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OWNER RETIRING ECRWSS Local Postal Customer STORE CLOSING See ad on Page 5 June 11, 2011 TileMart & Carpet Unlimited ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 11 , 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 24 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat As we were closing the door on the month of May, an amazingly dedicated young woman born and raised up the road a bit in Lawton who bore the crown of 1 st Runner Up to Miss Blossomtime 2007 was busily preparing to kick open the door onto an unprecedented chal-lenge that will likely thrust her closer to the national spotlight with every step she takes. Whitney Henderson , who already has lived a veritable lifetime in her 24 short years on this planet, has embarked on a solo run that began June 1 st in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida , and will end when summer does on the completely opposite shore of this great nation in southern California. The candles on her 24 th birthday cake were still smok-ing when she flew from San Francisco to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean to begin her daunting journey. More on that journey in a moment, but first you have to understand the mindset of Whitney. She is one of the most fearless young women I have ever met. Since she put down her Blossomtime crown she has traveled to Europe, Asia, India, the Caribbean and beyond. She has lived her childhood dream of working for Walt Disney World in Florida …done missionary work in India…and worked as an au pair for families in Italy, Turkey, and most recently in San Francisco. At a time when most of her contemporaries were headed to warmer climates for Spring Break, her deep devotion led her to join a crew from Penn State University in the rebuilding of a small rural church in Haiti following the earthquakes there. She has climbed mountains, conquered the rugged terrain of the Pacific Coast Trail , earned sky div-ing certification by jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, and encountered an angry mama bear on Mt. Tallac near Lake Tahoe. She has run in multiple marathons and now she is challenging herself to what amounts to more than a marathon every day all summer long! By the time you read this, she will have been on the road for more than 10-days and will likely have exceeded more than 300 miles of her 3,000-mile run from coast to coast. Why? She is using what should be a world record result to raise $40,000.00 for two charitable causes: Charity:Water and Soles4Souls . Her plan will provide 10,000 people with shoes and 1,500 people in developing nations with clean and safe drinking water. Whitney is running more than 30-miles every day this summer to complete the task. When she steps into the Pacific Ocean on September 5 th , she will be the youngest female to ever run solo across the nation, unsupported in the shortest amount of time. She carries only the barest necessities in her backpack and replenishes sponsored supplies that are shipped to checkpoints along her route. I have great admiration for Whitney’s indomitable spirit. Many of you know that I earn no money writing Continued on page 12 M oody two dozen years ago and shortly thereafter they this column each week. I do it for the love of our welcomed Lisa Fishburn-Gress-Crowder. Janet great business community. If you appreciate this and Lisa were straight out of beauty school where weekly effort, I am asking you now to go immedi-they met in the break room when Lisa literally fell Presents ately online and pledge a donation large or asleep on her shoulder. They’ve been pretty much small to Whitney’s selfless effort. Go to attached at the shoulder ever since, and in the past www.dare-2-move.tumblr.com and click on 22 years, since the Fairplain salon was closed, the “donate” button. Show this Blossomtime they both kept in touch with Linda. Now, they 12 wineries alum and native of Michigan’s Great Southwest find themselves all operating under the same roof 5 bands that we all support her Herculean task at hand. again at 7616 Cleveland Avenue in Baroda. Lisa’s salon was blown away by last summer’s You get this column for free each week, I create it $10 for free each week, I hope that you can show your tornado, and was rebuilt by family and friends appreciation by making this dream come true for who handcrafted the work stations using wood from a tree that was in Lisa’s childhood home Whitney! Thank you! Fans of Fox Sports Detroit , where locals yard. When Janet showed up for work at the new can watch Detroit Tigers baseball throughout the salon, she learned that Linda had signed on just a summer are certainly familiar with the name Belle week earlier, and now they are all a team again. Tire. The animated mascot of a tire wearing a Also in the line-up is Ali Reifschneider who has baseball cap is a staple of those broadcasts. been with Lisa for the past three years. If you Recent Facebook interaction by some local folks remember these great friends, stop in and say wondering if and when we can expect to see a hello. You can reach Above the Cut at 422-2223 Belle Tire operation in the region produced the for appointments. Congratulations, ladies…great news that the company is planning on locating a story! Ever since I told you about the impending shop here within the next 15-months. The com-pany, founded in 1922 has more than 80 tire stores arrival of the new Slumberland Furniture Store in Michigan and Ohio currently. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

As we were closing the door on the month of May, an amazingly dedicated young woman born and raised up the road a bit in Lawton who bore the crown of 1st Runner Up to Miss Blossomtime 2007 was busily preparing to kick open the door onto an unprecedented challenge that will likely thrust her closer to the national spotlight with every step she takes.Whitney Henderson, who already has lived a veritable lifetime in her 24 short years on this planet, has embarked on a solo run that began June 1st in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and will end when summer does on the completely opposite shore of this great nation in southern California. The candles on her 24th birthday cake were still smoking when she flew from San Francisco to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean to begin her daunting journey. More on that journey in a moment, but first you have to understand the mindset of Whitney. She is one of the most fearless young women I have ever met. Since she put down her Blossomtime crown she has traveled to Europe, Asia, India, the Caribbean and beyond. She has lived her childhood dream of working for Walt Disney World in Florida…done missionary work In India…and worked as an au pair for families in Italy, Turkey, and most recently in San Francisco.At a time when most of her contemporaries were headed to warmer climates for Spring Break, her deep devotion led her to join a crew from Penn State University in the rebuilding of a small rural church in Haiti following the earthquakes there.She has climbed mountains, conquered the rugged terrain of the Pacific Coast Trail, earned sky diving certification by jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, and encountered an angry mama bear on Mt. Tallac near Lake Tahoe. She has run in multiple marathons and now she is challenging herself to what amounts to more than a marathon every day all summer long! By the time you read this, she will have been on the road for more than 10-days and will likely have exceeded more than 300 miles of her 3,000-mile run from coast to coast. Why? She is using what should be a world record result to raise $40,000.00 for two charitable causes: Charity:Water and Soles4Souls. Her plan will provide 10,000 people with shoes and 1,500 people in developing nations with clean and safe drinking water.Whitney is running more than 30-miles every day this summer to complete the task. When she steps Into the Pacific Ocean on September 5th, she will be the youngest female to ever run solo across the nation, unsupported in the shortest amount of time. She carries only the barest necessities in her backpack and replenishes sponsored supplies that are shipped to checkpoints along her route. I have great admiration for Whitney’s indomitable spirit.Many of you know that I earn no money writing This column each week. I do it for the love of our great business community. If you appreciate this weekly effort, I am asking you now to go immediately online and pledge a donation large or small to Whitney’s selfless effort. Go to www.dare-2-move.tumblr.com and click on the “donate” button. Show this Blossomtime alum and native of Michigan’s Great Southwest that we all support her Herculean task at hand.You get this column for free each week, I create it for free each week, I hope that you can show your appreciation by making this dream come true for Whitney! Thank you!<br /> <br /> Fans of Fox Sports Detroit, where locals can watch Detroit Tigers baseball throughout the summer are certainly familiar with the name Belle Tire. The animated mascot of a tire wearing a baseball cap is a staple of those broadcasts.Recent Facebook interaction by some local folks wondering if and when we can expect to see a Belle Tire operation in the region produced the news that the company is planning on locating a shop here within the next 15-months. The company, founded in 1922 has more than 80 tire stores in Michigan and Ohio currently. According to the Facebook response, Belle Tire plans on “opening a store in Benton Harbor in the fall of 2012.” Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> Three local women who worked together 22 years ago at the former Robert’s Hair Fashions in Fairplain have found themselves reunited at Above the Cut in Baroda. Nail Technician Janet Smith tells me that she joined Linda Mott nearly Two dozen years ago and shortly thereafter they welcomed Lisa Fishburn-Gress-Crowder. Janet and Lisa were straight out of beauty school where they met in the break room when Lisa literally fell asleep on her shoulder. They’ve been pretty much attached at the shoulder ever since, and in the past 22 years, since the Fairplain salon was closed, they both kept in touch with Linda. Now, they find themselves all operating under the same roof again at 7616 Cleveland Avenue in Baroda.Lisa’s salon was blown away by last summer’s tornado, and was rebuilt by family and friends who handcrafted the work stations using wood from a tree that was in Lisa’s childhood home yard. When Janet showed up for work at the new salon, she learned that Linda had signed on just a week earlier, and now they are all a team again.Also in the line-up is Ali Reifschneider who has been with Lisa for the past three years. If you remember these great friends, stop in and say hello. You can reach Above the Cut at 422-2223 for appointments. Congratulations, ladies…great story!<br /> <br /> Ever since I told you about the impending arrival of the new Slumberland Furniture Store on Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor a number of people have been asking about job opportunities there. To help expedite the answer, let me suggest that you get ready for an open application process next Saturday, June 18th at the store with the team from Express Employment Professionals. Next Saturday from noon until 3pm Steve and Debra Murray and their team from Express Employment Professionals will conduct the application and 1st interview process at 756 E. Napier Avenue in the former Jewel-Osco store next to United Federal Credit Union.They will be hiring for Professional Sales Associates, administrative customer service, experienced warehouse handlers and Class C delivery drivers to build the Slumberland team. Applicants must be prepared for the 1st of three interviews by bringing their resume and work references.<br /> You can find the job descriptions at www. S t josephmi.expresspros.com. The Slumberland Furniture store is expected to open for business on July 23rd.<br /> <br /> Leaders of the Silver Beach Hotel tell me that they are less than a month away from the unveiling of a new gallery showroom inside the St. Joseph hotel property at 100 Main Street in the city. On the weekend of the Krasl Art Fair, the hotel will premiere “El Desayuna Galleria” Showroom in a tribute to world renowned artist Richard Hunt. That gallery takes a bow on Friday, July 8th and will highlight portraits by California artist Thomastina along with pancultural art by local, regional, and international artists. The art will be displayed throughout the year and changed quarterly according to owners of the hotel. An opening reception on that Friday evening will take place from 4pm until 6pm, according to curator Florencia Arnold of Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> We were ruminating on the air a couple of weeks ago on my radio show about whether or not Mud Volleyball would be back again this summer.Well, no sooner did we wonder aloud when the answer came in the form of a neon-yellow postcard inviting us to “Grab a Buddy and Get Muddy at the Well of Grace 2011 Mud Volleyball Tournament.” So, the answer is a resounding yes…and you can register online at www.wellofgraceministries.com or by calling 428-9355. The tourney will take place at the St. Joseph Christian Reformed Church at 3275 Washington Avenue in St. Joe Township on July 23rd. Net proceeds from the messy event will benefit the Well of Grace Ministries. Good luck!<br /> <br /> Fans of Niki Haris and Wycliffe Gordon are just a few weeks short of another outstanding Coming Home Coming Together Concert at City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor.Showtime is 6:15pm on Sunday, June 26th for this 13th annual event backed up by The Tim Fitzgerald Quartet. While the event is free to everyone, you can still reserve a table with a tax-deductible donation. To learn more, contact the committee at 925-6100. This is one of the best concerts of the summer season year after year…so get it on your calendar now!<br /> <br /> Regular attendees of the Grace Christian School Rummage Sale know that it is one of the largest such sales in of Southwest Michigan.Cathy Froggat, who chairs the event, assures me that this year’s 20th Annual school rummage will be gigantic as always…and it will take place next Friday and Saturday, June 17th and 18th filling the entire gymnasium and a barn! All proceeds go toward operating expenses of the school which is the only non-denominational pre-school through 12th grade Christian school in the region. You will find the school at 325 N. M-140 in Watervliet.The sale is slated to run from 9am until 5pm both days according to the school’s online calendar.<br /> <br /> A special luncheon honoring the Legacy Board Members of the Berrien Artist Guild will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd at 11:30am inside the Box Factory for the Arts at 1101 Broad Street in St. Joe. Guild member Judy Cassidy’s book, “Learn, Play, Have Fun,” will be presented at that time. It is an oral history provided by early founders of the guild who were also instrumental in the founding of the Art Fair on the Bluff. That luncheon is open to the public for a cost of $5 for the lunch. Cost of the book is $10.00, but the exhibit and presentation are free.<br /> <br /> To learn more, go to www.boxfactoryforthearts.org. Scholarships totaling more than $112-thousand Dollars were awarded a few days ago during the annual Berrien Community Foundation Scholarship Reception. 150 donors, scholars and guests were on hand for the reception which Assists Berrien County youth in attainment of their educational dreams. BCF President Nanette Keiser says that the Foundation has now awarded $1.8-million in scholarships to local students.<br /> Congratulations!<br /> <br /> The Citadel Dance & Music Center in the Benton Harbor Arts District is gearing up for their 2011 B.E.S.T. Musical Theatre Workshop which runs from June 20th to July 1st with a performance open to the public at 6pm on Friday, July 1st. The summer term at the Citadel gets underway this week for dance classes of all genres and all levels. You can find the entire summer schedule online at www.citadelmc.org according to the Director of the Dance, Lari Lawrence-Gist.<br /> Check it out for yourself.<br /> <br /> Don’t forget that tomorrow, Sunday, June 12th First Church of God, Bridges to Digital Excellence and Gateway Services are hosting a community-wide electronics recycling and paper recycling drive in the First Church parking lot at 2627 Niles Avenue in St. Joseph. The event runs from 11:30am until 3:30pm. Re-use, Reduce… Re-cycle!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week…and if you happen to run into my lovely wife, Carol Moody, wish her a Happy Birthday!Her big day is Tuesday, June 14th! See you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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