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Sale Dates: Jan 31 Thru Feb 6, 2010 of St. Joseph Coupon Page. . . . . . . . Pg 9 BRIDAL GUIDE 2010 Pg11-14 . . . . . . . . . Pg 17 . . . . . . . . Pg 19 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 20-22 Moody on The Market Pat Moody There aren’t too many among us who can say that we have a passion for taxes, but at least one local family has turned filing your taxes into a veritable art form, and they cer- tainly must enjoy the process because they get more deeply entrenched with every passing day. Thelma Evett of Watervliet got the engine running in her family by taking on the Watervliet franchise for H&R Block. That was more than 38 years ago, in 1972. She clearly must have loved the job of helping everyday people file their income tax returns, because the idea caught fire with her daughters and a son-in-law. Thelma’s daughter, Glynna Parker has owned and operated the South Haven and Bangor offices of the tax prepara- tion company since 1991. Glynna and her husband Ben recently purchased the corpo- rately-owned Benton Harbor and St. Joseph offices of H&R Block, adding substantially to their tax expertise holdings. The corporate offices are being converted to local franchises in a number of locations due to the hands-on leadership exhibited in many markets. The two local offices had been managed by the firm’s district office in Michigan City, Indiana until the sale to the Parkers who live in Benton Harbor. But wait…there’s more! Thelma’s daughter (and Glynna’s sister) Tammy Fries is the owner and operator of the H&R Block franchise offices in Paw Paw and Gobles. Now, that, my friends, is sheer dedication to the task at hand and the Block brand. They take a great deal of pride and share responsi- bilities in operating all seven of their locations scattered across Michigan’s Great Southwest. With that many years of experience, and that depth of knowledge, you can probably be rea- Continued on page 16 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Iceman Cometh The icy grip of Old Man Winter has returned. Photo by Denise Nelson Glenda Head .......... Pg 2 Don Stuart ............ Pg 6 Lake Michigan Admirals . Pg 8 Miss Benton Harbor..... Pg 8 Fun Things to do ....... Pg 10 Pastor Glenn........... Pg 10 Ask The Pharmacist..... Pg 15 Student Athlete......... Pg 15 Pet Corner ............ Pg 18 Dinner/Dance Benefit ... 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Pg 20-22 Moody on The Market Pat Moody There aren’t too many among us who can say that we have a passion for taxes, but at least one local family has turned filing your taxes into a veritable art form, and they cer- tainly must enjoy the process because they get more deeply entrenched with every passing day. Thelma Evett of Watervliet got the engine running in her family by taking on the Watervliet franchise for H&R Block. That was more than 38 years ago, in 1972. She clearly must have loved the job of helping everyday people file their income tax returns, because the idea caught fire with her daughters and a son-in-law. Thelma’s daughter, Glynna Parker has owned and operated the South Haven and Bangor offices of the tax prepara- tion company since 1991. Glynna and her husband Ben recently purchased the corpo- rately-owned Benton Harbor and St. Joseph offices of H&R Block, adding substantially to their tax expertise holdings. The corporate offices are being converted to local franchises in a number of locations due to the hands-on leadership exhibited in many markets. The two local offices had been managed by the firm’s district office in Michigan City, Indiana until the sale to the Parkers who live in Benton Harbor. But wait…there’s more! Thelma’s daughter (and Glynna’s sister) Tammy Fries is the owner and operator of the H&R Block franchise offices in Paw Paw and Gobles. Now, that, my friends, is sheer dedication to the task at hand and the Block brand. They take a great deal of pride and share responsi- bilities in operating all seven of their locations scattered across Michigan’s Great Southwest. With that many years of experience, and that depth of knowledge, you can probably be rea- Continued on page 16 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Iceman Cometh The icy grip of Old Man Winter has returned. Photo by Denise Nelson Glenda Head .......... Pg 2 Don Stuart ............ Pg 6 Lake Michigan Admirals . Pg 8 Miss Benton Harbor..... Pg 8 Fun Things to do ....... Pg 10 Pastor Glenn........... Pg 10 Ask The Pharmacist..... Pg 15 Student Athlete......... Pg 15 Pet Corner ............ Pg 18 Dinner/Dance Benefit ... Pg 19 January 30, 2010 Buy 1 get 1 FREE The Double ButterBurger® Cheese Sandwich Shown: The Double ButterBurger® Cheese Sandwich Buy 1 get 1 FREE 2-Scoop Turtle Sundae Any 2-Scoop Sundae Shown: FREE ncrete Mixer ete Mixer Shown: Mint Oreo® ed on purchase at regular menu Not valid with any other offer. Value 1/200 cent. Limit one coupon per person per visit. Valid only at participating Culver’s® Chicken Tenders Value Basket or Chicken Sandwich Value Basket spy Chicken Sandwich Value Basket $1 OFF Shown: Based on purchase at regular menu price. Please no substitutions. restaurants. Expires 02/28/10. CFSI-1/10 lease no substitutions. Not valid h any other offer. Value 1/200 cent. oupon per person per visit. Valid articipating Culver’s® Any Value Basket $1 $1 OFF ale Dates: Jan 31 Thru Feb 6, 2010 of Jan 31 Thru Feb 6, 2010 of St. Joseph Coupon Page. . . . . . . . Pg 9 BRIDAL GUIDE 2010 Pg11-14 . . . . . . . . . Pg 17 . . . . . . . . Pg 19 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 20-22 Moody on The Market Pat Moody There aren’t too many among us who can say that we have a passion for taxes, but at least one local family has turned filing your taxes into a veritable art form, and they cer- tainly must enjoy the process because they get more deeply entrenched with every passing day. Thelma Evett of Watervliet got the engine running in her family by taking on the Watervliet franchise for H&R Block. That was more than 38 years ago, in 1972. She clearly must have loved the job of helping everyday people file their income tax returns, because the idea caught fire with her daughters and a son-in-law. Thelma’s daughter, Glynna Parker has owned and operated the South Haven and Bangor offices of the tax prepara- tion company since 1991. Glynna and her husband Ben recently purchased the corpo- rately-owned Benton Harbor and St. Joseph offices of H&R Block, adding substantially to their tax expertise holdings. The corporate offices are being converted to local franchises in a number of locations due to the hands-on leadership exhibited in many markets. The two local offices had been managed by the firm’s district office in Michigan City, Indiana until the sale to the Parkers who live in Benton Harbor. But wait…there’s more! Thelma’s daughter (and Glynna’s sister) Tammy Fries is the owner and operator of the H&R Block franchise offices in Paw Paw and Gobles. Now, that, my friends, is sheer dedication to the task at hand and the Block brand. They take a great deal of pride and share responsi- bilities in operating all seven of their locations scattered across Michigan’s Great Southwest. With that many years of experience, and that depth of knowledge, you can probably be rea- Continued on page 16 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Iceman Cometh The icy grip of Old Man Winter has returned. Photo by Denise Nelson Glenda Head .......... Pg 2 Don Stuart ............ Pg 6 Lake Michigan Admirals . Pg 8 Miss Benton Harbor..... Pg 8 Fun Things to do ....... Pg 10 Pastor Glenn........... Pg 10 Ask The Pharmacist..... Pg 15 Student Athlete......... Pg 15 Pet Corner ............ Pg 18 Dinner/Dance Benefit ... Pg 19 January 30, 2010 Buy 1 get 1 FREE The Double ButterBurger® Cheese Sandwich Shown: The Double ButterBurger® Cheese Sandwich Buy 1 get 1 FREE 2-Scoop Turtle Sundae Any 2-Scoop Sundae Shown: FREE ncrete Mixer ete Mixer Shown: Mint Oreo® ed on purchase at regular menu Not valid with any other offer. Value 1/200 cent. Limit one coupon per person per visit. Valid only at participating Culver’s® Chicken Tenders Value Basket or Chicken Sandwich Value Basket spy Chicken Sandwich Value Basket $1 OFF Shown: Based on purchase at regular menu price. Please no substitutions. restaurants. Expires 02/28/10. CFSI-1/10 lease no substitutions. Not valid h any other offer. Value 1/200 cent. oupon per person per visit. Valid articipating Culver’s® Any Value Basket $1 OFF restaurants. restaurants. Expires 02/28/10. CFSI-1/10 id with any other offer. t participating Culver’s® es 02/28/10. CFSI-1/10 Any Entrée Salad Shown: $1 OFF nberry n Bleu d with oasted hicken : Jan 31 Thru Feb 6, 2010 of St. Joseph Coupon Page. . . . . . . . Pg 9 BRIDAL GUIDE 2010 Pg11-14 . . . . . . . . . Pg 17 . . . . . . . . Pg 19 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 20-22 Moody on The Market Pat Moody There aren’t too many among us who can say that we have a passion for taxes, but at least one local family has turned filing your taxes into a veritable art form, and they cer- tainly must enjoy the process because they get more deeply entrenched with every passing day. Thelma Evett of Watervliet got the engine running in her family by taking on the Watervliet franchise for H&R Block. That was more than 38 years ago, in 1972. She clearly must have loved the job of helping everyday people file their income tax returns, because the idea caught fire with her daughters and a son-in-law. Thelma’s daughter, Glynna Parker has owned and operated the South Haven and Bangor offices of the tax prepara- tion company since 1991. Glynna and her husband Ben recently purchased the corpo- rately-owned Benton Harbor and St. Joseph offices of H&R Block, adding substantially to their tax expertise holdings. The corporate offices are being converted to local franchises in a number of locations due to the hands-on leadership exhibited in many markets. The two local offices had been managed by the firm’s district office in Michigan City, Indiana until the sale to the Parkers who live in Benton Harbor. But wait…there’s more! Thelma’s daughter (and Glynna’s sister) Tammy Fries is the owner and operator of the H&R Block franchise offices in Paw Paw and Gobles. Now, that, my friends, is sheer dedication to the task at hand and the Block brand. They take a great deal of pride and share responsi- bilities in operating all seven of their locations scattered across Michigan’s Great Southwest. With that many years of experience, and that depth of knowledge, you can probably be rea- Continued on page 16 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Iceman Cometh The icy grip of Old Man Winter has returned. Photo by Denise Nelson Glenda Head .......... Pg 2 Don Stuart ............ Pg 6 Lake Michigan Admirals . Pg 8 Miss Benton Harbor..... Pg 8 Fun Things to do ....... Pg 10 Pastor Glenn........... Pg 10 Ask The Pharmacist..... Pg 15 Student Athlete......... Pg 15 Pet Corner ............ Pg 18 Dinner/Dance Benefit ... Pg 19 January 30, 2010 Buy 1 get 1 FREE The Double ButterBurger® Cheese Sandwich Shown: The Double ButterBurger® Cheese Sandwich Buy 1 get 1 FREE 2-Scoop Turtle Sundae Any 2-Scoop Sundae Shown: FREE ncrete Mixer ete Mixer Shown: Mint Oreo® ed on purchase at regular menu Not valid with any other offer. Value 1/200 cent. Limit one coupon per person per visit. Valid only at participating Culver’s® Chicken Tenders Value Basket or Chicken Sandwich Value Basket spy Chicken Sandwich Value Basket $1 OFF Shown: Based on purchase at regular menu price. Please no substitutions. restaurants. Expires 02/28/10. CFSI-1/10 lease no substitutions. Not valid h any other offer. Value 1/200 cent. oupon per person per visit. Valid articipating Culver’s® Any Value Basket $1 OFF restaurants. Expires 02/28/10. CFSI-1/10 id with any other offer. t participating Culver’s® es 02/28/10. CFSI-1/10 Any Entrée Salad Shown: $1 OFF nberry n Bleu d with oasted hicken titutions. titutions. Not valid with on per person per visit. Valid only at participating Culver’s restaurants. Expires 02/28/10. CFSI-1/10 Sale Date Sale Date Dates: Jan 31 Thru Feb 6, 2010 of St. Joseph Coupon Pa ale Dates: Jan 31 Thru Feb 6, 2010 of St. Joseph Coupon Page. . . . . . . . Pg 9 BRIDAL GUIDE 2010 Pg11-14 . . . . . . . . . Pg 17 . . . . . . . . Pg 19 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 20-22 Moody on The Market Pat Moody There aren’t too many among us who can say that we have a passion for taxes, but at least one local family has turned filing your taxes into a veritable art form, and they cer- tainly must enjoy the process because they get more deeply entrenched with every passing day. Thelma Evett of Watervliet got the engine running in her family by taking on the Watervliet franchise for H&R Block. That was more than 38 years ago, in 1972. She clearly must have loved the job of helping everyday people file their income tax returns, because the idea caught fire with her daughters and a son-in-law. Thelma’s daughter, Glynna Parker has owned and operated the South Haven and Bangor offices of the tax prepara- tion company since 1991. Glynna and her husband Ben recently purchased the corpo- rately-owned Benton Harbor and St. Joseph offices of H&R Block, adding substantially to their tax expertise holdings. The corporate offices are being converted to local franchises in a number of locations due to the hands-on leadership exhibited in many markets. The two local offices had been managed by the firm’s district office in Michigan City, Indiana until the sale to the Parkers who live in Benton Harbor. But wait…there’s more! Thelma’s daughter (and Glynna’s sister) Tammy Fries is the owner and operator of the H&R Block franchise offices in Paw Paw and Gobles. Now, that, my friends, is sheer dedication to the task at hand and the Block brand. They take a great deal of pride and share responsi- bilities in operating all seven of their locations scattered across Michigan’s Great Southwest. With that many years of experience, and that depth of knowledge, you can probably be rea- Continued on page 16 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Iceman Cometh The icy grip of Old Man Winter has returned. Photo by Denise Nelson Glenda Head .......... Pg 2 Don Stuart ............ Pg 6 Lake Michigan Admirals . Pg 8 Miss Benton Harbor..... Pg 8 Fun Things to do ....... 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There aren’t too many among us who can say that we have a passion for taxes, but at least one local family has turned filing your taxes into a veritable art form, and they certainly must enjoy the process because they get more deeply entrenched with every passing day. Thelma Evett of Watervliet got the engine running in her family by taking on the Watervliet franchise for H&R Block. That was more than 38 years ago, in 1972. She clearly must have loved the job of helping everyday people file their income tax returns, because the idea caught fire with her daughters and a son-in-law. Thelma’s daughter, Glynna Parker has owned and operated the South Haven and Bangor offices of the tax preparation company since 1991. Glynna and her husband Ben recently purchased the corporately- owned Benton Harbor and St. Joseph offices of H&R Block, adding substantially to their tax expertise holdings. The corporate offices are being converted to local franchises in a number of locations due to the hands-on leadership exhibited in many markets. The two local offices had been managed by the firm’s district office in Michigan City, Indiana until the sale to the Parkers who live in Benton Harbor. But wait…there’s more! Thelma’s daughter (and Glynna’s sister) Tammy Fries is the owner and operator of the H&R Block franchise offices in Paw Paw and Gobles.<br /> <br /> Now, that, my friends, is sheer dedication to the task at hand and the Block brand. They take a great deal of pride and share responsibilities in operating all seven of their locations scattered across Michigan’s Great Southwest.<br /> <br /> With that many years of experience, and that depth of knowledge, you can probably be rea-Knowledge, you can probably be reasonably assured that you’re in good hands when it comes to timely and accurate filings of those dreaded 1040’s! Congratulations on your tax empire!<br /> <br /> Get ready for the largest garage door showroom in the entire region, thanks to our friends at Guse-Hahn Garage Doors.<br /> <br /> Co-owner Jerry Emhoff tells me that after nearly 30-years in the same location, he and his brother Randy have purchased the former Crusader Die Cast building at 2053 Plaza Drive in Benton Harbor. Effective Monday, February 1st, Guse-Hahn will relocate from Sodus to their new home which will be more centrally located to provide customers with quicker service. The Emhoffs loved their Sodus home for many years, but just felt it was time to grow again. Now, homeowners will have the opportunity to see actual doors and operators, not just pictures of what’s available.<br /> <br /> They will also offer garage door and opener parts for the do-it-yourselfers among us. They are pretty excited about the upcoming opportunities, and will be showcasing their new showroom with a spring open house in a couple of months. Congratulations, guys…and best of luck in your new location.<br /> <br /> Linear Electric’s rapid growth pattern has led them to new quarters as well, as the team of talented electricians has relocated nearby to the former Nickerson Auto Body location on Nickerson Avenue, just off of M-139 near the bus station and Chemical Bank. They had established their business in space behind the M-139 location of Subway Sandwiches and Salads across from the Fairplain Plaza, but rapidly outgrew that location.<br /> <br /> Growth and expansion are the watchwords for 2nd Look Laptops in Bridgman, too. Gary Blied has taken over a second store front alongside his Bridgman shop and has doubled the size of his computer and software company. Gary tells me that they are busier than they have ever been, and they’ve purchased new equipment and tools to better serve the growing base of customers that the company enjoys. Look for a Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting in a couple of weeks for 2nd Look Laptops at 4355 Lake Street in Bridgman.<br /> <br /> They may have called themselves Here to Spay, but they’re apparently no longer here to “stay,” because the telephone has been disconnected and the former animal clinic has apparently faded from the scene on South Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph Charter Township.<br /> <br /> Customers have been unable to determine the fate of the clinic, but it appears to be finished.<br /> <br /> The Thrift Store which opened for business just a couple of weeks before Christmas isn’t quite the “dollar store,” but it’s probably the next best thing, and it helps a myriad of charitable organizations in the region as a result. Chris and Leigh Ann Kirby have been in operation since the first of December, the response to the store has been incredible thus far, but they hope to see even more folks who are either in need or would like to help those who are in need. The Thrift Store on Mall Drive near Wal-Mart prices all kids clothing at just 99-cents, and all adult clothing at $2.49. In fact, you will find that 90-percent of the store’s inventory is priced at less than $3-dollars per item. They sell full-sized couches for $29.99 and sleeper sofas for just $34.99 as well. With the recent tougher times, economically, they felt it was time to help by doing something to change the playing field.<br /> <br /> So far, they have donated proceeds to The Soup Kitchen, the Senior Centers, Veterans groups, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and others.<br /> <br /> With people donating locally, they are able to keep prices low to keep people shopping locally and keep the money in the area. You’ll find the store open Monday through Saturday from 10am until 6pm, or you can reach them at 757-7462. They will pick up donated items for free.<br /> <br /> Mark & Mary Wortman have joined The Crawford Group, Sotheby’s Real Estate of Harbor Country. With the recent closure of the Weichert Realtors Marzke Group offices in St. Joe, Mark & Mary decided that the regional and national nature and international exposure of the Sotheby’s name would be a great logistical move in light of the impending momentum anticipated by the Harbor Shores court case victories. The couple will spearhead growth for the Crawford Group in the region from Bridgman to South Haven. The Crawford Group established a presence in Harbor Country two years ago, as an expansion from Hinsdale, Illinois. The Wortmans are excited about the new firm and the great services available. You can learn more by pointing your Internet browser to www.michigan.crawfordgroupsir.com. Amazing stories continue to flow from the Haitian earthquake tragedy, but we have a couple of local tie-ins that you can help to continue the relief efforts. Greg Allen from the Higman Park neighborhood in Benton Charter Township is currently using his own Beechcraft Baron twin-engine aircraft to shuttle people and critical supplies as a part of Agape Flights, a charity that helps with the cost of fuel. Allen is providing his own time and his own aircraft at no charge to assist in the humanitarian cause. Allen was a pilot for an executive charter air service that went out of business about half a year ago, and while he is searching for new employment he hangars his aircraft at Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor. Allen hauled more than 700 pounds of bottled water, medical supplies and doctors in and out of Haiti last week alone. He was also successful in removing an orphaned child back to the United States. You can help Greg and other generous pilot and plane owners like him by donating to pay for the cost of aviation fuel for general aviation planes at www.agapeflights.com. The National Association of Business Pilots is also assisting with coordination of these humanitarian efforts. Nice job, Greg. Keep up the outstanding work, and best of luck in your job search in the meantime.<br /> <br /> Another way that you can help with relief efforts in Haiti arrives next Saturday, February 6th when Grandpa’s Cider Mill of Coloma and Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire team up with a massive Cider Sale from which 100% of the proceeds will be sent to Haiti. That day, from 11am until 5pm, fresh pressed apple cider will be sold for $5-dollars a gallon from four different locations: The Eau Claire Fire Department on Main Street in Eau Claire…Tipton Construction at 5415 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville…Ric’s Auto at U.S. 31 and Ferry Streets in downtown Berrien Springs…and The Coloma Fire Department at 170 Washington StreetMailMax for Michigan’s Great SouthwestIn Coloma. Please take time to go out of your way that day to visit one of those locations and get a great taste of Michigan’s Great Southwest while helping a worthy cause.<br /> <br /> Speaking of worthy causes, my friends at The Bistro on the Boulevard in St. Joseph will host a delicious Brookview School Giveback Dinner this coming Thursday, February 4th wherein 25% of all sales will be donated to the school. Diners will be able to savor new and classic creations off the full Bistro menu plus fresh handmade sushi, halfprice martinis, live jazz and that incredible view of the Lake Michigan waterfront.<br /> <br /> Families and children are welcome and you can make reservations at 1-800-875-6600.<br /> <br /> You’ll find the Bistro inside The Boulevard Inn at 521 Lake Boulevard in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Its official…winter Saturdays in February can now be declared both fun and educational thanks to a weekly series of symposiums called Wine & Beer in the Mitten. It’s your opportunity to discover why Michigan is becoming a major player in American winemaking and craft beer brewing. Every Saturday through February at 4pm The Bentwood Tavern in New Buffalo’s Marina Grand Resort will provide tastings, housemade pub chips, and a fun way to spend an hour on a winter weekend. Admission is just $6-dollars, and you don’t even need a reservation.<br /> <br /> Just stop by to check it out for yourself.<br /> <br /> If you haven’t already discovered the quirky new book Sawyer People by Photographer Richard Hellyer, you might be pleasantly surprised to find a whole host of your friends and neighbors who call Sawyer home in an eclectic volume showcasing the people of that great community inside. The book debuted at Fitzgerald’s Restaurant just before Christmas and was an instant hit. So much so that Hellyer, who owns and operates The f.Stops Here, is now in negotiations for a Three Oaks People variation on the book. He is also considering a Harbor Country Artist book and who knows how many other such collectibles. Great fun, and decidedly great local color. Nice work, Richard!<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Pat…I wanted to thank you for the article in MailMax concerning our firm’s recent AIA Award. The composition was well done and the response we have received has been overwhelming. We have been fortunate in the past to have received other publicity regarding our accomplishments, but nothing compared to your column!<br /> <br /> Best regards, John Allegretti, Allegretti Architects. Just setting the record, John.<br /> <br /> Clearly, your work speaks for itself.<br /> <br /> Congratulations again. Pat, thank you for the kind write up. I hope you’ll be able to attend the open house in February. Sincerely, Tom Porcaro, Midwest Glass & Mirror. Happy to get the word out, Tom! Keep up the great work!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids! Have a great week and we’ll see you right here in MailMax on Saturday!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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