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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer sale dates -Monday thru sunday select Zip Copes only Look for our fLyer inside! Pa per. ws Ne Your Good POSTMASTER: Please deliver on September 24, 2011 September 24, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 39 The Livery in Benton Harbor will play host to a REACT Foundation fundraiser on September 29 th to benefit Michelle LeBeau who has contracted a rare form of thyroid cancer. The Brews & Blues event runs from 7 to 11pm that evening with live music, raffle prizes and beer specials. Next Sunday, October 2 nd , the 3 rd Annual Praise Gathering in the Park concert will take place at the Lake Pavilion of Lake Township Park at Gast & Snow Roads in Bridgman. Seven choirs and praise bands and a bell choir Did you know that Lakeland will be included. Take a lawn chair and enjoy. HealthCare returns millions of Country Sarrett Nature Center’s Annual Fair is officially set for Saturday, October 8 th dollars back to the community from 11am until 3pm at the center. Enjoy an through programming and afternoon of fun and activities for kids, Grandma’s Country Kitchen, and a collectibles and rummage direct support of our patients? sale. And finally…the 32 nd Annual Chapel Hill Lakeland HealthCare, governed Arts & Crafts Show, a gargantuan event each year, will take place next Saturday, October 1 st by a board of directors made up from 8am until 4pm at the Berrien County of volunteers from southwest Youth Fair Grounds in Berrien Springs. More than 280 exhibitors and a food and bake sale are Michigan, is a non-profit, all part of the big affair with a $1 admission charge. community-owned organization. That’s it for this week, kids…have a great Lakeland annually provides weekend…and we’ll see you Saturday right here * in MailMax! over $23 million in community Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat A s I write this week’s column, I am fresh off of a week’s vacation that mean-dered along a 2,200 mile drive from here to the Hamptons neighborhood of Long Island, then north across the Long Island Sound to New London, Connecticut , then back westward toward home. I tell you this because it was a colorful and rewarding trip to an area that is quite similar in more ways than I ever would have expected. Eastern Long Island is dotted with beaches, light houses, sprawling vineyards, quaint small towns steeped in history, vast farm-lands, dozens of roadside farmers markets, and a burgeoning Wine Trail that boasts some great opportunities for tourism. It was almost like being at home and on vacation at the same time. If you ever get the chance to visit, and are a wine aficionado, I would highly recommend the expe-rience. While my visit to the Eastern Seaboard was fun and relaxing, there is still no place like home right here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. I returned to an e-mail in my inbox from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that reports our great state is leading the come-back in America. The report cited a Newsweek Magazine article that ranked Michigan as the number one state in job growth in the nation these days. That’s clearly in sharp contrast to our performance over the last decade when we lost more jobs than any other state in the country. One obvious measure that we’re not out of the woods yet, however, is the news that local Michigan Works! officials screened more than 900 job applicants for positions at the new Burlington Store opening in Benton Township in November. Several hundred went on to inter-views for positions ranging from cashiers to accounting room auditors. Burlington eventually made offers to 77 people as a result of the pro-cess. Meanwhile, another major news outlet put us back into the news when CNN Money/ Forbes ranked the city of St. Joseph as the 11 th Best Place in America to Retire. The article, which also ranked Marquette as the number one place to retire described St. Joe as having “all the charm of the seashore, only without the impos-sibly high home prices.” The magazine says that the city’s downtown, coastal activities and local vineyards helped put us solidly into the Top 25. The list focuses on cities with a high level of activities and amenities, combined with an affordable cost of living. It’s the second time in recent years that St. Joe has made the list of the best places to retire. Still another publication is focusing on the city, for an upcoming Deals & Drinks Celebration. Business Review Magazine will host a two hour “Celebrate St. Joe” party on Wednesday, October 19 th from 4:30 until 6:30pm M oody at Schu’s Grill & Bar downtown. One of their occasional events around the region will focus on our market this time as friendly dialogue, refresh-ments and light fare are offered in the midst of networking, idea exchange and people connec-tions. You can register with Business Review West Michigan to attend the event being spon-sored by PNC Bank and Western Michigan University Southwest. Visitors to the recent Artoberfest Celebration in the Benton Harbor Arts District likely noticed a new story being added atop the New Territory Arts Association Center at 210 Water Street. That new construction, being handled by architect and contractor Tim Flynn , will house four new apartment/condo spaces. Before you get too excited for yourself, they are all already spoken for, according to Tim who tells me he could easily build another 30 or more due to the demand. Stay tuned. We continue to find ways to celebrate an economic recovery in the region, and another way has just been unveiled by The Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor. The contract for their new multi-million dollar clubhouse and teen center has been awarded to Pearson Construction Company of Benton Harbor. Pearson will erect two new, state-of-the-art facilities including a new clubhouse on the edge of Hull Park and a teen center within walking distance of Benton Harbor High School. The 93 year old company headquartered in the city won the bid, and con-ducted a ground breaking this week at the office of the Benton Harbor Housing Commission. The club raised nearly 95% of their $7-million 23 million ways Lakeland cares about our community dollar goal in the past year, according to Executive Director Doug Schaffer. Congratulations! If your company would like to earn success in the bid process, the Local Business Consortium is partnering next month with Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services for a special seminar called “Electronic Blueprint Take-Off.” The class is slated for October 18 th from 6 to 8pm in the evening at the Cornerstone offices at 38 W. Wall Street in Benton Harbor. You must register by October 11 th , and the cost is $20.00. The class is designed to enhance the speed and accuracy of job esti-mates for contractors. Then, the Small Business Services team will also conduct a session on Advanced Quickbooks on Monday, October 26 th from 6 to 9pm at Cornerstone. The session will focus on payroll and inventory, and you must register in advance as class size is limited to just 9 participants with two instructors. To regis-ter for either of these sessions, please call 925-6100 at your earliest convenience. Fans of Kat’s Hot Cakes who have been acquiring her treats all summer at local farmers markets will be happy to know that starting next month they will establish a new base of opera-tions at Beachside Bakery in Bridgman. All of their products will be created and packaged on site and will be available for sale there as well. They will still also be available at a variety of local retail outlets such as The Phoenix Café in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Continued on page 12 benefits, including many that Pat go Moody Executive Vice President of beyond traditional patient care, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce to improve the quality of life in 269-925-6100 ext. 216 southwest Michigan. These community benefits include: • Community-building activities, such as mentoring and the donation of time and resources to other • Charity, free, or discounted care for people who MOODY Continued from page 11 non-profit Services. All donations must local be new…no used organizations coming year. Sarah Stocker is the new cannot afford to pay for their own and are not My friend Wayne Yamaguchi is pretty items can be accepted. Clothing, personal health President. Janet Sullivan has been elected Vice eligible for public programs • Special programs in Berrien County schools on is Shelley confident that his Lake Michigan Hills Golf care items and the like are especially needed, and President , while the new Treasurer Club is in prime condition. So much so that he naturally money helps fill the gaps where neces-Ward and Secretary is Michelle Humes. The health, safety, and teen pregnancy prevention • Free wellness classes and presentations is offering a guarantee. Wayne says that if you sary. by You can drop your donations at the league’s philanthropy is a hallmark on the local play the Hills before October 1 st you are guaran-SWMAR Offices at 3123 Lake medical professionals • Hands-on educational training for of tomorrow’s Shore Drive just scene, with hundreds organizations benefiting teed that you will be impressed with their greens. south of Hilltop Road, or any real estate office. from the more than $600,000.00 raised since health care leaders • Affordable health If not…you will be preventive given a free green fee screenings for Andrews University Airpark is inviting 1931 by the non-profit. Notable in their stable your next no questions asked. That’s how pilots and the rest of us alike to a return engage-are such events as the Great Estate Sale and the for visit, community members Visit sure he is that they can make an impression on ment of their Annual Fly-in/Drive-in and Charity Ball, as well as Operation Coats which Health Resource Libraries in Niles and St. Joseph you. • You can also take advantage of a $99-dol-to event learn more. Pancake Breakfast. That fun takes place gets underway October 5 th . Congratulations, lar Unlimited Golf fall season trial membership next Sunday, October 2 nd , from 8am until noon. ladies! good Monday through Friday and after 11am on One of the highlights aside from the arriving Next Saturday, October 1 st Curious Kids’ weekends. Or…if you join the club for the 2012 aircraft will be a visit to their flight simulation Museum invites everyone to their CKSN Sports season now, you can play for the rest of this year center. The Airpark is located at 3898 Griggs Night… a fall benefit and party to help keep the for free. For details, call Gooch at 849-4653. Drive in Berrien Springs. Tickets are $5 each doors open and the lights on at both the museum The Southwestern Michigan Association and kids 10 and under get in for $3.00. and their new Discovery Zone at the Silver of Realtors be wrapping up a available year-long th *2008 will data, the most recent of September is the Today, Saturday the 24 Beach Center. The event will take place at the fundraiser this month in their 6 th Annual day set aside for the Grand Opening of Tabula Shadowland Ballroom from 6pm until midnight Suitcases for Kids program, benefiting foster Rasa Gallery in downtown Baroda. From 1pm according to co-chairs Lisa Welch and Susan children. They are collecting donations through until 5pm this afternoon refreshments and snacks Latham. Special sports adventure attractions Inserts & Promotions the end of the month for children under the will be served to highlight the gallery’s beautiful will be on-hand, and you can learn more about • beauty Harding’s Friendly Markets supervision of the Berrien, Cass and Van mosaics and photography showcasing the the entire affair at Buren Counties of of Human MailMax Department is a publication Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. • Roger’s and people of Berrien County. The mission of Check it out. Foodland the gallery according to co-owner Bill Hurst is On Tuesday, 4 th , Timothy’s at 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 • Martin’s Super October Markets to support local agriculture through ag-tourism Union Pier will be the scene of a 5-course • Von Tobel Lumber & Hardware Phone: 269.934.7522 through their Dinner Fundraiser for Alex Mandarino. All • desti-Ace Hardware • Jets Pizza FAX: 269.934.3297 site which has a map of local farmers and proceeds go to Alex’s Army—Winning the nations. You can learn more about the gallery by Battle Against Cancer for the young St. Joe • Countryside Academy email: logging onto child. The party gets underway with appetizers $80 each, and are available at Timothy’s, Tim’s Too, and all Michigan locations of Horizon Bank. Your help is greatly appreciated. Baroda. The Women’s Service League has launched its 80 th year of service with the election of four Continued on page 11 Inserts may vary by Zip Code • You’ll find the gallery at 8918 First Street in at 6pm, dinner at 7pm and a cash bar. Tickets are

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