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A five foot long, two foot wide, 500-pound artifact of American history quietly awaits in protected darkness.
As Americans from coast-to-coast remembered the men and women who have long protected our nation both here at home and in theaters of war across the globe over the Memorial Day weekend, a small but dedicated team of local citizens have been working for months to find the perfect way for World Trade Center Artifact H-00575 to re-emerge onto the scene and be showcased in its final resting place at the heart of the resilient community of Benton Harbor. Project Resiliency has garnered all of the necessary regulatory approvals to pave the way for the warped and rusted 500-lb steel I-beam to be appropriately honored through a beautifully designed public plaza alongside the Benton Harbor Public Library, directly across the street from the home of the community’s first responder teams with the police and fire crews of the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety. The beam is the property of the Berrien County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York City in the days following the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Those attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people from all walks of life and the Project Resiliency team is working to assure that those lives are never forgotten. Headed up by organizer and team leader Peter Colovos, the Project Resiliency team, legally known as World Trade Firmitas, actually began meeting a year and a half ago to develop the vision for how best to preserve, protect and display the iconic beam to the community and visitors from across the globe who routinely visit Michigan’s Great Southwest. World Trade Firmitas obtained guardianship of the artifact from the Red Cross and are planning to break ground on the 1st of July on Wall Street in Benton Harbor, with plans to dedicate the plaza on September 11th this year.Regarding the project, Colovos says, “We take this responsibility very seriously, hence we are doing everything in our power to make sure we do this right. We want the Project Resiliency to be an asset for all to benefit as well as something that the entire community in all of SW Michigan can be very proud of.” He adds, “Just as important, is our goal to be optimistic and forward thinking in this installation.It is about the future and getting there successfully, in harmony. Our mission is to tie the renaissance of Benton Harbor to the 9-11 lessons learned, emotions felt, and the kindred spirit we all share; whether it be appreciating the simple joys of life or the struggles and adversity we all overcome as community members, family, and friends of Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Michigan and the United States of America.” H-00575 is one of only 425 pieces made available by the New York City Port Authority and the September 11th Families Association for placement in communities across the nation. A pair of local firefighters traveled to New York to retrieve Pat Moody Moody on The Market the beam in 2011. Colovos and his right hand man on the project, Architect Trace Volpe from Pearson Construction, have worked diligently to walk the project through multiple layers of approval by federal, state and city officials to get easements, permits and various other paperwork in place to the stage where the project is officially ready to begin. The new 9/11 Resiliency Plaza will be funded 100-percent by private donations, and a formal capital campaign has been launched by the organizers to get the dollars necessary to give the project life.Additionally, tradesmen of all types are being asked for in-kind donations for labor and materials to complete the plaza.Contractors are invited to contact Trace Volpe by email at tvolpe@pearsonconstruction.com if they have interest in helping with the project. Private donors of all types are invited to play a role in this important project and can donate by clicking the link below to join the capital campaign, and to learn more about the entire project. There will be no donor recognition in the plaza, inasmuch as the design of the space is to focus on the artifact and the first responders recognized by it. The plaza planning committee is populatedexclusively with volunteers including two artists, an architect, an engineer, a builder, a landscaper, a real estate developer, a photographer, and attorney, and the Red Cross. The “Resiliency” name for the project stems from the parallel committee members saw in the resiliency of Benton Harbor, a community that isredefining and redeveloping itself, making it the most logical and appropriate place for the artifact.Interested donors can make contributions to Project Resiliency and learn more by clicking the link: www.proj-resiliency.org

It’s down to crunch time for the Lighthouse Forever Fund. Committee Chair Bob Judd has issued a full-court press to pull together the remaining $345,000 to complete the job in the manner they have planned all along. Judd issued a statement this week saying, “We are thrilled that we have raised sufficient funds to do the renovations to the inner and outer lights, but it is financially critical that we close the gap on our goal so we not only can complete the lighthouse renovations, but also perform much needed maintenance and restoration work on the North Pier catwalk. The former St. Joseph Mayor has headed up the $2-million fund drive since day one, and he says “In order to complete all of the work this year, we need to raise the remaining $345,000.” He adds, “If we do not raise the additional money, we will have to complete the catwalk restoration in the future.” Thanks to the generosity of dozens of individuals, corporations and organizations, the Lighthouse Forever Fund has secured more than $1.7-million of it $2+million goal to restore and preserve the historic lighthouses in St. Joe. Mihm Enterprises has been selected as general contractor for the project by the St. Joseph City Commission. Judd said that bids for renovating the lighthouses came in under original estimates, but adds that the cost of repairing and maintaining the catwalk came in higher because the deterioration was greater than had been anticipated. Judd says the fund will continue to accept donations until all the restoration work is complete. If you’d like to play a role in completing the campaign, visit the link below or contact the City’s Communications & Marketing Director Susan Solon directly at 269-983-5541 or by email at ssolon@sjcity.com. Here’s the link to the campaign site: www.lighthouseforeverfund.org

We may live in the heart of the fruit belt and enjoy a tremendous bounty of fresh grown fruits and vegetables in Michigan’s Great Southwest, but the folks at Express Employment Professionals of St. Joseph know only too well that there is no guarantee that those who suffer the most from hunger will ever share in that bounty without some outside help.That’s why they, and their colleagues from coast-tocoast are setting aside a day of volunteerism known as “Brand It Blue Day,” on Saturday, June 13th. On that day, Express Employment Professionals offices across the nation, including the office owned & operated by Steve Murray at 4070 Red Arrow Highway, will join together with local food banks and food pantries to help fight hunger -- a growing epidemic that impacts millions of people in the U.S., Canada and around the world every day. Tina Ramsey is Steve’s Office Manager at Express Employment Professionals of St. Joseph. She says, “Brand It Blue Day is an annual event when Express Employment will join the community for one great cause.” She adds, “This is our office’s first year participating in Brand It Blue Day, and with plans to make this an annual event that we expect to grow and bring volunteers together to give back to our community.” Ramsey says donations received that day will help provide meals for children and their families within Southwest Michigan. Running through June 12th, Express will provide over 50 local businesses with a donation box where all employees and visitors can drop off non-perishable foods. On Brand It Blue Day, Saturday, June 13 from 12 noon to 3 pm, Express Employment Professionals will hold a food drive at their new location, 4070 Red Arrow Highway, St. Joseph. All boxes will be combined and everyone is invited to bring non-perishable foods directly to the Express Employment office and join them for lunch!Following the drive, Feeding America-West Michigan, will pick up all of the donations, for use throughout the community. Owner Steve Murray notes, “As we leave our survival years behind us, it is an honor to be in a position to give back to the needs of our community.” Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $2.85 billion in sales and employed more than 456,000 people in 2014. Express ranks as the largest franchised staffing company and second largest privately held staffing company in the United States.Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. The St. Joseph Express office is located at 4070 Red Arrow Highway and serves Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties. Local businesses and applicants are encouraged to stop by, visit or call 269-408-1980. To volunteer on Brand It Blue Day, contact Express to sign-up.

Christ Lutheran Church of Stevensville will hold their annual Rummage, Jewelry & Bake Sale on Thursday, June 11th with the doors open from noon until 6pm, Friday, June 12th from 9am until 3pm and Saturday, June 13th from 9am until 3pm.The bake sale portion is Thursday only, and Saturday’s $5 bag sale all day does not include jewelry.
This year the clean and organized sale will have a designated room for CD’s, DVD’s, Books & Pictures, as well as a room for toys, holiday items, and sports items. The hall will be lined with interesting items, and a room of six tables set with clean, pre-worn jewelry will be offered. There will also be a collectible & specials room. Thursday’s Home Made Bake Sale from the ladies of the congregation includes cookies, brownies, pies, cakes, rolls and bread. The gym full of treasures is always a treat filled with clothing, shoes, household items, appliances, bedding and tons of miscellaneous items.You’ll find the sale at 4333 Cleveland Avenue in Stevensville at Christ Lutheran Church.

If you’re not a member of the St. Joseph River Yacht Club (SJRYC) there are only a couple of times a year you are invited to the club’s beautiful riverfront home, and one of those is coming right around the corner.it’s just about time for the Rhumbline Regatta...an event with the same name as the hydraulic outdoor waterfront bar at the water’s edge on the St. Joe River.The Rhumbline Regatta is an early-season gathering of racing sailboats from all along the West Coast of Michigan and from as far away as Chicago. Rivalries between the St. Joseph River Yacht Club, the Michigan City Yacht Club and the South Haven Yacht Club are paramount to this event, which is not to be missed.The Rhumbline Regatta is an off-shore style of sailboat race, originally founded in 2006 and hosted by the St. Joseph River Yacht Club.It is the creation of club members whose intention was to bring nationally recognized competitive sailboat racing to Michigan’s western shores. Part of the fun of the Rhumbline is that it’s a speed contest to see who can get through the water the fastest. However, it’s also a navigational trial as well, because the course is most often a long and winding road over the water.Knowing where to find the next mark is every bit as important as going fast is.The Rhumbline course is designed similarly to a popular regatta conducted each year in Harbor Springs along the northern shore of Lake Michigan, and Little Traverse Bay.
Each section of the race sails its own separate course within a single, larger, course.Adding to the fun, boats of different sections do cross one another’s path and sometimes share buoy roundings.Awards are presented to the top three finishers in each section of the race, and brag flags from this regatta are easily spotted at all Lake Michigan off-shore sailing events.
The second part of the regatta fun is the huge party hosted by the SJRYC on the yacht club grounds.The Rhumbline Regatta Party is open to the public on Saturday, June 13th, providing a fantastic dinner of roast pork and grilled chicken and beverages.Gates will open at 4pm with dinner beginning at 5pm.Food & Drink tickets can be purchased at the door.The event will take place rain or shine, inasmuch as a good portion of it takes place under a large tent on the grounds. The popular band “P.S. Dump Your Boyfriend” takes to the stage at 8pm for a great night of dancing as well. If you’d like to learn more you can call 269-983-6393 or click the link below.The SJRYC is located at 1 Lighthouse Lane in St. Joseph, between the West Basin Marina and the St. Joseph River.Www.rhumblineregatta.com.

That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week and we’ll see you Saturday here in MailMax and 24/7 online at www.MoodyontheMarket.com

Pat Moody
Morning Radio Personality
WSJMRadio
moody@wsjm.com
(269) 925-1111

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