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COA director updates project

The task of converting the former Three Rivers Inn from a hotel to senior housing and Commission On Aging headquarters is progressing well. Tim Stoll, COA director, addressed county commissioners Tuesday with an update on the plan. Stoll said assessments regarding the building and its potential re-design are ongoing. Stoll said the COA is working on a community-wide meeting for …

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A thank you from the Commission on Aging!

As a follow-up to last week’s Farm-to-Table meal, the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging wishes to thank a number of supporters and donors. Nearly 500 meals were served at COA’s three meal locations, which are in Three Rivers, Sturgis and at Kline’s Resort, as well as the agency’s Meals on Wheels recipients. All food prepared and served last Friday …

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Commissioners make budget amendment

St. Joseph County commissioners this week agreed to make a budget amendment to the county’s Commission On Aging fund balance. The action was requested after COA director Tim Stoll gave a presentation centering on bids for an architect analysis and construction management for the agency’s potential new location at the former Three Rivers Inn. Three companies were considered for project …

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Commissioners consider COA move

St. Joseph County commissioners appear open to the idea of requesting the deed on a property being considered for senior housing and a new Commission On Aging headquarters. In response to a report presented by COA director Tim Stoll during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting, commissioners agreed that pursuing the former Three Rivers Inn hotel would be a worthwhile endeavor. The …

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COA brings fresh produce to seniors

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is participating in Senior Project FRESH, which provides older adults who qualify with Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan. Eligible items include berries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans and honey. The program is free for both the participant and the farmer. Prospective recipients must be at least 60 years …

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COA looks at former hotel

The St. Joseph County Commission On Aging is eyeing a long-vacant hotel for not only its new headquarters, but senior housing as well. COA executive director Tim Stoll confirmed he is reviewing options and projected expenses related to converting Three Rivers Inn to suit the agency’s needs. Stoll, however, said the process is in its infancy and he plans to …

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Enrichment Center anniversary is celebrated

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Sturgis Enrichment Center on Tuesday, April 11. Seniors and other guests were treated to cake and ice cream and Executive Director Tim Stoll spoke about the growth that has taken place at the Center, located at 306 N. Franks Avenue, in the past year. …

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COMMUNITY LEADERS AND COA PROMOTE MARCH FOR MEALS

Close to 20 community leaders from St. Joseph County are participating in the 15th annual March for Meals Community Champions Week of March 20-24. This national campaign is an annual month-long event and is led by Meals on Wheels America. It is designed to generate public awareness about senior hunger and isolation, both serious problems currently impacting our community and …

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Deadline looming to apply for help with winter energy bills

Eligible Michigan residents have a little more than a month to apply for a credit that helps with winter energy bills. The Michigan Agency for Energy says the deadline to apply for the Home Heating Credit in 2016 is Sept. 30. Those eligible must own or rent the home in which they live and their income must fall within certain …

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COA plans open houses

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is staging two open houses for the public to meet its new executive director, Tim Stoll. The occasion also will provide an opportunity for the public to find out more about what the agency has to offer. The first event will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Three Rivers …

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