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Look for Our Special 4 Page Flyer ECRWSS Local Postal Customer In This Week’s MailMax July 9, 2011 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on July 9, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 28 year or so. Appropriately enough, Dee-Clutter will help you find a better life by re-claiming space and organizing your home, office, or other area of need. Dee is a consultant, author, and speaker on the subject, and she would like to help you simplify your life through the de-cluttering method. I’ll work on getting the rest of the story, but for now you can reach Dee at deegrom@comcast.net to seek assis-tance and learn more about this great option for getting out from under the piles of stuff in your life. Good luck! Here’s a success story so filled with goodness that my friend Kay Varga Smith at Thayer Incorporated of Benton Harbor asked me to share it with all of you. Brooke Janssen and Blake Krysinksi spent six weeks this spring going to school to learn to clean and maintain that school. Both women under-took the training series arranged in a partner-ship between Gateway Services, Michigan Works, Thayer Incorporated, and Spartan Chemical Company , to learn the skills neces-sary to work in commercial and industrial housekeeping settings. Thayer’s Sales Manager Tim Parce provided educational components, Michelle Brodock of Gateway provided job skills training, Spartan provided certifications upon completion, and Michigan Works provided the referral system. The resulting alliance between service providers and industry is revolutionary, and Brooke and Blake are the first graduates of the program, having developed excellent skills that will Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat O ne of my great passions in life is quality photography. Over the course of a lifetime, I like to think that I’ve gotten a little more skilled with each passing year, and yet there are undoubtedly many, many things I could still learn in order to transform mundane shots into world class art. If you are like me, we both would do well to get in touch with David Knight of St. Joseph , a commercial artist I have held in high esteem for many years for his sheer talent and great eye. David is launching a unique new oppor-tunity called Firefly Photo Workshops out of a versatile space in downtown St. Joseph that was home for many years to the former Phillips Engineering center at 719 Pleasant Street in the city. David is teaming up with a stable of equally talented colleagues to walk you through the full measure of photography lessons from shooting the original shot to working with computer applications to fine tune, enhance, or dramatically transform the artistic nature of your finished print. David’s cohorts in this new venture are Christopher Schneiter and Jeff Berman. Schneiter has been producing photography since 1969, mostly as a commercial photographer. He launched his own career as a fine artist and museum worker at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House. He has also served as an instructor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and other institutions, and currently serves as an instructor in Lighting and Photo Illustration at Lansing Community College. Mr. Berman is also an adjunct professor of photography at Lansing Community College, who has worked with hundreds of photographers over the past 15 years, and was one of the first owners of an all-digital professional lab in the nation. He is an Adobe Certified Expert and a Microsoft Office Specialist. Knight, himself, has been in the business dating back to his days as a photographer for the U.S. Army. He earned his degree at Western in visual media, went on to become a highly successful commercial photographer who has taught the art since the 70’s beginning with the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. David was also the project direc-tor for the popular local book, 2 Cities – 48 Hours. The Firefly Photo Workshops are an educational resource for all things related to photography. Whether you need beginning classes as you start out in digital photography or advanced classes covering lighting tech-niques, the Firefly team can help you find your own personal photographic vision. All classes are held in the downtown studios, and depending on the class you select, you’ll have Continued on page 8 M oody time in the classroom as well as field trips and daily assignments around town, on the beach-es, dunes, woods, and orchards. The incredi-bly diverse background of talents that the three men bring to table will amaze you. You can reach David for questions regarding the classes at 269-235-0581 or at the Firefly web-site at www.fireflyphotoworkshops.com. Some people ask if my camera is surgically attached to my hand, and it’s not far from real-TOP Dollar, Hands Down! We Buy Old Pocket Watches NEED EXTRA MONEY? • 10kt, 14kt, 16kt, 18kt, 22kt & 24kt Gold • Silver • Platinum • Diamonds • Estate Jewelry • Dental Gold • Damaged or Broken Gold & Silver Jewelry • Sterling Flatware • Gold & Silver Coins • Proof Sets ity. The art can be very rewarding when you get satisfying results. Let David, Christopher and Jeff get you on the way to a satisfying hobby or perhaps an avocation of your own. Hard to believe but it has been half a dozen years now since Command Performance closed up shop in the Orchards Mall. That closure came following a highly successful 20-year run in the salon business for Dan and Cindy Hart. Well, kids…they are back with a new salon venture in Southtown St. Joseph, and they are aptly naming it St. Joe Style. Located just off the corner of Hilltop and Washington , St. Joe Style opens this Monday, July 11 th , in space next door to Sparkle Quick Lube and The Clock House. Cindy is bringing along her top-notch team of stylists including Rod Yoder, Kellie Craig, and Carrie Mikesell. A Grand Opening celebration is being planned for a later date. You’ll find the crew in the house Monday through Saturday and walk-ins are welcome. You can reach the new St. Joe Style at 983-3800. Congratulations to the Harts, and welcome back to the styling busi-ness here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! I don’t know all of the specifics yet…and due to the 4 th of July holiday was unable to learn more in time for my deadline…but if you’ve got a whole lot of “stuff” laying around your house or office, you might want to con-sider Dee-Clutter. 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One of my great passions in life is quality photography. Over the course of a lifetime, I like to think that I’ve gotten a little more skilled with each passing year, and yet there are undoubtedly many, many things I could still learn in order to transform mundane shots into world class art.If you are like me, we both would do well to get in touch with David Knight of St. Joseph, a commercial artist I have held in high esteem for many years for his sheer talent and great eye. David is launching a unique new opportunity called Firefly Photo Workshops out of a versatile space in downtown St. Joseph that was home for many years to the former Phillips Engineering center at 719 Pleasant Street in the city. David is teaming up with a stable of equally talented colleagues to walk you through the full measure of photography lessons from shooting the original shot to working with computer applications to fine tune, enhance, or dramatically transform the artistic nature of your finished print. David’s cohorts in this new venture are Christopher Schneiter and Jeff Berman. Schneiter has been producing photography since 1969, mostly as a commercial photographer. He launched his own career as a fine artist and museum worker at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House.He has also served as an instructor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and other institutions, and currently serves as An instructor in Lighting and Photo Illustration at Lansing Community College. Mr. Berman is also an adjunct professor of photography at Lansing Community College, who has worked with hundreds of photographers over the past 15 years, and was one of the first owners of an all-digital professional lab in the nation. He is an Adobe Certified Expert and a Microsoft Office Specialist. Knight, himself, has been in the business dating back to his days as a photographer for the U.S. Army. He earned his degree at Western in visual media, went on to become a highly successful commercial photographer who has taught the art since the 70’s beginning with the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. David was also the project director for the popular local book, 2 Cities – 48 Hours. The Firefly Photo Workshops are an educational resource for all things related to photography. Whether you need beginning classes as you start out in digital photography or advanced classes covering lighting techniques, the Firefly team can help you find your own personal photographic vision. All classes are held in the downtown studios, and depending on the class you select, you’ll have Time in the classroom as well as field trips and daily assignments around town, on the beaches, dunes, woods, and orchards. The incredibly diverse background of talents that the three men bring to table will amaze you. You can reach David for questions regarding the classes at 269-235-0581 or at the Firefly website at www.fireflyphotoworkshops.com. Some people ask if my camera is surgically attached to my hand, and it’s not far from reality.The art can be very rewarding when you get satisfying results. Let David, Christopher and Jeff get you on the way to a satisfying hobby or perhaps an avocation of your own.<br /> <br /> Hard to believe but it has been half a dozen years now since Command Performance closed up shop in the Orchards Mall. That closure came following a highly successful 20-year run in the salon business for Dan and Cindy Hart. Well, kids…they are back with a new salon venture in Southtown St. Joseph, and they are aptly naming it St. Joe Style. Located just off the corner of Hilltop and Washington, St. Joe Style opens this Monday, July 11th, in space next door to Sparkle Quick Lube and The Clock House. Cindy is bringing along her top-notch team of stylists including Rod Yoder, Kellie Craig, and Carrie Mikesell. A Grand Opening celebration is being planned for a later date. You’ll find the crew in the house Monday through Saturday and walk-ins are welcome. You can reach the new St. Joe Style at 983-3800. Congratulations to the Harts, and welcome back to the styling business here in Michigan’s Great Southwest!<br /> <br /> I don’t know all of the specifics yet…and due to the 4th of July holiday was unable to learn more in time for my deadline…but if you’ve got a whole lot of “stuff” laying around your house or office, you might want to consider Dee-Clutter. That’s the perfectly chosen name of Dee Ann Grom’s fledgling business that she’s been slowly establishing in the past Year or so. Appropriately enough, Dee-Clutter will help you find a better life by re-claiming space and organizing your home, office, or other area of need. Dee is a consultant, author, and speaker on the subject, and she would like to help you simplify your life through the decluttering method. I’ll work on getting the rest of the story, but for now you can reach Dee at deegrom@comcast.net to seek assistance and learn more about this great option for getting out from under the piles of stuff in your life. Good luck!<br /> <br /> Here’s a success story so filled with goodness that my friend Kay Varga Smith at Thayer Incorporated of Benton Harbor asked me to share it with all of you. Brooke Janssen and Blake Krysinksi spent six weeks this spring going to school to learn to clean and maintain that school. Both women undertook the training series arranged in a partnership between Gateway Services, Michigan Works, Thayer Incorporated, and Spartan Chemical Company, to learn the skills necessary to work in commercial and industrial housekeeping settings. Thayer’s Sales Manager Tim Parce provided educational components, Michelle Brodock of Gateway provided job skills training, Spartan provided certifications upon completion, and Michigan Works provided the referral system. The resulting alliance between service providers and industry is revolutionary, and Brooke and Blake are the first graduates of the program, having developed excellent skills that will Definitely help them to fit into the workplace.That despite the fact that neither woman had ever worked outside the home before. Both eagerly expect to find work in the housekeeping industry and have very positive, upbeat enthusiasm to carry them through.Congratulations to all of the participants, and thanks, Kay, for a heartwarming story for the middle of summer!<br /> <br /> We’ve all seen the TV ads with the bright yellow commercial van sporting the bold legend of the Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaning agency. Well, service from those folks may soon be right on our doorstep. Scott Dennison, owner and operator of Dennison Exterior Solutions and Gutter Toppers, tells me that he has sold his Hollywood Road property to the man who owns franchise rights for the Stanley Steemer line for this region. Greg Pucci is President of Stanley Steemer Great Lakes, headquartered in Byron Center just outside of Grand Rapids. It would appear that Pucci will use the building at 3408 Hollywood Road (at the intersection with Niles Road behind Panera Bread) for a local base of operations for carpet cleaning services to the region. Dennison had purchased the Hollywood property as an investment in 2007, expanded and remodeled the space and briefly utilized it to house his own business, then elected to go virtual, by dispatching his work crews directly from their own homes while conducting much of his business via the Internet. I don’t yet know the timeline for the arrival of Pucci’s Stanley Steemer operations, but will keep you posted as I learn more.<br /> <br /> It was a year ago that the soft opening took place for Sweet Seasons Orchards – Silver Beach opened for business with their year-round, indoor farm market in St. Joe’s central business district. Now, as they celebrate their first anniversary in business, owners Scott and Rebecca Blodgett are making and baking new items even as they blend new vendors into their line-up. The new vendors are Celiac Specialties Bakery (with glutenfree products) and Kat’s Hot Cakes (with vegan and organic products). Scott tells me that they have a local farm that has committed to growing more organic produce for the store this season, and fresh fruits are rolling in from other Michigan farms including strawberries, cherries, peaches, raspberries and dates. For those who like healthy treats as they tour the downtown, Sweet Seasons offers “walk-about” cups for your strolling pleasure, and an increasingly popular line of gourmet nut butter and jelly sandwiches for a great lunch or beach snack. Check out their shop at 319 State Street for many fresh, unique and fun items. You can also find them online at www.orchardstore.biz and “like” them on Facebook. Stop in for weekly specials and wish them a Happy Anniversary in business.<br /> <br /> Harbor Country is sporting a new gallery, and they will be conducting a Grand Opening Reception next Saturday, July 16th from 4pm until 10pm. It’s the new Red Arrow Gallery, and you can find it at 13648 Red Arrow Highway in Harbert. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of highquality paintings, sculpture, furniture, art lamps and jewelry. Stop into the grand opening for wine, food and music as you stroll among the sculptures in the outdoor garden complete with gazebo and waterfall. Many renowned regional artists will be on hand for the reception, including Vincent and John Habela, who can be consulted for creation of custom, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces you will cherish for generations. You can learn more online at www.redarrowgallery.com.<br /> <br /> Lisa Wells is Co-Manager at Wal-Mart in Benton Harbor, and she has asked me to alert you to a grand display in their parking lot at 1400 Mall Drive this weekend, the 8th and 9th of July. It is a large Boat, Watercraft and Motorcycle Sale to help raise money for the Rainbow Connection. Lisa tells me that the store is teaming up with Pier 33, Coloma Motor Sports, Pepsi, Coke, Seven Up, Sara Lee, and Frito Lay for this big show. For those who are not aware, the Rainbow Connection is an organization that grants terminally ill children a last wish here in Michigan. At the center of the big outdoor sale of motor sport items, you will find a hot dog wagon where you can get a hot dog, pop And chips for just $2.00. Rainbow bracelets and root beer floats will also be for sale, and some of the vendors will offer give-away items. All proceeds and donations will go to help grant the wishes of children. Hope you can stop by for yourself to see the great items up for sale.<br /> <br /> Some people are exceptionally organized and one of them is Tom Mikel, Past President of the Berrien Area Hockey Association or BAHA. He has now sent me several e-mails imploring me to tell you about an upcoming event concerning youth hockey. I made the mistake of figuring I had a bit of time to alert you. Apparently not! Tom wants you know now that they will conduct an event over the Friday-through-Sunday weekend of Thanksgiving (yes, that Thanksgiving in November) to kick off local hockey, and especially the LSJ Warrior High School Hockey Team that made it to the Indiana State Championship game this past March. You have been duly alerted. Tom can be reached at his State Farm Agency office at 429-5500.<br /> <br /> That’s it for the time and space this week, kids. Have a great weekend. I’ll see many of you at this weekend’s Art Fair…and a bunch more at the Cornerstone Chamber Steak Fry on Monday. Otherwise…see you next 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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