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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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COA’s fiscal year changes to calendar year

The budgeting process for St. Joseph County finance director Joni Smith became a little less complicated Tuesday. Members of the county’s board of commissioners agreed to change the fiscal year for Commission On Aging to the calendar year. The move makes the Jan. 1-Dec. 31 fiscal year consistent with the county’s and other agencies. Commission On Aging previously operated on …

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Reappointments for COA board

Four people were reappointed to the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Board this week. Members of the county commission voted Tuesday to renew the two-year terms of Margaret Shultz, Jon Withers and Steve Boland. Meanwhile, at-large appointee Joseph “Al” Heivilin was also reappointed, but to a one-year term. Shultz currently serves as chair of the COA board. County commissioner …

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New director named for local COA

A Colon High School graduate has been named the new executive director of the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging. Tim Stoll, 44, was offered and accepted the position Monday. Stoll replaces Lynn Coursey, who resigned last month after a 13-year reign as the agency’s leader. Stoll, a Sherwood resident, said he was excited to be recruited for the position …

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COA director announces resignation

St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Executive Director Lynn Coursey announced last week her resignation from the Three Rivers-based agency. Coursey had served in the capacity for 13 years. She said she is pursuing other opportunities, and added she is proud of the COA’s current visibility as a result of its efforts the past 13 years.

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COA offers fresh produce program

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is participating in the Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH, which provides older adults with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout the state. Qualified older adults receive coupons that are used to purchase Michigan-grown produce at registered roadside stands and farmers markets. Eligible items include berries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans and …

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Enrichment Center celebrates grand opening

After years of planning, the $2.6 million Enrichment Center in Sturgis is ready for business following a ceremonial grand opening last week. Located adjacent to the Doyle Center on the east side of the city, the Enrichment Center was praised Friday by county and municipal dignitaries, Commission on Aging officials and dozens of other guests. COA executive director Lynn Coursey …

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Grant awarded to local groups

St. Joseph County was chosen for a pilot program through the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards. The group was recently awarded a $4.2 million grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support 12 initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for seniors. According to officials from the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. …

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