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of St. Joseph Sale Dates: June 27 Thru July 3, 2010 Sale Price Effective Monday, June 28 through Sunday, July 4 Coupon Pages. . . . . . . . Pgs 6-7 Golf Directory Page 16 CLASSIFIEDS Pages 17-22 ..Pg 13 Moody on The Market Pat Moody George Erikcek of the W.E. Upjohn Institute recently told us that the Niles- Benton Harbor Labor Market Area, which is basically all of Berrien County, was the only labor market in all of West Michigan to post an increase in jobs in the first quarter of 2010. It’s further proof that our region contin- ues to out-perform many other areas of the state, as we continue to work at bouncing back from the economic downturn. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident to the men and women of the workforce than at our own Ausco Products of Benton Harbor. The team at Ausco continues to buck the trend in Michigan manufacturing. After what they, themselves, will admit was a “dismal 2009,” Ausco is hiring. In fact, they have re-hired almost everyone in their production force that had to be laid off last March, and are now looking to add still more to their workforce in the coming months. Just since January 1st, Ausco has increased their direct labor by 50%! Thirteen jobs have been added by the company in the past six-months alone, and their plan is to continue to increase production staff throughout the entire second half of the year. They are currently hiring for general labor employees, and they anticipate hiring additional personnel in the next three months or so. Now, if you assume that this rebound is just a part of “riding the wave” of the recover- ing economy or things like the economic stimulus package, you assume wrong. The company’s stellar performance of late is thanks almost exclusively to their ongoing, diligent drive to develop and then produce new products for current and new customers. That work is paving the way to their success. Continued on page 12 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Venison Beach On the last day of school, the 8th graders from St. Paul’s came upon some deer taking a swim at Lincoln Township Beach. Photo by Lisa Zielke 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. June 26, 2010 $ 1500 Tax Credit on Windows R 30% OFF PLUS eplacement Windows Coupon Expires 7/31/10 • New Orders Only Coupon Expires 7/31/10 • New Orders Only European Shower Enclosures $ Installed Shower Enclosure $ Shower Doors Fleurco Framed or Frameless Installed Shower Door • Interior or Exterior • Glass Railings • Stainless Steel Cable Railing I 100 OFFNSTALLATION Glass or Cable Railing System $ s 100 OFF 50 OFF Any European Style Standard Coupon Expires 7/31/10 • New Orders Only HylaStone Recycled Glass e • Green Products • 78% Recycled Products • Available in 20 colors • Visit our Showroom to see its beauty! Composite Marble or Granite • Vanity Tops • Shower Walls & Bases • Standard Custom Sizes Coupon Expires 7/31/10 • New Orders Only Back Painted Glass As Seen On HGTV! $300 0 Each O F OFF Square Ft. • Kitchen Backsplash • Shower Walls • Any Color or Size Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 26, 2010 Savings! Double Your

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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> George Erikcek of the W.E. Upjohn Institute recently told us that the Niles- Benton Harbor Labor Market Area, which is basically all of Berrien County, was the only labor market in all of West Michigan to post an increase in jobs in the first quarter of<br /> <br /> 2010. It’s further proof that our region continues to out-perform many other areas of the state, as we continue to work at bouncing back from the economic downturn. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident to the men and women of the workforce than at our own Ausco Products of Benton Harbor. The team at Ausco continues to buck the trend in Michigan manufacturing. After what they, themselves, will admit was a “dismal 2009,” Ausco is hiring. In fact, they have re-hired almost everyone in their production force that had to be laid off last March, and are now looking to add still more to their workforce in the coming months. Just since January 1st, Ausco has increased their direct labor by 50%! Thirteen jobs have been added by the company in the past six-months alone, and their plan is to continue to increase production staff throughout the entire second half of the year. They are currently hiring for general labor employees, and they anticipate hiring additional personnel in the next three months or so. Now, if you assume that this rebound is just a part of “riding the wave” of the recovering economy or things like the economic stimulus package, you assume wrong. The company’s stellar performance of late is thanks almost exclusively to their ongoing, diligent drive to develop and then produce new products for current and new customers.<br /> <br /> That work is paving the way to their success.<br /> <br /> Ausco is a highly diversified company with markets in forestry, agriculture, construction, recreational, and oil and gas related fields. The main thing that they do, and do exceptionally well, is solve braking problems for their customers. They’ve already successfully achieved six patents and have nine more in the process. They are designing, manufacturing, and shipping brakes to customers all across the U.S. and the World. A superb example of their exemplary work comes in the form of a new product launch, the Ausco Ameri-Torque. The Ameri-Torque is a mechanical caliper system used as a drop-in replacement for rear drum brakes on golf cars. The innovation features 20% more stopping power than drum brakes, 45% more parking torque, and 33% longer life. They are the hit of the golf car market having sold the new AT in 40 states to more than 180 dealers.<br /> <br /> With some of the amazing cart paths and exciting terrain at Harbor Shores, Pro Ross Smith might want to seriously consider this amazing home-grown product! Ausco is now the new preferred brake manufacturer for three major golf-cart and hunting vehicle original equipment manufacturers. CEO Bill Heinrich’s crew is really pumped up with this great resurgence, and rightfully so. You can learn more about the company’s new “brake-through” at www.ameri-torque.com. Check out the video that shows their amazing stopping power. It’s in the lower right hand corner of the website.<br /> <br /> Congratulations, Ausco…keep making the people of Michigan’s Great Southwest proud!<br /> <br /> Ausco, by the way, is headquartered along Pipestone Road in Benton Harbor. A few miles closer to downtown Benton Harbor on that same route, a new dining opportunity is schedule to open soon. Paw Paw’s Fish House will be opening up shop in space that has been home to an ice cream shop, a beauty salon, and most recently a fast food restaurant. Now, the space simply sports a freshened up paint job and signs that say “Opening Soon.” I can’t tell you anything more about the venture at this point, until I can learn more myself. It will be located at 1255 Pipestone, right next door to “Mayor” Brian Snyder’s favorite place, La Perla Also new on the dining front is Bombay Dock in Berrien Springs. Owned and operated by Sambor Mawrie, Bombay Dock specializes in the flavorful spices and cuisine of the south and eastern part of India known as the Chettinad Region. Sambor tells me that one of his true specialties of the house is the new Bombay Burrito. The new restaurant, located at 8938 U.S.-31, directly across from the main gate of Andrews University, opened for business in early May and is open Sunday through Friday from 11am until 8pm and closed on Saturdays. They offer dine-in or take-out options, and you can reach them at 269-471-7707. Congratulations, and welcome to the Bombay Dock in Berrien Springs.<br /> <br /> In case you missed the news in the rush to summer, The Ideal Place in the Benton Harbor Arts District is officially open for business again. You’ll find them in the house Tuesday through Thursday from 4 until 11pm at the bar and from 5 until 9pm for dinner.<br /> <br /> They are also there Friday and Saturday from 4pm until midnight at the bar and serving dinner from 5 until 10pm. They are also offering $5-dollar Martini Nights on Wednesday and $5-dollar Wine Nights on Thursdays. If you’d like to be kept up to speed on their great menu routinely, simply look them up on Facebook and add them as a friend. You can see pictures and know ahead of time what they are offering in addition to their regular menu.<br /> <br /> You can find that menu online anytime at www.theidealplace.com. Welcome back, Chris and Barb and company.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Patricia Graf of Benton Harbor is opening a new Yoga Studio at 140 Fifth Street, in the Ideal Place Shops space behind the restaurant. Patricia has formed Yellow Moon Yoga, and will continue to sublet space for Mark McCrone’s 5th Street Gallery, which opened in April featuring his works of art designed as furniture. Patricia’s parents, who hail from Chicago, were among the early investors in developing Hidden Isle along the St. Joe River, and she lives in a remodeled farmstead in Benton Harbor, according to Realtor Pete Jorgensen who handled the signing of her Ideal Place deal.<br /> <br /> They have worked her tails off for more than 27-years, and have undoubtedly earned every minute of a hopefully long and relaxing retirement, but customers will be very, very sad to learn that The Little House in the Scottdale Triangle is closing up shop! Sue Plummer and her husband Curt will launch their official Good-Bye Sale this coming Tuesday, June 29th, and will offer 40% off the original price of all merchandise. Additionally, the Plummers will be selling their antiques, furnishings and display items as ticketed. They are thanking their dedicated, wonderful employees and long time loyal customers for 27 years of great fun, but retirement is calling. You’ll find The Little House at 4239 Niles Road in Royalton Township.<br /> <br /> It’s people like the Plummers who give retailing a good name. The Stewards of Michigan’s Great Southwest recently talked about the importance of excelling at customer service, and that message rang true recently for my friend Christine Scharf at IPC Print Services when she sought assistance from Baroda Tire Company. She sent me a note last week citing, “the absolute best customer service that I have had with any company in quite some time.” As Christine noted, it was more than simply going in and buying tires.<br /> <br /> She needed to redeem a certificate from Cooper Tire and that entailed several phone calls to the company’s corporate office, various representatives and so on. Jack at Baroda Tire took care of it all with speed, courtesy and extreme friendliness throughout the entire process.<br /> <br /> Jack, she says, clearly understands customer service and delivered it “100%!” Way to go, Jack, and thanks for sharing, Christine!<br /> <br /> Amy White is the new First Vice President and St. Joseph Site Manager for Chemical Bank now, making the shift from Fifth Third. The daughter of Mayor Bob and Mrs. Joan Judd, Amy started her career in private practice in St. Joe with the law firm of Taglia, Dumke, White & Schmidt. Her new primary responsibilities include managing Chemical’s St. Joseph Trust Department and the administration of personal and institutional trusts, investment agency accounts and estate settlement. She holds a BA from Kalamazoo College and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She also serves as President of the Women’s Service League, and serves in Rotary. Additionally, Amy is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Probate & Estate Planning Section and the Berrien County Bar.<br /> <br /> If you like getting down and dirty, you’ll be delighted to learn that Mud Volleyball is coming back! The folks at Well of Grace Ministries have had so many people ask for its return that they finally sought out a new site.<br /> <br /> So, Saturday, July 31st join your dirt loving friends for a rollicking romp in the mud at the St. Joseph Christian Reformed Church near the Vineland Center and LMC Elementary School in St. Joseph Charter Township. All proceeds will benefit the Well of Grace Ministries. Players will romp in ankle deep mud in a field adjacent to the church. There will also be a dunk tank, pony rides, and face painting. A variety of food and beverages will be available for sale, too. Team registrations are due by July 16th and you can learn all about it online at www.wellofgraceministries.com, or call Kim at 408-1195. As their slogan says, Grab a Buddy and Get Muddy!<br /> <br /> Also making an encore performance: The Benton Harbor Children’s Art Fair. The 12th Annual affair will take place on Saturday, July 10th from 10am until 5pm at the Dwight<br /> <br /> P. Mitchell City Center Park at the corner of Main and Pipestone in downtown Benton Harbor. This year’s theme is “Put a Fin on It, Summer, Waves & Sun!” All activities are free and give kids of all ages the opportunity to express their creativity and artistic ability through ceramics, button making, musical zoo, papermaking, crafts and more. Read all about it online at www.bhcaf.org. In the world of grown up art, Brad Bigford’s new show called “About Face – Portraiture and Expressions” has officially opened. Back on Thursday night the show was launched at The Studios at 210 Water Street.<br /> <br /> Brad’s show features new sculpture and paintings that redefine the rendering of faces, expressions and bodies. Check it out.<br /> <br /> As you gear up for the upcoming 4th of July weekend, Thrivent Financial and the LH Men Network invite you to their Faith River Fest at the Shadowland Pavilion on Friday, July 2nd from 5 until l0pm. It’s designed as a great family event and is all free except your ability to buy food from Schu’s and drinks from their Youth and Flavorwave Kuna Ice Cones. Entertainment comes from the St. Jam’s, a group from Chicago that Plays 60’s and 70’s music along with their own Trinity Youth Praise Band and Ventriloquist Rod Snow. There will also be bounce toys for the kids, so bring a chair or blanket and head for the riverfront.<br /> <br /> Finally, a great event tomorrow, Sunday, June 27th from 9am until 4pm at Riverview Park… “Rendezvous at Riverview.” It’s a Collector Car & Motorcycle Show sponsored by the Lakeshore Masonic Lodge 298.<br /> <br /> $5-bucks registers your vehicle, there’s a live DJ, affordable lunches and more. If you have questions, call Cabbie at 757-3149.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> <br />

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