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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer We’ll take $50 off your joining fee. Offer valid through Nov. 15, 2016. racbh.com | 269.927.1129 DONATE A COAT Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 12, 2016 November 12, 2016 Volume 17, Ver. 46 Moody on The Market SERVING YOU LOCALLY FOR 37 YEARS 0 RRG\  3DW  W hen Barry and Linda Patejdl launched the Sawyer Home & Garden Center in downtown Sawyer thirty years ago, they were destined to succeed, but per-haps even they might not have dreamed of turning their little venture into a $6-million dollar destina-tion attraction that now ranks in the Top 50 among independent garden centers nationwide. While Barry had previously owned a retail garden and fruit mar-ket and Linda’s background was in the nursery industry, they could only dream of being the power-house retailer that they have become in their first 30 years in the business. Recently, Garden Center magazine released its updated Top 100 Independent Garden Centers of 2016 and Sawyer Home & Garden Center checks in at #48. Editors at Garden Center magazine, a leading publication for the industry, compiled the 100 most successful indepen-dent garden centers in North America based on reported annual sales volume. Companies on the list earned combined revenues of more than $1.1-billion in 2015. Only four other Michigan centers made the list, two of them ranking higher than Sawyer and two of them lower. English Gardens , an indepen-dent group of six centers in Southeast Michigan with revenues approaching $31-million collectively are ranked 9th overall. Ray Wiegand’s Nursery of Macomb, Michigan checks in at #12 on the list with revenues of $21-million, Wedel’s Nursery, Florists and Garden Center of Kalamazoo is ranked 61st on the list with revenues of $4-million, and the Downtown Home & Garden center of Ann Arbor is 78th on the list with sales of $2.5-million. Sawyer Home & Garden Center has grown expo-nentially over its three decades in business into a true destination attraction in Harbor Country . The sprawling center is a virtual compendium of all things good and great from the nursery to the lawn and garden center, from outdoor living to home decor, from gourmet food to an amazing collection of fine wines, craft beers and spirits, from pet and wildlife supplies to one of the largest Christmas displays each holiday season. Sawyer Home & Garden Center is located at 5865 Sawyer Road in the heart of downtown Sawyer just off of Exit 12 off of I-94 . The center is open every day, 7 days a week, from 8am until 8pm, 364 days a year, being closed only on Christmas Day. If you’re hoping to catch a break heading over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the Thanksgiving holiday, the crew at Amtrak is adding a few extra runs to help you get the job done. In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak --America’s Railroad --is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with additional capacity on several routes here in the Midwest , including the Pere Marquette passenger rail service to the St. Joseph Amtrak Depot below the bluff at Silver Beach Pizza . In fact, extra trains will operate to and from downstate Illinois and Michigan and Amtrak will also operate every available passenger railcar in its fleet during the holiday week.Tickets sell out quickly so custom-FOR CHRISTMAS? TOP Dollar, Hands Down! AY AY P WE PA NEED EXTRA MONEY CASH FOR GIFT CARDS! WE BUY TURQUOISE JEWELR Y • 10kt, 14kt, 16kt, 18kt, 22kt & 24kt Gold • Gold & Silver • Platinum • Diamonds • Estate Jewelry • Dental Gold • Damaged or Broken Gold & Silver Jewelry • Sterling Flatware • Gold & Silver Coins • Proof Sets •Pocket Watches & Watches JEWELRY REPAIR & RING SIZING AVAILABLE! A Family Company With Over 37 Y ears Expertise in Precious Metals, Diamonds and Coins NAPIER GOLD 2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS 2415 Niles Ave, St. Joseph 1261 Napier Ave, Benton Harbor Monday -Friday 11:00am-6:00pm Saturday • 11am-3pm Monday -Friday 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday • 10am-3pm 269-983-2500 269-927-4012 Inserts & Promotions • Martin’s Super Markets • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Ace Hardware • Jets Pizza • Holiday Happenings • Tractor Supply • Harbor Freight & Tool Inserts may vary by Zip Code MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@mailmaxonline.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax &RQWLQXHGRQSDJH&#1b;

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When Barry and Linda Patejdl launched the Sawyer Home & Garden Center in downtown Sawyer thirty years ago, they were destined to succeed, but perhaps even they might not have dreamed of turning their little venture into a $6-million dollar destination attraction that now ranks in the Top 50 among independent garden centers nationwide. While Barry had previously owned a retail garden and fruit market and Linda’s background was in the nursery industry, they could only dream of being the powerhouse retailer that they have become in their first 30 years in the business. Recently, Garden Center magazine released its updated Top 100 Independent Garden Centers of 2016 and Sawyer Home & Garden Center checks in at #48. Editors at Garden Center magazine, a leading publication for the industry, compiled the 100 most successful independent garden centers in North America based on reported annual sales volume. Companies on the list earned combined revenues of more than $1.1-billion in 2015. Only four other Michigan centers made the list, two of them ranking higher than Sawyer and two of them lower. English Gardens, an independent group of six centers in Southeast Michigan with revenues approaching $31-million collectively are ranked 9th overall. Ray Wiegand’s Nursery of Macomb, Michigan checks in at #12 on the list with revenues of $21-million, Wedel’s Nursery, Florists and Garden Center of Kalamazoo is ranked 61st on the list with revenues of $4-million, and the Downtown Home & Garden center of Ann Arbor is 78th on the list with sales of $2.5-million. Sawyer Home & Garden Center has grown exponentially over its three decades in business into a true destination attraction in Harbor Country. The sprawling center is a virtual compendium of all things good and great from the nursery to the lawn and garden center, from outdoor living to home decor, from gourmet food to an amazing collection of fine wines, craft beers and spirits, from pet and wildlife supplies to one of the largest Christmas displays each holiday season. Sawyer Home & Garden Center is located at 5865 Sawyer Road in the heart of downtown Sawyer just off of Exit 12 off of I-94. The center is open every day, 7 days a week, from 8am until 8pm, 364 days a year, being closed only on Christmas Day.

If you’re hoping to catch a break heading over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the Thanksgiving holiday, the crew at Amtrak is adding a few extra runs to help you get the job done. In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak -- America’s Railroad -- is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with additional capacity on several routes here in the Midwest, including the Pere Marquette passenger rail service to the St. Joseph Amtrak Depot below the bluff at Silver Beach Pizza. In fact, extra trains will operate to and from downstate Illinois and Michigan and Amtrak will also operate every available passenger railcar in its fleet during the holiday week.Tickets sell out quickly so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early for availability and pricing. Amtrak Lincoln Service and Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg trains are operated under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation and all Amtrak services in Michigan are under a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.Schedules for the extra trains are online. Amtrak is working to provide a hassle-free travel experience while connecting customers with friends and family.Improvements to the boarding process have been made at Chicago Union Station in time for Thanksgiving travel, including: Business class travelers on these trains have a new Metropolitan Lounge, located near the station’s historic Great Hall and next to a new ticket area for those who are making cash transactions. These customers, along with Amtrak Guest Rewards Select Plus or Select Executive Members, board ahead of coach customers.Customers traveling in Coach class on reserved trains can receive priority boarding by buying Legacy Club access. Other coach customers, who will be boarded in the order they check in, can receive a same-day boarding pass at the new service center in the Great Hall, and at other locations in the station. The South Boarding Lounge in the station’s Concourse level is set aside for the assisted boarding of customers age 62 and over, those with disabilities, families traveling with children 12 and under, and active duty military personnel. These additional tips will help to ensure a smooth trip: Purchasing Tickets: eTicketing is available on every train route throughout the nation. Travelers may purchase tickets early using Amtrak.com, Quik- TrakSM or ticket windows at staffed stations (where available), Amtrak mobile apps, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. 2+2 = Free: Amtrak has the friendliest baggage policy in the travel industry. Passengers can bring two bags and two carry-ons, up to 150 pounds collectively, for free. They encourage customers who are carrying multiple bags to use the elevator whenever possible for safety and convenience during the holiday rush. Avoid the Rush: The busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday.Other than on Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon or evening. Arrive Early: Allow plenty of time at stations prior to departure – at least 45 minutes beforehand if picking up tickets. Arrange for pre-boarding if you need extra time or assistance, and use Amtrak Red Cap agents to help you with your baggage. Check Train Schedules: Make sure to check holiday train schedules prior to arriving at the station with a helpful, online-only timetable provided by Amtrak. Carry Photo ID: Passengers are required to show valid photo identification when purchasing tickets. Make sure to carry valid photo ID at all times, as it may be requested aboard trains.Be Safe: Be aware of your surroundings, stand back from the edge of the platform, do not leave your bags unattended, and watch your step when boarding or leaving the train or when walking between cars when the train is in motion.

Mortgage expert Jon Wallace is getting back into the saddle again as a partner in a firm where he becomes Producing Branch Manager with new offices coming to St. Joseph. Wallace is a new partner at Union Home Mortgage Company headquartered in Strongsville, Ohio, and establishing an office suite across from Nye’s Apple Barn at Niles Road and I-94. Jon has extensive mortgage experience in Southwest Michigan, most recently with Horizon Bank. He previously worked at Fifth Third Bank, D&N Mortgage and was co-owner of Carter-Wallace Mortgage. Wallace says he is very happy to be a part of the Union Home Mortgage team, saying, “UHM has an outstanding leadership team and presents an exciting opportunity for growth in the mortgage origination business.” He adds, “I am looking forward to fully immersing myself in the company’s team-oriented culture and using the tools and resources UHM has made available to me, so I can better serve my customers.” After building Carter-Wallace Mortgage, a regional mortgage leader, on honesty, integrity and efficiency at the turn of the century, Jon left the industry briefly in 2008 to complete academics “as a complement to life experience.” His master’s thesis, Transformational Cultural Leadership, documents the ability to positively change organizational culture in the short term and the importance of trust and reinforcement by leaders. Wallace is currently completing his PhD in Organizational Psychology related to leadership, trust and organizational culture. He has been nationally recognized by the Radio Advertising Bureau and Bank of America for providing solutions that benefit small businesses and improve customer service levels, directly impacting profitability. Jon has received resident’s awards for performance and customer service levels from Horizon Bank and D&N Bank. Among Realtors and customers, he is known for solving problems with extensive knowledge of all mortgage-related products whether conventional or government, with clients across six states. Jim Ferriter is National Retail Sales Manager for UHM. He says, “With over 15 years of experience in the banking industry, Jon is an exciting addition to the UHM team.” He notes, “Jon brings with him extensive leadership experience in retail mortgage banking and we are confident he will help expand the UHM brand to Southwest Michigan.” Jon has led extraordinary community development efforts as a previous board chair for organizations including the Lakeshore Rotary, Cornerstone Chamber Services and the United Way of Southwest Michigan. He served on the Cornerstone Alliance board during the period of land acquisition and preliminary planning for the Harbor Shores Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, host of the 2016 and 2018 Senior PGA Championships. Jon has been involved in the merger of nonprofit organizations to improve efficiencies and service delivery levels. In 2004 he received the Margaret B. Upton Volunteer of the Year award for those efforts and continues to serve the United Way in the area of Community Impact. Currently Jon is the regional director of the Wabano Council of Boy Scouts of America, the treasurer of the St. Joseph Music Boosters, Vice President of the Real Help Foundation, active in fundraising for the Krasl Art Center and serves on multiple committees for the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors. Jon is also one of the voices for Benton Harbor Tiger Football on News Talk 94.9 WSJM, and regularly fills in as needed as a morning show host for Mid-West Family Broadcasting. UHM is known for its leadership in the mortgage banking community. The new office is at 3134 Niles Road in St. Joseph across from Nye’s Apple Barn. Plans are currently to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on Friday, December 2nd, before the Light Up the Bluff ceremonies in downtown St. Joseph. For more information about the leadership team at UHM or how you can join their growing company, please visit them at Union HomeMortgage.com. Union Home Mortgage (UHM) was purchased by President and CEO, Bill Cosgrove in 1999. It is a full-service mortgage banking company, with offices throughout the U.S. With headquarters located in Strongsville, Ohio, the company strives to handle loan applications as quickly and efficiently as possible, and is built around the principles of exceeding customer expectations by providing personal and professional attention to every loan application they process. UHM also promises to identify and recommend the best loan products and programs for every customer’s unique situation.

With the ever-increasing fascination of the view from above, which can oftentimes be truly invaluable, especially in the world of security, real estate, and even agricultural crop management, Michigan’s Great Southwest has a new vendor bringing aerial photography to the table thanks to the amazing technology of drones on high. Great Lakes Drone Company has come on line in recent weeks, headquartered in the northern Berrien County community of Watervliet. They are an aerial video, photography and survey firm dedicated to recognizing the client’s visual concept needs in order to produce high quality imaging necessary for anything from advertising and marketing to film, inspection and other opportunities. Utilizing state of the art equipment to produce high-quality photos, promotional videos, commercials, and even movies at affordable prices not previously seen in the aerial photography and video markets in our area, Great Lakes Drone employs UAV’s -- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles -- equipped with the latest electronics including high definition (HD) video cameras, gyro-stabilized gimbal camera mounting systems, and progressive software applications to get the shots and footage previously only available from full-sized aircraft flying photo missions. Great Lakes Drone operators boast more than 20 years of aerial and photography experience, providing the ability to offer an extraordinary aerial perspective to any location or event in a manner capable of grabbing your own client’s attention. Recent FAA regulation changes have allowed for the rapid expansion in the unmanned aerial vehicle industry nationwide.The crew is proud to be one of the first commercially certified services in Michigan’s Great Southwest.All of their pilots are FAA 14 CFR Part 10-7 certified as required by law, and insured up to $1-million in liability and damages during flight operations.You can learn more by clicking their corporate website at this link: www.greatlakesdronecompany.com or you can call 1-888-816-9625 or email them at info@greatlakesdronecompany.com. You can also follow their action on Facebook.

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