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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer ws Pa per. Ne Good Your May 14, 2011 www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on May 14, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 20 and are almost entirely organic. Right now you can buy Kat’s products at Sweet Seasons Orchards in downtown St. Joseph, or www.katshotcakes.com. You can also find her at many local farmers markets this sum-mer. You can sample for yourself during a Tea Party Open House on Wednesday, May 25 th from 3 to 6pm. To learn more or to RSVP for that event, email at dfdumke@gmail.com. Good luck with your new venture, Kat. Armed with six years of die cast experi-ence, Lakeshore High School Graduate Tom Atkins has a new role in the manufactur-ing community. The Marine Corps veteran father of two daughters has been hired by New Products Corporation of Benton Harbor to fill their job as Third Shift Supervisor. The company just celebrated 89-years in business a couple of weeks ago, and is a certified custom, precision, high-pressure aluminum and zinc die caster engaged in the medical equipment, automobile, and musical instrument industries. As plans continue for the 175 th Birthday of the community of Watervliet, they will celebrate this year with a full time Farmer’s Market. Beginning with the Holiday Market over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, St. Joseph Catholic Church of Watervliet will host the Farmer’s Market every Saturday until September 24 th . The church campus at M-140 and Lucinda Lane will be the site of the weekly marketplace. On Holiday Market weekends, vendors will be located both inside the gym and outside as well from 9am until 4pm. All other Saturdays will feature an open air market specializing in local in-season pro-duce and artisan baked goods from 9am until 2pm. During the Memorial Day market, mas-ter gardeners from the “Spruce Up, Fix Up, Watervliet” committee will be on hand to promote their window-box challenge. Not only are many of last year’s vendors back for this first full season, there are some new faces including Coloma’s Artist-in-Residence Randall Higdon , and the Lakeland Community Hospital Auxiliary. If you’re a vendor or farmer who would like to sign on, call 269-468-7634 for contract information The eventual return of the heat of sum-mer dictates the annual encore called Extinguish the Fire: A Glassblower’s Ritual. The major annual fundraiser for the nationally-recognized after-school program Fired Up! will be held in two weeks on Saturday, May 28 th at the Water Street Glassworks in the Benton Harbor Arts District. That Saturday from 6 until 9pm an exclusive audience of 75 people will witness the sights, sounds and fine dining enjoyed at Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat Archie Bowers is an avowed survivor. She has met adversity several times in the past decade and refused to back down. Now…instead of standing on the side-lines, wondering what will happen to her job next, Archie has taken total control of her life, enlisted the help of her loving husband, and has launched an entirely new chapter in her life with her brand new business Chicken Shack Express! To set the stage for her story, you need to understand that Archie has always had a tremendous work ethic. She’s anything but a slacker. More than ten years ago she was hired on at Bowater NuWay Paper Company in Benton Harbor. She worked hard at that job for a great eight year run. Then, the plant was suddenly closed down, leaving her out of a job. She immedi-ately got back into the work-a-day world by hiring onto the manufacturing team at Whirlpool’s Plant 7 along the old Benton Harbor Ship Canal. She was thoroughly enjoying her new role with the appliance maker when word filtered down once again that the plant was going to be shuttered, leav-ing her once again with no regular paycheck. She had worked for the company for three years when she heard the word. Rather than shrink back into her shell and hunker down awaiting the unemployment line, Archie Bowers immediately began strategizing what to do next. She had been told by many of her friends and family members that her capabili-ties in the kitchen were worthy of serious exploration. Her husband, Benjamin Bowers , had long had a dream that someday they might get into the food service industry as a sidebar to his logistics work as a long-haul truck driver. As Archie told me, “He had the dream, I had the experience.” During his ten year stint in the U.S. Navy, Benjamin had cooked for his commanding officer’s parties from time to time, so they both knew their way around the kitchen, and they both love to cook. They experimented with various reci-pes and perfected a solid menu by cooking for NASCAR event parties and National Hotrod Association events. Knowing that everybody loves chicken, they narrowed down a tasty menu and found a way to get their product to the people. Recently, they traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to pick up their new custom-built “shack” on wheels. The colorful little wagon is reminiscent of the Lincoln Log toys many of us grew up with. The new Chicken Shack Express is now rou-tinely anchored in the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza in Benton Harbor alongside Angelo’s Party Store on M-139. They are in the house Monday through Thursday from 11am until Continued on page 10 M oody 7pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until 11pm. In addition to fried plain or bar-becue chicken, the shack also offers pork chops, a Catfish Fillet Sandwich, Panini’s, wings, perch, shrimp and more. Additionally, Archie offers exclusively hand-cut, real Idaho Potatoes just like you would get at a Five Guys franchise. You can simply stop by to order or you can call ahead at 252-6574. In addition to Super Bowl parties, tail-gating, and other events, the vehicle can be used at your private party with enough lead-time. Benjamin tells me that they are so proud of their product he has actually challenged TV Chef Bobby Flay to a full tilt Throwdown . Stay tuned. Congratulations on a great start to your new business! Here’s something you don’t see every day – one church buying another! A little church from Baroda has purchased the former St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Stevensville. A member of the congregation, Donna Happ , tells me that the entire process actually moved quite quickly from discover-ing the available property, to the purchase of the church, the renovation and the eventual take over. It all sped along in a few short months. The result was a trial run service back on May 1 st , and then the real kick-off to their ministry in a new neighborhood this past Mother’s Day Sunday. The resulting con-gregation is now officially known as The Baroda Church of God – Lakeshore Campus. You will find them at 5020 Cleveland Avenue in Stevensville. That’s a Southwest Michigan’s only local LASER VISION CORRECTION facility. great story…and provides great opportunities for the little church to continue to grow through its new outreach capacity. Congratulations! The party is officially underway at Waterfront Framing & Fine Art in down-town St. Joseph. It is the 10 th Anniversary for Diane Wollenslegel and her colorful shop on Ship Street. They got the party started with an Open House last night (Friday, May 13 th ) featuring local artist Matt Payovich and some of his original artwork. If you missed the start of the party, you can still take advan-tage of the celebration as Waterfront offers 20% savings on artwork in the store and any custom framing brought in through the end of the month. You can also register for an “Art Makeover,” in a drawing to be held on June 1 st . Stop by and wish Diane and Ned a happy anniversary! There’s now local proof that you can, in fact, have your cake and eat it too! A new company start-up on the local scene features St. Joseph native Kat Barry who recently returned home to begin Kat’s Hot Cakes. The name has special meaning, inasmuch as Kat’s cakes are healthy treats, designed to help keep you looking “hot!” Barry has cre-ated a baked goods and catering company making 100% vegan food. Kat says that most folks are amazed to learn that the treats are healthy because they taste remarkably delicious. Kat’s Hot Cakes creates classics like banana bread, carrot cake and raisin bran muffins. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Archie Bowers is an avowed survivor. She has met adversity several times in the past decade and refused to back down. Now…instead of standing on the sidelines, wondering what will happen to her job next, Archie has taken total control of her life, enlisted the help of her loving husband, and has launched an entirely new chapter in her life with her brand new business Chicken Shack Express! To set the stage for her story, you need to understand that Archie has always had a tremendous work ethic. She’s anything but a slacker. More than ten years ago she was hired on at Bowater NuWay Paper Company in Benton Harbor. She worked hard at that job for a great eight year run. Then, the plant was suddenly closed down, leaving her out of a job. She immediately got back into the work-a-day world by hiring onto the manufacturing team at Whirlpool’s Plant 7 along the old Benton Harbor Ship Canal. She was thoroughly enjoying her new role with the appliance maker when word filtered down once again that the plant was going to be shuttered, leaving her once again with no regular paycheck.She had worked for the company for three years when she heard the word. Rather than shrink back into her shell and hunker down awaiting the unemployment line, Archie Bowers immediately began strategizing what to do next. She had been told by many of her friends and family members that her capabilities in the kitchen were worthy of serious exploration. Her husband, Benjamin Bowers, had long had a dream that someday they might get into the food service industry as a sidebar to his logistics work as a long-haul truck driver. As Archie told me, “He had the dream, I had the experience.” During his ten year stint in the U.S. Navy, Benjamin had cooked for his commanding officer’s parties from time to time, so they both knew their way around the kitchen, and they both love to cook. They experimented with various recipes and perfected a solid menu by cooking for NASCAR event parties and National Hotrod Association events. Knowing that everybody loves chicken, they narrowed down a tasty menu and found a way to get their product to the people. Recently, they traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to pick up their new custom-built “shack” on wheels.The colorful little wagon is reminiscent of the Lincoln Log toys many of us grew up with. The new Chicken Shack Express is now routinely anchored in the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza in Benton Harbor alongside Angelo’s Party Store on M-139. They are in the house Monday through Thursday from 11am until 7pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until 11pm. In addition to fried plain or barbecue chicken, the shack also offers pork chops, a Catfish Fillet Sandwich, Panini’s, wings, perch, shrimp and more. Additionally, Archie offers exclusively hand-cut, real Idaho Potatoes just like you would get at a Five Guys franchise. You can simply stop by to order or you can call ahead at 252-6574. In addition to Super Bowl parties, tail-gating, and other events, the vehicle can be used at your private party with enough lead-time. Benjamin tells me that they are so proud of their product he has actually challenged TV Chef Bobby Flay to a full tilt Throwdown. Stay tuned. Congratulations on a great start to your new business! <br /> <br /> Here’s something you don’t see every day – one church buying another! A little church from Baroda has purchased the former St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Steven sville. A member of the congregation, Donna Happ, tells me that the entire process actually moved quite quickly from discovering the available property, to the purchase of the church, the renovation and the eventual take over. It all sped along in a few short months. The result was a trial run service back on May 1st, and then the real kick-off to their ministry in a new neighborhood this past Mother’s Day Sunday. The resulting congregation is now officially known as The Baroda Church of God – Lake shore Campus. You will find them at 5020 Cleveland Avenue in Steven sville. That’s a Great story…and provides great opportunities for the little church to continue to grow through its new outreach capacity. Congratulations!<br /> <br /> The party is officially underway at Waterfront Framing & Fine Art in downtown St. Joseph. It is the 10th Anniversary for Diane Wollenslegel and her colorful shop on Ship Street. They got the party started with an Open House last night (Friday, May 13th) featuring local artist Matt Payovich and some of his original artwork. If you missed the start of the party, you can still take advantage of the celebration as Waterfront offers 20% savings on artwork in the store and any custom framing brought in through the end of the month. You can also register for an “Art Makeover,” in a drawing to be held on June 1st. Stop by and wish Diane and Ned a happy anniversary!<br /> <br /> There’s now local proof that you can, in fact, have your cake and eat it too! A new company start-up on the local scene features St. Joseph native Kat Barry who recently returned home to begin Kat’s Hot Cakes. The name has special meaning, inasmuch as Kat’s cakes are healthy treats, designed to help keep you looking “hot!” Barry has created a baked goods and catering company making 100% vegan food. Kat says that most folks are amazed to learn that the treats are healthy because they taste remarkably delicious. Kat’s Hot Cakes creates classics like banana bread, carrot cake and raisin bran muffins. They come in small portions, use all natural ingredients, no preservatives, And are almost entirely organic. Right now you can buy Kat’s products at Sweet Seasons Orchards in downtown St. Joseph, or www.katshotcakes.com. You can also find her at many local farmers markets this summer. You can sample for yourself during a Tea Party Open House on Wednesday, May 25th from 3 to 6pm. To learn more or to RSVP for that event, email at dfdumke@gmail.com. Good luck with your new venture, Kat.<br /> <br /> Armed with six years of die cast experience, Lakeshore High School Graduate Tom Atkins has a new role in the manufacturing community. The Marine Corps veteran father of two daughters has been hired by New Products Corporation of Benton Harbor to fill their job as Third Shift Supervisor. The company just celebrated 89-years in business a couple of weeks ago, and is a certified custom, precision, high pressure aluminum and zinc die caster engaged in the medical equipment, automobile, and musical instrument industries.<br /> <br /> As plans continue for the 175th Birthday of the community of Watervliet, they will celebrate this year with a full time Farmer’s Market. Beginning with the Holiday Market over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, St. Joseph Catholic Church of Watervliet will host the Farmer’s Market every Saturday until September 24th. The church campus at M-140 and Lucinda Lane will be the site of the weekly marketplace. On Holiday Market weekends, vendors will be located both inside the gym and outside as well from 9am until 4pm. All other Saturdays will feature an open air market specializing in local in-season produce and artisan baked goods from 9am until 2pm. During the Memorial Day market, master gardeners from the “Spruce Up, Fix Up, Watervliet” committee will be on hand to promote their window-box challenge. Not only are many of last year’s vendors back for this first full season, there are some new faces including Coloma’s Artist-in-Residence Randall Higdon, and the Lakeland Community Hospital Auxiliary. If you’re a vendor or farmer who would like to sign on, call 269-468-7634 for contract information.<br /> <br /> The eventual return of the heat of summer dictates the annual encore called Extinguish the Fire: A Glassblower’s Ritual. The major annual fundraiser for the nationally-recognized after-school program Fired Up! Will be held in two weeks on Saturday, May 28th at the Water Street Glass works in the Benton Harbor Arts District. That Saturday from 6 until 9pm an exclusive audience of 75 people will witness the sights, sounds and fine dining enjoyed at This ritual occurrence. Tickets are $100 a piece while they last, and can be reserved by calling 925-5555. Thanks to a state-mandated requirement for installation of a ventilation system, part of the fundraising will go to help pay for that enhancement as well.<br /> <br /> Another popular fundraiser is slated for Alex’s Army this coming Thursday evening from 5 until 9 at the Silver Beach Center at 333 Broad Street in St. Joe. The event has been tabbed as the Win for Alex Benefit Carnival, to help defray medical costs for local 3-year old Alex Mandarino who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer in March. Tickets are just a dollar each and can be redeemed for such things as a magic show, carousel rides, carnival games and food. 100% of the funds raised will go to the medical fund. Hope you can help.<br /> <br /> That same night you can choose from two different Spaghetti Dinner Fundraisers as well. Both will run from 4:30pm until 7. One is being hosted by the Lakeshore Rotary at Stevensville United Methodist Church at 5506 Ridge Road. Tickets are $7 for 13 and older, $4 for 5-12 year olds and free for kids under 4. Take out will be available. Proceeds will help fund Rotary’s community service projects. The other dinner that night will be held at the YMCA at 3665 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Cost is $9 per person and you can dine in or carry out with proceeds benefiting the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Tickets are available at the Y in advance or at the door. <br /> <br /> This Friday, May 20th, bestselling author Tracie Peterson from Bethany House Publishers will be in the house at Parable Christian Store in Southtown St. Joseph from noon until 2pm. She will be speaking, signing books and enjoying refreshments with you and the crew. If you are a Tracie Peterson fan, this is a must see event.<br /> <br /> Sign ups have begun for teams planning to play in this summer’s Gateway Softball Marathon at Plangger’s Field in Benton Harbor. This is the 26th anniversary year for the event, and if you’d like to register a team to play or become a sponsor, even just to make a donation, you can call Gateway at 269-471-2897 extension 10.<br /> <br /> If you are a fan of outstanding piano music, next Sunday you need to be in the audience at The Livery in the Benton Harbor Arts District for a live, intimate evening performance by local super star Jean Prosper. Tickets are just $10 each and proceeds will benefit the upcoming Gene Harris Coming Home Coming Together Concert in June. Tickets are available at The Livery, at the offices of Cornerstone Alliance, or online at www.liverybrew.com.<br /> <br /> Thousands of people have purchased art over the years at the Krasl Art Fair since<br /> <br /> 1962. As a feature of their 50th Anniversary event this summer, the Krasl is inviting you to display art from your personal collection as part of an historic exhibition documenting the history of the fair. You have until May 20th to submit up to three pieces for consideration. You can learn more about how to do all of this and find the submission form at www.krasl.org.<br /> <br /> Finally…don’t forget next Saturday, May 21st, is Kiwanis Pancake Day at the Whitcomb in St. Joe from 8am until 1pm.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. See you 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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