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REGISTER ONLINE NOW! ECRWSS Local Postal Customer www.FusionCenterForDance.com Open House Aug. 22, 10 am -6 pm Orchards Mall, Entrance #2 Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on August 15, 2015 August 15, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 33 Moody on The Market M oody Pat A couple of men with strong convictions and deep belief in the future of the community of Benton Harbor have cobbled together a bold deal that will result in a brand new, first-class business home for one of them and yet another outstanding opportunity for urban renewal for the other. Rick Villa is President of Villa Environmental Consultants, Inc . He is one of the most dedicated pro-ponents of doing business in the community where he launched his operations 36 years ago. Villa tells me that he has entered into an agreement with Peter Colovos of Prairie Real Estate Group which will allow him to both provide for future growth of his environmental firm and maintain his personal goal of remaining in the City of Benton Harbor . Colovos recently acquired the former Whirlpool Archive building at 215 Colfax from Cornerstone Alliance specifically to develop it into the future office location of Villa’s team, prepara-tory to a property swap for Villa’s old site. His Prairie Real Estate Group will oversee construction and build-out of the building at 215 Colfax which also variously served over the years as a former home to the team at Michigan Works and before that Doubleday Office Supply . Prairie will partner with Pearson Construction , another long-time Benton Harbor business, for that build-out and renovation process. Upon completion of the renovations at 215 Colfax, which is at the corner of Colfax & Wall Streets, Villa will assume ownership of the building and relocate his offices to that site from his long-time home at 408 W. Main Street in the city. That move will clear the way for Prairie Real Estate Group to then develop the building at 408 W. Main which is in the same block where Prairie has accomplished some already amazing work. Prairie’s most notable work in the market comes in the first-class makeovers of both the former Action Garment Rental Building and the adjacent Saranac Machine Company building. The former Action Garment Rental building houses key planning offices for Entergy as well as Prairie Real Estate’s headquarters and Revolution Design . The Saranac building is now known as Saranac Flats and houses the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission and other business offices on the lower level and top notch rental housing on the upper level. Rick Villa went to great lengths to restore the building at 408 W. Main Street when the firm moved into it in 2000. The build-ing is the former site of Producer’s Creamery dating back to 1926. He says he is now “looking forward to improving the esthetics of another building in the city thereby adding to the ongoing revitalization of down-town Benton Harbor.” Colovos did not immediately reveal his plans for the 408 building, but he has been on a mission, making great strides in turning the tide for ongoing urban renewal in the city of Benton Harbor, and is a key player on multiple fronts in the city. Villa Environmental Consultants, Inc., provides environmental, health, and safety consulting services to a wide variety of industrial, commercial, institutional and private sector clients throughout the Midwest . They have a diverse staff of engineers, geologist, Industrial Hygienist and related expertise and operate from their office in Benton Harbor where they have been located since 1979. Villa Environmental Consultants, Inc. provides Phase I environmental site Southwest Michigan’s only retina specialist Dr. Nicholson will be joining Great Lakes Eye Care in August. He will be working with the doctors and staff at Great Lakes Eye Care to manage the care and treatment of retinal diseases. Dr. Nicholson will be seeing patients both in St. Joseph and Niles. Please call to set up an appointment. Dr. Nicholson received his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and then completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in 2011. He went on to complete two subspecialty fellowships. The first was at the National Eye Institute and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. There he trained in medical retina and uveitis. The second was a surgical retina fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nicholson and his wife, Jo, have four children and are looking forward to calling Berrien County home. Ben Nicholson, M.D., Great Lakes Eye Care is welcoming 269-428-3300 1-800-424-2393 Niles • St. Joseph • South Haven www.greateyecare.com Clinical Research Site 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 • Ace Hardware • Harbor Freight & Tools • BCYF Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 9

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A couple of men with strong convictions and deep belief in the future of the community of Benton Harbor have cobbled together a bold deal that will result in a brand new, firstclass business home for one of them and yet another outstanding opportunity for urban renewal for the other. Rick Villa is President of Villa Environmental Consultants, Inc. He is one of the most dedicated proponents of doing business in the community where he launched his operations 36 years ago. Villa tells me that he has entered into an agreement with Peter Colovos of Prairie Real Estate Group which will allow him to both provide for future growth of his environmental firm and maintain his personal goal of remaining in the City of Benton Harbor. Colovos recently acquired the former Whirlpool Archive building at 215 Colfax from Cornerstone Alliance specifically to develop it into the future office location of Villa’s team, preparatory to a property swap for Villa’s old site. His Prairie Real Estate Group will oversee construction and buildout of the building at 215 Colfax which also variously served over the years as a former home to the team at Michigan Works and before that Doubleday Office Supply. Prairie will partner with Pearson Construction, another long-time Benton Harbor business, for that build-out and renovation process. Upon completion of the renovations at 215 Colfax, which is at the corner of Colfax & Wall Streets, Villa will assume ownership of the building and relocate his offices to that site from his long-time home at 408 W. Main Street in the city. That move will clear the way for Prairie Real Estate Group to then develop the building at 408 W. Main which is in the same block where Prairie has accomplished some already amazing work. Prairie’s most notable work in the market comes in the first-class makeovers of both the former Action Garment Rental Building and the adjacent Saranac Machine Company building. The former Action Garment Rental building houses key planning offices for Entergy as well as Prairie Real Estate’s headquarters and Revolution Design. The Saranac building is now known as Saranac Flats and houses the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission and other business offices on the lower level and top notch rental housing on the upper level. Rick Villa went to great lengths to restore the building at 408 W. Main Street when the firm moved into it in 2000. The building is the former site of Producer’s Creamery dating back to 1926. He says he is now “looking forward to improving the esthetics of another building in the city thereby adding to the ongoing revitalization of downtown Benton Harbor.” Colovos did not immediately reveal his plans for the 408 building, but he has been on a mission, making great strides in turning the tide for ongoing urban renewal in the city of Benton Harbor, and is a key player on multiple fronts in the city.

Villa Environmental Consultants, Inc., provides environmental, health, and safety consulting services to a wide variety of industrial, commercial, institutional and private sector clients throughout the Midwest. They have a diverse staff of engineers, geologist, Industrial Hygienist and related expertise and operate from their office in Benton Harbor where they have been located since 1979. Villa Environmental Consultants, Inc. provides Phase I environmental site assessments, Phase II, asbestos surveys, mold inspections, MIOSHA services and training among other services. Pearson Construction Company, headquartered in Benton Harbor since 1918, provides fullDservice general contracting, designDbuild, and construction management services. Prairie Real Estate Group,LLC is a commercial real estate firm focused on the redevelopment of historically significant buildings throughout the Midwest, with a primary focus in Benton Harbor, where their headquarters are located.

They held one heckuva beach party recently for a Stevensville man whose simple dream is to take his twin three-year olds to the beach for the first time, and while this particular beach party was held indoors on a weeknight, it was a resounding success that now has that man at least half way to realizing that dream some day. I told you recently the story of Mike Medo, who has been confined to a wheelchair for the past fourteen years following an accident in 2001. Well, it was on July 21st that friends, family, and other community members gathered at an event, appropriately dubbed Mike's Beach Bash to ReWalk, to raise $15,000 to help him walk again. Funds will be used to purchase technology called the ReWalk Personal System, a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with spinal cord Injury to stand upright and walk. The casual event, held at Hidden Pointe in Benton Harbor, featured beach balls hanging from the ceiling and sand buckets as center pieces, all inspired by Mike's desire to take those three-year old boys to the beach. Attendees enjoyed live and silent auctions as well as music and a fun beach-themed dinner. The highlight of the evening came when Mike donned a borrowed ReWalk unit and cruised around the room. Mike told those on hand, "It feels good to stand six feet tall again. Most of you in this room, I haven't been face to face with since my accident." The crowd of about 240 people was in awe of the capabilities for Mike with the ReWalk unit. Mike, a licensed builder, has used a system for physical therapy at the University of Michigan, but would be the first person in Michigan to own one for daily personal use. There are currently only 24 units being used outside of rehab facilities in the United States because of the system’s nearly $90,000 price tag. Though the technology is approved by the FDA, it’s not covered by insurance. With about $30,000 already raised in donations and loans, and the $15,000 raised that night, Medo has half the money he needs to purchase a ReWalk. He responded to the outpouring of help saying, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of family, friends, and complete strangers, it feels great to be halfway to our goal.” Donations can be made online at by clicking the link below or by check to PO Box 433, Stevensville, MI 49127, or at any Honor Credit Union location. Here’s the link so you can help Mike’s goal: www.GettingMikeNewLegs.com Donors and sponsors for Mike’s Beach Bash to ReWalk include: Hidden Pointe Event Center, Thrivent Financial, Dairy Queen, Harbor Town Interiors, Center Line Music, Tosi’s Restaurant, M & W Tire, Burkett Heating and Air Conditioning, Kilwin’s, South Bend Cubs, North Shore Inn, Purely Michigan, Grande Mere Inn, Yia Yia’s Table, Round Barn Winery, Roger’s Foodland, Celebration Cinema, Silver Beach Carousel, Michigan Pizza Hut, Berrien Hills Golf Club, Mendel Center Mainstage, Thornton’s Café, Galley Grill, Kreative Konfectioner, Applehead, Black Rose Jewelery, Superbook, Waterfront Restaurant, Herbalife, Honor Credit Union, Pater True Value, REAL Help Foundation, Melanie at Restorations Salon, South Bend Chocolate Café, Prism Environmental Consulting, Phil and Dori Medo, Jim and Linda Catlin, Megan McCausland, Kate and Mark Seaman, Julie Moneta, Kathy Kasischke, Hilda and Steve Banyon, Gretchen Klyczek, Shelley Guidarelli, Dan McCrery, Jan and Bob Fischer, Jon Krugh, Sam Dodge, Megan Wiggins- Dodge, Nancy Judkins, Dionne Luvstad Jones, Debby Popovic, Amy Lovell, Bob and Stephanie Burch, Tom and Jean Cellentani, and Kevin Dixon among other great friends and supporters. ReWalk Robotics (formerly Argo Medical Technologies) develops, manufactures and markets wearable robotic exoskeletons for people with lower limb disabilities, such as paraplegia. ReWalk’s mission is to fundamentally change the health and life experiences of individuals with spinal cord injury. ReWalk is proud to offer the only FDA cleared exoskeleton systems in the United States, for rehab and personal use respectively.

Thousands of fireworks fans saw the ongoing growth of Lakeshore Die Cast, Inc. last month when Baroda hosted its annual pyrotechnics show, but many of them wondered aloud what that construction project was all about. Framework by Bennett Construction Company of Eau Claire is clearly evident at 8892 Stevensville-Baroda Road in Baroda and is a sizable expansion for Lakeshore Die Cast. The 8,000 square foot addition garnered a 12-year, 50-percent tax abatement on the real property involved for the zinc and aluminum diecaster from the Village of Baroda back in early November. Fred Schaller is the owner and operator of Lakeshore Die Cast along with his sons Adam and Nevin. The busy manufacturer has 17-people on board and will add a couple more when the expansion project is complete, although the majority of the space under construction is largely needed for storage and enhanced shipping & receiving capabilities. The $260,000 project will help the diecaster to continue to grow its diversified clientele of more than 70 customers in various industries from hardware to automotive and from construction trades equipment to the U.S. military. Lakeshore Die Cast is a “short run” specialist crafting parts in runs of anywhere from 250 to 500,000 pieces per project. The Schallers are proud that they work with a lot of family-run businesses like their own, where they have long-term relationships including businesses where they started doing work for men whose sons are now running the business. When Baroda approved his tax abatement last winter, Fred told me, “Baroda is a great example of what a small town can do.” He is definitely a survivor in the diecasting arena which has seen 45-percent of all such firms go out of business in recent years. As Fred puts it, “Those who have stuck it out have all done well.”

Dog lovers will witness a transformation of Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph like none other in the history of Animal Aid’s Annual Mutt March when this year’s event turns Medieval. In fact, Lake Bluff Park south of the traditional Saturday Farmers’ Market will be transformed into the mythical Kingdom of DunRoamin on Saturday, August 22nd. You and your dog(s) are invited to the most ambitious Mutt March ever on record for this unique fundraising event. For more than 36-years, Animal Aid has ridden to the rescue of homeless, abandoned dogs and cats in the region, and this event each year is their top fundraiser to help make it all happen. The Marketplace in the Kingdom of DunRoamin will welcome visitors who enter beneath the archway into a “land of hope,” guarded by Sir Barks-A-Lot, a plush canine suited in armor. DunRoamin is where unwanted dogs can find their forever homes and where “villagers” will be entertained in a mystical medieval atmosphere. Guests will be asked to sign “The Royal Edict by Decree of the King & Queen of DunRoamin” as a supporter of kindly treatment and the spay/neuter of hounds. You will even receive a commemorative scroll. Walkers will register and then receive a “Wag Bag” as they embark upon their journey through the park. Inside the Merry Marketplace, representatives of veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, groomers, pet rescue groups and other persons of interest to dog owners. Sample and purchase wares at “Nottingham Nibbles” with dog treats, “The Queen’s Tea Shoppe” with baked goods and more. Also on the docket, feed the dragon at Dragonwycke, with dragon food provided, and visit Woof-ingham to claim a Balloon Animal of the Forest. You can stop by “The Royal Hatter” to decorate your crown or head dress, or select an egg at “The Golden Goose,” to see what hatches in your hand. Walkers are encouraged to dress in medieval costume, and keep in mind that headwear is available to make and purchase at The Royal Hatter. During the Medieval Faire, you can participate in games of skill & chance in the “Royal Gaming Stall” and take a selfie on the Drawbridge of the 8-foot tall castle, remembering, too, to toss a coin to make a wish at the “Wishing Moat” while preparing to Kiss a Frog. Stop by Lady Catherine’s Photo Booth for a portrait fit for the royals. Zoltar, The Magnificent will perform feats of magic, and you can meet Foster Dogs available for adoption at Angels of the Shire. Watch, too for the Roaming Jester. There will be many contests for such things as the oldest dog, smallest dog in costume, best canine trick and beyond. There will be a coloring contest for the kids at The Feather & Quill and lots more fun. Canine festivities begin at 11am and close at 2pm, and there is no rain date due to the extensive set up this year. There is an online pledge form or you can register on site. Military and veterans walk free. Donations are also accepted from those unable to attend. Registration forms are available at veterinarian offices, St. Joseph Today, most local libraries and online at this link: www.animalaidswmi.com

That’s it for this week, folks. See you Saturday right here in MailMax, and online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com

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