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AARP Chapter Sets Monthly Meeting June 2, 2017

The Susquehanna Valley AARP Chapter 5020 will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 14, in the community room at the St. Peter's Apartments, Fourth and Union streets, Columbia. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Entertainment will be provided by Kerry White. A Chinese auction is also planned, and items should be in place by 11:15 a.m. The service project will be collecting items for the local food bank.

To enter the community room, attendees should use the patio door entrance, which is on the side of the building.

Attendees are asked not to park in the St. Peter's parking lot. Instead, permission has been granted for them to park at the former Bonnie's Beauty Bar lot or in the Union Station parking lot, which can be accessed off the alley on Fourth Street. Prior to parking, attendees may drop their food donation off at the rear of the St. Peter's building.

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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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AARP Chapter Sets Meeting November 4, 2016

Centerville Chapter AARP 4221 will meet on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Pheasant Ridge Community Center at 2 p.m. The speaker will be Doug Harwood from the Veterans' Victory House. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Visitors are welcome. Readers may call Mike Chuhran at 569-3467 for more information.

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AARP Chapter Plans Meeting October 13, 2016

AARP Centerville Chapter 4221 will meet on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at Pheasant Ridge Community Center, located off Stone Mill Road in Lancaster. Betty Simora, vocalist and pianist, will provide entertainment.

Light refreshments will be served after the meeting. Visitors are welcome.

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AARP Chapter Plans Meeting September 14, 2016

AARP Centerville Chapter 4221 will meet on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Centerville Middle School, 865 Centerville Road, Lancaster, at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Jacqueline Birch, executive director of the Lancaster County Office of Aging. She will speak about updates on programs offered by the Office of Aging.

Light refreshments will be served after the meeting. Visitors are welcome.

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Virtual Career Fair Scheduled September 7, 2016

As part of a commitment to provide information, tools, and programs to help workers age 50 and up, AARP will host its next Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This live online event will provide individuals age 50 and up with the opportunity to recharge their job search and connect with local and national employers from the comfort of their own homes.

During the Virtual Career Fair, participants will have the opportunity to chat with recruiters, submit resumes, and view job openings. Participants may also learn how volunteering can help recharge a job search, get job search advice during live webinars and live scheduled chats, play games that help them brush up on job search skills, connect with other job seekers, and get a sneak peek at AARP's new Work and Jobs Skills Inventory, which will aim to help job seekers polish their digital skills.

To register for the Virtual Career Fair, readers may visit www.aarp.org/VirtualCareerFair. The Virtual Career Fair will also be accessible on-demand through the end of 2016.

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AARP Chapter Plans Meeting September 1, 2016

Susquehanna Valley AARP Chapter 5020 will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, 10th and Manor streets, Columbia.

The guest speaker will be Rochelle Welkowitz. She will share ideas and information on downsizing. Service projects will include collecting school supplies to be donated to a local school and collecting items for the local food bank.

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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Driver Safety Course Planned August 18, 2016

An AARP Driving Course will be offered at Fairmount Homes on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 8 and 9, to anyone age 55 and up. The course will take place from 8 a.m. to noon each day in the Crest View Gathering Room at 1100 Farm Crest Drive on the east side of the Fairmount campus. The public is welcome.

Separate fees have been set for AARP members and nonmembers. The course qualifies participants to receive a 5 percent insurance discount for three years. After attending both sessions, participants will receive a certificate of completion to show their insurance company. If both spouses are on the same insurance policy, they both must attend the sessions to qualify for the discount.

The course will focus on ongoing changes in seniors, vehicles, roads, and driving laws. The presenters will offer defensive driving techniques and strategies for staying safe on the road. The course will take place entirely in the classroom, with no on-the-road driving and no tests. For anyone who has taken the course previously, a refresher course will be offered on Friday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.

To register for any classes, readers may call Ferne at 354-1895 or Denise at 354-1893 by Wednesday, Aug. 31. Payment is due at the start of the first session. Attendees should bring their driver's license to the sessions, and AARP members should also bring their AARP cards. For the refresher course, verification of having taken the full course previously is required. Verification could be either one's previous certificate or a bill from his or her insurance company showing the discount.

Directions are available at www.FairmountHomes.org.

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AARP Warns Of Moving Fraud August 15, 2016

Last year alone, there were more than 3,000 reported complaints of interstate moving fraud, with offenses ranging from taking goods hostage, overcharges, loss and damage, and insurance issues. In a usual scenario, rogue movers typically provide a low estimate over the phone or online without ever seeing the goods that need to be moved. Once the items are on their truck, they demand more money. They force people to pay more if they want their goods back.

There are a few red flags that signal when someone is not dealing with a legitimate moving company. First, the moving company demands cash or a large deposit upfront. Second, the mover does not provide a written estimate. Third, the company's website has no local address and no information about registration or insurance.

Consumers should do several things to be sure they are doing business with a legitimate company. Consumers should do a search on the name of the company they are planning to use to check for complaints, company contact information, and safety information. Individuals should determine whether the company they talk to is the same company that will move them. If not, they should research the actual moving company as well. Consumers should never sign a contract until they understand with whom they are dealing.

The federal government and legitimate moving companies are working together to fight interstate moving fraud. Readers may visit www.protectyourmove.gov for a helpful checklist and to learn more.

For information about other scams, readers may sign up for AARP's Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org, which offers free email alerts with tips and resources to help people spot and avoid identity theft and fraud, and gain access to a network of experts, law enforcement, and people in the community who will provide up-to-date information on the latest scams.

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Site To Offer Shingles Vaccine July 12, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced that the shingles vaccine will be available for individuals age 50 and up from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, at Northeastern Senior Community Center, 131 Center St., Mount Wolf.

Individuals are eligible for vaccines at low or no cost if they are underinsured (meaning that insurance does not cover the vaccine) or uninsured (having no insurance). The maximum cost, which is nominal, will be payable by check or money order.

Vaccinations will be available by appointment only. For more information or to register, readers may call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 771-4505.

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AARP Chapter Posts Meeting May 26, 2016

Susquehanna Valley AARP Chapter 5020 will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 8, at the Columbia United Methodist Church, Fifth and Walnut streets, Columbia.

The meeting will feature a covered dish luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by Caleb Brown after lunch, and there will be a Chinese auction. The installation of officers will take place, as well. Donations of quarters and small candy and crackers will be accepted from members for service projects to be held over the coming months.

For more information about joining the chapter, readers may call Lareene Fischer at 684-6856.

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