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DIABETES CONTROL Join our new program led by Specialists Nisha and Doug racbh.com | 269.927.1129 Local Postal Customer Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on May 20, 2017 Printed with soy ink on recycled paper May 20, 2017 Volume 18, Ver. 20 Moody on The Market M oody Pat W henever you see one of those rising thermometer signs that track the upward progress of a fundraising campaign, you love to see when the progress threatens to explode through the top of the scale. While the sign foretelling a new home for the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan in Royalton Township has been making progress with multiple donations and challenge grants, that capital campaign has the opportunity to literally soar in the next three weeks if supporters really step up in that time period. Word has come from some of the most ardent supporters of the Humane Society of a new $100,000 Matching Donation to the capital campaign for all dollars raised to that level between now and June 1st. Philip and Becky Laney will match donations totaling $100,000 between now and the first of next month. All funds will be directed to the Building Fund Capital Campaign . You can help kickstart that effort right now by clicking the link at the end of this story. Essentially, if donors manage to come up with $100,000 between now and June 1st, it will automat-ically turn into $200,000 thanks to the Laneys, and could actually trigger the actual physical start of the new $2-million shelter along M-139 in Royalton Township just south of the Concord Ridge Equestrian Center . Those who raise bidding pad-dles at tonight’s Annual Bids for Barks Auction at Pier 1000 Marina will have the opportunity to help complete that match, however, only straight-up cash, check and credit card “raise your paddle” bids will count toward the match, not all bids for mer-chandise and services at that event. It’s the second time a major matching offer has emerged. Last year the Berrien County-based Frederick S. Upton Foundation issued a $150,000 Challenge Grant to support that construction project by matching all donations up to $75,000 in 2016 and again in 2017. Both of those challenges have been met, turning the donations into a total of $300,000. Anyone interest-ed in learning more about the shelter plans or donat-ing to the Capital Building Fund can visit their website by clicking this link: http://www.humane-societyswm.org . Once there, simply click the “Capital Campaign” tab in the upper menu. Donations can be made by PayPal or credit card through the website, by calling the shelter at 269-927-3303, or by mailing payment to 641 Crystal Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022. The organiza-tion also accepts donations through the Berrien Community Foundation . 30% OFF (Polar Seal) Vinyl Replacement Windows and Patio Doors * *Discount applies to list price. Special valid on new orders only. Previous sales and estimates excluded. Minimum 4 window order. Does not apply towards basement hopper windows. Expires 6-30-17 Introducing • ProVia doors are tailored just for your home • Founded over 30 years ago near Sugarcreek, Ohio in the heart of Amish Country /DUJHDVVRUWPHQWRIÀEHUJODVVDQG steel entry doors • Assortment of storm doors in many colors www.proviaproducts.com • Tilt-in windows for easy cleaning )UHHHQHUJ\HIÀFLHQWORZHPLVVLRQ glass with argon gas • FREE no-pressure estimates • Locally owned and operated your money stays in the community • Choose from 8 different exterior colors DQGZRRGJUDLQLQWHULRUÀQLVKHV Made in Michigan for our Michigan Climate! 5275 Red Arrow Highway • Stevensville • 269-428-4464 • www.midwestglass.com Winter Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5:00 Visit Our Facebook page for other offers! Meet Round Barn’s New Guy Man y of y ou m i g ht have heard that Round Barn Brewery has a new Head B rew Master at the hel m . Althou g h he is no stran g er to brewin g beer or the beer Industr y , Malkam Wyman ca m e to wor k at Round B arn in Februar y of 2016 and al m ost e x actl y a y ear later too k the reins as the m ain dude. I had a chance to sit down with Malkam and RJ Pratt , Brand Ambassador at Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery for a ver y fun, and candid conversation about Mal k a m’ s e x perience, the direction for the brewer y , and his passion for beer. Continued on page 11 Pour Me! Inserts & Promotions • Martin’s Super Markets • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Ace Hardware • Tractor Supply • E&H Auto Inserts may vary by Zip Code P odjan Bud Distributing Jenna Experience Mal k a m started in the beer business in 2012 in a craft beer bar in Kalamazoo while in colle g e. He held m an y different responsi-bilities fro m bartendin g to m ana g e m ent, he Continued on page 2
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Whenever you see one of those rising thermometer signs that track the upward progress of a fundraising campaign, you love to see when the progress threatens to explode through the top of the scale. While the sign foretelling a new home for the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan in Royalton Township has been making progress with multiple donations and challenge grants, that capital campaign has the opportunity to literally soar in the next three weeks if supporters really step up in that time period. Word has come from some of the most ardent supporters of the Humane Society of a new $100,000 Matching Donation to the capital campaign for all dollars raised to that level between now and June 1st. Philip and Becky Laney will match donations totaling $100,000 between now and the first of next month. All funds will be directed to the Building Fund Capital Campaign. You can help kickstart that effort right now by clicking the link at the end of this story. Essentially, if donors manage to come up with $100,000 between now and June 1st, it will automatically turn into $200,000 thanks to the Laneys, and could actually trigger the actual physical start of the new $2-million shelter along M-139 in Royalton Township just south of the Concord Ridge Equestrian Center. Those who raise bidding paddles at tonight’s Annual Bids for Barks Auction at Pier 1000 Marina will have the opportunity to help complete that match, however, only straight-up cash, check and credit card “raise your paddle” bids will count toward the match, not all bids for merchandise and services at that event. It’s the second time a major matching offer has emerged. Last year the Berrien County-based Frederick S. Upton Foundation issued a $150,000 Challenge Grant to support that construction project by matching all donations up to $75,000 in 2016 and again in 2017. Both of those challenges have been met, turning the donations into a total of $300,000. Anyone interested in learning more about the shelter plans or donating to the Capital Building Fund can visit their website by clicking this link: http://www.humanesocietyswm. org. Once there, simply click the “Capital Campaign” tab in the upper menu. Donations can be made by PayPal or credit card through the website, by calling the shelter at 269- 927-3303, or by mailing payment to 641 Crystal Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022. The organization also accepts donations through the Berrien Community Foundation.
A 144-year old industrial supply company at the heart of the Benton Harbor Arts District has been sold to a Grand Rapids firm, but will continue to operate as an independent business, continuing service to local clients as they have for years. Brammall Supply Company, at 196 Water Street in the city, has been acquired by JCT Industries of Grand Rapids which is itself an affiliate of Nemic, Inc. also of Grand Rapids. That means that for the first time in 77 years Brammall will no longer be owned by the Ankli family of Benton Harbor. Ken Ankli, the now former President of Brammall was the most recent owner of the industrial supply house, a third generation owner from the Ankli family, and he not only played a key role in the manufacturing health of Michigan’s Great Southwest, he was a pioneer in the development of the burgeoning Arts District and actually continues to serve as President of the New Territory Arts Association whose headquarters is right next door to Brammall’s long-time home. Brammall Industrial Supply has long been Southwestern Michigan’s largest locally owned industrial distributorship, delivering a broad product line to the manufacturing community including abrasives, carbide cutting tools, high speed cutting tools, mold & die supplies, precision tools & gaging, machine tool accessories, and product lines for maintenance and repair.
Ken Ankli tells us, “After lengthy deliberations, we made the difficult decision to transition our family- owned business to new ownership. While we had the opportunity to sell to larger companies, we chose a buyer whose values and culture is very much like our own. Nemic, Inc. has a similar history of being family-owned and customer focused. We are delighted that Brammall Supply will continue to operate as an independent entity under the direction of the Nemic family, and will continue to serve its clients in much the same fashion as it has over our 144 years.” Jason Nemic is a co-owner of JCT Industries. He says that the company have been looking for ways to grow their presence across the region, noting, “Brammall Supply has always had a great reputation in the industry,” and calling it, “A great opportunity for us to take that next step.” He also says, “We chose to keep Brammall as an independent company, and we plan on utilizing best practices from both organizations to further improve the client experience.” He adds, “Brammall customers will continue to work with the same people that they have in the past and will have access to the same product lines they have always had.” Brammall retains its name and identity, and all employees remain the same. Ken tells me, “Like I told my employees when I broke the news to them, ‘Brammall Supply has been owned by just three families in 144 years, as of this morning, it is owned by a fourth family.’” He adds, “I could not be happier with the firm we chose to sell to, and I have every expectation that Brammall will be around — in Benton Harbor — for many years to come.”
A Stevensville manufacturer with a long history in the community has been successful in garnering a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation which will lead to investments of nearly $2-million and some 27 new jobs for Michigan’s Great Southwest. Falcon Lakeside Manufacturing, located at 4999 Advance Way just off of the intersection of Red Arrow Highway and I-94, will grow its footprint in Berrien County instead of an option the company had to expand in Indiana as a result of the $135,000 performance-based grant from the MEDC. Additionally, the team at Cornerstone Alliance will provide staff time dedicated to the project. State Senator John Proos was among the first to congratulate company officials, saying, “I am excited about this opportunity to see a great Southwest Michigan business continue to provide high-tech design, development and manufacturing services.” He adds, “With the help of this grant, Falcon Lakeside plans to expand into an additional location in Stevensville and Eau Claire in Berrien County, invest $1.8-million in capital equipment and building improvements, and create 27 jobs for area workers.” Falcon Lakeside Manufacturing is one of the leaders in the high integrity casting market delivering high quality products and services that utilize state of the art and internally developed technologies. They have a strong reputation as a reliable leader of engineering services and manufactured components. The company provides design, development and manufacturing services including high pressure vacuum die casting, high pressure squeeze casting, CNC machining and other finishing operations. The manufacturing facility is TS-16949 and ISO 2001 certified. The also offer full quality services including metrology, metallurgical and structural testing services. The company was established in 2001 as a consolidation of two companies, and they now manufacture cast and machined products and serve several markets, including lightweight automotive components. Falcon Lakeside has been awarded a $135,000 Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP) performance-based grant and, as noted, Cornerstone Alliance has offered staff time in support of the project. Thanks to the MEDC work with Cornerstone and others, Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana. Proos calls it, “Outstanding news for Berrien County and Southwest Michigan,” adding, “These grants are extremely targeted and very competitive. I applaud everyone at Falcon Lakeside for their dedication to our community and the entire state.”
When Tracy Ostrowski re-opened her eclectic Edgewater Gifts store in the heart of the commercial business district in downtown St. Joseph even she was wowed by the amazing, fresh new look that she and her team had assembled for the store over the last couple of months. Tracy closed up shop in February to take advantage of a slower winter season to accomplish some tender loving care maintenance issues and to, as she puts it, “spruce up the joint.” Well, you might have a bit of an issue in recognizing her makeover of the place because it has become essentially, mission accomplished — and then some. Not only did she make the cosmetic changes she wanted to brighten the store at the center of downtown St. Joe, she stocked the place with all new inventory. The entire store. Everything. All of her 2016 merchandise in the back room is now priced at 50-percent off while the makeover has punched up her merchandise lines with a whole fresh new line of unique beach decor, gifts, one-of a- kind T-shirts, lots of unique jewelry and things for the entire family. From kids to cottage there’s something for everyone in the newly refreshed Edge water Gifts which opened recently for the first time since February. You’ll find Tracy and the crew at Edge water Gifts located at 303 State Street alongside the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center, and can learn more about the shop if you’ve never been there by following her Facebook page. She has a new website that is under construction and due to be released soon for further information and when that goes live she will have a live link to it from her Facebook fan page as well. The shop is now open, up and running once again, and you’ll find them open for business every Monday through Saturday from 10:30am until 6pm and Sundays from 11am until 4pm under their current structure. That could change in the summer season, so stay tuned. You can reach the store by phone at 269-983-2454 during regular business hours.
Two accomplished local artisans who have been honing their individual crafts in Michigan’s Great Southwest for a number of years have collaborated on a stunning new project that brings a colorful coffee table book to the marketplace employing a simple alphabet approach to guide viewers and readers through the landmarks and beauty of the community of St. Joseph. Lisa Vetne, a professional graphic designer, and Nicolina Holt, a professional photographer teamed up to create the striking new volume which debuted in a book launch and signing affair recently in downtown St. Joseph. Their new “Discover St. Joseph” project was a partnership whose idea was born during a brainstorming session at a café in downtown St. Joe. The goal was to showcase the beautiful city; as well as to create a book the women could share with their children. The partnership collaboration was perfect. Nicolina captured the treasures of St. Joseph through the lens of her camera, while Lisa incorporated the images into thoughtful and stimulating page designs. The result is their interactive coffee table book, with a map and an ABC format to guide people of all ages as they “Discover St. Joseph.” Vetne started her career at the University of Michigan and earned a B.F.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design from the School of Art & Design. At Michigan, she developed a love for design, typography, and visual communications. After graduation, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began her career in Graphic Design. Later she moved to Washington, D.C. where she had the privilege of working with a wide variety of large clients including NASA, The Department of Defense, and Auntie Annie’s Pretzels. Lisa and her family now live in Saint Joseph, along Lake Michigan’s beautiful coastline. Lisa formed the design studio, Design By Lisa, LLC, in 2014 and is grateful daily for the people, relationships, and high quality work that have evolved from that adventure. Holt, an award winning photographer, earned her B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in photography and graphic design from Michigan State University. After working as a photojournalist for a number of years, she obtained her teacher certification in Art Education from Western Michigan University. Holt taught black and white photography for 10 years at Lake Michigan College. She now continues her fine art photography and runs her own photography business specializing in family, sports and commercial photography. She works and resides in St. Joe with her family. The book, which was printed here in Michigan and is self-published, became available at its book launch and signing last month at Forever Books in downtown St. Joe and now it will also be available at other area retailers, as well as online at both links below: designbylisa.graphics … nicolinaholt.com.
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Meet Round Barn’s New Guy
Many of you might have heard that Round Barn Brewery has a new Head Brew Master at the helm. Although he is no stranger to brewing beer or the beer Industry, Malkam Wyman came to work at Round Barn in February of 2016 and almost exactly a year later took the reins as the main dude. I had a chance to sit down with Malkam and RJ Pratt, Brand Ambassador at Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery for a very fun, and candid conversation about Malkam’s experience, the direction for the brewery, and his passion for beer.
Malkam started in the beer business in 2012 in a craft beer bar in Kalamazoo while in college. He held many different responsibilities from bartending to management, he quickly realized his love for craft beer and the Micro Brewing industry. After a few years of being on the customer service side of things, he applied to Dark Horse Brewing Co. located in Marshall, where his girlfriend also worked. It was there that he got handson experience, which really opened his eyes. He was home brewing a lot, but this is where he realized that this job is a lot bigger and harder than it looks.
Eventually, he and his girlfriend wanted to get closer to Southwest Michigan where she originally was from. They both got jobs at GreenBush Brewing Co. located in Sawyer. The timing wasn’t exactly right as far as getting into the brewing side of things right away, but eventually got into the brewery as cellarman. He worked there for about 2 years.
Malkam saw that Round Barn was hiring for a cellarman/brewer and knew that this was a great opportunity to join the Round Barn team. In talking with Malkam about this opportunity, his passion and respect for Round Barn and being a brewer is very clear. About a year later, he took on the responsibility as Head Brewer.
I asked Malkam what his favorite Round Barn brew was and he said, “I like all of our beers, but honestly I’d been drinking Wood IPA before I even worked at Round Barn. It is one of my go-to beers for an after-shift pint. The Wood IPA is a delicately balanced IPA that’s somewhat hop-forward with some really nice floral and oaky notes.”
When asked what unique things we will start seeing from Round Barn, he answered, a lot more small-batch and unique beers. The brewing staff chooses direction for new beers and then they go for it, creating their small-batches called Think Taps…beers like Earl Grey Pale Ale, Pomegranate and Thyme, and Carrot Cake Stout. I tried their Earl Grey Pale Ale, and it was amazing. Another thing he and the brewing crew are very keen on is consistency. They are very passionate about making sure things are consistent and are constantly testing and monitoring the beer. Malkam is particularly excited about Baroda Sessions, a very nice session IPA (a great summer option!) coming in at around 4.5% ABV, which will be released June 5th market wide, available in 6 packs and on tap. Brewed with Munich Malts, it has a nice hoppy aroma with an “earthy sharpness” and a little bit of spice.
Meet the Brewer
Thursday, June 1st join us at Coach’s Bar & Grill for a Round Barn Tap Takeover and a chance to meet Malkam! We will be featuring nine Round Barn beers on tap with an array of mainstays, seasonals, and special releases!
Kolsch in Cans
Another exciting piece of news is that Kolsch, Round Barn’s flagship beer, is going to be available in 16 oz cans for the summer. RJ Pratt said, “We are very excited about this launch to really captivate the Southwest Michigan Summer experience.” With all the golf courses, private beaches, marinas, and boaters, it gives Kolsch the chance to be where it has never been before with only a glass bottle option. Kolsch in cans will be hitting the market this Monday, May 22nd just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
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