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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer IN BRIDGMAN ws Pa per. Ne Good Your December 10, 2011 www.MailMaxOnline.com Continued from page 1 College’s Napier Avenue Campus miraculous, it’s not out of line to call the change almost magical. Thanks to the work of Arkos Design of Niles, the college was recently successful in demonstrating their commitment to student life through intense renovation of key student areas. Arvin Delacruz and his Arkos team of architec-tural design experts performed a major transfor-mation of the school’s Hall of Pride and a third floor corridor into vibrant and student-focused areas. The resulting dynamic spaces provide a variety of seating configurations suitable for both individual and collaborative study. The new Hall of Pride design incorporated materials high in re-cycled content much to the delight of the stu-dent body who asked for a sustainability focus. The third floor corridor was a special challenge sporting an original bare concrete floor, white brick walls and low ceilings. The Arkos crew created a custom-seating alcove midway through the corridor featuring brightly colored, durable flooring, along with water-bottle hydration sta-tions and floor-to-ceiling artwork showcasing the curriculum focus of that wing. Best of all, stu-dents and staff have all embraced the renova-tions. Hats off to Arkos and all the staff and student input creating a substantive change for the better. Looks like One Man and a Hammer of Benton Harbor is digging a little deeper into the tool chest for his next venture. Richard Onweller, who has owned the business for more than ten years now, is expanding. His new ven-ture, with co-worker Bill Church, is called BAD Boys CNC Plasma and Router Cutting. The BAD in BAD Boys is simply an acronym for Bill and Dick. The duo has purchased a couple of POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 10, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 50 Moody on The Market MOODY The Christmas holiday season is frequently referred to as the “season of mira-cles.” Since we’re right in the heart of the season I would encourage you to find the miracles all around you that too often go unnoticed by busy people rushing from place to place in a hurry to get things done. Recently, a good friend of mine was at the epicenter of an absolute miracle, but I have struggled with how best to share his story with you. The backdrop of Christmas is a perfect opportunity, inasmuch it would be anything but a season of joy had the story not played out the way that it has. His name is Bob…but I’ll forego using his full name to afford him a bit of privacy. Just as Carol and I were heading off to our Eastern Seaboard vacation back in September, we learned that Bob had collapsed in the locker room of the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA on Hollywood Road. Having just completed his workout of the morning, his heart gave out and he crumpled to the floor, striking his head on a nearby bench on the way down. Fortunately for Bob, somebody came through the door seconds later and found him unconscious and bleeding profusely on the floor. While it sounds strange to say so, this was Bob’s lucky day. It seems that Joe Effa, Division Director of Homecare for Lakeland HealthCare and his brother Kevin Effa, a registered Nurse for Lakeland, were also working out that morning, and they rushed to the locker room to assist. Bob had stopped breathing and was registering no pulse. Kevin immediately began performing CPR, and attempted to use an automated external defibril-lator to bring Bob around. They were successful in getting his heart beating again, and ambulance crews immediately raced him to the hospital for emergency care. Bob’s wife Pam was told that tests clearly exhibited virtually complete block-age in a major artery. In fact, she was told that doctors frankly referred to the condition as the “widow maker,” inasmuch as only a tiny per-centage of patients in that condition ever survive. Well, Bob’s a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions, and he knows only too well that you should never give up. Miraculously he was home from the hospital in very short order and on the road to recovery, and has been back at work for a local manufacturing firm for a couple of weeks now. We have travelled together to Las Vegas, enjoyed many a good dinner together, and send text mes-sages to one another routinely through Lions games good and bad as if we were a couple of teen-aged girls. I’ve always believed in mira-cles, but my friend Bob has given me renewed belief beyond compare. On behalf of Bob and Pam and their entire families and cadre of friends, I’d like to publicly acknowledge the amazing work of the Lakeland superstars, espe-cially the Effa brothers for their truly remarkable work in saving Bob’s life! May God richly bless you all in this season of miracles and all the year round! While it might be a bit over the top to call a recent transformation at Lake Michigan Continued on page 9 M oody Pat Eye Strain Solutions for Smart Phone, Tablet, Laptop & Game System Users of All Ages! Year End Savings on New Eyewear CNC Machines, one of which is a 4-foot-by-4-foot plasma cutter. As a result, these Bad Boys can cut steel from .030 to 3/8ths of an inch. They can also cut stainless steel and aluminum with the device. Customers can send blueprints or they can design from a sketch, and they can then manufacture from one to 10-thousand, whatever you need. If you are having a sign cut, they can have it powder-coated for outdoor use. Their new router is a ShopBot from Durham, North Carolina. They wanted an American-made machine, and Dick went to the company for intense training on it. The router has a 4 x 8 foot table that can cut wood, aluminum, foam, lexine, plastic and acrylics in either 2 or 3 dimensions. The guys hope to have a show room in the near future to showcase what they are capable of, and they are finalizing website plans as well. In the meantime, you can reach them at 861-3817 or 591-3400 for projects and quotes. Congratulations, Bad Boys…and best of luck! What for years has been one of the few Sunoco Gasoline Stations in the region has been converted to a BP Amoco Service Station. Crews were busy last week retro-fitting the sta-tion on Pipestone just off of M-139 in Benton Harbor. New signage, canopy graphics, pump islands and more have made the station over for the conversion to the new brand. Change has also been in the wind for the Krasl Art Center Gift Shop. The new gift shop manager, Sharon Downing and the Krasl staff invite you to a special event next Saturday, December 17 th , from 10am until 4pm to learn more. 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Pat Moody

The Christmas holiday season is frequently referred to as the “season of miracles.” Since we’re right in the heart of the season I would encourage you to find the miracles all around you that too often go unnoticed by busy people rushing from place to place in a hurry to get things done. Recently, a good friend of mine was at the epicenter of an absolute miracle, but I have struggled with how best to share his story with you. The backdrop of Christmas is a perfect opportunity, inasmuch it would be anything but a season of joy had the story not played out the way that it has. His name is Bob…but I’ll forego using his full name to afford him a bit of privacy. Just as Carol and I were heading off to our Eastern Seaboard vacation back in September, we learned that Bob had collapsed in the locker room of the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA on Hollywood Road. Having just completed his workout of the morning, his heart gave out and he crumpled to the floor, striking his head on a nearby bench on the way down. Fortunately for Bob, somebody came through the door seconds later and found him unconscious and bleeding profusely on the floor. While it sounds strange to say so, this was Bob’s lucky day. It seems that Joe Effa, Division Director of Homecare for Lakeland HealthCare and his brother Kevin Effa, a registered Nurse for Lake land, were also working out that morning, and they rushed to the locker room to assist. Bob had stopped breathing and was registering no pulse. Kevin immediately began performing CPR, and attempted to use an automated external defibrillator to bring Bob around. They were successful in getting his heart beating again, and ambulance crews immediately raced him to the hospital for emergency care. Bob’s wife Pam was told that tests clearly exhibited virtually complete blockage in a major artery. In fact, she was told that doctors frankly referred to the condition as the “widow maker,” inasmuch as only a tiny percentage of patients in that condition ever survive. Well, Bob’s a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions, and he knows only too well that you should never give up. Miraculously he was home from the hospital in very short order and on the road to recovery, and has been back at work for a local manufacturing firm for a couple of weeks now. We have travelled together to Las Vegas, enjoyed many a good dinner together, and send text messages to one another routinely through Lions games good and bad as if we were a couple of teen-aged girls. I’ve always believed in miracles, but my friend Bob has given me renewed belief beyond compare. On behalf of Bob and Pam and their entire families and cadre of friends, I’d like to publicly acknowledge the amazing work of the Lakeland superstars, especially the Effa brothers for their truly remarkable work in saving Bob’s life! May God richly bless you all in this season of miracles and all the year round!<br /> <br /> While it might be a bit over the top to call a recent transformation at Lake Michigan College’s Napier Avenue Campus miraculous, it’s not out of line to call the change almost magical. Thanks to the work of Arkos Design of Niles, the college was recently successful in demonstrating their commitment to student life through intense renovation of key student areas. Arvin Delacruz and his Arkos team of architectural design experts performed a major transformation of the school’s Hall of Pride and a third floor corridor into vibrant and student-focused areas. The resulting dynamic spaces provide a variety of seating configurations suitable for both individual and collaborative study. The new Hall of Pride design incorporated materials high in re-cycled content much to the delight of the student body who asked for a sustainability focus. The third floor corridor was a special challenge sporting an original bare concrete floor, white brick walls and low ceilings. The Arkos crew created a custom-seating alcove midway through the corridor featuring brightly colored, durable flooring, along with water-bottle hydration stations and floor-to-ceiling artwork showcasing the curriculum focus of that wing. Best of all, students and staff have all embraced the renovations. Hats off to Arkos and all the staff and student input creating a substantive change for the better.<br /> <br /> Looks like One Man and a Hammer of Benton Harbor is digging a little deeper into the tool chest for his next venture. Richard Onweller, who has owned the business for more than ten years now, is expanding. His new venture, with co-worker Bill Church, is called BAD Boys CNC Plasma and Router Cutting. The BAD in BAD Boys is simply an acronym for Bill and Dick. The duo has purchased a couple of CNC Machines, one of which is a 4-foot-by-4- foot plasma cutter. As a result, these Bad Boys can cut steel from .030 to 3/8ths of an inch. They can also cut stainless steel and aluminum with the device. Customers can send blueprints or they can design from a sketch, and they can then manufacture from one to 10-thousand, whatever you need. If you are having a sign cut, they can have it powder-coated for outdoor use. Their new router is a ShopBot from Durham, North Carolina. They wanted an American-made machine, and Dick went to the company for intense training on it. The router has a 4 x 8 foot table that can cut wood, aluminum, foam, lexine, plastic and acrylics in either 2 or 3 dimensions. The guys hope to have a show room in the near future to showcase what they are capable of, and they are finalizing website plans as well. In the meantime, you can reach them at 861-3817 or 591-3400 for projects and quotes. Congratulations, Bad Boys…and best of luck!<br /> <br /> What for years has been one of the few Sunoco Gasoline Stations in the region has been converted to a BP Amoco Service Station. Crews were busy last week retro-fitting the station on Pipestone just off of M-139 in Benton Harbor. New signage, canopy graphics, pump islands and more have made the station over for the conversion to the new brand.<br /> <br /> Change has also been in the wind for the Krasl Art Center Gift Shop. The new gift shop manager, Sharon Downing and the Krasl staff invite you to a special event next Saturday, December 17th, from 10am until 4pm to learn more. A substantial new focus on the work of artists both local and international along with fair trade and sustainable products is coming. You will find many of the new products in the shop carry labels that highlight their status as handmade fair trade goods, promoting safe working conditions and valuing the dignity of the people who make the products. Enjoy snacks and a preview of the new vision at next Saturday’s open house event inside the center at 707 Lake Boulevard in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere in the world of artistic talent, the Water Street Glass works hopes to see your smiling face today, Saturday, December 10th, as the teens of the Fired Up! Program host their first exhibit and reception of the school year from 6:30pm until 8-30pm tonight. A total of 27 students aged 12-to-18 have pieces in the showcase and on sale. You will find the Glass works in the Benton Harbor Arts District at 140 Water Street.<br /> <br /> Coloma Christmas shoppers are finding a couple of great new stops on their route these days with the opening of two new shops. Last week, the ribbon was cut on the newly relocated home of D.W. Hammond’s Chocolates & Fudge to 126 N. Church Street in the city. Owner Keith Hammond is continuing the family’s long standing tradition of hand-made candies at his new location open Monday through Friday from 7am until 6pm and Saturdays from 8 til 4. Also new to the Coloma neighborhood is the Freshwater Coffee Company at 142 Badt Drive. They offer fresh-brewed coffees, iced, blended and specialty drinks and more from 6am until 11 am weekdays and 8am until 1pm on Saturdays. They also offer pastries and bagels and free internet access during your stay.<br /> <br /> My friend Andrea Grabemeyer of Heartland Human Care Services of Benton Harbor would like area business owners and operators to know about a new service they are providing to employers. Advanced Customer Relations courses will allow employers to offer professional development to technical staff members to help build understanding, relationships, and loyalty with customers both internal and external. The class-work includes a Myers- Briggs assessment to help understand styles of communication, managing difficult conversations, and beyond. The team is also offering training in Cultural Competence that is totally customizable to the employer. If your team finds these opportunities of interest, contact Andi at 926-2430.<br /> <br /> Adrienne White of Yoga Muse will showcase the new film “Yoga Woman” tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, December 11th at 2pm at The Box Factory for the Arts on the Broad Street Hill in St. Joseph. The event is a fundraiser for her “Off the Mat Into the World” effort providing humanitarian aid to Haiti. A suggested $10 donation will be taken up at the door for the film which bears witness to millions of women who have integrated yoga into their daily lives so they are happier, healthier and more fulfilled. It is White’s final fundraiser before her December 15th deadline to raise $20,000.00 for Haiti.<br /> <br /> After the hubbub of the busy holiday season, we’ll all be ready for a little escapist fun, and now you can sign on to accomplish that without having to go far from home. The crew at The Boulevard Inn & Bistro are showcasing a Winter Weekend Getaway for the weekend of January 27th through the 29th including all-suite accommodations for two, breakfast buffet, a welcome basket filled with winter treats, tickets to Fiddler on the Roof on the Mendel Mainstage, ice-skating passes, two drink tickets for the Bistro bar, a gourmet dinner with wine pairings, chocolate fondue night, and a box lunch to enjoy on your way home! The full, all-inclusive package is just $225-per person. If you like all of the amenities but would just as soon sleep in your own bed here at home, you can get everything but the lodging for just $150-per person. Either way, you will do well to call now and make your reservations before everyone else snaps them up from you! Call 983-6600, even if you simply want to purchase the whole deal as a gift for someone on your list who is hard to buy for but loves a night on the town!<br /> <br /> While you are out and about this holiday season, consider stopping by the Baroda Municipal Building in downtown Baroda to help their Annual Food Drive. They’ve been collecting for several weeks now, but the deadline is approaching. Non-perishable items can be dropped off anytime by 5pm on December 14th, and you can help make a difference in the lives of needy families in the Baroda community. If you have questions, call Diane at 422-1779.<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Hi Mr. Moody, I just wanted to say thank you for including our rescue, Seven Star Sanctuary & Rescue, in your MailMax column! We have received a few donations because of it and are very thankful for them. Our volunteers, Bobby & Allie, are really good kids and I was very touched by their concern for the rescue and the animals there. Thank you again for your help! Mary Thomas. Happy to help young people who want to assist helpless animals any time, Mary. Hope you get more toward your survival.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and keep shopping locally, there’s more here than you know!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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