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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Within hours of the removal of the “for sale” signs on the sprawling former Von Tobel Lumber &amp; Hardware Store along Glenlord Road in Stevensville, Todd Berndt was busy working to dismantle temporary walls in the showroom looking out across the parking lot to the neighboring S antaniello’s Restaurant. That was in mid-January, and Berndt and one other co-worker have been working every day to prep the building for their employers, the new owners of the building at 2292 W. Glenlord. Eager neighbors and curious passersby were hopeful that the building would be re-purposed as another home center or a retail shop of some sort, but reality is that the building is now home to a logistics company. The former Von Tobel building is now a trucking terminal and warehouse for DES-CLAW Logistics, based in Sterling Heights, Michigan and an affiliate company to both JVIS, which has two manufacturing facilities for the auto industry' in Benton Harbor, and Mayco International, also headquartered in Sterling Heights. DES-CLAW is a full service, asset based logistics company with multiple services. They are marketing their new Stevensville facility as one offering easy and close on-off access to 1-94 and offering support to hours-of-service (HOS) issues for freight moving west, in particular to the Chicago area. They will also consider cross-docking or consolidation of freight for customers. Berndt says the company hauls parts for Chrysler generally, but also some other general commodities. His new operation on Glenlord Road just off of Red Arrow Highway offers several services including: Transportation (local, regional and long haul) truckload, dedicated delivery'... heavy haul and specialized freight...Warehousing and order fulfillment... Assembly, sequencing and kitting...Rework and sorting...Cross Dock &amp; Consolidation...and many other service capabilities. DES-CLAW is minority owned, headed up by President &amp; CEO Faye Caballero, who proudly promotes female minority owned suppliers. She herself was an immigrant who arrived in Detroit from the Philippines in the winter of 1973 with no coat or boots, and just $8.30 in her pocket. She says she had to wait three years before she could afford to buy her first car which was an old, beat-up Impala that cost her $1,200. The initials DES stand for Diversity Enterprise Solutions. Caballero spent 20 years with Ford Motor Company and later served as President of Blaek River Plastics, a Detroit-based, tier-one automotive supplier. She was tabbed by Crain’s Automotive News as one of the “Top 100 Leading Women in American Automotive,” and by the Detroit News as “One of the Most Influential Women in the Automotive Industry.” DES-CLAW is currently hiring Class A CDL Truck Drivers at their Stevensville location and you can learn more about that by going to this site:<br /> <br /> A series of equipment failures and rising costs of doing business are combining to sound the death knell for the popular Hometown Deli in downtown Baroda. The two ladies who own the shop say they’ll be around until the end o f the month and then it’s over. Audra Johnson and Stacey Stubblefield have owned and operated the colorful Hometown Deli &amp; Catering business for the past eight years in the community’s central business district, but recent circumstances have proven virtually insurmountable and they’ve elected to cease operations as a result. In a direct letter emailed recently to regular fans and customers, the two say it was anything but easy to make the decision, but Thursday, March 31, 2016 will be the final day in business at 8972 First Street in downtown Baroda. Here’s the full content o f their letter: To our valued customers: It is with great sadness to announce that Thursday, March 31, 2016, we will be closing permanently. We have enjoyed getting to know each and everyone. The past 8 years of serving you has been an honor. The decision to close was not an easy one to make. Circumstances in our lives have changed, and we feel now is the time to redirect our focus. As many of you know, we have had a series o f equipment failures which led to losses that we have never recouped. We have tried to continue to bring you the quality o f food and service you deserve without changing our products or raising our prices. Unfortunately, with the cost of food and utilities rising, we cannot go forward without doing those things. We would like to thank you and say that we will miss seeing your faces everyday. We would also like to thank you for going on this journey with us. It has been humbling and a pleasure to be part of your lives. You have touched us in a way we cannot express. May your future bring many blessings! Audra Johnson and Stacey Stubblefield, Hometown Deli.<br /> <br /> Those of us who have been dodging snow plows for a couple of months get to do the orange barrel polka beginning Monday thanks to a major job from the Michigan Department of Transportation. According to MDOT spokesman Nick Schirripa, more than seven miles of I-94 linking Bridgman and Stevensville will be resurfaced in a project that will take the entire spring and summer seasons to complete. Schirripa warns business owners, residents, and travelers alike that the $13.9-million construction project will require lane closures as well as ramp and local road closures from time to time. The project is slated to start on Monday, March 14th and run through Friday, October 21st. The $13.9-million investment includes bridge repairs, median cable barriers, culverts, freeway signage and right-of-way fencing repairs, replacements or installations. Essentially the project will re-pave I-94 from Red Arrow Highway at Exit 16 in Bridgman to Mile Marker 22.6 east of Puetz Road and Stevensville. Also scheduled are repairs on the I-94 bridges over Lost Dunes Drive in Bridgman, and over Puetz Road east of Stevensville. Schirripa cautions motorists and commercial truckers to expect daily single-lane and night-time double-lane closures on I-94 throughout the construction period. Puetz Road will be closed with a detour posted, and there will be temporary ramp closures at both Red Arrow Highway’s Exit 16 and Grand Mere Road at Exit 22.<br /> <br /> If ever there was a harbinger of spring and everything that follows, you’d have to count the annual Open House celebration at Wolf’s Marine and Wolf’s Diver’s Supply on West Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. For decades that event as signaled the “official start” of the boating season in Michigan’s Great Southwest, and the tradition continues. The official start of the 2016 boating season begins at the annual Wolf’s Marine and Wolf’s Diver’s Supply Open House on Saturday and Sunday, March 19th and 20th. Everyone is invited to celebrate the first day of spring and the warm, sunny days to follow at 250 W. Main Street, Benton Harbor. The Open House hours on Saturday are 9:00am until 5:00pm and Sunday from 12 noon until 5:00pm. The Wolf family and their employees have been making the water fun for boaters and divers at one of the Midwest’s largest marine accessory stores for decades. The 50,000 square foot retail store covers an entire city block and houses just about everything to have fun on or in the water. At Wolf’s Marine you will find a large selection of inflatable boats, boating gear, electronics, motors, wake-boarding and ski equipment, pontoon furniture, dock items including floating docks, service parts, clothing and shoes, and all at discounted prices. During the open house, there will be pre-season deals on items throughout the store. Wolf’s Diver’s Supply will offer the latest in diving equipment at special prices. Plus, guests can register to win over $1,000 in door prizes. Visitors will also find manufacturer representatives, just returning from the Miami and Detroit boat shows, at the Open House to showcase new products, offer advice and answer product questions. For more information, visit or call 269.926.1068. Wolf’s Marine is the Midwest’s largest marine accessory store. The company offers top quality marine products at discount prices either in the store or online at<br /> <br /> Dr. Marcus Free has created Harbor Shores Medical as a unit of ReVive Spa at 313 Main Street in St. Joseph. He is a board-certified general surgeon who received his medical degree and residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He moved to Michigan in 2008, where he has served as Chief of Staff at each of the two hospitals where he worked, as well as Chief of Surgery. He has extensive experience in general and bariatric surgery and has been performing aesthetic procedures since 2009. His professional memberships include the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, the DeBakey International Surgical Society, and the International Association of Physicians for Aesthetic Medicine. He lives in St. Joseph with his wife, Connie, and enjoys wine-making, and exploring the shores of Lake Michigan.<br /> <br /> Fairplain Presbyterian Church has established a new worship time for Sunday morning services. Beginning March 20, Palm Sunday, the service will begin at 9:15am, and the community is invited to try out their fresh approach. A Christian Education Hour will also now be starting at 10:45am each Sunday morning. Start the week by marking time for God, hearing some uplifting music, and preparing yourself for a fulfilling week of Christian-centered activity.<br /> <br /> Questions may be directed to Pastor LaVerne Davenport at the church office: 269 925-0041. Easter morning is another great opportunity to gather at 210 W. Napier in Benton Harbor, but plan to arrive before 9:15 am to share fellowship with the friendly Fairplain Presbyterian congregation.<br /> <br /> Peace Lutheran Church a 3590 Lincoln Avenue in St. Joseph will offer an Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm next Saturday, March 19th at the church. The event is open to children through fifth grade. More than a thousand eggs to hunt will be on hand and a treat bag for every child. After the hunt, everyone is invited to join for snacks, crafts and a fun photo booth. The church encourages proper attire for the weather and you must bring your own basket. To register your child, contact the church office at 556- 7000 or visit their Facebook page at Peace Lutheran Church NALC.<br /> <br /> The Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel-Berrien County Chapter has three $1,000 Dorothy Hawks Scholarships available for the fall semester of 2016. These scholarships are given to students who will be seniors enrolled in the field of education and will be student teaching during the upcoming school year. The students must be graduates of a Berrien County high school and attending a Michigan college or university The candidates must have a “B” average or better. The application is available by request at Applications must be returned by April 11, 2016.<br /> <br /> The Soup Kitchen is excited to announce that the 17th Annual ‘Soup Bowl’ tournament will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Kelley’s Bowl, 2705 Cleveland Avenue in St. Joe. The Soup Kitchen would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge their longtime partners and volunteers who have supported them and made the Soup Bowl possible all these years: Whirlpool Corporation, Kelley’s Bowl, Grande Mere Inn, Clementine’s Too, Tosi’s Restaurant, Gillespie’s Pharmacy, U.S. Jack, Nate Beverages, Twin Cities Awards &amp; Trophies, the Mendel Center, Berrien County Parks Department, OK Distributors, Judy Barchalk, Dan VanNorman, Todd Dockerty, Travis Nelson, Jeff &amp; Nancy Von Koenig, Ken &amp; Kristi Clark, Nancy Smith, Cathy Fechner, Tracy Pendergrass, Vickie Page, Kevin Sweeney, the Soup Kitchen Executive Director and Staff, and especially Ms. Kelli Reeves. They also appreciate all of their newer bowlers and donors and hope they’ll be around for the next 17 years! Back to the Bowl: All 30 lanes are filled! Didn’t get a lane this year? You can still come down and cheer on your favorite team! Trophies with be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and the coveted traveling Team Spirit trophy for the team showing the most spirit, enthusiasm and sportsmanship. For additional information or if you wish to donate a door prize, please call Debbie Gillespie at (269) 313-0688 or email her at<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. Have a great week, shop locally for Spring Break and Easter items and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /><br /> (269) 925-1111<br />

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