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Sale Dates: Mar 21 Thru Mar 27, 2010 of St. Joseph Sale Price Effective Monday, March 22 through Sunday, March 28 CLASSIFIEDS Pages 11-14 Celebration! Cinema. . . . . . . .Pg 9 Moody on The Market Pat Moody Eager diners have been returning in droves and smiling from ear to ear now that the week- long shutdown of Country Kitchen Restaurant on M-139 in Benton Harbor is over. Mary & Andy Sloan are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the popular restaurant just off of I-94 with an extensive remodeling that was designed by Mary herself. She personally selected the new chairs, carpeting, floor tile and ceramic wall tile as well as the new paint scheme and the re-introduction of a new four- seat lunch counter, bringing back shades of yesteryear. Andy tells me that Mary was also the one who picked out the new décor items and the frosted glass in the foyer of the restaurant. The tall wall in front of the server line is now a short wall with ceramic tile to match the tile on both sides of the brick pass-through area. The restaurant was closed down for a week to accomplish the great new makeover, but it drew great reviews from happy customers as soon as the doors were officially open for business once again. Congratulations to the Sloan family and all the regulars of Country Kitchen. Looks like the Edgewater Development plans to purchase the St. Joseph Elks Lodge building in the heart of downtown St. Joseph are back on the front burner once again. Word in the street is that a new formal offer of $1.3-million dollars for the building has been voted for by members of the Elks, and plans are proceeding for a real estate closing to take place around the first of June. Principals Ron Schults and Ron Raade were not available as the deadline for this column passed, but reliable sources said that the deal is proceeding, and plans to convert the upper floor of the building to condominium housing will proceed anew. 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: 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 Winter Hangover Nature is in the balance off the shores of Lions Park Beach in St. Joseph. Photo by Peg Bitterman Is Now in Your MailMax! Sale Prices Effective Monday, March 22 thru Sunday, March 28 March 20, 2010 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 20, 2010

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Eager diners have been returning in droves and smiling from ear to ear now that the weeklong shutdown of Country Kitchen Restaurant on M-139 in Benton Harbor is over. Mary & Andy Sloan are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the popular restaurant just off of I-94 with an extensive remodeling that was designed by Mary herself. She personally selected the new chairs, carpeting, floor tile and ceramic wall tile as well as the new paint scheme and the re-introduction of a new fourseat lunch counter, bringing back shades of yesteryear. Andy tells me that Mary was also the one who picked out the new décor items and the frosted glass in the foyer of the restaurant.<br /> <br /> The tall wall in front of the server line is now a short wall with ceramic tile to match the tile on both sides of the brick pass-through area. The restaurant was closed down for a week to accomplish the great new makeover, but it drew great reviews from happy customers as soon as the doors were officially open for business once again. Congratulations to the Sloan family and all the regulars of Country Kitchen.<br /> <br /> Looks like the Edgewater Development plans to purchase the St. Joseph Elks Lodge building in the heart of downtown St. Joseph are back on the front burner once again. Word in the street is that a new formal offer of $1.3-million dollars for the building has been voted for by members of the Elks, and plans are proceeding for a real estate closing to take place around the first of June. Principals Ron Schults and Ron Raade were not available as the deadline for this column passed, but reliable sources said that the deal is proceeding, and plans to convert the upper floor of the building to condominium housing will proceed anew.<br /> <br /> In 1997 Don & Mary Dockerty of Bridgman opened Woodland Terrace Assisted Living in their lakefront community. They launched the project with a handsome project showcase containing forty (40) assisted living suites. Since then, they have expanded the complex to include sixty (60) assisted living suites, twenty (20) dementia care units, and thirty-two (32) one and two-bedroom independent living apartments. Now, they have brought their sons, Tim and Todd Dockerty, into the business fold and on Sunday, March 31st will celebrate a grand opening and ribbon-cutting on their new facility in Niles. That complex includes 30 studio, one and two bedroom apartments for independent and assisted living.<br /> <br /> There are also 30 studio apartments for residents with dementia or heavier physical care needs. Assuming the Niles project enjoys the success levels of their Bridgman properties, plans are already on the drawing board for an additional 40 units in the future. The Niles complex is located in the Longmeadow Village off of the St. Joseph Valley Parkway at exit 5.<br /> <br /> The Dockerty’s don’t let much grass grow under their feet, having won a host of awards including the Michigan Governor’s Award, a Small Business Award, Herald-Palladium Reader’s Choice Awards and more. The original Woodland Terrace is located at 8850 Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman.<br /> <br /> Congratulations to the Dockerty’s and everyone affiliated with their great success.<br /> <br /> Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan has received notification that they have been re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation. That means that the local nonprofit organization maintains the highest level of standards and quality improvement for their constituents as an outstanding provider. The re-accreditation process is no simple rubber stamp, in that it involves a detailed review and analysis of the organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices.<br /> <br /> All are measured against national standards of best practice. The local agency is one of less than 1,800 earning the accreditation in all of the<br /> <br /> U. S., Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, England and the Phillipines. You’ll find them locally at 2450 S. M-139, Suite A in Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> Wolf’s Marine and Wolf’s Divers Supply welcome the official arrival of spring this weekend with their Annual Spring Open House today and tomorrow, March 20th and 21st.<br /> <br /> The cast and crew at Wolf’s have been making the water fun for boaters and divers for more than 55 years now in Michigan’s Great Southwest. The team offers the Midwest’s largest selection of boating gear, shoes, electronics, accessories and parts at discounted prices. They plan to offer pre-season special deals on all kinds of items throughout their 50-thousand-square foot store at 250 W. Main Street in Benton Harbor. Look for specials on SmokerCraft fishing boats, and Avon, Zodiac and AB inflatable boats. The divers supply team will offer the latest in diving equipment and special prices on Scuba Classes, as well as the chance to win more than $1,000.00 in door prizes. You can learn more online at their site www.wolfsmarine.com or www.wolfsdivers.com. Or, you can call 926-1038. Don’t miss the big open house this weekend.<br /> <br /> If you’ve always wanted to get into the business of being a food entrepreneur, Michigan State University Extension is teaming up with Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services and others for a “Food Entrepreneur Workshop for Beginners,” next month. Slated for Tuesday, April 13th at the Southwest Michigan Research & Extension Center on Hillandale Road in Benton Harbor, the day-long affair requires pre-registration by April 7th, because space is limited. The workshop is designed to address questions you may have as you move from concept to reality. It is not designed to teach “how” so much as it is planned to teach “who” and “what” you need to know to acquaint you with the issues to be considered and the agencies to contact, in order to safely and legally move your food ideas from your kitchen to the consumer. The regulations apply to all food intended for sale to the public, even if you only sell at farmer’s markets. Registration is $30 for the first person from each entity and $20 for each additional person, and the 8:30am to 5pm program includes lunch. To learn more, contact Ron Goldy at 944-1477, ext 207. One of the presenters, Cornerstone’s Bob Jones, recently completed Innovation Counselor/Educator training at the MSU Product Center, allowing him to expand beyond his current business planning assistance, counseling and other areas of expertise.<br /> <br /> The Small Business Services team is also working with SCORE of Michigan’s Great Southwest and the Women’s Business Center for a special workshop, “So You Got the Order, Now What?” The seminar on Wednesday, April 28th from 6 until 8pm at the WMU Southwest Campus on Napier Avenue, is all about what happens after you get the order. The focus is on the four legs of the business stool: bookings, revenue, cash and gross margins. The event is $15, and you can make your RSVP by calling 925-6100 or by email to rprice@cstonealliance.org. Registration deadline is April 26th.<br /> <br /> This is a big weekend for do-it-yourselfers and those contemplating all kinds of upgrades and remodeling around the house and yard.<br /> <br /> Don’t forget the Home & Garden Show in the Grand Upton Hall at LMC. The show continues through today and tomorrow, and is the largest of its kind all year. Don’t miss it!<br /> <br /> My friend Wayne Yamaguchi is hosting a Spring Open House Celebration tomorrow, Sunday, March 21st at Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club in Benton Harbor. He will continue his March Madness Sale, tee up a special menu including the “New Hills Reuben” and the “New Hills Ham Sub,” introduce chair massages from Reva Salon, welcome Michelle Castor from Spa Escape, and a whole lot more. Be sure and check out new membership payment plan options for 2010, great discounts on merchandise and more. The event gets underway at 2pm tomorrow and runs through 6pm for your shopping enjoyment.<br /> <br /> Next Saturday, March 27th, The St. Joseph Band & Orchestra crew will be working diligently to earn cash for their upcoming east Coast trips through a massive garage sale. That sale takes place inside the St. Joseph High School Cafeteria on Lakeview Avenue from 8am until 4pm, one week from today. Michelle Elkins and Roberta Smith are the Co-Chairs for the big event, and they look forward to seeing you in the lunchroom to acquire some new treasures of your own. Check it out!<br /> <br /> Coming on Tuesday, The Women’s Network hopes to see your smiling face at the new Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach for a Community Connections Event celebrating Women’s History Month. Tuesday, March 23rd, from 5 until 8pm, Brand Strategist and Author Catherine Kaputa will present an interactive event featuring the concept behind personal branding, including finding your big idea, packaging “Brand You,” and developing an action plan for career and business success.<br /> <br /> Cost of the event is just $25 and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. To learn more and get yourself registered, please contact Kathleen Wolf directly at 923-7363 at your earliest convenience. Seating is limited for this dynamic presentation, and the actual deadline was back on Friday, but Kathleen agreed to keep the door open for possible late registrations.<br /> <br /> Good luck, and enjoy the show.<br /> <br /> The caring and loving friends of a local hairstylist are inviting all stylists and their guests from the region to help out in a fundraiser this coming Monday, March 22nd.<br /> <br /> Affinity Salon and Spa in St. Joseph is hosting the event which will get you a haircut and style from nine of the area’s best practitioners and refreshments from The Pump House Grille for just $30-dollars. All proceeds will go to assist a fellow stylist who suffers from leukemia, but has no health insurance coverage. Call 982-4166 for an appointment time, and offer your help for this young woman in need. Renee Boomer of Affinity Salon and Spa can answer your questions at that number. Thanks for your consideration and compassion.<br /> <br /> The Priscilla Byrns Heritage Center in St. Joseph will play host next Sunday, March 28th, to Janene Bock Bergen & Friends, performing classical and Broadway melodies in a benefit concert to raise funds for an upcoming mission trip with Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Bergen will travel to Ethiopia next month, and she has invited three friends from Chicago to join in the performance for this worthy cause.<br /> <br /> Janene is the daughter of Dr. & Mrs. William Bock of St. Joseph who studied in Vienna, Austria and currently teaches private voice lessons in Oak Park, Illinois. Tickets are available at the door for $20 for adults, $10 for students and children 12 and under will be admitted for free. To learn more, call 983-7576.<br /> <br /> The Symphony League’s Fashion Show, Wine, Women & Music has sold out completely, and that makes Angela Wolf of Abo Apparel in Benton Harbor smile broadly. This is the premiere of her new ready-to-wear line of spring resort wear. It’s nice to know that so many people signed up early to get ready to shop locally with Angela! Thanks, everyone!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend, welcome to spring, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!

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