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ECRWSS with hardwoods and oak veneers in chocolate. Includes headboard, footboard and wood rails. 63w 93d 55h. SKU# PMODU19 SKU# PMODU20 King Size Bed (shown) SALE $ 649.99 SEE OUR AD ON PAGES 6 & 7 Local Postal Customer Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 5, 2015 December 5, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 49 Moody on The Market M oody Pat T ens of thousands of eager young learners marched the hallways of a venerable old building in the heart of the St. Joseph neighborhoods. For decades it was the com-munity’s Kindergarten Center , ground zero for the beginning foundation of the education process for students who would go on to a broad array of careers and multiple degrees of success or failure in life. Jefferson School still stirs the memory banks of many as it stands, like a fortress in the heart of the community, just four blocks away from the winds and waves of Lake Michigan . The winds of fortune for the iconic school building, meanwhile, have finally sustained a remarkable transformation, now fully underway, thanks to a handful of local inves-tors who had a vision and grew tired of the parade of outsiders promising the moon and delivering next to nothing in the promised conversion to loft style condominiums. This time, backed by 1st Source Bank and a team of dedicated pioneers...the promise is being delivered on...the transformation is real... and the opportunities to be a part of the dream are at hand. Investors putting their reputation on the line include Marshall Downs, Craig Rismiller, Dan Morissette, David Albrecht, Tom Wright, Andrew Rawlings and Steve Wandel . The makeover is truly stunning. Massive energy efficient 7.5 foot tall win-dows, chasing toward the 12-foot ceilings cascade natural light into every new living unit, and every attention to detail has been included. The common areas of the hall-ways and stairwells, while beauti-fully appointed, retain key elements of the old school floor plan with lockers of old still dotting the walkways, with large wooden doors beautifully refurbished and cabinetry repurposed for a chic met-ropolitan flair and urban appeal. Don’t just take it from me, tour the Jefferson Lofts for yourself and see both what this team has accomplished and what is still on the drawing board ready to come to life. This weekend, the Jefferson Lofts condominium project will be on full display with a first class open house. Units will be open for touring both today, Saturday, December 5 th , and tomorrow Sunday, December 6th from noon until 5pm following an invitation only event that took place on last evening. The project features 22 unique private residences with lots of high-end details, unique floorplans, and extensive onsite amenities. The Jefferson Lofts fea-ture 12-foot high ceilings, tons of natural light, exposed brick, and rock-solid construction in a building originally constructed back in 1932. It was a school, kindergarten center, administrative facility and more up until the decision by St. Joseph Public Schools to close it down in 2005. A year later it was sold to a private developer and has endured a check-ered past filled with varying fits and starts, broken promises and more. The building has seen a patch-work quilt of absentee developer/owners and has undergone liens, bankruptcy filings, construction delays and much more. That all ended this past sum-mer when the current team stepped up to the plate and immediately began work on delivering a first-class project to the region . Marshall Downs is the Project General Manager . Realtor Dan Morissette HOLIDAY AND SAVE WHEN YOU DONATE TO TOYS FOR TOTS Offer expires December 31, 2015. Call or ask Member Services for more details. This month, donate two new toys to the Toys for Tots Foundation at one of our deposit boxes and we’ll take $ 50 off your RAC joining fee. MAKE A CHILD’S racbh.com | 269.927.1129 | 501 Graham Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 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 • Save-A-Lot • Ace Hardware • Tractor Supply • Harbor Freight Tool Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 10

Moody On The Market

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Tens of thousands of eager young learners marched the hallways of a venerable old building in the heart of the St. Joseph neighborhoods. For decades it was the community’s Kindergarten Center, ground zero for the beginning foundation of the education process for students who would go on to a broad array of careers and multiple degrees of success or failure in life. Jefferson School still stirs the memory banks of many as it stands, like a fortress in the heart of the community, just four blocks away from the winds and waves of Lake Michigan. The winds of fortune for the iconic school building, meanwhile, have finally sustained a remarkable transformation, now fully underway, thanks to a handful of local investors who had a vision and grew tired of the parade of outsiders promising the moon and delivering next to nothing in the promised conversion to loft style condominiums. This time, backed by 1st Source Bank and a team of dedicated pioneers...the promise is being delivered on...the transformation is real... and the opportunities to be a part of the dream are at hand. Investors putting their reputation on the line include Marshall Downs, Craig Rismiller, Dan Morissette, David Albrecht, Tom Wright, Andrew Rawlings and Steve Wandel. The makeover is truly stunning. Massive energy efficient 7.5 foot tall windows, chasing toward the 12-foot ceilings cascade natural light into every new living unit, and every attention to detail has been included. The common areas of the hall-ways and stairwells, while beautifully appointed, retain key elements of the old school floor plan with lockers of old still dotting the walkways, with large wooden doors beautifully refurbished and cabinetry repurposed for a chic metropolitan flair and urban appeal. Don’t just take it from me, tour the Jefferson Lofts for yourself and see both what this team has accomplished and what is still on the drawing board ready to come to life. This weekend, the Jefferson Lofts condominium project will be on full display with a first class open house. Units will be open for touring both today, Saturday, December 5th, and tomorrow Sunday, December 6th from noon until 5pm following an invitation only event that took place on last evening. The project features 22 unique private residences with lots of high-end details, unique floorplans, and extensive onsite amenities. The Jefferson Lofts feature 12-foot high ceilings, tons of natural light, exposed brick, and rock-solid construction in a building originally constructed back in 1932. It was a school, kindergarten center, administrative facility and more up until the decision by St. Joseph Public Schools to close it down in 2005. A year later it was sold to a private developer and has endured a checkered past filled with varying fits and starts, broken promises and more. The building has seen a patchwork quilt of absentee developer/owners and has undergone liens, bankruptcy filings, construction delays and much more. That all ended this past summer when the current team stepped up to the plate and immediately began work on delivering a firstclass project to the region. Marshall Downs is the Project General Manager. Realtor Dan Morissette and his colleague Angela Nutto at Keller Williams Real Estate in St. Joseph are marketing the condos, and Tom Wright is the Architect. Construction is under the guidance of General Contractor Steve Wandel of Build Rite Construction of Sodus. His team is on site daily working to complete several condos for the open house and beyond. Mary Schaaf is the Interior Designer who has done a stellar job of staging for the condos that are ready for sale. Craig Rismiller is another partner in the project and a financial analyst who has rehabilitated eight rental units in Benton Harbor. The open house will not only provide a showcase for the finished units and walk through opportunities for additional options, it will be the public’s chance to see architectural renderings of exterior elements including additional green space, garages, patios and other outdoor amenities planned for the Jefferson Lofts project. The Jefferson Lofts project is located in the former Jefferson School building at 2214 S. State Street in St. Joseph. Condos range in size from 904-square feet at the smallest end of the range to 1,660 square feet at the top end. St. Joseph City Commissioners approved a planned unit development for 22 condo units to be built when they voted on the issue back in June. Prices for the condos range from $160,000 to $275,000. To learn more about the project, click the link to their website below and look at many more photos, floorplans, spec-sheets with all of the dimensions and more, and then plan on attending the free open house events this weekend to get a truly up close view of the amazing changes and plans for what is yet to come. You will be delighted that such a solid building has been saved and is being resurrected in grand style. Www.jeffersonlofts.net

Whether you vividly recall the miniature trains of yesteryear at Eden Springs Park in Benton Harbor or are in search of creating an entirely new family tradition for your kids or grandkids regardless of age, the next two weekends have all the makings of Christmas magic. Eden Springs Park is replicating their famous Christmas Festival of Lights with Train Rides for just $3.00 per person today and tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th and again next weekend on December 12th and 13th. Rides will take place through an amazing array of Christmas lights and decorations all lovingly assembled by dedicated volunteers who have been working for weeks. The Train Rides began this past weekend on November 28th and 29th, and have two more weeks to run before the season concludes. Trains run from 5pm to 9pm and take you on a glorious and colorful loop from the Eden Springs Depot at 793 M-139 in Benton Harbor past the log cabins, which have been skillfully converted to gingerbread houses, through the lane and along the walkway into the depot. My friend Gordon Reay is a volunteer helping to make it all happen and he’s hopeful that the hours of work prepping the park will not go unnoticed and unappreciated because it is so well laid out and ready for visitors. Gordon will be the Engineer aboard the 1904 coal-fired steam engine pulling the spectator train. Hot and cold drinks, popcorn and cotton candy will be available from the concession stall at Eden Springs Park during the Festival of Lights Train Rides. If you have questions regarding the trains you can reach the park by phone at 927- 3302. Renew an old family tradition or launch a new one with the cast and crew aboard the miniature trains at Eden Springs Park, but hurry, there are only two weekends left.

For nearly two decades, Todd Weiss of Benton Harbor has been a state certified master mechanic. For most of those years, Weiss plied his socket wrenches and other tools of the trade in the repair and maintenance of heavy industrial equipment with a particular expertise and emphasis in the world of forklifts. With fewer manufacturing facilities in the region employing heavy industrial gear and forklifts, Todd recently decided it was time to shift gears to a new focus, and the result is AEM Auto Care on N. Benton Center Road in Benton Harbor. Todd and his wife Beth Weiss are owners and operators of AEM Auto Care which is based alongside their home at 203 N. Benton Center Road where he now provides bumper-to-bumper mechanical repairs, fleet services, tractor repair and maintenance and automobile maintenance services. In the realm of auto maintenance Weiss includes (but is not limited to) tuneups, belts, spark plugs & wires, oil changes, fluid checks & fills, brake repair and replacement and more. The new shop opened for business on September 28th. Todd brings 20 years of service experience as a state certified mechanic to the shop floor, and pledges to provide reliable service with affordable pricing. Inasmuch as their shop is located in the heart of farming country, Todd also performs work on tractors large and small and even offers restoration services to those in need. AEM Auto Care can be reached by phone at 269-944-3628, and is easy to spot with the bright orange shop door. The shop is open for business Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily.

Janet Smith has returned to the street where it all began years ago...only this time she is the owner and operator of her own brand new nail salon in downtown Coloma. Smith tells me that it all began years ago just down the street when she worked at a salon called Cutting Corners. Later she joined a crew in Baroda called Above the Cut, and she worked there for more than four years. This fall she finally fulfilled her dream to advance to the next step of being an owner/operator. On October 1st she began her entrepreneurial career at the helm of the new Downtown Digits. Located next to The Friendly Restaurant, and across the street from The Loma Theater, Smith’s new Downtown Digits specializes in natural nail care. Services at Downtown Digits include Manicures, Pedicures, Shellac, Nail Art and beyond. She is also IBX Certified, offering IBX treatments that help repair and grow natural nails. Janet can also go over your gel or acrylic nails with Shellac and within a few short months can transform to your own natural nails without any damage. Janet is also a certified Barefoot Technician, trained to repair broken or lost toenails. Downtown Digits is already expanding through a search now underway for a Licensed Cosmetologist to do nails and eyebrows. You can reach Janet by phone at 269- 369-4476 or you can make your own appointment online at this link: www.stylesat.com/janetsmith. Downtown Digits is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am until 6pm and Saturdays by appointment only.

If your personal bucket list includes having your smiling face plastered onto the side of a U-Haul truck, there’s a new Van Buren County dealer ready to give you a shot at your rolling billboard dream. Gary & Roxanne Healy are the owners and operators of the newest U-Haul dealership in the region, adding the enterprise to their business portfolio at Healy True Value Hardware & Lumber Company in Gobles. U-Haul Company of Michigan announced the deal recently after they signed the Healy’s into the fold as a neighborhood dealer for the community. Located at 307 S. State Street in Gobles, Healy U-Haul will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes. U-Haul is the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage, and they are pleased to get to work with the team at Healy True Value Hardware & Lumber to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. One of the core business practices in the sustainable portfolio is the concept of truck sharing. The practice allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks much larger than what any one alone could access on an individual basis. Every U-Haul truck that is placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned, large-capacity vehicles, pick-ups, SUVs or vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air. At Healy, the U-Haul hours of operation will be from 8:30am until 5:30pm Monday through Saturday and 9:30am until 3:30pm on Sundays. After-hours drop-off service is also available for customer convenience. If you’d like to reserve U-Haul products from Healy, call 269-628- 8088 at your convenience. Meanwhile, if you have that burning desire to have your mug on the side of a U-Haul, take your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck. Simply upload your photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous, or go to www.uhaulfamous.com to submit photos and learn more. Link: http://www.uhaulfamous.com.

That’s it for this week, folks. Please remember while you’re in search of the perfect holiday gifts to Shop Local…There’s More Here Than You Know! When you shop locally you help friends, neighbors and colleagues fulfill their livelihood as well. We’ l l see you next Saturday right here in MailMax…and online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com

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

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