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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad on Page 5 May 31, 2014 Paper. News Your Good champion of the United Way campaign when he saved his life and nursed him back to a condition headed up the annual fundraising drive and then several months later allowing him to be moved to chaired the organization. Never one to sit idly fish-Battle Creek . Eventually he returned home, but ing or golfing, Frank “retired” to a private office in following a fall there he was returned to hospital the 800 Center in St. Joseph where he maintained care locally and died early Tuesday, May 27th, sur-“business” hours to track investments, plan for his rounded by his family according to friends. Frank family’s well-being and just work to remain produc-was a personal mentor to me in many, many ways, tive once he had set aside his dealership lifestyle. He and would even invite me to his annual staff was a confidant to many fellow business people then Christmas parties which were otherwise exclusive and at many times over the course of his career. to his employees. He was always very, very gener-Frank also played a major role as a board member of ous to me when it came time to trade-up to a new the Twin Cities Area Chamber of Commerce and vehicle and I sincerely enjoyed his company and our the original Community Economic Development long discussions on the future of the community. I Corporation , both forerunners to today’s don’t have the specific dates for the milestones in Cornerstone family of organizations. He success-Frank’s life, and what I share with you here is strict-fully acquired vacant land in several locations ly from my personal memory of the man who was around the community and developed many lots into my friend for decades. If there are errors included new private homes. Frank married Cathey Dey herein, they are purely my own and I apologize in Pastrick and they brought into this world three gift-advance to the family if there are any. I know he was ed and talented children in the form of sons Anthony, deeply loved by his family and his friends and he will undoubtedly be missed by many. Godspeed to *Excludes basement Hopper Michael and daughter Catherine “Cat” Pastrick , windows. all involved in the life and times of my friend Frank Minimum4 window purchase all very successful in their own right. Frank Pastrick was a leader in his industry, called on repeatedly by Pastrick. Many among us believe in the old story that fellow dealers to head-up the Twin Cities New Car when one door closes another opens. Opportunities Dealers Association , and was instrumental in annu-al mega-sales that would shuttle hundreds of new often arise when least expected. For the Southtown cars, trucks and vans to the parking lot of the neighborhood in St. Joseph, the recent closure of Orchards Mall for huge collective sales endeavors. Passero’s Pizze ria proved to be quite the surprise. When internal organs began failing for Frank last The closing of that restaurant, however, could speed September, he was airlifted to the University of the welcome mat and success rate of the new Michigan Hospital at Ann Arbor where doctors Ramona Bells Pizzeria at 2809 Niles Avenue in St. POSTMASTER: Please deliver on May 31, 2014 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 www.MailMaxOnline.com Volume 15, Ver. 22 Joseph. That restaurant space has been vacant since Rockin Roosters Pizza & Sub Shop moved briefly to Benton Harbor before closing for good nearly five years ago. Prior to that it was a Capozio’s Take ‘em Out Pizza site for several decades. Within a few short weeks, the amazing aroma of fresh-baked pizza will waft again thanks to a veteran pizza-sling-er who’s been plying the trade for the better part of the last 13 years now. Brad Hurlbutt is the owner & operator of Ramona Bells Pizzeria, and he person-ally selected the name to honor his daughter of the same name. He learned the trade in the kitchens of Saylor’s Pizza in Watervliet, Dowagiac and Niles with a few stints in other pizza places around the area as well. Hurlbutt is a 38 year old Watervliet High School graduate from the class of ‘94. Brad took a brief respite from the food industry over the last couple of years, working in the world of con-struction, but made the decision at the beginning of the year to make the leap and go into business for himself. He will soon open the pizzeria and sand-wich shop, offering a well-rounded menu of pizzas with lots of traditional topping choices, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, pizza rolls, Italian, Veggie & Turkey subs, five specialty sandwiches, a French dip, bread sticks, garlic bread, pizza bread, rib tips, hot wings, spaghetti, lasagna, mostaccioli, chicken alfredo, and four salad variations. Brad tells me that due to space limitations, they will forego in-house dining for now and deal exclusively in the pick-up and delivery business. You can order for pick up at the shop, or his team will deliver to St. Joseph, Stevensville, and most of Benton Harbor once they are up and running. Once open for business, • FREE no-pressure estimates Hurlbutt’s team will be in the house daily beginning at 10:30am, and remaining until 10pm Monday • Tilt-in windows through for easy cleaning Thursdays, and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant will be closed on Sundays. • Free energy efficient low emission The phone number for the restaurant is 982-7777. glass with argon gas You’ll find Ramona Bells next door to The Tux Shop & Alexa Claire Boutique and across Niles • Locally owned Avenue and operated for 26 years! from McDonald’s of St. Joseph. The folks at Bridgman’s popular Ben Your money stays in the community Franklin Store in the central business district have a shop a shop...a new place to visit...a • Choose from 3 created colors or within 4 wood grain place they are calling The Crafters Cove . Local finishes on the artisans, interior and 8 different crafters, artists and entrepreneurs with things to sell are being afforded space in a small colors for the exterior “cove” at the back of the store to showcase their talents and their wares, and perhaps make some money in the process. Jayne Stevens , who owns the Ben Franklin Store and has been working to restore the original look and feel of the shop since her pur-chase two years ago is providing space for artisans One of the most successful businessmen in the history of the local auto industry has succumbed to health issues that nearly took his life last fall. The shock to his system from the near fatal shutdown proved to be more than his body could handle in the long run, and following months of ups and downs, the end finally arrived this week for my dear friend Frank Pastrick . Frank was one of the hardest working , most dedicated businessmen many of us will ever have had the chance to meet in this life. He was a stickler for honesty, quality, and first-class customer service at every turn and poured his heart and soul into whatever task he elected to undertake whether it was as a rookie salesman in the radio broadcasting industry in the very early days, or his legendary public service as an elected leader for Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor , and later the St. Joseph Public School Board . Most of all, he loved the art of the deal. Frank negotiated many a deal over the course of his career, from the sales contracts for individual cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs or fleet deals for multiple units, to the subdi-vision land where he built his own eventual home and many others as well. He was at various times in his life an automobile dealer, a real estate mogul, a developer, a radio advertising salesman, Chairman of the Board of the United Way , Chairman of the Board of Lake Michigan College, a husband, father, father-in-law and a genuine cheerleader for Michigan’s Great Southwest . After his brief early career at Mid-West Family Broadcasting , Frank began his automobile career in sales at Ned Gates Chevrolet on Britain Avenue in Benton Harbor . He advanced through the ranks and became a part-ner in what would become Gates-Pastrick Chevrolet at that same location. Eventually, he bought out his partner Dick Gates and the property became Frank Pastrick Chevrolet . He operated from 300 W. Britain Avenue for many years before purchasing the site of the former Star-Lite Drive-In Theater on M-139 . He sold off several parcels of the property at that site and successfully lobbied for creation of Starlite Drive connecting M-139 and Union Avenue . It paved the way for the offices of Michigan Gas Utilities , several Berrien County government offices, and his own dealership. That property was to become the home of a brand new showroom for Frank Pastrick Chevrolet and remained his primary business concern until he elected to retire from the business several years ago and sold it to LeValley Chevrolet which still holds court at that site. I had the pleasure of serving side-by-side with Frank for most of his time at the helm of Lake Michigan College, where he worked dili-gently to assure that the organization was an excel-lent steward of the community’s tax dollars always. As I have often said, Frank was a junk-yard dog in maintaining tight rein on the school’s finances. I’m certain he paid the same due diligence while serving the St. Joseph Public Schools community as a board member for several years. He also was an avowed M oody Pat Vinyl Replacement Windows and Patio Doors 25 o i t B b j t w % off * Made in Michigan for our Michigan Climate! *Discount applies to list price. Special valid on new orders only. 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One of the most successful businessmen in the history of the local auto industry has succumbed to health issues that nearly took his life last fall. The shock to his system from the near fatal shutdown proved to be more than his body could handle in the long run, and following months of ups and downs, the end finally arrived this week for my dear friend Frank Pastrick. Frank was one of the hardest working, most dedicated businessmen many of us will ever have had the chance to meet in this life. He was a stickler for honesty, quality, and first-class customer service at every turn and poured his heart and soul into whatever task he elected to undertake whether it was as a rookie salesman in the radio broadcasting industry in the very early days, or his legendary public service as an elected leader for Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, and later the St. Joseph Public School Board. Most of all, he loved the art of the deal. Frank negotiated many a deal over the course of his career, from the sales contracts for individual cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs or fleet deals for multiple units, to the subdivision land where he built his own eventual home and many others as well. He was at various times in his life an automobile dealer, a real estate mogul, a developer, a radio advertising salesman, Chairman of the Board of the United Way, Chairman of the Board of Lake Michigan College, a husband, father, father-in-law and a genuine cheerleader for Michigan’s Great Southwest. After his brief early career at Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Frank began his automobile career in sales at Ned Gates Chevrolet on Britain Avenue in Benton Harbor. He advanced through the ranks and became a partner in what would become Gates-Pastrick Chevrolet at that same location. Eventually, he bought out his partner Dick Gates and the property became Frank Pastrick Chevrolet. He operated from 300 W. Britain Avenue for many years before purchasing the site of the former Star-Lite Drive-In Theater on M-139. He sold off several parcels of the property at that site and successfully lobbied for creation of Starlite Drive connecting M-139 and Union Avenue. It paved the way for the offices of Michigan Gas Utilities, several Berrien County government offices, and his own dealership. That property was to become the home of a brand new showroom for Frank Pastrick Chevrolet and remained his primary business concern until he elected to retire from the business several years ago and sold it to LeValley Chevrolet which still holds court at that site. I had the pleasure of serving sideby- side with Frank for most of his time at the helm of Lake Michigan College, where he worked diligently to assure that the organization was an excellent steward of the community’s tax dollars always. As I have often said, Frank was a junk-yard dog in maintaining tight rein on the school’s finances. I’m certain he paid the same due diligence while serving the St. Joseph Public Schools community as a board member for several years. He also was an avowed champion of the United Way campaign when he headed up the annual fundraising drive and then chaired the organization. Never one to sit idly fishing or golfing, Frank “retired” to a private office in the 800 Center in St. Joseph where he maintained “business” hours to track investments, plan for his family’s well-being and just work to remain productive once he had set aside his dealership lifestyle. He was a confidant to many fellow business people then and at many times over the course of his career. Frank also played a major role as a board member of the Twin Cities Area Chamber of Commerce and the original Community Economic Development Corporation, both forerunners to today’s Cornerstone family of organizations. He successfully acquired vacant land in several locations around the community and developed many lots into new private homes. Frank married Cathey Dey Pastrick and they brought into this world three gifted and talented children in the form of sons Anthony, Michael and daughter Catherine “Cat” Pastrick, all very successful in their own right. Frank Pastrick was a leader in his industry, called on repeatedly by fellow dealers to head-up the Twin Cities New Car Dealers Association, and was instrumental in annual mega-sales that would shuttle hundreds of new cars, trucks and vans to the parking lot of the Orchards Mall for huge collective sales endeavors. When internal organs began failing for Frank last September, he was airlifted to the University of Michigan Hospital at Ann Arbor where doctors saved his life and nursed him back to a condition several months later allowing him to be moved to Battle Creek. Eventually he returned home, but following a fall there he was returned to hospital care locally and died early Tuesday, May 27th, surrounded by his family according to friends. Frank was a personal mentor to me in many, many ways, and would even invite me to his annual staff Christmas parties which were otherwise exclusive to his employees. He was always very, very generous to me when it came time to trade-up to a new vehicle and I sincerely enjoyed his company and our long discussions on the future of the community. I don’t have the specific dates for the milestones in Frank’s life, and what I share with you here is strictly from my personal memory of the man who was my friend for decades. If there are errors included herein, they are purely my own and I apologize in advance to the family if there are any. I know he was deeply loved by his family and his friends and he will undoubtedly be missed by many. Godspeed to all involved in the life and times of my friend Frank Pastrick.<br /> <br /> Many among us believe in the old story that when one door closes another opens. Opportunities often arise when least expected. For the Southtown neighborhood in St. Joseph, the recent closure of Passero’s Pizzeria proved to be quite the surprise. The closing of that restaurant, however, could speed the welcome mat and success rate of the new Ramona Bells Pizzeria at 2809 Niles Avenue in St. Joseph. That restaurant space has been vacant since Rockin Roosters Pizza & Sub Shop moved briefly to Benton Harbor before closing for good nearly five years ago. Prior to that it was a Capozio’s Take ‘em Out Pizza site for several decades. Within a few short weeks, the amazing aroma of fresh-baked pizza will waft again thanks to a veteran pizza-slinger who’s been plying the trade for the better part of the last 13 years now. Brad Hurlbutt is the owner & operator of Ramona Bells Pizzeria, and he personally selected the name to honor his daughter of the same name. He learned the trade in the kitchens of Saylor’s Pizza in Watervliet, Dowagiac and Niles with a few stints in other pizza places around the area as well. Hurlbutt is a 38 year old Watervliet High School graduate from the class of ‘94. Brad took a brief respite from the food industry over the last couple of years, working in the world of construction, but made the decision at the beginning of the year to make the leap and go into business for himself. He will soon open the pizzeria and sandwich shop, offering a well-rounded menu of pizzas with lots of traditional topping choices, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, pizza rolls, Italian, Veggie & Turkey subs, five specialty sandwiches, a French dip, bread sticks, garlic bread, pizza bread, rib tips, hot wings, spaghetti, lasagna, mostaccioli, chicken alfredo, and four salad variations. Brad tells me that due to space limitations, they will forego in-house dining for now and deal exclusively in the pick-up and delivery business. You can order for pick up at the shop, or his team will deliver to St. Joseph, Stevensville, and most of Benton Harbor once they are up and running. Once open for business, Hurlbutt’s team will be in the house daily beginning at 10:30am, and remaining until 10pm Monday through Thursdays, and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant will be closed on Sundays. The phone number for the restaurant is 982-7777. You’ll find Ramona Bells next door to The Tux Shop & Alexa Claire Boutique and across Niles Avenue from McDonald’s of St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> The folks at Bridgman’s popular Ben Franklin Store in the central business district have created a shop within a shop...a new place to visit...a place they are calling The Crafters Cove. Local artisans, crafters, artists and entrepreneurs with things to sell are being afforded space in a small “cove” at the back of the store to showcase their talents and their wares, and perhaps make some money in the process. Jayne Stevens, who owns the Ben Franklin Store and has been working to restore the original look and feel of the shop since her purchase two years ago is providing space for artisans of all types to put their finished products up for sale in a consignment arrangement within the store. At the back of the store, located at 4222 Lake Street in Bridgman, the crafters have gotten together to offer baby clothing, children’s offerings, adult products, jewerly and more. You will find doll clothes and toys, home and outdoor decor, pet essentials and a whole lot more. Jayne tells me that there are now more than 15 entrepreneurs offering their products for sale in the shop within a shop at Ben Franklin. In addition, the store is now offering creative classes for men, women and children of all ages. You can learn a new craft and when you’re done you can either take it home or put it up for sale at The Crafters Cove. If you have any questions regarding space in the store, classes, or other things, feel free to contact Jayne directly at Ben Franklin by dialing 269-465-6413. The Ben Franklin Store has been a part of the Bridgman retail scene dating all the way back to 1955 and is a landmark property in the downtown sector. The store underwent a substantial renovation shortly after Jayne and her husband purchased the property two years ago, and continues to be a major center of attention in downtown Bridgman.<br /> <br /> They already have a fun job virtually every day of the year, welcoming tens of thousands of tourists, conventioneers, and others to Michigan’s Great Southwest, so what will the crew at the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council (SWMTC) do to up the ante this summer? How about a whole bunch of “Pop Up Fun” at a broad array of destination attractions throughout the summer season! The graphic fun of pop-up displays, like one would find in a quality children’s book, have been created over the past several years in the Tourist Council’s marketing plan crafted by the team at FATHOM Works in St. Joseph. Now, they want to get us all involved in the action by taking “Pop Up Fun” photos all across the region. The SWMTC conducted their Annual Membership Meeting at the Shadowland Ballroom at the Silver Beach Center in St. Joseph recently and introduced members to a colorful new promotional plan that launches early next week and will run until September 1st. Executive Director Millicent Huminsky wrapped up her annual report on this 33rd Anniversary of the Tourist Council by unveiling the plan which will get hundreds of visitors and residents alike actively engaged in a prize sweepstakes designed to call attention to the remarkable array of quality destinations we enjoy all across the region. SWMTC member businesses and organizations are being invited to celebrate their attraction for a full week throughout the summer season. Each week just three attractions or businesses will be showcased and sport the Pop Up Fun signs crafted by FATHOM Works at their site. Each participating member agrees to provide a prize from their business to be awarded weekly. The Tourist Council Facebook page will provide clues regarding the three Pop Up Fun sites with hints also about the prize being offered, and participants are also encouraged to use their own social media to hype the clues. Visitors and guests to the community will pose and snap photos with the sign and the member’s location in the picture and share their “selfies” on the SWMTC Facebook page with the hashtag #POPUPFUN. The Tourist Council will also tag your page on entries from your individual business location. Your business will have the Pop Up sign on site from Monday through Sunday of your week in the program. The following Monday, the Tourist Council will select a random winner from all entries posted from your location. Each week’s winner will be identified on Tuesday and post them on the SWMTC Facebook page. A digital prize voucher will be emailed to each location’s winner. The council has offered prize suggestions such as $50 off a hotel stay...a bottle of wine...carousel tokens...a box of chocolates...free admission to museums...appetizer offerings...$25 gift certificates...ice cream cones... gift baskets...golf cart rentals...beach parking passes... souvenirs and more. The whole concept is to drive additional traffic to Pop Up Fun destinations each week and enjoy a fun summer of sweepstakes prizes. If you haven’t already reserved a week with Millicent’s crew...you might want to do it quickly. There are three signs to be displayed each week for the summer. Call her at 269-925-6301 or by email at mhuminsky@swmichigan.org.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week, and we’ll see you Saturday here in MailMax or online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com. Please remember to Shop Local!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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