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Construction to begin on new COA

A ceremonial groundbreaking Monday at Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence in Three Rivers marked the physical conversion of the former Three Rivers Inn. Construction is set to begin this week, as the former 100-room hotel will become the headquarters for St. Joseph County Commission on Aging’s Three Rivers senior center as well as more than 40 senior apartments. COA executive …

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COA holds groundbreaking ceremony

A significant moment in the redevelopment of the former Three Rivers Inn took place Monday afternoon. The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is oversaw a ceremonial groundbreaking at the West Broadway Street site. Renamed the Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence, the building will be the new headquarters for the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging’s Three Rivers site, a …

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COA millage renewal is approved

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging’s request for renewal of three-quarters of a mill was approved by voters, 71 to 29 percent. The request is for a six-year period, and will generate nearly $1.5 million during its first year.

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County commission approves COA resolution

An essential component associated with redevelopment of the former Three Rivers Inn was solved Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The board approved a resolution to authorize issuance of general-obligation bonds. The result will eventually be $3.6 million to help finance the conversion of the 100-room hotel into Commission On Aging headquarters and 46 senior-housing residences. Attorney …

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Millage renewal approved for Transportation Authority

St. Joseph County residents appeared to have no problem continuing to help fund the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority. By a comfortable margin Tuesday, a request to renew one-third of a mill was approved in the county-wide vote. As a result, the Three Rivers-based agency will continue to receive about $650,000 annually over the next four years. Consistent with renewal …

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COA advisory board announces names

St. Joseph County Commission on Aging’s advisory board has agreed to name the new Three Rivers senior center/ housing project. It also voted to rename the Sturgis Enrichment Center. During last week’s COA meeting, the board chose “Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence” as the name for the new Three Rivers site. Meanwhile, “Oaks Enrichment Center” is the new name for …

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COA sponsors egg hunts

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is sponsoring two Easter Egg Hunts for area school children. The agency’s seniors donated candy and helped stuff more than 1,500 eggs between the senior centers in Three Rivers and Sturgis. In Sturgis, the hunt will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday next week at the Sturgis Enrichment Center. More than 100 students from …

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COA receives donation

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging recently received a $750 donation from Farmers State Bank in Sturgis.  The money was raised by the employees at the bank. The donation will go toward benefiting COA members and the activities and other programs in which they participate. On Wednesday, January 24, representatives from the bank presented the check to the COA …

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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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