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Look for Our Special 4 Page Flyer ECRWSS Local Postal Customer In This Week’s MailMax July 16, 2011 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on July 16, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 29 soon as he learned of the song, bought it, and nearly played it out enjoying it all summer long. Two years ago while visiting his mom, he remembered the record and searched his belong-ings and, sure enough, found it…packed it safely away and took it home to Simi Valley with him. Eventually, he found software that allowed him to play the record at 45rpms and the computer converted it to the correct speed and it has been saved. Now, Arnie tells me that he regularly reminisces about the home town of his youth by listening to “The St. Joe Boogie.” He sent me an MP3 version of it…and I will play it one of these mornings on the Moody and Gifford Show on WSJM so that old timers everywhere can catch the boogie fever with Arnie Sodergren and his friends. Thanks for the memories, Arnie! We’re now just days away from the arrival of the 26 th Anniversary Gateway Charity Softball Tournament which has significantly raised the bar on the act of “umpire bribing” in Berrien County over the years. Teams from 22 Continued on page 8 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat I f your daily travels take you through the intersection of Niles Road and Lincoln Avenue , you have undoubtedly noticed that the one-time home to a local Family Video fran-chise store has been demolished, and the land is rapidly being bulldozed and prepped for some-thing new. That something new will be a stylish new home for several local medical profession-als who are relocating their offices to that corner. The building that was razed had played host to a variety of businesses including a used car lot, but most people referred to it for years as simply the Family Video corner, even though the video rental store had long since relocated themselves. St. Joseph Township Superintendent Tim Fenderbosch tells me that the two doctors who are building a new professional center at that corner expect to make a formal announcement regarding their re-location soon. In the mean-time, he says to watch closely because the new structure is expected to rise quite rapidly from the ground. Footings were already being pre-pared for the new building within hours of the demolition of the old one. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes available. Speaking of relocations… The Sanctuary Church, formerly of Coloma, has relocated to 122 Church Street in Watervliet. That is the former Watervliet United Methodist Church building . Last year, the congregation’s Pastor Kevin Hester led his flock in what they called a “FreeSale.” Alternately termed “God’s Economic Stimulus Plan,” the church basically gave away items such as furniture, clothing, bikes, housewares, sporting goods, TV’s and the like…many of them brand new and still in boxes. In essence, whatever you would ordinar-ily find at a “sale” was given away with no strings attached. Even the food and refreshments were complimentary. Many individuals lined up early to get the items being given away. Hester says it is taught in the Bible for churches to give back and be a blessing to others. As a result, the newly relocated church is planning another “FreeSale” at its Watervliet location for later this summer. If you would like to help the church by donating something or would like additional information, you can visit their website at www.gotothesanctuary.org. Nice idea! If you are as moved and motivated as most of us when you see or hear the Pure Michigan award-winning marketing campaign encourag-ing visitors to discover our great state, you might like to know that you can now purchase mer-chandise featuring the Pure Michigan logo at 45 Meijer stores across the state. Both of our local Meijer stores in Benton Harbor and Stevensville are among those selling the mer-chandise. Displays in each store feature 30 dif-Continued on page 7 M oody ferent Pure Michigan items, including T-shirts, ball caps and travel mugs. All products are made in the U.S. and, where possible, made in Michigan. Royalties from the sale of the items help support the ongoing advertising campaign. Get your gear today and show your pride in Pure Michigan! Part of the richness of Pure Michigan is the tremendous range of talent in our midst creating things with their own hands. In Coloma a cou-ple of ladies want to maximize your opportunity to own handmade things from the region. That’s why they have launched a new business appro-priately named Handmade Treasures. The new shop is owned by Penny Serna and Laurel Timen. You’ll find it at 178 N. Paw Paw Street in Coloma. They are open Thursdays from 10am until 7pm, Fridays from 10 until 8, Saturdays from 10 until 7 and Sundays from noon until five. Handmade Treasures is a place for local artists and crafters to showcase their work. All of their works are sold on consignment. The shop currently offers a variety of products from woodworking and ceramics to clothing, metal, paintings and much more. You can reach the shop at 468-3101. Congratulations, ladies…and best wishes going forward. When Brenda Depta took over ownership of Curves of St. Joseph a few months back she felt that she finally settled into a groove where she can truly make a difference. In fact, she’s already made a difference in her own appearance having lost nearly 12 pounds on her own. She Celebrating birthdays doesn’t mean your vision can’t benefi t from medical care to keep is as sharp as it can be. On a good day if it is not as clear as you think that it can be, please give us a call. Many of the age related eye diseases can be treated to help prevent vision damage in the future. If you have noticed a change in your vision, now is the time to get it checked out. has lived in the area for more than 20 years and while raising her 3 daughters she held a number of part-and-full-time jobs in the area at such places as Sandra Kay’s Bakery, Elder Beerman, State Farm Insurance, Santaniello’s, Whirlpool and The Flour Shop Bakery. She tells me that she even tried nursing, but found it was simply not her style. Since taking the reins at Curves at 2907 Division Street in Southtown St. Joe, Brenda has gained 35 new members and has fallen in love with the job. She is on site, personally, at least 8 hours a day, and has just added Zumba to shake up the Circuit. Her Curves facility now offers the only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba with the proven strength-training of the Curves Circuit for a wildly effective workout. The Zumba instructor is Sherri Stack who has taught fitness for 25 years now. Non-members are invited to try the Zumba classes free for a week through the rest of this month and all of August. If you’d like to learn more, call 269-428-8050. Arnold Sodergren was a member of the class of 1954 at St. Joe High School. Now, he lives in Simi Valley, California , but his mom still lives here across the street from my in-laws. He sent me an e-mail over the 4 th of July holiday telling me of his summer job at the Coca-Cola Bottling plant in the summer of ’53 and a friend-ship he struck up with Leon Benson there. Benson was a musician with a band called The Rhythm Ramblers. They created a song called “The St. Joe Boogie,” which was recorded pro-fessionally onto a 78rpm record. 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If your daily travels take you through the intersection of Niles Road and Lincoln Avenue, you have undoubtedly noticed that the one-time home to a local Family Video franchise store has been demolished, and the land is rapidly being bulldozed and prepped for something new. That something new will be a stylish new home for several local medical professionals who are relocating their offices to that corner.The building that was razed had played host to a variety of businesses including a used car lot, but most people referred to it for years as simply the Family Video corner, even though the video rental store had long since relocated themselves.St. Joseph Township Superintendent Tim Fenderbosch tells me that the two doctors who are building a new professional center at that corner expect to make a formal announcement regarding their re-location soon. In the meantime, he says to watch closely because the new structure is expected to rise quite rapidly from the ground. Footings were already being prepared for the new building within hours of the demolition of the old one. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes available.<br /> <br /> Speaking of relocations…The Sanctuary Church, formerly of Coloma, has relocated to 122 Church Street in Watervliet. That is the former Watervliet United Methodist Church building. Last year, the congregation’s Pastor Kevin Hester led his flock in what they called a “FreeSale.” Alternately termed “God’s Economic Stimulus Plan,” the church basically gave away items such as furniture, clothing, bikes, housewares, sporting goods, TV’s and the like…many of them brand new and still in boxes. In essence, whatever you would ordinarily find at a “sale” was given away with no strings attached. Even the food and refreshments were complimentary. Many individuals lined up early to get the items being given away. Hester says it is taught in the Bible for churches to give back and be a blessing to others. As a result, the newly relocated church is planning another “FreeSale” at its Watervliet location for later this summer. If you would like to help the church by donating something or would like additional information, you can visit their website at www.gotothesanctuary.org. Nice idea!<br /> <br /> If you are as moved and motivated as most of us when you see or hear the Pure Michigan award-winning marketing campaign encouraging visitors to discover our great state, you might like to know that you can now purchase merchandise featuring the Pure Michigan logo at 45 Meijer stores across the state. Both of our local Meijer stores in Benton Harbor and Stevensville are among those selling the merchandise.Displays in each store feature 30 dif-Ferent Pure Michigan items, including T-shirts, ball caps and travel mugs. All products are made in the U.S. and, where possible, made in Michigan. Royalties from the sale of the items help support the ongoing advertising campaign.Get your gear today and show your pride in Pure Michigan!<br /> <br /> Part of the richness of Pure Michigan is the tremendous range of talent in our midst creating things with their own hands. In Coloma a couple of ladies want to maximize your opportunity to own handmade things from the region. That’s why they have launched a new business appropriately named Handmade Treasures. The new shop is owned by Penny Serna and Laurel Timen. You’ll find it at 178 N. Paw Paw Street in Coloma. They are open Thursdays from 10am until 7pm, Fridays from 10 until 8, Saturdays from 10 until 7 and Sundays from noon until five. Handmade Treasures is a place for local artists and crafters to showcase their work.All of their works are sold on consignment. The shop currently offers a variety of products from woodworking and ceramics to clothing, metal, paintings and much more. You can reach the shop at 468-3101. Congratulations, ladies…and best wishes going forward.<br /> <br /> When Brenda Depta took over ownership of Curves of St. Joseph a few months back she felt that she finally settled into a groove where she can truly make a difference. In fact, she’s already made a difference in her own appearance having lost nearly 12 pounds on her own. She Has lived in the area for more than 20 years and while raising her 3 daughters she held a number of part-and-full-time jobs in the area at such places as Sandra Kay’s Bakery, Elder Beerman, State Farm Insurance, Santaniello’s, Whirlpool and The Flour Shop Bakery. She tells me that she even tried nursing, but found it was simply not her style. Since taking the reins at Curves at 2907 Division Street in Southtown St. Joe, Brenda has gained 35 new members and has fallen in love with the job. She is on site, personally, at least 8 hours a day, and has just added Zumba to shake up the Circuit. Her Curves facility now offers the only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba with the proven strength-training of the Curves Circuit for a wildly effective workout. The Zumba instructor is Sherri Stack who has taught fitness for 25 years now. Non-members are invited to try the Zumba classes free for a week through the rest of this month and all of August. If you’d like to learn more, call 269-428-8050.<br /> <br /> Arnold Sodergren was a member of the class of 1954 at St. Joe High School. Now, he lives in Simi Valley, California, but his mom still lives here across the street from my in-laws.He sent me an e-mail over the 4th of July holiday telling me of his summer job at the Coca-Cola Bottling plant in the summer of ’53 and a friendship he struck up with Leon Benson there.Benson was a musician with a band called The Rhythm Ramblers. They created a song called “The St. Joe Boogie,” which was recorded professionally onto a 78rpm record. Sodergren headed to Kniebes’ Music Mart downtown as Soon as he learned of the song, bought it, and nearly played it out enjoying it all summer long.Two years ago while visiting his mom, he remembered the record and searched his belongings and, sure enough, found it…packed it safely away and took it home to Simi Valley with him.Eventually, he found software that allowed him to play the record at 45rpms and the computer converted it to the correct speed and it has been saved. Now, Arnie tells me that he regularly reminisces about the home town of his youth by listening to “The St. Joe Boogie.” He sent me an MP3 version of it…and I will play it one of these mornings on the Moody and Gifford Show on WSJM so that old timers everywhere can catch the boogie fever with Arnie Sodergren and his friends. Thanks for the memories, Arnie!<br /> <br /> We’re now just days away from the arrival of the 26th Anniversary Gateway Charity Softball Tournament which has significantly raised the bar on the act of “umpire bribing” in Berrien County over the years. Teams from 22 Location organizations and companies will play softball on July 22nd and 23rd at Plangger’s Field in Benton Harbor and blatantly bribe umpires in order to raise funds for Gateway’s new Job Certification Program. While there will be many players on hand, they would love to have fans and spectators in the stands to add to the excitement and fun. Fans are even allowed to bribe the umpires, because all bribes count as a tax-deductible donation to Gateway. Teams have Been successfully recruited from AEP, ServPro, Whirlpool, Signature Lawn Service, Bridges to Digital Excellence, the Berrien County GOP, Oronoko Fire Department, Michigan Works, Lake Michigan Breeze, St. Joseph Lions Club, St. Joseph Kiwanis Club, Paws by the Shore, LeValley Motors, Signature Automotive Group, WIRX & The Coast and The Last Mangos. Games get underway at 4:30pm on Friday and run through 9pm…then resume Saturday morning at 8am for a 12 hour run that day. Plangger’s Field is located at 555 Zollar Drive in Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> Aaron Williams has been selected by KemperSports as the new General Manager of The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor. Williams brings 20 years of experience to the table in the realms of golf course management and the hotel industry. He will partner with my friend Ross Smith, Director of Golf at Harbor Shores, who will focus full-time on golf operations and preparation of the course for hosting the 2012 Senior PGA Championship.<br /> <br /> Looks like hiccups in the planning process for the Well of Grace Mud Volleyball Tournament which was originally slated to take place next Saturday have resulted in cancellation of those plans for this year. Director Leslie Kroeze says despite the cancellation and resulting setbacks, the committee is continuing to purse different options for next summer. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> As summer marches onward, a variety of summer classes will be offered in the coming weeks at the Citadel Dance & Music Center. Among those classes you will find Kindermusik Summer Camps from July 25th to 29th and August 22nd through 26th. Music Theory classes will be held on Tuesdays each week for high school and college students. Summer Strings classes will run from August 1st through the 19th, and Violin Tutoring with summer intern Christine Server will be offered next month.You will find all the details online at www.citadeldmc.org. Or, you can call Susan at 925-1099.<br /> <br /> While students will begin to learn some great new talents at the Citadel, a group of highly accomplished musicians hopes to have you join them next Saturday evening at Jean Klock Park for a new show, Under the Streetlamp!” After closing a record-breaking run portraying the Four Seasons of the Tony Award winning smash-hit Jersey Boys… Michael Ingersoll, Shonn Wiley, Michael Cunio and Christoper Kale Jones bring this new show to the beach for a live performance with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra with a showtime of 7:30pm. For detailed ticket category pricing and information regarding parking, log onto www.smso.org or contact the Symphony office at 982-4030.<br /> <br /> Benton Harbor’s New Territory Arts Association has issued a challenge to you to stay up all night for their upcoming Benton Bizzaro – Dr. Insomnia’s All-Night Film Festival on Saturday, July 30th. Complete with popcorn, food, craft brews and the Doctor’s special elixirs, you will be challenged to watch “Luck,”<br /> <br /> “Chocolate,” and “Dead Silence,” running through the night in an outdoor setting at 210 Water Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District.For more information, call 927-0024.<br /> <br /> Harbor Country has a couple of things for you today, Saturday, July 16th. Burnison Galleries at Red Arrow and Warren Woods Road in Lakeside will debut “Trainscapes, Railroads Past and Present,” with a picnic reception from 4 until 8pm. In nearby Three Oaks, it’s time for the Third Saturday Gallery & Town Walk from 5 until 9pm. Find more online at www.3oaks.org.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…see you at Venetian Festival or out on the town…and again Saturday right here 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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