What’s New at UniQ

October 12, 2009 by Matt Loker · Comments Off 

uniq-dougAloha friends of UniQ!!! Thanks to all for keeping the UniQ Mice busy in my absence!! Hawaii was breathtaking ….what more can I say?Happy 40th to ME!

I hope you all enjoyed the birthday party the girls had for me as much as they did. To those of you who didn’t make it in … don’t despair, the girls didn’t give EVERYTHING away!!! Thanks also for all the Birthday Wishes!



Opal ~ Gem of the Month for October

uniq-opal14kt White Gold Mexican Fire Opal Ring ~ 3.4 grams!Nature’s entire splendor seems to be reflected in the manifold opulence of fine Opals: fire and lightning, all the colors of the rainbow and the soft shine of far seas. Australia is the classical country of origin; almost ninety-five per cent of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts.

Numerous legends and tales surround this colorful gemstone, which can be traced back in its origins to a time long before our memory, to the ancient dream time of the Australian aborigines. It is reported in their legends that the creator came down to Earth on a rainbow, in order to bring the message of peace to all the humans. On the very spot where his foot touched the ground the stones became alive and started sparkling in all the colors of the rainbow. That was the birth of the Opal.

14KT Yellow Gold Crystal Opal Bracelet – a stunning 28 grams!The group of fine Opals includes quite a number of wonderful gemstones, which share one characteristic: they shine and sparkle in a continually changing play of colors! Depending on the kind, place of occurrence, and color of the main body, Opals are differentiated by Dark or Black, White or Light, Mild or Crystal Boulder Opal, Opal Matrix, Yowah Nuts from Queensland – the so-called “picture stones”, and also Mexican and Fire Opal. Opal variations are practically unlimited. If Opals are lacking the typical play or colors, they are simply named “Common Opals.”

uniq-opal2uniq-opal3As with all gemstones, care should be taken to protect your Opals from scratches and sharp blows. Opals contain water and when they become too dry they become brittle; Opal jewelry should be worn as often as possible for then the gemstone will receive the needed humidity from the air and from the skin of its wearer.

Remember, the staff at UniQ is always happy to answer your gemstone and jewelry care questions; helping to educate you about gems in general and in the proper care for your jewelry investments are our pleasure.

Submit a Letter to the Editor

January 17, 2009 by Matt Loker · Comments Off 

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Want to run for a school board seat?

January 8, 2009 by Matt Loker · Comments Off 

If you’re considering running for a school board seat or the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees, here’s an advisory from St. Joseph County Clerk Pattie Bender that will be of interest:
Petitions are due for school board members and Glen Oaks Community College trustees by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10th.

Petitions are FILED IN THE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE IN CENTREVILLE, located in the Historic Courthouse, 125 W. Main on the 2nd floor.

School board members will be elected on May 5th. All schools will have one or more positions on the school board to be elected. Glen Oaks will have three trustees to be elected.

Those candidates wishing to run for school board positions in Burr Oak, Centreville, Colon, Constantine, Mendon, Nottawa and White Pigeon need to file a minimum of six signatures and a maximum of 20 signatures. Those candidates for Sturgis and Three Rivers school board seats and the Glen Oaks Community College board need a minimum of 40 signatures and a maximum of 100 signatures. They will also need to file an affidavit of identity that must be notarized. That must be filed by the petition deadline filing date and time. The county clerk’s office will complete that form and notarize it when petitions are brought in if desired. In lieu of petitions, candidates may file a nonrefundable $100 filing fee along with the affidavit of identity to secure a spot on the ballot.

Bender said, “The superintendent’s office in your school will likely have petitions for you to pick up, but if they do not, we have them in the County Clerk’s Office.”

If you have any questions please call the office at (269) 467-5603.

“Pilot error” cause of helicopter crash

January 7, 2009 by Matt Loker · Comments Off 

A federal report blames pilot error for the May crash of a medical helicopter on the roof of a downtown Grand Rapids Hospital. The National Transportation Safety Board says the helicopter’s pilot failed to keep a safe distance from a radio tower atop the building. The NTSB final report was issued late last month. The helicopter crashed May 29, 2008, after the tail rotor struck the tower while taking off from a heliport atop Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. The pilot and a Federal Aviation Administration inspector aboard escaped without serious injury. No patients were aboard. (AP)

State’s 3rd SONIC to open in Portage

December 30, 2008 by Matt Loker · Comments Off 

Portage residents now have a reason to stay in – stay in their cars that is. SONIC®, America’s Drive-In® with Monday’s (December 29th) opening of Portage’s first SONIC Drive-In, a restaurant where you order your meal and eat right from the comfort of your own vehicle. This is the third SONIC Drive-In in the state of Michigan.

Dan Finn, manager of the SONIC Drive-In, said, “We are very excited to open a SONIC in Portage.  We are looking forward to serving the community and delivering the fun Carhop service SONIC Drive-Ins are known for across the country.”

Trigo Hospitality is the principal owner of the new SONIC located at 349 Romence Road in Portage. The restaurant features 21 drive-in stalls, two walk-up ordering stations and a drive-thru.

With the full menu available all day, customers can enjoy a Breakfast Burrito to start their morning or as a late night snack. Normal hours of operation will be 6 a.m. to midnight every day.

SONIC, which specializes in made-to-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and personal Carhop service. Unique drink combinations make SONIC Your Ultimate Drink Stop!® SONIC’s slow-melting ice, helps drinks stay cool and keeps them cooled longer while maintaining flavor. SONIC’s full menu is available all day, giving guests the option of eating breakfast for dinner or ordering a SONIC Blast in the morning. Favorites include TOASTER® Sandwiches (sandwiches served on thick Texas Toast), Extra-Long Cheese Coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), fresh-made Onion Rings, Tater Tots and a variety of Frozen Favorites® treats and Fountain Favorites® drinks. SONIC’s ever-growing menu is full of options to satisfy every taste, such as Fresh Fruit Smoothies.

SONIC, America’s Drive-In (NASDAQ/NM: SONC) started as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, called Top Hat Drive-In, and then changed its name to SONIC in 1959. The first drive-in to adopt the SONIC name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Oklahoma. As the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, SONIC has 3,500 drive-ins coast to coast.

The company reports that more than a million customers eat at SONIC every day and says “with more drink combinations than any other quick-service restaurant – more than 168,000 – SONIC is Your Ultimate Drink Stop.”

For more information about Sonic Corp. and its subsidiaries, visit SONIC at

Out and About for December 23rd

December 22, 2008 by Matt Loker · Comments Off 

This is a very special time of the year. It doesn’t matter what religious beliefs you have, it is a time of celebration. For me, the day after tomorrow is Christmas. I personally feel that it has become too commercialized. Too much emphasis has been placed on shopping for gifts that we can’t really afford, and not enough emphasis has been placed on just being nice to one another. Just my opinion and, just like noses, everyone has one. Read more

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