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Look for Our Special 4 Page Flyer ECRWSS Local Postal Customer In This Week’s MailMax August 27, 2011 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on August 27, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 35 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat A ll it took was erection of a new sign out front and alert eager par-ents have been flocking to the new Rainbow Child Care Center arriving in Royalton Township. Of course many of those eager parents are eternally grateful that a viable new option is finally back on the table at 219 Peace Boulevard, just off of Hollywood Road across from Lakeland’s Outpatient Center. That address was originally the home of the former Little Learners Day Care and later the YWCA Day Care Center. The loss of child care facilities in that neighborhood has been a tough blow to working moms and dads who were left scrambling for options. Well, Rainbow brings with it a 25-year track record and a growing stable of centers across the country. The agency has 38 centers now…but by the end of the year will have increased that number by 10 new centers to 48. In addition to the St. Joseph opening, new Rainbow Child Care Centers are coming this year to Grand Rapids, Dearborn and Lapeer. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, the com-pany has a very high bar for standards of excellence in child care and education, and while they have multiple sites they are any-thing but a cookie-cutter chain operation. They fully recognize that each market they establish their business in is unique, and they invest only once they understand the needs, population and participation expectations of each locale. They place a very high priority on the quality of education offered at each site, and always place their first priority on the children. They also excel in nutrition and sports programming for their young charges. CEO Pat Felton and his wife Laura have set the bar very high, and expect all employees to follow that lead. Kelly James has been hired as the new Director at the center which is slated to open for business officially immedi-ately following the Labor Day weekend on September 6 th . The center will accept students from infant through age 12, with the under-standing that school age children are only accepted for before and after school program-ming. The center will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30am until 6pm, but company officials have indicated that those hours might change if the local community dictates an acceptable alternative. The local facility has undergone a substantial makeover includ-ing fresh paint, new floors and carpeting, the addition of a gymnasium for sports and physical education programming, new cab-inets in the infant and toddler rooms and more. The playground is still an integral part of the center as they actively promote both inside and outside time weather permitting. The center is capable of handling up to 160 children, and is taking applications daily. Your children will be engaged in age-appro-Continued on page 10 M oody priate curriculum promoting early learning in targeted areas including math and literacy, foreign languages, creativity and the arts, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. There are 11 other Rainbow Child Care Centers in Michigan besides the new ones coming online this fall. You can learn more online at their website at www.rainbowccc.com. The local phone num-ber is 408-0001. More than 20 local manufacturers responded to a recent invitation from Congressman Fred Upton and Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce, who teamed up with Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo to try to get in on the ground floor of the bidding process for a sleek, high-tech new police squad car from Carbon Motors in Connersville, Indiana. A striking prototype of the hot new vehicle was rolled onto the ballroom floor at the Radisson in downtown Kalamazoo where local manufacturers includ-ing Mach Mold, Edgewater Automation, North Shore Manufacturing, Hanson Mold, K-O Products, Printek, Lakeshore Mold & Die, Lakeside Manufacturing, Falcon Strategies, Freedom Finishing, Bangor Plastics, Vickers Engineering, Wolverine Metal Stamping and others heard ambitious plans to produce 40 to 50-thousand of the new squad cars each year. Local automotive sup-pliers were encouraged to talk face to face corporate execs from Carbon Motors about the project which could create as many as 10,000 direct and indirect jobs over the next several years. A chance encounter with a friend at a mid-summer wedding sparked Upton’s inter-est and led to the forum in mid-August. With first hand contacts now established, we are hopeful that a number of local manufacturers will win large pieces of that exciting new proj-ect. When I told you recently of the impend-ing arrival of the new Aay’s Party Rentals of Stevensville, I told you about the space that they were setting up on North Roosevelt Road, Owner Bryan Bailey but I failed to tell you why that space had become available. Mike Smith of Smitty’s Heating & Air Conditioning tells me that they are moving to a more centralized location • Fast ONE HOUR Dry Time • Soft Drying with No Crunchy Residue • Larger Room Sizes Vs. Competition What’s it all about? How can it help you? What makes it different! “Oxi Fresh Clean Works Better Than Steam!” in Baroda where they are setting up House shop at Rooms Whole Cleaned Top 10 Ranking of 3 registered investment 9266 Cleveland Avenue, one building (Up south to 6 Rooms) Cleaned advisors by Financial Advisor magazine for of the Silver Spoon Restaurant. Sorry about the 6 th consecutive year. The CPA $ firm with that oversight, Mike! 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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> All it took was erection of a new sign out front and alert eager parents have been flocking to the new Rainbow Child Care Center arriving in Royalton Township. Of course many of those eager parents are eternally grateful that a viable new option is finally back on the table at 219 Peace Boulevard, just off of Hollywood Road across from Lakeland’s Outpatient Center. That address was originally the home of the former Little Learners Day Care and later the YWCA Day Care Center. The loss of child care facilities in that neighborhood has been a tough blow to working moms and dads who were left scrambling for options. Well, Rainbow brings with it a 25-year track record and a growing stable of centers across the country. The agency has 38 centers now…but by the end of the year will have increased that number by 10 new centers to 48. In addition to the St. Joseph opening, new Rainbow Child Care Centers are coming this year to Grand Rapids, Dearborn and Lapeer. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, the company has a very high bar for standards of excellence in child care and education, and while they have multiple sites they are anything but a cookie-cutter chain operation. They fully recognize that each market they establish their business in is unique, and they invest only once they understand the needs, population and participation expectations of each locale. They place a very high priority on the quality of education offered at each site, and always place their first priority on the children. They also excel in nutrition and sports programming for their young charges. CEO Pat Felton and his wife Laura have set the bar very high, and expect all employees to follow that lead. Kelly James has been hired as the new Director at the center which is slated to open for business officially immediately following the Labor Day weekend on September 6th. The center will accept students from infant through age 12, with the understanding that school age children are only accepted for before and after school programming. The center will operate Monday through Friday from 6:30am until 6pm, but company officials have indicated that those hours might change if the local community dictates an acceptable alternative. The local facility has undergone a substantial makeover including fresh paint, new floors and carpeting, the addition of a gymnasium for sports and physical education programming, new cabinets in the infant and toddler rooms and more. The playground is still an integral part of the center as they actively promote both inside and outside time weather permitting. The center is capable of handling up to 160 children, and is taking applications daily. Your children will be engaged in age-appro-Priate curriculum promoting early learning in targeted areas including math and literacy, foreign languages, creativity and the arts, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. There are 11 other Rainbow Child Care Centers in Michigan besides the new ones coming online this fall. You can learn more online at their website at www.rainbowccc.com. The local phone number is 408-0001.<br /> <br /> More than 20 local manufacturers responded to a recent invitation from Congressman Fred Upton and Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce, who teamed up with Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo to try to get in on the ground floor of the bidding process for a sleek, high-tech new police squad car from Carbon Motors in Connersville, Indiana. A striking prototype of the hot new vehicle was rolled onto the ballroom floor at the Radisson in downtown Kalamazoo where local manufacturers including Mach Mold, Edgewater Automation, North Shore Manufacturing, Hanson Mold, K-O Products, Printek, Lakeshore Mold & Die, Lakeside Manufacturing, Falcon Strategies, Freedom Finishing, Bangor Plastics, Vickers Engineering, Wolverine Metal Stamping and others heard ambitious plans to produce 40 to 50-thousand of the new squad cars each year. Local automotive suppliers were encouraged to talk face to face corporate execs from Carbon Motors about the project which could create as many as 10,000 direct and indirect jobs over the next several years. A chance encounter with a friend at a mid-summer wedding sparked Upton’s interest and led to the forum in mid-August. With first hand contacts now established, we are hopeful that a number of local manufacturers will win large pieces of that exciting new project.<br /> <br /> When I told you recently of the impending arrival of the new Aay’s Party Rentals of Stevensville, I told you about the space that they were setting up on North Roosevelt Road, but I failed to tell you why that space had become available. Mike Smith of Smitty’s Heating & Air Conditioning tells me that they are moving to a more centralized location In Baroda where they are setting up shop at 9266 Cleveland Avenue, one building south of the Silver Spoon Restaurant. Sorry about that oversight, Mike! Best of luck in your new location in the heart of wine country!<br /> <br /> Speaking of Baroda…the long anticipated arrival of Tabula Rasa Gallery in the village has taken place. Ribbon cutting ceremonies took place on August 25th at the gallery’s new home at 8918 First Street in downtown Baroda. The recently completed streetscape downtown makes the gallery much easier to access…so swing by and say hi!<br /> <br /> They’ll be cutting the ribbon on another new business in Harbor Country in a couple of weeks with the impending arrival of the new Journeyman Distillery at 109 Generations Drive in Three Oaks. The new organic distillery is located in the historic Featherbone Factory. Owner Bill Welter intends to carry on tradition of innovation and quality set by E.K. Warren in the 1890’s. The new Journeyman Distillery will produce whiskey, gin, rum, vodka and more. The officially grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony are set for Friday, October 7th according to our friends at the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce. Bill’s website at www.journeymandistillery.com is still under construction, but is promised to be ready prior to the grand opening. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> If you can’t wait until the 7th to satisfy your thirst, you can join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, October 1st for the 2nd Annual Toast the Coast Weko Beach Brewers Festival. It’s a grand showcase event designed for your sampling pleasure by the taste or by the mug of more than 30 outstanding locally-produced craft beers from Michigan’s Great Southwest. The all-day music is also a crowd pleaser for the event which is scheduled to run from 3pm until 9pm under a big-top tent overlooking beautiful Weko Beach in Bridgman. Advance tickets are available now at www.ticketweb.com. Get it on your calendar now!<br /> <br /> My friends at Plante & Moran are riding high in the saddle once again, having earned a Top 10 Ranking of registered investment advisors by Financial Advisor magazine for the 6th consecutive year. The CPA firm with offices in St. Joseph was ranked 8th out of 454 firms on the list, the most comprehensive survey of such firms conducted by any periodical. Congratulations!<br /> <br /> If you strive to be the next Plante & Moran, the Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services team and the Women’s Business Center will be conducting a Business Structure: Planning & Thinking seminar on September 20th at the Western Michigan University Southwest Campus in Benton Harbor. There are various types of business structures with different advantages and disadvantages. Learn which is the best for you by registering today by calling 925-6100. One week later those same folks will be conducting a Design Your Own Small Business Website seminar at the Cornerstone offices on Wall Street in downtown Benton Harbor. That class is limited to just 9 participants to maximize learning one-on-one. Register today at that same number.<br /> <br /> Happy 2nd Anniversary to Expressions Gallery & Café in downtown Benton Harbor. Every customer from now through September 2nd gets a mystery envelope with a give-away in celebration. Congratulations, Julie O’Malley!<br /> <br /> Next weekend will be a busy one along the lake front with the Labor Day Weekend upon us, including The Tri State Regatta, Labor Day Car Show, fireworks, and more. The big car show returns for an encore after last year’s inaugural run. It will take place on Thursday evening, September 1st from 5 until 9pm along Lake Boulevard in St. Joe. Downtown stores will be open until 9, there will be live music and more. The Tri-State rolls into the harbor late Friday night and early Saturday with a Sailing Festival and Craft Show running Saturday from 10am until 5pm. It will also mark the final weekend of the Municipal Band Concerts and the city will launch a fireworks spectacular on Sunday evening, September 4th, at 10pm sharp. The Farmers Market and Antiques on the Bluff also happen on the Labor Day Weekend.<br /> <br /> While the unofficial end of summer Arrives over Labor Day, we certainly hope that winter weather is at bay for a couple more months at least. For those who can’t wait, you might want to swing over the World Premiere of the “Ice Age Imperials” at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph. That event happens September 9th at the Priscilla U. Byrns Center, addressing an era nearly 12-thousand years ago when mastodons and mammoths roamed Michigan. Full-scale animals will appear in authentically reproduced dioramas and natural settings for the period, accompanied by real fossils and illustrations. We will be the first to witness this amazing showcase which will hit the road for other sites across the nation after a one-year stay in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Incidentally, just ahead of the arrival of that grand Ice Age Imperials showcase, the Heritage will be home a major league tradition that has been going on for decades locally. The Annual Football Kickoff Fundraising Event will feature draft beer, wine, brats, hot dogs, snacks, soft drinks and water amidst a festive backdrop of school flags and the music of school fight songs and more. In fact, attendees will get a sneak preview of the Ice Age show during this 6 to 9pm event slated for Thursday, September 1st at the center. Tickets for the event which is open to the public are $25 per person and can be purchased at the center or by calling 983-1191.<br /> <br /> The Watervliet Tri-City Farmers Market will host their Labor Day Holiday Market next Saturday, September 3rd, inside and outside of the St. Joseph Catholic School Gym on M-140 and Lucinda Lane from 9am until 4pm. Due to major reconstruction the Hospital Auxiliary will hold their annual craft sale at the Market among more than 30 vendors. Check it out for yourself.<br /> <br /> Contrary to what some outlets had reported, the Animal Aid Mutt March is still scheduled to take place today, Saturday, August 27th from 11am until 2pm, with the theme of Peace, Love and Puppy Kisses. Lake Bluff Park in St. Joe is the place. We got our great little guy, Chuck, from Animal Aid…and he hopes to see you there. It had been inadvertently reported elsewhere that last week was the scheduled date. It’s today!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…see you out and about and again 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<br />

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