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Sale Dates: Oct 4 Thru Oct 10, 2009 of St. Joseph The Helpful Place Schroeder Furniture . . . . . . . . . .Pg 3 St. Joseph Harvest Festival. . . .Pgs 4-5 Bellissima . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg 7 Celebration! Cinema . . . . . . . . . .Pg 11 Country House Furniture. . . .Pgs 12-13 AtHome Real Estate . . . . . . . . . .Pg 15 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pgs 17-24 Moody on The Market Pat Moody Mary DeVoir was raised in St. Joseph, graduated from Lakeshore High School and then moved to Grand Rapids in 1999 to find her fame and fortune. After tending bar for more than a decade, Mary has taken the next step toward that fame and fortune by publishing a book chronicling her experiences appropriately titled, A Bartender’s Recipe For a Happy Life. The 272-page book sports a very attractive, full- color cover with the subtitle of A Shot of Humor…A Pint of Advice…and A Jigger of Quotes. Mary’s 10-year tenure at Bob’s Sports Bar on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids, has resulted in an enjoyable read inspired by the memorable conversations she would have with her patrons. Apparently, for years she would col- lect their little bits of wit and wisdom on bar nap- kins, and now has compiled them for all of us to read. Her compendium includes jokes, quotes, bits of wisdom imparted by her customers and, naturally, a whole host of drink recipes so that you can make for yourself what she no longer makes behind the bar. She conveniently groups her recipes under key headings, including Fabulous Martinis, Bodacious Champagne Bubblys, Marvelous High Ball Medleys, Beer- Licious Brews, Splendid Coffee Blends, Knockout Punches, and Grand Creamy Combos. Each section of the book imparts a series of quotes, jokes and advice, and then gets down to the business of sharing the key recipes for you to recreate her magic behind your own bar. You can see what the book looks like and actually order it online by going to Mary’s web- site www.whats-your-pleasure.net, or you can stop by several local retailers to buy a copy as well. You’ll find the book locally at The Liquor Locker in Stevensville, Salon DeVoir on Main Street in St. Joseph, Moxie’s Boutique on State Street in downtown St. Joe, and at the Continued on page 10 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 3, 2009 Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Amaized Delayna enjoys the harvest. Submitted by Greg and Tina Morrow Sawyer Please send your favorite horizontal photo with a brief description to MailMax at 2202 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or email attached photo to Photos@FarAhead.com ATTN: MAIL SUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. Caring for Southwestern Michigan Families for Over 25 Years. Complete Frames & Lens $6900 * Some restrictions apply - Exp 10-31-09 IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOICES Dr. Robert Flood, O.D., P.C. Eye Injury - Glaucoma Dry Eyes - Infections Competent, Dependable, Highly Respected Care Dr. Flood’s Vision Center 269-926-7277 www.govision.com 1380 E. Napier Benton Harbor Glenda Head . . . . . . . .Pg 2 Don Stuart . . . . . . . . . .Pg 6 Robert Kress . . . . . . . .Pg 8 Meet Your Neighbor . .Pg 9 Pastor Glenn . . . . . . . .Pg 14 Caryl Olson, Travel . . .Pg 14 Ask the Trooper . . . . . .Pg 16 Athlete of the Week . . .Pg 16 Golf Directory . . . . . . .Pg 17 Postal Customer PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage PAID Benton Harbor, MI PERMIT NO.225

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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Mary DeVoir was raised in St. Joseph, graduated from Lakeshore High School and then moved to Grand Rapids in 1999 to find her fame and fortune. After tending bar for more than a decade, Mary has taken the next step toward that fame and fortune by publishing a book chronicling her experiences appropriately titled, A Bartender’s Recipe For a Happy Life.<br /> <br /> The 272-page book sports a very attractive, fullcolor cover with the subtitle of A Shot of Humor…A Pint of Advice…and A Jigger of Quotes. Mary’s 10-year tenure at Bob’s Sports Bar on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids, has resulted in an enjoyable read inspired by the memorable conversations she would have with her patrons. Apparently, for years she would collect their little bits of wit and wisdom on bar napkins, and now has compiled them for all of us to read. Her compendium includes jokes, quotes, bits of wisdom imparted by her customers and, naturally, a whole host of drink recipes so that you can make for yourself what she no longer makes behind the bar. She conveniently groups her recipes under key headings, including Fabulous Martinis, Bodacious Champagne Bubblys, Marvelous High Ball Medleys, Beer- Licious Brews, Splendid Coffee Blends, Knockout Punches, and Grand Creamy Combos. Each section of the book imparts a series of quotes, jokes and advice, and then gets down to the business of sharing the key recipes for you to recreate her magic behind your own bar. You can see what the book looks like and actually order it online by going to Mary’s website www.whats-your-pleasure.net, or you can stop by several local retailers to buy a copy as well. You’ll find the book locally at The Liquor Locker in Stevensville, Salon DeVoir on Main Street in St. Joseph, Moxie’s Boutique on State Street in downtown St. Joe, and at the Liquor Cabinet on Hilltop Road. The web also tells you about seven other places in and around Grand Rapids where the book is available.<br /> <br /> Mary’s website also shares a web-log or blog that identifies her favorite bars in our area.<br /> <br /> On her list are Clementines, Port 412, The Pumphouse, Vicki’s Sandbar, and The Grand Mere Inn. She still lives in the Furniture City, but clearly spends time back at home with family and friends from time to time. One of my favorite quotes noted in Mary’s book is this one: “Follow your dreams…except for that one where you’re naked at work.” Amen, Mary!<br /> <br /> Amen! Thanks for sharing your stories and recipes and good luck in your new role as author and publisher!<br /> <br /> Helen’s Health Hut is sporting a new owner these days in downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Kimberly Greening took over the reins back on September 14th as the new owner and operator of the popular shop which features nutritional supplements, vitamins and minerals, skin care products, organic teas and snacks, and cutting edge advice on nutrition and health issues. Kimberly acquired the shop from previous owner Larry Findley who retires from the business as a result. Kimberly operates on the premise that living a healthy lifestyle does not need to be complex or expensive. She offers herbal remedies, health snacks, lots of reading material and even air purifiers. The shop is located immediately adjacent to the BP Amoco Station in downtown St. Joe, and is open for business every Tuesday through Friday from 10:30am until 5:30pm and Saturdays from 10:30 until 2. You can reach Helen’s Health Hut at 983-7747. Congratulations, Kimberly… and best of luck in your new venture.<br /> <br /> Incidentally, many local merchants may recognize Kimberly from her stint as an Account Executive with the Midwest Family Broadcast Group.<br /> <br /> It would appear that the lodging facility perhaps once best known as the Benton Harbor Holidome has finally closed for good. Last known as The Lake Breeze Inn and Convention Center, the hotel has been variously known by well more than half a dozen different names and bearing a number of different corporate flags in its more than 30 year lifespan. Now, the business has gone dark… completely closed to all business…and is on the market under the auspices of Signature Associates. The property sits at the interstate interchange of I-94 and M-139 in Sodus Township. The future of that land and space will largely be determined by the eventual buyer of the property.<br /> <br /> I got a rather disturbing voicemail message over the past weekend seemingly accusing me of being complicit in the inability of the local business community to step forward and assist First Church of God’s Hollywood Prom taking place tonight. The unidentified female caller took me to task for ignoring the disabled community who will be the beneficiaries of this grand Evening With the Stars. The Special Needs Prom will feature everything from the red carpet entrance to paparazzi capturing special moments… dinner… dancing… escorts… portraits… arcade games… mini golf… Deal or No Deal… a comedy club… hair and makeup stations, karaoke and prizes galore. The entire affair is free. Regular readers of my column should already know that because I gave the story a great deal of space here when the committee first launched its great plans for the night. I appealed directly to members of the MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwest Night. I appealed directly to members of the business community to lend their support to the one-of-a-kind affair, and was under the impression that they had responded in kind. Prom Chair Kathy Craig even sent along a thank you note for having shared the news several months ago to get things jump-started. Her e-mail told me that “the community responded generously,” and she asked me to remind folks that the event is on our doorstep. I guess I’m confused over which is more true, that the community stepped forward, or that they basically turned a cold shoulder to the special needs community as my voicemail caller argues. She called it a disgrace and wanted to know why I ignored the story. I sincerely hope that the event is a grand success, and that many great memories will occur, leading to an encore performance sometime in the future.<br /> <br /> Stephanie Kerlikowske used to operate The Golden Dolphin Gift Shop in the Village Square in Stevensville. She enjoyed an eleven- year run in that role before going to work for an assisted living facility. That stint has lead her to the conclusion that there is a great need for people who can no longer drive, but still need help in getting to Doctor and Dentist appointments, and even to the grocery store.<br /> <br /> Thus, Stephanie has launched a new venture she calls, The Grocery Getter. Serving the communities of Stevensville, St. Joseph, Bridgman and Baroda, Stephanie is a licensed chauffer and is first aid and CPR certified. In her transportation role, Stephanie is also willing to be a shuttle resource for busy parents who need to have their children transported to extracurricular practice, lessons, and other such activities. You can reach Stephanie for her transportation assistance at 422-2080 or 208-<br /> <br /> 6887. Her e-mail is Stephanie@csinet.net. Congratulations on your new business, Stephanie and best of luck.<br /> <br /> Here’s a tip of the hat to Cindy Fowler of First American Title Insurance Company, where she is marking 31 years in the title industry. First hired by Dave Upton, who owned Southwestern Abstract & Title Company in St. Joseph, Cindy launched her career by typing abstracts, and then moved into the escrow/settlement department becoming a closing agent. In 1997 the company was sold to Metropolitan Title Company, and Cindy became the settlement manager for the closing department. In 2001 she was promoted to Area Manager for Berrien County, covering four offices in St. Joseph, Niles, Stevensville and Union Pier. Back in 2005 her company was purchased by First American and they are now in the final stages of that name transition.<br /> <br /> Cindy continues her role as Area Manager, and tells us that she loves the real estate business and the relationships she has built over her career. Nice milestone, Cindy…keep up the great work.<br /> <br /> Next weekend, the Flagstar Harvest Festival in downtown St. Joseph will feature the third annual Chili Cook-Off hosted by the Veranda at the Whitcomb. Area chefs have been invited to enter their best chili recipe to represent their restaurant or business at no charge. A judged category will award cash prizes and a People’s Choice Award will determine the winner of the traveling trophy. Ticket sales for samples and full bowls will get underway at noon on Saturday, October 10th, and continue until 3:45. Judging starts at 1pm and the awards will be announced at 2pm, with the People’s Choice coming at the conclusion of the day. Be sure and drop by to check out the finest chili cooks in the region.<br /> <br /> Shore Magazine and the Douglas Downtown Development Authority are hosting their second annual “Fall Into Douglas” party this coming Friday evening, October 9th from 6 until 9pm. The ambiance of Douglas will come to life along Center Street with outdoor patios, shopping, fine food, and wine.<br /> <br /> Everyone is invited.<br /> <br /> Lake Michigan College and The Volunteer Center of SW Michigan are uncorking three volunteer fairs for the community this week. Non-profit, governmental and faithbased agencies will be represented at separate affairs during the first half of the week. On Monday, October 5th, the fair will make a stop at the Napier Avenue Campus from 11am until 2pm and again from 5 until 6:30. On Tuesday, the fair moves to the South Haven Campus for the same time frames, and the event concludes on Wednesday with an 11am until 2pm show at the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles. Reps from a whole host of agencies from Tri County Headstart to Bridges to Digital Excellence…from the Emergency Shelter to Hospice at Home and beyond will be on hand. Everybody is invited to find a match for your own personal volunteer preferences.<br /> <br /> Sorry I didn’t have more lead time on a couple of events for you…but at 11am today, Saturday, October 3rd, the 15th Annual Blessing of the Animals will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Lane Drive and Morton Avenue in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> It’s a thanksgiving open to all community members followed by refreshments. Later today, all Lakeshore Soccer Alumni are invited to be a part of a major celebration taking place at 5pm tonight at the Lakeshore versus Paw Paw game at Al Stockman Stadium in Stevensville.<br /> <br /> The group is celebrating 25 Years of Lakeshore Soccer, according to Debbie Schroeder of deZignwright, who asked that I share that information with you.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Keep the faith…shop locally as much as possible, and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody is Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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