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What Do You See? Photo of the Week -Page 2 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com March 12, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 11 Moody on The Market I ’ve always greatly admired the outstanding suc-cess stories generated by my friend Jackie Abbott who owns and operates JA Food Service , but her latest round of advance-ment completely blows me away. Jackie launched JA Foods in downtown Benton Harbor nearly two decades ago with service to the senior meal feeding industry. In various stages, Jackie also jumped into the production of hot daily meals to schools and other programs throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest, and funding a Meals on Wheels Program serving a three county area. Her move into production and distribution of shelf-stable and emergency meals nationwide is really beginning to play a remarkable role in her expansion. Her growth in that arena was so brisk that she decided to add on 4,000 square feet to her existing building for that part of the business in Buchanan last spring. JA Food Service needed that additional warehouse space for the truckload quantities she was sending to the West Coast. Her reputation in California paid another dividend recently when she landed a three year contract with the City of Sacramento for snacks and lunches for their After School Snack Program and Summer Feeding. If that’s not impressive enough for you, Jackie’s team is now shipping to Alaska! In essence, JA delivers truckload shipments to Seattle where they are put on a steamship to Anchorage. Once the supplies arrive in Anchorage, the Director of the Food Bank in Alaska delivers out to remote sites by propeller driven aircraft and sometimes via dog sled. So, lunches hand-packed in Southwest Michigan are ending up on dog sleds deep into the wilds of Alaska. Jackie’s crew partners with Gateway in Berrien Springs for help in packing her snack bags going to California, and in fact her surge in business could position them to hire an additional 30 people for job training through Michigan Works! Jackie’s competitors typically pack lunches and snacks by automated machinery, but JA prefers to do it the “old fashioned” way with the lunch lady hand-packing the snacks with a personal touch and providing entry level jobs for people who can use the work. Keep shining, Jackie! We’re proud of you! For nearly eight years now, the Harbor M oody Pat Is your vision out of focus? Cataracts (clouding of the lens inside your eye) may be the cause. If new glasses have not helped and you would like to know if you have cataracts, please call to set up an exam. Daily Appointments Available! Continued on page 10 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 12, 2011 ECRWSS Postal Customer Habitat ReStore on Benton Township’s Plaza Drive has been an invaluable source of new and gently used furniture, appliances, building mate-rials, and other household items at deeply dis-counted prices. For the moment, however, bar-gain hunters used to prices ranging from 50 to 75-percent below retail are in the middle of a brief time-out for an in-house makeover. One of the originators of the concept, Rae German tells me that in order to provide a broader product line, a renovated showroom is on the way. The doors were closed for re-construction on February MOODY Continued from page 1 25th and they are planning for a grand re-open-at $10 per household or business for items taken stands. The popular inn, located at 6227 Elm Harding’s Markets ing in April with new superior customer service, away during this period. Naturally, once the Drive in Sawyer, is Friendly a newly constructed inn with too. In the meantime, please don’t forget the promotion of is over, they will continue to Inc. provide old-world charm and designer Markets furnishings. It is Martin’s Super MailMax is a publication Far Ahead Advertising, ReStore when doing your spring housework. free removal service, you just won’t earn the gift a four unit bed and breakfast inn offering 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Ace Hardware They are continuing to provide pick-up service as a bonus. The Patrol also hauls away metals access to a wide variety of activities. They are a Maxton for donations. You can also visit them at the from tin 269.934.7522 cans to gutters, from bikes and grills to non-smoking, eco-friendly Motors inn, originally opened Phone: upcoming Home & Garden Show at LMC electronics, propane tanks and snow blowers to for business less than three years ago. Each FAX: 269.934.3297 Pater True Value where they will have a booth and registration for water heaters and more. The Patrol also offers room offers a private deck or patio onto beauti-Roger’s Foodland email: pick-ups publisher@farahead.com several $50-dollar gift certificates. All profits on yard sales, garage sales, rummage fully landscaped grounds. They are a full-season may vary by ZipCode from the ReStore go directly to support the mis-sales and •www.facebook.com/eMailMax www.MailMaxOnline.com church sales. They service residents in inn, open Inserts year round, owned and operated by sion of Habitat for Humanity which is eliminat-Berrien and Van Buren Counties by calling Linda Jo and Rodney Clough. Writers, pho-ing sub-standard housing in the Benton Harbor 269-369-1678 from 8am to 6pm Monday through tographers and stylists visited the inn several and Benton Charter Township areas. 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I’ve always greatly admired the outstanding success stories generated by my friend Jackie Abbott who owns and operates JA Food Service, but her latest round of advancement completely blows me away. Jackie launched JA Foods in downtown Benton Harbor nearly two decades ago with service to the senior meal feeding industry. In various stages, Jackie also jumped into the production of hot daily meals to schools and other programs throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest, and funding a Meals on Wheels Program serving a three county area. Her move into production and distribution of shelf-stable and emergency meals nationwide is really beginning to play a remarkable role in her expansion. Her growth in that arena was so brisk that she decided to add on 4,000 square feet to her existing building for that part of the business in Buchanan last spring. JA Food Service needed that additional warehouse space for the truckload quantities she was sending to the West Coast. Her reputation in California paid another dividend recently when she landed a three year contract with the City of Sacramento for snacks and lunches for their After School Snack Program and Summer Feeding. If that’s not impressive enough for you, Jackie’s team is now shipping to Alaska! In essence, JA delivers truckload shipments to Seattle where they are put on a steamship to Anchorage. Once the supplies arrive in Anchorage, the Director of the Food Bank in Alaska delivers out to remote sites by propeller driven aircraft and sometimes via dog sled. So, lunches hand-packed in Southwest Michigan are ending up on dog sleds deep into the wilds of Alaska. Jackie’s crew partners with Gateway in Berrien Springs for help in packing her snack bags going to California, and in fact her surge in business could position them to hire an additional 30 people for job training through Michigan Works! Jackie’s competitors typically pack lunches and snacks by automated machinery, but JA prefers to do it the “old fashioned” way with the lunch lady hand-packing the snacks with a personal touch and providing entry level jobs for people who can use the work. Keep shining, Jackie! We’re proud of you!<br /> <br /> For nearly eight years now, the Harbor Habitat ReStore on Benton Township’s Plaza Drive has been an invaluable source of new and gently used furniture, appliances, building materials, and other household items at deeply discounted prices. For the moment, however, bargain hunters used to prices ranging from 50 to 75-percent below retail are in the middle of a brief time-out for an in-house makeover. One of the originators of the concept, Rae German tells me that in order to provide a broader product line, a renovated showroom is on the way. The doors were closed for re-construction on February 25th and they are planning for a grand re-opening in April with new superior customer service, too. In the meantime, please don’t forget the ReStore when doing your spring housework. They are continuing to provide pick-up service for donations. You can also visit them at the upcoming Home & Garden Show at LMC where they will have a booth and registration for several $50-dollar gift certificates. All profits from the ReStore go directly to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity which is eliminating sub-standard housing in the Benton Harbor and Benton Charter Township areas. If you’d like to schedule a pick-up while the makeover continues, you can still call 927-0006. They appreciate your support.<br /> <br /> Also standing by to help you with spring projects is The Recycling Patrol. Butch Genovese tells me that his crew is launching a fantastic offer beginning today and running through the end of the month of March. The Recycling Patrol will haul away washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators and freezers from any area residence or business at no charge. In fact, they are offering a Pizza Hut Gift Card valued at $10 per household or business for items taken away during this period. Naturally, once the promotion is over, they will continue to provide free removal service, you just won’t earn the gift as a bonus. The Patrol also hauls away metals from tin cans to gutters, from bikes and grills to electronics, propane tanks and snow blowers to water heaters and more. The Patrol also offers pick-ups on yard sales, garage sales, rummage sales and church sales. They service residents in Berrien and Van Buren Counties by calling 269-369-1678 from 8am to 6pm Monday through Saturday.<br /> <br /> An excellent harbinger of the spring season is the annual grand affair known simply as the Spring Open House at Wolf’s Marine and Wolf’s Diver’s Supply at 250 Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. That Open House arrives on our doorstep next weekend, Saturday and Sunday March 19th and 20th. The crew from Wolf’s has been leading us to waterfront fun for 56 years now. In addition to lots of great bargains, manufacturer’s reps from leading accessory companies will be on hand to answer your questions. Add in the more than $1-thousand dollars in door prizes, and you’ve got yourself a great party as we gear up for boating and diving fun this spring and summer. Wolf’s offers the Midwest’s largest selection of boating gear, shoes, electronics, accessories and parts at discounted prices, in their 50-thousand square foot store. You can learn more online at www.wolfsmarine.com. <br /> <br /> Harbor Country’s Rabbit Run Inn will get a little extra notoriety and some very welcome publicity when the May issue of Chicago Home and Garden magazine hits the newsstands. The popular inn, located at 6227 Elm Drive in Sawyer, is a newly constructed inn with old-world charm and designer furnishings. It is a four unit bed and breakfast inn offering access to a wide variety of activities. They are a non-smoking, eco-friendly inn, originally opened for business less than three years ago. Each room offers a private deck or patio onto beautifully landscaped grounds. They are a full-season inn, open year round, owned and operated by Linda Jo and Rodney Clough. Writers, photographers and stylists visited the inn several times to prep the big story in the May magazine. You can learn more about the inn and find current special offers online at www.rabbitruninn.com Check it out…or maybe, Check In!<br /> <br /> Just a five minute drive from the Rabbit Run Inn in downtown Sawyer another in the long and colorful line of Michigan craft brewers is hoping to be open for business this month. Greenbush Brewing Company is in the final stages of prepping for their brewery and tasting room in what used to be Localboy Laundry. The micro-brewery is the brainchild of partners Scott Sullivan and Justin Heckathorn. They are reportedly planning a half-dozen types of beers to be on tap when they open for business from a porter to an India Pale Ale. If you’re wondering about the Greenbush moniker, they told a local journalist last winter that it stems from the name of a long-gone train stop in nearby Harbert. The new microbrewery is taking shape next door to Fitzgerald’s Restaurant on Sawyer Road, who will reportedly also be offering a selection of Greenbush drafts and bottled beers. Good luck, gentlemen.<br /> <br /> Fans of Greenbush who’d like to arrive in style have a couple of new options with Magnum Classic Limo in St. Joseph. Owner and operator J. W. Magnum sent me a colorful postcard showcasing a 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine which was originally owned by the CEO of Unocal Oil Company. Magnum tells me that he just added that classic vehicle to his fleet on one end of the spectrum. His other postcard showcases the opposite end of the scale in the form of his new 14-passenger, Diamond Edition, 180-inch super-stretched Lincoln Town Car. The mammoth set of wheels is tricked out with color-changing fiber optic interior lighting, lazer lights, Alpine Stereo, three TV’s, a mirrored ceiling, beverage coolers, twotown leather seating, deep tinted privacy glass and real glassware. JW calls himself “The Mayor” of Limo services and invites your inquiry at 983-6928 or www.magnumclassiclimo.com. <br /> <br /> St. Joe’s newest java joint, Biggby Coffee, is celebrating a milestone with their parent company. The coffee franchise will turn 16 years old this coming week, marking the opening of its original store in East Lansing in mid-march of 1995. Since it’s a Sweet 16 party, you the customer will enjoy a sweet deal on March 15th when all tall sweet and creamy hot drinks are just 99-cents throughout the system, including the local franchise in the Courthouse Square in downtown St. Joe. The company is also celebrating its 15th straight month of growth and is coming off of its best year to date in 2010. Same store sales growth has been positive for the last 15-months according to Founder and CEO Bob Fish. Nice work, guys!<br /> <br /> Looks like this will be a year for the record books for local Realtor Paul Dumke as well. Paul has been named 2011 Realtor of the Year by the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors. He is a licensed salesman with Core Real Estate in Stevensville. He has been licensed in the trade for half a dozen years now, and currently serves on the board of the association as President-Elect. He has been a consistent producer in the business annually. He lives in Buchanan Township, and was accorded the honor at the annual recognition luncheon recently at Shadowland Ballroom at Silver Beach. Congratulations, Paul. Nice job!<br /> <br /> Here’s your chance to participate in a halfmarathon and potentially win it, even if you happen to finish dead last! Schu’s Grill & Bar in St. Joseph is hosting the Predict-a-Time Marathon on Saturday, March 26th. You select a time in which you believe you will finish the race, and whoever comes closest to their predicted time wins. Oh, you do not get to wear a watch or other timing device. Online info is available at www.schus.com. Cool concept.<br /> <br /> That same day, Saturday, March 26th, you are all invited to the MOMS Club of South St. Joseph & Stevensville’s “Bids for Kids” event at Santaniello’s Ristorante on West Glenlord Road in Stevensville. Dinner and a silent auction with live entertainment runs from 5:30 until 10pm that night. There’s a lot more online at www.bidsforkids.yolasite.com. Reserve your space today by calling Kara at 556-9588.<br /> <br /> Also hosting an auction that night at 6:30pm is the Eau Claire Track Fund. $10 bucks gets you in the door at Eau Claire High School, and there are lots of great items. You can find a lot more on their Facebook page, just search “Eau Claire Track Fund.” Funds raised will help build an all-weather track at the high school.<br /> <br /> Friends of the Maud Preston Palenske Public Library are asking for your help during critical times. They are preparing for their Spring Book Sale, from April 13 to 16th and are asking for your help in collecting books. They have a collection box in the lobby of the library in St. Joe. Your donations help pay for the summer reading program for kids. Library funding is down across the state, and they’ve just learned that the roof will need to be replaced, too. The semi-annual book sales help support the library financially, so clean out your shelves and help out in whatever way that you can! Thanks.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Simply out of space and time once again. Have a great week, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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