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Sale Price Effective Monday, Aug 16 through Sunday, Aug 22 of St. Joseph Sale Dates: Aug 15 Thru Aug 21, 2010 Automotive Market Place Moody on The Market Pat Moody When Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm came to town last month to announce state tax incentives for Whirlpool Corporation’s planned new buildings along the St. Joseph River, she also made a quick stop at another new construction site in Michigan’s Great Southwest that many folks have not had the opportunity to see or hear much about thus far. That all changed a cou-ple of days ago when the official ground breaking took place for a new 40,000-square foot community health center at the corner of M-139 and Fair Avenue in Benton Charter Township. When the Governor stopped by, crews were already moving a whole lot of dirt in preparation for that con-struction project, and she took time to look at the blueprints and architectural drawings with Velma Hendershott and Phil Maki. She was genuinely impressed with those drawings and posed briefly for photo ops with Maki, Hendershott, and other key officials. Always aware of her surroundings, however, she also called over several heavy equipment operators working on site and posed for pictures with them as well. While they didn’t have time that day to conduct a formal ground-breaking, officials with InterCare Community Health Network did find the time this past Thursday to take up the ceremonial shovels to formalize what is already clearly underway. By virtue of their planned relocation, InterCare will con-tinue a tradition dating back nearly four decades in serving more than 50-thousand under-served residents in a six-county area from six fixed sites and two mobile units. Hendershott is the Chief Executive Officer of InterCare, which is actually headquartered Continued on page 12 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Leap of Faith Surf’s up for Dillon on a hot summer day. Photo by Deb Ficke Youth Fair Schedule of Events Berrien County Pages 10-11 Aug 14, 2010 Postal Customer Benton Harbor, MI PERMIT NO.225 PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage PAID POSTMASTER: Please deliver on Aug 14, 2010

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<b>When Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm</b><br /> <br /> Came to town last month to announce state tax incentives for Whirlpool Corporation’s planned new buildings along the St. Joseph River, she also made a quick stop at another new construction site in Michigan’s Great Southwest that many folks have not had the opportunity to see or hear much about thus far. That all changed a couple of days ago when the official ground breaking took place for a new 40,000-square foot community health center at the corner of M-139 and Fair Avenue in Benton Charter Township. When the Governor stopped by, crews were already moving a whole lot of dirt in preparation for that construction project, and she took time to look at the blueprints and architectural drawings with Velma Hendershott and Phil Maki. She was genuinely impressed with those drawings and posed briefly for photo ops with Maki, Hendershott, and other key officials. Always aware of her surroundings, however, she also called over several heavy equipment operators working on site and posed for pictures with them as well. While they didn’t have time that day to conduct a formal ground-breaking, officials with InterCare Community Health Network did find the time this past Thursday to take up the ceremonial shovels to formalize what is already clearly underway. By virtue of their planned relocation, InterCare will continue a tradition dating back nearly four decades in serving more than 50-thousand under-served residents in a six-county area from six fixed sites and two mobile units. Hendershott is the Chief Executive Officer of InterCare, which is actually headquartered<br /> <br /> In Bangor. Maki and his partner David Kirshenbaum are owners and operators of Southshore Companies headquartered in St. Joseph. They are acting as owner’s representatives and project managers for this great new project which will dramatically change the landscape of the long vacant scrub land which has sat idle for years. Maki, Kirshenbaum and Hendershott have worked quietly behind the scenes for more than two years to arrive at this great day when the building begins to emerge from the ground. General Contractor for the project is Owens Ames Kimball of Grand Rapids. The truly amazing part of the story is the groundwork laid by the two year planning, inasmuch as more than 600 agencies across the nation applied for special grants for projects like this, and only 85 health centers in some thirty states were awarded the dollars to get the job done. The local team earned a grant of $8.5-million dollars. Hendershott says that InterCare is “thrilled to have been a recipient of such a significant grant in a highly competitive-Nationwide process.” The new stateof- the-art facility will clearly help realize a long held dream for the entire crew. Congratulations to InterCare, Southshore, and the entire community for this great project now moving forward.<br /> <br /> <br /> While it doesn’t quite match up to an $8.5 million dollar grant, the good folks at DiMaggio’s Pizza at Hagar Shores are grinning from ear to ear over a brief mention that’s undoubtedly considered “priceless” to them. Izzy DiMaggio proudly hand-delivered to me the new July-August issue of Midwest Living Magazine folded open to page 32 where a small table of “Reader Picks” says succinctly: “DiMaggio’s. Coloma – They serve pizza only one way, thick and cut into squares. It is so good.” While that’s the entirety and end of the quick little statement…it’s just the beginning of great pride for the entire DiMaggio’s crew. As Izzy says, “Obviously, we are very proud of the fact our family business has served decades of families in our Lake Michigan Beach restaurant for over 52 years!” Nice work, folks! Keep crankin’ out the hits!<br /> <br /> Equally filled with pride over a substantial milestone are Dennis and Marci Kastner at Twin City Awards & Trophies located at 2410 South Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph. Dennis tells me that they are taking the opportunity of their 25th Anniversary in business to thank the people of Southwestern Michigan for letting them “help put smiles on the faces of thousands of winners, and recognizing the heroes in our community.” Dennis and his mother Marci purchased what was then known as Twin City Embroidery & Trophies on August 1, 1985. They immediately changed MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwes The name to Twin City Awards & Trophies, and along the way they absorbed North American Engravers and The Trophy House. In the past quarter century, they have engraved more than 1.5-million letters, produced 220,000 ribbons, 120,000 medals, more than 60,000 trophies, 50,000 plaques, and in excess of 33,000 nametags. Best of all, in all of hose jobs over all of those years, not once did they ever miss a deadline! That, my friends, is quality customer service at its best! Even though it’s a great milestone, they are far from done…and plan to be around for many more years helping to recognize the heroes in your life. You can reach them at 983-1222. Congratulations to the Kastner family on a job well done!<br /> <br /> Neophytes by comparison, but understandably just as proud of their track record, are the folks at Vineyards Gourmet Chocolate in Coloma. It has now been two years and running for the great little chocolate shop at 3251 Friday Road (just off of I-94) in Coloma. John and Brenda Fulton now boast more than 100 varieties of chocolates, including nine different types of fudge. Three months ago they introduced one of their biggest hits: Chocolate Covered Bacon. Brenda tells me how amazed people are at the great flavor of that combo. Now, they have released a new variation, Spicy Chocolate Covered Bacon, wherein they add in a few crushed red pepper flakes on top, giving the sweet and salty treat a little extra kick. They are also offering dark chocolate and milk chocolate spicy bark with crushed red peppers in the chocolate. The Fulton’s motto has always been, “Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate.” I know many folks who would immediately concur with that sentiment! Happy Anniversary, folks! <br /> Best of luck as you head into year three!<br /> <br /> Katherine Meek of Stevensville is certainly keeping the spice in her life moving as she puts the finishing touches on her new Anytime Fitness Stevensville workout center. As you may recall, Katherine was dislocated by plans for the reconfiguration of Martin’s Supermarket in Stevensville. As a result of that major construction project, Katherine’s new facility will be the first phase of the new Harvest Place Shopping Center. Anytime Fitness Stevensville will MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwest<br /> <br /> Comprise a new 3,600 square foot building located directly behind Martin’s. You will find access from both Cleveland Avenue or around the south side of Martin’s to the back parking area off of John Beers Road. As a result of the relocation project, Katherine was able to redesign her space to better meet the needs of her members. New cardio and strength equipment is arriving soon to offer members even more, and the new facility is slated to be open and fully ready to enjoy by this coming Wednesday, August 18th. The Anytime Fitness franchise has more than 1,300 locations worldwide, open for all members 24/7. You can learn more at<br /> <br /> Www.anytimefitness.com, or you can reach Katherine at 429-1222. Congratulations, Katherine! Good luck with your new workout center.<br /> <br /> If there’s a special occasion in your future, you might want to swing by Alexa Claire Boutique and The Tux Shop in Southtown St. Joe. Throughout the month of August their shops at 2811 Niles Avenue are conducting a huge summer sale event with an assortment of bridal gowns for just 99-dollars, prom, pageant and special occasion gowns and dresses at 50 to 70% off…and one sale rack with many dresses for just $25-bucks!Several designer men’s suits are priced at just $149. You can see more at www.alexaclaire.com.<br /> <br /> Scott Wagner built an entire career as a corporate regional sales trainer over the past 35-years. Now, he has ventured into a business of his own, Wagner Sales Training Service. He recently completed work with the Women’s Business Center and Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services, to establish his new enterprise, wherein he will teach techniques that apply to both profit and non-profit organizations. He is offering a pre-written series of sales training workshops called “Sell with Confidence: Add Power to Your Close.” He also offers customized workshops to meet more specific needs of business owners and sales managers, and also one-on-one “on territory” coaching and counseling focusing on individual strengths and unique obstacles. Scott’s service is available 24/7 at www.wagnersalestraining.com. You can reach him at 428-4818.<br /> <br /> If you’ve always salivated over offerings like Pecan Encrusted Salmon,” and wished you could master the art of such a recipe, sign up soon for the next offering from Perennial Accents Culinary Kitchen at 220 State Street in downtown St. Joe. Next Saturday, August 21st, Diane Fisher will teach you that great recipe, in the heart of downtown. Space is limited, so sign up early atwww.perennialaccents.com. Also upcoming<br /> are a Chinese class, and a vegetarian menu. If<br /> It’s not already too late, today they have a kid’s class called Picnic Time! Check it out.<br /> <br /> Also next Saturday is the Annual Dr. Lory Schults Memorial Day Lady Skipper Regatta which brings magnificent sailboats and hundreds of spectators to the Lake Michigan beaches and West Basin Marina.<br /> <br /> The event is a fundraiser for Lory’s Place, the area’s only grief healing and bereavement resource center for children and their families.<br /> The race starts at 11am and lunch from Panera will be served on the lawn at West Basin. Celebrations continue at 5:30pm with an evening at the Vineland Center with an elegant dinner and spirited auction. You can learn more at www.lorysplace.org or by calling 983-2707<br /> <br /> If craft beers are more your cup of tea… next Saturday, the 21st, is also the date for The Art of Beer Festival at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. Fully 22 breweries will be represented from all over Michigan as well as one from Chicago. You can enjoy a full afternoon of beer tasting, beer knowledge and beer cinema from 1 until 5pm. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. A souvenir festival pint glass, and 12 three ounce tastes are included in your ticket price along with free admission to the workshop and the film. Food will also be available for purchase. You can order online at<br /> <br /> Tuesday, August 24th will see the Bridgman Public Library’s “Fancy Nancy” Ice Cream Party from 1 until 2pm for kids 4 and up. Two days later on the 26th, the library will host a “Superhero” Ice Cream Party at the same time frame. Call 465-3663 to register for either or both.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids! Have a super weekend…and we’ll see you next Saturday morning…right here in MailMax! Please remember to shop locally…and keep your valuable dollars working overtime in the local community!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

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