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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer ws Pa per. Ne Good Your November 5, 2011 www.MailMaxOnline.com façade have already been made. Another space next door nearly identical in size is still available for lease by the Kinney’s on the open market. Both properties back up to the former ship canal up to Riverview Drive. Hopefully there won’t be too many con-fused looks for visitors to 1924 M-139 in Benton Harbor. For many years that was the home address for the Beijing House Restaurant. That has all changed in the last ten days or so when the conversion was made to the new El Faro Taqueria Mexican Restaurant. The family of Gilberto Villegas has joined him in swinging open the doors onto the new Taqueria which has been relo-cated from Hartford. Villegas’ daughter tells me that they were open for a little over a year in Hartford and made the decision to move to a much higher traffic location to offer their authentic Mexican cuisine. From “ready-to-go” breakfast tacos to full scale dinner selec-tions, the Villegas family welcomes you to POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 5, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 45 StorSmart facilities in St. Joseph. The appar-ent goal is to have the building converted and ready by early February. If the units are as successful as Stoub projects them to be, he would like to eventually double the number available to around 200. Programs coming to Lake Michigan College could be your stepping stone to careers in welding, pharmacy tech, logis-tics, certified nurse’s aides, industrial main-tenance, machine tool technology and beyond. The crew at the college’s M-Tec facility will host an Open House this Tuesday, November 8 th , from 3 until 6pm to showcase both their credit and non-credit offerings for the Spring 2012 Semester. Most of the actual programs will get underway in January or February, but the college would like to deter-mine your interest level now. In addition, they will be offering 3 short-term accelerated pro-grams that recently displaced workers might consider: CNC Basics, Healthcare Basics, and Welding Basics. Those industries all are forecast to undergo significant job growth pat-terns. Those programs are starting very shortly on November 14 th running through December 19 th . For information on any of these programs, contact the M-Tec front desk at 926-5832. Good luck! Meanwhile, LMC is holding an Information Workshop for Parents of College-Bound Students this coming week. The first such session will be at the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles on Monday the 7 th . On Tuesday, the show travels to the Napier Avenue Campus in Room F-103 at the Mendel Center , and the events wrap up on Thursday, the 10 th at the South Haven Campus. The process of selecting a college can be daunting, but these 2-hour workshops beginning each night at 6:30pm are a great free way to help prepare you and your student. Pre-register at www.lakemichigancollege.edu/bigstep. Continued on page 11 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 K een observers will have noted that the “For Sale” signs have come down and activity levels in and around the former Metal Processors plant on John Beers Road in Stevensville has picked up considerably in recent days. Word in the street is that a growing manufacturer has acquired the building in order to handle his expansion. That firm is engaged in the transportation industry, and they have been on a fast track in recent years growing exponentially. Unfortunately, key personnel at that company have been on the road and unavailable to take my calls regarding the successful acquisition of the plant near the unincorporated neighbor-hood of Derby. With any luck, by the time I’m working on next week’s column I can give you the rest of the story and brag about the company’s expertise in their particular prod-uct line, and the manner in which they expect to use their new facility. Any way that you look at it, it is good news for the community at large to have another manufacturing plant coming back on line in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Stay tuned! The “For Lease” signs have come down and building permits posted at a key property along Benton Harbor’s Main Street , paving the way for remodeling underway for the soon to be new offices of the Passaro & Kahne Law Firm currently based in Southtown St. Joseph. Partner Howard Kahne tells me that the law firm plans to make the move the week-end before Thanksgiving, and they hope to be up and running on Tuesday, November 22 nd in the new place. The building is being leased from the Kinney family , who has owned the space for many years now. It was most recently the home to Penske Logistics , but has been vacant for a while. That’s just over the Twin Cities Bi-Centennial Bridge, and directly across Main Street from the new Whirlpool office campus being erected along the St. Joe River. Kahne’s partner in the law firm is Tim Passaro , and they also have three other lawyers on their team including Sally Taylor, Lori Thompson, and Brian Holt. The firm has been conducting their practice at 2900 South State Street in St. Joseph for ten years now. In addition to the legal experts, there are six staff members working for the law firm as well. They will have space in the new building pretty much comparable to what they have enjoyed in Southtown. You can reach them at 983-0325. That space was home many years ago to the Chamber of Commerce before Penske moved in. Leasehold improvements including a new Continued on page 10 M oody Pat their new venture with “very good deals” for lunch from 11am until 3pm weekdays as well. You’ll find El Faro open Sunday through Thursday from 6am until 9pm…and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6am until 10pm. You can reach them by phone at 934-9346. From faji-tas to tamales, from tacos to flautas, from bur-ritos to gorditas…they’ve got the whole enchi-lada! Check them out today! A once vacant building in Coloma is being recycled to an active role in the com-munity thanks to city approval of the new StorSmart storage facility at 390 Park Street in the city. Eric Stoub , who owns and oper-ates Cedar Creek, LLC asked the city for permission to perform a substantial makeover on the property, converting the space into roughly a hundred storage units to start. Those will be in the building acquired by Stoub, but if they sell well, additional units could be built on the property going forward. Stoub’s Cedar Creek business also operates M MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 FAX: 269.934.3297 MOODY Continued from page 10 Phone: 269.934.7522 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Roger’s Foodland • Martin’s Super Markets • Ace Hardware • Jets Pizza • Pater True Value • Country Kitchen Inserts may vary by Zip Code Inserts & Promotions

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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Keen observers will have noted that the “For Sale” signs have come down and activity levels in and around the former Metal Processors plant on John Beers Road in Stevensville has picked up considerably in recent days. Word in the street is that a growing manufacturer has acquired the building in order to handle his expansion.That firm is engaged in the transportation industry, and they have been on a fast track in recent years growing exponentially. Unfortunately, key personnel at that company have been on the road and unavailable to take my calls regarding the successful acquisition of the plant near the unincorporated neighborhood of Derby. With any luck, by the time I’m working on next week’s column I can give you the rest of the story and brag about the company’s expertise in their particular product line, and the manner in which they expect to use their new facility. Any way that you look at it, it is good news for the community at large to have another manufacturing plant coming back on line in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Stay tuned!<br /> <br /> The “For Lease” signs have come down and building permits posted at a key property along Benton Harbor’s Main Street, paving the way for remodeling underway for the soon to be new offices of the Passaro & Kahne Law Firm currently based in Southtown St. Joseph. Partner Howard Kahne tells me that the law firm plans to make the move the weekend before Thanksgiving, and they hope to be up and running on Tuesday, November 22nd in the new place. The building is being leased from the Kinney family, who has owned the space for many years now. It was most recently the home to Penske Logistics, but has been vacant for a while. That’s just over the Twin Cities Bi-Centennial Bridge, and directly across Main Street from the new Whirlpool office campus being erected along the St. Joe River. Kahne’s partner in the law firm is Tim Passaro, and they also have three other lawyers on their team including Sally Taylor, Lori Thompson, and Brian Holt. The firm has been conducting their practice at 2900 South State Street in St. Joseph for ten years now. In addition to the legal experts, there are six staff members working for the law firm as well. They will have space in the new building pretty much comparable to what they have enjoyed in Southtown. You can reach them at 983-0325. That space was home many years ago to the Chamber of Commerce before Penske moved in. Leasehold improvements including a new Façade have already been made. Another space next door nearly identical in size is still available for lease by the Kinney’s on the open market. Both properties back up to the former ship canal up to Riverview Drive.<br /> <br /> Hopefully there won’t be too many confused looks for visitors to 1924 M-139 in Benton Harbor. For many years that was the home address for the Beijing House Restaurant. That has all changed in the last ten days or so when the conversion was made to the new El Faro Taqueria Mexican Restaurant. The family of Gilberto Villegas has joined him in swinging open the doors onto the new Taqueria which has been relocated from Hartford. Villegas’ daughter tells me that they were open for a little over a year in Hartford and made the decision to move to a much higher traffic location to offer their authentic Mexican cuisine. From “ready-togo” breakfast tacos to full scale dinner selections, the Villegas family welcomes you to their new venture with “very good deals” for lunch from 11am until 3pm weekdays as well. You’ll find El Faro open Sunday through Thursday from 6am until 9pm…and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6am until 10pm. You can reach them by phone at 934-9346. From fajitas to tamales, from tacos to flautas, from burritos to gorditas…they’ve got the whole enchilada! Check them out today!<br /> <br /> Once vacant building in Coloma is being recycled to an active role in the community thanks to city approval of the new StorSmart storage facility at 390 Park Street in the city. Eric Stoub, who owns and operates Cedar Creek, LLC asked the city for permission to perform a substantial makeover on the property, converting the space into roughly a hundred storage units to start. Those will be in the building acquired by Stoub, but if they sell well, additional units could be built on the property going forward. Stoub’s Cedar Creek business also operates StorSmart facilities in St. Joseph. The apparent goal is to have the building converted and ready by early February. If the units are as successful as Stoub projects them to be, he would like to eventually double the number available to around 200.<br /> <br /> Programs coming to Lake Michigan College could be your stepping stone to careers in welding,pharmacy tech,logistics, certified nurse’s aides, industrial maintenance, machine tool technology and beyond. The crew at the college’s M-Tec facility will host an Open House this Tuesday, November 8th, from 3 until 6pm to showcase both their credit and non-credit offerings for the Spring 2012 Semester. Most of the actual programs will get underway in January or February, but the college would like to determine your interest level now. In addition, they will be offering 3 short-term accelerated programs that recently displaced workers might consider: CNC Basics, Healthcare Basics, and Welding Basics. Those industries all are forecast to undergo significant job growth patterns. Those programs are starting very shortly on November 14th running through December 19th. For information on any of these programs, contact the M-Tec front desk at 926-5832. Good luck!<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, LMC is holding an Information Workshop for Parents of College-Bound Students this coming week. The first such session will be at the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles on Monday the 7th. On Tuesday, the show travels to the Napier Avenue Campus in Room F-103 at the Mendel Center, and the events wrap up on Thursday, the 10th at the South Haven Campus. The process of selecting a college can be daunting, but these 2-hour workshops beginning each night at 6:30pm are a great free way to help prepare you and your student. Preregister at www.lakemichigancollege.edu/bigstep.<br /> <br /> While the housing industry isn’t exactly in any kind of a robust market these days, one guy continues to enjoy exceptional success and he attributes that to his determination to feature only high-performance, low-maintenance products in the homes he is creating.That guy is builder Greg Powell of Powell Construction Services. With seven units completed and sold in his Cottages at Harbor Shores Hideaway, Powell says that the 58 homes and a clubhouse in that Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course community along the Paw Paw River, continue to showcase only the finest green building products that are proving to be exceptionally popular. Powell is especially proud of the maintenance-free living of the Hideaway community. Congratulations on your ongoing success, Greg…and keep up the great work!<br /> <br /> Speaking of that spectacular neighborhood and golf course, my friends at the 73rd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid are opening the doors this week to the ranks of their Junior Volunteers. Jeannie Dieffenbaugher is looking for young people aged 16 to 21 to assist on various on-course committees during the championship next spring. They are all exciting positions that will put you right into the middle of the action. From Standard Bearers to Leader Board positions, Junior Volunteers can join the ranks for free in exchange for a commitment to work 8 to 12 hours during the event. If you qualify in that age range you can register today online at www.spga2012.com or you can call them direct at 269-487-3200. All of the Junior Volunteer positions will be filled on a firstcome, first-served basis, so the earlier you complete an application, the better are your chances of securing the position of your choice. Don’t delay!<br /> <br /> Dominique Wakefield is a director of fitness studies and assistant department chair and professor at Andrews University in Berrien Springs. Now, Dominique can also claim title as one of America’s top Personal Trainers to Watch, thanks to an award from the American Council on Exercise.They are the leading authority on fitness in the world, and originally selected Dominique as one of the 300 best in the nation. Now, Wakefield is among the 10 finalists in the country in that ranking. She was selected because she “demonstrated unbridled commitment to helping her clients improve their quality of life through physical<br /> Activity and inspiring fitness in the community in which she lives.” She was honored in mid- October at an industry show in Chicago. Congratulations, Dominique! Nice work!<br /> <br /> The crew at Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services continues great educational opportunities for local small business owners with a couple more offerings. On November 17th, they will host a marketing seminar, “Want More Effective Marketing? Analyze Your Competition.” It’s a 90-minute workshop at the Western Michigan University Southwest Campus in Benton Harbor. Register by calling 925-6100. Then, the same team of folks offers a seminar entitled “Prepare for Tax Season as a Small Business Owner,” on December 7th also at WMU-SW. Each event runs from 5:30 until 7pm. Sign up today.<br /> <br /> My friends at the Stevensville Big Boy will be honoring area veterans with a free breakfast on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11th. The breakfast, from 7am until 10:30am, is compliments of owners David Hunt and Brian Smith. David calls it a small gesture of appreciation to all those who have served in any branch of the military.<br /> <br /> Coming to the First Congregational Church of St. Joseph: The Twin Cities Organ Concert Series presentation of “Gold Rush,” on Sunday, November 20th at 6pm. The event is free, but a $10 donation is Encouraged to help pay for production expenses. Gold Rush is a 1927 silent film starring Charlie Chaplin, and it will be accompanied by organ music improvised by Dr. Steven Ball, from the faculty at the University of Michigan. To learn more pay a visit today to www.tcorganconcerts.org.<br /> <br /> Tomorrow…Sunday, November 6th, Trinity Lutheran School in Berrien Springs invites you to their Home Party Showcase! All of your favorites under one roof at one time from 2pm until 6pm including: Tastefully S imp l e…Tupperware…Mar yKay Cosmetics…Lia Sophia…ThirtyOne Gifts…Pampered Chef…Stella & Dot… Beijo Bags…Scentsy… Silpada…Uppercase Living…and Marianna. You’ll also find a Schwan’s Truck Sale on site during the same hours! Don’t miss out! That’s tomorrow!<br /> <br /> Finally…don’t forget to get your tickets for the St. Joseph Public School Foundation presentation of The American Girl Fashion Show on November 12th and 13th. Go online to www.stjosephpublicschoolsfoundation.org to order your tickets today!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’re back at it next Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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