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 Paper. News Good our Y www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 28, 2015 November 28, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 48 Moody on The Market Come in and See our Latest Designer Lines Pat M oody T he “week of days” is underway. Thanksgiving Thursday was followed by Black Friday and today is Small Business Saturday . Tomorrow, Sunday we can enjoy a bit of rest before Cyber Monday and then it’s on to a more recent phenomenon for Giving Tuesday . Here in Michigan’s Great Southwest , Lakeland Health Foundations have joined the #GivingTuesday movement...a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philan-thropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. This year’s day is set aside for next Tuesday, December 1, 2015. This effort is designed to transform the manner in which people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take action to improve local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world. Set aside each year as the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the event is being marked by Lakeland Health Foundations to accept donations to support the Lakeland Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE , Program where specially trained nurses provide comprehensive psychologi-cal, medical and forensic services for sexual assault victims. The SANE program shares this data with us: During the last 12-months, the SANE Program served 118 acute care cases and 74 clinic cases in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties --more than one case every other day…National studies show that 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse or exploitation before age 18…Child sexual abuse happens in all racial, religious, and ethnic groups, and at all socioeconomic levels….The aver-age for the onset of a sexually abusive relationship is 6 to 8 years old…There are no other SANE pro-grams in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties… Fewer than 50-percent of sexual assaults are report-ed. David Burghart is President of the Lakeland Health Foundations . He says, “We have been incredibly encouraged by the success of the #GivingTuesday program nationwide since its inception in 2012.” He adds, “This is a great move-ment for us to link individuals and causes to strengthen our communities, and encourage giving to an important program. We’re inspired by the fact that everyone can donate --no matter how small or how large the donation.” If you are interested in joining the Lakeland Health Foundations #GivingTuesday initiative, go to the: www.lakeland-healthfoundations.org and go to www.facebook. com/lakelandhealthfoundations. To donate during #GivingTuesday, or at any time, click the link below: www.lakelandhealth.org/lake-land-health-foundations/ways-to-give/donatenow When Carol and I are confronted by excep-tional holiday light displays, we have a running little inside joke about how it must have been created by “the lady who brought Christmas ” to the city. The reality is that the Christmas holiday is a truly remarkable time of the year throughout the region, 33 DAYS TO USE YOUR Sunglasses Make SPENDING FLEX Great Gifts Dr. Flood’s VISION CENTER www.govision.com Inserts & Promotions MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 269-408-8762 • 2603 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI Dr. Robert Flood O Dr O.D., D P P.C. C Eye Injury -Glaucoma Dry Eyes -Infections 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 Tool • Pater True Value • Stevensville Christmas Village • Downtown SJ Jolly Savings! Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 14

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The “week of days” is underway. Thanksgiving Thursday was followed by Black Friday and today is Small Business Saturday. Tomorrow, Sunday we can enjoy a bit of rest before Cyber Monday and then it’s on to a more recent phenomenon for Giving Tuesday. Here in Michigan’s Great Southwest, Lakeland Health Foundations have joined the #GivingTuesday movement...a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. This year’s day is set aside for next Tuesday, December 1, 2015. This effort is designed to transform the manner in which people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take action to improve local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world. Set aside each year as the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the event is being marked by Lakeland Health Foundations to accept donations to support the Lakeland Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE, Program where specially trained nurses provide comprehensive psychological, medical and forensic services for sexual assault victims. The SANE program shares this data with us: During the last 12-months, the SANE Program served 118 acute care cases and 74 clinic cases in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties -- more than one case every other day…National studies show that 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse or exploitation before age 18…Child sexual abuse happens in all racial, religious, and ethnic groups, and at all socioeconomic levels….The average for the onset of a sexually abusive relationship is 6 to 8 years old…There are no other SANE programs in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties… Fewer than 50-percent of sexual assaults are reported. David Burghart is President of the Lakeland Health Foundations. He says, “We have been incredibly encouraged by the success of the #GivingTuesday program nationwide since its inception in 2012.” He adds, “This is a great movement for us to link individuals and causes to strengthen our communities, and encourage giving to an important program. We’re inspired by the fact that everyone can donate -- no matter how small or how large the donation.” If you are interested in joining the Lakeland Health Foundations #GivingTuesday initiative, go to the: www.lakelandhealthfoundations. org and go to www.facebook. com/lakelandhealthfoundations. To donate during #GivingTuesday, or at any time, click the link below: www.lakelandhealth.org/lakeland- health-foundations/ways-to-give/donatenow

When Carol and I are confronted by exceptional holiday light displays, we have a running little inside joke about how it must have been created by “the lady who brought Christmas” to the city. The reality is that the Christmas holiday is a truly remarkable time of the year throughout the region, with a considerable edge to the City of St. Joseph and St. Joseph Today for collaborating to bring literally event after event after event during the winter season. When you add in the resources of people like those affiliated with the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, Square Peg Events, and multiple generous sponsors, underwriters and volunteers, it’s little wonder the Christmas seasonal is referred to as a magical time of year.

The fun began in earnest recently with the Luminary Festival in both St. Joseph and the Benton Harbor Arts District, and in the pipeline are the Light Up the Bluff ceremonies, Live Mannequins in downtown St. Joseph, the annual Reindog Parade and Santa’s arrival in the central business district bringing fun to town for everybody, regardless of age. Four family-favorite events to celebrate the season take place the weekend of December 4th and 5th. On Friday night, December 4th, Light Up the Bluff will transform Lake Bluff Park when Mayor Mike Garey flips the switch at 6:30pm and a million lights twinkle on the community tree and holiday-themed displays stretching the full length of the park. That light display and accompanying music will continue each evening until the end of December. The lights will then remain on through February 15th for Valentine’s Day planning in Michigan’s Most Romantic City. The entire display is sponsored by the St. Joseph Improvement Association. Following the tree-lighting ceremony, visitors and residents alike can stroll the streets downtown and enjoy the 4th Annual Live Mannequins event sponsored by Edgewater Bank and the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. Dozens of community volunteers will pose stock still in participating store windows from 7pm to 8:30pm. This year’s theme features different eras. All ages will have fun seeing a variety of scenes from different periods of time showcased. New this year, everyone can enjoy an encore Live Mannequin presentation at several locations on Saturday, December 5th from 11am until noon. Gift hunters will appreciate the unique selections, special prices and festive shopping atmosphere that evening and throughout December. Also on December 5th, the 17th Annual Reindog Holiday Parade, sponsored by FuzzyButz Pet Bakery, steps off at 4pm. Pets and pet owners dress up in holiday costumes to entertain spectators along State Street. Featured parade guests include Flick from Celebration! Cinema, Splash from the Silver Beach Center, Curiousaurus Rex from the Curious Kids’ Museum, the royalty from the Southwest Michigan Scholarship Fund and both Santa & Mrs. Claus. Parade participants may get registration forms at FuzzyButz on State Street, at St. Joseph Today’s Welcome Center, or online at www.StJoeToday.com. A portion of the net proceeds from participant registration fees will be donated to Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan. Following the parade, children can share their wish lists with Santa at Santa’s House at the corner of State & Pleasant Streets, sponsored by The Herald- Palladium, until 7pm. Santa will be in the house until December 23rd every Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 6pm, Saturdays from noon until 5pm and Sundays from noon until 3pm. Special hours will also be offered December 21st through the 23rd for those last minute requests. Keeping with the Reindog pet theme, local charity Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan will hold its annual open house at the Silver Beach Hotel on Saturday, December 5th. Visitors can buy treats from the bake sale, learn about pet adoption opportunities, make year-end donations and more. For more information about these and other December activities, contact St. Joseph Today at 269-985-1111 or visit them online at www.StJoeToday.com or on Facebook.

When Dr. Alan Smiy founded Genesis Family Health Center at Stonegate Park in Royalton Township 13 years ago, his office provided valuable medical services to the community. Just like many other health services organizations, however, Genesis faced incredible uphill challenges to simply survive in the midst of national healthcare reforms. As a result, they eventually faded from the scene. Given the decreasing number of healthcare providers in the area, and the ongoing growth in the need for primary care service, Dr. Smiy and his Genesis Family Health Center have elected to return to the market by transitioning to meet the needs of primary care service while sustaining a viable medical business model in an ever-changing healthcare world. So back on November 9th, Genesis Family Health Center re-emerged onto the scene with a streamlined service model. In order to keep your total costs down, Dr. Smiy’s medical practice offers those services most requested by patients on a truncated, part-time basis, especially targeting those patients who need evening appointment times as well as some on Friday afternoons. Genesis, located in the Stonegate Park complex at 3916 Stonegate Park in the vicinity of the YMCA in St. Joseph, offers routine health care, physical exams, sports physicals, substance abuse testing, weight management, diabetes care, blood pressure management, thyroid management, and a concierge service plan option. If there is a service that they do not provide that you would like them to, you are invited to let the staff know for future considerations. The new office hours at the Genesis Family Health Center will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 8pm and Friday afternoons from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Dr. Smiy calls it “a new medical concept to provide primary healthcare for patients through a direct care model where we are not bound by third party insurance company limitations or additional costs, thereby passing along the savings to the patients.” He estimates that “an average of 40-percent of every dollar in healthcare supports the administrative burdens of the third party payers.” He says, essentially “Patients will be able to pay for their visits up front at a reduced cost and turn in receipts to their insurance carriers for reimbursement.” He notes that their concierge plan offers patients the option to pay a standard monthly fee for their annual healthcare needs. Dr. Smiy believes that this will be one of the first medical models of its type in the entire area. Genesis Family Health prefers appointments, but they are not necessary. Walk-in visits are welcome, or you can call ahead to discuss your concerns. Minimal wait times, call-in scheduling, hours convenient to today’s busy world and a friendly staff are the hallmarks of the returning Genesis Family Health Center in St. Joseph. You can reach the center by phone at 269-281-0773. Dr. Smiy is a graduate of the Michigan State University Family Medicine Program, and a member of the American Association of Family Practitioners as well as the Berrien County Medical Society.

An Economic Developer from Michigan’s Great Southwest is hitting the road to take on new challenges with a similar organization in the Battle Creek region. Veteran change agent Joe Sobieralski has tendered his resignation as Executive Director from the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance in Niles effective December 1st to take on new duties with Battle Creek Unlimited a week later. Sobieralski has made his mark in several local communities across the region in municipal leadership roles and has been tabbed by the Battle Creek organization as a new Vice President there. Regarding his shifting roles, Joe tells me, “It’s a bittersweet move as there are a ton of great initiatives taking place in Michigan’s Great Southwest, but I’m excited to get down to work in Battle Creek as they have some tremendous resources to work with and some great initiatives taking place as well.” Joe has headed up economic development activities in the Niles area and shepherded the Berrien County Manufacturer’s Council since taking the job in February of 2013. It was actually his second run with that team, inasmuch as he was a Project Manager for SMEGA from June of 2009 to March of 2011. Prior to returning as the director, he had served for roughly 8-months as City Manager of Bangor in Van Buren County from June of 2012 to January of 2013 and Village Manager of Stevensville from March of 2011 to June of 2012. He began his municipal career immediately after earning his Masters of Public Administration Degree in Local Government from Western Michigan University, and his Bachelors in Public Administration & Public Policy from Michigan State University. SMEGA has a 30-year reputation for working with manufacturers, making capital improvement investments, resulting in retained employment and new job creation. They have also served as a successful grant writing agency for special projects for infrastructure and community improvements in southern Berrien County. Sobieralski joins a Battle Creek Unlimited staff of 8 headed up by President & CEO Marie Briganti. Battle Creek Unlimited and SMEGA are both prime economic development agencies for their communities similar to the role that Cornerstone Alliance plays in the region. Joe says, “I have had the pleasure of working for an awesome board at SMEGA. We accomplished some great things. I wish nothing but the best for the organization moving forward.”

That’s it for this week. Shop local for the holidays and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!

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

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