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Look for Our Special 8 Page Flyer ECRWSS Local Postal Customer In This Week’s MailMax November 19, 2011 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 19, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 47 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat Jack Traughber has been in the restaurant busi-ness for nearly 25 years now…and he continues to grow his food empire here in Michigan’s Great Southwest through the summertime acquisition of the for-mer long-time Waffle House of Watervliet. Jack originally purchased the Panel Room in Hartford some 23 years ago. That’s a place that has been a Hartford landmark for some 50 years now. Then, four years ago, he put down stakes in Paw Paw by launching the Copper Grill. The burr under his saddle kept the itch going, and now he’s three units strong with his new Mill Creek Charlie’s on M-140 in Watervliet. Anybody who has traveled the I-94 corridor should be well aware of the loca-tion of the former Waffle House at 3801 North M-140. Now the colorful new sign designating the place as Mill Creek Charlie’s prominently beckons you in for some “Great Food and Good Prices,” as Jack likes to say. He kept most of the Waffle House team intact, added a few extra workers and has been extremely well accepted into the North Berrien community. You’ll find the crew in the house at the popular restaurant from 6am until 9pm seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Featuring home cooking, Jack calls all of his restaurants in the region “wholesome family-style” eateries. In case you’re curious about the name, Jack tells me that his brother’s name is Charlie…and Mill Creek meanders through the back of the restaurant property… so, he simply stacked ‘em together to create Mill Creek Charlie’s. Check it out soon and find out for yourself. A couple of hundred yards away from Mill Creek Charlie’s, “fun” is the name of the game at Surfari Joe’s Hotel & Water Park along I-94 in Watervliet. That property was origi-nally a Ramada Inn , and last spring they were close to acquiring the Holiday Inn flag for the property. Eventually, those plans were set aside, and now a nearly one-million dollar makeover will see the hotel converted into a Fairfield Inn property. That’s excellent news for both the local community and for the tens of thousands of travelers who stream the interstate right outside their doors. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of that conversion and upgrade coming our way. Watervliet, itself, is wrapping up a pretty solid makeover that has repaved and improved M-140 from the I-94 interchange to well beyond the community’s airport. As the weath-er was beginning to change, MDOT crews were busy finishing up pavement markings and the little touches to finalize the project. The community’s Main Street is now a showcase in prime condition for the holiday season. Continued on page 7 M oody While we’re still in that part of the region, my friend Alex Gates hopes to see your smil-ing face at the 7 th Annual North Berrien Historical Museum’s Holiday Open House. The showcase gets underway on Thursday, December 1 st with the Holiday Lights and Music Gala, and continues with Gingerbread House decorating a day later, Santa’s Workshop on Saturday, the 3 rd , and a Holiday Cookie Walk on that Sunday, the 4 th . Learn more online at www.northberrienhistory.org. A new shop officially opens for business today, Saturday, November 19 th , in Southtown St. Joseph, offering inspirational gifts, art and home décor. The name of the shop is the PGrahamDunn Gallery of St. Joseph, and you will find it at 2925 Niles Avenue right alongside Parable Christian Store. Both businesses are owned and operated by Lorraine Valk. The gallery is celebrating with a Grand Opening from noon until 2pm today, and the founder P Graham Dunn will be on site to meet you. Free personalized gifts are being offered to those who attend, and you will find the crew open for business Monday through Saturday from 10am until 7pm. The shop offers on-site laser engraving of some of their products including key-chains, bookmarks, frames and crystal items. The shop will also offer many Made in the USA wood products created in the Mennonite Community in Dalton, Ohio. You can reach the store at 983-7883. Congratulations, Lorraine and best of luck. My friend David Kraklau has developed a new business, utilizing one of his buildings in Stevensville. The new Marquette Storage is located at 5000 Advance Way in the Marquette Park complex. The heated inside storage space can handle the safe, climate-controlled, storage of your cars, trailerable boats, recre-ational vehicles, and the like. For local busi-nesses in need of additional space, Kraklau’s operation can also store machinery and product Continued on page 8 overflow from your inventory. There is quick and easy access to I-94 which is just a couple of hundred yards away, and the building sits in the shadow of the new Meijer of Stevensville. The space is secure, features full electric access, hot water, and restroom facilities. If you have a need, call Dave directly at 849-1000. He is the owner and operator of Advance Products Corporation on M-63 in Benton Harbor. Speaking of M-63, an entrepreneurial straight-A student in the area is hoping to capi-talize on a recent craze wherein vehicles are sporting small bumper stickers showing their affinity for a particular route in the state. Jack Boekeloo, the son of Dr. Stuart and Lori Boekeloo, has launched a business venture selling the highway stickers. Each sticker is 3 ½ by 3 ½ inches square, representing the 16-mile stretch of Michigan highway running from Scottdale Road along Niles through Southtown then into downtown St. Joseph, over the St. Joe River, along Edgewater, through Harbor Shores and then along Lake MOODY Continued from page 7 Michigan until it reaches Hagar Shores Road. Drive in St. Joseph. Lakeland officials will There are lots of businesses, families and break ground next spring on a beautiful 18-acre friends who call that neck of the woods home wooded parcel of land located at 4832 who might like to have a sticker for vehicles, Cleveland Avenue in Lincoln Charter water bottles, backpack or whatever. If you’d Township. The new facility will house the cur-like one, they are $3 each, and you can contact rent 111 beds found in St. Joe, and will be Jack through his father at sboekeloo1@aol.com. designed by Richard Postema Associates , It’s been an interesting fall for Jack, inasmuch according to hospital CEO Dr. Loren Hamel. as he and his mother, Lori, departed South Elsewhere in the world of health care, Haven for a leisurely bike ride on the KalHaven Michael Rowe is opening a new business in St. Trail back on September 5 th with the hopes of Joe called Spinecare Decompression and making it to Grand Junction for a late lunch. Chiropractic Center. The new center will be That would be about an 8 mile run. The two located at 3134 Niles Road, Suite B. That’s pressed on not just to Grand Junction, but across from Nye’s Apple Barn, just off the ended up riding all the way to Kalamazoo! interchange with I-94. You can reach Michael The 33 ½ mile trip took them just over 3 ½ at 269-408-8439. His new website was still hours, arriving just before dark when the trail is under construction when my deadline for the closed. He did get cross country practice off column occurred, but you can track it at www.bestspinecare.com. Congratulations, the next day to recuperate. The State of Michigan has approved the Michael…and best of luck in your new ven-certificate of need, which was the final hurdle ture. Butch Genovese from the Recycling for plans to build a new skilled-nursing and rehabilitation facility to replace the Lakeland Patrol tells me that his team is launching a new Inserts & Promotions offer running from next Saturday, the 26 th Continuing Care Center along Lake Shore through the end of the year. During that period, • Harding’s Friendly Markets the Recycling Patrol will haul away washers, MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. • Roger’s Foodland dryers, stoves, refrigerators and freezers for 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 • Martin’s Super free and give you Markets a $10-dollar gift card to Pizza Hut in exchange. They also haul away • Ace Hardware Phone: 269.934.7522 other things for free, and you can reach them at • Forever Books FAX: 269.934.3297 269-369-1678 Monday through Saturday from • Schroeder 8am until 8pm. Furniture email: publisher@farahead.com Inserts may vary Zip Code for the 32 nd Annual Plans are by formulating www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Home, Garden & Leisure Show at LMC. While the show itself doesn’t happen until March 16 th through the 18 th , they are now tak-ing registrations for booth space from busi-

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Jack Traughber has been in the restaurant business for nearly 25 years now…and he continues to grow his food empire here in Michigan’s Great Southwest through the summertime acquisition of the former long-time Waffle House of Watervliet.<br /> <br /> Jack originally purchased the Panel Room in Hartford some 23 years ago. That’s a place that has been a Hartford landmark for some 50 years now. Then, four years ago, he put down stakes in Paw Paw by launching the Copper Grill. The burr under his saddle kept the itch going, and now he’s three units strong with his new Mill Creek Charlie’s on M-140 in Watervliet. Anybody who has traveled the I-94 corridor should be well aware of the location of the former Waffle House at 3801 North M-140. Now the colorful new sign designating the place as Mill Creek Charlie’s prominently beckons you in for some “Great Food and Good Prices,” as Jack likes to say. He kept most of the Waffle House team intact, added a few extra workers and has been extremely well accepted into the North Berrien community.You’ll find the crew in the house at the popular restaurant from 6am until 9pm seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Featuring home cooking, Jack calls all of his restaurants in the region “wholesome family-style” eateries. In case you’re curious about the name, Jack tells me that his brother’s name is Charlie…and Mill Creek meanders through the back of the restaurant property… so, he simply stacked ‘em together to create Mill Creek Charlie’s. Check it out soon and find out for yourself.<br /> <br /> A couple of hundred Yards away from Mill Creek Charlie’s, “fun” is the name of the game at Surfari Joe’s Hotel & Water Park along I-94 in Watervliet. That property was originally a Ramada Inn, and last spring they were close to acquiring the Holiday Inn flag for the property. Eventually, those plans were set aside, and now a nearly one-million dollar makeover will see the hotel converted into a Fairfield Inn property. That’s excellent news for both the local community and for the tens of thousands of travelers who stream the interstate right outside their doors. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of that conversion and upgrade coming our way.<br /> <br /> Watervliet, itself, is wrapping Up a pretty solid makeover that has repaved and improved M-140 from the I-94 interchange to well beyond the community’s airport. As the weather was beginning to change, MDOT crews were busy finishing up pavement markings and the little touches to finalize the project. The community’s Main Street is now a showcase in prime condition for the holiday season. <br /> <br /> While we’re still in that part of the region, my friend Alex Gates hopes to see your smiling face at the 7th Annual North Berrien Historical Museum’s Holiday Open House.The showcase gets underway on Thursday, December 1st with the Holiday Lights and Music Gala, and continues with Gingerbread House decorating a day later, Santa’s Workshop on Saturday, the 3rd, and a Holiday Cookie Walk on that Sunday, the 4th. Learn more online at www.northberrienhistory.org.<br /> <br /> A new shop officially opens for business today, Saturday, November 19th, in Southtown St. Joseph, offering inspirational gifts, art and home décor. The name of the shop is the PgrahamDunn Gallery of St. Joseph, and you will find it at 2925 Niles Avenue right alongside Parable Christian Store. Both businesses are owned and operated by Lorraine Valk. The gallery is celebrating with a Grand Opening from noon until 2pm today, and the founder P Graham Dunn will be on site to Meet you. Free personalized gifts are being offered to those who attend, and you will find the crew open for business Monday through Saturday from 10am until 7pm. The shop offers on-site laser engraving of some of their products including key-chains, bookmarks, frames and crystal items. The shop will also offer many Made in the USA wood products created in the Mennonite Community in Dalton, Ohio. You can reach the store at 983-7883. Congratulations, Lorraine and best of luck.<br /> <br /> My friend David Kraklau has developed a new business, utilizing one of his buildings in Stevensville. The new Marquette Storage is located at 5000 Advance Way in the Marquette Park complex. The heated inside storage space can handle the safe, climate-controlled, storage of your cars, trailerable boats, recreational vehicles, and the like. For local businesses in need of additional space, Kraklau’s operation can also store machinery and product Overflow from your inventory. There is quick and easy access to I-94 which is just a couple of hundred yards away, and the building sits in the shadow of the new Meijer of Stevensville.The space is secure, features full electric access, hot water, and restroom facilities. If you have a need, call Dave directly at 849-1000. He is the owner and operator of Advance Products Corporation on M-63 in Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> Speaking of M-63, an entrepreneurial straight-A student in the area is hoping to capitalize on a recent craze wherein vehicles are sporting small bumper stickers showing their affinity for a particular route in the state. Jack Boekeloo, the son of Dr. Stuart and Lori Boekeloo, has launched a business venture selling the highway stickers. Each sticker is 3 ½ by 3 ½ inches square, representing the 16-mile stretch of Michigan highway running from Scottdale Road along Niles through Southtown then into downtown St. Joseph, over the St. Joe River, along Edgewater, through Harbor Shores and then along Lake Michigan until it reaches Hagar Shores Road.<br /> <br /> There are lots of businesses, families and friends who call that neck of the woods home who might like to have a sticker for vehicles, water bottles, backpack or whatever. If you’d like one, they are $3 each, and you can contact Jack through his father at sboekeloo1@aol.com. It’s been an interesting fall for Jack, inasmuch as he and his mother, Lori, departed South Haven for a leisurely bike ride on the KalHaven Trail back on September 5th with the hopes of making it to Grand Junction for a late lunch.That would be about an 8 mile run. The two pressed on not just to Grand Junction, but ended up riding all the way to Kalamazoo!The 33 ½ mile trip took them just over 3 ½ hours, arriving just before dark when the trail is closed. He did get cross country practice off the next day to recuperate.<br /> <br /> The State of Michigan has approved the certificate of need, which was the final hurdle for plans to build a new skilled-nursing and rehabilitation facility to replace the Lakeland Continuing Care Center along Lake Shore Drive in St. Joseph. Lakeland officials will break ground next spring on a beautiful 18-acre wooded parcel of land located at 4832 Cleveland Avenue in Lincoln Charter Township. The new facility will house the current 111 beds found in St. Joe, and will be designed by Richard Postema Associates, according to hospital CEO Dr. Loren Hamel.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere in the world of health care, Michael Rowe is opening a new business in St. Joe called Spinecare Decompression and Chiropractic Center. The new center will be located at 3134 Niles Road, Suite B. That’s across from Nye’s Apple Barn, just off the interchange with I-94. You can reach Michael at 269-408-8439. His new website was still under construction when my deadline for the column occurred, but you can track it at www.bestspinecare.com. Congratulations, Michael…and best of luck in your new venture.<br /> <br /> Butch Genovese from the Recycling Patrol tells me that his team is launching a new offer running from next Saturday, the 26th through the end of the year. During that period, the Recycling Patrol will haul away washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators and freezers for free and give you a $10-dollar gift card to Pizza Hut in exchange. They also haul away other things for free, and you can reach them at 269-369-1678 Monday through Saturday from 8am until 8pm.<br /> <br /> Plans are formulating for the 32nd Annual Home, Garden & Leisure Show at LMC.<br /> While the show itself doesn’t happen until March 16th through the 18th, they are now taking registrations for booth space from businesses involved in any aspect of home improvement, gardening, landscaping, home building and remodeling, home furnishing and leisure activities. They have a goal in place to double attendance and will feature nearly 100 exhibitors.Registration information and forms can be found at www.swmhomeshow.com.<br /> <br /> Local author Phil Brooks is out with his new novel, The Maroon Knights, and if you managed to score a copy of this paper in time, He’d like to see you at his book signing scheduled for Friday, November 18th, from 6-9pm at Forever Books in downtown St. Joe. In the story Phil says that while football may be just a game, it can change Charlie’s life forever. The book will also be available online beginning in mid-December.<br /> <br /> This weekend is also your chance to catch the St. Joseph High School musical production of Damn Yankees. Early readers can catch the show Friday the 18th at 7pm, but the show is also playing today, Saturday, the 19th at 7pm and again tomorrow, the 20th at 2pm.Tickets are available at the Field House Box Office or go to www.sjschools.org for the fine arts link to learn more.<br /> <br /> Bobby and Allie Heine are also students at St. Joe High who are currently spending a portion of their spare time along with several classmates volunteering at the Seven Star Sanctuary in St. Joe at Cleveland and Hawthorne. The center, a “no-kill” animal shelter rescuing dogs and cats by finding new homes, is in financial jeopardy, and the students have asked me to let you know of their critical need for help. They are simply asking for your donations to help keep the center open and operating, because it is on the verge of closing.If you can help, please call the Heines at 428- 3498 and renew their faith that people do care.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, students at Grace Lutheran School on East Glenlord are conducting a fundraiser for technology improvements. They are hosting the Grace Christmas Shopping Extravaganza today, Saturday the 19th, from 9am until 3pm with 20 vendors, a bake sale, prize drawings, and a silent auction at 404 E. Glenlord. Stop by and start your shopping today!<br /> <br /> The Bridgman Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Holiday Village on December 3rd with a great lineup of activities running from 9am until 6pm that day starting with breakfast with Santa at Weko Beach and ending with a 6pm tree lighting ceremony.There are many more activities throughout the day. Watch for their full page ad in next week’s MailMax!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you next 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

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