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Pat Moody

First things first…Happy Valentine’s Weekend! I wish for you nothing but the best from fine chocolates and wine to a great evening on the town…but especially for you to enjoy the friendship and loving of somebody close to spend those great things and that great time with. I hope to see you around town for the 6th Annual Magical Ice Carving Festival in downtown St. Joseph. Assuming that everything went according to plan, the festival was kicked off early yesterday afternoon, and by now there should be amazing ice sculptures on virtually every corner downtown and in front of many merchant stores. It all adds to the magical atmosphere as you do your Valentine shopping in the city’s central business district. Competition continues today, along with multiple opportunities to join in the fun with your own family and friends. Get downtown and check it out for yourself. Long after most Chicago beach bunnies had “left the building” in Harbor Country this past fall, a new arrival came onto the scene in New Buffalo that my friends tell me could very well be not only a pleasant surprise when they return this summer, but could become the next major hot spot for pizza lovers if it hasn’t already. For more than 55 years now, Villa Nova Pizzeria has been holding court in Stickney, Illinois offering up what has been described online as “pretty close to the perfect thin crust pizza.” Three years ago they established their second location in Lockport, Illinois. Now, the venerable family that has owned and operated the pizzerias since the early days has opened Villa Nova Harborside…at 134 East Buffalo Street in the city of New Buffalo. The restaurant MOODY Continued from page 1 Street in the city of New Buffalo. The restaurant opened sometime in October or November and is apparently carrying on the tradition in grand style. One diner told me that the pizza has “a terrific thin, almost crackery, kind of crust that was very crunchy.” Rave reviews in a Chicago-area online forum almost forced the administrator to shutdown his “Berwyn Pizza Project,” which was designed to determine who had the best pizza in the area, because (as he said) “Why bother? We’ve clearly found the best!” I can’t wait to give it a try myself. You’ll find Villa Nova Harborside on the same side of the road as Redamak’s burger joint…and you can reach them at 269-469-0200. Bon appétit! The awnings and other accoutrements have changed from Centennial blue to AT&T orange in Southtown St. Joseph and the Orchards Mall. With last month’s merger between Centennial Wireless and AT&T, the stores are now completely made over into AT&T shops, and now sell not only cell phones and wireless service plans, but other AT&T services including cable television and internet access. One is in the Uptown Building at Niles and Main, the other is in the Elder Beerman court of the mall. Nan Edwards, a resident of the Watervliet area for more than 30-years, is launching a new business there called The K9 Learning Center. The dog training facility will celebrate their Grand Opening on Saturday, March 6th. Puppy, beginner and advanced beginner classes are available to help develop a well-behaved pet. In fact one of the classes is designed to prepare dogs and their handlers for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. Classes for competition preparation for obedience and rally events are also available, along with private training by appointment. Nan has been training and competing for more than 25-years and has earned 18 AKC working titles. She has also worked as a judge for numerous all-breed matches, and provided foster care for several Newfoundlands. The March 6th Open House will run from noon until 4pm that day. Congratulations, Ms. Edwards…and best of luck with your new venture. There’s great pride elsewhere in the Paw Paw Lake area, thanks to a new strategic partnership creating the largest ambulance provider in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Pride Care Ambulance and the Coloma EMS created that partnership several weeks ago, merging into a single entity after more than a year and a half of exploratory discussions. Tim Onderlinde is President of the Board and Chief Financial Officer for the newly formed company, and he says that “In today’s economy, we need to look at ways to reduce our costs and pass on those savings to our customers.” He added that municipalities, health care providers and patients will get even better care with less cost to them. Pride Care Ambulance is the official company name now and CEO Brian Balow says they will be hiring additional EMT’s and Paramedics for the joint venture. The merger results in a company with more than 200 employees. It has been a dozen years and counting now for Tom & Jean Cellentani in the Dairy Queen business in southwest Michigan, and they are standing by to bring us all a new level of excitement through a significant expansion of their menu of hot food items. They recently signed an amendment to their franchise agreement which allows for the great enhancements including quarter and half-pound GrillBurgers including the Mushroom and Swiss, Classic with Cheese, Flamethrower, and the Bacon Cheddar. Also new to the menu this weekend in the St. Joe DQ are three Iron Grill Panini-style sandwiches, Chicken Wraps, Shrimp Baskets, a Fish Sandwich, Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and more. All of these items will be added to the Stevensville menu on the weekend of the 27th of February. Additionally, the DQ Chicken Strip Baskets will now include Texas Toast and gravy. Their hotdogs and chili will change to “all beef” variations, new side salads will offer a healthy alternative, and naturally their popular ice cream menu will remain intact and unchanged. Later in the year you will see new exterior signage at both locations to the DQ Grill & Chill branding. Congratulations on your newly expanded menus, Tom & Jean, and best of luck in the New Year. Hats Off to Jeff Benedict and his crew at Stevensville’s Accomplish Quilting, Inc. where they have earned Gammill Quilting Systems Top Dealer Sales Award for cumulative unit sales in 2009 and the Statler Stitcher Unit Sales Achievement Award for the year as well. The Missouri-based Gammill recently recognized Jeff, who is President of Accomplish Quilting for both awards over all other dealers nation-wide. Gammill’s CEO Ronald Parker cited Benedict and other award winners as “the best this industry has to offer, who work every day to deliver quality and excellence while setting the standard that customers demand.” Nice work, Jeff! Congratulations! Elsewhere on the industrial award circuit, B&L Information Systems of Bridgman has been nominated for the Software as a Service Excellence Award for 2009. The company has been named a finalist for the award which honors Progress Corporation partners whose participation in SaaS enablement programs has resulted in highly innovative offerings that achieve impressive commercial success within their markets. B&L specifically works with the metal-casting industry to solve problems facing foundries around the world. B&L’s Odyssey SaaS offers industrial software solutions for a low capital outlay, allowing the industry to maximize their resources, minimize their costs, and make better decisions faster. If you’ve got plans in the works for some major upgrades or even just want to seek out some minor remodeling options at your house this spring and summer, get March 19th through the 21st on your calendar right away for the 30th Annual Southwestern Michigan Home, Garden & Leisure Show. This is also your chance to join the ranks of exhibitors at this major event slated for the Grand Upton Hall at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. Organizers expect to feature nearly 100 exhibitors and special guests under the theme this year of “30 Years of New Beginnings.” More than 75% of the available booth space has already been sold out, but prime space remains available for interested businesses engaged in the endeavors of home improvement, gardening, landscaping, home building & remodeling, home furnishings and leisure activities. You can learn more by stopping by www.swmhomeshow.com. The show is hosted by the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors and the Southwestern Michigan Home Builders Association, in collaboration with corporate sponsors, J&S Coatings, Changing Seasons Nursery, The Herald Palladium and WSJM Radio. Hope to see you there! Congratulations to Carla Imbordino and Peter Malburg. Carla has been promoted to the role of General Manager of the Stevensville Big Boy Restaurant, and Peter is now the new Assistant Manager. By now, you have probably heard that the restaurant was selected by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce as their Business of the Year for 2009. Co-owner David Hunt expressed his deep gratitude for the high honor bestowed on the popular eatery on Red Arrow Highway just off of I-94. He and his partner Brian Smith purchased the restaurant in 1999 and just marked their 10th anniversary in business. They have pumped more than half-amillion dollars in improvements into the business which consistently employs more than 50 of your friends and neighbors here in the region. David also owns Big Boy restaurants in Mason, St. Johns and Essexville, Michigan…while Brian is owner of the Big Boy franchises in South Haven and Wayland. Nice job, guys…best wishes for ongoing success at every level for you. Dr. Kelly Pater-Ladd and the staff at CARE Dentistry have issued a reminder to parents everywhere that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Their featured “Teeth for Today & Tomorrow” program focuses on preventive care for kids as young as one-year old, largely because more than 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten. Dr. Pater-Ladd is also now a participating dentist with Delta Dental Insurance. From the e-Mailbag: Dear Pat…My family and I would like to thank you for the nice article you wrote in the MailMax. We were very proud and truly appreciate the kind words. Many people have commented on it already all day today. Thank you. Glynna Parker. Pat, Thank you for the nice mention in the MailMax…I hope it helps. Don Kessler. Dear Mr. Moody, Thank you for writing about the need for books for the Lincoln Township Library Book Sale. You gave us a big promotion. Judy Fogarty. Pat, Thank you for the very nice comments in your most recent article. Our showroom is in Versailles, Ohio. We have already had the nation’s largest operators of assisted living facilities take tours, and the response has been fantastic. Best regards, Stuart Boekeloo. To Glynna, Don, Judy and Stuart. Thanks in return to each of you for providing great uplifting stories for the MailMax audience. That’s it for this week, kids. Happy ‘Tines Day…see you at the Ice Fest! Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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