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AARP Chapter Sets Meeting April 28, 2017

The Susquehanna Valley AARP Chapter 5020 will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 10th and Manor streets, Columbia. Guest speaker Chris Vera will share some of the history of Columbia.

For the month's service project, donations will be accepted for the local food bank.

Visitors are welcome, and new members are accepted.

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Free Shredding Event Posted April 12, 2017

Area residents can safely dispose of personal financial documents and other sensitive records at a free Operation: Stop Scams shredding event offered by the AARP Fraud Watch Network on Saturday, April 22, at Continental Paper Grading, 3550 Concord Road, York. The service will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the York County Food Bank.

Security experts recommend shredding the following materials: old documents, such as papers that carry one's Social Security number, birth date, signature, account numbers, passwords, or PINs; banking items, such as canceled or unused checks, deposit slips, and ATM and credit card receipts; credit cards, including preapproved credit card applications and incentive/gift checks from credit card companies; medical documents such as unneeded medical bills; investment account statements; and obsolete identification cards, such as expired driver's licenses, medical insurance cards, and passports.

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AARP Chapter Plans Meeting March 8, 2017

AARP Centerville Chapter 4221 will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at Centerville Middle School. Daryl Thomas will provide musical entertainment.

Light refreshments will follow the meeting. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may call Mike Chuhran at 569-3467.

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AARP Chapter Posts Meeting February 23, 2017

Susquehanna Valley AARP Chapter 5020 will hold its monthly meeting at St. James Lutheran Church, 10th and Manor streets, Columbia, on Wednesday, March 8, at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place upstairs, so attendees should use the back door off the parking lot.

The guest speaker will be a representative of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. This month's service project will be collecting donations for the local food bank.

Visitors are welcome.

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AARP Chapter Plans Meeting February 8, 2017

AARP Centerville Chapter 4221 will meet on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at Pheasant Ridge Community Center. Jack French from a hearing technology business will be the guest speaker.

Light refreshments will follow the meeting. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information, call Mike Chuhran at 569-3467.

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AARP Chapter Sets Meeting January 26, 2017

The Susquehanna Valley AARP Chapter 5020 will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 10th and Manor streets, Columbia. The meeting will take place upstairs, so attendees should use the back door off the parking lot.

For this month's service project, donations will be accepted for Clare House. Donations may include comfort items, cleaning supplies, and personal care items.

The guest speaker will be Dwendy Johnson from the Gift of Life Donor Program.

Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Lareene Fischer at 684-6856.

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Tax Service Is Available January 25, 2017

Grace Community Church, 212 Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street, is now offering Lancaster County's AARP Tax-Aide program. The county-wide program served more than 4,000 taxpayers last year at eight county locations. IRS-certified Tax-Aide volunteers will provide in-person assistance with tax returns for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

Help is available for preparing federal, state and local tax returns. Rent rebate form completion is also provided. Federal and state returns are electronically filed. To make an appointment, readers may call Grace Church at 464-6274.

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AARP Chapter Sets Meeting January 13, 2017

Centerville Chapter AARP 4221 will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at Pheasant Ridge Community Center, located off Stone Mill Road in Lancaster. The program will be presented by Nick DiSanto's One-Man Band. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Visitors are welcome.

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AARP Chapter Slates Meeting December 28, 2016

Susquehanna Valley AARP Chapter 5020 will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, 10th and Manor streets, Columbia. The guest speaker will be Eleanor Isaacson.

Attendees are asked to use the door in the back of the building off the parking lot. New members are welcome. For more information, readers may call Lareene Fischer at 684-6856.

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AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers Sought December 20, 2016

The AARP Tax-Aide program is seeking volunteers to help people prepare taxes. The AARP Tax-Aide program is a volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. It provides free tax services for low- and medium-income families and senior citizens through 35,000 volunteers at 5,000 sites nationwide.

First-year volunteers complete a six-day training program in the early part of January at a local site. Returning volunteers and first-year volunteers then complete a three-day refresher and update program. Volunteers are trained to review an intake sheet that is completed by all taxpayers containing personal information and the individual taxpayer tax documents. Volunteers then enter the taxpayers' information into an IRS-supplied tax software package. All returns are 100 percent reviewed by at least two people for accuracy. Federal, state, local, and Pennsylvania property tax/rent rebate forms are completed. Computers, supplies, numerous informational tools, decision-making trees, and other resources are supplied by AARP and updated annually. All sites have a site coordinator to schedule and assist.

The tax service will be available from the early part of February to mid-April at local senior centers, churches, halls, and other locations. Volunteers are asked to prepare taxes at least one day per week depending on the days open at the individual 11 Chester County sites. Volunteers are able to schedule their hours around any individual travel plans. No experience is required.

For more information, readers may visit http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-2006/volunteer_aarp_tax_aide.html or contact Henry Bernard, Downingtown Senior Center site coordinator, at 484-883-2426 or hcbernard@comcast.net.

Registration is eventually required in order to be exempt from any legal liability when doing taxes through AARP.

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