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Look for Our Special 4 Page Flyer ECRWSS Local Postal Customer In This Week’s MailMax October 22, 2011 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 22, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 43 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat W ith the leaves of fall rapidly changing colors and gliding effort-lessly to the turf, I want to take you briefly back to the beginning of summer when I intro-duced you to what I figured would be one of the more remarkable stories to emerge from the entire summer season. Shortly after June 1 st , I told you about the “summer vacation” plans of my friend, former Lawton area Blossomtime winner Whitney Henderson. If you read that story, you learned that Whitney’s plans were to step into the Atlantic Ocean in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 1 st , turn around and begin running what would amount to more than a marathon every day until she would step into the Pacific Ocean at Seal Beach, California. A good cartographer would tell you that her route through the southern United States would comprise near-ly 3,000 miles. A good meteorologist would tell you that her route would comprise more than three months of sometimes record heat well in excess of 100-degrees every day of her journey. A good psychologist would tell you that she is definitely wired differently than the vast majority of us. A good reporter would tell you that she not only met her goal on time and in great shape, she did it in record time…as she had promised. 24-year old Whitney Henderson has been tabbed by at least one online source as the female Dean Karnazes. Professional and amateur runners everywhere recognize that name as the “Ultra-marathon Man.” Whitney stands head and shoulders above the Karnazes accomplishments inas-much as she ran the first two-thirds of her trip, 19-hundred miles, alone with a 50-lb pack on her back. She completed the final third, or 11-hundred miles, with her mother trailing behind her in a car. In just 97-days this remarkably focused young woman from the heart of Michigan’s Great Southwest shat-tered the record of youngest female to run solo cross-country. The previous record-holder was also 24, but it took her nearly three times as long (276 days) to run from Boston to San Diego. Only a dozen other women of any age have run across the entire nation. She accom-plished her task despite the triple-digit tem-peratures, drought-like conditions most of the way, and occasional confrontations with angry dogs, an alligator, rattle snakes and a tarantula. She also met dozens of delightful people who took her under their wing for a day or two at a time as she ran through their neck of the woods. Some will undoubtedly be lifelong friends to the intrepid adventuress. She raised Continued on page 8 M oody several thousand dollars for two of her favor-ite charities in the process. Now that she has finished the seemingly impossible, Whitney is back living, working and going to school in the San Francisco area. She is authoring a children’s book about her run, has begun a speaking tour and is eyeing another trans-continental run, potentially on the other side of the globe this time . In the meantime Whitney’s amazing life will take her to Palm Bring in Your Gold NOW! $ GOLD IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH $ Springs in a couple of months where she will sible for the annual floral plantings in the be seeking the title of Miss California USA in medians on St. Joseph’s Main Street, and have early January. She is Miss Blackhawk … been major players in the Light Up the Bluff representing the community she has lived in campaign among other charitable causes. for the past year…well, except for that little Many local businessmen and women will summer vacation trip she took! Congratulations get the opportunity a week later to peek to a good friend and great role model! behind the curtain at the full tilt effort under-I’ve been a fan of Chris Cook at taken every time a major event on par with the Abonmarche Consultants for a long time for championship is conducted in a community a great number of reasons, not the least of like ours. That’s when Cornerstone Chamber which is his undying devotion to the same pro of Commerce has invited representatives teams as me in the form of the Detroit Tigers from the Louisville Convention & Visitors and Detroit Lions. However, I just gained an Bureau to meet with local businesses from even greater measure of respect for the man 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Monday, November 7 th who serves as president & CEO of in the Lake Michigan College Grand Upton Abonmarche in Benton Harbor since it was Hall. CVB Vice President Karen Williams revealed last week that he will receive the and her VP of Bureau Services Doris Sims 2011 Community Service Award from the will address the business audience and answer American Council of Engineering questions. Their community played host to Companies at their fall conference in Las the championship this past spring, and they Vegas. It is a prestigious award designed to have hosted similar major events and know recognize key players in member firms who very well what to expect and how a commu-have made a significant contribution to the nity can be best prepared for the scope and quality of life in their community. The ACEC scale of such a major happening. The event is cited Chris for his work with Habitat for free to all businesses both members and non-Humanity, the Boys & Girls Club of Benton members alike, but you must RSVP by filling Harbor, his role as a board member for both out the form at www.cornerstonechamber.com the St. Joseph Public Schools and in the event calendar. It’s a unique opportu-Cornerstone Alliance. He also serves as the nity to help the local business community be chairman of the Benton Harbor Planning properly prepared for the championship next Commission. Congratulations, Chris on the spring. well-deserved national recognition within your chosen industry! Continued on page 9 While Cook’s reputation continues to increase, so does his staff where four new hires bring his team to more than 80 players now. In Benton Harbor Vicki Costello has been hired as Engineering Administrative Assistant , and Mike Schultz has begun work as Construction Technician. 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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> With the leaves of fall rapidly changing colors and gliding effortlessly to the turf, I want to take you briefly back to the beginning of summer when I introduced you to what I figured would be one of the more remarkable stories to emerge from the entire summer season. Shortly after June 1st, I told you about the “summer vacation” plans of my friend, former Lawton area Blossomtime winner Whitney Henderson.If you read that story, you learned that Whitney’s plans were to step into the Atlantic Ocean in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 1st, turn around and begin running what would amount to more than a marathon every day until she would step into the Pacific Ocean at Seal Beach, California. A good cartographer would tell you that her route through the southern United States would comprise nearly 3,000 miles. A good meteorologist would tell you that her route would comprise more than three months of sometimes record heat well in excess of 100-degrees every day of her journey. A good psychologist would tell you that she is definitely wired differently than the vast majority of us. A good reporter would tell you that she not only met her goal on time and in great shape, she did it in record time…as she had promised. 24-year old Whitney Henderson has been tabbed by at least one online source as the female Dean Karnazes.Professional and amateur runners everywhere recognize that name as the “Ultra-marathon Man.” Whitney stands head and shoulders above the Karnazes accomplishments inasmuch as she ran the first two-thirds of her trip, 19-hundred miles, alone with a 50-lb pack on her back. She completed the final third, or 11-hundred miles, with her mother trailing behind her in a car. In just 97-days this remarkably focused young woman from the heart of Michigan’s Great Southwest shattered the record of youngest female to run solo cross-country. The previous record-holder was also 24, but it took her nearly three times as long (276 days) to run from Boston to San Diego. Only a dozen other women of any age have run across the entire nation. She accomplished her task despite the triple-digit temperatures, drought-like conditions most of the way, and occasional confrontations with angry dogs, an alligator, rattle snakes and a tarantula.She also met dozens of delightful people who took her under their wing for a day or two at a time as she ran through their neck of the woods. Some will undoubtedly be lifelong friends to the intrepid adventuress. She raised several thousand dollars for two of her favorite charities in the process. Now that she has finished the seemingly impossible, Whitney is back living, working and going to school in the San Francisco area. She is authoring a children’s book about her run, has begun a speaking tour and is eyeing another transcontinental run, potentially on the other side of the globe this time. In the meantime Whitney’s amazing life will take her to Palm Springs in a couple of months where she will be seeking the title of Miss California USA in early January. She is Miss Blackhawk… representing the community she has lived in for the past year…well, except for that little summer vacation trip she took! Congratulations to a good friend and great role model!<br /> <br /> I’ve been a fan of Chris Cook at Abonmarche Consultants for a long time for a great number of reasons, not the least of which is his undying devotion to the same pro teams as me in the form of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions. However, I just gained an even greater measure of respect for the man who serves as president & CEO of Abonmarche in Benton Harbor since it was revealed last week that he will receive the 2011 Community Service Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies at their fall conference in Las Vegas. It is a prestigious award designed to recognize key players in member firms who have made a significant contribution to the quality of life in their community. The ACEC cited Chris for his work with Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor, his role as a board member for both the St. Joseph Public Schools and Cornerstone Alliance. He also serves as the chairman of the Benton Harbor Planning Commission. Congratulations, Chris on the well-deserved national recognition within your chosen industry!<br /> <br /> While Cook’s reputation continues to increase, so does his staff where four new hires bring his team to more than 80 players now. In Benton Harbor Vicki Costello has been hired as Engineering Administrative Assistant, and Mike Schultz has begun work as Construction Technician. In his South Bend office, Nick Tremmel has launched his work as a Staff Engineer and Malarie Pearce is a new CADD Technician. Abonmarche also has offices in Manistee, South Haven and Fort Wayne.<br /> <br /> Local members of the St. Joseph Improvement Association will get the low down on the 2012 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid shortly when the director of that organization, Jeff Hintz is the keynote speaker for the association’s annual meeting at Schu’s Grill & Bar. The meeting on November 1st will also result in the election of six directors to serve over the next two years. Local CPA Bob Gerbel is the association’s president. They are the group responsible for the annual floral plantings in the medians on St. Joseph’s Main Street, and have been major players in the Light Up the Bluff campaign among other charitable causes.<br /> <br /> Many local businessmen and women will get the opportunity a week later to peek behind the curtain at the full tilt effort undertaken every time a major event on par with the championship is conducted in a community like ours. That’s when Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce has invited representatives from the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau to meet with local businesses from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Monday, November 7th in the Lake Michigan College Grand Upton Hall. CVB Vice President Karen Williams and her VP of Bureau Services Doris Sims will address the business audience and answer questions. Their community played host to the championship this past spring, and they have hosted similar major events and know very well what to expect and how a community can be best prepared for the scope and scale of such a major happening. The event is free to all businesses both members and nonmembers alike, but you must RSVP by filling out the form at www.cornerstonechamber.com in the event calendar. It’s a unique opportunity to help the local business community be properly prepared for the championship next spring.<br /> <br /> Doug Fordyce Productions has established a new home for the organization’s Kids on Stage crew inside The Orchards Mall in Benton Harbor. Doug tells me that they are especially excited about the opportunities available to them now that they control their own space. They now have rehearsal and performance space providing a platform from which they can expand programming and benefit more kids who are interested in all aspects of theatrical production. In the future they plan to offer technical theatre internships for area students, and dramatic, non-musical performances as well. Doug admits that it’s a huge challenge, but his crew feels it’s the next step as they look for ways to build self-confidence and communication skills into more of our kids. Check out their premier production this coming Thursday, the 27th when they roll out their opening performance of the musical13. Ticket info at www.dougskidsonstage.com. You can also reach him at 269-313-2795.Congrats, Doug!<br /> <br /> Last year about this time I told you about the growth being enjoyed by Dr. Suzanne Wilcox with her weight loss practice Bio Body. She had grown into more than eight states with her program at that time. In keeping with her growth pattern, Suzanne will be launching a new endeavor, bodiPath. She terms it your one path to vitality and prosperity, and she will introduce it to the community on October 26th at 7pm at The Heritage Center in St. Joseph. Coaching people on how to get the weight off and keep it off, along with multiple referrals from clients has led to substantial success, and you can learn the latest by reserving your spot at the launch event by calling 369-3155.<br /> <br /> Samantha Archer has been in the home health care business for a baker’s dozen years now but has just begun a major launch with the spike in demand for services from companies like her CareGivers Etc. She tells me that her crew is dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of life for their clients from home-making to respite care and personal care. The group offers a broad array of services around the clock, and offers free consultation and personal care planning at 744-5011. <br /> <br /> Halloween lovers take note! The Silver Beach Carousel is cranking up their “spooktacular” choice of activities for all ages from Thursday through Saturday this week, beginning with a “Boo-tiful Evening” in the haunted carousel house on Thursday night, the 27th, with crafts and games, popcorn and cotton candy, plus half-price carousel rides. The following night is “Trick or Treat Friday” at the carousel featuring Magician John Dudley with a couple of magic shows, photo opportunities on the haunted carousel and more as a part of the “Great Halloween Spectacle” sponsored by St. Joseph Today. Saturday night is the big night for adults looking to scare up some holiday fun if they dare to enter the terrifying doors at the Shadowland Ballroom for the Annual Nightmares on Broad Street Halloween Bash featuring Detroit’s premier party band, Vinyl Underground. Line up tickets in advance at Edgewater Bank branches, St. Joe Today, the Silver Beach Center or online at www.silverbeachcarousel.com. You can also pay your way at the door, but you’ll save $5 bucks by purchasing in advance.<br /> <br /> As noted here, the St. Joe Today Halloween festivities are taking place Friday, the 28th, with merchant trick or treating from 5:30pm until 6:30pm and the 2nd Annual Fuzzy Butz Dog Dress Up Contest at 7pm.Just to keep the record straight…city-wide trick or treating will take place on Halloween night, Monday, October 31st from 6pm until 7:30pm.<br /> <br /> The Benton Harbor Moose Lodge Family Center at 2180 Union Avenue will play host to the Hope for Julie Benefit, to assist a young mother of two involved in two tragic car accidents resulting in multiple surgeries, rehab and therapy. Faced with medical bills in excess of $200,000.00 and additional surgeries and hospitalization, Julie’s friends are hoping you’ll join in the fundraiser on Saturday, November 5th from 5 until 10pm.It’s a special chicken dinner with raffles, live and silent auctions, music and more. Tickets will be available at the door. If you can’t attend but would like to help, donations are being accepted at United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids…have a great weekend…and we’ll see you 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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