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What Do You See? Check out our Countdown to 2011 on page 3 Photo of the Week -Page 2 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com a panel discussion designed to encourage dia-log on the role of college in a student’s life. It’s the chance for parents to ask questions in an informal setting about things like living in a dorm, sports participation, the Greek sys-tem, classroom success, and life in general in a college setting. If you have questions ahead of time, contact Susan Schweir at 926-3210. It’s a rare chance to ask questions that might not be addressed routinely in the glossy brochures distributed by institutions of higher learning themselves. If you’re looking to warm things up a bit this winter, Water Street Glassworks is offering a deep array of some 62 classes and workshops in both glass and metal working for both adults and teens. In fact, nine differ-ent mediums are represented in the school’s winter class schedule including glassblowing, ladle casting, fusing, mosaic, stained glass, bead-making, jewelry making, black-smithing and welding. In fact, they offer gift certificates so you can offer a unique holiday gift. Registration is now underway at 925-5555 or in person at the center at 140 Water Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Classes officially get underway on January 4th and will run through March 27th. The full class schedule is also available online at www.waterstreetglassworks.org. Get creative this winter season with your friends at the Water Street Glassworks. The hard work and creativity of more than 125 runners, walkers and sideline fans of the Toys for Tots Pub Run 2010 is just hours away from paying handsome dividends for the fortunate recipients of their dedication to the task. That’s how many folks turned out this year for the annual pub run and festivities. They managed to round up and donate more than 325 unwrapped gifts and $170-dollars in cash for the local Toys for Tots organization in this year’s event. Organizer Jamie Veersma sent along a note of thanks for our coverage of the event this year, and immediately pledged to target at least 500 toys for their 5th Anniversary event in 2011. Congratulations, Jamie…and all of the intrepid runners and walkers who put up with the snow and wintry conditions for this year’s party. Hope Santa is just as kind to you all in return for the work that you have provided for the children of Berrien County this Christmas! Well, kids…the Egg Nog is calling…and it’s time to light the Yule Log…so as I head off to family and friends…I wish you the very Merriest of Christmases, the Happiest of Holidays, and safe travels wherever you may go. See you next Friday, right here in MailMax! Sale December 24, 2010 Mailmax skybox 54-2010.indd 1 Volume 11, Ver. 52 12/12/10 2:34:56 PM Moody on The Market M oody Pat 1 St a nnual F loor S aMple S ale ! don ’ t MiSS out on the BargainS at our Merry Christmas to everyone in Michigan’s Great Southwest! Both this week and next, your delivery of MailMax is arriving a day early so that the cast and crew at Far Ahead Advertising of Benton Harbor can maximize their own holiday celebrations with family members and friends. Inasmuch as there will be no mail delivery on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, these editions have arrived on your doorstep early…thereby allowing members of the U.S. Postal Service to also enjoy personal time with their own families. We are highly appre-ciative to the publishers, editors, sales agents, copy writers, mail sorters, and delivery people for making it possible to keep you up to date every week right here in MailMax! As we march headlong into the heart of the season, a couple of local institutions that have relocated their business offices have asked me to share that news with you, so that you will be able to find them in the future. Perhaps the most easily recognizable among them is the venerable institution we have known and loved for well over 100 years now, the Blossomtime Festival. While snow on the ground keeps the spring festival at bay in most of our minds this time of year, this is also the time of year when the organization is get-ting busier by the week with many local pag-eants being conducted to select the young women (and men, as well) who will represent local communities throughout the coming year. Blossomtime President Anna Abdelnour has asked me to let you know that their organizational offices have been moved to 620 Broad Street in St. Joseph. If that address sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because you recognize it as the address of Old City Hall in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. You’ll find Blossomtime in Suite 210 at the corner of Main and Broad Streets in a building erected back in 1914. Blossomtime is Michigan’s oldest and largest multi-com-munity festival. In fact, they celebrate their 105th year with the theme, “Blossomtime Celebrates Classic TV.” More than 20 local communities will be represented in the March 13th and 14th Blossomtime Pageants at Lake Michigan College. As has become tradition, festival week in 2011 will be launched with Continued on page 12 Continued on page out with the old and in with the new For uS and For you ! • Floor samples 40 -70% off through January • Save up to 47% on Norwalk ® orders through January 4 Come in for the fun of it! 613 Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Chamber of Commerce B Cornerstone road S t ., S t . J oSeph , M ichigan pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216 • 269-983-7774 MOODY Continued from page 1 the Blessing of the Blossoms on May 1st and the Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, May 7th. Office hours at the new Blossomtime head-quarters are Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm, and they have a new phone number at 982-8016. As always, you can learn more online at their website www.blossomtimefestival.org. Also taking up new quarters and settling in is The Opportunity Center . Previously located in The Mercy Center, folks at The POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 24, 2010 Culinary Arts Program. The center is a ven-East Lansing. Organizers of the special show action to address their hearing loss. A dozen Inserts & Promotions ture of Heartland Human Care Services, know that there are “foodies” who often plan nations were represented in the unique confer-MailMax The is a publication Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. edu-ence, where the players worked collaborative-operated by the Heartland Alliance. their travel of experiences around authentic, Harding’s of staff St. Joseph center is able to offer literacy education, the institute’s and faculty to and entertaining food and beverage ly with 2202 GED Plaza cational Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 preparation, high school completion, career experiences. This interesting opportunity will develop new knowledge and practical tools to Super Market Phone: 269.934.7522 planning, the Michigan Prisoner Reentry the profession, and thus their patients unite food producers, chefs, restaurateurs, vis-benefit Martin’s Initiative , juvenile mentoring, and employ-itors bureaus, wineries, breweries, tour opera-suffering hearing loss. The Ida Institute is an FAX: 269.934.3297 Jett’s Pizza ment training for adults. The center has tors, hotels, and others who would like to mar-independent educational institute committed publisher@farahead.com engaged more than 2,500 students since email: first ket their businesses or regions as culinary des-to fostering a better understanding of the opening in the summer www.MailMaxOnline.com of 2007. Pries says tinations. •www.facebook.com/eMailMax If you are in one of those career human dynamics associated with hearing loss. that now that classes have resumed, the crew fields and would like to attend, you will do Dr. Kasewurm tells me that she came away is actively planning for a community open well to register as soon as possible because from the event, “With a deepened appreciation house to showcase their new space next April. attendance is being limited to about 150 peo-of the challenges faced by people with hearing Postal Customer

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Merry Christmas to everyone in Michigan’s Great Southwest! Both this week and next, your delivery of MailMax is arriving a day early so that the cast and crew at Far Ahead Advertising of Benton Harbor can maximize their own holiday celebrations with family members and friends. Inasmuch as there will be no mail delivery on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, these editions have arrived on your doorstep early…thereby allowing members of the U.S. Postal Service to also enjoy personal time with their own families. We are highly appreciative to the publishers, editors, sales agents, copy writers, mail sorters, and delivery people for making it possible to keep you up to date every week right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> As we march headlong into the heart of the season, a couple of local institutions that have relocated their business offices have asked me to share that news with you, so that you will be able to find them in the future. Perhaps the most easily recognizable among them is the venerable institution we have known and loved for well over 100 years now, the Blossomtime Festival. While snow on the ground keeps the spring festival at bay in most of our minds this time of year, this is also the time of year when the organization is getting busier by the week with many local pageants being conducted to select the young women (and men, as well) who will represent local communities throughout the coming year. Blossomtime President Anna Abdelnour has asked me to let you know that their organizational offices have been moved to 620 Broad Street in St. Joseph. If that address sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because you recognize it as the address of Old City Hall in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. You’ll find Blossomtime in Suite 210 at the corner of Main and Broad Streets in a building erected back in 1914. Blossomtime is Michigan’s oldest and largest multi-community festival. In fact, they celebrate their 105th year with the theme, “Blossomtime Celebrates Classic TV.” More than 20 local communities will be represented in the March 13th and 14th Blossomtime Pageants at Lake Michigan College. As has become tradition, festival week in 2011 will be launched with The Blessing of the Blossoms on May 1st and the Grand Floral Parade on Saturday, May 7th. Office hours at the new Blossomtime headquarters are Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm, and they have a new phone number at 982-8016. As always, you can learn more online at their website www.blossomtimefestival.org.<br /> <br /> Also taking up new quarters and settling in is The Opportunity Center. Previously located in The Mercy Center, folks at The Opportunity Center have completed their move to a new building at 1286 Pipestone Road in Benton Charter Township. The organization’s Business Director of Southwest Michigan Operations is Andrea Grabemeyer Pries, who is extremely gratified over the discounted arrangement achieved with the Southshore Companies. She tells me that the organization will be better able to serve participants in the program through the installation of a state-of-the-art computer learning lab, while they still maintain a commercial kitchen allowing them to continue their Culinary Arts Program. The center is a venture of Heartland Human Care Services, operated by the Heartland Alliance. The center is able to offer literacy education, GED preparation, high school completion, career planning, the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, juvenile mentoring, and employment training for adults. The center has engaged more than 2,500 students since first opening in the summer of 2007. Pries says that now that classes have resumed, the crew is actively planning for a community open house to showcase their new space next April. You can reach the center at 926-2430.<br /> <br /> Future graduates of the Opportunity Center programming could very well find themselves playing a major role in upcoming iterations of a unique program scheduled for early next year in East Lansing. Michigan State University and the Wine and Grape Council of the Michigan Department of Agriculture are partnering to schedule the first ever “Creating Michigan Culinary Destinations” Conference. The event is slated to take place on January 10, 2011 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. Organizers of the special show know that there are “foodies” who often plan their travel experiences around authentic, educational and entertaining food and beverage experiences. This interesting opportunity will unite food producers, chefs, restaurateurs, visitors bureaus, wineries, breweries, tour operators, hotels, and others who would like to market their businesses or regions as culinary destinations. If you are in one of those career fields and would like to attend, you will do well to register as soon as possible because attendance is being limited to about 150 people, tops. The conference is designed to interact and form partnerships among those interested parties, with a keynote session with speaker Ari Weinzweig, the CEO and cofounder of Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor. You can find conference details and online registration information by pointing your Internet browser to their website, www.michiganwines.com/culinarytourism. Sounds intriguing.<br /> <br /> You can add another international role to the resume of Dr. Gyl Kasewurm of Professional Hearing Services in the Edgewater neighborhood of St. Joseph. The renowned audiologist was one of only 24 leading hearing care professionals from across the globe invited to participate in the Ida Institute’s “Living Well with Hearing Loss” seminar. Oh, by the way, that international session was conducted last month in Copenhagen, Denmark! During the 3-day session, Dr. Gyl and her fellow participants explored the latest research and techniques to help patients combat outdated stigmas associated with hearing loss and to build the confidence that will enable them to take positive MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwest.<br /> <br /> Action to address their hearing loss. A dozen nations were represented in the unique conference, where the players worked collaboratively with the institute’s staff and faculty to develop new knowledge and practical tools to benefit the profession, and thus their patients suffering hearing loss. The Ida Institute is an independent educational institute committed to fostering a better understanding of the human dynamics associated with hearing loss. Dr. Kasewurm tells me that she came away from the event, “With a deepened appreciation of the challenges faced by people with hearing loss, and a renewed commitment to providing the patient-centered care necessary to successfully integrate hearing loss into the lifestyles” her patients want to live. Congratulations on another great feather in your professional cap, Doc! Merry Christmas! You can reach Dr. Gyl at 982-3444.<br /> <br /> My friends at Lake Michigan College will be busy during the Christmas break as they continue to plan for their upcoming 15th Annual Lake Michigan College Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Award Ceremony. That event, which will be held on Monday, January 17th at 8am will kick-off a week-long series of special programming in honor of Dr. King’s memory, all of which are free and open to the public. Dr. Von & Fran Washington will be featured in the opening celebration entitled, “The Day They All Came.” Additionally, Mr. Danny Sledge, Diversity Consultant for LMC will offer extended remarks on this year’s theme of “Inclusion: A Dream or a Vision.” The college will also present its 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award during that program. Later that week, the Blue Lecture Hall will house a panel discussion on “Women’s Contributions to and Involvement in Social Justice Movements.” That takes place on Tuesday, the 18th, at 10:20am. On Wednesday, the Brown Lecture Hall will house a 12:15pm presentation, “Disability: Another Aspect of Diversity, Social Justice, and Civil Rights.” On Thursday at 12:15pm, folks will return to the Blue Lecture Hall for a presentation titled “The People Behind the Mosque.” Events will wrap up on Thursday of that week with a Gospel Concert in the Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall featuring the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Choir from Kalamazoo at 7:30pm. For additional information on any of these events or to register to attend, contact Jeanette Yergeau at 927- 8100, ext 5266.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, St. Joseph High School officials will be talking college planning in their 2nd Annual College Panel right after the New Year holiday. On January 4th from 6:30 to 7:30pm, the St. Joseph High School Choir Room will play host to the event wherein several recent SJHS grads and parents of current and recent college students will participate in A panel discussion designed to encourage dialog on the role of college in a student’s life. It’s the chance for parents to ask questions in an informal setting about things like living in a dorm, sports participation, the Greek system, classroom success, and life in general in a college setting. If you have questions ahead of time, contact Susan Schweir at 926-3210. It’s a rare chance to ask questions that might not be addressed routinely in the glossy brochures distributed by institutions of higher learning themselves.<br /> <br /> If you’re looking to warm things up a bit this winter, Water Street Glassworks is offering a deep array of some 62 classes and workshops in both glass and metal working for both adults and teens. In fact, nine different mediums are represented in the school’s winter class schedule including glassblowing, ladle casting, fusing, mosaic, stained glass, bead-making, jewelry making, blacksmithing and welding. In fact, they offer gift certificates so you can offer a unique holiday gift. Registration is now underway at 925- 5555 or in person at the center at 140 Water Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Classes officially get underway on January 4th and will run through March 27th. The full class schedule is also available online at www.waterstreetglassworks.org. Get creative this winter season with your friends at the Water Street Glassworks.<br /> <br /> The hard work and creativity of more than 125 runners, walkers and sideline fans of the Toys for Tots Pub Run 2010 is just hours away from paying handsome dividends for the fortunate recipients of their dedication to the task. That’s how many folks turned out this year for the annual pub run and festivities. They managed to round up and donate more than 325 unwrapped gifts and $170-dollars in cash for the local Toys for Tots organization in this year’s event. Organizer Jamie Veersma sent along a note of thanks for our coverage of the event this year, and immediately pledged to target at least 500 toys for their 5th Anniversary event in 2011. Congratulations, Jamie…and all of the intrepid runners and walkers who put up with the snow and wintry conditions for this year’s party. Hope Santa is just as kind to you all in return for the work that you have provided for the children of Berrien County this Christmas<br /> <br /> Well, kids…the Egg Nog is calling…and it’s time to light the Yule Log…so as I head off to family and friends…I wish you the very Merriest of Christmases, the Happiest of Holidays, and safe travels wherever you may go. See you next Friday, right here in MailMax!

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