September Anniversaries

The Cass County COA would like to recognize the following employees that have work anniversaries this month:   Michelle Lofton - 1 year Noelle Rykowski - 5 years Laura Jepkema - 9 years Shirley Rank - 17 years    



Life is Better When You Dance

Friends gathered together in July to celebrate the centennial birthday of Betty Rutz.   As a lifelong dancer, Betty loves to participate in Line Dancing at the COA every Tuesday. Growing up in Benton Harbor, Betty took ballet classes and then transitioned to toe dancing and ballroom dancing, all... (read more)



Parking Lot Repaving

Those of you who are frequent visitors to the COA know that we recently started repaving the parking lot at the Lowe Center.   Here is a timelapse video of the work being done...     The work should be completed on Friday, September 2.    



Monkeypox Awareness in Van Buren and Cass Counties

Throughout the summer a new topic of conversation has emerged bringing about many questions and some concern. Cases of Monkeypox have been identified worldwide, throughout the United States and across Michigan; as of Wednesday, August 10, 2022 there are no known cases in Van Buren or Cass counties... (read more)



Is a strong core important? ABSolutely!

What do getting out of bed in the morning and Olympic power lifting have in common? You’re probably thinking “not much,” aside from the necessity of leaving your bed to go to the gym and lift - but it’s so much more than that. Both actions require the body’s core to function properly for the task... (read more)



Underground Railroad Days to return to Vandalia

VANDALIA — The Village of Vandalia and the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County will partner once again to celebrate the heritage of the Underground Railroad in the area.     Underground Railroad Days, an annual festival co-sponsored by the Village of Vandalia and the Underground Railroad... (read more)



Thank You Debbie Hartman

After 39 years of service, Debbie Hartman will be retiring from the COA on July 8. She began her COA career in 1983 as a Home Care Aide when our offices were located in the Courthouse Annex. Debbie eventually transitioned into the Administration Department where her first desk was a TV tray that... (read more)



Try Something New

Are you stuck in a rut, tired, or bored with your current routine? Well, have no fear because summer is here!   This is a great time to try something new whether it is a new exercise, new machine, or even a new class. By cross training you help the body stay functional and flexible, allowing... (read more)



COA Summer Concert Series Announced

The COA’s Summer Concert Series is back by popular demand.  Join us at the COA Lowe Center’s Pavilion for some great music and an opportunity to buy some good food from food truck vendors.    Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this free outdoor concert.   Friday, June 10 - Touch of Texas | Food:... (read more)



Summertime Fun

We’ve waited and waited and now the first official day of summer is almost here. The winter seemed longer and colder this year, not to mention all the rain and gloom spring brought with it. The weather is getting nicer and most of us are eager to get out of the house and enjoy activities in the... (read more)