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Sale Dates: Nov 8 Thru Nov 14, 2009 of St. Joseph PATER The Helpful Place Benton Harbor, Sodus, Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Stevensville . . . . . . . . Pg 11 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg 14-18 Moody on The Market Pat Moody When you lease the space that houses your business, and your landlord elects to put the building and property up for sale, all kinds of things can happen…and not necessarily the good things! That’s the current predicament that my friends at Cravings Catering of Stevensville face at that moment, and it’s been getting scary for them at a time when they are bustling with activity gearing up for the holi- day season. The problem for Eduardo, Tracy and the entire cast and crew at Cravings is that passersby think that the business is being sold, or going out of business. Nothing could be further from the truth. The catering company, located in a high profile location at 6032 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville is going great guns. Their company has been growing annu- ally, and they are definitely not for sale. They’re having too much fun planning peoples’ parties and events. The frustration actually has them looking to relocate to a new base of operations because so many people are getting the wrong impression driven largely by the “for sale” signs prominent on the building. Tracy Boyd is the catering manager and she has to field the perpetual questions regarding the future of the business. The building has been on the market for about half a year now, but it has no other impact on Cravings’ business in any way as they continue to fire up the ovens for clients hosting events large and small. From cranberry glazed meatballs and brie to pork tenderloins with apple-cranberry chut- ney… the crew at Cravings has assembled several dinner and appetizer menus specifically targeted to holiday revelers, even if you need to serve more than 50 people at a time. Call Tracy today at 408-1460 and she can walk you through the process of piecing together a Continued on page 10 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 7, 2009 Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com I'm in Deep Doo Doo Dante decided that the reading material in the bathroom wasn’t to his liking. Submitted by Mark-Erik DiBiase Glenda Head ........ Pg 2 Don Stuart .......... Pg 4 Pastor Glenn......... Pg 6 Meet Your Neighbor . . Pg 7 Student Athlete....... Pg 8 Ask The Pharmacist... Pg 9 Gary Blied, Computer . Pg 12 Ask Your Trooper..... Pg 12 Postal Customer PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage PAID Benton Harbor, MI PERMIT NO.225

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When you lease the space that houses your business, and your landlord elects to put the building and property up for sale, all kinds of things can happen…and not necessarily the good things! That’s the current predicament that my friends at Cravings Catering of Stevensville face at that moment, and it’s been getting scary for them at a time when they are bustling with activity gearing up for the holiday season. The problem for Eduardo, Tracy and the entire cast and crew at Cravings is that passersby think that the business is being sold, or going out of business. Nothing could be further from the truth. The catering company, located in a high profile location at 6032 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville is going great guns. Their company has been growing annually, and they are definitely not for sale.<br /> <br /> They’re having too much fun planning peoples’ parties and events. The frustration actually has them looking to relocate to a new base of operations because so many people are getting the wrong impression driven largely by the “for sale” signs prominent on the building. Tracy Boyd is the catering manager and she has to field the perpetual questions regarding the future of the business. The building has been on the market for about half a year now, but it has no other impact on Cravings’ business in any way as they continue to fire up the ovens for clients hosting events large and small.<br /> <br /> From cranberry glazed meatballs and brie to pork tenderloins with apple-cranberry chutney… the crew at Cravings has assembled several dinner and appetizer menus specifically targeted to holiday revelers, even if you need to serve more than 50 people at a time. Call Tracy today at 408-1460 and she can walk you through the process of piecing together a Orable gathering for your office, your organization, or even just your family. Just don’t ask her to sell you the business!<br /> <br /> A little further south and just off of Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman’s B&L Information Systems is also on a tear. What’s amazing about that statement is that B&L is entrenched deeply in the world of manufacturing. As the leading provider of specialized software to foundries and die casters, you might well expect the company to be somewhat on the ropes in light of the condition of the manufacturing economy globally.<br /> <br /> Well, while some companies hunker down and wait things out, B&L elected to re-invest in their product lines and continue to grow innovation and market share. The company recently released a new product called Odyssey Software as a Service (Odyssey SaaS). The unique nature of the product is that there is no hardware or software for their customers to manage. Customers simply access the system via the Internet. B&L manages the servers, software, all upgrades, data backup, firewall…the whole shooting match. As a result, their customers enjoy the benefits of the leading software in all of metal casting without a huge expenditure on hardware. So what’s the result for B&L? Check this out: they have tripled new account sales so far this year compared with year ago figures. Tripled! And… they aren’t done yet. In fact, one of their technology suppliers, Progress Corporation, will feature B&L in their upcoming marketing campaign.<br /> <br /> Pretty decent return in a “down” economy, eh?<br /> <br /> Matt Gacek is the company’s Manager of Sales & Marketing and he’s about as pumped up as I can ever recall having seen him.<br /> <br /> Congratulations to a remarkable tech firm right here in our midst who continues to hum along beautifully by continually re-inventing itself.<br /> <br /> It was a long time coming, but the return of<br /> <br /> D. W. Hammond Chocolates is at hand. Owner and operator Keith Hammond quietly opened his beautiful showcase of hand-made chocolate delights this past week just off the corner of Napier & Colfax in Benton Harbor. Under the watchful eye of the Small Business Services team at Cornerstone Alliance, Keith swung open the doors to his confectionary, and you’ll now find him in the house from 10am until 6pm Monday through Friday and from 10 until 4 on Saturdays. Keith was gracious enough to take into consideration my diabetic diet and delivered some exquisite sugar-free candies to my office so that even I could sample his expertise. They were astonishingly good, and naturally very, very fresh! Congratulations, Keith…and best of luck in the world class candy business here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. I think your famous grandfather would be very proud!<br /> <br /> About three weeks ago, a new dining option quietly opened its doors in Southtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> The New Hong Kong Restaurant has opened for business in the former St. Joseph Senior Center on Niles Avenue. Owned and operated by Tai Huynh and Tie Zheng Chen, the new restaurant features dine-in and take out offerings, as well as a lunch buffet-to-go. Chen is the main chef. Huynh worked the front of the house at the Beijing House from 1996 until 2001. You’ll find the diner next to Parable Banner Books in the Southtown neighborhood.<br /> <br /> I was truly saddened this week to learn of the death of a truly gracious and outstanding lady in our midst. The passing of my friend Maggie VanBrocklin caught me totally off guard. She and her second husband, Merlin VanBrocklin, owned and operated Williams and Company Jewelers in the Courthouse Square for more than thirty years. They were my very first client when I started selling radio advertising time in the early 70’s, and proved to be one of my best clients over the years. I once told them about an on air gaffe I had made one day, closing out a newscast by saying, “For Lakeshore Studio… I’m Pat Moodio.” Hey…I was on a roll! At any rate, from that day forward I was always lovingly greeted by both Maggie and Van as “Pat Moodio!” I loved them dearly for their great partnership and moreso for their friendship. Maggie’s generosity to the community was legendary. Every time I asked for a donation to the Lake Michigan College Winners Circle Auction, they seemingly opened the vault with gifts of great treasures. I know that her entire family will miss her dearly… but they sure have some great memories to live with forevermore. Godspeed, Maggie!<br /> <br /> Incidentally…party lovers everywhere will be happy to know that Dr. Bob Harrison and the entire crew at Lake Michigan College are returning the Winners Circle Auction to its shining glory next spring. Put Saturday, March 6th on your social calendar right now so that nothing else can take its place. The theme this year will be This Joint is Jumpin’ as they pay homage to the Roaring 20’s, and pay tribute to Steve and Betsy Upton at the big event. This will mark the 20th anniversary of this world class event, so lock it in and get ready to kick up your heels! More to come later.<br /> <br /> Jenny Sneed recognizes when “the show must go on,” even though the grief in your heart is almost unbearable. That’s the situation at hand as Jenny proceeds with planning for next week’s Benefit Dinner in Celebration of Rebecca Wallis. Jenny and Rebecca were sisters-in-law when Rebecca lost her battle with lymphangioleiomyomatosis… or LAM disease. It is a progressive lung disease that typically strikes women in the prime of their lives, most often during their child-bearing years. Only 1,500 cases have been identified, and Rebecca lost her fight for life a month ago as family members were planning a fundraiser to help with medical expenses. That event will go on in Rebecca’s memory, taking place next Saturday, November 14th from 4 until 8pm at Immanuel Lutheran in Bridgman. The event is a spaghetti dinner, bake sale, silent auction and sale of Silpada Jewelry. Organizers, including Jenny, are asking for a $10 donation, and they can arrange for carry out dinners, as well.<br /> <br /> Rebecca leaves behind a husband and two small children. Perhaps you can find it in your heart to help out in this time of grief and remembrance.<br /> <br /> Crystal Springs Florists fire up the holiday spirit next weekend with their Annual Open House. Saturday, November 14th from 8am until 5pm, “Holiday Traditions” will be Filled with live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and even Santa Claus himself. The live music gets underway at 8am…cooking starts at 11am and Santa will be in the house from 3:30 until 5pm. A Salvation Army “Angel Tree” will be showcased in efforts to help support the less fortunate among us. Half a dozen beautiful prizes will be offered up for lucky registrants and there will be free gifts for everyone who attends the big show. You’ll find Crystal Springs on Pipestone just off the intersection with Napier in Benton Charter Township. Check it out.<br /> <br /> That same day, next Saturday, the Coloma Lioness Club will host its Holiday Fashion Show at noon in the St. Joseph Elks Lodge Building downtown. This is the 30th edition of this venerable show which includes a salad luncheon, raffle prizes, and a great fashion show featuring local stores and their offerings for the holiday season. Tickets are just $12-bucks and are available at the door or by calling 944-<br /> <br /> 0161. <br /> <br /> The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has set a deadline of Monday, December 7th for those wishing to nominate people or businesses for recognition at the organization’s Annual Meeting coming in January. Chamber President Griffin Ott reminds you that nominees must be members of the Lakeshore Chamber, however all interested parties are welcome to nominate.<br /> <br /> The chamber’s executive committee will make the decision based on records of success and value to the Lakeshore community. You are welcome to send nominations to the Chamber at PO Box 93, Stevensville, MI 49127 or you can e-mail to information@lakeshorechamber.org. Here’s another calendar offering for poker fans: The Southwestern Michigan Home Builders Association will conduct a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament on Saturday, January 16th from 1pm until 7pm at the St. Joe Elk’s Club, It’s a $50-dollar buy-in with cash prizes through 10th place. You can register at www.<br /> <br /> Swmhba.com, or call 473-5035 for additional information.<br /> <br /> In case you missed the news, the City of St. Joseph has rolled out their 6th year of public art offerings for next spring, nicknamed “Hot Diggity Dogs!” Right now, the city is concentrating on rounding up the artists who would like to paint one of the 30 dogs featuring six different breeds that will be populate the central business district next summer. If you have artistic talent and would like to be a part of this year’s show, contact Susan Solon at City Hall at 983-5541. Artist application forms are available at the city’s website, www.sjcity.com, or stop by city hall for a copy. The application deadline is December 4th and your work of art must be complete by April 9th, 2010. The public art program has boosted tourism in the region heavily over the past half dozen years, and the city hopes that it’s dog-friendly image will put them over the top this year.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great<br /> <br /> Week, and we’ll see you again 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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