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You can learn more about the concept and see the entire fleet of inventory currently available from Maxton by going online yourself to www.MaxtonMotors.com. Yet another change in the local market-place that you might have discovered if your daily commute takes you down Niles Road through St. Joseph Charter Township: what for years was a Marathon gasoline service sta-tion and convenience store has changed flags and is now branded as a Shell Oil gasoline ser-vice station and convenience store. As dictated by Michigan state law, underground storage tanks must be replaced periodically. When that task was completed over the past several weeks, workers also installed new Shell service pumps, painted over the former Marathon logos on the pump canopies, and placed temporary signage over the pylon sign at the corner of Niles Road and Lincoln Avenue in the Township. The new POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 31, 2011 December 31, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 52 Moody on The Market MOODY Happy New Year! Hopefully you will read this before you head out to engage in the annual rite of passage known as New Year’s Eve revelry. Whether you’re taking in the grand symphonic affair at the Vineland Center, or simply traveling to a close by neighborhood to carouse with friends, please remember to assign a designated driver! We really do prefer to talk with you rather than about you! Be safe, and enjoy all of the fun of the season responsibly! Here’s to a grand and glorious 2012 in the year ahead. Over the holiday break I received a color-ful little flyer in the mail from Roddy Glenn at MainStreet-Ink.com. I’d like to share the wisdom of that brief piece with you as you head into the New Year: People are often unreason-able, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind any-way. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; it was never between you and them anyway! The author of that message is none other than Mother Teresa. Thanks for sharing, Glenn! Happy New Year! One of the first changes of the New Year will find a new lifestyle for Madge Wolf. Madge is the long time owner and operator of Edgewater Gifts in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. For nearly 29 years Madge has been graciously welcoming customers to her eclectic store on State Street alongside the Dime Store. She has asked me to let you know how highly appreciative she is for your patronage and loy-alty over those nearly three decades behind the sales counter. As the calendar turns to 2012, Madge is placing her vibrant business up for sale. The shop will remain open until she sells it. She owns the building, as well, and both are for sale. If you are interested in learning more about the possibilities, please e-mail her at edgewatergifts@sbcglobal.net. She tells me that her customers have been terrific, and down-town St. Joseph “is an incredible, beautiful location to own a business.” She says that her nearly 30-year run has been fun and successful, and a “wonderful chapter” in her life, but her husband’s business, R. Bibler Custom Builders has been so busy that he could use her full time Continued on page 8 M oody Pat with a new look For your hoMe ! c eleBrate the new year signage was due to be delivered and installed shortly, but was still not in place at the time of my deadline for this column. A couple of doors down from that newly branded Shell station, a major milestone is being celebrated by Robert “Bob” Starks. Bob first moved his family to St. Joe back in 1961, when he and a man by the name of Lon Beatty purchased a funeral home along Main Street in St. Joseph from Mr. Louis Kerlikowske. Thus was born the Kerlikowske, Starks & Beatty Funeral Home, to continue a service that had been serving the community through several ownership changes dating all the way back to the late 1880’s. A few years later in the mid 60’s, Bob bought out Mr. Beatty and changed the name to Kerly & Starks. As Bob learned his trade exceptionally well he moved into the 70’s and purchased the Frost and Reiser Funeral Homes in Benton Harbor and consolidated them into his location on Main Street. Later that decade he also purchased the former Smith Funeral Home in New Buffalo. Growth advanced in the 80’s when Bob also purchased and merged the Calvin Funeral Home and Frost Funeral Home in South Haven and renamed them the Calvin-Starks & Frost Funeral Home. Later that decade, Bob expanded through the purchase of the McLauchlin Funeral Home in Berrien Springs and the McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home in Dowagiac. Ten years ago Bob’s son Tom Starks and Andy Menchinger joined him in the creation of the Starks & Menchinger Chapel along Niles Road in St. Joseph where they enjoy premier status as one of the leaders in funeral planning and care in the entire region. Congratulations are in order for sure as Bob Starks celebrates 50-years in the funeral industry. Way to go, Bob! Here’s to 50 more! If you work your way back toward the lake from Starks & Menchinger, shortly after you crest the Niles Road hill you have undoubtedly seen the bright shiny face of the new O’Reilly Auto Parts of St. Joseph. The shop has been open since mid-November but will conduct a a nnual F loor S aMple S ale !  don ’ t MiSS out on the BargainS at our Continued from page 8 formal ribbon cutting ceremony with Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce this coming Thursday, January 5 th . Located at 2075 Niles Road, O’Reilly’s new shop is stocked to the gills with name brand auto parts from such notables as Moog, Monroe, Borg Warner, Gates, Murray, Felpro, Melling and Sylvania. The local store manager is Jeremy Glowacki, and he and his crew are eager to help you find exactly what you are looking for in quality auto parts. You’ll find them in the house Monday through Saturday from 7:30am until 9pm and Sundays from 9am until 8pm. Check ‘em out today and welcome them to the neighborhood! Also now up and running is the new battery store I told you about a couple of months ago, Batteries Plus. The new store, located at 2061 M-139 alongside GameStop and the Hair Cuttery , opened a couple of weeks ahead of Christmas. The franchise store is owned by David Riebel and his partner Dick Van Luyn. They already had Batteries Plus shops in Holland, Kalamazoo and Muskegon, as well as their flagship operation in the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood. As the name implies, Riebel says they have batteries for virtually anything that runs on them from automobiles and motorcycles to computers, cameras, watch-es and tools. The store also specializes in light-bulbs. You can shop the store weekdays from 8am until 8pm, Saturdays from 9 til 6 and Sundays from 10 to 5. If you have a question, you can reach store manager Dan Young at 925-7374. The staff is also accomplished in the rebuild of battery packs and installation. Find online at www.batteriesplus.com. If you are in the business of art, and would like to learn a great deal about how to grow your art business, a customized series of six sessions is about to get underway at The Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph. Cleverly titled “Business at the Box,” the series launches next Thursday, January 5 th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Box Factory, located at 1101 Broad Street in St. Joe. Team facilitator Sheryl Kosvovski will guide you through the series for just $75.00. Members of the sponsoring organi-Continued on page 9 zations can sign on for just $60.00 for the series. Floorsamples40-70%offthroughJanuary Topic one is “Curating Your Solo Show.” The February 2 nd topic will be “You, too, Can be a Successful Artist!” On March 1 st it will be “Growing Your Career.” April 5 th ’s feature will be on “Social Networking.” On May 3 rd it’s “Intro to Writing Grant Proposals.” The final session on June 7 th will feature “Software to Run Your Business.” You can register in person at the Box Factory or online at there website www.boxfactoryforthearts.org. MOODY M J S R C w z a a t T w e w a a Y u c i i m Come in for the fun of it! 613 B road S t ., S t . J oSeph , M ichigan • 269-983-7774 Continued on page 9 Inserts & Promotions MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Roger’s Foodland • Martin’s Super Markets • Ace Hardware Inserts may vary by Zip Code

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Happy New Year! Hopefully you will read this before you head out to engage in the annual rite of passage known as New Year’s Eve revelry. Whether you’re taking in the grand symphonic affair at the Vineland Center, or simply traveling to a close by neighborhood to carouse with friends, please remember to assign a designated driver! We really do prefer to talk with you rather than about you! Be safe, and enjoy all of the fun of the season responsibly! Here’s to a grand and glorious 2012 in the year ahead.<br /> <br /> Over the holiday break I received a colorful little flyer in the mail from Roddy Glenn at MainStreet-Ink.com. I’d like to share the wisdom of that brief piece with you as you head into the New Year: People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; it was never between you and them anyway! The author of that message is none other than Mother Teresa. Thanks for sharing, Glenn! Happy New Year!<br /> <br /> One of the first changes of the New Year will find a new lifestyle for Madge Wolf. Madge is the long time owner and operator of Edgewater Gifts in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. For nearly 29 years Madge has been graciously welcoming customers to her eclectic store on State Street alongside the Dime Store. She has asked me to let you know how highly appreciative she is for your patronage and loyalty over those nearly three decades behind the sales counter. As the calendar turns to 2012, Madge is placing her vibrant business up for sale. The shop will remain open until she sells it. She owns the building, as well, and both are for sale. If you are interested in learning more about the possibilities, please e-mail her at edgewatergifts@sbcglobal.net. She tells me that her customers have been terrific, and downtown St. Joseph “is an incredible, beautiful location to own a business.” She says that her nearly 30-year run has been fun and successful, and a “wonderful chapter” in her life, but her husband’s business, R. Bibler Custom Builders has been so busy that he could use her full time help in his office. She offers to all of you a heartfelt thanks for your business through the years. Best of luck Madge, and thanks for your years of quality customer service in downtown St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Also changing with the times is the crew at Maxton Motors of Benton Harbor. Over the Christmas holiday their used car lot at M-139 and I-94 looked as if the business was closed up for good. A quick call to the sales office however produced word that the Maxton operation will become “largely an Internet” based entity, which will actually greatly expand their inventory of available high-quality, late-model, used cars, trucks and SUVs. They just won’t all be physically situated on the lot there where the two highways meet. You can learn more about the concept and see the entire fleet of inventory currently available from Maxton by going online yourself to www.MaxtonMotors.com. <br /> <br /> Yet another change in the local marketplace that you might have discovered if your daily commute takes you down Niles Road through St. Joseph Charter Township: what for years was a Marathon gasoline service station and convenience store has changed flags and is now branded as a Shell Oil gasoline service station and convenience store. As dictated by Michigan state law, underground storage tanks must be replaced periodically. When that task was completed over the past several weeks, workers also installed new Shell service pumps, painted over the former Marathon logos on the pump canopies, and placed temporary signage over the pylon sign at the corner of Niles Road and Lincoln Avenue in the Township. The new signage was due to be delivered and installed shortly, but was still not in place at the time of my deadline for this column.<br /> <br /> A couple of doors down from that newly branded Shell station, a major milestone is being celebrated by Robert “Bob” Starks. Bob first moved his family to St. Joe back in 1961, when he and a man by the name of Lon Beatty purchased a funeral home along Main Street in St. Joseph from Mr. Louis Kerlikowske. Thus was born the Kerlikowske, Starks & Beatty Funeral Home, to continue a service that had been serving the community through several ownership changes dating all the way back to the late 1880’s. A few years later in the mid 60’s, Bob bought out Mr. Beatty and changed the name to Kerly & Starks. As Bob learned his trade exceptionally well he moved into the 70’s and purchased the Frost and Reiser Funeral Homes in Benton Harbor and consolidated them into his location on Main Street. Later that decade he also purchased the former Smith Funeral Home in New Buffalo. Growth advanced in the 80’s when Bob also purchased and merged the Calvin Funeral Home and Frost Funeral Home in South Haven and renamed them the Calvin-Starks & Frost Funeral Home. Later that decade, Bob expanded through the purchase of the McLauchlin Funeral Home in Berrien Springs and the McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home in Dowagiac. Ten years ago Bob’s son Tom Starks and Andy Menchinger joined him in the creation of the Starks & Menchinger Chapel along Niles Road in St. Joseph where they enjoy premier status as one of the leaders in funeral planning and care in the entire region. Congratulations are in order for sure as Bob Starks celebrates 50-years in the funeral industry. Way to go, Bob! Here’s to 50 more!<br /> <br /> If you work your way back toward the lake from Starks & Menchinger, shortly after you crest the Niles Road hill you have undoubtedly seen the bright shiny face of the new O’Reilly Auto Parts of St. Joseph. The shop has been open since mid-November but will conduct a formal ribbon cutting ceremony with Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce this coming Thursday, January 5th. Located at 2075 Niles Road, O’Reilly’s new shop is stocked to the gills with name brand auto parts from such notables as Moog, Monroe, Borg Warner, Gates, Murray, Felpro, Melling and Sylvania. The local store manager is Jeremy Glowacki, and he and his crew are eager to help you find exactly what you are looking for in quality auto parts. You’ll find them in the house Monday through Saturday from 7:30am until 9pm and Sundays from 9am until 8pm. Check ‘em out today and welcome them to the neighborhood!<br /> <br /> Also now up and running is the new battery store I told you about a couple of months ago, Batteries Plus. The new store, located at 2061 M-139 alongside GameStop and the Hair Cuttery, opened a couple of weeks ahead of Christmas. The franchise store is owned by David Riebel and his partner Dick Van Luyn. They already had Batteries Plus shops in Holland, Kalamazoo and Muskegon, as well as their flagship operation in the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood. As the name implies, Riebel says they have batteries for virtually anything that runs on them from automobiles and motorcycles to computers, cameras, watches and tools. The store also specializes in lightbulbs. You can shop the store weekdays from 8am until 8pm, Saturdays from 9 til 6 and Sundays from 10 to 5. If you have a question, you can reach store manager Dan Young at 925- 7374. The staff is also accomplished in the rebuild of battery packs and installation. Find online at www.batteriesplus.com. <br /> <br /> If you are in the business of art, and would like to learn a great deal about how to grow your art business, a customized series of six sessions is about to get underway at The Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph. Cleverly titled “Business at the Box,” the series launches next Thursday, January 5th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Box Factory, located at 1101 Broad Street in St. Joe. Team facilitator Sheryl Kosvovski will guide you through the series for just $75.00. Members of the sponsoring organizations can sign on for just $60.00 for the series. Topic one is “Curating Your Solo Show.” The February 2nd topic will be “You, too, Can be a Successful Artist!” On March 1st it will be “Growing Your Career.” April 5th’s feature will be on “Social Networking.” On May 3rd it’s “Intro to Writing Grant Proposals.” The final session on June 7th will feature “Software to Run Your Business.” You can register in person at the Box Factory or online at there website www.boxfactoryforthearts.org.<br /> <br /> A unique new concept is making its way to Michigan for the first time ever thanks to Jessica Pennington of Stella Event Design in St. Joe. Jessica also serves as the Public Relations and Media Chair for the new Michigan Chapter of “Wish Upon a Wedding.” It is the world’s first non-profit wish granting organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and lifealtering circumstances. A launch party is slated to take place January 17th from 7 until 10pm at The Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan. The event, which is a fundraiser to help grant wishes and educate the public to their mission, is free and will feature food, drink, live music and a silent auction. If you’d like to attend, you can RSVP at www.launchpartymichigan.eventbrite.com. You can also donate online, even if you’re unable to attend. Jessica says that many couples cannot afford to get married, due to overwhelming medical bills, and “Wish Upon a Wedding” is important to her because it brings the true meaning of marriage and love back to center focus. There are other ways to get involved in this new effort, and they can be found at www.wishuponawedding.org. Immediately following the launch party, the Michigan Chapter will begin granting wishes from eligible parties.<br /> <br /> Brookview School has already begun the work necessary to showcase the 2nd Annual Coastline Children’s Film Festival for Southwest Michigan. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind family event slated for various locations around Berrien County from February 3rd through the 12th. This year’s showcase will present the best short films from the world-renowned New York International Children’s Film Festival. All films will be offered free of charge with a suggested $1-dollar donation. They will be screened in such venues as The Box Factory for the Arts, the Krasl Art Center, Anna Russo Sieber’s Gallery in Benton Harbor, The Citadel Dance Center, and several locales in Harbor Country. The complete final list of films and venues will be posted on January 2nd at www.brookviewschool.org. You can also call 925-3544 for parental guidance to content and age appropriateness.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a Happy New Year…and we’ll see you next week right here in MailMax!

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