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Sale Price Effective Monday, March 29 through Sunday, April 4 Sale Dates: Mar 28 Thru April 3, 2010 of St. Joseph The Helpful Place PATER pg 9 AUTOMOTIVE MARKETPLACE Moody on The Market Pat Moody As the ever-changing face of the local business landscape continues to evolve, one local firm that continues to thrive in the actual business of landscaping has begun a year-long celebration marking a great milestone. Arcadia Gardens of Stevensville celebrates 20-years in business this year. Launched in 1990 by Dot Brooks Hollerbach, the genuine little start-up company quickly became more than any one person could handle on her own, especially since Dot was performing not only the design work, but also installing the land- scapes by herself. It wasn’t long before Dot invited her son, Todd Brooks to join the firm to keep the rapid growth pattern alive. In the year 2000, Todd married his wife, Anna Brooks, and two years ago the two of them assumed the jobas of “boss,” in 2008. Dot con- tinues to excel in the role of landscape design artist, and clients of Arcadia Gardens still have Todd and Anna on the jobsite for installations and the other subtleties of getting the job done. So, in essence, what started out as a woman and her truck has grown into a veritable fleet of trucks and a dozen great, hard-working employees who design, install, and maintain many beautiful landscapes for local residents, second-homeowners, and commercial compa- nies that have hired on the crew at Arcadia to beautify the neighborhood. If you’d like to see great examples of the handiwork of the Arcadia Gardens team, point your Internet browser to www.arcadiagardensllc.com. Naturally, they are also available by phone for consultations and appointments for design and installation quotes by calling them at 269-429-2353. Arcadia’s designs typically emphasize hardy plants with long bloom times, minimal mainte- nance and functionality. Their goal is to create Continued on page 8 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Morris than Meets the Eye When in doubt, ask a smart cat. Photo by Shannon Huston 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. Is Now in Your MailMax! Sale Prices Effective Monday, March 29 thru Sunday, April 4 March 27, 2010 $ 1500 Tax Credit on Windows Replacement Windows  30% OFF PLUS  European Shower Enclosures $ Installed Shower Enclosure $  Fleurco Framed or Frameless Installed Shower Door INSTALLATION Glass or Cable Railing System $100 OFF   100 OFF 50 OFF Any European Style   HylaStone Recycled Glass      Cultured Marble or Granite     Back Painted Glass As Seen On HGTV! $300 Each OFF Square Ft.    Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 27, 2010 Savings! Double Your

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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> As the ever-changing face of the local business landscape continues to evolve, one local firm that continues to thrive in the actual business of landscaping has begun a year-long celebration marking a great milestone.<br /> <br /> Arcadia Gardens of Stevensville celebrates 20-years in business this year. Launched in 1990 by Dot Brooks Hollerbach, the genuine little start-up company quickly became more than any one person could handle on her own, especially since Dot was performing not only the design work, but also installing the landscapes by herself. It wasn’t long before Dot invited her son, Todd Brooks to join the firm to keep the rapid growth pattern alive. In the year 2000, Todd married his wife, Anna Brooks, and two years ago the two of them assumed the jobas of “boss,” in 2008. Dot continues to excel in the role of landscape design artist, and clients of Arcadia Gardens still have Todd and Anna on the jobsite for installations and the other subtleties of getting the job done.<br /> <br /> So, in essence, what started out as a woman and her truck has grown into a veritable fleet of trucks and a dozen great, hard-working employees who design, install, and maintain many beautiful landscapes for local residents, second-homeowners, and commercial companies that have hired on the crew at Arcadia to beautify the neighborhood. If you’d like to see great examples of the handiwork of the Arcadia Gardens team, point your Internet browser to www.arcadiagardensllc.com. Naturally, they are also available by phone for consultations and appointments for design and installation quotes by calling them at 269-429-2353.<br /> <br /> Arcadia’s designs typically emphasize hardy plants with long bloom times, minimal maintenance and functionality. Their goal is to create Space that works with your individual lifestyle, bringing you the ultimate enjoyment whether you prefer classic or contemporary looks. The company also works to make things effortless for you, by way of seasonal, monthly and weekly maintenance packaging, which means they’ll take care of the mulching, weeding, trimming, fertilizing, and watering so you don’t have to, if that’s your wish. Congratulations, Arcadia Gardens on your 20-years in business, and best of luck going forward!<br /> <br /> A major league designer in another field is also in the news again this week in the form of John Allegretti, of Allegretti Architects in St. Joseph. John’s work for a home he designed in Saugatuck recently won a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, as I reported to you back around Christmas. Now, John’s work has been recognized in the 2010 Annual Competition of Detroit Home Magazine. One of John’s projects in the region for a second-homeowner garnered a coveted First Place Award for “Best Vacation Home” in the size-category of 3,000-square feet or More. It is especially gratifying to Mr. Allegretti because there is so much competition in the vacation home marketplace in our region and all along the Lake Michigan shoreline.<br /> <br /> Congratulations, again, John on stellar work for not only your clients, but equally for those of us who simply get the vicarious thrill of having such spectacular homes peppering our local landscape.<br /> <br /> While the Brooks’ and Allegrettis’ among us create a first class environment around us, there are also continuing stories of super-stars among us who create for the palate, and make us want to come back repeatedly for seconds, encore meals, or just to try something we’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy before. One of those who is garnering national and even international attention is Willy Olund of South Haven. Mr. Olund is the owner and operator of Willy O’s Pizza and Grille on M-140 in South Haven. Earlier this month Willy whisked his way to The Las Vegas Convention Center for the International Pizza Challenge. It is routinely referred to as The Oscars of the Pizza World. Willy’s Gluten Free Pizza took honors as The First Place Pizza in the entire USA, and finished second on a global scale, as second best pizza in the world! Amazingly, it is the first time in the history of the event that a glutenfree pizza even made it into the finals of the event, let alone steal away the top honors. Even the folks at the Guiness Book of World Records are looking at the victory for possible inclusion in upcoming editions. It is truly a gigantic step forward for those suffering celiac and gluten intolerance problems. Not only is there a healthy alternative…but a truly excellent tasting and award winning alternative. Willy O’s Pizza & Grille serves both gluten and gluten-free pizzas, Sandwiches, appetizers and desserts at 08960 M-140 in South Haven. You’ll find them in the house from 11am until 9pm Tuesday through Thursday, 11 until 10 on Friday and Saturday, and Sundays from noon until 8pm. You can reach them at 269-637-3400. Oh, for the record, Willy is off to Salsomaggiore, Italy next month for the World Pizza Championship. Nice work, Willy! Hats off to the world beater!<br /> <br /> Contrary to popular misconception, manufacturing in America is NOT dead. In many local companies it continues to thrive, and in fact there are many jobs that need to be filled for these companies to continue to grow and advance. That is why Lake Michigan College is offering an Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals Program getting under way soon. The program will comprise a 7-week run during May and June at LMC’s M-Tec Campus in Benton Harbor. Modules include Mechanical Math, Machine Maintenance, Blueprint Reading and more. Whether you are looking to get into the industry or building your strength and skill base as an existing employee for your organization, you are invited to take part in an informational session from 5:30 to 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 7th at M-Tec. The folks from Michigan Works will be on hand to answer questions regarding funding for the program through the Incumbent Worker Training Grant for qualified employers. A pre-registration web page has been set up at www.lakemichigancollege.edu/manufacture. If you have questions, you can reach Russ Philip at 926-4086. This could be the start of a great new career for some folks in our region.<br /> <br /> Here’s great news as directly dispatched by Caldwell Banker Real Estate: “We are excited to tell you that 2010 has gotten off to a great start. There’s been a huge increase in sales across the board, however we are particularly excited about the sales activity over $300,000.00. We are also seeing increased activity with relocation from Whirlpool. Some are new hires.<br /> <br /> Some are relocating from other divisions. Either way, we are beginning to see people who relocated with Whirlpool over the last year that decided to rent, making the decision to purchase.<br /> <br /> The spring real estate market has certainly arrived with a bang!” Sounds like a stellar launch to the New Year on the local front.<br /> <br /> Janet Sullivan, the Artist/Owner of You’ll Go GAGA at Riverside has unveiled yet another facet of her eclectic endeavor involving Gifts Art, Garden & Antiques (thus, the phrase GAGA!). Janet is rolling out her new Blueberry View Artist Retreat…a new no-cost 2-week residency in an apartment with a 300-square foot studio overlooking the blueberry fields of Riverside. Janet tells me that a free residency was a valuable opportunity offered to her a number of times when she was a young artist, and she wants to pay back the arts community now that she has the capability. Residencies begin May 1st and will continue through October, with two artists already signed on, including one from Kentucky and another from New York City.<br /> <br /> Many of you have been to her shop seven miles north of town or attended one of her concrete stepping stone workshops. If you are interested in pursuing the residency opportunity, information and application forms are online at www.youllgogaga.com. Check it out!<br /> <br /> The good folks at Lest We Forget have arrived at the mid-point of their third installment of their Vietnam War Class at Lake Michigan College. You can join the next class getting underway on Tuesday, April 27th when topics will include My Lai, drugs, Women Serving in Vietnam, and the Phoenix Program. You can find the curriculum and instructor list online at www.lestweforgetusa.org/vietnamclasssyllabus10.pdf. You can also ask questions of Hank Richmond at 982-0151. The class meets the last Tuesday of each month from 7pm until 9pm in the Blue Lecture Hall on the Napier Avenue Campus.<br /> <br /> As Spring Break draws closer and the Easter Holiday looms on the horizon, the merchants of downtown St. Joseph and organizers at St. Joseph Today are finalizing plans for more than 8,000 Easter Eggs to be “hidden” in Lake Bluff Park for the traditional Hunt that takes place on Saturday, April 3rd at 11:30am.<br /> <br /> Don’t be late, though, because the sheer volume of children participating annually reduces the search time to about two minutes, believe it or not! Kids aged two through 10 scramble the park in search of goodies that day, and the annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Competition will immediately follow the big race for the eggs. Right after the parade, the wonderful people at Kilwin’s will offer free ice cream to the first 300 children who show up at their shop on Stazte Street downtown. If you have questions regarding the Easter weekend events, you can reach St. Joseph Today at 985- 1111 or go online to www.sjtoday.org. In the heart of downtown St. Joseph, my friends at the Chartreuse Art Co-Op conducted their own little Luck of the Irish prize drawing on St. Patrick’s Day. The winner of a $50-dollar gift certificate to the gallery was Jan Caudell.<br /> <br /> The artists in residence all are thankful for the many visitors who stopped by to register and shop with them, and remind you that there is always something new at Chartreuse, including new paintings by Mary Burke and new place settings by Lynn Tan. You’ll find Chartreuse at 304 State Street, downtown St. Joe.<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Hi Pat…Wanted to tell you about a recent car buying experience that we had. Rick and I have been nursing some older vehicles for some time now, and we were almost at the point of walking everywhere. We decided it was time to buy a new truck, so I searched the internet for what we wanted. No one locally had what we were looking for on their lots, so we decided to drive down to Michigan City since they had four trucks that we were interested in. It turned out to be the biggest mistake and a total nightmare. They were the stereotype car salesmen that we all dread. Anyway, I decided to drive over to LeValley in Benton Harbor to see what they could do for us. I held my breath as we walked in, not wanting another Michigan City experience.<br /> <br /> James Hayes who does internet sales for them is probably the best salesman in any category that I’ve ever run into. He was completely informative without being pushy, and ended up getting us the exact truck we wanted in Ohio.<br /> <br /> They drove it back the next day and now we’re delighted owners. He made a purchase that everyone dreads into a very good one. So once again, you’re right about buying locally! Mary<br /> <br /> S. Well, Mary, I’m just glad that it all worked out for you the way that it did. We have some great merchants in our midst…we just have to give them the chance to prove it. Congratulations, and thanks for shopping locally! That’s all the time and space again this week, kids. See you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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