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Sale Price Effective Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2 Sale Dates: April 25 Thru May 1, 2010 of St. Joseph PATER CLASSIFIEDS Pages 10-14 Automotive Market Place Moody on The Market Pat Moody Inasmuch as Berrien County still enjoys a fairly substantial contingent of the local workforce continuing to be employed in the manufacturing sector, it was especially good news to read Business Week magazine’s recent report that manufacturing production in the U.S. has accelerated in recent weeks as factories spearheaded the recovery from the worst recession since the 1930’s. Companies are continuing to rebuild depleted inventories and invest in new equipment as demands rise. In fact, Michael Feroli, Chief Economist at JPMorgan Chase in New York tells us, “Manufacturing is doing pretty well, it is still very much in the lead, and the momentum is carrying into the second quarter.” One of the strongest precursors to an advancing market is activity in the logistics sector. That market has been moving up nicely in recent months, and nowhere is that more evident than on the local scene at Express-1 Expedited Solutions headquartered in St. Joseph. The company recently posted revenue numbers that showed continuing operations increased by 27% from a year earlier, and income from those same operations improved by 17% year over year. Mike Welch, the company’s CEO says, “The company was able to adapt,” during the first half of the year, and “business improved,” as they strategically added key personnel to help the company grow in 2010 and beyond. Express-1 has also been named the NASSTRAC Carrier of the Year for the sec- ond consecutive year. NASSTRAC is the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council. Express-1 won the title in the expe- dited category, which recognizes carriers that demonstrate excellence in performance and results. Company President Jeff Curry says 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 Feathered Flotilla A young family of geese make their way across Grand Mere Lake in Stevensville. Photo by Peg Bitterma wAPPETIZERith purchase of an entree FREE Coupon Expires 5-31-10. One Coupon per person, may not be combined with any other offer 3620 Niles Road • St. Joseph 269-428-8088 April 24, 2010 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 24, 2010

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Inasmuch as Berrien County still enjoys a fairly substantial contingent of the local workforce continuing to be employed in the manufacturing sector, it was especially good news to read Business Week magazine’s recent report that manufacturing production in the U.S. has accelerated in recent weeks as factories spearheaded the recovery from the worst recession since the 1930’s. Companies are continuing to rebuild depleted inventories and invest in new equipment as demands rise.<br /> <br /> In fact, Michael Feroli, Chief Economist at JPMorgan Chase in New York tells us, “Manufacturing is doing pretty well, it is still very much in the lead, and the momentum is carrying into the second quarter.” One of the strongest precursors to an advancing market is activity in the logistics sector. That market has been moving up nicely in recent months, and nowhere is that more evident than on the local scene at Express-1 Expedited Solutions headquartered in St. Joseph. The company recently posted revenue numbers that showed continuing operations increased by 27% from a year earlier, and income from those same operations improved by 17% year over year.<br /> <br /> Mike Welch, the company’s CEO says, “The company was able to adapt,” during the first half of the year, and “business improved,” as they strategically added key personnel to help the company grow in 2010 and beyond.<br /> <br /> Express-1 has also been named the NASSTRAC Carrier of the Year for the second consecutive year. NASSTRAC is the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council. Express-1 won the title in the expedited category, which recognizes carriers that demonstrate excellence in performance and results. Company President Jeff Curry says That winning the award, “Is an honor, and is especially gratifying as the award is based on the input of shippers using a wide range of criteria.” Express-1 leaders will be presented with the award at the NASSTRAC Logistics Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida this weekend.<br /> <br /> Congratulations, guys! Keep up the good work… you’re making all of Michigan’s Great Southwest very proud.<br /> <br /> Also making us proud on a national scale are Ken & Julie Wuerfel, who own and operate The Cleaning Authority franchise in St. Joseph. The Wuerfel’s were recently cited at their national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah as winners of The Cleaning Authority’s Mark of Excellence Award. They received the award as recognition for customer service and cleaning quality, something only a small handful of the company’s franchisees are able to achieve.<br /> <br /> Julie is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill entrepreneur.<br /> <br /> She was a marketing manager for a Fortune 100 company before she found herself purchasing a local business. She opened the doors of The Cleaning Authority in October of 2006 and now services customers in St. Joseph, Stevensville, Bridgman, Sawyer, New Buffalo, Niles, Coloma, Watervliet and Northern Indiana. Her office now boasts more than 250 customers and a staff of 17 employees. You can reach the Wuerfel’s at 428-7110. Congratulations, folks. Nice job!<br /> <br /> If Julie’s story sounds like something you aspire to, perhaps you should consider a visit to The Livery Micro-Brewery this coming Tuesday, April 27th from 6 until 8pm. That’s when Thom Crimans of FranNet returns to the area for another seminar on how to select the right franchise to suit your skills, experiences, goals and finances. The Tuesday evening workshop is sponsored by Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services, and you can find The Livery at 190 5th Street in Benton Harbor. The event is free, however seating is limited and reservations are required, so please call 925-6100 Monday morning as soon as possible to get yourself registered. You will learn what franchising is all about and how it works…the pros and cons of franchising…the types that are available…the costs associated with owning and operating a franchise…how to select and investigate them… and the traits that are critical to being a successful franchisee. Check it out. You just might find a whole new career!<br /> <br /> Another entrepreneur has opened the doors onto his new venture in the form of the new Sunset Coast Golf Center, in the former home of Dave Vonk’s Golf Center. Jeff & Jen Terry were slated to conduct their Grand Opening with a “First Drive,” a couple of days ago, and assuming the weather cooperated they are now in full operation. The Terry’s are operating a new and improved golf practice facility at their shop along Niles Avenue in St. Joseph Charter Township. They now offer a new synthetic putting green for public use, and will unveil a new hitting area which, later this year, will be enclosed and heated for those late in the season, colder days when you still want to hit a bucket of balls.<br /> <br /> The new putting green is a product from Turfix that Jeff tells me will surprise everyone with how similar it is to natural grass. The new golf shop is designed to provide top of the line golf brands, clubs, equipment and accessories for everyone from the advanced player to beginners. They will also offer lessons and clinics throughout the spring and summer months by certified instructors.<br /> <br /> Stop in this weekend and say hi to the new kids on the block. Welcome Jeff and Jen, and best of luck in your new venture!<br /> <br /> Once you’ve hit your practice shots at Sunset Coast, you can head out for the real thing a little earlier than had been planned. Assuming, again, that the weather cooperated, yesterday, Friday, April 23rd, was the official opening day at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor. The Golf Club at Harbor Shores has opened the season a week early thanks to great weather of late, and you can play 10 holes for $75.00, and $25 bucks for a replay to round out your day. The full 18-holes of the course will open later this year with lots of great things to come in the season ahead. The first Community Days of the season, with discounted rates of $40 for the 10 holes, have been set for May 11th, 17th, 24th and 25th and June 7th and 14th. Let the fun begin!<br /> <br /> If you’d rather be on a motor scooter than a golf cart this summer, the early nice weather has fostered the early launch of the season and some new things at Scooter Joe’s Bike & Scooter Rentals in downtown St. Joe. Owner and operator Joe Allen tells me that he will open for the season on May 1st with weekend hours up until Memorial Day when he undertakes daily operations through September. New to the system Rentals for great family fun. Surreys have four tires and a steering wheel, but the engine is your own pedal power. The distinctive canopy top really lets you stand out as you tour the streets around town. Also new this year are Kickbikes and Tandem bikes for rent. Joe has enjoyed customers from as far away as Europe as well as regional visitors from throughout the Great Lakes region. You can find Scooter Joe at 213 State Street in downtown St. Joe, and online at www.scootjoe.com. If you have questions, you can reach him at 932-1005. Happy trails!<br /> <br /> Wightman & Associates of Benton Harbor is enjoying another growth spurt as they expand their resources and services into the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek markets through a consolidation with an affiliate office called Wightman Ward in Portage, Michigan. Company President Tom Deneau says that Kalamazoo County Surveyor Gary Hahn will reign as president of Wightman Ward. The two firms have enjoyed an affiliation since 1993 and this consolidation is designed to bring a broader range of municipal and private project experience to the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek markets.<br /> <br /> Wightman provides professional services for engineering, architecture, surveying, and construction inspection.<br /> <br /> Also in the world of architecture, Karen Garlanger has opened up shop as Karen Garlanger Designs in St. Joseph. She had worked with design firms in Stevensville, Union Pier and Chicago before deciding to go into business for herself. While the paint on her office walls is still drying, Karen is accepting new clients in the residential architecture and interior design arenas. Her new offices are located in Suite 5 at 2800 Cleveland Avenue in St. Joe. Karen’s work has been featured in such publications as Women’s Day and Distinctive Kitchen Solutions magazine. She was also a featured designer on HGTV’s website. She studied interior design at Western Michigan University, architecture at the University of Miami, and earned a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Andrews University. Congratulations, Karen! You can reach her at 930-2908.<br /> <br /> Elizabeth Kirian, who has operated Kirian Photography Studio in St. Joseph for the past five years is expanding her operations into a new satellite studio in downtown Buchanan.<br /> <br /> Located at 324 E. Dewey Street in Suite 113 in the K. Barker ENT Building, the new studio will take advantage of the myriad great locations downtown for natural backgrounds and settings for high school senior, family and wedding photography.<br /> <br /> While Elizabeth will be the main photographer at both studios, she has also hired a new photographer and graphic designer, Elisa Pollack of Chicago. You can learn a whole lot more online at www.kirianstudio.com. The St. Joe studio is at 2530 S. Cleveland Avenue in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> For nearly 100 years the West Michigan Pike has served auto tourists along the Lake Michigan shoreline from the state line here in Berrien County some 450 miles north to Mackinaw City. Now they are finally going to commemorate that route with placement of an official state historical marker being dedicated on Friday, April 30th at 11am in Lions Park in New Buffalo. The dedication is funded by the Michigan Historical Marker Fund and Michigan Beachtowns. Check it out!<br /> <br /> Helen Jennings, who introduced the SJBH YMCA to the revolutionary concept of Zumba Fitness last spring, has been strongly encouraged by her students to expand as an outreach to folks that do not have a membership, but do have the desire to join a successful fitness program locally. Every first and third Monday at 7pm and every Wednesday at noon, Jennings will bring her Zumba Fitness class to the Orchards Mall Community Room. To learn more call her at 932-8504.<br /> <br /> Here’s another way for you to get “mowtivated” by showing your support to the second largest industry in Michigan at the First Annual Fruit Belt Bushel and 1/9th Lawn Mower Race at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs. Sponsored by the Berrien County Farm Bureau Young Farmers, this great event will take place on the weekend of May 15th and 16th, with a 6pm race on Saturday and a 1pm race on Sunday. Melissa Morlock of that group tells me that you will witness lawn mowers racing around a dirt track at 60mph with all proceeds funding an educational grant to promote agriculture in the classroom. Find more at www.letsmow.com. Sounds like a real blast!<br /> <br /> Speaking of agriculture, the group Support Local Agriculture has published a local “Farm Stand Guide,” representing 23 farmers selling local produce and farm related products designed to raise awareness of and advocate on behalf of sustainable local agriculture. At www.supportlocalagriculture. org you can learnhow to get a copy. Buy local, eat local, live life to the fullest!<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 /> Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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