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Sale Dates: Dec 20 Thru Dec 26, 2009 of St. Joseph NEW YEAR’S EVE GUIDE . . Pg 7 . . . . . . . . . Pg 9 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 11-14 Moody on The Market Pat Moody As we roll merrily into Christmas Week, I just received a very nice communiqué from a gentleman from Southeast Michigan who has grown to become quite a good friend, an excel- lent confidant, and a genuinely nice guy. His name is Will Ellis, and he operates a private practice called Common Ground Consulting. I was introduced to him through my employ- ment at Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. Will signed on with the Chamber and Cornerstone Alliance several years ago at the suggestion of IPC Print Services President Ken Kozminski, whose firm had also utilized his services as a retreat facilitator. We have enjoyed a number of full day retreat sessions with Mr. Ellis and his great talent for encour- aging people to speak openly and honestly with one another to achieve great things for both individuals and organizations alike. The reason for Will’s recent communiqué was to follow up on his promise to let me know when his new book was completed and ready for purchase by the general public. You see, Will has adopted a sort of “ministry” of supporting friends who have been outplaced or who have been thinking about a career change. He always wanted desperately to give people like that a good book to read about life’s transi- tions. “Something to help make the journey a little less stressful,” as he told me. Continually coming up short in finding such a book, Will finally decided to write his own. Thus, his new book, Starting Over: Renewing Life in Transition. It is brand new, and even I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but considering everything else that I already know about Will Ellis, I would be shocked if it was anything less than exactly what he has hoped Continued on page 8 Glenda Head .......... Pg 2 Don Stuart ............ Pg 4 L.M. Admirals ......... Pg 5 Caryl Olson, Travel ..... Pg 6 Pastor Glenn........... Pg 6 Ask The Pharmacist..... Pg 10 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 19, 2009 Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Santa Cruise Santa aka Tom Woltman of Berrien County Riders, spreads joy through their annual Toy Run. Submitted by Jackie Woltman Please send your favorite horizontal photo with a brief description to MailMax at 2202 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or email attached photo to Photos@FarAhead.com ATTN: MAIL SUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. Student Athlete of the Week .. Pg 10 Twin City Players....... Pg 11 4” Media Filters $19.95 + Tax Fireplace $59 PService Call arts and addtional labor extra Wood Pellet SALE!! $59 Furnace Clean & Check *No Oil* 10% OFF In-Stock Tool Sets Close-out Prices On In-Stock Grills & Patio Furniture Trane Humidifier $350 + Tax Parts and Labor Warranty on Select Trane EQ FREE 10 Year 5360 Red Arrow Highway - Stevensville, MI

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As we roll merrily into Christmas Week, I just received a very nice communiqué from a gentleman from Southeast Michigan who has grown to become quite a good friend, an excellent confidant, and a genuinely nice guy. His name is Will Ellis, and he operates a private practice called Common Ground Consulting.<br /> <br /> I was introduced to him through my employment at Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce.<br /> <br /> Will signed on with the Chamber and Cornerstone Alliance several years ago at the suggestion of IPC Print Services President Ken Kozminski, whose firm had also utilized his services as a retreat facilitator. We have enjoyed a number of full day retreat sessions with Mr. Ellis and his great talent for encouraging people to speak openly and honestly with one another to achieve great things for both individuals and organizations alike. The reason for Will’s recent communiqué was to follow up on his promise to let me know when his new book was completed and ready for purchase by the general public. You see, Will has adopted a sort of “ministry” of supporting friends who have been outplaced or who have been thinking about a career change. He always wanted desperately to give people like that a good book to read about life’s transitions.<br /> <br /> “Something to help make the journey a little less stressful,” as he told me. Continually coming up short in finding such a book, Will finally decided to write his own. Thus, his new book, Starting Over: Renewing Life in Transition. It is brand new, and even I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but considering everything else that I already know about Will Ellis, I would be shocked if it was anything less than exactly what he has hoped For – a healing read to get anyone through the transitions of life in great shape. Will tells me that it includes practical tools like how to network, but is really written as a guide to navigate a difficult emotional time. Realizing that the holidays can be exactly that sort of time for many people, I wanted to share the information on how you can get Will’s book. As he, himself, will tell you…the job of looking for a job is the hardest job of all. The book is available in both hardcover and soft cover versions, and is available from Amazon.com or iUniverse.<br /> <br /> Com. At Amazon.com, simply type the book’s title in the search bar and you will find the information on ordering. At iUniverse, simply type the author’s name in the search box at the top of the page, and you will be offered the information on this new book and Will’s previous book, Finding Personal Balance. A lot of people continue to struggle with their career searches, and Dr. Ellis is certainly worth taking the time to read, because he has such a tremendous desire to help. Check it out for yourself, or perhaps as a Christmas gift for somebody close to you. Thanks for sharing, Will. Best of luck with your new book.<br /> <br /> I have a feeling that the new Shadowland Ballroom at Silver Beach is going to be every bit as popular as its treasured namesake, especially with one of the very first crews making a debut appearance on the night of January 9th.<br /> <br /> Joelle Regovich is the Dance’N Debut Committee Chair for the St. Joseph Band and Orchestra Association. She tells me that the feeling of a christening will still be in the air when the “Dance ‘N Debut” fires up the music machine from 7:30pm until 11:00pm on the night of the 9th for a huge night of dancing from great hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s played by DJ Randy Poole with the added bonus of basic ballroom dancing steps taught by Ballroom Dance Instructor Joe Schuebert and his dance partner Tresjna. Together they will be teaching some basic moves like the Foxtrot, Swing and Rhumba. (Maybe even the Hustle!) Throw in some free Carousel rides, light snacks and a cash bar, and the party is ready to switch into high gear. Tickets are just $15 each from Roger’s Foodland or at the door. All proceeds from the night out will go to support the St. Joseph High School Band and Orchestra Summer of 2010 East Coast Trip, which includes Boston, our nation’s capitol and even Carnegie Hall. Get it on your calendar, and warm up your dancin’ shoes!<br /> <br /> High atop the bluff overlooking Silver Beach, this will apparently be the end of the ride and the last holiday for Gotta Go Pottery.<br /> <br /> The colorful shop’s owner, Stephanie Hedstrom is shutting down operations indefinitely to handle other personal matters. She says while she has no immediate determination of how long the business will be closed out, she doesn’t want it to be permanent. She encourages those who have pieces set aside to claim them in the near future, and notes that her decision is done with a heavy heart. She sincerely appreciates the support of the thousands of people who have created their own pottery artwork in downtown St. Joseph and hopes to be back in business some day, bigger and better than ever. Stay tuned for more.<br /> <br /> If you were among the thousands of people who traveled over the river and through the woods for your Thanksgiving holiday aboard Amtrak’s Pere Marquette or any of their other passenger rail routes across America, you are officially a part of passenger rail history. My friends at Amtrak tell me that Thanksgiving week this year set a new record for the number of passengers on board. If you were there, you were one of 685,876 passengers that week.<br /> <br /> The day before Thanksgiving alone set a single day record with 127,577 riders on the trains of America. The previous weekly record was two years ago, and the hike this year was 4% higher than last year’s passenger count. The Pere Marquette stops twice a day at the St. Joseph Train Depot connecting riders from Grand Rapids to Chicago and back. It can be especially fun during the holidays, and helps reduce the stress of highway travel at this time of year.<br /> <br /> Get on board!<br /> <br /> Obviously the guys that own and operate the new Joe’s Café and Breakfast House at the Scottdale Crossings Center in Royalton Township have found a great niche for themselves.<br /> <br /> When they launched operations last month they were going to serve breakfast and lunch daily, but they have been so well received and have enjoyed a great clientele to the point that they are now offering dinner service as well. You can now get breakfast from 6am until 8pm, or any of their other great meal offerings throughout the day. They also offer carry-out service if you are on the run and need to take your meal to the office, or stop on your way home. Joe’s Café and Breakfast House is in the strip center just off the intersection of M-139 and Miners Road across from Pater’s True Value Hardware Store.<br /> <br /> Hundreds of dog lovers turned out recently for the annual Reindog Parade in downtown St. Joseph. Next spring dozens of dog sculptures will dot the landscape there in the upcoming public art project Hot Diggity Dogs.<br /> <br /> There’s very little doubt that we love our furry friends, and there’s a great opportunity to prove it one more way today, Saturday, December 19th, at Wolf’s Marine in downtown Benton Harbor. This afternoon from 1 until 3pm, Santa Claus will be on hand in the Wolf’s Marine showroom at 250 W. Main Street in Benton Harbor for “Pet Pics with Santa!” For a private sitting fee of just $10-dollars, you will receive a 4 x 6 color photo of your pet with Santa printed right on the spot. All proceeds From the special fundraiser will benefit Adopt a Friend for Life of Southwest Michigan, where they are building lifelong friendships four paws at a time. Just thought you might like to know.<br /> <br /> Here’s something that might have slipped by you in the day to day chase of the hectic holiday period. Lakeland HealthCare and Southwestern Medical Clinic have approved integration of the two organizations. For more than a year and a half now, the two have explored various options for hospital-and-physician alignment, something that has helped to enhance quality and reduce costs nationwide.<br /> <br /> Dan Hopp, who serves as Chairman of the Board at Lakeland said that it is “vital that the hospital and its medical staff examine ways to align their directions, goals, processes and procedures.” The hospital system has more than 3,300 employees, and Southwestern Medical has more than 70 physicians and other providers in a broad array of specialties. The clinic’s Administrator Warren White Junior expressed excitement over “the opportunity to join with an outstanding health system,” and “a natural extension of the strong relationship” the two have enjoyed over the past 40-years.<br /> <br /> It should be a merry Christmas at the Tim Drews household here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Tim has just drawn the assigned promotion to Vice President of Engineering at Abonmarche Consultants of Benton Harbor. In his new role, Tim will be responsible for the oversight of engineering staff, directing engineering design and construction administration for municipal and private development projects, and implementing the firm’s Quality Control and Quality Assurance program.<br /> <br /> He carries more than 18-years of civil engineering experience into his new role, according to company President Chris Cook.<br /> <br /> Congratulations, Tim!<br /> <br /> Fans of Frank Capra’s masterpiece, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” need to get themselves to the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, December 20th. Box Factory Theatre Company Director Carole Catherine says that the holiday classic will enjoy a fresh adaptation as a live radio play at 3pm tomorrow. Follow the story of George Bailey as he struggles with the meaning of his life with a multi-generational cast including school students from Lakeshore and Buchanan. Tickets are $8-dollars for adults, $6 for students and seniors and kids 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult.<br /> <br /> For more info, call the box office at 983-3688 or go to www.boxfactoryforthearts.org. Tomorrow is also a big day for the Citadel Dance & Music Center’s benefit concert at The Livery. Aptly titled, Paul Mow and Friends Holiday Concert, this is a second annual version of the event. Last year it fell on the day of the worst winter storm of the season with roads closed, temperatures near zero, and wind speeds in excess of 40mph. Nevertheless, more than 100 people braved the storm for an absolutely magical afternoon of holiday music.<br /> <br /> This year, they’re hoping for better weather and an even more magical experience. Produced and headlined by our very own Coloma-born Opera Singer Paul Mow, the concert features a host of student and staff musicians and singers from the Citadel Music Center, where they are still celebrating the opening of their new home on Water Street. The center provides dance and music instruction to more than 200 students, and a successful event is very important to them. Showtime is 3pm at the Livery, tomorrow. Don’t miss this great slice of holiday wonderment in the Benton Harbor Arts District.<br /> <br /> Finally, today…something that is turning into a great tradition for the New Year’s Holiday at Twin City Players – Songs 2009!<br /> <br /> Bringing together friends, great food and fabulous entertainment, it’s a New Year’s Eve event at the playhouse at 600 W. Glenlord Road in St. Joe with appetizers, buffet dinner, live entertainment and a cash bar. Showtime is 6pm on New Year’s Eve…so get yourself signed up at 429-0400 soon, or take a look for yourself at www.twincityplayers.org. That’s it for this week. Enjoy this magical, mystical week…and Merry Christmas from all of us at MailMax!

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