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  • Monday, January 02, 2012 5:47 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Coastline Children’s Film Festival, international films and film workshops at Anna Russo Sieber Gallery

     Contact:   Anna Russo Sieber - P.O. Box 9151  - Benton Harbor, Mi. 49023           arsieber@sbcglobal.net  - - - annarussoart.com

    Tuesday-Saturday, February 7-11 ARS Gallery will be screening award-winning films from around the globe and offering hands-on film workshops for kids.

    In celebration of the 2nd Annual Coastline Children’s Film Festival, ARS will be one of the host sites showcasing several award winning independent films paired with one-of-a-kind hands-on workshops.

    To most children across the county, a weekend out of school often equals cartoons and decade-old Disney movies on television.  We hope to change that.  One of the best things about going to the movies is how magical the experience can be: the flip-up seats, the expectant crowd, the lights going down, and the enchantment of the film. There are over 50 films in this year's festival. There’s comedy, adventure, love, music, dancing, lots of happy endings and a few sad ones. ARS gallery is screening some of the best.

    A three-day workshop/film viewing for youth ages 11-16 will be held Tuesday-Thursday, February 7-9 from 5:00-6:30 pm at the gallery.

    This workshop will cover and focus on learning about the structure of a story, storyboarding, visual story telling, film vocabulary, writing, directing, cinematography, & editing.  They will also learn the vocabulary of each film, as well as different roles in the art of filmmaking, e.g., cast, crew, & director’s roles, etc.  Students will walk away with a plethora of information as well as a finished project.

    The following films will be screened for participants and the general public at 6:30 PM each evening.

    Tuesday: Amreeka 2009 (96 min) A mother & son leave the West Bank for a small Midwestern town (13 plus/strong language)

    Wednesday: The 400 Blows (99 min) b/w 1959 French w/subtitles, Francois Truffaut’s striking coming of age story (8 plus)

    Thursday: One Lucky Elephant 2011 (84 min) a 10,000 lb. love story about a circus elephant’s retirement…what the NY Times called “Sweet, heart and trunk tugging” (8 plus)

    Films and workshops offered during the second weekend of the festival:

    A two-day workshop/film viewing for ages 6-10, Thursday & Friday, February 9, & 10, from noon-2:30 pm at the gallery.  This workshop will focus on the structure of a story, storyboarding, visual story telling, film vocabulary, some writing, directing, cinematography, & editing. They will also learn the vocabulary of each film, as well as different roles in the art of filmmaking and the basics of creating short films. Students will walk away with a project and a heart to create their own shorts.

    Canadian Film Shorts (68 min/All ages) will be screened for participants and the general public at 2:30 PM on Thursday (Feb 9).  A kaleidoscopic showcase of some of the best short films and animation from film festivals around the world (ages 6-10) will screen on Friday (Feb 10) at 2:30 PM.

    On Friday evening (Feb 10) at 5:00 PM we will screen What’s On Your Plate 2009 (76 min) a witty and provocative documentary film about kids and food politics.  Over the course of one year the film follows two 11 year-old multiracial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain (8 plus).  This will be followed by a dinner and sustainable food workshop from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. (ages 8 plus)

    On Saturday Feb 11th from 1:00 – 2:15 PM we will screen the shorts from the New York International Children’s Film Festival (for ages 7-12).  At 2:30 PM we will show White Mane (40 min) b/w 1953 French w/ subtitles, a stunning black and white film where a young untamed white stallion and young boy meet. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix (8 plus). Immediately following, from 3:30 – 5:00 PM we’ll hold a writing workshop that will cover learning to tell a story through writing, and how to create a beginning, middle, and end to a story.  This class will discuss how stories are then put to a moving motion picture.  Students will walk away with a written lesson.

    Seeing a movie can be like a visit to a wonder-filled land we may never come across in our everyday lives.  The best films provide a place where we are all invited, no borders, no visas required, and no possibility of being excluded or exiled. The films planned for the festival speak positively to children and families of diverse ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.  They include award-winning films that have been screened all over the globe.  All films will be offered free of charge with a $1 suggested donation.  Parents will be given guidance to content and age appropriateness.

    The purpose of these workshops is to help students see from a filmmaking perspective how films are made, and the process and roles played in the process from beginning to completion.  The subject matter of each film will be touched on to complete the learning process, and create a clear comprehensive process for the students to follow, understand, and implement to some degree.  These workshops are an abbreviation of film camp offered at ARS Gallery in the summer.  We are proud to share the art of film with your children.

    A complete final list of all the films and venues will be available on January 3rd. For film descriptions visit www.brookviewschool.org.

    All of the above workshops and films will be held at The Anna Russo Sieber Gallery. These events require pre-registration and each session has a nominal fee of $30.  A discount will be offered to parents signing up for 2 or more sessions.  Parents may sign up for workshops by going towww.annarussoart.com or calling 269-208-4409, or mail a check to ARS Gallery, P.O. Box 9151, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49023.

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  • Monday, November 07, 2011 7:16 PM | Deleted user

    How to rent your home


    Home rentals will be one option for Senior PGA visitors in May

    By JOHN MATUSZAK - H-P Staff Writer
    Published: Sunday, November 6, 2011 2:16 PM EST
    About 30,000 people are expected to roll into Southwest Michigan in May for the Senior PGA Championship at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor.

    According to the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council, there are 1,600 hotel and motel rooms in Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Stevensville. At four to a room, that's 6,400 guests.

    Where will everybody else stay?

    Jeff Hintz, director of the Senior PGA Championship, said the majority of people attending are expected to come from within a two- to three-hour radius of the venue, and will likely return home at the end of the day.

    He also expects there will be plenty of visitors filling hotel and motel rooms. "It will be a hard task to get a hotel room."

    Local leaders are interested in hosting as many visitors as possible, reasoning that people spend money at shops and restaurants near where they stay. Cornerstone Alliance's Community Showcase Committee and the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council are marketing the region.

    One alternative to hotel rooms is allowing residents to rent their homes during the PGA event.

    Nancy McDonnall, one of the owners of Be Our Guest, which markets and manages such rentals, said homes are available in about 42 communities in the region, from New Buffalo to South Haven, in the Paw Paw Lake and Silver Lake area, and as close as the greens of Harbor Shores.

    The St. Joseph law streamlines the approval process for a special event rental to a couple of days by not requiring a public hearing on the permit application.

    Special event rentals will be limited to a period of time approved by the city commissioners. A permit for a short-term rental lasts for two years.

    A public hearing is scheduled in St. Joseph Nov. 14 for commissioners to consider designating the two weeks around the PGA Senior Tour, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, as its first special event. The PGA Tour will return to Harbor Shores in 2014.

    Special event rentals are allowed in all zoning areas of St. Joseph, and properties must be inspected before being approved for a permit. There is a $200 application fee, a $45 inspection fee and a $15 per unit rental fee. Off-street parking is required for any vehicles.

    The people at Be Our Guest stay current with local regulations and advise homeowners on the right way to go about preparing to open their doors to visitors, McDonnall said.

    Playing host
    How does one go about getting a home ready to host PGA spectators?

    For one thing, you can't wait until the last minute, McDonnall said (St. Joseph's ordinance requires an application be submitted no less than 30 days before the special event period).

    Be Our Guest has between 50 and 75 listings for rental homes at this time, and McDonnall expects to list around 200. The Tourist Council also has listings for home rentals, cottages, bed and breakfasts, and other accommodations. St. Joseph has around 40 short-term rental properties.

    Homeowners can only rent their homes for 14 days during the year before losing a homestead tax exemption.

    It's a good idea to contact your insurance agent to determine if any additional coverage is recommended, McDonnall said.

    Before the guests arrive, the homeowner should put food and alcohol they don't want consumed while they're gone in the garage, she recommended. Items with sentimental value should be removed from the home.

    McDonnall has opened her own rental properties to vacationers, and will make her Lincoln Township home available during the PGA event.

    She recommends having a "safe area" in the house, such as basement, where extra clothing and other valuables can be locked up. Leave closet space for guests, she advised.

    Once the guests have arrived, Be Our Guest keeps tabs on the property and provides a 24-hour help line. Special keys can be made available for an added level of security.

    "While you're out having a good time, we're making sure your guests are having a good time," McDonnall said.

    The company checks the home before you come back, checking for stains on the carpet or other problems to avoid the "'Oh my God' moment" for the homeowner, she said.

    Homeowners who want to stay with their visitors in a bed and breakfast arrangement wouldn't need any other type of permit, according to St. Joseph Community Development Director John Hodgson.

    But McDonnall doesn't recommend this. She said it's easier to allow an agency to take care of all the arrangements, enabling the homeowner to enjoy his or her own getaway.

    A lot of people have asked about having one of the golfers stay in their homes, McDonnall said.

    Not likely. Jeff Hintz said that when the PGA Tour was in Louisville, only five golfers stayed in private homes, and the rest booked hotel rooms.

  • Monday, November 07, 2011 7:14 PM | Deleted user

    Disability Network of SW Michigan fighting for rights for 30 years

    By JOHN MATUSZAK - H-P Staff Writer
    Published: Sunday, November 6, 2011 2:16 PM EST
    ST. JOSEPH - If Joanne Johnson had been born 30 years earlier, her life would have been very different.

    "I would have had a very limited life compared to what I have today," said Johnson, community education and systems advocate for the Disability Network of Southwest Michigan, celebrating its 30th anniversary in October.

    Johnson has a physical disability. Had she grown up a few decades earlier she probably would have gone to a segregated high school for students with disabilities. She would have been considered unemployable, someone who would live with her parents, who would never marry or have children.

    There were no ramps for the disabled then, and even getting on a bus would have been impossible.

    "I would have been expected to live off the government, to sit at home and watch television until I died," Johnson said.

    Instead she has earned a master's degree in social work and advocates for others with disabilities who face barriers to living a full life.

    "I'm glad I was born in '85 instead of '45," Johnson said from the St. Joseph office of the agency that serves a nine-county area.

    "Sure, things have improved in the last 30 or 40 years," said Jenny Wyly, an independent living specialist with the Disability Network. "But we definitely have a long way to go."

    Words matter

    As part of its 30th anniversary year, the Disability Network's St. Joseph office is hosting a series of community discussions about issues relating to people with disabilities and their place in the community.

    The first discussion, held Oct. 4, was on "Disability Language and Etiquette."

    How we talk about disabilities has a big impact on how we think and act on the matter, Johnson said.

    At one time terms such as "cripple" for the physically disabled and "moron" for the mentally disabled, were common.

    Today the word "handicapped" is considered "old-fashioned" and conveys a negative view, Johnson said.

    Advocates now strive to promote a more neutral term.

    "It's just one part of what they are," Johnson said.

    A disability doesn't exist until a person encounters a barrier, the Disability Network's literature points out.

    "It is the environment or culture that needs to be fixed, not the individual with the disability."

    The first stop

    Promoting that fix has been the the Disability Network's mission since it started in Kalamazoo in 1981 with one full-time and one part-time staff member, working in a room donated by Goodwill.

    It has grown to have an annual budget of $1.9 million and 29 staff members. The Berrien/Cass County office on Lakeview Avenue in St. Joseph opened in 2009.

    Johnson has been with the agency for two years and in her current position for 18 months.

    The Disability Network, she explained, is the first stop to connect people with needed services, to educate the public and to advocate for social change.

    In addition to being a referral service, the agency supports independent living, offers counseling for Social Security work incentives, hosts peer support groups and helps clients make the transition from nursing facilities to home. The office helps people apply for technology to assist them.

    Clients are taught how to advocate for themselves.

    It's vital that people with disabilities have a voice in making the policies that affect their lives, Johnson said.

    Their rallying cry is "Nothing about us without us."

    At least 51 percent of the board and staff of the Disability Network must be made up of people with disabilities.

    "Our clients know they are talking to someone who has lived with the experience," Johnson said.

    For the community and businesses, the agency provides evaluations for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, workshops and presentations, consultations on home and workplace modifications, and a resource library.

    Seemingly small things can make a big difference in a disabled person's life.

    It can be convincing an apartment manager to put in a ramp close to a building's entrance. It can be getting a social services agency to allow a home-bound person to mail in an application, instead of requiring that it be delivered in person.

    It can be helping a local hospital modify its job applications to remove questions about disabilities, which are illegal, Johnson said.

    These are a few of the successes the Disability Network has achieved recently, Johnson said.

    Invisible barriers

    There are disabilities you can see, and disabilities you can't see.

    When Jenny Wyly joined the Disability Network last year, she thought of disabilities as mostly physical.

    She has since discovered they also can be mental, emotional or intellectual.

    She has been working with recovering heroin addict Jennifer Ballard for about a year.

    Ballard, 43, who also has an anxiety disorder, was referred to the Disability Network through Michigan Rehabilitation Services.

    She said Wyly has helped in every way to get her life back together.

    "Without Jenny I don't know what I would do," said Ballard, who has been clean for about a year. "She has been the most valuable player (for me)."

    Ballard, was homeless. Wyly helped her find a house in a drug-free neighborhood. She has brought her clothes, accompanied her to meetings with other social service agencies and has driven her to appointments at a methadone clinic.

    Ballard said an anxiety disorder led to her addiction. Many people don't understand that, but Wyly does, she said.

    "She had the most faith in me," Ballard said. "She goes above and beyond."

    Catherine, a 24-year-old Dowagiac resident with learning disabilities, praised her own independent living counselor, Jackie Curtis.

    "She not only helps because it's part of her job, she takes the extra initiative to give you someone to trust," said Catherine, who asked that her last name not be used.

    Curtis helped find a home for Catherine and her twin 2-year-old boys, helped her get Medicaid assistance and is helping her enroll in cosmetology school.

    Counselors at the Disability Network help clients speak for themselves, Catherine said. "They help our opinions, our voices to be heard."

    Independence is always the goal, Catherine said.

    "I am able to do things on my own that I would have never had the confidence to try" before contacting the Disability Network, she said.

    Statewide struggles

    Along with working at the local level, staff members lobby for changes in statewide policies. This year Johnson took part in Transit Advocacy Day in Lansing, pushing for greater accommodations in public transportation. She also is part of the Berrien County Transit Advocacy Group (TAG) Team, which works to improve local bus systems.

    Michigan's 1.9 million disabled are facing challenges due to state budget cuts.

    Starting Oct. 1, stricter guidelines were put in place for people with disabilities and senior citizens receiving home chore assistance through the Department of Human Services. This assistance with cleaning, shopping, cooking and other tasks helps people stay in their own homes.

    Also this month, State Disability Assistance payments for new enrollees were reduced from $269 to $200 a month.

    The Disability Network of Southwest Michigan and other agencies are fighting to have these programs fully funded, Johnson said.

    Accommodations for the disabled benefit everyone, Johnson said. Sidewalk ramps help mothers pushing strollers as well as people in wheelchairs. Close-captioned television broadcasts, started for the deaf, allow patrons in noisy bars to keep up with the big game.

    And no one knows when they or a family member might have a disability requiring the same accommodations.

    If Johnson had a magic wand, what would she change about the way society deals with disabilities?

    "I would like to see disabilities recognized as a diversity," like race and gender, she said. "It would just be there. Everybody would be included. People would be part of the community."

    Wyly said she would like to see disabilities viewed as "just a characteristic, like being tall or being short. It just is."

    The Disability Network's Berrien/Cass office can be reached at 985-0111. The Kalamazoo office can be reached at (269) 345-1516. The website is www.dnswm.org.

  • Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:44 AM | Deleted user

    Apples, apples apples


    Two-year-old Konrad helps his mother, Vedette Cordes, make homemade dough for apple pies.

    Mother Nature too generous? Vedette Cordes makes tarts

    By JANE AMMESON - H-P Correspondent
    Published: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 1:08 PM EDT
    When fall gave her too many apples from her parents' orchards, Vedette Cordes decided to make apple tarts to sell at the St. Joseph Farmers' Market.

    "There were just too many apples," Cordes says, "more than we could sell by the bushel because people only need so many apples."

    But there seems to be no end to the apple - or peach - tarts that she tries to have on hand every weekend.

    "It's a little hard to keep up," says Cordes, noting that she religiously follows the 1960 edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook for a standard pie recipe.


    "Mom and I both noticed over time that the homemade pastry dough bakes great compared to the store-bought dough. We noticed - whether in her oven or mine - that the store dough burns easier than homemade. It must be the extra preservatives in the dough that manufacturers add for longer shelf life. My husband's theory is that it's been frozen for a long period of time too. Either way - yuck."

    Cordes also rolls the pastry out thin so that the recipe that makes a two-crust 9-inch pastry is good for three 5-inch pies.

    "I don't like my pastries really doughy," she says. "And I've found that this is just the right amount of dough."

    Of course, you need the right apples, but that's no problem for Cordes because her parents, Pete and Virginia Palis, own a 150-acre fruit farm in Sodus.

    "Overall, Mom and I share the opinion that the best apple pies we made and ate were the ones that we mixed a variety of apples," Cordes says. "We like the taste of sweet with tart, and the apples with those flavors are Winesaps, Golden, Mutsu and Jonathans."

    Cordes also has some special tricks that she incorporates into her pie making.

    "Before adding the apples into the pie tin, I do a cinnamon rub on the bottom," she says. "I love cinnamon. Then I fill the pie crust and add a pinch of butter. When I bake at my mom's house, I also add mace. My mom always uses that spice for her pies. It's a strong spice like nutmeg and expensive, so use about a quarter teaspoon unless you like the spice - then add half a teaspoon. I sometimes add lemon or orange zest to the apples, as I like that citrus taste."

    Vedette Cordes' Apple Tarts

    Pastry:

    2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening such as Crisco

    2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

    1 teaspoon salt

    4-5 tablespoons cold water

    Place dough and shortening in a bowl, and mix with a fork, adding about 2 to 3 tablespoons of very cold water while doing so. After the dough is thoroughly mixed, add the remaining two tablespoons of water. Wrap the dough up in waxed paper, and refrigerate while making the apple filling.

    Filling for 3 pies:

    6 cups medium-size apples such as Jonagolds and Golden Delicious

    2 tablespoons tapioca or flour

    3/4 cup sugar

    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

    1/4 cup warm water

    Mix apples, tapioca, sugar and spices. Add 1/4 cup or less of warm water to help break down the tapioca.

    Divide the dough into six balls and roll each out, making three balls a little larger to fit in the bottom of a 5-inch pie pan.

    Rub the bottom of the pie crust with cinnamon and then add filling. Roll top crust over; make several slits in the top.

    Bake at 400 degrees until bubbling starts, about 35 to 40 minutes.

    In her book, "The Apple Lover's Cookbook" (Norton 2011; $29.95), Amy Traverso, senior food and home editor of Yankee magazine, provides more than 100 easy-to-make recipes using apples - including appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and, of course, desserts. It's perfect for this time of year when apples are available at farmers' markets and farm stands throughout Southwest Michigan.

    Pork & Apple Pie with Cheddar-Sage Crust

    For the crust:

    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    2 teaspoons dried sage, finely crumbled

    1/2 teaspoon table salt

    16 tablespoons (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

    3 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, finely grated

    6-8 tablespoons ice water

    1 egg blended with 1 tablespoon water

    Fresh sage leaves

    In a medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, sage and salt until well combined. Sprinkle butter cubes over flour mixture and use your fingers to work them in (rub your thumb against your fingertips, smearing the butter as you do so). Do this until the mixture looks like cornmeal with some pea-sized bits of butter remaining.

    Stir in cheese with a fork until evenly distributed. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons ice water over mixture and stir with a fork until dough begins to come together. If needed, add an additional tablespoon or two of ice water (you shouldn't need much more).

    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 3 times. Gather dough into a ball, then divide into two portions, making one slightly bigger than the other. Press each portion down into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

    For the filling:

    1 1/2 pounds (about 3 large) firm sweet apple, unpeeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges

    1 1/2 pounds firm tart apples, unpeeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    1 small onion, very finely chopped

    2 pounds ground pork (preferably 15-17 percent fat)

    1 tablespoon firmly packed light-brown sugar

    1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

    3 1/2 tablespoons plain bread crumbs

    In a skillet over medium-low heat, cook apples without oil, stirring gently, until they just begin to soften, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a dish and set aside.

    Add oil to pan and increase heat to medium-high. Add onion, pork, brown sugar, salt and spices. Cook, using a wooden spoon to break up meat, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let meat mixture cool 10 minutes, then transfer to a food processor. Add bread crumbs and pulse five times until mixture has the texture of coarse sand. Set aside.

    Prepare the crust: Unwrap the larger dough disk and put it in the center of a large sheet of parchment or waxed paper. Cover dough with a second sheet. Roll out, working from the center, to a 13-inch circle. Peel off top sheet and transfer dough to a pie plate, peeled side down. Peel off remaining sheet and press crust into the sides of the pie plate, draping any excess over the edge.

    Unwrap the smaller dough disk and put it in the center of a large sheet of parchment or waxed paper. Cover dough with a second sheet Roll out, working from the center, to an 11-inch circle. Set aside.

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and set a rack to the second-to-bottom position.

    Pour meat mixture into bottom crust, and smooth top gently with a spatula.

    Arrange cooked apple slices over meat, pressing down to smooth and neaten. Peel top paper sheet off top crust. Transfer, peeled side down, to pie; then peel off remaining parchment.

    Using a sharp knife, make two 3-inch slashes in crust to let steam escape. Fold edges of bottom crust up over top crust and crimp edges to seal. Brush crust with egg wash and decorate with sage leaves if you like.

    Bake at 425 degrees 10 minutes; then reduce the heat to 375 degrees and bake until crust is golden brown, 25-35 minutes longer. Remove from oven, and let cool 25 minutes before serving.

    Dutch Baby

    3/4 cup all-purpose flour

    1 tablespoon granulated sugar

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon kosher salt

    3 tablespoons unsalted butter

    1 1/2 large firm sweet apples (about 12 ounces total) peeled, cored and cut into 1/8-inch-thick rings

    5 large eggs

    1 cup whole or 2 percent milk

    Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling

    Lemon wedges

    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and set a rack in the middle position.

    Sift the flour into a medium bowl, then stir in the sugar, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk for about 1 minute; the mixture should be frothy and drizzle from the whisk in a thin stream. Set aside.

    Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Lay the apple slices in the butter and cook, without stirring, for 2 minutes. Gently flip the slices and cook until tender, about 2 more minutes.

    Working quickly, add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk just to combine. Pour the batter into the hot skillet with the apples, then transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the pancake is puffed and golden, 10 to 14 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately from the skillet, with lemon wedges to squirt over the top.

    Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns

    For the filling:

    1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

    5 tablespoons salted butter, cut into chunks, plus more for greasing pan

    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    1 large firm sweet apple (about 8 ounces) peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch cubes

    For the buns:

    1/2 cup buttermilk

    1 large egg

    3 cups all-purpose flour

    1 tablespoon granulated sugar

    2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

    1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold salted butter, cut into small cubes

    Grease the baking pan with a little bit of butter; set aside.

    Make the filling: In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, 5 tablespoons butter and cinnamon. Using a pastry cutter (or fork), cut the butter into the sugar, working it in until the mixture looks like wet sand. Put in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the dough.

    In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Sprinkle the butter over the flour mixture and use your fingers to work it in (rub your thumb against your fingertips, smearing the butter as you do). Stop when mixture looks like sand studded with little chunks. Add the egg mixture, and stir with a fork just until the dough begins to hold together. It will look quite ragged and not fully blended, but stop there. You want to prevent the butter from melting into the dough - those little chunks will create a flakier texture once baked.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and set a rack to the middle position. Dump the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and knead just enough to bring it all together into a ball. Using a rolling pin and scraper (or spatula), roll the dough (still on parchment) into a 9- by 15-inch rectangle with straight sides.

    Sprinkle the dough all over with the brown sugar mixture, leaving a 1-inch border across one of the longer edges. Top with the apples and gently press down. Working from the long edge opposite the border, roll the dough up tightly, jelly-roll-style, using the parchment as an aid. When you reach the border, give the roll a squeeze and turn seam side down.

    Cut the roll crosswise into 9 equal buns and arrange in the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm, right from the pan.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:25 AM | Deleted user

    The Symphony League Presents...Wine....Women & Music II

    Featuring Angela Wolf  Couture & Ready-to-Wear Fashion Designer

    Nov 3rd, 2011  6-8PM

    Shadowland Ballroom

    333Broad St.

    St. Joseph, Michigan

    Tickets $40 Per Person.....

    Purchase Tickets... please call Liz 983-6640.

    http://smso.org/Special%20Events/Fashion%20Show/SLFashionShow.htm

  • Friday, September 02, 2011 10:50 AM | Deleted user

    Local Mosquito Squad franchise high-ranking



    ST. JOSEPH undefined Mos­quito Squad of Southwest Michigan has ranked third in the nation for growth among first-year Mosqui­to Squad franchises, own­ers Ken and Julie Wuerfel said.

    INC. Magazine’s annual list of 5,000 fastest-grow­ing companies in America ranked Mosquito Squad at 646. Mosquito Squad is America’s largest mosqui­to elimination and tick control brand.

    In addition, Mosquito Squad was listed as the 13th fastest growing fran­chise company out of 100 franchise businesses that were named to the list.

    The Wuerfels, who have owned the Cleaning Au­thority in St. Joseph since 2006, launched their Mos­quito Squad franchise in May. Mosquito Squad of Southwest Michigan cov­ers Berrien, Van Buren and parts of Kalamazoo County.

    With more than 70 fran­chise locations nationwide, Mosquito Squad special­izes in eliminating mosqui­toes and ticks from out­door living spaces, which helps protect people from the diseases the insects can carry, such as West Nile vi­rus, encephalitis and lyme disease.

    Julie Wuerfel said the Mosquito Squad technol­ogy is similar to that used in the dairy farm and horse industries to control an­noying insects. The franchise is quickly growing because the technology works and re­sults are proven, Wuerfel said.

  • Thursday, August 25, 2011 11:53 AM | Deleted user

    To all EPWA Members,

    It is my distinct honor to serve as the EPWA president this year.  Belonging to EPWA is great for your business and for your personal growth. Our membership is over 75 strong and growing!  As we look forward to the year ahead, we are making plans for some great programs, special events and educational opportunities.

    We are excited for our new year to begin and to share some recommendations which came about as a result of our board discussions as well as our new website launch. It will be a great year and we’ll throw in some fun too!

    Please feel free to contact Lorie Hayden and Gennel Schaffer with program suggestions for next year. We’d like to continue bringing you valuable speakers and information on topics that are relevant to you and your business.

    Join us in September for our first official meeting:  You Can't Teach a Pig to Sing-Create Great Relationships…with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere.

    Mark your calendars for this great lesson on networking with Mary Jane Mapes, MA, CSP on Tuesday September 13, at The Whitcomb-Marquette Room. Check your in-boxes for the invitation soon!

    Thanks for continuing to be an important part of our organization!

    Best Regards,

    LeAnna Koerner

    2011-2012 EPWA President

  • Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:00 AM | Deleted user

    Horse Play wins Venture Quest

    June 1, 2011

    CASSOPOLIS - First place in the Venture Quest 2011 Business Plan Competition was awarded to Horse Play of Buchanan and St. Joseph Tuesday night at the Edward Lowe Foundation.

    Finalists competed for more than $8,000 in prizes.

    Four finalists presented business plans, allowing potential investors to learn and engage with these new ventures.
    • Paradise Coast, a retro recreational vehicle manufacturer, third.
    • 8094 Media, an Internet television production company that focuses on local markets, second.
    • Clear Water Harbor Broadcasting Co., a wholesome Internet radio station that aims to bring southwest Michigan to the world.
    Venture Quest 2011 targeted aspiring entrepreneurs and existing companies to submit business plans competing for cash prizes awarded to the top three entrants.

    The goal from the beginning of the competition has been to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and to cultivate new businesses in the three-county region of Cass, Van Buren and Berrien counties.

    Kristine Proctor and Anne Carpenter of Horse Play, Buchanan and St. Joseph. (The Daily News/John Eby)
  • Monday, April 18, 2011 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    Mosquito SquadMosquito Squad Mosquito Control Opens Location in Southwest Michigan To Put An End To Mosquito Bites

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Jane Walker
    Tel: 804-353-6999 ext. 241
    Email: JWalker@OutdoorLivingBrands.com

    St. Joseph, MI - April 2011 - Mosquito Squad Mosquito control is happy to announce Ken and Julie Wuerfel as new franchisees. The Wuerfels have officially opened the Mosquito Squad of Southwest Michigan to provide tick and mosquito control.

    "Ken and Julie are great additions to the Mosquito Squad team," says Boyd Huneycutt, Vice President of Operations of Mosquito Squad. "As current business owners, they understand what it takes to build a loyal customer following and provide great customer service."

    Mosquito Squad of Southwest Michigan will cover parts of Kalamazoo, Van Buren and Berrien counties.

    Mosquito Squad is North America's fastest growing outdoor living concept franchise. Known as the "mosquito exterminator," Mosquito Squad mosquito control has five ways to ensure affordable, dependable and effective protection against mosquito bites as well as the nuisance and dangers of mosquitoes, ticks and the diseases they can carry, like West Nile Virus, Encephalitis and Lyme Disease.

    1. 21-day Barrier Spray, which kills on contact and continues for three weeks.
    2. 14-day All-Natural Spray, which kills adult mosquitoes on contact and has a two-week repellent effect.
    3. Intensive Tick Treatment to reduce the spread of Lyme disease.
    4. Special Event Spray for mosquito-free outdoor parties, weddings, picnics and concerts.
    5. Automatic Misting System providing continuous control 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via timed bursts of protective sprays at key times when mosquitoes are at their most active.
    Julie and Ken Wuerfel have owned a Cleaning Authority location since 2006. When looking to create more revenue, Mosquito Squad quickly piqued their interest. "Mosquito Squad is a natural fit and extension of our current business philosophy," says Julie. " We strongly believe that 'life's too short" and we want to make sure we are offering services that help people spend more time with their families. Cleaning houses and power washing them takes care of people's homes so they cross another item off their never ending to-do list. Mosquito Squad will allow them to freely entertain at their home and enjoy more time outdoors all summer long. Not to mention the added health benefits for people and their pets by eliminating harmful mosquito bites."

    The Mosquito Squad mosquito control technology is similar to that which has proven to be extremely effective in the dairy farm and horse industries in controlling annoying flying insects. Part of Outdoor Living Brands' franchise company based in Richmond, VA, Mosquito Squad mosquito control keeps families, residences, businesses and special events like outdoor weddings and picnics mosquito-free. Mosquito Squad mosquito control was recently rated one of the Top 50 Franchises by Franchise Business Review and received their 2010 Franchisee Satisfaction Award. Mosquito Squad mosquito control also received the World Class Franchise Designation from the Franchise Research Institute.

    To find Mosquito Squad mosquito control near you, call toll-free 877 MOSQUAD, or 877-667-7823.

    For information on stopping mosquito bites with Mosquito Squad mosquito control franchise opportunities, call 800-722-4668 and ask for Franchise Recruitment.

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