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Sale Dates: Jan 3 Thru Jan 9, 2010 of St. Joseph PATER Sodus, Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Stevensville . . . . . . . . . Pg 5 . . . . . . . Pg 12 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 13-15 Moody on The Market Pat Moody First things first…Happy New Year! There are undoubtedly many in our midst whoare only too happy to bid the crazy year of 2009 a farewell and good riddance. As year’s go, it certainly wasn’t one of the easier ones to deal with for many among us, thanks to the global recession. Yet, there were those who enjoyed a modicum of success and weathered the financial storms in decent order. Regardless, we’ve rolled the calendar ahead a page to a brand, spanking new year, and as always happens during bright shining moments like the New Year Celebrations just concluded, hope springs eternal. Whatever else the coming 360-plus days holds, I wish for you nothing but bright horizons, great suc- cesses, and contented happiness going forward. This is the time of year when many of the pundits do a couple of things. They trot out the list of things remembered in some sort of fashion or other, and compile things like Top Ten Lists to con- sider…and they trot out the list of things that we could probably all stand to consider in our attempts to be better at what we do, better at living the good life, and better to those around us on an everyday basis. Yeah…the dreaded List of Resolutions. I’ve never been very good at making New Year’s Resolutions, because it just has never been a system that works for me personally. Nevertheless, I do enjoy talking about and reading suggested resolutions because they do at least get the brain warmed up to what should be taken under consider- ation, if one were to adequately attempt to control making the changes we could all be better for. I will offer up some potential resolutions later on in this New Year column, but I’ll save that for the last por- tion, so that you, too, can postpone the inevitable. What I really enjoy looking at around this time of year is the perennial recap of things that have passed our doorstep in the last 12-months. Continued on page 4 Benton Harbor, Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Dive into the New Year! MUD Club Members celebrate the midnight arrival of the New Year under the ice of Big Crooked Lake in Dowagiac. The club has been doing this dive for over 30 years in a row. Photo by Bob Sweeney Submitted by Don McAlhany 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. Glenda Head .......... Pg 2 Don Stuart ............ Pg 6 Ask Your Trooper....... Pg 8 Ask The Pharmacist..... Pg 10 Pastor Glenn........... Pg 12 Free Health Clinic ...... Pg 13 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 2, 2010

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

First things first…Happy New Year! There are undoubtedly many in our midst whoare only too happy to bid the crazy year of 2009 a farewell and good riddance. As year’s go, it certainly wasn’t one of the easier ones to deal with for many among us, thanks to the global recession. Yet, there were those who enjoyed a modicum of success and weathered the financial storms in decent order. Regardless, we’ve rolled the calendar ahead a page to a brand, spanking new year, and as always happens during bright shining moments like the New Year Celebrations just concluded, hope springs eternal.<br /> <br /> Whatever else the coming 360-plus days holds, I wish for you nothing but bright horizons, great successes, and contented happiness going forward.<br /> <br /> This is the time of year when many of the pundits do a couple of things. They trot out the list of things remembered in some sort of fashion or other, and compile things like Top Ten Lists to consider… and they trot out the list of things that we could probably all stand to consider in our attempts to be better at what we do, better at living the good life, and better to those around us on an everyday basis. Yeah…the dreaded List of Resolutions.<br /> <br /> I’ve never been very good at making New Year’s Resolutions, because it just has never been a system that works for me personally. Nevertheless, I do enjoy talking about and reading suggested resolutions because they do at least get the brain warmed up to what should be taken under consideration, if one were to adequately attempt to control making the changes we could all be better for. I will offer up some potential resolutions later on in this New Year column, but I’ll save that for the last portion, so that you, too, can postpone the inevitable.<br /> <br /> What I really enjoy looking at around this time of year is the perennial recap of things that have passed our doorstep in the last 12-months. Depending on the type of list, there can be some great, “Oh, yeah…I remember that,” moments…and there can be some ideal starting points for good roundtable discussions, debates, and other measures of what were the crowning moments in any given year.<br /> <br /> I thought it might be fun to look back through the archives of 2009 and produce a list of the truly influential people, projects, and ideas that we’ve been witness to since this time a year ago, and why they made my personal Top Ten List. So…here we go. In no particular ranked or rated order…these are the major change agents across our region through my personal lens in<br /> <br /> 2009. <br /> <br /> Harbor Shores. This major half-a-billiondollar project has been talked about, written about, argued about, debated, contemplated, and more for years…but 2009 was the absolute defining moment when all those documents, papers, legal briefs, blueprints, dreams and planning began to transform the landscape physically and figuratively once and for all. Whether you love it, live it, hate it, or simply debate it…Harbor Shores has already made an incredible impact on the local scene. From the considerable support and backing of Governor Jennifer Granholm and her entire administration, to the tireless work of local municipal leaders, economic developers, builders, contractors, and even Jack Nicklaus himself, Harbor Shores is the absolute deal of the decade. It was even recognized by international economic developers as the deal of the year, so it’s a whole lot more than just a pretty golf course along Lake Michigan.<br /> <br /> Silver Beach Make-A-Memory. Thanks to the stick-to-it nature of the dreamers, believers, donors, and friends of the old Silver Beach Carousel, this amazing destination attraction is virtually guaranteed to bring thousands of fresh faces to the shores of Lake Michigan for years to come. Armed with a sparkling new high-quality carousel, the largest kaleidoscope you can ever imagine, a marvelous recreation of the nostalgic Shadowland Ballroom, and traveling exhibits for the new Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone, kids may actually start praying for a rainy day at the beach so they can check out this one-of-a-kind activity center that will be a calling card for decades.<br /> <br /> Whirlpool Compass Fountain. While this marvel of modern engineering and controlled water-movement is pretty much part-and-parcel to the Make Amemory project, it is deserving in its own right of a separate bullet point for the sheer joy it brings to our community. Kids of all ages splashing through bursts of water just yards from the beach will dictate heavy traffic for us for a long time, and we are eternally grateful for the foresight and generosity that brings it our way.<br /> <br /> Epicurean Classic. When the “foodies” of the world compile the amazing array of things they can do here besides sampling wines and watching first-hand exhibitions by world class chefs, we will rival the largest extravaganza you can dream of. Traverse City’s loss is a major, major win for Michigan’s Great Southwest, and this event will skyrocket thanks to our friends at KitchenAid.<br /> <br /> Benton Harbor’s Main Street Makeover.<br /> <br /> Architectural drawings foretold that we would be astounded by the transformation of the business loop through the heart of Benton Harbor. Reality is all the sweeter when the bricks and mortar look just like they said they would. What an inspiring makeover…and the best isyet to come. Welcome to the world of roundabouts!<br /> <br /> The Return of Jean Klock Beach. All you need is a people-meter to prove that this stellar makeover has been the hit of the decade. What was once dark, dangerous, and nearly deserted is now bright, broad, and beautifully maintained.<br /> <br /> The project could probably have been paid for in full if everyone who said “Wow” had turned over a couple of bucks when they said it. This re-formation has clearly been a huge win for virtually everyone involved…especially beach lovers who have rediscovered the sheer beauty that nature has provided.<br /> <br /> Dr. Bob Harrison’s Presidency at Lake Michigan College. I am still astounded by the truly warm welcome that Bob Harrison has enjoyed since he was elevated to the Presidency at LMC. His ability to capture the essence of what an institution needs and his talent for assuring that the right people are in place to make that happen have been instrumental in creating a healing atmosphere when it was most critically needed. His vision for establishing the job-training programs most needed for success has changed lives forever.<br /> <br /> O. K. Distributors Move to St. Joseph. In the grand scheme of things, the acquisition by Greg O’Niel’s crew of the south St. Joe property formerly owned and operated by Dean the Beer Man may seem somewhat inconsequential.<br /> <br /> Greg’s indomitable goodwill and his desire to be nothing but the best really shine through to anyone who knows him, however, and that makes this a true Cinderella story. Besides taking an Empty property and making it a beehive of commerce once again, and the creation or movement of dozens of jobs into our community, we all win by having a true champion of commerce in our midst who recognizes the value that our quality of place means to the larger community as well.<br /> <br /> Pure Michigan. While we are all the recipients of the intrinsic value of Tim Allen’s legendary story-telling in the top-rated national marketing campaign called Pure Michigan, being in close proximity to the border region, and being a gateway to this wonderful and magical state, I think we earn a bonus by being some of the first great things visitors get to discover. The foresight of our legislators to continue this “Best in the Nation” marketing will continue to be instrumental in our ability to put a shine on Michigan’s star going forward.<br /> <br /> Ongoing Expansion of the Michigan Wine Trail. As we work diligently to attract new people to our region, it is imperative that we continue to expand the success story that Michigan agriculture provides for us in the form of great natural bounty. The addition this year of Founders Wine Cellar in Baroda, and thesteady growth of the myriad wineries in our region all bode well for additional new opportunities by interested entrepreneurs down the line. Michigan’s outstanding and growing reputation for quality wine production will continue to grow as we recognize the value of re-creating the great wine-growing regions of the world.<br /> <br /> So…there you go…ten random thoughts about things that made 2009 a year to remember for all the right reasons. We obviously have many more that could have made the list, but, hey, space is limited…so create a list of your own and share it with friends and neighbors.<br /> <br /> Speaking of friends and neighbors, they can be among the most influential in your success with the formulation of New Year’s Resolutions. So, don’t try to fly solo, or go it on your own when you set out to achieve new things from now through the end of the year. I offer you now, a few resolutions to consider in the days and weeks ahead.<br /> <br /> Resolve to Shop Locally. You knew that had to be first, right? Keep in mind that every dollar you spend out of the area earns tax dollars for that area and not for your own. There really is more here than you know. Besides, you save wear and tear on your car and gas money, too.<br /> <br /> Resolve to Eat Right, Eat Fresh and Protect Your Health. This one really came home to roost for me this past year, and having lost more than 50-pounds since mid-year, it is still rewarding to hear the comments from people who haven’t seen me in a while. It’s amazing what a simple change in habits can do when you really put your mind to it.<br /> <br /> Resolve to Consider Other Local Businesses as Vendors. I know that it’s largely a sidebar to the “shop local” mantra…but you might be very pleasantly surprised to learn how many other local businesses would make excellent vendors to your business. What’s the cache’ of buying widgets from Nevada when the guy four miles away is making the exact same product? If you need help finding a match, let us know…maybe we can help!<br /> <br /> Resolve to Cut the Trash Talk and Rumor-Mongering. When did we become such a vindictive society? The coarsening of our commentary on newspaper blogs at the end of each story, the manner in which we talk about one another when we hide behind the anonymity of a pseudonym, and even the way we treat each other face to face is getting really sad. Lighten up, Francis!<br /> <br /> Resolve to Volunteer. The value of helping a project, an organization or a cause has a tremendous way of reverberating through our lives for years to come. Try it. You will bring more value to your own life and hundreds of lives around you.<br /> <br /> Well, kids…enough of this New Year rambling. I don’t want to wear out the welcome mat, so…Happy New Year,thanks for reading, for listening, and for considering some of what I’ve put forth for you here today.<br /> <br /> See you Saturday…right here in MailMax!

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