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Sale Dates: Jan 17 Thru Jan 23, 2010 of St. Joseph . . . . . . . . . Pg 9 . . . . . . Pg 11 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 11-14 Moody on The Market Pat Moody Midwest Glass & Mirror of Stevensville has launched the New Year in strong fash- ion, as they continue an enviable growth pat- tern that is making them not only a local leader, but a regional one as well. Tom Porcaro tells me that they recently opened a new location in Grand Rapids, and they are now in the process of remodeling their show- room on Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. Planning is underway to showcase that newly remodeled showroom in a public Open House on February 24th from 3 until 7pm. That will also be their opportunity to show off a number of new products that Midwest Glass & Mirror has added into their product mix. Things like “Recycled Glass” wall panels and counter tops. Those who have seen them call the pan- els “breathtaking.” They are manufactured largely from 77% recycled glass and come in a variety of colors. Midwest is now also expanding their product line to include mar- ble, granite and other related products. Midwest Glass founders Greg Haynes, Jon Gaunder, and key players like Tom Porcaro have worked diligently to encourage success- ful local bidding on major projects and many residential opportunities alike. Congratulations on your ongoing expansion, and your excep- tional growth in the local community as well. Keep up the great work, guys! Just up the road a bit, there’s some confu- sion over the fate of the Stevensville Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant. Neighboring workers at the Baymont Inn say that the res- taurant has been closed, and no snow plows have cleared the lot since the end of the year. While there are signs in the doorways that indicate the restaurant is “Closed for Continued on page 8 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: MAILSUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com The St. Joseph Shiver Here is a Snow Bird’s Eye View of the St. Joseph River. Photo by Gary Jesswein January 16, 2010 SEE PAGE 15! celebrating the new Year with these incredible giveawaYs! Gift Cards Available Sweatshirts $5.00 OFF Buy 10 Coffees for Only $10.00 Proudly Serving the Best Coffee in the World! Buy 1 T-shirt Get 1 T-shirt FREE! (No Limit) Minestrone Soup Bit of Swiss Goods Proudly serving southwest Michigan for 17 years! (Offers expire 2-28-10) Buy 1 Quart Soup Get 1 Large Container of Croutons FREE Excludes Minestrone Superbook coupons expiring soon! Buy 1 Sandwich, Get 1 FREE Buy 1 Waffle , Get 1 FREE Buy 1 Minestrone & Bread, Get 1 FREE Ice Festival - February 12,13 & 14 Stop in and get warm! 50¢ OFF Chocolate! Hot Buy 1 Entree Get 1 FREE! Includes Pizza Lunch & Dinner Valid Mon & Tues 516 Pleasant Street • Downtown St. Joseph • 983-DELI (3354) Wireless • Catering • Carry - Out Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 16, 2010 Beer • Wine • Espresso • Tea Hurry In! Join us in During the

Moody on The Market

Pat Moody

Midwest Glass & Mirror of Stevensville has launched the New Year in strong fashion, as they continue an enviable growth pattern that is making them not only a local leader, but a regional one as well. Tom Porcaro tells me that they recently opened a new location in Grand Rapids, and they are now in the process of remodeling their showroom on Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville.<br /> <br /> Planning is underway to showcase that newly remodeled showroom in a public Open House on February 24th from 3 until 7pm. That will also be their opportunity to show off a number of new products that Midwest Glass & Mirror has added into their product mix. Things like “Recycled Glass” wall panels and counter tops. Those who have seen them call the panels “breathtaking.” They are manufactured largely from 77% recycled glass and come in a variety of colors. Midwest is now also expanding their product line to include marble, granite and other related products.<br /> <br /> Midwest Glass founders Greg Haynes, Jon Gaunder, and key players like Tom Porcaro have worked diligently to encourage successful local bidding on major projects and many residential opportunities alike. Congratulations on your ongoing expansion, and your exceptional growth in the local community as well.<br /> <br /> Keep up the great work, guys!<br /> <br /> Just up the road a bit, there’s some confusion over the fate of the Stevensville Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant. Neighboring workers at the Baymont Inn say that the restaurant has been closed, and no snow plows have cleared the lot since the end of the year.<br /> <br /> While there are signs in the doorways that indicate the restaurant is “Closed forWays that indicate the restaurant is “Closed for Remodeling,” no such work has begun as yet.<br /> <br /> Attempts to further define the temporary closure have gone unanswered thus far, so we’ll all have to stay tuned for additional information. The Baymont folks are concerned, because they have many people tell them that they select the Inn due to its close proximity to Popeye’s, a treat that many travelers don’t have access to in their own hometowns. They are also concerned that many of the soon to arrive temporary workers at The Cook Plant, will be “hurting for their Popeye’s,” too.<br /> <br /> Speaking of the Cook Plant, grant applications for $100 and above are once again available from Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant. Appropriately dubbed “The Heart of Cook,” the grant program is administered annually by the Berrien Community Foundation, to assist educational, human services, and environmental non-profit projects in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana. Cook employees volunteer thousands of hours to community organizations each year according to their Chief Nuclear Officer Joe Jensen, and this program is another way in which they express their appreciation for working and living in the local communities. Last year alone the program donated $56,000.00 for 33 non-profit programs and special projects. The grant application deadline is February 9th, with awards announced in May. Applications are available online at www.berriencommunity.org. The Berrien Community Foundation, by the way, is one of the key funders annually of the Lake Michigan College Community Leadership Academy. That annual training program is drawing close to its own application deadline, and local companies and organizations that would like to get individuals enrolled need to get the application process completed soon. It is a long-standing and outstanding multi-week program targeting emerging managers and directors, established leaders who are looking to refresh their skills and gain new knowledge, executives who are new to the community, and individuals who are searching for new opportunities to contribute to their own organizations.<br /> <br /> Many strong leaders in the community are past graduates of the program, and there are scholarship opportunities available. The classes will take place in half-day sessions every Thursday morning at LMC’s M-Tec Campus from February 25th through May 20th this year.<br /> <br /> Nominations and applications are being accepted now. To learn more, go online to www.lakemichigancollege.edu/leadership. The deadline is closing in, so do it today!<br /> <br /> With the arrival of the 2010 calendar, has come a name change and impending move for the former Frenz & Company. On January 1st, John & Kristy Sandmann became the owners of the salon, and they have changed the name to Reva Salon & Spa. Along with the name change comes a relocation of the business, soon, to become a part of Sandmann’s Barbershop, just north of the current location. Previous owner Angela Grimes and Kristy want everyone to know that the Frenz business is not closing, just moving and changing names. Sandmann’s Barbershop has been around for 55 years now, started by John’s grandfather who died last spring. Family members are all still barbers there, and they have added onto the building, providing an additional 1,800 square feet of salon and spa space for Reva. There are 17 girls employed there offering services from hair to nails and facials to massages and steam therapy.<br /> <br /> They even offer 3D and 4D Ultrasound with Belly & Sole, owned and operated by Kristy’s sister, Jamie Murphy. The phone number remains the same at 983-7077, and once completely relocated, you will find them at 2036 Washington Avenue, next to The Chicken Coop. Congratulations John & Kristy, and best of luck with your newly expanded venture.<br /> <br /> Mid-winter savings will be the order of the day as FuzzyButz Pet Bakery in downtown St. Joseph fires up their 6thAnniversary Celebration. Always looking to make certain that you, the customer, are the focal point, Mary Schaut tells me that they have launched a contest for customers as a part of the anniversary doings.<br /> <br /> They are looking for items that you would like to see carried at the very popular pet shop. The Schauts are planning to do a bit of remodeling this year, and they are looking for shopper input.<br /> <br /> The three best ideas…or at least the ones that Mary likes best…will earn some nice prizes. So, whether you’re looking for a few lines of pet food, more supplies, a larger toy selection, or whatever, send the crew at FuzzyButz an e-mail or stop in and offer a suggestion or two, and they’ll take it from there. You’ll find them in the house at 613 Broad Street in downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Even though our Sears store in the Orchards Mall is long gone, at least one fan of Sears Optical is imploring that we all recognize that they are still here and have relocated to the<br /> <br /> J. C. Penney Court in the mall. Barbara Paxson fired off an e-mail to me asking for my help in alerting you to that change, especially in light of the fact that their phone number is not in the local book, it appears only in the Yellow Book. The phone number for Sears Optical is 927-5914, and Barbara, for one, finds them to be very friendly and extremely helpful, and a steady resource to her family for many years. So, Barbara…mission accomplished.<br /> <br /> Those who have entered the New Year looking for a new look or feel are officially invited to YAMA Hair & Body Salon, where they are kicking open the door onto their 7th year in business at 2660 N. M-63 in Benton Harbor. A huge Makeover Party gets underway next Friday evening (January 22nd) from 5:30pm until the party’s over. YAMA will help you with weight loss, detox, fuller hair, a younger look and a whole lot more. Prizes will be awarded as a part of the big party, and all they ask is that you RSVP in case there is a snow day. To make your reservation, call 849-4020 and ask for Melody or Taylor. For natural remedies from head to toe, YAMA awaits your arrival.<br /> <br /> The LMC Mendel Center plays host to an outstanding Cabin Fever Reliever next Saturday, January 23rd from 4pm until 9pm with their Winter Delights: A Festival of Wine, Food and Jazz in the Grand Upton Hall. Featuring a sampling of local wines from Tabor Hill, Lemon Creek, Leelanau Wine Cellars, Grand Traverse Distillers and Round Barn Winery and local cuisines from the likes of Port 412, Schu’s Grill & Bar, Tulips, and the LMC Conference Services team, you’ll also find lots of great surprises. Other vendors participating inThe event include The Chocolate Garden, Sweetfire Salsa, Dancing Goat Creamery, and Cruise Planners/Advantage Travel of Southwest Michigan, Lambrecht’s Liquors and more. One of the highlights of the night will be the outstanding music of Bryan Lubeck and Acoustic Vineyard. Tickets are just $15 in advance at www.winterdelightsfestival.com, or $20 at the door. You’ll learn a lot more about the event at that site as well. If you have questions, contact Colleen Villa at 027-6532. Looks to be a truly exciting night out on the town.<br /> <br /> A couple of days later, you can continue the party by venturing into the 100 Women Strong Annual Wine & Dine Event for 2010 at Port 412 in downtown St. Joseph. This hearty band of outstanding women is offering up two hours of great food, wine and fun featuring wines from Tabor Hill, Lemon Creek and Round Barn Wineries. Also on the docket are lots of tasty small plate specials including Maryland Style Crab Cakes, Bruschetta and Hummus, and Margarita Pizza. Entry fee is $40 and is accepted at the door, with proceeds going to 100 Women Strong, which provides modest, one-time financial assistance to women in Berrien County, who are ineligible for other community resources but find themselves in need of emergency help.<br /> <br /> Please RSVP your attendance at this great event by sending an email reservation to 00womenstrongberrien@gmail.com. The event runs from 5 until 7pm on Monday, January 25th.<br /> <br /> Boy Scout Troop 623 at First Congregational Church of St. Joseph is celebrating their 90th Anniversary on Saturday, January 30th at the church’s fellowship hall at 2001 Niles Avenue from 3 until 5pm. Former scouts, leaders, families and the public are all invited, and they are looking for old photos, scout memorabilia and the like at their website, www.bsatroop623.org. This troop is one of the oldest in the entire nation, and they are hoping for a strong turnout.<br /> <br /> Club H20, which is a program of Well of Grace Ministries in St. Joe, is offering a 12-week program especially designed for girls aged 13 to 18 providing a safe place to connect and increase self-esteem. It helps young women discover who they are, and celebrates what makes them unique.<br /> <br /> Classes are taught by trained counselors and are free of charge. Winter sessions begin soon, and there are openings for the Tuesday afternoon class at First Church of God in St. Joseph. To register, call Well of Grace at 428-9355.<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Hi, Pat…I just wanted to give a special thanks to Michelle Grimm at the Orchards Mall for helping Upton Middle School with a recent book fair. They lent us a white rabbit costume worn by a math teacher for an entire school day. During the book fair, students were able to vote for the teacher they wanted to be a white rabbit for the day. Ben Holleman was the winning teacher, and we appreciate the Mall’s help. Amy Dirlam, Media Specialist. Happy to share the word, Amy.<br /> <br /> Happy to reading to all of you!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week and we’ll see you Saturday, right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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