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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad on Page 8 April 16, 2016 Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 16, 2016 Volume 17, Ver. 16 Moody on The Market M oody Pat I t might be hard to deter-mine who is more geeked about the arrival on a recent weekend of a national TV show crew in downtown St. Joseph . Was it the peo-ple who have been house hunting in the area? Was it the passersby who spotted the TV cameras and lights inside White Pine Winery in downtown St.Joseph? Was it the winemaster, Dr. Dave Miller , who owns and operates White Pine Winery? Or is it the huge cadre of fans who regularly watch the show and can’t wait for the fall release of this particular story? Time will have to tell. At any rate, the buzz has been palpable since Dr. Dave shared a photo on his Facebook page after production crews from HGTV’s House Hunters showed up to film the couple involved in this particular episode of the popular television show. You can’t actually see the couple involved in the episode for all of the lights, cameras, crew members and reflectors in the photo. They probably wouldn’t want you to see them yet anyway. The show House Hunters, for those who are unfamiliar with it, takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode shows the process as buyers search for a home. Typically, at least three homes are showcased as options as the Realtors share the amenities of each location and property. At the conclusion of the show, the site selected by the buyers is revealed and then they fast forward a couple of months to see how they have settled in. The scenes shot at White Pine Winery were of the couple spotlighted in this episode as they discuss the pros and cons of what they have seen and try to whittle the decision down to the property they want to buy. Dr. Dave shared on his Facebook page the following comment: “Guess who was at our tasting room today...HGTV filming House Hunters! They shot video of the couple contemplating which house to buy while sipping White Pine wines. How cool!” Nearly 100 fans commented on the photo, liked it, or shared it with others, and Dave also told his fellow merchants through a St. Joseph Today merchants channel about the encounter with fame. He reported to them: “Wanted to let you all know that we had HGTV in the store yesterday shooting an episode of House Hunters! The young couple sipped White Pine wines while contemplating their home pur-chase decision. The show will air in October and will be another opportunity for our community to show off on a national stage!” Dr. Dave says he had to promise not to tell anyone except for his staff about the taping until after it was over so as not to attract a crowd, complicating the production. As Dave told fellow merchants, the HGTV crews indi-cated that this episode will air in about 6-months, sometime in October. He promises to give us all a reminder when the show is slated to hit the airwaves, after which it will also be available online, on the show’s website. For real this time: Stay Tuned! Not since 1988 had an American -made cheese SUMMER CLASSES Start May 9 Whether you’re getting ahead or catching up, LMC makes it easy with small class sizes and affordable tuition. REGISTER NOW! Apply for free at lakemichigancollege.edu or call (269) 927-8626 CONTACT Napier Avenue Campus 2755 E. Napier Avenue Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Bertrand Crossing Campus 1905 Foundation Drive Niles, MI 49120 South Haven Campus 125 Veterans Boulevard South Haven, MI 49090 VISIT lakemichigancollege.edu CONNECT 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 • Ace Hardware • Save-A-Lot Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 10

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It might be hard to determine who is more geeked about the arrival on a recent weekend of a national TV show crew in downtown St. Joseph. Was it the people who have been house hunting in the area? Was it the passersby who spotted the TV cameras and lights inside White Pine Winery in downtown St.Joseph? Was it the winemaster, Dr. Dave Miller, who owns and operates White Pine Winery? Or is it the huge cadre of fans who regularly watch the show and can’t wait for the fall release of this particular story? Time will have to tell. At any rate, the buzz has been palpable since Dr. Dave shared a photo on his Facebook page after production crews from HGTV’s House Hunters showed up to film the couple involved in this particular episode of the popular television show. You can’t actually see the couple involved in the episode for all of the lights, cameras, crew members and reflectors in the photo. They probably wouldn’t want you to see them yet anyway. The show House Hunters, for those who are unfamiliar with it, takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode shows the process as buyers search for a home. Typically, at least three homes are showcased as options as the Realtors share the amenities of each location and property. At the conclusion of the show, the site selected by the buyers is revealed and then they fast forward a couple of months to see how they have settled in.

The scenes shot at White Pine Winery were of the couple spotlighted in this episode as they discuss the pros and cons of what they have seen and try to whittle the decision down to the property they want to buy. Dr. Dave shared on his Facebook page the following comment: “Guess who was at our tasting room today...HGTV filming House Hunters! They shot video of the couple contemplating which house to buy while sipping White Pine wines. How cool!” Nearly 100 fans commented on the photo, liked it, or shared it with others, and Dave also told his fellow merchants through a St. Joseph Today merchants channel about the encounter with fame. He reported to them: “Wanted to let you all know that we had HGTV in the store yesterday shooting an episode of House Hunters! The young couple sipped White Pine wines while contemplating their home purchase decision. The show will air in October and will be another opportunity for our community to show off on a national stage!” Dr. Dave says he had to promise not to tell anyone except for his staff about the taping until after it was over so as not to attract a crowd, complicating the production. As Dave told fellow merchants, the HGTV crews indicated that this episode will air in about 6-months, sometime in October. He promises to give us all a reminder when the show is slated to hit the airwaves, after which it will also be available online, on the show’s website. For real this time: Stay Tuned!

Not since 1988 had an American-made cheese managed to take the title in the World Championship Cheese Contest conducted every year in Wisconsin. That dry spell dramatically ended when a Wisconsin cheese officially took the title and a dynamic trophy. The winner was Emmi Roth USA. Emmi Roth USA’s Wisconsin-made Grand Cru Surchoix was the first U.S. cheese to win a World Championship Cheese Contest in 28 years. America’s Dairyland was finally back on top. The contest proved to be a rewarding one for local cheesemaker Francois Capt and his team at Benton Harbor’s Old Europe Cheese Company as well. Old Europe’s Natural Smoked Gouda grabbed the Gold Medal and their Camembert Traditonnel swept the Silver Medal in the 2016 World Championships held in Madison, Wisconsin last month. The large cheese manufacturing plant on Empire Avenue in Benton Charter Township has a burgeoning trophy case from similar competitions over the years. Its very first cheese 28 years ago won the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. Last year at this same competition, Old Europe garnered one Gold Medal, a Silver and Bronze and two fourth place finishes from among more than 2,600 entries from 22 nations. This year’s competition was a record-breaker with 2,955 entries from 23 nations, 31 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Old Europe Cheese of Benton Harbor was launched in 1987 and is an important cog in the state of Michigan’s nearly $15-billion dairy industry, helping to generate more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs to the state’s agricultural industry. The company’s Triple-Cream Brie earned Old Europe the 2013 Grand Championship Award at the Michigan Dairy Expo at Michigan State University. The growing company also crafts Camembert, Gouda, Edam, Fontina, American Morbier and other specialty cheeses every day from their state of the art facilities which are continually upgraded for first-class performance in our own home town. Old Europe Cheese takes delivery on more than 35,000 gallons of milk every day on Empire and produces nearly 7-million pounds of cheese a year under the Reny Picot brand name. Francois Capt is a fourth-generation cheese maker who continues to work diligently to grow the brand and widen production and distribution. He has a staff of more than 120 people crafting the company’s magic every day. In 2012 the company doubled the capacity of its cooler in order to accommodate larger volumes during peak production periods. Two years ago they added on to the plant’s curing room to allow placement of another 10,000 pounds of brie every day.

Designing an environmentally friendly home for a client is one thing. Designing an environmentally friendly home capable of winning the top prize for sustainability in a statewide competition by a highly-regarded architectural design publication is, to put it bluntly -- priceless! That’s the incredible feeling being shared by John Allegretti and his colleagues at Allegretti Architects in St. Joseph as they add another prize to their burgeoning trophy case. Detroit Home Magazine’s April-May issue includes a colorful series of photographs and descriptions of the Detroit Home Design Awards for 2016, and right in the thick of things is John Allegretti’s work for a private residence in Saugatuck. The magazine describes the home and its creation this way: “In shepherding the homeowners through the evolving processes and organization of the newly emerging LEED for Homes requirements, the best methods were used to achieve an outstanding design and to provide the 92 LEED points necessary for the Platinum rating. The owners and the firm (Allegretti Architects) believe this will be a seminal home and will have a positive environmental influence on the direction of local housing.” Allegretti’s Saugatuck residential design project earned him 1st Place in the Sustainable Design Category for LEED Platinum Residence. The home was built by LAMAR Construction Company of Holland. The Laketown residence in Saugatuck portrays both system and material longevity and durability according to the lifecycle analysis, while providing compact, efficient, multi-purpose spaces. The project utilized local materials and contractors and the site specific construction practices were designed to minimize the environmental impact. It’s not the first time that Allegretti has scored in the Detroit Home Design Awards, and likely won’t be the last with the success he has enjoyed, and the reputation he has among colleagues and the architectural design community throughout the Midwest. Allegretti Architects is headquartered in an historically significant building at 500 Main Street in St. Joseph that was home to the public library for many years, decades ago. You can reach John and his crew by phone at 269-983-1100 or click the link to learn more about the firm: allegrettiarchitects.com

When Kim and Roger Stokes planted their first blueberry field in 1978 it was a considerable gamble. That’s the nature of any farming venture, because you can do everything right, but still be clobbered by Mother Nature. Fortunately for the Stokes family of Grand Junction in Van Buren County, the hard work, dedication and plenty of prayer quickly helped their small business enterprise to blossom. After spending spare time after their full-time jobs sticking cuttings in their hand-made greenhouse, picking berries and selling plants, the farm expanded. Now, they own more than 500 acres of blueberries, a frozen-packing plant, fresh-pack plant and a nursery. In fact, they buy and sell for dozens of local growers. By 2011 the couple’s love for farming and community inspired them to add on a farm market and they created the Stokes Homestead Farm Market at 13988 CR 215 in Grand Junction and really ratcheted things up a notch. Now, as they prepare for their sixth season in business, the Stokes family owns more than 60 acres of strawberries, apples, asparagus, pumpkins and many other fruits and vegetables to go along with those blueberries. All of the crops are sold in their Homestead Market, and it is truly a family affair with all three of their children, Jamie Stokes- Glowacki, Megan Stokes-Romano and Seth Stokes involved on the farm in one way or the other. The sprawling market is far more than simply a fruit and vegetable stand. It is a full-tilt community center featuring all manner of events, fundraisers, outings, tours and more. In addition to the bounty of mother nature sold there, you’ll find Hazel’s Kitchen, a cafe and bakery serving breakfast and lunch in season from May through October...a wine and hard cider tasting bar...a store offering canned goods, jewelry, candles, woodwork and much more...wagon rides...U-pick options in the fields of the farm...local artists as vendors...and even field trips and tour group opportunities. The market will open on May 19th and this year’s Opening Weekend will take place on May 21st and 22nd after which they’ll be open for the season right up until the end of October. You’ll want to make plans now, however, for many of their events so you can get them on your calendar. Here’s what you can expect to find this season at the Stokes Homestead Farm Market just 12 miles east of South Haven: May 28th & 29th -- Memorial Day Hometown Heroes Weekend with free admission to all veterans of military service, active duty military, police, firefighters, first responders and their families…June (TBA) -- Yoga in the Orchards… June 25th & 26th -- Strawberry Jamboree Craft Show…August 5th -- Dinner on the Farm… September 11th -- Grandparent’s Day…September 17th -- Dirt in the Skirt 5K, raising money for childhood cancer research with a goal of at least doubling last year’s inaugural run tally of $2,500…September 25th -- Farmer’s Appreciation Day…September 30th -- Shadow Hollow Haunt gets underway… October 15th & 16th -- Homestead Fall Festival… October 28th -- Feast & Fear Dinner. You can register online and/or buy tickets for individual events online by clicking the link below at any time. As you can see, this is a family whose market has a mission to bring both fun-raising and fund-raising to the entire community. They were recognized in 2014 by the Chamber of Commerce as Innovative Business of the Year for all of the things they do. You can follow the market and its happenings and fruit and vegetable arrivals on their Facebook page, and you can learn more at their website by going to the link www.stokeshomestead.com.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Stevensville has designated next Thursday, April 21 at 6:30pm as their next worship at the cross for Jesus Cares. Jesus Cares is a Christ-centered ministry that reaches out to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. At St. Paul’s their Jesus Cares program provides individuals with special needs the opportunity to hear God’s Word, participate in activities and engage in fellowship with family members, volunteers, and community members. They use Worship at the Cross, a simplified service. Pictures and symbols lead participants through the parts of the service. Simple rhythm instruments allow non-readers or those who are nonverbal to make a joyful noise to the Lord. A PowerPoint presentation is used for a responsive worship service that supports a message that involves multiple senses. If you would more information about the Jesus Cares program, please contact Donna Schiman: deschiman2@comcast.net or call the church office: 269-429-5141.

The Lincoln Township Volunteer Corps has scheduled the first road cleanup of I-94’s Exit 23 for next Saturday, April 23rd. Those interested in volunteering should call the Lincoln Township office at 429-1589 to sign up. Volunteers will meet at the Township Hall at 2055 John Beers Road at 8am for a mandatory MDOT safety briefing, pick up safety vests and trash bags and draw assigned sectors of the interchange and parking lots. You must be at least 12 years old.

That’s it for this week, folks. See you Saturday right here in MailMax!

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