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What Do You See? Sat., Oct. 9th, doors open at 10AM Wed., Oct. 6th thru Don’t Miss It! October 2, 2010 Photo of the Week -Page 2 Moody on The Market Moody Pat Occasionally I have shared with you the stories of talented young people who have emerged from the ranks of Blossomtime. Today, I’d like to tell you about an extremely gifted young lady who a few short years ago was Miss Stevensville, and is now well on her way to a bright career on a variety of fronts. Jenna Lee Thomas is well on her way to being an MVP. Most sports enthusiasts will recognize that as “most valuable player.” While Jenna has somewhat earned that title herself as both a sideline TV sports reporter for high school games and a member of the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleading Squad in the NFL, she’s adapting the MVP moniker in the launch of her own media business: Music Video Productions. Her new business creates high-quality videos featuring the musical, dance, and production talent of youth throughout the Midwest. Her goal is to inspire young people to lead active and healthy lifestyles through the art of music, singing, dancing, acting, and video produc-tion. Her first such session is scheduled for mid-December. If you are interested in being a part of MVP, you can register online at her website: www.wix.com/jennaleethomas/ mvp. Jenna’s career has already been spec-tacular. She recently graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. During her time there she played a major role in a half-hour documentary that has been nominated for an Emmy Award. That video, Stuck In Traffick, is an eye-opening piece that exposes the child sex trade in Phoenix. Jenna was the director, a cinema-tographer, and the interviewer for that com-prehensive look at the fastest growing crimi-nal industry in the world and the damage being wreaked on more than 300 teens in the Phoenix area alone. She is currently negotiat-ing for a possible local screening of the film here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Born on the 4th of July, Jenna is truly an all-Amer-ican who has worked as a TV Host, Weathercaster, Actress, Runway Model, Fitness Instructor, and Choreographer. She has more than 13-years of formal dance train-ing in ballet, jazz, modern dance and hip-hop. Continued on page 10 MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Inserts & Promotions Martin’s Super Markets Harding’s of St. Joseph Ace Hardware AtHome Real Estate guide St. Joseph Harvest Festival Golf Directory MailMax Classifieds Dr. Robert Flood Eye Injury -Glaucoma Dry Eyes -Infections 1335 Hilltop • St. Joseph, MI • 269.983.7733 www.MailMaxOnline.com Volume 11, Ver. 40 Dr. Flood’s Vision Center If you wear glasses or contact lenses it’s time to visit Dr. Flood’s Office You deserve the best in the latest styles & fashions available. Just bring in your prescription or make an appointment for a complete eye health exam. 2 FOR $ 2603 Niles Ave., St. Joseph www.govision.com Pair of Eyeglasses 269-926-7277 Complete *Some restrictions apply 9799* Occasio Postal Customer Benton Harbor, MI PERMIT NO.225 PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage PAID POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 2, 2010 You’re I Invited! APPRECIATION ALE S CUSTOMER Thank You

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Occasionally I have shared with you the stories of talented young people who have emerged from the ranks of Blossomtime. Today, I’d like to tell you about an extremely gifted young lady who a few short years ago was Miss Stevensville, and is now well on her way to a bright career on a variety of fronts. Jenna Lee Thomas is well on her way to being an MVP. Most sports enthusiasts will recognize that as “most valuable player.” While Jenna has somewhat earned that title herself as both a sideline TV sports reporter for high school games and a member of the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleading Squad in the NFL, she’s adapting the MVP moniker in the launch of her own media business: Music Video Productions. Her new business creates high-quality videos featuring the musical, dance, and production talent of youth throughout the Midwest. Her goal is to inspire young people to lead active and healthy lifestyles through the art of music, singing, dancing, acting, and video production.Her first such session is scheduled for mid-December. If you are interested in being a part of MVP, you can register online at her website: www.wix.com/jennaleethomas/ mvp. Jenna’s career has already been spectacular.She recently graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.During her time there she played a major role in a half-hour documentary that has been nominated for an Emmy Award. That video, Stuck In Traffick, is an eye-opening piece that exposes the child sex trade in Phoenix. Jenna was the director, a cinematographer, and the interviewer for that comprehensive look at the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and the damage being wreaked on more than 300 teens in the Phoenix area alone. She is currently negotiating for a possible local screening of the film here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Born on the 4th of July, Jenna is truly an all-American who has worked as a TV Host, Weathercaster, Actress, Runway Model, Fitness Instructor, and Choreographer. She has more than 13-years of formal dance training in ballet, jazz, modern dance and hip-hop.In fact, Lari Lawrence, Director of the Citadel Center for Dance & Music, has asked her to teach a Master Class next month, and is also very excited about the prospects for Jenna’s MVP business. She has also been approached about the potential for teaching videography at another local arts venue, and is hopeful that plans for that solidify soon. To see some of her work, and learn more about Jenna…point your Internet browser to www.jennaleethomas.com. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and we are fortunate that she has returned to her Berrien County roots to jumpstart the next part of her multi-faceted career. At MVP Jenna’s mantra is simply: Shine! Something she clearly does every day!<br /> <br /> Great things are on the horizon for what is currently known as The Ramada Inn of Watervliet and Surfari Joe’s. The final stages are underway to change brands to a Holiday Inn property in the near future. The hotel will also be adding a restaurant on site in the form of the new Crazy Parrot. Perhaps the best news for the owners and operators of the hotel, however Came in the form of a substantial booking by CSX Railroad workers. The hotel has booked nearly 80 rooms to the contingent of rail workers for a full three week run while they are in the region working on track repairs. That’s a healthy boost to anyone’s bottom line when you can nearly fill the lodge with business clients.<br /> <br /> Stay tuned for more on the brand conversion and addition of a ground floor dining facility in Watervliet, just off of I-94.<br /> <br /> Congratulations are in order for colleagues at both of the places I enjoy employment at. At Cornerstone Alliance, President Wendy Dant Chesser returned this week from the IEDC Conference in Columbus, Ohio with a newly earned certification. Wendy’s successful passing of a rigorous exam resulted in her professional designation this past week as a Certified Economic Developer. She has studied at great length to earn her new credentials.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, out on Napier Avenue, my friends and colleagues at Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Michigan’s Great Southwest returned a few days ago from their annual corporate Sales Conference at the Wisconsin Dells bearing the coveted Walker Cup. That elite trophy is reserved annually for the broadcast market with the largest percentage of growth over the past 12-months. The trophy and an accompanying banner will be displayed prominently in the company’s radio broadcasting studios and facility on Napier Avenue for the next year. A number of the company’s sales team members received individual recognition for sales accomplishments as well. They include: Brenda Layne, Steve Schlutt, Lainee Boss, Beth Anderson, and Kim Hochstetler.Anderson, and The Coast’s Zack East were also selected as instructors at the conference for several mini-course training sessions for the Entire conference representing a number of markets throughout the upper Midwest.<br /> <br /> Congratulations to the entire team, and General Manager Dave Doetsch for the considerable recognition bestowed on them at this year’s events.<br /> <br /> Yet another of my “employers,” the crew here at MailMax has made some changes that were probably readily obvious to you in today’s edition. The publication has a whole new format and look. It is now half-folded, similar to city tabloids like the Chicago Sun Times or the New York Daily News. That change was prompted by the increase of inserted sales flyers, and will allow for streamlined addressing and postal procedures. You might have noticed, too, the new columns like Dave Ramsey’s “Dave Says,” and an arts and entertainment column called “Artsy-Fartsy” by Sherry Miller and Chrissy Meek. My friends, Publishers Glen Head and Doug Farrell are continuing their “Quest for the Best,” as they critique various food categories in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Having conquered ribs, they are now in search of the best wings. Share your thoughts with them at publisher@farahead.Com.<br /> <br /> Bret Bortner has struggled through the difficult economy and has decided to make some changes at FORM in downtown St. Joseph. In essence, he is “TransFORMing” his shop at 210 State Street. He is changing up the product mix, a process he hopes to have complete by early next year. In the meantime, he is liquidating nearly 80% of his current inventory. Between now and the end of the year he will sell down lamps, clocks, framed wall art, candles, cutting boards, puzzles and the like. You’ll find them marked down by 20% in this transformation clearance. Then look for an exciting new mix of goods at FORM in the New Year.<br /> <br /> The new pharmacy at Roger’s Foodland is now open for business. Their pharmacist is Diane and their tech is JoAnn…both of whom were formerly at the neighboring Scripts Pharmacy until the business closed down.<br /> <br /> Roger tells me that they are offering $4/30-day and $10/90-day generics on more than 300 medications. They will also be compounding medications for you, if you wish. The pharmacy will be open from 9am until 6pm Monday through Friday, Saturdays from 9am until 1pm <br /> <br /> The real estate team at Keller Williams Realty, Southwest Michigan has welcomed in a new Operating Principal in the form of Ryan Arnt. Arnt is a well-known and respected Realtor described by Linda Mawhinney as, “an exceptional and multi-talented leader,” who will take the Keller Williams team to new heights.Ryan has been a licensed professional since 1999, and currently serves as President of the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors. He joins a system that was recently named the second largest real estate organization in North America. Congratulations, Ryan and the KW team!<br /> <br /> Yellow Moon Yoga studio owner Tish Graf has added a new event to her current class schedule in the Benton Harbor Arts District.Coming October 15th through the 17th, she will host a weekend workshop “From Anxiety to Joy,” conducted by Polly Deardorff from Illinois. Register online at their webpage, www.yellowmoonyoga.com. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Yoga Instructor Maria Rosner is offering a free yoga and tai chi workshop in St. Joseph next Saturday, October 9th at 721 Pleasant Street. No experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome.<br /> <br /> Call 759-9018 for more.<br /> <br /> Chastity Espinosa is a full-service hair stylist who has recently started a new venture at Features Hair Studio located at 5703 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. She comes to the chair with 10-years of experience this fall, and pledges to offer the place “Where your best looks begin.” Call for an appointment Monday through Saturday at 428-9099.<br /> <br /> Halloween is on the horizon, and the folks at Twin City Players are reprising their Annual Costume Sale. For the next two Saturdays, (the 9th and 16th) you can shop from 9am until 4pm for pre-assembled costumes, vintage clothing and accessories. You can assemble your own “one-of-a-kind” costume from everyday to evening wear, at the playhouse at 600 W. Glenlord Road in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Sarett Nature Center’s Annual Country Fair is slated for next Saturday, October 9th, from 11am until 3pm with an afternoon of family fun, delicious foods and a bake sale, as well as bargain hunting at the traditional huge rummage sale. All proceeds benefit Sarett’s environmental education program.<br /> <br /> The award-winning Christian rock band, “Downhere” comes to town for a one-night only concert at Lakeshore High School Auditorium next Sunday, October 10th. Rush of Fools will prep the stage at 7pm for these Grammy-winning musicians. The event is sponsored by Parable Banner Books and St. Joseph First United Methodist Church, and tickets can be purchased at the sponsor locations or online at www.itickets.com. Call 983-3929 for more.<br /> <br /> Harbor Country plays host next weekend to the 4th Annual New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Fest. Saturday, October 9th things kick Off at noon and will run until 10pm with a boatload of activities for the entire family. Four Winds Casino and The New Bufffalo Business Association are sponsors and you can see the whole lineup at www.newbuffalo.org.<br /> <br /> Today, October 2nd it’s Weko Beach Brewer’s Festival day in Bridgman.Tomorrow, October 3rd the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s 2010 Master Key Architectural Home Tour “Lake & Loft” runs from noon until 6pm. Details are online at www.smso.org. Finally, this coming Thursday And Friday, the 7th and 8th, the First Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship “Fall Rummage Sale” takes place at 2001 Niles Avenue. It’s huge. Check it out! I wish I could tell you more about all of those…but I simply have no more space again this week. See you next Saturday, right here in MailMax!<br /> <br />

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