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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad on Page 4 April 19, 2014 Paper. News Good our Y POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 19, 2014 Moody on The Market T he Southwest Michigan Wine Trail will gain an awesome new stop in 2015...and it will be right in The Heart of Wine Country --Baroda . William Schopf of Union Pier says that his story at Moraine Vineyards actually began thousands of years ago when glaciers deposited their cargo of stones, rocks, minerals, clay, sand and gravel creating a hilly moraine in Baroda. He began his portion of the story back in 2009 when he purchased 44 acres of land atop one of the highest points in all of Baroda, “just six miles from the moderating influence of Lake Michigan. ” Schopf and his crew began their vine-yard with 4 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in 2009 and have continued planting new vines each year. In October of 2011, the Baroda Township Board authorized creation of his official license as a small winemaker. This year, planting will be complete at their Shawnee Road location, providing 28 acres of estate-grown grapes. Three years ago, in 2011, Schopf acquired an additional 13 acres, with plans to continue planting at that location beginning in 2015. The varietals of Moraine Vineyards include Chardonnay, Riesling , Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Carmenere, Malbec, Tannat, and Petit Verdot . Mr. Schopf says, “Believing that exceptional wine comes from exceptional grapes and their unique terroir (the soil and climate in which grapes are grown), our grapes are hand-nur-tured from the time they are planted, until the grapes are harvested.” He adds, “Our people are committed to creating quality products. Our wines are produced in our hillside facility and stored in an underground cellar.” Moraine Vineyards is among the first to capitalize on Baroda Township’s creation last sum-mer of an Industrial Development Wine District proposed by Joe Sobieralski, Executive Director of the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance. When that district was established in mid-June of last year, Schopf applied for a tax abatement on facilities and equipment used in the manufacture of his wines. The Baroda Township board approved that abatement request in mid-September, and Schopf was notified in early January of this year by the Michigan State Tax Commission of approval of his Industrial Facility Exemption Certificate. That abatement provides a 50-percent tax break for 12 years on Schopf’s proposed investment of more than $1.1-million to expand Moraine’s capabilities. That investment is comprised of $900,000.00 in real property and $246,945.00 in personal property. To accommodate the growing needs of Moraine Vineyards, expansion plans this year include con-struction of a new 4,000-square foot production facility and a 2,250-square foot tasting room. As a result of that expansion, Schopf and his team will have the ability to produce 7,500 to 10,000 cases of wine each year. The new tasting room at 111 W. Shawnee Road in Baroda is targeted to open in 2015 adding not only a delightful new stop on the bur-geoning Michigan Wine Trail, but also spectacular M oody Pat views over the hilly vineyards beyond. Moraine Vineyards’ current output is sold exclusively through distributors until the tasting room opens next year. The vineyards are open by appointment only by call-ing 269-422-1309. Passers-by who have been shaking their heads and wondering what in the world is going on at the shuttered Lake Breeze Inn Hotel at the intersection of I-94 and M-139 in Benton Charter Township will be happy to learn that it will soon be departing the premises. Tom Baldwin is the Building Inspector for Benton Charter Township and he says that now that the weather is improving, you can expect to see demolition crews from Withrow Excavating & Construction of Benton Harbor begin to bring the vacant building down. The Township acquired the one-time Benton Harbor Holiday Inn Holidome through tax foreclosure and completed asbestos abatement work around the first of January. In that process, tons of debris including mattresses, furniture and other trash were cast into the parking lot adjacent to the old hotel. Crews had hoped to be able to clear that aside shortly thereafter, but were stymied by the winter without end that cov-ered most of it with a heavy blanket of snow for several months. With the asbestos abatement process now complete, Baldwin says the Withrow crews can demolish the building. He says they will begin by removing the cast aside debris from the parking lot first and then attack the building. He says that the entire lot should be cleared of the building and every-thing else by the end of April. In the meantime, Benton Township is beginning to market the parcel which has tremendous visibility and substantial traf-fic counts from both the interstate and state highway, M-139. Baldwin tells me that he has already talked with several developers who have shown consider-able interest in the site, and he hopes to be able to share some excellent news with the community • Residence hall information sessions regarding re-use of the property, getting it back on MOODY Continued from page 1 www.MailMaxOnline.com Volume 15, Ver. 16 Find out what Living at Lake Michigan College is all about! NAPIER AVENUE CAMPUS OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 11 A.M. -1 P.M. MOODY Tours of the model residence hall room Tours of Napier Avenue Campus Continued on page 10 Pre-register for this open house event at Financial aid workshops at 11:30 a.m & 12:30 p.m. Discussions with advisors and faculty about academic and from page 9 professional Continued career programs however, Larry would up taking on a new role with Bill Crowder’s team Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus the tax • rolls within life the next several months. In its Just like any good salesman, Student information • • • • www.lakemichigancollege.edu/openhouse still be around for the at Signature Automotive Group where he has held hey-day, the sizable hotel was a jewel in the lodging like you to know that he will 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor rest of April to help you climb behind the wheel of court for the past seven years. Larry says he has You may also submit your application to be one of the first to community complete with a major restaurant and a new Toyota, Scion, Hyundai, Mitsubishi , or one been very fortunate to work for all of those dealer-live in the and new convention residence hall opening in Fall 2014! bar, conference space, an indoor swimming pool, gift shop, and many other ameni-of their great pre-owned vehicles before he departs ships and he very much appreciates the opportuni-ties. The center hosted many business meetings, the business. After four years in the service of his ties provided to him, but now he will retire his Blue regional convention groups, family reunions, and country with the U.S. Air Force , Mr. Rotter’s jour-Book of car valuations and, “Rest up a little bit, and was a regular meeting place for service clubs like ney began at the former Ned Gates Chevrolet on then take it easy for a while.” Seriously, though, he the Benton Harbor Lions, Exchange Club , and Britain Avenue in Benton Harbor back in 1972 says that while he may eventually take a part time others. It continued to fall into disrepair over the where eventual dealership owner Frank Pastrick job down the line he will limit his work life to the years, and eventually closed for good several years was his sales manager. He worked the Chevrolet myriad jobs around the house that have been put off line-up for eight years before heading to Niles for too long for lack of time to tackle them. Oh, and ago and has been a vacant eyesore ever since. A 42-year career of peddling iron will come to Avenue in St. Joseph for a stint with Town & he’ll spend time with the three grandchildren that he an end when a world-class car salesman rides into Country AMC . That car lot is now the home of and his lovely wife Becky have, as well. the sunset on May Day. Larry Rotter tells me that Sieman’s Mazda . He was only with AMC for two Understandably, Larry had to fire up the calculator his four decades in new car showrooms around years before he stepped into the longest run of his when I asked him roughly how many vehicles he Michigan’s Great Southwest will wrap up effec-career, serving at Schroeder Motors for 25 years, has sold in his 42-year career. He crunched the tive May 1st when he officially retires from the working his way to a key role as sales manager. The numbers for a couple of moments and even sur-Signature Automotive Group of Benton Harbor. transition from Schroeder to Tyler Honda took prised himself when he arrived at a number “some-longer than was sustainable for Larry and he ended where between four and five thousand cars and MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martins Super Market • Ace Hardware • Tractor Supply Inserts may vary by Zip Code Inserts & Promotions t h a t “ h m i r h s s w h i R e p t e r Continued on page 9 t t V a f a a t A

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The Southwest Michigan Wine Trail will gain an awesome new stop in 2015. ..and it will be right in The Heart of Wine Country -- Baroda. William Schopf of Union Pier says that his story at Moraine Vineyards actually began thousands of years ago when glaciers deposited their cargo of stones, rocks, minerals, clay, sand and gravel creating a hilly moraine in Baroda. He began his portion of the story back in 2009 when he purchased 44 acres of land atop one of the highest points in all of Baroda, “just six miles from the moderating influence of Lake Michigan.” Schopf and his crew began their vineyard with 4 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in 2009 and have continued planting new vines each year. In October of 2011, the Baroda Township Board authorized creation of his official license as a small winemaker. This year, planting will be complete at their Shawnee Road location, providing 28 acres of estate-grown grapes. Three years ago, in 2011, Schopf acquired an additional 13 acres, with plans to continue planting at that location beginning in 2015. The varietals of Moraine Vineyards include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Carmenere, Malbec, Tannat, and Petit Verdot. Mr. Schopf says, “Believing that exceptional wine comes from exceptional grapes and their unique terroir (the soil and climate in which grapes are grown), our grapes are hand-nurtured from the time they are planted, until the grapes are harvested.” He adds, “Our people are committed to creating quality products. Our wines are produced in our hillside facility and stored in an underground cellar.” Moraine Vineyards is among the first to capitalize on Baroda Township’s creation last summer of an Industrial Development Wine District proposed by Joe Sobieralski, Executive Director of the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance. When that district was established in mid- June of last year, Schopf applied for a tax abatement on facilities and equipment used in the manufacture of his wines. The Baroda Township board approved that abatement request in mid-September, and Schopf was notified in early January of this year by the Michigan State Tax Commission of approval of his Industrial Facility Exemption Certificate. That abatement provides a 50-percent tax break for 12 years on Schopf’s proposed investment of more than $1.1-million to expand Moraine’s capabilities. That investment is comprised of $900,000.00 in real property and $246,945.00 in personal property. To accommodate the growing needs of Moraine Vineyards, expansion plans this year include construction of a new 4,000-square foot production facility and a 2,250-square foot tasting room. As a result of that expansion, Schopf and his team will have the ability to produce 7,500 to 10,000 cases of wine each year. The new tasting room at 111 W. Shawnee Road in Baroda is targeted to open in 2015 adding not only a delightful new stop on the burgeoning Michigan Wine Trail, but also spectacular views over the hilly vineyards beyond. Moraine Vineyards’ current output is sold exclusively through distributors until the tasting room opens next year. The vineyards are open by appointment only by calling 269-422-1309.<br /> <br /> Passers-by who have been shaking their heads and wondering what in the world is going on at the shuttered Lake Breeze Inn Hotel at the intersection of I-94 and M-139 in Benton Charter Township will be happy to learn that it will soon be departing the premises. Tom Baldwin is the Building Inspector for Benton Charter Township and he says that now that the weather is improving, you can expect to see demolition crews from Withrow Excavating & Construction of Benton Harbor begin to bring the vacant building down. The Township acquired the one-time Benton Harbor Holiday Inn Holidome through tax foreclosure and completed asbestos abatement work around the first of January. In that process, tons of debris including mattresses, furniture and other trash were cast into the parking lot adjacent to the old hotel. Crews had hoped to be able to clear that aside shortly thereafter, but were stymied by the winter without end that covered most of it with a heavy blanket of snow for several months. With the asbestos abatement process now complete, Baldwin says the Withrow crews can demolish the building. He says they will begin by removing the cast aside debris from the parking lot first and then attack the building. He says that the entire lot should be cleared of the building and everything else by the end of April. In the meantime, Benton Township is beginning to market the parcel which has tremendous visibility and substantial traffic counts from both the interstate and state highway, M-139. Baldwin tells me that he has already talked with several developers who have shown considerable interest in the site, and he hopes to be able to share some excellent news with the community regarding re-use of the property, getting it back on the tax rolls within the next several months. In its hey-day, the sizable hotel was a jewel in the lodging community complete with a major restaurant and bar, conference and convention space, an indoor swimming pool, gift shop, and many other amenities. The center hosted many business meetings, regional convention groups, family reunions, and was a regular meeting place for service clubs like the Benton Harbor Lions, Exchange Club, and others. It continued to fall into disrepair over the years, and eventually closed for good several years ago and has been a vacant eyesore ever since. <br /> <br /> A 42-year career of peddling iron will come to an end when a world-class car salesman rides into the sunset on May Day. Larry Rotter tells me that his four decades in new car showrooms around Michigan’s Great Southwest will wrap up effective May 1st when he officially retires from the Signature Automotive Group of Benton Harbor. Just like any good salesman, however, Larry would like you to know that he will still be around for the rest of April to help you climb behind the wheel of a new Toyota, Scion, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, or one of their great pre-owned vehicles before he departs the business. After four years in the service of his country with the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Rotter’s journey began at the former Ned Gates Chevrolet on Britain Avenue in Benton Harbor back in 1972 where eventual dealership owner Frank Pastrick was his sales manager. He worked the Chevrolet line-up for eight years before heading to Niles Avenue in St. Joseph for a stint with Town & Country AMC. That car lot is now the home of Sieman’s Mazda. He was only with AMC for two years before he stepped into the longest run of his career, serving at Schroeder Motors for 25 years, working his way to a key role as sales manager. The transition from Schroeder to Tyler Honda took longer than was sustainable for Larry and he ended up taking on a new role with Bill Crowder’s team at Signature Automotive Group where he has held court for the past seven years. Larry says he has been very fortunate to work for all of those dealerships and he very much appreciates the opportunities provided to him, but now he will retire his Blue Book of car valuations and, “Rest up a little bit, and then take it easy for a while.” Seriously, though, he says that while he may eventually take a part time job down the line he will limit his work life to the myriad jobs around the house that have been put off for too long for lack of time to tackle them. Oh, and he’ll spend time with the three grandchildren that he and his lovely wife Becky have, as well. Understandably, Larry had to fire up the calculator when I asked him roughly how many vehicles he has sold in his 42-year career. He crunched the numbers for a couple of moments and even surprised himself when he arrived at a number “somewhere between four and five thousand cars and trucks sold” over the course of his career. Larry says he has made a lot of friends over the years not only among colleagues, but his customers as well, and that’s the part of the job he will miss the most. “Every day was a little different than the day before,” he says. What will Mr. Rotter miss the least? Just like most folks in sales he won’t lose any sleep over missing Monday morning sales meetings...although he really didn’t want me to tell you that. In reality, however, he says that the most difficult thing any car salesman has to contend with is the uncertainty of sales volume individually. He says he has to chuckle when a customer frets over a fixed income, wishing he could ever have had the “luxury” of a fixed income. When it is all said and done, however, Larry Rotter has been an outstanding talent for every dealership he has ever worked at, and a trustworthy partner to clients he has sold to. It might very well be the auto industry itself that comes out on the short end of this deal, because it’s losing a good man who raised the bar for all who follow in his footsteps.<br /> <br /> Joe Pater and his crew have long since turned the hardware business into a family affair...and soon they will celebrate another milestone as Pater True Value Hardware “at the Scottdale triangle” marks another year of service to the entire community. The familiar True Value beacon at the corner of M-139 and Miners Road in Royalton Township has been a go-to source for household projects for years and they will mark the occasion with a substantial Anniversary Celebration the weekend of April 26th and 27th. The big celebration will be marked in traditional Pater family style with a “Bucket Sale,” a live radio broadcast, and tons of giveaways. When you buy a 5-gallon plastic True Value bucket that weekend for just $3-dollars, all of which is donated to the St. Joseph Football program, you’re lining yourself up for 25-percent off of the regular price of every single item that you can fit into the bucket with the lid on during the anniversary celebration. A live radio broadcast by 98.3 the Coast will help remind you of the big event from 11am until 1pm on Saturday the 26th, during which free food offerings from Roger’s Foodland will join the party. You can also register to win your share of $400.00 in gift certificates, a Delta faucet, or Scott’s Fertilizer. In fact, when you purchase $50.00 worth of Scott’s or Ortho Fertilizer you will earn a $10 Pater True Value Gift Card for use on your next shopping trip to the store. Joe tells me that the Anniversary Celebration will also feature Dutch Boy Paints in a buy one-get one free offering throughout the weekend. You can find Pater True Value Hardware at 4032 M-139 in St. Joseph, or by phone at 269-556- 9971. <br /> <br /> All “Bud” ever wanted to do was put on his dancin’ shoes. He reached out to me last year in an appeal to encourage like-minded folks who love the music of the 50’s and 60’s to join him for some quality dancing time. He asked me to simply connect those like-minded souls with him to get something started. Well, he not only got something started...he’s making things bigger and better than ever. Bud has returned from his winter home in Florida and has renewed his quest for other teenage senior citizens who love the Oldies like he and his new found friends from last year do. What started out as one lonely guy looking to find a dance partner or two has exploded into more than 400 people who now get a weekly e-mail message from Bud advising “where the music is.” They are now up to dancing three nights a week here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. If you have been missing out on “The Dance Man’s” regular trips to the dance floor, you can find him and his friends every Wednesday and Sunday night at Hidden Pointe located at 1050 Nickerson in Benton Harbor and on Friday nights at the old Jokers Club, now The American Legion Hall at 1645 Paw Paw Avenue in Benton Harbor. Each dance party runs from 7pm until 10pm, and while most participants tend to be seniors, all ages are welcome at any time. Bud tells me that in the beginning all he, the lonesome widower, wanted was a place to dance and ladies to dance with. It has, however, become a lot more than that for Bud and his friends. He tells me, “I believe that God used me to bring about something truly amazing. We are having so much fun, and we all have many new friends and some have even found romance.” He adds, “Dance nights have turned out to be such a good thing for all of us that its way more than I ever dreamed it could be.” It all began in June of 2013 when, on their very first night out, 197 people showed up, including about 20 widows and widowers like Bud. There were greeters to seat and introduce those who came alone and a common goal soon became evident...”no one sits by themselves!” Bud says that every person in the room has become a voluntary ambassador of friendship. Everybody is welcome to join the party...and if you’d like to get on Bud’s e-mail list, drop him a note yourself at daybreaker33@live.com. <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend, Happy Easter, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax or 24/7 the rest of the week 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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