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What Do You See? Photo of the Week -Page 2 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com March 19, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 12 Moody on The Market T wo years ago, in the midst of a seriously depressed real estate mar-ket and with a change in leadership at the helm, there was a lot of street chatter that would have you believe at that time that Edgewater Bank was virtually on the edge itself. Some folks talked of the bank’s demise, figuring they would never weather the storm. Well, the crew at Edgewater is proving all that talk to be nothing but mind-less drivel, as they showcase their annual earnings report and enter their 101 st year in business. The bank, which is headquartered in downtown St. Joseph , wrapped up its 100 th Anniversary year with significant net earnings over its previous two years. The bank’s President & CEO Rick Dyer attri-butes their rapid return to a pro-active approach to interest rate management, con-siderable improvement in asset quality, and active management of non-interest expenses among other things. In fact, Rick tells me that Edgewater Bank has designed a plan to double their net earnings this year. One way is with a newly introduced Mortgage Edge loan for home buyers this year, where qualified customers can save thousands of dollars in interest. New hires at the bank in the past year are helping man the bank’s facilities in Bridgman, Buchanan, Coloma, Decatur, Royalton Township and St. Joseph , and new technological enhance-ments will be introduced this year including a more interactive website offering Internet banking and bill-paying features, mobile banking and electronic statements. Rick is an avowed proponent of community banking, and continues to lead Edgewater is support-ing community events and organizations. Birthday parties are traditionally quite colorful affairs, but you’d be hard pressed to beat Brian & Patti Jewell and the huge splash of color that they have introduced to their business as Brian’s Marina celebrates 30-years in the world of business. Apparently, over the winter the Jewell’s sold off a 14 by 16 foot overhead door that they no longer were using in the main welcoming Continued on page 11 M oody Pat area of the shop on Marina Island. In place of the door, Brian built a large shelving unit, but certainly had no need to go 16-feet high with that unit. Rather than staring at a 6 by 14 foot blank billboard wall inside their shop, the Jewell’s decided to treat themselves and their customers to a massive, colorful aquatic mural in that space. Their pastor at First Baptist Church in St. Joe has a skilled daughter, Hanna Fritzke , who accepted the challenge to match the wallpaper border scene from the marina’s office walls into a substantial mural over the shelving unit. The result is a stunning underwater scene, perfect for a marina setting. Brian launched the busi-ness in 1981, originally as a marine service only business, but he and Patti later pur-chased the marina from Walt & Marge Wolf. Brian started with them as a teenager, washing boats and loading rental canoes. Today the full service marina offers quality storage options at affordable prices, 201 slips ranging in size all the way up to 50-feet long, the brokerage of many boats, a full service ship store, and factory-trained technicians to work on your boat. You will find them at 285 Anchors Court on the island in the St. Joe River, and you can reach them by phone at 983-BOAT. Congratulations on your anni-versary, your beautiful new mural, and here’s to a great season ahead. There’s sad news on the other side of the island, where Laura Valentini has elected to close down the Culin’Arte Caffe inside the MOODY Continued from page 1 Finding the right fi t matters. You can Box Factory for the Arts. Her one-year lease was due to expire soon, and while the past year has been, “a wonderful, rich experi-ence,” Laura made the decision after consid-erable internal debate to close the doors effective immediately. She hopes to spend more time with her two daughters and follow other culinary adventures ahead. Meanwhile, the Box Factory is reviewing its options and deliberating on what route to take next with the space that Culin’Arte and others recently occupied. Stay tuned. Benton Harbor’s May Street Market continues its massive makeover. The gas sta-tion and convenience store has just joined the Marathon Oil Company brand . When the store reconfigured last year several gas pump islands were added to the site at the corner of Colfax and May Streets, but the gasoline was an unbranded generic blend until they switched over to the Marathon franchise flag. Visitors to the Panera shopping center in St. Joseph Charter Township will have a new place to peruse thanks to my friend Jamie Bingaman. Jamie has launched Round Abouts, A Children’s Consignment & Gift Boutique. She has taken the former Morning Glory market space and trans-formed it into a shop created for cool parents and trendy kids. Round Abouts offers gently-used, top-quality clothing, and acces-education … get shoes an excellent sories for kids of all ages from infants buried to without being in debt. “tweens.” (Up to size 12). Additionally, the shop offers beautiful and children’s … nursery be successful in small classes Continued on page 11 where you get personalized attention. … transfer your credits to a four-year school of your choice. … go to college and stay close to family and friends. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Moody<br /> <br /> Two years ago, in the midst of a seriously depressed real estate market and with a change in leadership at the helm, there was a lot of street chatter that would have you believe at that time that Edgewater Bank was virtually on the edge itself. Some folks talked of the bank’s demise, figuring they would never weather the storm. Well, the crew at Edgewater is proving all that talk to be nothing but mindless drivel, as they showcase their annual earnings report and enter their 101st year in business. The bank, which is headquartered in downtown St. Joseph, wrapped up its 100th Anniversary year with significant net earnings over its previous two years. The bank’s President & CEO Rick Dyer attributes their rapid return to a pro-active approach to interest rate management, considerable improvement in asset quality, and active management of non-interest expenses among other things. In fact, Rick tells me that Edgewater Bank has designed a plan to double their net earnings this year. One way is with a newly introduced Mortgage Edge loan for home buyers this year, where qualified customers can save thousands of dollars in interest. New hires at the bank in the past year are helping man the bank’s facilities in Bridgman, Buchanan, Coloma, Decatur, Royalton Township and St. Joseph, and new technological enhancements will be introduced this year including a more interactive website offering Internet banking and bill-paying features, mobile banking and electronic statements. Rick is an avowed proponent of community banking, and continues to lead Edgewater is supporting community events and organizations.<br /> <br /> Birthday parties are traditionally quite colorful affairs, but you’d be hard pressed to beat Brian & Patti Jewell and the huge splash of color that they have introduced to their business as Brian’s Marina celebrates 30-years in the world of business. Apparently, over the winter the Jewell’s sold off a 14 by 16 foot overhead door that they no longer were using in the main welcoming area of the shop on Marina Island. In place of the door, Brian built a large shelving unit, but certainly had no need to go 16-feet high with that unit. Rather than staring at a 6 by 14 foot blank billboard wall inside their shop, the Jewell’s decided to treat themselves and their customers to a massive, colorful aquatic mural in that space. Their pastor at First Baptist Church in St. Joe has a skilled daughter, Hanna Fritzke, who accepted the challenge to match the wallpaper border scene from the marina’s office walls into a substantial mural over the shelving unit. The result is a stunning underwater scene, perfect for a marina setting. Brian launched the business in 1981, originally as a marine service only business, but he and Patti later purchased the marina from Walt & Marge Wolf. Brian started with them as a teenager, washing boats and loading rental canoes. Today the full service marina offers quality storage options at affordable prices, 201 slips ranging in size all the way up to 50-feet long, the brokerage of many boats, a full service ship store, and factory-trained technicians to work on your boat. You will find them at 285 Anchors Court on the island in the St. Joe River, and you can reach them by phone at 983-BOAT. Congratulations on your anniversary, your beautiful new mural, and here’s to a great season ahead.<br /> <br /> There’s sad news on the other side of the island, where Laura Valentini has elected to close down the Culin’Arte Caffe inside the Box Factory for the Arts. Her one-year lease was due to expire soon, and while the past year has been, “a wonderful, rich experience,” Laura made the decision after considerable internal debate to close the doors effective immediately. She hopes to spend more time with her two daughters and follow other culinary adventures ahead. Meanwhile, the Box Factory is reviewing its options and deliberating on what route to take next with the space that Culin’Arte and others recently occupied. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> Benton Harbor’s May Street Market continues its massive makeover. The gas station and convenience store has just joined the Marathon Oil Company brand. When the store reconfigured last year several gas pump islands were added to the site at the corner of Colfax and May Streets, but the gasoline was an unbranded generic blend until they switched over to the Marathon franchise flag.<br /> <br /> Visitors to the Panera shopping center in St. Joseph Charter Township will have a new place to peruse thanks to my friend Jamie Bingaman. Jamie has launched Round Abouts, A Children’s Consignment & Gift Boutique. She has taken the former Morning Glory market space and transformed it into a shop created for cool parents and trendy kids. Round Abouts offers gentlyused, top-quality clothing, shoes and accessories for kids of all ages from infants to “tweens.” (Up to size 12). Additionally, the shop offers beautiful nursery and children’s bedroom furniture, baby equipment, toys and unique gifts. The store is organized in distinct sections for girls, boys and infants clothing, as well as specific areas for shoes, books, toys and equipment. The store also offers complimentary gift wrapping for any items purchased from the gift boutique. Obviously, being a consignment shop, the inventory will change daily, and they will also keep a “Wish Book” to identify things you are looking for. If you’d like to sell through Jamie, you can find her guidelines online at www.roundaboutsboutique.com. Congratulations, Jamie, and best of luck with your new venture.<br /> <br /> Lee Scherwitz has another feather in his cap as director of the SW Michigan Regional Airport. A major award has been given to engineers Mead & Hunt for work they provided at the airport by way of the Sand Creek Relocation Project. The engineering firm won an Honorable Conceptor Award and the Judge’s Choice Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan excellence awards competition. The creek needed to be relocated for the extension of the main runway. Mead & Hunt created a 600-foot long culvert specially designed for fish passage as required by the state DNR. The runway extension will proceed this spring.<br /> <br /> There’s a new Plant Superintendent on the job at New Products Corporation of Benton Harbor. His name is John Nelson, and he comes to the task with a wide range of Midwest manufacturing and supervisory experience. He replaces Larry Downey, who recently wrapped up a 45-year career with the company and retired.<br /> <br /> If you are a fan of Wings, Etc, make sure your plans include a visit there this coming Wednesday, the 23rd, when they help out with a fundraiser from We Care Meals on Wheels. The Benton Harbor restaurant between Meijer & The Orchards Mall will be donating a portion of their sales from 6 until 9pm that night for the 2011 March for Meals Campaign.<br /> <br /> On Thursday night, the 24th, Lakeshore Rotary is hosting their Annual Senior Night at the Lakeshore High School Auditorium. All area senior citizens are invited for a free, fun, and exciting event in the form of a performance of “Footloose,” by the Lakeshore Choirs. Door prizes and refreshments will be offered. Showtime is 6:30pm and tickets are available through local senior centers of by calling 556-9456. This year marks more than 36 years of partnering for the annual senior night at Lakeshore.<br /> <br /> Studio artists at the Box Factory for the Arts at 1101 Broad Street in St. Joe are doing their spring cleaning and selling off seconds, supplies and other cool stuff during their “Artists Garage Sale” today, Saturday the 19th, from 10am until 4pm. Included are ceramics, paintings, prints, photography, and much more at garage sale prices. Admission is free. Stop on by!<br /> <br /> As you go through your own spring clean up, you can help out the folks at Keller Williams Realty Southwest Michigan as they prepare for their 2nd Annual Rummage Sale to benefit KW Cares. That’s an established charity that reaches out to help families faced by hardships. You can help the cause by taking household items and furniture (but no clothing please!) To the Keller Williams office located at 211 Hilltop Road in St. Joe beginning today, March 19th. The sale will take place March 31st and April 1st. Thanks for your help.<br /> <br /> A good breakfast for you next Saturday will mean a more colorful float for the Miss Baroda Float Committee. That committee and the Baroda Lions Club are hosting an All You Can Eat Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on March 26th from 7am until 11am at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 9193 Cleveland Avenue in Baroda. Enjoy!<br /> <br /> Also next Saturday, March 26th, the SW Michigan Friends of NRA will conduct their 8th Annual Dinner Event, a fundraiser for the NRA Foundation. The dinner will be held at the Van Buren Conference Center on South Paw Paw Street in Lawrence. It’s a prime rib dinner followed by a silent auction, raffles and more. Doors open at 5pm, dinner is at 6:30 and the live auction is at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance by calling Bill LeBeau at 269-468-6102 or online at www.swmifnra.org. <br /> <br /> Tonight, Saturday, March 19th, from 7 until 11pm, the St. Joseph Band & Orchestra Parents stage their Spring Fling at the Shadowland Ballroom & Carousel at Silver Beach. Dancing to tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s will take place along with snacks, desserts, a cash bar and door prizes. Cost is $18 per person and tickets are available at Roger’s Foodland or from any instrumental music students. If you wait to get your tickets at the door, the price bumps up to $20 per person. Check it out.<br /> <br /> Harbor Country’s Bentwood Tavern Give Back dinners continue, and this Tuesday evening, March 22nd, a full 50% of all food and beverage revenue from 5 until 10pm will support the life-saving services provided by the Berrien County Chapter of the American Red Cross. To make a reservation, call 469-1699. Meanwhile, the chapter house itself is offering free training for volunteers to join their Disaster Action Teams. The first class will be held this coming Friday, the 25th from 5:30 to 9:30pm. Register today at 556-9619.<br /> <br /> The Schu’s Grill & Bar team is delighted to announce the results of their 12th Annual “Schulerbration” Weekend back in January. Over the course of that fun-filled weekend, friends and colleagues raised more than $10-thousand dollars for the Berrien Community Foundation’s Molly Schuler Endowment Fund. Congratulations to everyone who helped make the big event another huge success.<br /> <br /> There’s another giant Wedding Expo & Banquet Hall Open House at the D.A.N.K. Hall at 2651 Pipestone Road tomorrow, the 20th, from 1 until 3pm. A whole host of caterers and other exhibitors will be on hand to showcase the facility available for events of all kinds. RSVP your attendance by calling 926-6652.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…we’ll see you at the Home Show, out and about…and right here next Saturday in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org <br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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