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Voice. Change. Hope. Prescription Drug and Heroin Conference ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Friday, August 28 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. St. Joseph High School Student Center 2521 Stadium Drive, St. Joseph Cost is $10 (includes materials, refreshments and lunch.) Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on August 8, 2015 August 8, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 32 Moody on The Market M oody Pat I f, as the old saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” that step was taken nearly five years ago, and the journey for Deb & Jeff Pallas like-ly feels like it has taken them closer to a million miles. At the same time, however, the journey has taken them a giant leap toward a dream come true with the recent grand opening of their amazing new Vineyard 2121 winery and restaurant in the center of their nearly 40-acre farm in Benton Charter Township . I first introduced you to Southwest Michigan’s newest stop on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail back in mid-winter as work continued unabated at the sprawl-ing tasting room, restaurant, and hilltop patio overlook-ing the vineyard. You can refresh your memory of that story for a lot of the background story on the new winery at www.MoodyontheMarket.com The 5-year journey began in 2010 when Jeff & Deb launched the process by buying an abandoned juice grape vineyard, ripping out everything in order to start from scratch and then planting new varietals before getting to work on forming the hilltop site that now houses their 3,776 square foot tasting room, restaurant and kitchen, as well as a nearby 1,900 square foot grape processing center and winemaker’s facilities. A staff of anywhere from 14 to 20 keep the wheel’s churning at Vineyard 2121, with at least eight of them in full time positions. Those include Winemaker Kyle Totzke who original-ly worked for Len & Gunnar Olson at Baroda Founders Winery . He earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Michigan State University . Baroda Founders has been helping with some of Vineyard 2121’s bottling and fermenting while their own facility was under construction. The new vineyard is growing some nine varieties of grapes on site and they have nearly a dozen and a half varieties of wines now in the tasting room with at least four more coming soon. They also craft two hard ciders with a spiced hard cider due in the house this fall for the harvest season. KelseyAnn Kremers , the Pallas’ daughter, is working on her PHD at Notre Dame University and serves as the organizer and operator of Vineyard 2121’s Bon Vivant Wine Club and also creates and publishes the in-house news-letter, The Vine Print . Kelsey Jakeway has been hired on as the new Event Designer for Vineyard 2121 to coordinate weddings, corporate outings, and all sorts of other events on site. She brings a great deal of experi-ence and her degree from Grand Valley State University to the table for team Pallas. Deb promises also that Vineyard 2121 will be home to many special events and even charity events, not the least of which will be her dream of creating “Carl’s Corner” in memory of Carl Payne who died last fall. Carl and his family lived on the farm adjacent to the Pallas farm property and loved watching birds in the fields there as a child. As the planning stages for the vineyard contin-ued over the years, Carl was making plans to perform live on the patio regularly. That dream faded when he died last fall, but his spirit will live on in the form of “Carl’s Corner” where Jeff will erect a barn-like facade whose doors will open to reveal a great performance stage with the natural amphitheater of the hillside for audience members to listen to local musicians. Deb & Jeff are planning for a major music festival in Carl’s Dr. F l ood’s VISION CENTER Dr. Robert Flood O.D., P.C. Eye Injury -Glaucoma Dry Eyes -Infections Compassion, Concern & Expertise Can’t See -Can’t Learn Get Ready for School with an Eye Exam! Children’s Exam Only Children’s Frames & Lens Package Starting At $ 58 00* $ *Some restrictions apply 159 00* *Some restrictions apply 269-408-8762 • 2603 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI • www.govision.com Inserts & Promotions MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax • Martins Super Markets •Hardings Friendly Market • Jets Pizza • Countryside Academy Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 7

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Pat Moody

If, as the old saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” that step was taken nearly five years ago, and the journey for Deb & Jeff Pallas likely feels like it has taken them closer to a million miles. At the same time, however, the journey has taken them a giant leap toward a dream come true with the recent grand opening of their amazing new Vineyard 2121 winery and restaurant in the center of their nearly 40-acre farm in Benton Charter Township. I first introduced you to Southwest Michigan’s newest stop on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail back in mid-winter as work continued unabated at the sprawling tasting room, restaurant, and hilltop patio overlooking the vineyard. You can refresh your memory of that story for a lot of the background story on the new winery at www.MoodyontheMarket.com The 5-year journey began in 2010 when Jeff & Deb launched the process by buying an abandoned juice grape vineyard, ripping out everything in order to start from scratch and then planting new varietals before getting to work on forming the hilltop site that now houses their 3,776 square foot tasting room, restaurant and kitchen, as well as a nearby 1,900 square foot grape processing center and winemaker’s facilities. A staff of anywhere from 14 to 20 keep the wheel’s churning at Vineyard 2121, with at least eight of them in full time positions. Those include Winemaker Kyle Totzke who originally worked for Len & Gunnar Olson at Baroda Founders Winery. He earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Michigan State University. Baroda Founders has been helping with some of Vineyard 2121’s bottling and fermenting while their own facility was under construction. The new vineyard is growing some nine varieties of grapes on site and they have nearly a dozen and a half varieties of wines now in the tasting room with at least four more coming soon. They also craft two hard ciders with a spiced hard cider due in the house this fall for the harvest season. KelseyAnn Kremers, the Pallas’ daughter, is working on her PHD at Notre Dame University and serves as the organizer and operator of Vineyard 2121’s Bon Vivant Wine Club and also creates and publishes the in-house newsletter, The Vine Print. Kelsey Jakeway has been hired on as the new Event Designer for Vineyard 2121 to coordinate weddings, corporate outings, and all sorts of other events on site. She brings a great deal of experience and her degree from Grand Valley State University to the table for team Pallas. Deb promises also that Vineyard 2121 will be home to many special events and even charity events, not the least of which will be her dream of creating “Carl’s Corner” in memory of Carl Payne who died last fall. Carl and his family lived on the farm adjacent to the Pallas farm property and loved watching birds in the fields there as a child. As the planning stages for the vineyard continued over the years, Carl was making plans to perform live on the patio regularly. That dream faded when he died last fall, but his spirit will live on in the form of “Carl’s Corner” where Jeff will erect a barn-like facade whose doors will open to reveal a great performance stage with the natural amphitheater of the hillside for audience members to listen to local musicians. Deb & Jeff are planning for a major music festival in Carl’s memory with all proceeds being donated to Carl’s favorite charity, the nearby Sarrett Nature Center. The tasting room was a veritable family affair on day one of the grand opening today with Deb’s mom and her son also pitching in at the front desk as guests arrived. Vineyard 2121’s “Sustenance Guide,” or menu, currently offers Charcuterie Boards, Cheese Boards, Hummus Plates, Pates & Spreads, a veggie plate and antipasto salad as well as half-a-dozen sandwiches and paninis. There are even “Sweet Taste” desserts to round out your meal. While the menu is largely lighter fare for now, the plan is to eventually add dinner entrees and full kitchen service. Access to Vineyard 2121 is quick and easy just a slight jog after departing Exit 1 off of I-196 near where 1-94 and I-196 come together. The address is simple, too, inasmuch as it’s right in the name -- 2121 Kerlikowske Road just off of Red Arrow Highway. The new tasting room and kitchen are open from 11am until 6pm Monday through Thursday and 11am until 7pm from Friday through Sunday.

When Dr. Thomas Armstrong of Niles purchased a former catering company building that was also once a dance hall saloon, even he was concerned about the advanced decay that had set in on the building, but his Niles office contends that even he is uncertain regarding plans for a new office at that site along Red Arrow Highway in the Village of Stevensville. The former prep kitchens for Cravings Catering when they were in their infancy, and before that the rollicking Country Gal Saloon, went down like a house of cards as earth-movers made quick work of the seriously dilapidated structure at 6032 Red Arrow Highway. Bulldozers began knocking down the building shortly after dawn and by noon three-quarters of the building was little more than a rubble pile. Office Manager Maria at Dr. Armstrong’s Niles practice said even she was unaware that the wheels of progress were moving already, and she’s been at the office for more than a decade. She says speculation on the future is purely conjecture at this time inasmuch as, “The Doctor himself hasn’t even decided exactly what will happen or when.” She was unable to say if the Endodontist who is a specialist in root canal procedures throughout Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana will move his practice completely or maintain both offices once a new structure is built in Stevensville. There is no current timeline, however Maria says that Dr. Armstrong simply felt that the building had to be removed as it was in seriously bad shape and not only an eyesore, but a potential hazard to passersby. The former saloon and kitchen have been vacant for at least ten years according to Village President Steve Slavicek, who tells The Herald Palladium that the village planning commission began looking at the project last fall and recommended that the village council approve the site plan, which they apparently have done, paving the way for today’s demolition crew. Stay tuned for additional information from the good doctor as it becomes available. He has a stellar track record in his practice dating back more than 18-years at 109 S. Lincoln Avenue in Niles as a Doctor of Dental Surgery.

The ever changing pace of technology made another advancement last week with Microsoft Corporation’s release of the new operating system Windows 10. As is typically the case there will be early adopters, early avoiders, confusion and lots of little quirks and bugs. Fortunately, there is help for those who would like to take advantage of it. You have probably noticed the little windows icon in the bottom right corner of your screen and wondered what to do about it. The changes in Windows 10 reflect adjustments to areas of dissatisfaction with Windows 8 and also introduce new features. It is free to Windows 7 or 8 users. Keep in mind, there’s no need to rush to judgment, inasmuch as Microsoft’s offer is good for one year, so you have some time to decide whether or not to upgrade. Trent Watford of Tech Help, a local computer training and service company, wants to help you successfully navigate this big change. He is offering a What to do about Windows 10 Workshop. This 60-minute workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, from noon to 1 pm in the conference room at Marketing Partners, 2919 Division Street, St. Joseph. There is a nominal $5 charge, which can be paid online at TechHelpTraining.com. If you can’t make it to the noon workshop, an evening session is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, from 6:30-7:30 pm at Lakeshore High School for $15. There will also be future workshops on how to use the new features of Windows 10. But if you just want the bottom line, Trent suggests that you don’t rush into the upgrade. Give Microsoft some time to work out any bugs that surface, do your homework to plan your upgrade, and prepare to use the new operating system. You can always get your questions answered by giving Trent a call at 269-428-7226. His business is Tech Help, and he’s always available for private consultations on computer issues and training of any sort.

The Tomasi family of Stevensville has been training the people of Michigan’s Great Southwest in the martial arts for a quarter century now, and they are going strong. Don & Ginny Tomasi founded their Sidekicks Taekwondo Martial Art Academy 25-years ago, and they’re celebrating that milestone anniversary. Offering a truly value-based instructional program, along with their sons Marco and John, the Tomasi’s have a track record for quality and excellence in their programming second to none. In fact, a multitude of teachers, doctors and other professionals have actually referred their own clientele to the Sidekicks family.

As strong a family as the Tomasi clan is, they gear many of their classes to other families as well, often times involving parents and even grandparents in the training of their children. Over the past two and a half decades, Sidekicks Taekwondo has provided instructional training to a diverse range of students from children to physicians and educators...even a former mayor of the city of St. Joseph and a Catholic priest. Don, Marco and John all have been instructors at Sidekicks over the years, and all are Masters in Taekwondo. Even Ginny holds a Black Belt.

The Sidekicks Academy is located at 2568 W. John Beers Road in Stevensville. Classes in the curriculum include Taekwondo and Kyosho-Jitsu for those interested in becoming an expert at self-defense. They also feature health related curriculum including classes in Tai Chi, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Qigong energy training, Yoga, and Shiatsu. The academy even has a Physical Therapist available for consultation. You can reach Sidekicks by dialing 269-429- KICK (5425) or learn more online at the link below. Here’s the Sidekicks website link: / www.sidekickstaekwondo.com/Publishsite/

The exponential growth exhibited since the law firm of Kreis Enderle created a St. Joseph office has led to establishment of a new Managing Attorney for the local office. Erika Salerno is that new team leader, taking the reins of the rapidly growing office at 800 Port Street in the shadow of the Berrien County Courthouse. When St. Joseph Attorney Brian McMahon signed on with Kreis Enderle in 2013, the new St. Joe office was designed to be managed by the law firm’s management committee. The pace of growth in the St. Joe market, which became the fourth regional office in the Kreis Enderle stable, led the decision to make Salerno the new managing attorney here. The other offices for the firm are in Grand Rapids, kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Attorney Salerno had previously worked out of the Kalamazoo office, and she will continue serving clients in Berrien, Van Buren, Kalamazoo and surrounding counties according to the Kreis Enderle team. Now based in St. Joe, Salerno supervises a full-time legal staff of three, plus five attorneys including McMahon. Her personal areas of expertise in the field of law include the practice of divorce and family law as well as healthcare law. Erika brings more than 18-years of experience to the table, having graduated magna cum laude from the Drake University Law School. She also earned her Masters of Law Degree in healthcare from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Her bachelor’s degree is from James Madison College at Michigan State University. She is a member of the inFORUM Center for Leadership in Michigan and the Executive Women’s Golf Association. She is a past member of the Michigan State Bar Family Law Section Council as well as the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Board of Directors. Erika’s experience includes assisting clients with family law matters, including drafting cohabitation and prenuptial agreements, as well as handling divorces involving complex marital estates. Her healthcare practice focuses on analyzing healthcare business ventures under the Stark and Anti-Kickback laws, as well as handling HIPAA compliance issues.

“Voice. Change. Hope.” Those three words capture the purpose of a prescription drug and heroin conference planned at St. Joseph High School on August 28th. You may be aware of the national and state-wide drug epidemic. What you might not know is that Berrien County ranks among the top five counties in Michigan for reported heroin overdose. This conference will highlight what is needed to support our community, help those struggling with addiction, and encourage us all to work together as we face this issue. Fred Upton will be on hand for introductory comments. “Voice. Change. Hope.” Will take place on Friday, August 28th from 8am until 4pm in the Student Commons of SJHS on Stadium Drive in St. Joe. Cost is $10 which includes a flash drive, materials, lunch & refreshments. To register or find more info, please visit www.BerrienCommunity.org/hope.

That’s it for this week, folks. See you Saturday right here in MailMax.

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

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