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The ophthalmologist that you see preoperatively will be the same one who performs the LASER correction and gives you your post operative care. dren whose parents Restaurant cannot afford winter gear. So…you are invited to watch this chilly affair and then join participants and supporters alike at the heated patio bar at Silver Beach Pizza from 2:30pm until 5:30pm. You are asked to bring along new or gently used snow boots, snow pants and waterproof gloves in children’s sizes to be distributed to local school kids without the resources to obtain their own. A lot of teach-ers are members of the BCDW, and they’ve been relating stories of these unfortunate children who can only watch during recess while other kids go out and play. Even if you’re unable to attend the plunge, you can help by visiting drop boxes at the YMCA on Hollywood Road, the South Shore Racquet Club in Stevensville, Sherwin Williams in downtown St. Joseph or the New Moon Gallery in downtown Benton Harbor. If you’d like to be among those taking the plunge, contact organizer Julee Laurent at 574-315-5501. Anything you can do to help is sincerely appreciated. That’s all the time and space again this week, kids, have a great week, and we’ll see you again Saturday right here in MailMax! www.MailMaxOnline.com We’re Open! ST JOSEPH BENTON HARBOR Democratic Women. That’s a group that 1332 Road 1968 Pipestone Road was formed in 2003, Hilltop chartered by the Phone: 269-429-8435 Phone: 269-926-8838 Michigan Democratic Party. The “reason” Next Papa school Vino’s they will be freezin’ is to to benefit chil-Old Kmart Plaza Volume 12, Ver. 2 WATERVLIET 7489 Red Arrow Hwy Phone: 269-463-4334 Between Watervliet & Coloma F or the past quarter cen-tury, many of us have been driving past the handiwork of Perry Ortlieb and his crew at Anchor Signs of Benton Harbor most like-ly without even realizing whose artistic tal-ent was right before our eyes. Perry and Loretta Ortlieb have now officially entered their 25th Anniversary year in the sign creation business . Unlike many who begin to slow down when they achieve milestones such as that, Perry is actually ratcheting up the workload by virtue of his recent acquisi-tion of a large format printer and lamina-tor from the former Type House of St. Joseph. Last summer Rick Rock of Type House told Perry that he was retiring from the business. Inasmuch as Perry’s team occasionally utilized the resources of Type House, it was a natural fit for Anchor to expand its capabilities, thereby affording themselves additional opportunities while preserving their valuable line-up of services. Many of the Type House customers are now serviced by Anchor as a result. Perry is a chip off the old block having learned the art of sign-making at the knee of his father. He started his own business in Alpena in 1978. He eventually worked for a couple of years for Hicks Sign Company locally in the early 80’s before buying out Earl Eddy Signs of Benton Harbor in 1985. Perry’s never looked back in those 25 years…continually growing his business and his clientele. While he has a broad array of sign-crafting experience, Mr. Ortlieb is probably best known for his hand-crafted wood-carved signs punctuated with gold leaf, but his artis-tic abilities and those of his team are wide-ranging. He routinely incorporates sign painting, air-brushing, pins-striping and more. Thanks to the equipment acquisitions from Rock’s Type House, Anchor can now do complete vehicle-wrapping, rear truck window perforation-printing, trade show dis-plays and banners and lots more. As the business evolves, Perry is loving the oppor-tunity to do new and exciting things all the time. His portfolio now includes complete Continued on page 7 If you are not eligible for LASER Vision Correction, you may be a candidate for Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Implantable Collamer Lenses. Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216 Call today for your FREE SCREENING Eligibility Appointment! % Financing Available For 12 Months! 0 www.greateyecare.com FREE Wi Fi in St. Joseph “Clinical Research Site” 2848 Niles Road • St. Joseph • 269-428-3300 x 298 or 299 their return about the middle of can reach him at 925-8200. Congratulations District, fear not…they are back open for to make Inserts & Promotions on 25 years of colorful service and way-find-business again this coming Monday. March. That is when they will return with filled with spectacular spring colors, ing for the people of Michigan’s Great Elizabeth Frost took the post-holiday week rooms Martin’s Super Market MailMax is in a publication Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. and unique gifts and accessories for the home to effect a of few renovations in the house Southwest, Perry! Here’s to a solid future permanent florals, candles, jewel-a revised menu, MI and the crew is including the business! Harding’s Friendly Markets 2202 Plaza crank Drive up Benton Harbor, 49022 Fans of El Sol Azteca in Royalton back at it first thing on the 10th. Facebook ry, home fragrances and more. The Cottage Phone: Red Clips Arrow Highway in Fans of 269.934.7522 the café were invited by Liz to iden-is located at 7116 Township have undoubtedly already discov-Great FAX: 269.934.3297 those foods and treats that they simply Coloma. Stay tuned for their return with ered that the authentic Mexican cuisine tify for everyone. restaurant has finally received its liquor can’t live without for possible incorporation spring glory Maxton Motors email: publisher@farahead.com Our friends at Honor Credit Union will license. Now, the rest of you know that into the new menu…so hopefully you •www.facebook.com/eMailMax of that opportunity and will be growing again with the construction of a Willy Tovar and his www.MailMaxOnline.com crew have added availed yourself domestic and imported beers, they are be pleasantly surprised to see your sugges-new full service branch office on making fresh Margaritas, and also carry tions taken seriously. The Phoenix is locat-Cleveland Avenue south of John Beers Road in 2011. The credit union has served wine and liquor products to accompany your ed at 124 Water Street in the district. ECRWSS Postal Customer wall graphics for retailers and institutions like Lakeland HealthCare and others. He also did a substantial amount of work for the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, including many directional signs, parking garage signs and the like. He routinely han-dles the graphics for company fleets like the folks at Medic-1 Ambulance and others. His work is on display all across the region in the form of corporate signs, vehicle graph-ics, boat lettering and more. This past sum-mer he re-worked the sign for The Priscilla U. Byrns Heritage Center in St. Joseph POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 8, 2011 MOODY Continued from page 1

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For the past quarter century, many of us have been driving past the handiwork of Perry Ortlieb and his crew at Anchor Signs of Benton Harbor most likely without even realizing whose artistic talent was right before our eyes. Perry and Loretta Ortlieb have now officially entered their 25th Anniversary year in the sign creation business. Unlike many who begin to slow down when they achieve milestones such as that, Perry is actually ratcheting up the workload by virtue of his recent acquisition of a large format printer and laminator from the former Type House of St.<br /> <br /> Joseph. Last summer Rick Rock of Type House told Perry that he was retiring from the business. Inasmuch as Perry’s team occasionally utilized the resources of Type House, it was a natural fit for Anchor to expand its capabilities, thereby affording themselves additional opportunities while preserving their valuable line-up of services. Many of the Type House customers are now serviced by Anchor as a result. Perry is a chip off the old block having learned the art of sign-making at the knee of his father. He started his own business in Alpena in 1978.<br /> <br /> He eventually worked for a couple of years for Hicks Sign Company locally in the early 80’s before buying out Earl Eddy Signs of Benton Harbor in 1985. Perry’s never looked back in those 25 years…continually growing his business and his clientele.<br /> <br /> While he has a broad array of sign-crafting experience, Mr. Ortlieb is probably best known for his hand-crafted wood-carved signs punctuated with gold leaf, but his artistic abilities and those of his team are wideranging. He routinely incorporates sign painting, air-brushing, pins-striping and more. Thanks to the equipment acquisitions from Rock’s Type House, Anchor can now do complete vehicle-wrapping, rear truck window perforation-printing, trade show displays and banners and lots more. As the business evolves, Perry is loving the opportunity to do new and exciting things all the time. His portfolio now includes complete Wall graphics for retailers and institutions like Lakeland HealthCare and others. He also did a substantial amount of work for the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, including many directional signs, parking garage signs and the like. He routinely handles the graphics for company fleets like the folks at Medic-1 Ambulance and others.<br /> <br /> His work is on display all across the region in the form of corporate signs, vehicle graphics, boat lettering and more. This past summer he re-worked the sign for The Priscilla U. Byrns Heritage Center in St. Joseph among a host of projects around town. Take a look at a small sampling of Anchor Signs massive portfolio online at his corporate website, www.anchorsignsmi.com. In essence, Perry and his crew do everything from mailboxes to water towers. You can find the Anchor team just off the intersection of Napier and I-94 behind the Pilot Travel Center and Truck Plaza. 1854 E. Napier is the actual street address, and by phone you Can reach him at 925-8200. Congratulations on 25 years of colorful service and way-finding for the people of Michigan’s Great Southwest, Perry! Here’s to a solid future in the business!<br /> <br /> Fans of El Sol Azteca in Royalton Township have undoubtedly already discovered that the authentic Mexican cuisine restaurant has finally received its liquor license. Now, the rest of you know that Willy Tovar and his crew have added domestic and imported beers, they are making fresh Margaritas, and also carry wine and liquor products to accompany your fine dinner selections. In celebration, they are also rolling out an enhanced menu with new offerings and celebrating their first year in business. Check it out for yourself real soon just off the corner of M-139 and Miners Road in the Scottdale triangle. Congratulations, Willy…salut!<br /> <br /> If you ended up with your nose pressed against the glass this past week at The Phoenix Cafe in the Benton Harbor Arts District, fear not…they are back open for business again this coming Monday. Elizabeth Frost took the post-holiday week to effect a few renovations in the house and crank up a revised menu, and the crew is back at it first thing on the 10th. Facebook Fans of the café were invited by Liz to identify those foods and treats that they simply can’t live without for possible incorporation into the new menu…so hopefully you availed yourself of that opportunity and will be pleasantly surprised to see your suggestions taken seriously. The Phoenix is located at 124 Water Street in the district.<br /> <br /> Also taking a short break after the hectic holiday period is Keith Hammond at D.W. Hammond Chocolates & Fudge in Benton Harbor. Keith tells me that he is preparing introduction of a new product line that his chocolate artisans will make in the house every day. Mr. Hammond closed up shop on New Year’s Eve and will re-open for business with new hours for early birds who want to stop for something on their way to work. The shop is closed through January 14th. Normal business hours will resume on Monday the 16th from 10am until 6pm. Keith is thankful for the folks who helped sustain him through his first year in business, and looks forward to seeing you again real soon. His shop is located at 1697 Colfax, just off the intersection with Napier Avenue.<br /> <br /> Taking a little bit longer of a winter respite is the team at the Cottage of the Four Seasons in Coloma. They will be closed for January and February, and expect To make their return about the middle of March. That is when they will return with rooms filled with spectacular spring colors, unique gifts and accessories for the home including permanent florals, candles, jewelry, home fragrances and more. The Cottage is located at 7116 Red Arrow Highway in Coloma. Stay tuned for their return with spring glory for everyone.<br /> <br /> Our friends at Honor Credit Union will be growing again with the construction of a new full service branch office on Cleveland Avenue south of John Beers Road in 2011. The credit union has served the community for more than three-quarters of a century now, showing assets of nearly 300-million dollars and sporting more than 26-thousand members. The Stevensville office has been requested by a number of customers according to Vice President Marilyn Arend, and will join branch offices in Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, Coloma, Dowagiac, Niles, South Haven, St. Joseph and Plainwell. The new branch will add convenience to members in the region including savings, checking, auto, home equity and mortgage loan products. We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the new branch and its planned opening.<br /> <br /> The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center has a new Director of Events for the first time in years. With the retirement of our longtime friend Joyce Bucholtz, who stepped away at the end of November, Executive Director Ken Pott had the Herculean task of replacing a dedicated and devoted woman. New to the task is Amy Zapal of South Haven. Amy is originally from Chicago where she attended Loyola University. She brings a wealth of experience to the job having held leading roles in hospitality management at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Hyatt Hotels in Chicago, and the renowned Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise group in Chicago among others. You can reach Amy for event scheduling at The Heritage at 983- 1191 or 983-7227. Congratulations on your new role, Amy…and best of luck in your new adventure.<br /> <br /> The opening of Morning Glory Organics in downtown Benton Harbor was slated to happen earlier this week, so assuming everything went as planned, Lola Yost is back in business with her health food and organic options for eager fans that were Sad to see her leave when she closed down an earlier operation in the Panera Bread plaza in St. Joseph Charter Township. The new center, a scaled down version of her earlier shop, was expected to open for business on Tuesday, January 4th in the Sheffield Building at 132 Pipestone in downtown Benton Harbor. The shop offers healthy, organic, real foods as well as clean, chemical- free products. Many of those products will arrive on her shelves from local growers And producers in season. For now the store is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon until 6pm and Saturdays from 10 until 4. Come spring she hopes to be open 5- days a week. You can reach Lola with questions regarding product offerings and other information at 925-5400. Welcome back, Ms. Yost!<br /> <br /> I would like to publicly congratulate my colleague Judy Truesdell of Niles on her new role as the Chair of the Board of Lake Michigan College. Two years ago, when I stepped into that role, our board decided we could better tap the skills, talent and leadership of each member, and create a stronger board in the process, by adopting a practice of rotating the chairmanship more frequently than had become custom in the past. I am honored to have served as the chair during one of the most critical periods in our recent history and to have played a role in welcoming President Robert Harrison. I look forward to my continued service on the board, and to working with Judy as she now leads us forward. The board unanimously elected Judy to the Chair earlier this week.<br /> Congratulations!<br /> <br /> If you’re going to be freezin’…you ought to be “Freezin’ for a Reason!” That’s exactly what a bunch of hearty souls will do on Saturday, January 29th when they plunge into Lake Michigan in the first ever Silver Beach Polar Bear Plunge! As of press time, at least 22 eclectic friends will take the flying leap that afternoon at 2pm under the guidance of The Berrien County MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwest Democratic Women. That’s a group that was formed in 2003, chartered by the Michigan Democratic Party. The “reason” they will be freezin’ is to benefit school children whose parents cannot afford winter gear. So…you are invited to watch this chilly affair and then join participants and supporters alike at the heated patio bar at Silver Beach Pizza from 2:30pm until 5:30pm. You are asked to bring along new or gently used snow boots, snow pants and waterproof gloves in children’s sizes to be distributed to local school kids without the resources to obtain their own. A lot of teachers are members of the BCDW, and they’ve been relating stories of these unfortunate children who can only watch during recess while other kids go out and play. Even if you’re unable to attend the plunge, you can help by visiting drop boxes at the YMCA on Hollywood Road, the South Shore Racquet Club in Stevensville, Sherwin Williams in downtown St. Joseph or the New Moon Gallery in downtown Benton Harbor. If you’d like to be among those taking the plunge, contact organizer Julee Laurent at 574-315-5501. Anything you can do to help is sincerely appreciated.<br /> <br /> That’s all the time and space again this week, kids, have a great week, and we’ll see you again Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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