays from 10am until 4pm. You can follow them online at www.facebook.com/bucktowntap . You’ll find the new dining option at 259 E. Front Street, just west of the intersection of Red Bud Trail and Front Street downtown. They are available by phone at 269-409-8464. Congratulations one and all...and best of luck with your new venture. M oody Pat Honor Credit Union will invest in a new 30,000 square foot centralized Operations Center in Berrien Springs in a bid to unify the organiza-tion’s entire support team and give them easy access to the highway. Honor’s CEO is Scott McFarland , and he says, “Uniting all of our operational support team members in one facility that is centrally locat-ed in the county with easy expressway access is important to the organization.” The modern new MOODY Continued from page 1 Check Out www.MailMaxOnline.com Our Ad on Page 3 0 % APR 0 MONTHS for 5 facility will sit on a parcel of land just north of the Operating Officer and CFO for Coloma Frozen U.S. 31 highway exit at Berrien Springs comprising Foods. He says the new facility is designed to allow just over six acres in total. Construction will be the addition of more freezer capacity if required in handled by architect Collective Office and contrac-the future. The project is expected to be complete tor EC Moore of Berrien County . Completion of by October of 2014, and the Board of Directors the 30,000 square foot center is anticipated by the approved moving forward with the preliminary site spring of 2015. The existing St. Joseph retail work and plans while they await the final pieces of branch will remain in place and will receive updates the puzzle falling into place in order to meet con-of its own once the operations center is complete. At struction deadlines to be ready for the 2014 harvest the moment, Honor’s operational support is split season. The Berrien County Manufacturers between multiple offices in Berrien County. By Council in partnership with the Southwestern creating a centralized approach, the Credit Union Michigan Economic Growth Alliance assisted will be able to provide an even higher level of ser-with an industrial facilities tax exemption applica-vice to its members while at the room same time capturing tion our for the company. Hagar Township granted a 12 Update your today, with efficiencies for the organization. The increase in year tax abatement on both real and personal prop-best the fi nance offer of the year! space will give Honor ability to better support erty involved in the transaction. Joe Sobieralski , the retail branch network, new technology, and Executive Director of the Manufacturers Council leverage efficiencies to the communities and the and SMEGA, commended the township for, members served. Honor Credit Union is a mem-“Recognizing the importance of partnering with ber-owned financial institution with $470-million businesses to help grow our local and regional econ-dollars in assets. They currently provide solutions omies.” He also applauded Coloma Frozen Foods † for financial success to more than 41,000 members for its, “Decision to make such a significant invest-in 14 Michigan counties. ment that will allow them to grow for years to The “Heart of the Fruit Belt” is growing come.” Coloma Frozen Foods has provided the food on back. s Pa ge 3 with the highest quality of frozen fruits, more important thanks to a major expansion early ! † †Detail See industry 018 hat’s 2 T next year by one of the most prominent local corpo-vegetables, juices, and juice concentrates for more rations engaged in the food processing industry. than 30 years. They provide flexible solutions for Coloma Frozen Foods has announced plans to frozen food and juice concentrate sourcing and can invest more than $8.8-million dollars at its Hagar handle any “private label” needs. They also market Township facility beginning with structural steel food products with their own label, Nature Blessed , deliveries in early February. The company will con-struct a 23-million pound freezer and repack center on property adjacent to its current processing facility at 4145 Coloma Road . Cost of the con-struction project is expected to be $7,830,853.00 with the balance of the $8,846,755.00 total invest-199 99 ment coming in equipment and other personal prop-Storage $ Ottoman erty at the site. The sizable expansion project will result in relocation of 20 full time equivalent employees through consolidation of two locations currently being leased. Terry Harris is Chief SKU# 3000346 MOODY Continued from page 9 Volume 14, Ver. 47 a wholl compan needs o retail gr industry repack Constru M Great S will soo Horizon SCB Ba Summi deal is lars. 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Laura & Dan O’Sullivan happened upon Jennifer & Lonnie Hoover in much the same way many of us find newfound friends in small-town America: watching their kids play Little League Baseball. Sideline conversations also turned up a desire for something new and different close to home where they could meet for dinner with the family or even just datenight drinks. Love for spending time with family and friends coupled with a healthy dose of hometown pride led the foursome to plan for and open up downtown Buchanan’s newest restaurant. Thus was born the Bucktown Tap at 259 E. Front Street in Buchanan. Renovations of the building were launched last May. Inside, hardwood floors, exposed duct-work and tin ceilings all work together to create a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere. In season a picturesque patio will provide alfresco dining alongside McCoy Creek. The restaurant officially opened for business on October 11th and awaits your visit soon. The menu features what the two couples are calling upscale pub food, including appetizers, salads, burgers & sandwiches, with a blackboard menu offering seasonal items and special entrees. By way of example, bacon lovers can find their fix with the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers or the Bacon Dog. The Vegetarian Scottish Eggs and Stuffed Mushrooms add additional flair to the ensemble. All of the organic greens are grown locally at Green Spirit Farms in New Buffalo, and the fully-stocked bar includes local beer and wine options from Greenbush, Founder’s, Bell’s, Round Barn and Tabor Hill. The “Sunday Funday Brunch” includes mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and omelets. A separate kids menu offers family-friendly options as well. Laura and her husband Dan moved from Chicago to Buchanan eight years ago and she tells me, “Eating fresh and local food is something that’s important to us. We wanted a place that offered those options, in a fun fresh environment.” The two families are proud to put their mark on the growing downtown in Buchanan, especially so for Jennifer, the sole Buchanan native in the group. She says, “It’s been amazing to watch the revitalization of our downtown and the greater Buchanan area. To be a part of that means a lot to me. I can’t wait for our family and friends to create some lasting memories here.” Jennifer and Lonnie are both Lake Michigan College grads and Jennifer is the daughter of longtime LMC supporters Liz & Lloyd Miller. You’ll find Bucktown Tap open for business Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm until 10pm, Fridays from 4pm until 1am, Saturdays from 11am until 1am and Sundays from 10am until 4pm. You can follow them online at www.facebook.com/bucktowntap. You’ll find the new dining option at 259 E. Front Street, just west of the intersection of Red Bud Trail and Front Street downtown. They are available by phone at 269-409-8464. Congratulations one and all...and best of luck with your new venture. <br /> <br /> Honor Credit Union will invest in a new 30,000 square foot centralized Operations Center in Berrien Springs in a bid to unify the organization’s entire support team and give them easy access to the highway. Honor’s CEO is Scott McFarland, and he says, “Uniting all of our operational support team members in one facility that is centrally located in the county with easy expressway access is important to the organization.” The modern new facility will sit on a parcel of land just north of the U. S. 31 highway exit at Berrien Springs comprising just over six acres in total. Construction will be handled by architect Collective Office and contractor EC Moore of Berrien County. Completion of the 30,000 square foot center is anticipated by the spring of 2015. The existing St. Joseph retail branch will remain in place and will receive updates of its own once the operations center is complete. At the moment, Honor’s operational support is split between multiple offices in Berrien County. By creating a centralized approach, the Credit Union will be able to provide an even higher level of service to its members while at the same time capturing efficiencies for the organization. The increase in space will give Honor the ability to better support the retail branch network, new technology, and leverage efficiencies to the communities and the members served. Honor Credit Union is a member- owned financial institution with $470-million dollars in assets. They currently provide solutions for financial success to more than 41,000 members in 14 Michigan counties.<br /> <br /> The “Heart of the Fruit Belt” is growing more important thanks to a major expansion early next year by one of the most prominent local corporations engaged in the food processing industry.Coloma Frozen Foods has announced plans to invest more than $8.8-million dollars at its Hagar Township facility beginning with structural steel deliveries in early February. The company will construct a 23-million pound freezer and repack center on property adjacent to its current processing facility at 4145 Coloma Road. Cost of the construction project is expected to be $7,830,853.00 with the balance of the $8,846,755.00 total investment coming in equipment and other personal property at the site. The sizable expansion project will result in relocation of 20 full time equivalent employees through consolidation of two locations currently being leased. Terry Harris is Chief Operating Officer and CFO for Coloma Frozen Foods. He says the new facility is designed to allow the addition of more freezer capacity if required in the future. The project is expected to be complete by October of 2014, and the Board of Directors approved moving forward with the preliminary site work and plans while they await the final pieces of the puzzle falling into place in order to meet construction deadlines to be ready for the 2014 harvest season. The Berrien County Manufacturers Council in partnership with the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance assisted with an industrial facilities tax exemption application for the company. Hagar Township granted a 12 year tax abatement on both real and personal property involved in the transaction. Joe Sobieralski, Executive Director of the Manufacturers Council and SMEGA, commended the township for, “Recognizing the importance of partnering with businesses to help grow our local and regional economies.” He also applauded Coloma Frozen Foods for its, “Decision to make such a significant investment that will allow them to grow for years to come.” Coloma Frozen Foods has provided the food industry with the highest quality of frozen fruits, vegetables, juices, and juice concentrates for more than 30 years. They provide flexible solutions for frozen food and juice concentrate sourcing and can handle any “private label” needs. They also market food products with their own label, Nature Blessed, a wholly owned subsidiary. Local growers are the company’s source for premium crops to satisfy the needs of the baking industry, food service providers, retail grocery chains, and other facets of the food industry. Construction of the new freezer and repack center will be handled by Dan Vos Construction of Ada, Michigan.<br /> <br /> Michigan State Spartan fans in Michigan’s Great Southwest who bank with Horizon Bank will soon have a friendly face in East Lansing.Horizon Bancorp has announced the acquisition of SCB Bancorp and its wholly-owned subsidiary of Summit Community Bank in the state capitol. The deal is valued at approximately $18.4-million dollars.The definitive agreement has been executed to take over the bank through a stock and cash merger in a transaction that is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 2014. It is subject to approval by federal and state regulatory authorities and SCB shareholders. SCB is headquartered in East Lansing and through Summit Community Bank serves the greater Lansing area through two full-service banking locations. At the end of September, the bank had total assets of $161,000,000.00. Craig Dwight is the CEO of Horizon, and he voiced enthusiasm regarding the merger which he says, “Is consistent with Horizon’s philosophy of partnering with banks that hold core values similar to ours and a commitment to serving their local communities.” Dwight adds that the Summit merger provides an excellent opportunity to expand Horizon’s current market Presence in Southwestern Michigan into the state’s vibrant capitol region. This expansion will also complement Horizon’s entry into Grand Rapids, where Horizon recently announced the hiring of a senior lender in charge of building a loan production team.Grand Rapids and Lansing represent Michigan’s second and third largest metropolitan areas, respectively.The team at Summit will continue to be led by John Abbott, their President and CEO, and as has become standard practice at Horizon, a local advisory board will be established to maintain the pulse of the local community in Lansing. Horizon Bancorp is a community bank holding company headquartered in Michigan City, Indiana with total assets of $1.8-billion dollars at the end of September. Their wholly-owned subsidiary, Horizon Bank, was chartered in 1873 and boasts 29 offices in northern and central Indiana and Michigan’s Great Southwest.<br /> <br /> Holiday travelers will have an extra bonus option on Amtrak’s Pere Marquette train passing through St. Joseph on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.My friend John Langdon, who is the Governmental & Public Affairs Coordinator for the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers based in Holland has alerted me to the extra train run being added for that day only. The Amtrak booking service shows that in addition to Pere Marquette Train #371 which leaves the St. Joe station bound for Chicago at 8:04am on that Sunday morning...a second run, Train #373 will leave the platform below the bluff at 4:28pm that afternoon only. For family members and friends returning to St. Joseph from Chicago that day, Pere Marquette Train #370 arriving at 9:13pm Sunday night will be joined by Train #372 arriving at 12:43pm that afternoon as an alternative option. The additional frequency is, at this point, a one-time only experiment for Sunday, December 1, 2013. This may well mark the first time that Amtrak has ever offered a second frequency on any given day in the more than 25 year history of the Pere Marquette passenger rail service connecting Grand Rapids and Chicago by way of Holland, Bangor and St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> The year was 1975 and Rhonda Rabbers was a rookie in the world of business ownership. She was already a professional in her chosen career however, and that has spelled success for fully 39 years now in Michigan’s Great Southwest for her burgeoning Studio Dance Theatre at Dance Arts on Marquette Woods Road in Stevensville. To mark another milestone year, Rhonda’s Studio Dance Theatre will celebrate with their production of “The Nutcracker.” Students engaged in the production hail from communities ranging from Berrien Springs to Kalamazoo, and The Goodfellows Fund will benefit from charity dollars generated by the show. There are two showtimes for the performance at the Lakeshore Community Auditorium in Stevensville.They are 3pm and 7pm on Saturday, December 7,2013. The dance company will present the timeless classic set to the splendid music of Tchaikovsky, as children experience the magic of ballet in a wellknown and familiar Christmas story. When Rhonda opened the doors at The Studio Dance Theater at 2425 W. Marquette Woods Road she had three core purposes in mind: 1) To provide the opportunity and educate the serious young dancer in the field of the performing arts. 2) To provide the community with a dance company to present concerts locally, and 3) To make an annual contribution to a local charity.The SDT is and always has been open by audition to all experienced dancers. Tickets for The Nutcracker performances are available by phoning 429-5711.Adult tickets are $10 and children 12 and under pay $5. It’s a perfect show for the entire family, and the Box Office will open 30-minutes prior to each showtime.Tickets are also available by stopping by Dance Arts Monday through Thursday evenings from 4pm until 9pm. Guest artist Michael Kelly will dance as the Nutcracker Prince, while Clara will be played by Jordan Moyer, Drosslemeyer by Kraig Kirkdorfer, and the Sugar Plum Fairy by Audrey Ballard. The well-loved teacher, Steve Adler will return to the cast of 65 dancers this year.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. Enjoy your weekend, please remember to shop locally for your holiday gifting ideas, and we’ll see you again Saturday in MailMax…and everyday online at www.MoodyOnTheMarket.com. <br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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