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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer JOIN NOW & SAVE Joining fee as low as $69 through Sept. 30 racbh.com | 269.927.1129 Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on September 12, 2015 September 12, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 37 Moody on The Market M oody Pat Dr . Dave and Sandy Miller are wine trail pioneers in every sense of the word, and as they celebrate their 5th Anniversary weekend they are loving every minute of it. They will be among the first to tell you it wasn’t exactly a waltz, but they are dancing these days in heady company after knocking down three red wine gold medals in recent statewide competition... something no other winery in the competition can boast. When the Millers established their handsome tasting room at 317 State Street in downtown St. Joseph five years ago, they were the only tasting room in the entire central busi-ness district. Today, there are three. Dr. Dave tells me sales have grown annually at a brisk pace and 2015 has been “off the charts!” The big 5th Anniversary of the tasting room facility will be celebrated this week-end, September 11th through the 13th. White Pine is the long-time dream of Dr. Dave who studied viticul-ture at Michigan State University where he received his MS and PhD degrees. White Pine began from very humble beginnings but now Dr. Dave says, “We see more and more repeat customers and referrals. In the fall, we have a regular flow of long-time customers who are now friends coming in to stock up on wine for the winter ahead.” Word continues to get out about the quality of White Pine offerings as they have racked up numerous awards at competitions since opening. The most recent crop came from Dr. Miller’s entry of eight wines in the Michigan Wine Competition and took home four Gold Medals for Dune Shadow Red, his 2013 Reserve Syrah, 2013 Cabernet Franc and White Expression . That makes White Pine the only entrant to win three golds for red. That is truly reward-ing for Dr. Dave who has been focusing on developing his red wines since opening and now is reaping his just rewards. White Pine is also noted for its whites, espe-cially Riesling and Pinot Grigio . White Pine is now being distributed on a limited basis in Ann Arbor, the Greater Detroit area, Lansing and Grand Rapids . Dave notes that the past two winters have limited the supply of grape varieties, but he is confident that more typical production will be forthcoming in 2016. He is, in fact, planning on expanding his vineyard plantings at the home farm southeast of Lawton in Van Buren County over the next 5 to 7 years to meeting the growing demand for his wines. More Riesling and Cab Franc vineyards are planned along with Chambourcin, Traminette, Marquette, and Vignoles . As he readily points out, “We are 30 miles from Lake Michigan as the crow flies and that limits the varieties we can grow to only those with excellent cold hardiness.” His plans also include addition of a tasting room on the Lawton property in the years ahead, as plans are underway now to change zoning to allow for a tasting room there. As if running a vine-yard, winery and tasting room isn’t enough, Dr. Dave is beginning his 6th year of teaching Wine Making at Michigan State University. He says, “It started out as a way to earn some extra money while we started our business. Now MSU is offering a fermented beverage minor (wine making, distilling and soon, brewing) and the classes for fall semester are full to capacity before the end of spring semester.” He says they had to offer two sections of the class to accommodate all 60 of the 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 Kids Back to School Scedule their Eye Exams Soon 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 • Tractor Supply • Fall Home Improvement Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 17

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Dr. Dave and Sandy Miller are wine trail pioneers in every sense of the word, and as they celebrate their 5th Anniversary weekend they are loving every minute of it. They will be among the first to tell you it wasn’t exactly a waltz, but they are dancing these days in heady company after knocking down three red wine gold medals in recent statewide competition... something no other winery in the competition can boast. When the Millers established their handsome tasting room at 317 State Street in downtown St. Joseph five years ago, they were the only tasting room in the entire central business district. Today, there are three. Dr. Dave tells me sales have grown annually at a brisk pace and 2015 has been “off the charts!” The big 5th Anniversary of the tasting room facility will be celebrated this weekend, September 11th through the 13th. White Pine is the long-time dream of Dr. Dave who studied viticulture at Michigan State University where he received his MS and PhD degrees. White Pine began from very humble beginnings but now Dr. Dave says, “We see more and more repeat customers and referrals. In the fall, we have a regular flow of long-time customers who are now friends coming in to stock up on wine for the winter ahead.” Word continues to get out about the quality of White Pine offerings as they have racked up numerous awards at competitions since opening. The most recent crop came from Dr. Miller’s entry of eight wines in the Michigan Wine Competition and took home four Gold Medals for Dune Shadow Red, his 2013 Reserve Syrah, 2013 Cabernet Franc and White Expression. That makes White Pine the only entrant to win three golds for red. That is truly rewarding for Dr. Dave who has been focusing on developing his red wines since opening and now is reaping his just rewards. White Pine is also noted for its whites, especially Riesling and Pinot Grigio. White Pine is now being distributed on a limited basis in Ann Arbor, the Greater Detroit area, Lansing and Grand Rapids. Dave notes that the past two winters have limited the supply of grape varieties, but he is confident that more typical production will be forthcoming in 2016. He is, in fact, planning on expanding his vineyard plantings at the home farm southeast of Lawton in Van Buren County over the next 5 to 7 years to meeting the growing demand for his wines. More Riesling and Cab Franc vineyards are planned along with Chambourcin, Traminette, Marquette, and Vignoles. As he readily points out, “We are 30 miles from Lake Michigan as the crow flies and that limits the varieties we can grow to only those with excellent cold hardiness.” His plans also include addition of a tasting room on the Lawton property in the years ahead, as plans are underway now to change zoning to allow for a tasting room there. As if running a vineyard, winery and tasting room isn’t enough, Dr. Dave is beginning his 6th year of teaching Wine Making at Michigan State University. He says, “It started out as a way to earn some extra money while we started our business. Now MSU is offering a fermented beverage minor (wine making, distilling and soon, brewing) and the classes for fall semester are full to capacity before the end of spring semester.” He says they had to offer two sections of the class to accommodate all 60 of the students. Prior students from Dr. Dave\u2019s classes have accepted internships at Gallo Wine Company, Brown Forman Distillery, Jim Beam Company and Annheuser Busch/InBev. He\u2019s hopeful of placing more students in wineries and distilleries in Michigan as the local industry grows. He is also working with Mike Moyer at the new Lake Michigan Wine Institute in an advisory capacity along with other wine makers and growers from the area to insure that valuable new resources is used to its fullest potential to train people to take their places in this rapidly growing business. As the Millers prep for their 5th anniversary in business, they see tremendous potential for growth in the wine industry in Michigan\u2019s Great Southwest. The number of people who have heard of the quality of local wines and want to sample for themselves is growing exponentially. With the opening of the new hotels including the Inn at Harbor Shores and the Hilton Garden Inn, there are more opportunities for people to spend a night or two and explore the area. Look for some great wine tasting and anniversary specials the entire celebratory weekend, and congratulations on a stellar first five years, Dave & Sandy.

One of the largest HVAC/R distributors in the United States will establish a new operation in Benton Harbor by more than doubling the size of a former Berrien County Health Department center on M-139. Johnstone Supply of Muskegon will make the Benton Harbor site their sixth location in West Michigan by taking the 7,000 square foot building across Starlite Drive from LeValley Chevrolet GMC Buick and adding another 9,000 square feet on the western end of the property for additional warehouse space for product inventory. Pearson Construction of Benton Harbor is already on site working on a complete renovation of the existing building at 2106 M-139 and preparing land for the new addition. Johnstone Supply selected Pearson as the Design Builder, providing architectural and engineering services through its in-house design firm TERA Architects and construction services through Pearson Construction. Johnstone Supply is a full service HVAC/R, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning & refrigeration, wholesale company that sells to licensed heating, cooling and refrigeration contractors across the nation. The Muskegon division has five other office/warehouse locations in West Michigan at Grand Rapids, Holland, Comstock Park, Kalamazoo, and in Muskegon. Johnstone Supply also offers the convenience of on-line ordering through its website at www.jswmi.com in addition to walk-in counter service. They also provide contractor training through Johnstone Supply University, exhibiting commitment to serving the industry by providing superior service. The company has established longterm business relationships with contractors and has a reputation for offering top-quality and innovative products. Nationally, Johnstone Supply, Inc. has more than 390 locally owned stores and is service by five large distribution centers. As a result, Johnstone Supply is among the largest HVAC/R distributors selling many premiere industry brands. The company began in 1975 as a partnership called Comfort Control Supply Company of West Olive, north of Holland and later moved to rented space in Holland. By 1988 the firm became affiliated with the Johnstone organization to develop better buying power and deeper selection. This new center in Benton Harbor will be the third largest site in the West Michigan lineup after Muskegon and Grand Rapids. Look for the Benton Harbor branch to become operational later this fall. It\u2019s ironic that the building is coming full circle to its original purpose, inasmuch as the building was built originally for a plumbing, heating and cooling operation that ceased operations a couple of years later and the property was acquired by Berrien County for use by divisions of the county health department until earlier this year when the building was put up for sale. The care and protection of senior citizens in Michigan\u2019s Great Southwest takes center stage next week thanks to the Berrien County TRIAD Group which brings together an entire community of concerned organizations from law enforcement and the community for exactly those causes. On Wednesday, September 16th, the TRIAD team of Berrien County is hosting a Conference for Seniors called Exercise Your Rights! The half-day affair will run from 8:30am until noon that day at The Chapel Evangelical Free Church at 4250 Washington Avenue in St. Joseph. A combination of live sessions and vendor booth space alongside snacks and prizes will work to educate the senior community of a number of critical issues designed to keep them safe, sound and secure. Fred Welch, owner & operator of Right at Home of Southwest Michigan is a member of TRIAD and he has shared the organization\u2019s agenda for the day to show exactly what will take place during the free conference. There is no registration necessary, simply show up at The Chapel that morning and get some valuable input from keynote presenters. Here is what\u2019s on the agenda: 8:30 \u2013 9:00 AM \u2013 Registration - Breakfast snacks \u2013 Visit Vendor Booths\u20269:00 \u2013 9:10 AM - Welcome \u2013 Sheriff Bailey (Introduced by Michael Sepic)\u20269:10 \u2013 9:45 AM \u2013 Keynote Speaker \u2013 Kathy Zerler \u2013 Yoga\u20269:45 \u2013 10:00 AM \u2013 Visit Vendor Booths\u202610:00 \u2013 10:45 AM Break out Session #1 (30 minute presentation with 15 minute Q9 & A) Choose One: Mary LaSata-Spiegal – Attorney, Legal Aid – Legal Issues for Seniors…Randi Utter – Chemical Bank – Organizing Financial Paperwork… Erin VanGroningen – Alzheimer’s Association – Communication Strategies or Behaviors…Casey Pielemeier – Michiana Home Care – Senior Safety and Self-Defense…Rick Smiedendorf – Berrien Springs Oronoko Township PD – Crime Prevention & Scams…10:45 – 11:00 AM Break – Visit Vendor Booths…11:00 – 11:45 AM Break out Session #2 (30 minute presentation with 15 minute Q & A)…Choose One from the same list of presenters and topics…11:45 – 12:00 Noon -- Door Prizes – Visit Vendor Booths.

With some 20 brewers “in the house” and one of the most scenic venues ever on tap for a beer party, organizers hope you’re ready to Toast the Coast this month at the 6th Annual Weko Beach Beer Festival in Bridgman. Award-winning craft brews from across the region will be showcased, sampled, revered and more when this incredibly popular event returns for the sixth consecutive year on Saturday, September 26th from 1pm until 6pm with great accompaniment from live music, great local food, and the spectacular Big Top Tent that allows the party to proceed rain or shine. All just yards from the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. Calli Berg, who is Executive Director of the Greater Bridgman Area Chamber & Growth Alliance is the event organizer. At the time of this posting, at least 19 breweries are already slated to hit the tarmac at the beach, tap-handles at the ready, showcasing IPAs, ales, lagers, stouts, porters, meads and even hard ciders. These vendors are already on the commitment list with the potential for more: Arcadia Ales…Arclight Brewing Company…Bell’s Brewery… Black Dragon Meadery… Brewery Terra Firma… Crane Brewing…Cultivate Brewing Company…Dark Horse… Greenbush Brewing Company…The Livery…Mountain Town Station Brewing…New Holland Brewing…Perrin Brewing Company… Rochester Mills…Round Barn Brewery…Saugatuck Brewing Company…Schmohz Brewery…Short’s Brewing Company…Tapistry Brewing Company. This year marks a first for hard ciders from Crane’s and mead from Black Dragon. Throughout the event, Michiana Extract & Grain Association (MEGA) will also do demonstrations and offer advice to home brewers. Food vendors include Classic Catering -- renowned for brick-oven pizzas, beer-cheese soup w/ pretzel breadsticks, Italian Beef & more...and Bridgman Premier Meat Market -- serving its beer brats, smoked sausage and smoked chicken. Snacks or meals from these vendors can be purchased with cash only. Ticket holders will also hear two well-know regional bands performing on the outdoor mainstage: 1:30pm to 3:45pm -- Top Secret, performing “get up and dance” music from the 1960s to now...4:15pm to 5:30pm -- Whistle Pig, an energetic bluegrass, oldtimey tunes band that leaves audiences laughing. Festival-goers should note that children are welcome, however no coolers, outside food or beverages and no animals will be allowed. Advance tickets are on sale from now until September 25th for $20 online at the link below or visit Harding’s Market at 3651 Shawnee Road in Bridgman, or any of the following breweries for tickets: Arclight Brewing Company, Cultivate Brewing Company, Greenbush Brewing Company, The Livery, or Tapistry Brewing Company. If you wait to get your tickets at the gate the price will increase by $5 to $25. Your ticket fee includes admission to the grounds, five tasting tickets and a souvenir mug. Tickets for designated drivers and those aged 13 to 20 years of age are $10 and may be purchased at the gate. Parking will be available offsite with free shuttles from lots along Red Arrow Highway at Eagle Technologies, Sunset Tool, AEP and Arkos. No parking will be available at Weko Beach. Sponsors for the festival include Republic Services, Siemans in Bridgman, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, Wightman & Associates, Rock 107 WIRX and 97.5 Y-Country. For up-todate information about the festival, for volunteer opportunities, and to order tickets online, click the link: ttp://www.WekoBeachBrewersFest.com. That’s it for this week…see you Saturday here in MailMax!

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

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