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Sale Price Effective Monday, May 24 through Sunday, May 30 Sale Dates: May 23 Thru May 29, 2010 of St. Joseph Wana Cabinets & Furniture Celebration! Cinema........Pg 9 Automotive Market Place Classifieds.................Pg 11-14 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Moody on The Market Pat Moody Ed Hunt of St. Joseph used to sell building materials to contractors, carpenters, and home- owners as an expert at Lowe’s in Benton Harbor. Now, Ed is busy employing the skill base he has enjoyed for many years to create one of the most unique and environmentally sound stair systems I have ever seen. Ed’s revolution- ary Floating Stair System and Suspension Design will be an absolute must-see for anyone with bluff property along Lake Michigan, or any waterfront land that towers over the lake- shore. Ed is a licensed contractor and carpenter with more than 35-years of experience and a broad-based building knowledge that led him to engineering and the installation of his new design in stair systems for the shoreline. Like others who witnessed the twisted wreckage of old wooden and concrete step systems, Ed was motivated to develop a system that would be both safe and affordable. He was determined to find some sort of solution to the litter of col- lapsed or failing stairs along the bluffs in the region. As a result, Mr. Hunt has developed a unique system that is designed with ski-like bearings to float on unstable slopes and wet soils. His system employs terrain compatible engineering that maximizes stability for safe use on a challenging landscape. Realizing that con- ventional building methods don’t hold up, and that concrete footings and heavy timbers don’t belong in the fragile ecosystem of the lakeshore, Ed pointed to far too many instances where development actually has triggered slide activity that causes twisted wreckage. The solution that he has pressed into action is high strength, lightweight, low impact construction that is engineered with structural grade aluminum, stainless steel hardware, and recycled Continued on page 8 Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Clear Sailing Ahead The sand trail leads to the beautiful beaches of Grand Mere. Photo by Jennifer Olszewski Baroda 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. With Guaranteed Results INSTITUTE OF FINANCIAL EDUCATION Presents How To Protect Retirement Assets Class Schedule Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:00pm - 4:30pm or 6:00pm - 7:30pm TIMES HAVE CHANGED YOUR LIFE HAS CHANGED But your need for steady, dependable and guaranteed income has not. Learn How Your Investments Can Earn 6% STEVENSVILLE 5762 James Drive Stevensville, MI 49127 * GUARANTEED! We will discuss new retirement income strategies to makes sure you will never outlive your money We will discuss new retirement income strategies to make sure you will never outlive your money What you get The comprehensive course workshop contains practical exercises and examples to help you learn and remember everything covered during the course. A complimentary workbook is included at no additional cost. and nuances of personal money management and help you to organize your resources and understand how each decision affects your financial objectives. The courses are taught by practicing CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP)TM professionals, tax advisors and/or attorney’s. 6% guarantee is available for income purposes only. Complete details available at the class. Restrictions may apply. Class Schedule Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:00pm - 4:30pm or 6:00pm - 7:30pm SEATING LIMITED. RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY! 1-269-235-0664 or register online at www.InstituteOfFinancialEducation.org It is a valuable reference tool designed to help you understand the concepts wAPPETIZERith purchase of an entree FREE Coupon Expires 6-30-10. One Coupon per person, may not be combined with any other offer 3620 Niles Road • St. Joseph 269-428-8088 May 22, 2010 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on May 22, 2010
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Ed Hunt of St. Joseph used to sell building materials to contractors, carpenters, and homeowners as an expert at Lowe’s in Benton Harbor. Now, Ed is busy employing the skill base he has enjoyed for many years to create one of the most unique and environmentally sound stair systems I have ever seen. Ed’s revolutionary Floating Stair System and Suspension Design will be an absolute must-see for anyone with bluff property along Lake Michigan, or any waterfront land that towers over the lakeshore.<br /> <br /> Ed is a licensed contractor and carpenter with more than 35-years of experience and a broad-based building knowledge that led him to engineering and the installation of his new design in stair systems for the shoreline. Like others who witnessed the twisted wreckage of old wooden and concrete step systems, Ed was motivated to develop a system that would be both safe and affordable. He was determined to find some sort of solution to the litter of collapsed or failing stairs along the bluffs in the region. As a result, Mr. Hunt has developed a unique system that is designed with ski-like bearings to float on unstable slopes and wet soils. His system employs terrain compatible engineering that maximizes stability for safe use on a challenging landscape. Realizing that conventional building methods don’t hold up, and that concrete footings and heavy timbers don’t belong in the fragile ecosystem of the lakeshore, Ed pointed to far too many instances where development actually has triggered slide activity that causes twisted wreckage. The solution that he has pressed into action is high strength, lightweight, low impact construction that is engineered with structural grade aluminum, stainless steel hardware, and recycledMOODY Continued from page 1 composite stairs. It is a flexible design that is maintenance-free, adjustable and removable.<br /> <br /> Acquisition of his floating stair system requires a one-time material investment, and it is manufactured off-site for a fast and efficient installation plan. Best of all, it can be easily shipped to remote building sites, and employs professional installation techniques to insure safety and superior results. Ed is very proud of his adaptable and non-intrusive design which lies on the bluff face, allowing wet soils to shift beneath it with minimum resistance. The system utilizes earth anchors well back from the crest of the bluff and steel cables below grade to suspend and hold the system in place. You can reach Ed to learn more at 983-5437. Nice work, Ed! Great looking product, too!<br /> <br /> When Randy’s Service & Towing of Coloma recently relocated to a new home at 7870 Elm Street in Watervliet, his former property at I-94 and Friday Road in Coloma was readily snapped up by Jay & Sarah Jollay of Jollay Orchards.<br /> <br /> Extensive remodeling of that former service station property is well underway, and soon to emerge will be the new Jollay Market. The new venture at Exit 39 will feature a year-round fruit market and coffee bar. Perhaps equally as important, the market will also house a Welcome and Information Center for the entire Coloma Experience. Designed to welcome visitors to the area of the Friday Road corridor and the entire Paw Paw Lake region, the center will offer lots of reasons for visitors to stay and reasons to come back with friends and family for extended visits to the neighborhood. Sarah tells me that they are hopeful the new market will be ready to open by the end of the month. Work crews have been feverishly assembling the new look for the property which is located at 3401 Friday Road. The Jollay’s have been very busy along Friday Road with their ag-tourism based Jollay Orchards, their haunted house, and their Grandpa’s Cider Mill all scattered along the busy route. Congratulations on your growiEnterprise! Keep us posted on your opening!<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, a former Welcome Center is the new home of the latest branch of Lake Michigan Credit Union, the largest credit union in all of West Michigan. The former home of St. Joseph Today in the old People’s State Bank building in downtown St. Joseph was scheduled to officiallyOpen for business yesterday, Friday, May 21st following a formal ribbon cutting ceremony with Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Joseph. At least one visitor who has seen the makeover tells me that you will feel like you have stepped into the history books.<br /> <br /> George Mahler says that he felt like he had stumbled into his old bank where he used to make mortgage payments routinely. He likes it a lot, and says you probably will too! Welcome to the market, Lake Michigan Credit Union!<br /> <br /> The landlord for the new credit union is also handling the transaction for a new restaurant a couple of blocks away on State Street in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Joe Giannola is the property manager for 315 State Street, which will soon be home to Kabob House…according to the merchant map included in last week’s MailMax insert called “In and Around St. Joseph.” The restaurant is apparently still in the planning stages, but the lease has been signed, so stay tuned for more.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere on the dining scene, Kim Curley tells me that she is now carrying donuts from Beachside Bakery in Bridgman inside her restaurant in downtown Benton Harbor. That’s a great partnership, which gets Keith’s great product into the hands of his neighbors to the north on a daily basis. In another partnership that Kim has created, her Harbortown Café is now providing desserts to both Port 412 and Tulips Asian Bistro for diners looking for something sweet to cap off their meal. Kim suggests you try her Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake or the Keylime Cheesecake. What a great way to help everyone grow their business by linking together great areas of expertise.<br /> <br /> Big impending changes for the Martin’s Supermarket complex in Stevensville have resulted in the relocation of Mike Gilbert’s State Farm Insurance Office there. If you want to find Mike, Michelle, Tammy & Susie, you’ll have to head west to their new office site at 3045 W. John Beers Road in Stevensville. That’s the corner of John Beers and Red Arrow Highway. They just moved into their new digs this past week, and you’ll find them in the house from 9am until 5pm Monday through Friday. They have the same phone number at 429-7156 in case you have any questions.<br /> <br /> Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services has named a local real estate agent to its prestigious Leading Edge Society nationally.<br /> <br /> Linda Folk of Prudential Rubloff is one of aHandful of residential sales professionals recognized with the high honor at the national sales convention in Austin, Texas this spring. As a result of the honor, Linda places among the top seven percent in the entire sales network.<br /> <br /> Prudential Rubloff itself recently received the Gibraltar Circle Award as one of the Top 50 companies in the network, as well.<br /> <br /> Amy Huebner of Sudzy Paws Mobile Dog Grooming is reminding owners and operators of local hair salons and pet grooming services that human hair and animal fur are critical to the manufacture of special booms to soak up oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico. She has been saving clippings for several weeks now, and encourages colleagues to go to www.excessaccess.com to sign up to send furAnd hair to help out. Thanks for sharing, Amy!<br /> <br /> Friends of Shellie Merlino are doing everything in their power to help in a great time of need. Shellie, who is unemployed and uninsured, was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.<br /> <br /> She is undergoing chemotherapy, but has already lost her home and pets due to this setback.<br /> <br /> Her friend Lacy Noonan tells me that a benefit for Shellie is slated to take place on May 28th at The Livery in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Her bills are skyrocketing, and friends are hopeful of helping raise money for day-to-day expenses. In addition to The Livery, a whole host of businesses are helping out, including Charter Talent, Xpress Printing, Reva Salon & Spa, Tyler Automotive, Tan Unique, Touch of Color II, Oakridge Center for Health, the Pump House Grille, Michelle Castor-BeautiControl Consultant, Czars 505, Welcome Inn, Waterfront Restaurant, Creative Computer Solutions, GetAway Saloon, Fifth-Third Bank, Easy Street Inn, Hair Innovations & Spa, and Santaniello’s Glenlord Restaurant. The Friday night event gets underway at 7pm with a second show at 9:30 featuring nationally recognized comedians, great company and amazing prizes.<br /> <br /> Tickets are $29 each, but seating is limited. For tickets are other information, contact Lacy at 269- 325-2258. Anything Ou can do to help will be sincerely appreciated.<br /> <br /> Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club has big plans for charity on the weekend of June 5th and 6th. That’s when they will host “That 70’s Murder Mystery” and Relay for Life fundraiser.<br /> <br /> The Cancer Awareness Weekend begins with a three course dinner, costume contest, silent auction and door prizes with 70’s trivia and dancing and music of the 70’s. It’s an interactive night, and everyone in attendance will be assigned a role in the murder mystery. Cost is just $49 per person for the full night of fun and entertainment. Call for reservations at 849-4653. The party continues the next day with a huge Demo Day and Clinic with Nike, Ping and TaylorMade from 1 until 5p…including a $10,000 Hole in One Shootout.<br /> <br /> Check it out!<br /> <br /> The City of Buchanan rolls out the red carpet for Girls on the Run of Berrien County on May 27th. It’s the second annual New Balance Girls on the Run 5K at 6:30 that night. The race begins and ends at the Buchanan High School Memorial Field. Director Peggy Schaffer tells me that you can register online at www.active.com. Local businesses in Buchanan will stay open late that night and there will be a free concert in the park following the race. More than 475 girls throughout the county have been training for the event, so it is certain to be a big deal. Register yourself today, and get in the run!<br /> <br /> If you read this on time, the Friends of the Lincoln Township Public Library invite you to their Garden Tour which takes place today,Saturday, May 22nd from 9am until 5pm. Tickets are $10 each and available at the Library or at any of the participating gardens on the tour. Beth Kenagy says there are five gardens on the tour this year bursting with the fragrance and color of peonies, iris, and rhododendron. The tour this year is a bit earlier than usual to help capture the essence of spring. Purpose of the tour is to encourage gardening in the community and support special programming at the Lincoln Township Public Library.<br /> <br /> Becky Kliss of Great Lakes Cleaning has announced the second educational event for the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum. It will take place this coming Wednesday, May 26th starting at 3:30pm at Berrien Hills Golf Club. Sunset Coast Green Drinks will immediately follow the forum, and everyone is invited. Becky has more at 888-200-1053.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!