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Sale Dates: Feb 21 Thru Feb 27, 2010 of St. Joseph Need help deciding about Cancer Treatment? Celebration Cinema. . . . . . . Pg 9 Moody on The Market Pat Moody Golf fans who have driven by the former Dave Vonk’s Driving Range and seen the “Available for Lease” signs and worried about their game prep this spring can rest easy. Jeff and Jennifer Terry have moved back to the community and plan to re-open the golf center under the new name of the Sunset Coast Golf Center in a few short months. Jeff was instru- mental in Whirlpool’s Habitat for Humanity projects along with other assignments when he left a couple of years ago. Now, though, he is back and building his new business around the philosophy that he and Jennifer live by every day: “Do what you love, love what you do everyday!” They plan to infuse that philoso- phy into the golf center which will provide full driving range service and a golf shop filled with some of golf’s greatest brands in clubs, balls, shoes, apparel and accessories. Their goal is to focus on the enjoyment of the game of golf for individuals, family and the entire com- munity. Look for the Sunset Coast Golf Center to be open for business by mid-April. In the meantime, keep preparing your mental game for a truly exciting year of golf in Michigan’s Great Southwest. One reason why this will be a watershed year for golf fans across the region is the impending arrival of the full 18-holes at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor. Work is progress- ing behind the scenes for a major grand opening event for the club, and it is official now that Jack Nicklaus himself will be on hand for the official ceremonies that are scheduled to take place in August. Plans are to open the ten holes that were open last season as soon as the weath- er breaks in perhaps April. The full eighteen- hole course will be ready for play shortly after Continued on page 8 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Stop and Smell the Roses This smelly dog enjoys the remnants of Valentine’s Day. Photo by Fred Maddron 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. Dr. Flood’s Vision Center *Coming soon to St. Joe* A New Experience You’ll Have to SEE to Believe! • Cutting Edge Eye Exam Facility • Latest Eyeware Trends • Styles that are Second to None • Highly Trained Professional Staff Eye Care Solutions for Everyone! Our New Office Opens on Niles Ave. in St. Joseph this Spring 1380 E. Napier, Benton Harbor 269-926-7277 • www.govision.com Diagnosis & Treatment for Eye Disease Oral and Topical Pharmaceutical in the treatment of Anterior Eye Disease, Ocular Allergy, Inflamation, Infection & Glaucoma Visit our Open House to discover your options. March 6th, 2010 11am - 1pm See Ad on Page 5 February 20, 2010 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 20, 2010

Moody on The Market

Pat Moody

Golf fans who have driven by the former Dave Vonk’s Driving Range and seen the “Available for Lease” signs and worried about their game prep this spring can rest easy. Jeff and Jennifer Terry have moved back to the community and plan to re-open the golf center under the new name of the Sunset Coast Golf Center in a few short months. <br /> <br /> Jeff was instrumental in Whirlpool’s Habitat for Humanity projects along with other assignments when he left a couple of years ago. Now, though, he is back and building his new business around the philosophy that he and Jennifer live by every day: “Do what you love, love what you do everyday!” <br /> <br /> They plan to infuse that philosophy into the golf center which will provide full driving range service and a golf shop filled with some of golf’s greatest brands in clubs, balls, shoes, apparel and accessories. Their goal is to focus on the enjoyment of the game of golf for individuals, family and the entire community.<br /> <br /> Look for the Sunset Coast Golf Center to be open for business by mid-April. In the meantime, keep preparing your mental game for a truly exciting year of golf in Michigan’s Great Southwest.<br /> <br /> One reason why this will be a watershed year for golf fans across the region is the impending arrival of the full 18-holes at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor. <br /> <br /> Work is progressing behind the scenes for a major grand opening event for the club, and it is official now that Jack Nicklaus himself will be on hand for the official ceremonies that are scheduled to take place in August. Plans are to open the ten holes that were open last season as soon as the weather breaks in perhaps April. The full eighteenhole course will be ready for play shortly after the 4th of July, and the formal grand opening event with Nicklaus and a handful of other superstars will take place in August. Stay tuned and we’ll have more for you as the days grow warmer and the fairways turn green again after the fade of winter white.<br /> <br /> If everything has gone as smoothly as hoped for, you should be looking at a brand new home for FuzzyButz Pet Bakery in downtown St. Joseph. Visitors to last week’s Magical Ice Festival saw little more than brown paper bag material covering the windows on the ground floor of Paul Jancha’s Law Offices at 306 State Street. <br /> <br /> This weekend’s visitors should be treated to a grand array of treats for your pets, toys for your pets, clothing for your pets and a whole lot more. Rick & Mary Schaut have moved FuzzyButz to that new location on State Street between Chan’s Garden and The Chocolate Café. The Schauts have literally doubled their square footage in making this move, and are slyly terming it the “purr-fect place to grow!” Not only is the shop bigger and the inventory expanded… the move will result in the hiring of at least two more people to help run operations at FuzzyButz. Congratulations to the entire Schaut clan and the crew at this innovative and highly successful pet bakery.<br /> <br /> My friends at The Livery Microbrewery continue to rack up their bragging rights in seemingly record fashion. They have garnered local, regional, national and international attention for their successes, and now…for the third year in a row…The Livery is once again in the Top 25 Places in the World to enjoy a beer. Ratebeer’s Best 2010 competition finds the popular brewery rated #22 on the list of the Best Brewpubs in the World! It has been a stellar ride for the hot spot in the Benton Harbor Arts District.<br /> <br /> Congratulations to Leslie and Steve, and everyone else who makes The Livery one of the coolest places on the globe!<br /> <br /> Some of the online blogging turned a bit nasty and the barbs were flying in typical collegiate rival-speak, but in the end, Lory’s Place, a Grief Healing and Education Center of Hospice at Home in St. Joseph will be the big winner thanks to the Ohio State University pride of almnus Eric Becker. <br /> <br /> Becker, who is an associate servicing specialist at Whirlpool Corporation was the winning bidder just ahead of the closing bell on the weeklong process at the Silver Beach Carousel. As a result of his $215.00 bid, Becker earned the first ride on the carousel’s guest figure, “Buckeye,” the OSU horse this past weekend. <br /> <br /> He was actually visiting the carousel with friends just ahead of the close of bidding and entered his winning bid, which will be matched by his employer, Whirlpool, because the auction money is earmarked to help a non-profit organization locally.<br /> <br /> Buckeye is temporarily filling a void in the carousel lineup while the St. Joseph High School Bear figure is re-carved to provide a larger jumper for the carousel. Lory’s Place is the big winner, with $430.00 in new donor dollars to help further their mission and vision.<br /> <br /> Being invited to play the role of a guest lecturer for a national leadership conference is one thing…having that conference take place in Hawaii is like hitting the trifecta! Dr. Gyl Kasewurm of Professional Hearing Services in St. Joseph’s Edgewater District hit that bonus level recently when she was invited to keynote the Starkey 2010 Leadership Summit in Hawaii. <br /> <br /> An expert on patient retention, the good doctor was asked to share her best practices regarding hearing aid fitting and practice management at the international affair. It’s truly a bonus for Gyl, because, as she tells me, “Having the opportunity to participate in training keeps my skills sharp and gives me new ideas for reaching our patients and providing them with the best possible care.” <br /> The four-day course covered a range of topics including advanced techniques, and cutting-edge communication strategies. Dr. Kasewurm brings more than 26-years of experience to such events, and that is one of the major reasons she is sought out on an international scale with great regularity.<br /> <br /> Nine years ago, Connie Schmidt of CentsibleRates, was the first person in the region to receive certification as a Certified Senior Advisor by the Society of Senior Advisers. Two years later she started her own business agency and became a member of the TriCounty Connections, which is a health care networking group geared toward senior issues.<br /> <br /> Two weeks ago Connie was successfully inducted into the National Ethics Bureau, having successfully navigated 7-year background checks in civil, criminal and professional license checks, as well as bankruptcy, departments of insurance, and state accounting departments. <br /> <br /> Congratulations, Connie. Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce is proud to count you among its members, and wishes you the best in your ongoing work on behalf of the senior community. You can reach Connie at 269-208-6387.<br /> <br /> As we get the wheels of commerce turning on the New Year of 2010, if you are among the myriad folks with the dream of starting your own business, expanding the business you already have, or improving the way your business is run…Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services has the perfect opportunity for you. <br /> <br /> Their next CORE FOUR Business Planning Course officially gets underway on March 4th and runs through April 8th, with classes every Thursday evening for six consecutive weeks at the Southwest Campus of Western Michigan University on East Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor. <br /> <br /> You will learn how to figure it all out…how to plan a successful, market-driven, cash healthy, well-managed business. It’s a great place to test your business concept, increase your marketing, operations, and cash flow management knowledge. CORE FOUR provides you with planning tools you can use to build your business, and to transform it from dream to reality.<br /> <br /> Pre-registration is required, and the deadline for doing so is February 25th. If you have questions, or would like to register, contact Reyna Price today by calling 925-6100. Class size is limited, so sign up soon.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Reyna’s colleague at Small Business Services, Robert Jones is inviting you to a roundtable session for small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs to learn more about services available thanks to the Small Business Administration’s PRIME Program. PRIME is an acronym for Program for Re-investment in Micro-Enterprises. <br /> <br /> The free roundtable discussions in partnership with The Consortium for Community Development, will take place on Thursday, February 25th at 4pm in the Transformation Center at 88 W. Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. The program is designed to assist low wealth individuals interested in starting a small business or currently operating one in Berrien, Cass or Van Buren County. To learn more, you can reach Mr. Jones at 925-6100.<br /> <br /> With first-hand knowledge and education always at the forefront of their mission, the good folks at Lest We Forget will sponsor an outstanding “Military Museum Tour” this fall visiting six military museums including the WWII Victory Museum in Auburn, Indiana…the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio…the Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning, Georgia…the Naval Air Museum at Pensacola, Florida…the USS Alabama Memorial Park at Mobile, Alabama… and the WWII & D-Day Museum in New Orleans. <br /> <br /> They are considered to be among the finest military museums in the world, and this once-in-a-lifetime tour will take place from September 25th through October 3rd under the guidance of Colonel Don Alsbro and Caryl Olson of Advantage Travel in St. Joseph. The tour is designed to bring classes from the last three years sponsored by Lest We Forget to life. <br /> <br /> The trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, 8-nights hotel accommodations, taxes, tips, most breakfasts, and museum admissions for the cost of $1,129.00. An informational meeting on the tour will take place in the Blue Lecture Hall on the Napier Campus of Lake Michigan College at 7pm on March 9th. For more, you can reach Caryl at 982-0901 or Don at 925-7176.<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Mr. Moody. You were very kind in mentioning my recent work in Haiti in a recent MailMax article. Thank you! I returned from Haiti last week. My experiences there were life changing. <br /> <br /> Having been involved in corporate aviation over the past 30-years, I’ve had the privilege of flying three past U.S. Presidents, numerous billionaires and international celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan in highly sophisticated, 30-million dollar jets. <br /> <br /> Yet, I found that the opportunity to bring help to those in dire need and reuniting adoptive parents with their Haitian orphan children with our small airplane was deeply gratifying, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. <br /> <br /> Just seeing the tears of joy on the faces of anxiously awaiting parents as their babies were formally processed through U.S. Customs and Immigration was priceless. My hope is that the needs of the Haitian people will not be forgotten as the headlines begin to fade. The reconstruction effort will take years, if not decades, to complete. <br /> <br /> I look forward to returning to Haiti in the near future and providing whatever help I can. Once again, thank you. Best regards, Greg Allen. It is we who need to thank you Greg for your humanitarian selflessness. You are a true gem and a hero in our eyes. Thanks.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you Saturday, right here in MailMax!<br /> <br />

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