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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Pages 10, 11, 12, 13 14 January 25, 2014 Paper. News Good Your POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 25, 2014 Moody on The Market W hat do you do when you enjoy a record year for product introductions, launch your first major showroom, and score significant gains in both sales and retail flooring? Well, if you’re my neighbor Brian Maynard and you are the Director of Marketing for the Jenn-Air brand you roll out plans for an even greater number of new product launches in the year ahead. That’s the plan unveiled recently by Maynard from his offices in Benton Harbor for the luxury appli-ance maker. Maynard says, “In the four years since re-launching Jenn-Air as a luxury brand, we’ve experienced tremendous growth and sig-nificantly outpaced the market.” Then he quickly adds, “But given our aggressive product plans and the improving economic picture we have every reason to believe that 2014 will be our biggest year yet .” Impressive new plans call for the introduction of more than 40 new SKUs in the New Year, as well as exploring showroom oppor-tunities in Chicago and along the West Coast . The team will also add the WestEdge Design Fair in Los Angeles to its growing roster of major design and culinary events. The new prod-uct introductions are expected to run the gamut from a built-in coffee system to new cooktops, refrigerators, slide-in ranges, dishwashers and ventilation systems. New entries onto the market bearing the Jenn-Air brand in the year just con-cluded have included a 36-inch 6-burner cooktop with the industry’s most powerful burners and near-flush design; a sleek and powerful built-in steam and convection oven; and the Accolade telescoping ventilation system hand-crafted of stainless steel and glass with a dramatically curved, sculptural profile. The new Accolade system is the latest in a long history of “firsts” in ventilation for the pioneering brand, including the first downdraft cooktop; a black glass and stain-less steel “perimetric” system that hangs on the wall like a flat screen TV; and the first duct-free downdraft ventilation that filters and recirculates air, requiring no ducting to the outside. Maynard, who has been a long-time neighbor a few blocks away from my own house, says, “It’s gratifying to enter a new year in such a strong position and with so much opportunity for growth, both for Jenn-Air and its trade customers.” For the first time in several decades a mem-ber of the iconic Schuler family will no longer own a restaurant in Michigan’s Great Southwest . Larry Schuler has announced that he will step aside from the day-to-day operation of Schu’s Grill & Bar in the next couple of weeks, and turn over control to the new owner Jim Kramer . Schuler has owned & operated Schu’s Grill & Bar at the corner of Lake Boulevard & Pleasant Street in the city of St. Joseph for more than two dozen years now, and was part owner and manag-er of Schuler’s of Stevensville for many years prior to that. For the time being nothing will change at the popular dining spot for both locals and tourists alike seeking an outstanding view of Continued on page 7 M oody Pat Continued from page 1 Continued from page 7 During and following the transition, Schuler 2013 Community Spirit Award was given to the Lake Michigan while the enjoy lunch or dinner is planning to expand his other company , Schu’s Lincoln Township Community Fun Day atop the bluff. Kramer will keep the Schu’s name Hospitality Group , both regionally and national-Committee chaired by Tom Norbey . The three-intact, will continue to employ the current staff, ly. Schu’s Hospitality Group offers management year old event is conducted on the second and maintain many of the signature dishes that and consulting food service functions at golf Saturday in September each year and is designed have come to exemplify the restaurant. He says, courses, resorts, healthcare centers, and chain to encourage community spirit by providing free “Larry has done a great job in building a fine restaurants. Currently, Larry is under a consul-family entertainment, supporting local vendors, restaurant. I hope to continue to offer the same tant agreement locally, with the Point O Woods and utilizing the township’s open-space parks and level of hospitality for our patrons and to main-Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor . facilities. Norbey is the President of the tain the high standard of service to the communi-Kramer recently retired as an ordained minister Committee and is joined by fellow officers Ann ty.” Mr. Kramer is certainly no stranger to the of the Evangelical Covenant Church where he Duensing, Mary Hill, Tanya Urias and Tina restaurant business. His company, O B Glad -had served for 35 years. His “hobbies” have been Rhodes . In recapping a very successful year, Michigan , owns and operates Tim’s Too in the in the hospitality industry and sailing. Schuler Lakeshore Chamber President Tomeka Kinne same building as Schu’s Grill & Bar, the began his hospitality career as the fourth-genera-recounted ribbon cutting ceremonies at Tractor Woodfire in downtown Dowagiac , and both tion member of his family’s business, Schuler’s Supply Center , the Edward Jones office of Nancy’s Restaurant and Roma Pizzeria in Restaurant & Pub in Marshall . Previously, he Amanda Hartson, Boelcke Heating (to com-New Buffalo . Kramer says, “With five restau-had worked at Robert Mondavi Winery in memorate a milestone anniversary), Black rants, we should be able to leverage our presence Napa, California and served as restaurant man-Arsenal , Fifth Third Bank, Galley Grille, and capabilities in Southwest Michigan .” ager and assistant food and beverage manager for Starbuck’s Landscape & Design and the Throughout the coming year, Mr. Schuler will the Westin Hotel Galleria in Dallas. Round Barn Public House in Baroda. The assist in the transition to Kramer’s company by For their significant investment of more than Chamber also hosted a Lakeshore Bond Election providing cross-training for employees, help with $1.5-million dollars in a new Stevensville branch Community Forum and an Annual Scholarship event coordination, and working to ensure good office, Honor Credit Union has been cited by Dinner. Kinne also informed chamber members lines of communication and management contin-the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce as their that this spring the organization will host a Red, ue. 2013 Business of the Year . In award ceremonies White & Black Gala Fundraiser to help the Larry says, “I am really proud of what we conducted at the Baroda Tap & Grille , Honor Lakeshore High School Marching Band attend have accomplished at Schu’s Grill & Bar. Credit Union Branch Manager Tanya Urias anniversary ceremonies in Normandy, France Throughout the years we have put young profes-accepted the award on behalf of the entire Honor later this year. State Senator John Proos, State sionals to work. We have employed roughly team before a full house in downtown Baroda . Representative Al Pscholka, and Congressman 1800 college students working summers at the The credit union opened a new branch in Fred Upton’s aide Clay McCausland were on restaurant or Schu’s on Silver Beach . We started Stevensville, adding 7 full time positions to the hand to help present the awards, and included the Molly Schuler Foundation with the Berrien community. They were also cited for opening a state resolutions of recognition signed by them-Community Foundation to support local initia-new Student Credit Union at Lakeshore selves, Congressman Upton and Governor tives such as the 4-H Robotics program, Hospice, Middle School when the Lancer Credit Union Rick Snyder to both award recipients. Chamber Lory’s Place, Boys & Girls Club, Glassworks opened at the end of October. The middle school members also approved the 2013 Annual Meeting student scholarships, Overflow Christian Chris Woodruff Andrea Summer Taylor Randall branch Tera joins Randall long-time Student Credit Unions at Sarah Hartwell Anthony Dunning Minutes both a new Board of Community Development Association , and LMC SJHS SJHS SJSH SJSH and elected Caffe Tosi Stewart Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary Directors and new Officers for the coming year assistance to oncology care patients.” The always in the Lakeshore Public School System . Honor including: 2014 Lakeshore Chamber Board active Schuler adds, “I am especially proud of was also applauded for event sponsorships and Members Tina Boehm, Darcey Borlin, Mike establishing the Schu’s International Triathlon , other community assistance for nearly three Gilbert, Stephanie Gupte, Mary Hill, Tomeka which was the U.S. National Pro Championships dozen local community events in the past year. Kinne, Stacy Loar-Porter, Tom Norbey, held here in 1994-1996. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

What do you do when you enjoy a record year for product introductions, launch your first major showroom, and score significant gains in both sales and retail flooring? Well, if you’re my neighbor Brian Maynard and you are the Director of Marketing for the Jenn-Air brand you roll out plans for an even greater number of new product launches in the year ahead. That’s the plan unveiled recently by Maynard from his offices in Benton Harbor for the luxury appliance maker. Maynard says, “In the four years since re-launching Jenn-Air as a luxury brand, we’ve experienced tremendous growth and significantly outpaced the market.” Then he quickly adds, “But given our aggressive product plans and the improving economic picture we have every reason to believe that 2014 will be our biggest year yet.” Impressive new plans call for the introduction of more than 40 new SKUs in the New Year, as well as exploring showroom opportunities in Chicago and along the West Coast. The team will also add the WestEdge Design Fair in Los Angeles to its growing roster of major design and culinary events. The new product introductions are expected to run the gamut from a built-in coffee system to new cooktops, refrigerators, slide-in ranges, dishwashers and ventilation systems. New entries onto the market bearing the Jenn-Air brand in the year just concluded have included a 36-inch 6-burner cooktop with the industry’s most powerful burners and near-flush design; a sleek and powerful built-in steam and convection oven; and the Accolade telescoping ventilation system hand-crafted of stainless steel and glass with a dramatically curved, sculptural profile. The new Accolade system is the latest in a long history of “firsts” in ventilation for the pioneering brand, including the first downdraft cooktop; a black glass and stainless steel “perimetric” system that hangs on the wall like a flat screen TV; and the first duct-free downdraft ventilation that filters and recirculates air, requiring no ducting to the outside. Maynard, who has been a long-time neighbor a few blocks away from my own house, says, “It’s gratifying to enter a new year in such a strong position and with so much opportunity for growth, both for Jenn-Air and its trade customers.” <br /> <br /> For the first time in several decades a member of the iconic Schuler family will no longer own a restaurant in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Larry Schuler has announced that he will step aside from the day-to-day operation of Schu’s Grill & Bar in the next couple of weeks, and turn over control to the new owner Jim Kramer. Schuler has owned & operated Schu’s Grill & Bar at the corner of Lake Boulevard & Pleasant Street in the city of St. Joseph for more than two dozen years now, and was part owner and manager of Schuler’s of Stevensville for many years prior to that. For the time being nothing will change at the popular dining spot for both locals and tourists alike seeking an outstanding view of Lake Michigan while the enjoy lunch or dinner atop the bluff. Kramer will keep the Schu’s name intact, will continue to employ the current staff, and maintain many of the signature dishes that have come to exemplify the restaurant. He says, “Larry has done a great job in building a fine restaurant. I hope to continue to offer the same level of hospitality for our patrons and to maintain the high standard of service to the community.” Mr. Kramer is certainly no stranger to the restaurant business. His company, O B Glad - Michigan, owns and operates Tim’s Too in the same building as Schu’s Grill & Bar, the Woodfire in downtown Dowagiac, and both Nancy’s Restaurant and Roma Pizzeria in New Buffalo. Kramer says, “With five restaurants, we should be able to leverage our presence and capabilities in Southwest Michigan.” Throughout the coming year, Mr. Schuler will assist in the transition to Kramer’s company by providing cross-training for employees, help with event coordination, and working to ensure good lines of communication and management continue.<br /> <br /> Larry says, “I am really proud of what we have accomplished at Schu’s Grill & Bar. Throughout the years we have put young professionals to work. We have employed roughly 1800 college students working summers at the restaurant or Schu’s on Silver Beach. We started the Molly Schuler Foundation with the Berrien Community Foundation to support local initiatives such as the 4-H Robotics program, Hospice, Lory’s Place, Boys & Girls Club, Glassworks student scholarships, Overflow Christian Community Development Association, and assistance to oncology care patients.” The always active Schuler adds, “I am especially proud of establishing the Schu’s International Triathlon, which was the U.S. National Pro Championships held here in 1994-1996. It was the forerunner to today’s Steelhead Triathlon.” <br /> <br /> During and following the transition, Schuler is planning to expand his other company, Schu’s Hospitality Group, both regionally and nationally. Schu’s Hospitality Group offers management and consulting food service functions at golf courses, resorts, healthcare centers, and chain restaurants. Currently, Larry is under a consultant agreement locally, with the Point O Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor. Kramer recently retired as an ordained minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church where he had served for 35 years. His “hobbies” have been in the hospitality industry and sailing. Schuler began his hospitality career as the fourth-generation member of his family’s business, Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub in Marshall. Previously, he had worked at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, California and served as restaurant manager and assistant food and beverage manager for the Westin Hotel Galleria in Dallas.<br /> <br /> For their significant investment of more than $1.5-million dollars in a new Stevensville branch office, Honor Credit Union has been cited by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce as their 2013 Business of the Year. In award ceremonies conducted at the Baroda Tap & Grille, Honor Credit Union Branch Manager Tanya Urias accepted the award on behalf of the entire Honor team before a full house in downtown Baroda. The credit union opened a new branch in Stevensville, adding 7 full time positions to the community. They were also cited for opening a new Student Credit Union at Lakeshore Middle School when the Lancer Credit Union opened at the end of October. The middle school branch joins long-time Student Credit Unions at Stewart Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary in the Lakeshore Public School System. Honor was also applauded for event sponsorships and other community assistance for nearly three dozen local community events in the past year. The Lakeshore Chamber’s other major award, the 2013 Community Spirit Award was given to the Lincoln Township Community Fun Day Committee chaired by Tom Norbey. The threeyear old event is conducted on the second Saturday in September each year and is designed to encourage community spirit by providing free family entertainment, supporting local vendors, and utilizing the township’s open-space parks and facilities. Norbey is the President of the Committee and is joined by fellow officers Ann Duensing, Mary Hill, Tanya Urias and Tina Rhodes. In recapping a very successful year, Lakeshore Chamber President Tomeka Kinne recounted ribbon cutting ceremonies at Tractor Supply Center, the Edward Jones office of Amanda Hartson, Boelcke Heating (to commemorate a milestone anniversary), Black Arsenal, Fifth Third Bank, Galley Grille, Starbuck’s Landscape & Design and the Round Barn Public House in Baroda. The Chamber also hosted a Lakeshore Bond Election Community Forum and an Annual Scholarship Dinner. Kinne also informed chamber members that this spring the organization will host a Red, White & Black Gala Fundraiser to help the Lakeshore High School Marching Band attend anniversary ceremonies in Normandy, France later this year. State Senator John Proos, State Representative Al Pscholka, and Congressman Fred Upton’s aide Clay McCausland were on hand to help present the awards, and included state resolutions of recognition signed by themselves, Congressman Upton and Governor Rick Snyder to both award recipients. Chamber members also approved the 2013 Annual Meeting Minutes and elected both a new Board of Directors and new Officers for the coming year including: 2014 Lakeshore Chamber Board Members Tina Boehm, Darcey Borlin, Mike Gilbert, Stephanie Gupte, Mary Hill, Tomeka Kinne, Stacy Loar-Porter, Tom Norbey, Claudia Ruppel, Tracy Sanders, Bernice Tretheway, Tanya Urias, Kellen Van Hulle, Rob Vassar, Bret Witkowski and 2014 Lakeshore Chamber Officers: President -- Tomeka Kinne, 1st Vice-President -- Larry Wozniak, 2nd Vice-President -- Mary Hill, Secretary -- Tanya Urias, Treasurer -- Kellen Van Hulle, Past President -- Stacy Loar-Porter.<br /> <br /> The first wave of news swept through social media, especially Facebook, that Michigan’s Great Southwest had lost a favorite son. Musicians of all stripes, both amateur and professional, shared the sad news of the passing of long-time music store owner Mike Ferris Sr. Of Benton Harbor. Mike and his father Joe before him were critical cogs in the music machine all across the region. Their Ferris Music Center, located for many years just off the corner of Napier & Pipestone and relocated a couple of years ago to the center of downtown Benton Harbor, was the place where every budding musician and even some marquee names like Stevie Wonder would stop by to drool over the latest and greatest guitar, drum set or any of hundreds of other musical instruments, sheet music and more. But, what they really liked was that Mike and Joe were there with advice, ideas, a helping hand, and a friendly ear. The fate of the store, now located at 215 E. Main Street in Benton Harbor, is unknown at this time, inasmuch as Mike had become pretty much of a one man band at this juncture. I didn’t know Mike well, but he did ask for my assistance in getting out the word when the store was relocated to downtown Benton Harbor and I joked with him at that time that he had the perfect last name, because he reminded me of a ferris wheel...always reaching for the stars...soaring to new heights...accompanied by joyful upbeat music playing endlessly... but extremely well grounded and filled with thrills for everyone who joined the ride. Godspeed to you, Mike...your view from the top of the tallest ferris wheel of all time should be magnificent. My condolences to the family.<br /> <br /> You might want to check to see if your computer is using the Windows XP operating system. If it is, and you intend to continue to use your computer on the Internet beyond April 8, 2014 you will be putting your data at risk. Microsoft Corporation announced a year ago that effective April 8, 2014 they will no longer provide security patches and updates for Windows XP. Businesses and individuals who would like to prepare for the end of XP support services will find key information and answers through a series of helpful workshops locally by Trent Watford. Watford owns and operates Tech Help, a local business providing regular computer training, consulting and service. Three 90-minute workshops designed to help you understand how to determine if your XP computer can be upgraded to a newer operating system. If it can’t, you will learn how to choose a new or refurbished computer. Watford tells me that you are welcome to bring your XP laptop or desktop computer to the workshop to have it evaluated if you wish. The workshops are currently scheduled as follows: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 10:30am until noon at Marketing Partners, 2919 Division Street, St. Joseph. Thursday, February 20, 2014 from noon until 1:30pm at Marketing Partners (Lunch & Learn -- Bring your lunch!). Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 7pm until 8:30pm at Lakeshore High School as part of the Lakeshore Community Enrichment Program. You can get more information and sign up for a workshop at www.techhelptraining.com. Some people have already left the XP platform and purchased a new computer. If the new computer has Windows 8, there may be lingering frustration over the changes made. Tech Help is also offering assistance to get people over the learning hump and back to being productive with their computer. Windows 8 training is available on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Lincoln Township Library; and Mondays, April 14th and 21st at Lakeshore High School. Details are available on those classes as well at the link above or by calling Trent at 269-430-3322.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week…thanks for Shopping Locally, and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax…or 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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