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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Pa per. ws Ne Your Good December 24, 2011 www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 24, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 52 Moody on The Market F irst things first on this Christmas Eve day: Merry Christmas to all of you, and thank you for taking time in this busy season to one more time pick up the Moody on the Market column and enjoy some of the good news coming to Michigan’s Great Southwest! I sincerely appreciate the myriad times that you all stop me in stores, offices, restaurants, and on the street to make a comment about something I’ve shared with you in this great venue called MailMax. It’s a delight to write about the great things happening in our midst and I’m happy to share that with you weekly. One more time, however, I would like to remind you that I am simply a writer for this publication. I do not own MailMax or the parent company Far Ahead Advertising. Two brilliant young men do… Glen Head and Doug Farrell. They are good friends, and I love the opportunity to use their showcase to tell you about the local business community routinely. But, please don’t call their office and ask for me. I am not there. Any time you need to reach me you can do so at pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com . Thanks…and again Merry Christmas to you! The season was a whole lot happier for dozens of young children in the region thanks to the hard work and talents of The Berrien County Woodworkers Guild. Those folks made and donated nearly 100 items this year for Christmas. It’s something the guys have been doing for quite a few years to help out the crew at The Readiness Center in Benton Harbor. The response from local woodworkers this year was so large, according to Jim Neuman from that group, that they ended up donating some items to Berrien RESA for families pri-marily in the south county region. If you’d like to learn more about the guild, log onto their web-site, www.berriencountywoodworkers.com. The gallery page on that site will show you photos of most of the things they made for donation this year. Nice work, guys! You can help keep the spirit of the season alive in a couple of weeks by joining the fun of the Watervliet Business Association’s Winter Ice Festival on the weekend of January 7 th and 8 th . Everything from ice carving to a chili cook-off… from the Run Frosty Run Race to a bean-bag tournament… from a kid’s scavenger hunt to snowmobile races and a lot of other things in between will come to life that weekend, but the association is still looking for festival sponsors. If you are ready, willing and able to step up to the window and help out, please contact my friend Tom Gear at 463-4963 this week. All sponsors will be showcased in a variety of ways, including on the official T-shirt of the festival, but to be included on the shirt, you need to commit by December 30 th . Put it on your calendar for win-ter fun in Watervliet. Once the holidays begin to fade away, you’ll probably wish that some of the “excess baggage” you accumulated along the way would go away, too. Well, by popular demand get ready Continued on page 8 M oody Pat Continued from page 1 Also firing up shop in the New Year will be for the return of Dump Your Plump! The the forthcoming Stevensville Chiropractic nationwide wellness program developed right Center featuring Lakeshore High School grad-here at home by Lake Michigan College uate and licensed Chiropractor Chris Schultz. Professor Don Alsbro in 1986 is back after a Chris has just sold his practice in Arizona in nearly twelve year hiatus. The original program preparation of returning to his hometown virtu-enjoyed a 15-year life span that ended up enroll-ally in the shadows of his alma mater. The ing more than 7,000 Berrien County residents Stevensville Chiropractic Center is taking form in a great team exercise and weight management across John Beers Road from the Stevensville program. Beyond our borders, the nationwide Walgreen’s store. He hopes to be operating effort has enjoyed more than 300,000 partici-from that new center within the next several pants. Well, Don is bringing the local program weeks. Congratulations, Chris and welcome back again, and is encouraging teams of 4 to 10 home! individuals to take part by registering during Speaking of Lakeshore, I hope you had the January for a 10-week contest beginning in opportunity to see the news that Denny Kniola February. Lots of folks remember being on was recently cited for his 50-years of officiating teams with creative names like: “Tons of the game of basketball. He has logged more Buns”… “Return to Slender”… “Piggy than 2,000 games, and was recognized before a Bankers”… “Church Chunkies”… and more. recent game against Edwardsburg by the This is not a “Biggest Loser” format. Weight Fruitbelt Officials Association for 50-years of loss goals will be 0-to-20 pounds for ten weeks, service to the sport. He has officiated everything and losing more weight than the goal or exercis-from middle school to junior college, has been a ing beyond the 30-minute statute will not earn top baseball umpire, and a school administrator. extra points. Informational meetings will be Congratulations, Denny…keep up the great coming up and you can learn more from Don at work! 925-7176. We should know the new name of the res-While an expanding waist line is not much taurant at Harbor Shores soon. Officials from fun…we all love to learn about an expanding the golf resort conducted a Facebook contest business . That’s exactly what’s happening for online this past week asking for your participa-the good folks at Joe’s Café & Breakfast House tion in the selection from among five choices that at Scottdale Crossings in Royalton Township. had been pre-determined by the staff of the proj-*For all purchases paid in With the recent departure of the former Sun ect. Online voters were asked to select one of the full on Dec. 28th-Dec. 30th Studios next door, the “Two Jose’s” are getting following for the restaurant inside the club house ready to knock down the wall and take over that opening next spring: Brunson’s…Brunson’s space to virtually double the size of their popular Beacon Grill…The Shores Club…Brunson’s café. The official address is 4100 South M-139 on the Green…or Alfred’s. The Brunson ori-across Miners Road from Pater’s True Value ented choices relate to Sterne Brunson, one of Hardware Store. That’s not the only hammer-the founders of the City of Benton Harbor. The ing, sawing, painting and such going on at selection of Alfred pays homage to Alfred Scottdale Crossings, either. Building owner Bourne, whose name has been given over to the Steve Borre tells me that the vacant space next trophy awarded annually at the Senior PGA to Mr. Goody’s restaurant is also undergoing Championship , which will be hosted locally in renovation getting ready to welcome the new both 2012 and 2014. The voting was due to con-Relief Chiropractic & Wellness Center of Dr. clude on the afternoon of the 22 nd . Stay tuned. Russell Mead. That center should be open The Harbor Shores development, by the shortly after the New Year in the space that most way, is behind a major new award for the crew at Closed: Monday, December 26th & Saturday, December 31st recently served as the campaign headquarters for Abonmarche Consultants in Benton Harbor. State Senator John Proos. Always on the The local engineering and design firm has been march, Steve’s also working on some other awarded Public Works Project of the Year – potentially great news for the Scottdale neigh-Quality of Life, $5 to $25-million Category by borhood with current negotiations ongoing. Stay the Southwestern Michigan Branch of the tuned for more in the New Year. American Public Works Association. The MOODY Countdown to 2012 Sale Celebrating 50 Years! 1962-2012 SAVE An Additional 10%Off In Stock Items! Plus, We’ll Pay Your Sales Tax* WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY Dec. 28th 9 A.M.-8 p.m. SALE Dec. 29th 9 A.M.-6 p.m. SALE Dec. 30th 9 A.M.-6 p.m. SALE Financing Available to Qualified Buyers 57530 (800) 884-5020 • Abonmarche team served in various design, con-struction and project management roles for the Harbor Shores project. The project was recog-nized for its complex permitting and the success-ful integration of regulated resources. Congratulations are in order for Chris Cook and his team! 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

First things first on this Christmas Eve day: Merry Christmas to all of you, and thank you for taking time in this busy season to one more time pick up the Moody on the Market column and enjoy some of the good news coming to Michigan’s Great Southwest! I sincerely appreciate the myriad times that you all stop me in stores, offices, restaurants, and on the street to make a comment about something I’ve shared with you in this great venue called MailMax. It’s a delight to write about the great things happening in our midst and I’m happy to share that with you weekly. One more time, however, I would like to remind you that I am simply a writer for this publication. I do not own MailMax or the parent company Far Ahead Advertising. Two brilliant young men do… Glen Head and Doug Farrell. They are good friends, and I love the opportunity to use their showcase to tell you about the local business community routinely. But, please don’t call their office and ask for me. I am not there.<br /> <br /> Any time you need to reach me you can do so at pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com. Thanks…and again Merry Christmas to you!<br /> <br /> The season was a whole lot happier for dozens of young children in the region thanks to the hard work and talents of The Berrien County Woodworkers Guild. Those folks made and donated nearly 100 items this year for Christmas. It’s something the guys have been doing for quite a few years to help out the crew at The Readiness Center in Benton Harbor. The response from local woodworkers this year was so large, according to Jim Neuman from that group, that they ended up donating some items to Berrien RESA for families primarily in the south county region. If you’d like to learn more about the guild, log onto their website, www.berriencountywoodworkers.com. The gallery page on that site will show you photos of most of the things they made for donation this year. Nice work, guys!<br /> <br /> You can help keep the spirit of the season alive in a couple of weeks by joining the fun of the Watervliet Business Association’s Winter Ice Festival on the weekend of January 7th and 8th. Everything from ice carving to a chili cookoff… from the Run Frosty Run Race to a beanbag tournament…from a kid’s scavenger hunt to snowmobile races and a lot of other things in between will come to life that weekend, but the association is still looking for festival sponsors.<br /> <br /> If you are ready, willing and able to step up to the window and help out, please contact my friend Tom Gear at 463-4963 this week. All sponsors will be showcased in a variety of ways, including on the official T-shirt of the festival, but to be included on the shirt, you need to commit by December 30th. Put it on your calendar for winter fun in Watervliet.<br /> <br /> Once the holidays begin to fade away, you’ll probably wish that some of the “excess baggage” you accumulated along the way would go away, too. Well, by popular demand get ready for the return of Dump Your Plump! The nationwide wellness program developed right here at home by Lake Michigan College Professor Don Alsbro in 1986 is back after a nearly twelve year hiatus. The original program enjoyed a 15-year life span that ended up enrolling more than 7,000 Berrien County residents in a great team exercise and weight management program. Beyond our borders, the nationwide effort has enjoyed more than 300,000 participants. Well, Don is bringing the local program back again, and is encouraging teams of 4 to 10 individuals to take part by registering during January for a 10-week contest beginning in February. Lots of folks remember being on teams with creative names like: “Tons of Buns”… “Return to Slender”… “Piggy Bankers”… “Church Chunkies”… and more. This is not a “Biggest Loser” format. Weight loss goals will be 0-to-20 pounds for ten weeks, and losing more weight than the goal or exercising beyond the 30-minute statute will not earn extra points. Informational meetings will be coming up and you can learn more from Don at 925-7176.<br /> <br /> While an expanding waist line is not much fun…we all love to learn about an expanding business. That’s exactly what’s happening for the good folks at Joe’s Café & Breakfast House at Scottdale Crossings in Royalton Township. With the recent departure of the former Sun Studios next door, the “Two Jose’s” are getting ready to knock down the wall and take over that space to virtually double the size of their popular café. The official address is 4100 South M-139 across Miners Road from Pater’s True Value Hardware Store. That’s not the only hammering, sawing, painting and such going on at Scottdale Crossings, either. Building owner Steve Borre tells me that the vacant space next to Mr. Goody’s restaurant is also undergoing renovation getting ready to welcome the new Relief Chiropractic & Wellness Center of Dr. Russell Mead. That center should be open shortly after the New Year in the space that most recently served as the campaign headquarters for State Senator John Proos. Always on the march, Steve’s also working on some other potentially great news for the Scottdale neighborhood with current negotiations ongoing. Stay tuned for more in the New Year.<br /> <br /> Also firing up shop in the New Year will be the forthcoming Stevensville Chiropractic Center featuring Lakeshore High School graduate and licensed Chiropractor Chris Schultz. Chris has just sold his practice in Arizona in preparation of returning to his hometown virtually in the shadows of his alma mater. The Stevensville Chiropractic Center is taking form across John Beers Road from the Stevensville Walgreen’s store. He hopes to be operating from that new center within the next several weeks. Congratulations, Chris and welcome home!<br /> <br /> Speaking of Lakeshore, I hope you had the opportunity to see the news that Denny Kniola was recently cited for his 50-years of officiating the game of basketball. He has logged more than 2,000 games, and was recognized before a recent game against Edwardsburg by the Fruitbelt Officials Association for 50-years of service to the sport. He has officiated everything from middle school to junior college, has been a top baseball umpire, and a school administrator. Congratulations, Denny…keep up the great work!<br /> <br /> We should know the new name of the restaurant at Harbor Shores soon. Officials from the golf resort conducted a Facebook contest online this past week asking for your participation in the selection from among five choices that had been pre-determined by the staff of the project.<br /> <br /> Online voters were asked to select one of the following for the restaurant inside the club house opening next spring: Brunson’s…Brunson’s Beacon Grill…The Shores Club…Brunson’s on the Green…or Alfred’s. The Brunson oriented choices relate to Sterne Brunson, one of the founders of the City of Benton Harbor. The selection of Alfred pays homage to Alfred Bourne, whose name has been given over to the trophy awarded annually at the Senior PGA Championship, which will be hosted locally in both 2012 and 2014. The voting was due to conclude on the afternoon of the 22nd. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> The Harbor Shores development, by the way, is behind a major new award for the crew at Abonmarche Consultants in Benton Harbor. The local engineering and design firm has been awarded Public Works Project of the Year – Quality of Life, $5 to $25-million Category by the Southwestern Michigan Branch of the American Public Works Association. The Abonmarche team served in various design, construction and project management roles for the Harbor Shores project. The project was recognized for its complex permitting and the successful integration of regulated resources. Congratulations are in order for Chris Cook and his team!<br /> <br /> Also garnering recognition within his industry is Jerry Sarno from Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants. Sarno was cited last month in Mexico for “The Special Recogntion Award for 2011” at the Schooley Mitchell Annual Conference. His diligence and leadership to assist with electronic payments processing for his industry earned him the national recognition. Thanks also to Julie Payovich from Printek of Benton Harbor for sharing the news about Jerry’s award. Julie wanted to make sure the word got out because Jerry was instrumental in saving her company at least 20% on annual phone bills, and reduced their Merchant Services credit card fee costs by more than 20% this year. You can reach Jerry at his Schooley Mitchell Telecom offices at 408-8679 if you’d like to learn more about his services.<br /> <br /> Bryan Bailey owns and operates Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning. Now…he’s expanding his field of expertise with the creation of his new venture called Just Ducty Duct Cleaning. He actually launched the sister company in late October to address a couple of common issues facing homeowners. Clogged dryer vents account for more than 15,000 house fires a year, and unfortunately 15 deaths and $100-million dollars in property loss as a result. The cleaning operation typically takes less than 90-minutes and is very affordable according to Bryan. Just Ducty can also help you deal with the debris build-up in your air ducts. That will help reduce dust, and also more serious air quality healthrelated issues. You can get a free inspection and price quote by calling Bryan at 849-5991 or log onto www.just-ducty.com. <br /> <br /> Should be a pretty decent holiday for three new road construction apprentices trained by Wightman & Associates. According to company president Tom Deneau, the trio successfully completed their training in partnership with Michigan Works. The trainees include Jose Pedroza, Nathan Dymond, and Ramon Dela Garza, and they were the first apprentices in the program at M-Tec. The Road Construction Apprenticeship Program provided hands-on training throughout the construction season teaching specific skills and creating valuable experience for future employment opportunities.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, B&L Information Systems of Bridgman has provided new promotions to Senior Software Development Engineer Brad Clark, and Software Development Engineer Tara McKibben. Brad, from Western Michigan University, has been with B&L for nearly 12 years now. Tara graduated from Michigan Tech and has been on the team for just about 4 years now. Congratulations to both of these key players in the B&L universe.<br /> <br /> The Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan would like to take just three minutes of your valuable time to help complete an online survey about their operations at: www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22DSP77Q4F2/ The center would like to measure their visibility and image in the community and about attitudes regarding volunteerism. The center’s Board Vice President Judi Burnison from Lakeside assures you that all responses are anonymous and they don’t ask your name. Your feedback will help the Volunteer Center improve its branding and marketing message to the community.<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Good morning, Pat. Great minds must be thinking alike! I was delighted to read about D.W. Hammond Chocolates and Water Street Glassworks in Saturday’s MailMax column after I returned home from Christmas shopping. You see, I had just come from buying some wonderful chocolates at Hammond and THEN buying some beautiful glass serving plates at Water Street to place the candy on. Shopping locally and supporting my community was a terrific experience – my husband and I got to visit with lovely folks and avoided all the crowds! Thanks for your column – I never miss it! Best wishes for a blessed holiday season, Kimberly O’Haver, President, Transportation Management, Inc. Thanks for shopping locally! Lots of great experiences to enjoy! Merry Christmas!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids! Have a terrific Christmas and we’ll see you next week!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody <br /> <br /> Executive Vice President of <br /> <br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org <br /> <br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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