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Sale Dates: Nov 22 Thru Nov 28, 2009 of St. Joseph Schroeder Furniture The Helpful Place . . . . . . . . . Pg 9 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg 10-14 Moody on The Market Pat Moody Here’s great news regarding a major invest- ment in downtown Benton Harbor. As work crews put the finishing touches on the major reconstruction of Main Street, comes word that Entergy Corporation…the parent company for the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant has just signed a long term lease for more than 50,000 square feet of space in the former Action Garment Rental Building at 330 Main Street. The energy firm will extensively remodel and even add a bit of additional space to the building to house their new training facility for the plant. Tom Angelo, the realtor who handled the transaction for Prairie Real Estate, LLC of Chicago says that the major investment will largely fill up the remaining space in that build- ing which was extensively renovated over the past several years and also is home to Cheryl Richardson’s Concept to Promotion agency which moved in last year. The only remaining available space in that building as a result will be the roughly 2,500 square feet of warehousing area at the rear of the building. Prairie Real Estate is the owner of the building, and they were the ones who spent major money on the consider- able makeover which attracted Entergy in the first place. If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift this year that has a great local tie to it, reach out to White Mountain Puzzles of Jackson Village, New Hampshire. I realize that sending off to New Hampshire for a holiday gift repre- senting Michigan’s Great Southwest probably seems a little incongruous, but, trust me it works. You see one day last summer Connie Yore, who owns and operates Days of Yore Antiques in downtown St. Joseph, was approached by a Goshen, Indiana man with an interest in photog- raphy. He wondered if Connie would permit him to take several photos of her store for possible Continued on page 8 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 21, 2009 Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Pilgrim Pride Annika, Kiersten and Lucus are thankful for the coming turkey day. Submitted by Bill & Ruth Gatchell Sodus 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. Glenda Head ........ Pg 2 Miss Stevensville ..... Pg 3 Don Stuart .......... Pg 4 Bridgman Foundation . Pg 5 Ask The Pharmacist... Pg 6 Pastor Glenn......... Pg 7 Student Athlete....... Pg 10 Complete Frame & Lenses $6900 * Some restrictions apply - Exp 12-26-09 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 $3600 Caring for Southwestern Michigan Families for Over 25 Years Single Vision Lenses * Some restrictions apply Exp 12-26-09 1380 E. Napier, Benton Harbor 269-926-7277 • www.govision.com Postal Customer PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage PAID Benton Harbor, MI PERMIT NO.225

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Here’s great news regarding a major investment in downtown Benton Harbor. As work crews put the finishing touches on the major reconstruction of Main Street, comes word that Entergy Corporation…the parent company for the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant has just signed a long term lease for more than 50,000 square feet of space in the former Action Garment Rental Building at 330 Main Street.<br /> <br /> The energy firm will extensively remodel and even add a bit of additional space to the building to house their new training facility for the plant. Tom Angelo, the realtor who handled the transaction for Prairie Real Estate, LLC of Chicago says that the major investment will largely fill up the remaining space in that building which was extensively renovated over the past several years and also is home to Cheryl Richardson’s Concept to Promotion agency which moved in last year. The only remaining available space in that building as a result will be the roughly 2,500 square feet of warehousing area at the rear of the building. Prairie Real Estate is the owner of the building, and they were the ones who spent major money on the considerable makeover which attracted Entergy in the first place.<br /> <br /> If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift this year that has a great local tie to it, reach out to White Mountain Puzzles of Jackson Village, New Hampshire. I realize that sending off to New Hampshire for a holiday gift representing Michigan’s Great Southwest probably seems a little incongruous, but, trust me it works.<br /> <br /> You see one day last summer Connie Yore, who owns and operates Days of Yore Antiques in downtown St. Joseph, was approached by a Goshen, Indiana man with an interest in photography.<br /> <br /> He wondered if Connie would permit him to take several photos of her store for possible MOODY Continued from page 1 submission to the puzzle company as a future jigsaw puzzle. Connie had no objection, but figured that would be the last she heard from Lyman Hug. Well, some four months later she learned that his venture was a success, and the photo was accepted by White Mountain and converted into an intriguing 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle aptly named, Antique Shop. Connie, as you can well imagine, is delighted and is even upping the ante on your potential purchase of one of the puzzles. For every puzzle sold between now and Christmas, she will donate $4-dollars to Safe Shelter of SW Michigan. My guess is that you can purchase the puzzle at Days of Yore, in order to get the donation for Safe Shelter, but if extended family members elsewhere around the country are interested, just point them online to www.whitemountainpuzzles. com and remember that it is a 1,000 piece puzzle named Antique Shop. Incidentally, Connie’s talented son, Patrick Yore, a 1988 graduate of St. Joe High is also in the business of imagery, owning and operating Brain Blaze Advertising of San Francisco. He has designed a North Pier and Silver Beach Carousel poster reminiscent of the old South Shore Line posters.<br /> <br /> Connie is proud to note that they both hang in the Washington D.C. offices of Congressman Fred Upton and are for sale at Days of Yore, too. For every poster sold between now and Christmas, Connie will donate $3-dollars to the Silver Beach Carousel Society. Days of Yore has been in business in downtown St. Joseph for more than 33 years now and selected Reader’s Choice for Best Place to Buy Antiques for more than a decade. You’ll find her at 215 State Street in the central business district.<br /> <br /> There’s more good news for Christmas season lovers around the region, this time in the form of the return of a holiday icon. I apologize if this is not “new” news to you, inasmuch as I have been in Key West for a week, and I haven’t had time to check other news sources for updates while my deadline is upon me. The legendary Fairplain Plaza Santa was recently sold at auction once again…and the winning bidders were the good folks at The Orchards Mall. The 17 ?<br /> <br /> Foot tall fiberglass creation was the original dream of the late Wally Bronner, founder of the legendary Bronner’s of Frankenmuth. The Santa statue was created and shipped in July of 1970 at the request of the Fairplain Plaza Merchants Association. Weighing in at 550 pounds, Santa is no lightweight in the world of holiday marketing. He stood vigil in Benton Charter Township for 39-years as the first sign of the Christmas Spirit. In honor of his arrival at the mall this past week, the Sears Court has been renamed the Santa Court, and you can enjoy him in all his glory 7-days a week throughout the holiday season, and for many years to come. Congratulations especially to Mall Manager Ammy Jannert and her crew who wanted desperately to buy Santa the last time he was auctioned off, but got outbid.<br /> <br /> There’s more great news in the “returning” column at the Orchards Mall. After a brief 10-month closure, The Man Alive is returning to the Mall. Having originated in Benton Township with their inaugural home at the Fairplain Plaza in the early 1970’s, they opened a store in the Orchards Mall in 1982. They have long been one of the nation’s leading street wear fashion retailers for both men and women. They are known for bringing cutting edge, designer brand name style to each of their 77 stores, and that will be the case again very soon for the Orchards Mall.<br /> <br /> The store will re-open soon with a workforce of as many as 18 energetic, enthusiastic, qualified individuals currently in the hiring process.<br /> <br /> Welcome home to the Bublick family and their entire cast and crew. We missed you!<br /> <br /> Not too many combinations can beat a nice cold beer or a good glass of wine with your freshly made pizza…and the same goes for a classic cheeseburger and a cold brew. Well, the wait is over for fans of those combinations at Mammina’s at Edgewater. The popular Italian eatery is finally in possession of their longawaited liquor license, and can now serve adult beverages with your meals. Check it out for yourself.<br /> <br /> Speaking of holiday spirits…The Round Barn Winery is getting into the spirit of the season with what they are calling their Turkey Trifecta! Just in time for your Thanksgiving table, Round Barn is offering up their Gewurtztraminer, Cranberry, and Vineyard Red as perfect pairings for your Thanksgiving spread. They also make nice hostess gifts, too.<br /> <br /> If you’re looking for something a little more cosmopolitan for your Thanksgiving day table, you’ll be happy to know that the Tulips International Market is now open for business.<br /> <br /> The Asian Bistro opened recently to rave reviews next to Panera Bread in St. Joseph Charter Township, and now the Metropolitan Marketplace is up and running with an expanding selection of fresh meat, seafood and international foods available. The new Market Manager is Certified Executive Chef Cameron Stram, who has an extensive culinary background and stands ready to provide you with a superior experience. Seafood is brought in fresh 6-days a week, and they are taking special orders for specialty cheeses, fish and shellfish, clams, oysters and more.<br /> <br /> A couple of doors away from Tulips, Steve Murray is expanding his Express Employment Professionals office to include a new medical agency service. They are now providing licensed health care professionals to local medical facilities on a contract basis, including nurses, occupational and respiratory therapists, nurse assistants, dental hygienists and various medical technicians and assistants. New recruiters Shannon Larsen and Carol Catron join Jennifer Yates and Asia Allen on the team.<br /> <br /> Medical and health care businesses seeking employees can stop by the office in the Panera Bread Plaza or call 269-408-1980 for more.<br /> <br /> In a bid to unify multiple sites throughout the state and simplify their name, Michigan Community Blood Centers has changed its name to simply Michigan Blood. The new name unites the four regions of the state under a single brand headquartered in Grand Rapids.<br /> <br /> Collection sites are centered in St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Flint, Midland and Traverse City. Along with the new name, the non-profit organization is also introducing a new logo and brand promise: MI Blood Saves Lives.<br /> <br /> The name change is designed also to emphasize the fact that the blood collected in Michigan stays in the state to meet the needs of Michigan’s hometown hospitals first.<br /> <br /> Twin City Nails has moved to a new location across State Street from its previous location.<br /> <br /> You’ll find them now in the building adjacent to City Plumbing and Heating. Ben Nguyen is the new owner and they can be reached by dialing 982-1944.<br /> <br /> They’ll cut the ribbon on a new home décor and gift shop between Coloma and Watervliet this coming Tuesday, November 24th. Dusky Turner and Gayle Kelley will swing open the doors onto their new venture called The Cottage of the Four Seasons. Featuring home and holiday décor, accessories and gifts, the shop is located at 7116 Red Arrow Highway between the two communities in Northern Berrien County. Congratulations on your new business!<br /> <br /> The Studios at 210 Water Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District stand ready to make this a great holiday season with new public hours through Christmas. Artists at the studios will be on hand to greet you Fridays from 3pm until 7pm and Saturdays from 10am until 3pm.<br /> <br /> A new sandwich board will be posted out front whenever an artist is “in the house” even during odd hours, who will be willing to offer a tour for you as well. A new retail area featuring some of the incredible art being created in the studios has been set up. You can shop among wire jewelry, paper bowls and knitted items from Your Bohemian Life, glass by Pam Harper, jewelry by Vicki Cook, ceramics by The Clay House, and jewelry by Angela Caldwell. And, that’s just some of the work on display. Individual artists are also offering open houses on Saturday, December 5th and Thursday and Friday, December 10th and 11th. They all come together for a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 12th, and you’re encouraged to stop by for more information.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere in the Arts District, Scott Elliott and Judy Jones have a weekend exhibition in the Oak Auditorium at the Citadel Dance and Music Center at 91 Hinkley Street beginning Friday and Saturday, November 27th and 28th from 10am until 5pm and Sunday from noon until 4pm. The show will feature recent paintings by Scott and miniature photographs by Judy. An opening reception takes place at noon on Friday.<br /> <br /> Beginning Thanksgiving weekend and running through Christmas Eve, The Water Street Glassworks Annual Student and Faculty Holiday Glass Sale takes place in the Arts District. One of a kind glass artwork and ornaments will be featured and there’s a lot more to the story at www.waterstreetglassworks.org. Check it out for yourself.<br /> <br /> Out of time and space once again this week.<br /> <br /> Please shop locally for your holiday gifting, and we’ll see you here in MailMax with more good news on Saturday!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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