Renewed Contract With Canteen Food

July 25, 2011 by WLKM · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County has agreed to renew its contract with Canteen food services to prepare meals for the county’s Commission on Aging.

COA ’s relationship with Canteen dates to 2008, when it started preparing meals in the kitchen at the county jail for COA ’s “Meals on Wheels” recipients as well as jail inmates.

As part of its agreement with the county, Canteen offers an 8-cent reduction per inmate meal and the company also evenly splits with the county the cost of equipment repair.

There’s help for seniors

December 1, 2010 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The National Tuesday Toolmen organization has singled out the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging and the Tuesday Toolmen program it helped create.

According to the River Country Journal, COA members recently were made aware of the honor that certifies the volunteer group as an official chapter of the national organization. The national chapter indicated that the St. Joseph County organization has completed the required training to facilitate a Tuesday Toolmen chapter.

Sherry Swartz, coordinator of in-home services for the county’s COA, helped organize the local group after learning more about the program from the Kalamazoo chapter.

Tuesday Toolmen is comprised of volunteers who engage in a number of home-improvements projects or tasks one day a week for homeowners on a limited budget. The St. Joseph County group in the 2009-10 fiscal year provided services small and large for more than 60 COA clients.

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Circle Line expands service

November 28, 2010 by WLKM · 1 Comment 

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority’s Circle Line in Three Rivers has introduced Saturday service .  The $1, one-way ride via the Circle Line provides stopping points and pick-ups at a number of fixed locations throughout the city. The Circle Line service previously was offered only Monday through Friday in Three Rivers.  Prospective riders who live on the fringe of a Circle Line stopping point may ask in advance for Flex-Route service by making arrangements in advance with SJCTA dispatchers.  Saturday Circle Line hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SJC Transportation gets renewal

August 4, 2010 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Renewal of one-third of a mill was granted Tuesday to the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority. The Three Rivers-based agency was seeking a four-year renewal in order to maintain its current level of services.

Steve Yorks, executive director of the SJCTA, said he appreciates the vote of confidence St. Joseph County residents have in the agency, as evidenced by the 61 percent of the vote of support it attracted.

The 0.33-mill amount will generate about $600,000 annually, starring in 2011.

Transportation Authority gets new buses

May 14, 2010 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Steve Yorks, executive director of the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority, has announced that four new cutaway buses are ready to hit the streets.

The buses were purchased through a Michigan Department of Transportation grant. Once delivered a month ago, the four buses were sent to Mendon, where the SJCTA’s covered bridge logo and the agency’s telephone number were inscribed onto their exteriors. The buses will replace four vehicles that date to 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002. Yorks said the addition of the four new buses and elimination of its four oldest vehicles will see the agency maintain a 19-vehicle fleet.

Yorks said the agency is trying to maintain a high profile around the county in advance of an August millage request, which will ask St. Joseph County voters to renew 0.33 mills for basic operations.

Senior and Veteran Expo

March 24, 2010 by WLKM · Comments Off 

State Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker and Sen. Tom George are asking local community organizations and businesses to participate as event sponsors and exhibitors in the fifth annual Kalamazoo area Senior and Veteran Expo.

The event, hosted by state Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker, Sen. Tom George and the Mattawan Lions Club, takes place on Monday, April 19th, at the Antwerp Township Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for local groups and businesses to showcase their organization and for seniors and veterans to learn more about what our community has to offer,” said Schuitmaker, of Lawton. “This has always been a popular event in the past but we are hoping to even greater participation and more than 100 exhibitors this year.”

Schuitmaker said exhibitor tables and sponsorships are a perfect marketing opportunity for local businesses. The expo will include health screenings by Bronson Lakeview Hospital, including free cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar tests as well as vision screenings.

Military memorabilia will also be on display.

Admission is free and transportation will be provided for seniors and veterans to attend the event.

For more information, visit or call toll free 1-800-679-7365.

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