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Sale Dates: April 18 Thru April 24, 2010 of St. Joseph Sale Price Effective Monday, April 19 through Sunday, April 25 atHOME Real Estate Guide Moody on The Market Pat Moody What do a Whirlpool lawyer, a trash company general manager, and a regional planning director all have in common? They are the principles in a new Michigan non- profit group called Cycle-Re-Cycle. Whirlpool Lawyer Larry Prange, Reliable Disposal General Manager Bob Havenga, and Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Executive Director John Egalhaaf have teamed up as incorporators of the new venture and they have applied for 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. They are all avid cyclists who look forward to promoting cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation that is clean, healthy, safe and fun. The trio plans to open a bike shop in Benton Harbor later this spring where they plan to teach people how to refurbish and rebuild used or discarded bikes. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work at the bike shop in order to earn a bike for themselves at no cost. They can also show that they’ve worked at other non-profits in the area to earn a bike. Those bikes that are not given to volun- teers will be sold in the bike shop for low cost. As a result, discarded bikes will be diverted from landfills back into useful life. Earn-a- Bike participants will not only learn to be bike mechanics, they will learn how to use resourc- es, build self-esteem when they realize they have the power and ability to fix things with their own hands, and they can express their own personalities by building their own bike. The organization looks forward to working with local school districts to promote biking to school, including participation in the local Safe Routes to School programs and more. Larry tells me that the group will also seek grants to purchase new bike helmets for kids so that no Continued on page 4 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Tulips and One Nose Little Chase takes the time to stop and smell the flowers. Photo by Tracy Tobin St. Jospeh 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: MAILSUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. If you want to know where your meat comes from... BUY OUR BEEF Our Meat is: Farm Fresh & all Natural. No added hormones or steroids. COrN FeD for great flavor & marbling. Pork - Lamb -Chicken available Call for retail store Hours KAMINSKI FARMS 269-756-7457 • 269-930-7458 16682 Schwark Road • Three Oaks, MI 49128 dlkfarm@sbcglobal.net April 17, 2010 269-925-0776 3 Rooms Cleaned ONLY Call 269-925-0776 $89 A room is considered 250 Sq.Ft. Small furniture moving only. One Coupon per customer CODE: MM04 Odor destroyer and carpet protectants sold separately. Expires 5-29-10 ONLY$150 $ Whole House Carpet Cleaning Includes 6 Rooms Call 269-925-0776 A room is considered 250 Sq.Ft. Small furniture moving only. One Coupon per customer CODE: MM04 Odor destroyer and carpet protectants sold separately. Expires 5-29-10 4 Room Cleaned ONLY Call 269-925-0776 CODE: MM04 110 A room is considered 250 Sq.Ft. Small furniture moving only. One Coupon per customer Odor destroyer and carpet protectants sold separately. Expires 5-29-10 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 17, 2010

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What do a Whirlpool lawyer, a trash company general manager, and a regional planning director all have in common? They are the principles in a new Michigan nonprofit group called Cycle-Re-Cycle.<br /> <br /> Whirlpool Lawyer Larry Prange, Reliable Disposal General Manager Bob Havenga, and Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Executive Director John Egalhaaf have teamed up as incorporators of the new venture and they have applied for 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. They are all avid cyclists who look forward to promoting cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation that is clean, healthy, safe and fun. The trio plans to open a bike shop in Benton Harbor later this spring where they plan to teach people how to refurbish and rebuild used or discarded bikes. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work at the bike shop in order to earn a bike for themselves at no cost. They can also show that they’ve worked at other non-profits in the area to earn a bike. Those bikes that are not given to volunteers will be sold in the bike shop for low cost.<br /> <br /> As a result, discarded bikes will be diverted from landfills back into useful life. Earn-a- Bike participants will not only learn to be bike mechanics, they will learn how to use resources, build self-esteem when they realize they have the power and ability to fix things with their own hands, and they can express their own personalities by building their own bike.<br /> <br /> The organization looks forward to working with local school districts to promote biking to school, including participation in the local Safe Routes to School programs and more. Larry tells me that the group will also seek grants to purchase new bike helmets for kids so that no Kids so that no child will leave the bike shop without a helmet. They are planning a community kick-off meeting at The Livery on April 29th to help tell the rest of the story.<br /> <br /> Sounds like a great concept and a very worthy project. Stay tuned for more.<br /> <br /> The shifting sands of downtown St. Joseph’s Central Business District continue to evolve. Rachel Arent who owns and operates EVE, A Boutique for Women, tells me that she is moving her business across the street come the end of the month to a larger, more up-to-date space that was most recently occupied by Items Boutique, which closed up shop last winter. EVE’s new home will be at 318 State Street and it will give Rachel and her compatriots Brenda and Debi a little more breathing room, and more space to showcase their great women’s fashions going forward.<br /> <br /> EVE’s current location on the opposite side of State Street is in the midst of their “Moving Sale,” featuring some of their winter and spring merchandise as well as old store fixtures and displays. EVE’s growing business found the opportunity to be irresistible after nearly seven years in downtown St. Joe. EVE has developed a large and loyal clientele for their Artisan design clothing and Trend fabulous jewelry and accessories. Look for a Grand Re-Opening at the new location slated to run May 21st, 22nd and 23rd. At that time Rachel tells me that she will offer several special designer Trunk Shows, Fashion Shows, in-store door prizes, refreshments and more. Congratulations to the cast and crew at EVE on their stellar growth and great new opportunities in the days, weeks and months ahead.<br /> <br /> Another growing business in our midst is Sensational Spas. The long time hot-tub dealer from Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville has just added a dynamic new showroom on M-139 in Benton Harbor across from M&W Tire. To celebrate the opening of their new showroom, Sensational has placed all hot tubs at both locations on sale, along with their substantial pre-season sale on pool chemicals.<br /> <br /> The new showroom is located at 2189 M-139 just south of the Fairplain Plaza. You can reach them at the new shop by calling 934-<br /> <br /> 5742. They are in the house every Monday through Friday from 8 until 6 and Saturdays from 9 until 4. Call ahead for Sunday hours if you are interested. Their flagship location remains open as well at 5595 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. Congratulations on your newly expanded success!<br /> <br /> The May Street Market in Benton Harbor is growing and undergoing big changes as they add gasoline pump service in the very near future. Heavy equipment operators have been busy tearing up the old parking lot alongside the neighborhood store and placing new underground tanks in preparation for the entirely new parking lot. The store is being reconfigured, as well, to accommodate the changes.<br /> <br /> The main entrance is being relocated from the May Street side of the building to the Colfax Avenue side of the house. The popular shop will now become a full scale convenience store with gas pumps and the regular C-store merchandise one would expect. The store has been open for decades in one form or another, most recently being renamed The May Street Market several years ago when it underwent new ownership. The project is moving along rapidly, and expected to be ready for operation within several weeks. The market is located at the corner of May and Colfax, just a couple of blocks short of the Benton Harbor High School.<br /> <br /> My friend Denny DuToi is hanging up his green eyeshade, and retiring from a successful career in the banking industry. Denny is stepping down from his role as Vice President of Commercial Banking at Edgewater Bank.<br /> <br /> Denny has logged more than 30-years in his banking career, but is also well known locally for his community service and his role as a key volunteer for many organizations. Most notably, Denny is the current President of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of SW Michigan. He has also served long and well with the United Way, Lakeshore Rotary, and the Cornerstone Stewards of Michigan’s Great Southwest. Denny’s 30 years of service correspond to the 100th Anniversary Year of Edgewater Bank, and his retirement ceremony was celebrated there, appropriately, on Income Tax Day, April 15th! Congratulations, Denny… best of luck in your retirement years.<br /> <br /> Also wrapping up a stellar career this month is Lake Michigan College’s Dr. William Sprunk. Bill came to LMC back in 1988 and has served as Department Chair, English and Communication, and Coordinator of Developmental Writing for many years. He currently serves as the Director of the Honors Program. He will end 22 years of service to the local community college on April 29th. His dedication to education and the students he serves has become legendary, and he will be sorely missed. Thanks for your outstanding service to the entire community, Bill and safe travels in your retirement adventures.<br /> <br /> The community of Bridgman is gearing up for another spectacular Saturday in summer for their 5th Annual Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival. Make sure that Saturday, June 19th is on your calendar and make plans now to head to Weko Beach for this grand event that has annually attracted more than 3,000 visitors for outstanding wines, foods, musical entertainment and just plain fun with friends near the sand.<br /> <br /> Wineries enrolled this year include: Tabor Hill, Contessa, Domaine Berrien, Fenn Valley, Karma Vista, Lawton Ridge, Lemon Creek, Round Barn, St. Julian, Free Run, Hickory Creek and Warner. There will be live Chef Demonstrations from the KitchenAid Outdoor Cooking Area, live musical groups and more.<br /> <br /> I’ve been to every one of the first four events, and strongly encourage you to join the fun yourself.<br /> <br /> You won’t be sorry!<br /> <br /> A special celebration of Earth Day 2010 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the event this year when The City of Benton Harbor joins efforts with Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment for an Earth Day Clean-Up along Main Street and in Hull Park. The event takes place next Saturday, April 24th from 9am until 11am with registration taking place in the Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park at the corner of Main and Pipestone at 8:30am.<br /> <br /> If you would like to take part, please call the Harbor Shores Transformation Center at 277-5500 to RSVP. Work gloves and the necessary supplies will be provided, however you are encouraged to wear boots or safe shoes. The first 150 volunteers to check in will get a complimentary T-shirt commemorating the event, as well.<br /> <br /> Next Saturday, Harbor Country will also be marking Earth Day with a breakfast discussion on green initiatives at the Rabbit Run Inn on Red Arrow Highway. The event runs Saturday, April 24th from 10am until noon, and is free and open to the public. They are hopeful of engaging a spirited interchange with local community, business and organizations that are bringing the green movement to Harbor Country.<br /> <br /> For additional information and/or to RSVP, please call 269-405-1050.<br /> <br /> Also marking the milestone anniversary of Earth Day is the crew from Bridges to Digital Excellence, where they have coordinated nearly a dozen drop-off points from now through the end of May for the recycling of critical electronics items. They can handle just about anything with a plug except for items with Freon. They can even handle such things as weed whackers, screw guns, toasters, microwaves, and the like.<br /> <br /> Handling is free for most items except for TV’s and monitors which carry a $3 to $5 fee for disposal of the tubes. Using BDE keeps money and jobs in Berrien County while also reducing our carbon footprint on earth. The group has 15 employees working in their e-Cycling Center. Www.pointclickachieve.org has a list of electronics drop location dates and times or call them at 757-0218.<br /> <br /> More than 50 local realtors have banded together to organize Harbor Country’s Largest Open House next Saturday, April 24th from noon until 4pm. More than 150 great vacation homes, incoming generating properties, cottages, condos and more will be available all in one day for viewing by prospective owners. Round Barn and St. Julian Wineries will host a welcoming reception afterward in Union Pier. You can learn more by logging on to www.harborcountryopenhouse.com. Next Friday, April 23rd is your deadline to order hanging baskets, flowering containers and bedding plants from the Symphony League’s Annual Floral Extravaganza to benefit the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra. An order form is available at www.smso.org. You can also order flowers by phone at 927-<br /> <br /> 2546. Pick up day is Friday, May 7th. Don’t be late!<br /> <br /> By the way, the SMSO also has a Bowling Fundraiser tomorrow, Sunday the 18th at Kelly’s Bowling Alley, 2705 Cleveland Avenue in St. Joe. From 6 until 8pm $25 bucks gets you three games, shoe rental, pizza, beer and soft drinks. To sign-up call the SMSO at 982-<br /> <br /> 4030. <br /> <br /> The First Congregational Church in St. Joseph plays host Monday night, April 19th, at 7pm to a free classical piano concert featuring Interlochen Arts Academy students.<br /> <br /> Eleven of them are touring four cities in Michigan with a 70-minute recital. It’s free, and the church is located at 2001 Niles Avenue in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Out of time and space again this week, kids.<br /> <br /> Have a great week and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax.<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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