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Sale Dates: Oct 25 Thru Oct 31, 2009 of St. Joseph PATER Sodus, Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Stevensville Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com . . Pg 9 Moody on The Market Pat Moody As we travel life’s highways, the people we meet along the way are often quite colorful and equally memorable. As you might well imagine, in my world of work, I have experienced the opportunity to meet an incredibly large contin- gent of people based on the myriad roles that I have, and/or have had, over the years. So, you can imagine the horrendous surprise of a sudden “reunion” of sorts that I had with a former Miss St. Joseph last weekend. I was returning home from a brief afternoon in Harbor Country, and was literally just a hop, skip and jump from my own driveway when the driver in front of me signaled a right hand turn, only to change at the last second to a left hand turn near the Scottdale Triangle. The next thing we knew, our bumpers were severely attracted to one another, and we collided. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but when I used my cell phone to dial 911, the young lady overheard me identify myself to the police. She then asked me if I was the same Pat Moody who had emceed her Miss Blossomtime Pageant several years ago. I am, in fact, that same Pat Moody, and suddenly a Blossomtime reunion was in full swing along Miners Road at M-63. Meenakshi Davuluri had been crowned Miss St. Joseph several years ago, and I interviewed her on stage during the pageant as a member of the Top Ten Finalists. Fortunately, we didn’t see a newspaper headline screaming, “Blossomtime Emcee Rear Ends Miss St. Joseph!” Ms. Davuluri and her mother and sister were all in the car, but none of us sustained injuries, and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department handled the case for us as we talked about events and college and the like. I hope that future reunions will be a little less impactful, as I’m sure does Meenakshi. The Orchards Mall is about to swing open the doors onto a new site for reunions and warm Continued on page 8 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 24, 2009 Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth This horse shows his unbridled humor. Submitted by Anonymous 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. Benton Harbor, Glenda Head ........ Pg 2 Don Stuart .......... Pg 4 Meet Your Neighbor . . Pg 5 Pastor Glenn......... Pg 6 Safe Halloween Option Pg 7 Student Athlete....... Pg 10 Classifieds. . . . . . . . .Pg10-14 Postal Customer PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage PAID Benton Harbor, MI PERMIT NO.225

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As we travel life’s highways, the people we meet along the way are often quite colorful and equally memorable. As you might well imagine, in my world of work, I have experienced the opportunity to meet an incredibly large contingent of people based on the myriad roles that I have, and/or have had, over the years. So, you can imagine the horrendous surprise of a sudden “reunion” of sorts that I had with a former Miss St. Joseph last weekend. I was returning home from a brief afternoon in Harbor Country, and was literally just a hop, skip and jump from my own driveway when the driver in front of me signaled a right hand turn, only to change at the last second to a left hand turn near the Scottdale Triangle. The next thing we knew, our bumpers were severely attracted to one another, and we collided. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but when I used my cell phone to dial 911, the young lady overheard me identify myself to the police.<br /> <br /> She then asked me if I was the same Pat Moody who had emceed her Miss Blossomtime Pageant several years ago. I am, in fact, that same Pat Moody, and suddenly a Blossomtime reunion was in full swing along Miners Road at M-63.<br /> <br /> Meenakshi Davuluri had been crowned Miss St. Joseph several years ago, and I interviewed her on stage during the pageant as a member of the Top Ten Finalists. Fortunately, we didn’t see a newspaper headline screaming, “Blossomtime Emcee Rear Ends Miss St. Joseph!” Ms. Davuluri and her mother and sister were all in the car, but none of us sustained injuries, and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department handled the case for us as we talked about events and college and the like. I hope that future reunions will be a little less impactful, as I’m sure does Meenakshi.<br /> <br /> The Orchards Mall is about to swing open the doors onto a new site for reunions and warm Host its Grand Opening on Monday, October 26th as a partnership between the Overflow Church and Well of Grace Ministries of St. Joseph. Offering a wide variety of coffee beverages, smoothies and small snacks, the cafe will be the destination for those seeking to perk up in the Benton Township Business District. In addition to the current partnership, organizers are hopeful of including a link with the Opportunity Center of Benton Harbor in the near future. Lead Pastor Brian Bennett tells me that they have worked toward the vision for the past two years, and they are really excited to be able to offer not just a coffee shop, but, “a place where all people will be provided excellent service and experience an environment of love and acceptance.” Kendra Neilson will manage the café, which will be staffed by volunteers from the church and the ministry. You’ll find the café open for business from 9am until 1pm and again from 5pm until 9pm Monday through Friday each week, and straight through from 9am until 9pm on Saturdays.<br /> <br /> Congratulations on your Grand Opening, folks!<br /> <br /> There are amazing stories everywhere around us that explain how in the world a particular business happened to open up shop in our neighborhood. Steven East has one of those great stories to tell. Steven began his company, Caring People, with his grandmother in Queens, New York back in 2001. She was operating a domestic help employment agency at the time, where she would refer nannies and housekeepers to families for a referral or placement fee. As her business grew, she hired Steven to help with organizational assistance. Over time, he educated himself about the Licensed Homecare industry and launched the process to open a New York Licensed Homecare Agency. Eventually, one office became two as they operated in New York and New Jersey. As clients migrated in the winter to Florida, Steven followed and opened an office in Palm Beach County. While shopping in Fort Lauderdale one day, he ran into Joe Beam from St. Joe who was selling a custom built Chris Craft replica at a boat show. He learned a great deal more about St. Joe in the ensuing months and, after visiting, was immediately confident that his business could be successful and of great benefit to our area. That’s when he hired Michele Strebeck as his Director of Patient Services, and opened up shop at 2603 Niles Avenue, Suite C in Southtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> You can reach her at 985-0700. You never know where our next business owner will be coming from, and those are great stories that are testimony to the type of community that we have become. Welcome, Steven and Michele, and best of luck in your new venture in Michigan’s Great Southwest.<br /> <br /> Being the dog-loving community that it is, St. Joseph will celebrate a special Howl-o-Ween Costume Contest with Fuzzy Butz Pet Bakery next Saturday, which is, naturally, Halloween Day. The contest involving pet dress ups gets underway at 12:30pm on the stage at the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center, with judges awarding prizes for Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume, Cutest Costume, and Judge’s Favorite over all. All participants will earn a special Halloween treat from Fuzzy Butz, and they are hoping for a record turnout this year.<br /> <br /> You can learn more logging on to their website at www.fuzzybutzpetbakery.com. The shop is located at 613 Broad Street in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Williamson Employment Services recently celebrated National Staffing Employee Week, by honoring Ayisha Wales and William Weidner as Staffing Employees of the Year. The event is set aside each year to salute the important and talented temporary and contract employees who actively contribute to the growth and maintenance of our economy. Williamson is headquartered on Hilltop Road in St. Joseph, with additional offices in Grand Rapids and Niles.<br /> <br /> Terry McGovern of Budget Blinds of Bridgman is working hard to assure that recent news about recalled window coverings helps avert future tragedies regarding looped cords and the entanglement of toddlers. Recently, Terry introduced a new continuous cord tensioner in his Signature Series of cellular, pleated and Roman shades. They are a private line available exclusively through Budget Blinds. McGovern is encouraging parents of infants and toddlers to opt for cordless or motorized treatments to eliminate the hazards posed by dangling window cords.<br /> <br /> Terry tells me that parents don’t have to sacrifice style for safety, and adds that they have a variety of options for families to consider. You can reach Terry at 269-465-3300 with any questions you might have on the issue. There are a number of safety options including breakaway tassels, innercord stops, retractable pull cords and the like.<br /> <br /> Retrofit kits are also available in some cases.<br /> <br /> Check it out before it’s too late.<br /> <br /> If Hansel and Gretel still hold keen interest for you, my friends involved in the Lake Michigan College Hospitality Management Program and the Boulevard Inn and Bistro in St. Joseph are ready to make your day. Together they are presenting a Gingerbread House Competition next month. Entries will be accepted in four categories: Adult-Professional, Adult-Amateur, Student 13 to 18 years…and Student 12 and under. All houses will be judged with a variety of awards being offered.<br /> <br /> Entry forms are due no later than Friday, November 20th, and all houses will be on display for the public on Saturday, November 28th and Sunday, November 29th at the Boulevard Inn.<br /> <br /> All parts of the house must be edible except for the lights and the base. LMC Department Chair Chris Woodruff encourages all members of the community to get into the holiday spirit by participating in this exciting new event, which he sees as an excellent opportunity for local artists and bakers to demonstrate their artistic talents While competing for a variety of awards. For an entry form or information, call Chris at 927-8100, ext 5005. Sounds like great fun!<br /> <br /> St. Joseph Catholic’s St. Vincent de Paul Society rolls out a substantial Craft Show Fundraiser in two weeks, on Saturday, November 7th from 9am until 4pm at The Rose Center, 301 Wayne Street in St. Joe. A silent auction, cookie sale and a massive craft show including jewelry, quilting, water colors, fabric crafts, floral arrangements, Christmas items, garden stones, tiles, candy and a whole lot more will all be a part of the big show. They are also asking you to bring along a non-food item such as toilet paper, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and such to help replenish their food pantry. If you do, you will receive a reusable bag for free, while quantities last. All proceeds go toward helping the less fortunate among us with assistance for rent, food, utilities, transportation and the like. Get it on your calendar today.<br /> <br /> Hospice at Home is currently taking orders for their Annual Holiday Wreath Sale. Large 24-inch Douglas Fir Wreaths are just $25 each or five for $100. Grab an order form at Hospice at Home at 4025 Health Park Lane in St. Joe, or call 429-7100 for details. The wreaths will be available for pick up beginning Monday, November 23rd.<br /> <br /> WNIT Public Television has entered a new phase of its Capital Campaign with the announcement of its “Helping Hands Wall,” located in the new Center for Public Media in South Bend.<br /> <br /> Irene Eskridge is a fellow board member of mine on the WNIT board of directors, and she is spearheading this part of the campaign which centers on a wall that recognizes organizations and individuals who contribute $100 or more by displaying a hand with their name on it. The center will be a hub of learning and training once completed in the spring of 2010. If you’d like to have your handprint and name on this great wall, contact Gail Martin at 574-675-9648 to learn how to get involved. WNIT continues to bring the Bigger Picture to Michiana.<br /> <br /> The crew from Lest We Forget is putting the finishing touches on a master plan for “The Sounds of Freedom” 4th Annual Patriotic Concert coming on Sunday, November 2nd at 2pm. The program will take place as a tribute to all veterans at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, and will feature the South Shore Concert Band and keynote speakers Congressman Fred Upton and retired Air Force pilot Gary Blied. Tickets are $10 at the Mendel Center, Apple Valley in Berrien Springs, and Martins Supermarket stores in St. Joseph, Stevensville and Niles. Proceeds from the event will help fund the American Veterans Traveling Tribute event scheduled for next June. If you have questions, call 925-7176.<br /> <br /> Photographic Artist Marv Raglon has captured a unique view of America from the open road aboard his motorcycle. He hopes you will come and enjoy it as a part of the next Benton Harbor Art Hop at the Tabor Hill Winery Tasting Room on Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor on Friday, November 13th. It’s his version of America on wheels.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you Saturday, right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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