Property taxes are due Tuesday, February 28 by midnight. Beginning March 1, real property taxes must be paid to Van Buren County Treasurer.

Antwerp Township Senior Services

Program Highlights:

Cooking Classes with Lynne McGuire & Wendell Meade
Cooking classes are starting on January 25th! You can check out all the information on Van Buren County Health Department’s Facebook page. Lynne McGuire & Wendell Meade are taking participants through a full dining experience including appetizers, soups and salads, entrees and dessert.  Cost is $35 per person which includes your meal for the evening and a recipe packet. Please call Chantel Wojcik 269-621-3141, extension 1339 or email cwojcik@vbcassdhd.org for more information. Ready to register – just visit www.pigsandpies.com,

January 25, 2017: Comfort Food Class (It’s Cold Outside – What is Cooking?)
February 23: The Julia Child French Cooking Class
March 24: The First Ever Friday Cooking Class
April 12 & 27: The Asian Fusion Class
May 18 & 31: The Seafood Class
June 22: Outdoor Entertaining and Grilling Class
July 19 & 20: Cooking Traditional Foods of Sicily
August 16 & 17: The Farmer’s Market Class
September 20 & 21: The Old Bistro 120 Classic Recipe Class
October 18 & 19: Mediterranean Style Cooking Class
November 29 & 30: The Sunday Roast Class

Senior Care Program
We give ears first and hearts next. The first time you call, VBEMS will take an assessment to build on a foundation to make intelligent recommendations for a customized care program for you. The goal of this program is to recognize health care needs and work with your physician to maintain a quality of life in your home. VBEMS offers professionally trained staff and is an extension of the health care system. It’s not designed to take the place of a home health care agency, but to work along side of them. Once a visit has been made to your home, the following visits will be for health screenings, medication checks/organization, home safety, and patient education. Please call 269-657-2996 if you or someone you know could benefit from this program.

Luncheons
Seniors are meeting every Wednesday at noon for luncheons in the Activity Center, join us for a great meal (donations welcomed, not required).  Yarn crafters gather right after lunch and board/card games are available for social time after lunch.

Questions about Senior Project Fresh? Contact Erin Watson at Universall Home HealthCare to obtain coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables and eligibility requirements. Phone is 269-872-3352.

Project Quilting is each Thursday morning from 9 am – 4 pm. Quilters will be gathering in the Activity Center.  Bring your projects and have some fun!

Interested in SilverSneakers® Yoga? Call us and sign up for a class with Molly Yoshikawa. Classes will be in the Antwerp Township Activity Center. Free for Antwerp Township residents and $3/class for non-residents. SilverSneakers® Yoga runs every Monday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Join Molly for her new class, Introductory Mat Yoga from 11:00 am – Noon.

Where and how are millage tax dollars being spent? Check out the latest Revenue/Expenditure Report March 2017 (*7/1/16 begins a new fiscal year) and adopted Budget for Budget 2016-2017. So if the fiscal year ended…what happened to money that wasn’t spent?  Those tax dollars are dedicated funds which means, just like fire funds, they remain in an account for the sole purpose of serving seniors each year. The total amount available is depicted as fund balance on the bottom of the report.

Do you have a home healthcare need? Do you need a ramp? Would you like to become a foster grandparent? Senior Services of Southwest Michigan can help.  One call covers it all 269-382-0515. Whether you need assessment services, home repair, home care, meals on wheels, let Senior Services of Southwest Michigan help you with your home care needs.

There’s also commodity and nutrition assistance through Mattawan Food Pantry, Eleanor’s Food Pantry, Project Senior Fresh, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency. Call 269-668-2615 for more information. We are here to help.

How can you help? Volunteer, suggest an activity you would like to see started, participate in existing programs, come to our luncheons on Wednesdays, come and hang out with us.  We’d love to see you!

Antwerp Township Advisory Board: Board meets on the second Wednesday at 1:00 pm in the Activity Center

Sid Shank, Chair: sidshank1@gmail.com
Richard Rajkovich: rostester@frontier.com
Deb May: dmay_49031@yahoo.com
Ralph “Paul” Forst: forestfyr@frontier.com
Daniel Ruzick: druzick@antwerptownship.com
Heather Mitchell: hmitchell@antwerptownship.com
Karen Dunn: askkdunn@juno.com

Alternate- Barb Farris: chilimamb@gmail.com

Since the millage passed in August of 2014, these individuals have been meeting on a regular basis to get our program up and running, while making recommendations to the Antwerp Township Board of Trustees. Survey results are in and detailed results are available (Survey Results SS 2014).  Out of 2,117 surveys mailed, 569 were returned, a 27% return rate.

Highest response rate for programs/services were: Health Services such as balance/strength, low impact exercise; Educational Programming such as informational seminars; and Trips/Travel.

menu for April 26: (Premier) Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable, Salad, Roll, Birthday Cake

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