Free tax help at Oasis, Liberty Tax
appreciation days, LCU guest speakers, MS fundraiser at Mason City Limits, NHM supports HSLC, caregiver program at Vonderlieth,
Russel Allen Garden Day, writing club, Draw 4 Carroll, Elkhart dinner lecture, Hartem FFA auction, Zonta scholarship, MP Rotary
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Oasis offers free tax
assistance program -- The Oasis Senior Center offers free tax assistance
to seniors during the 2012 filing season, Feb. 1-April 13. The center will
offer electronic filing, which improves accuracy and ensures each return is
accepted by the IRS in a timely manner. Tax volunteers are trained in the
"Tax Wise" software but are not trained tax professionals. If your form is
complicated or outside the established guidelines, please seek the
assistance of a tax professional.
The senior center is obligated to stay within the guidelines for a
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center. The guidelines prohibit the
center from completing tax forms that involve the sale of property,
business earnings, depreciation, stock sales, farm income, and other
income or deductions that are not typical in nature.
appointment, call 732-6132.
Tax appreciation days
Liberty Tax Service honors military and veterans
Liberty Tax Service salutes veterans, active military and their
immediate family members with free tax preparation at all
participating Liberty Tax Service offices Feb. 22-29. This is for
first-time customers of Liberty Tax.
"We want to give something back to honor the brave men and women
who valiantly defend us and the American way of life," said Chris
Fehr, owner of Liberty Tax Service. "We look forward to helping them
this year. Tax advice is always free regarding military service tax
issues or any tax concern. Just call and ask."
There is one Liberty Tax Service location in Lincoln and two
locations in Decatur. To be directly connected with the nearest one,
Liberty Tax Service provides tax cut on fees for teachers and
Teachers can leave their lesson plans behind but are invited to
bring their tax receipts and information to Liberty Tax Service
offices during "Educator Appreciation Days." The company is saluting
area teachers, all school employees and bus drivers by offering them
free tax preparation if they are new customers from Feb. 27 to March
4 at the Decatur, Lincoln and Springfield Liberty Tax offices.
"Employees of our education systems deserve a tax break," said
Chris Fehr, owner of Liberty Tax Service in Lincoln. "We have
‘Appreciation Days’ to show our respect for the teaching profession
and those employed by the schools. They have one of the most
important jobs of all."
Eligible educators who spend their own money on classroom
supplies may again qualify for a tax break in 2011. An eligible
educator is a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor,
counselor, principal or aide who works at least 900 hours in either
a public or private school. The adjustment for these expenses, of no
more than $250, can be claimed whether or not the taxpayer can
2 special guests at LCU on Feb. 29
Lincoln Christian University welcomes 2010 John Templeton Award
for Theological Promise recipient Dr. Jeffrey Stackert as part of
its Biblical Studies Symposium. Stackert will present a paper
entitled "The Devastation of Darkness: Disability in Exodus
10:21-23, 27 and Intensification in the Plagues." The public is
invited to join all students for this lecture scheduled in
Restoration Hall, Room R23, on Feb. 29 from noon to 12:50 p.m.
LCU is also hosting Dr. Lisa Anderson-Shaw on Feb. 29 as the first
guest speaker in a series of "Bioethics Conversations" this spring.
The topic, "A Conversation can Change an Outcome: Communicating Bad
News in Difficult Situation," will address communications between
patients, families and physicians. The session will be from 7 to
8:30 p.m. in Restoration Hall, Room R49. The Bioethics Conversations
at LCU are an ongoing series of topical discussions about bioethics,
presented from a Christian worldview.
Mason City Limits hosts "Laughin' Toward a Cure"
The Mason City Limits comedy club is hosting its third annual "Laughin'
Toward a Cure for MS" March 2-3, benefiting the Greater Illinois
Chapter of the National MS Society through the MS Slugfest softball
tournament in Chicago in August.
Featured comedian will be Rob Haney. He is a writer for the "Bob
and Tom Show" and has been featured on HBO.
Funds will be donated through the area softball team Hittin' for
Kids with MS. Brian and Corky Stoltzenburg, Jeff and Ginger Yeazle,
and Bob Dunovsky participate with the team in the softball
tournament in August.
Showtimes are Friday, March 2, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 3,
at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Mention "MS fundraiser" and a portion of the
ticket price will be included in the donation to Hittin' for Kids
Reservations are encouraged. Call 217-728-LAFF (5233) to reserve
New Holland-Middletown supports Humane Society in Feb. and March
The service learning project at New Holland-Middletown School for
the months of February and March supports the Humane Society of
Students are collecting pet food, treats and supplies. Also, a
container for collecting change and cash donations is available in
the school office. Donations from the public are welcome and can be
placed in the school library in Middletown.
The Humane Society of Logan
County is a not-for-profit organization committed to the
prevention of cruelty, abuse and neglect of animals. The
organization has a new shelter at 1801 E. Lincoln Parkway, Lincoln.
For more information about this project, call 217-445-2656.
Faculty sponsor for the project is Diane Bicknell.
to Care for Yourself"
Meeting the needs of a family member or friend who has memory
loss or Alzheimer's is a big undertaking. Vonderlieth Foundation is
partnering with Harbor Light Hospice and the new Mount Pulaski
Alzheimer's Support Group for an event aimed at providing support
and resources for those who are providing care for someone with
memory loss. The "Remembering to Care for Yourself" program will be
at Vonderlieth Living Center on Thursday, March 8, at 2 p.m.
Featured topics of discussion will
guilt tips and techniques
Safety in the home
Respite, long-term care and hospice
Speakers are LaRea Birt, R.N., B.S.N., and Michelle Matteson,
B.S. in psychology. There will be food and door prizes, and a chance
to get acquainted with the new Mount Pulaski Alzheimer's Support
Master Gardeners host Russel Allen Garden Day
The University of Illinois Extension Logan County Master
Gardeners will host Russel Allen Garden Day on Saturday, March 10,
at the Meyers-Evans Student Center at Lincoln College. Sessions will
run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The
public is invited for this event that will feature various
presentations related to gardening, as well as displays by area
plant and gardening societies. The day is in honor of Russel Allen,
a charter member of the Logan County Master Gardener volunteer
To view a brochure and register online, visit the
For additional information, call 217-732-8289.
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Lincoln Writers Club will meet Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. in
the Alumni Room of the Lincoln College dining hall. The Rev. Barbara
Stroud-Borth will chair the meeting.
Suggested writing topics: Mardi Gras, Girl Scouting or Leap Year.
For more information, call 732-2723.
February Draw 4 Carroll winners --
The winners of the Feb. 15 Draw 4 Carroll drawing were as
$500 -- Emily
seller: Emily Bakken
$250 -- R. Michael
seller: Erika Pellinghelli
$150 -- Jim Rich;
seller: Holy Family
$100 -- Mildred "Mickey" Raffa;
seller: Dan Raffa
The next and final Draw 4 Carroll drawing will take place on
Wednesday, March 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the Holy Family Parish office.
dinner lecture on the Irish connection
The Elkhart Historical Society will present the second of a new
season of lectures at the Wild Hare Cafe in Elkhart on Friday, March
16. "Abraham Lincoln in Logan County, and the Irish Connection" will
be presented by Paul Beaver, professor emeritus of Lincoln College.
Beaver will talk on little-known facts about Abraham Lincoln in
Logan County during the years 1834-1860.
Lincoln was a surveyor, lawyer and politician in and around Logan
County and left much documented information, some of which has
previously been reported incorrectly in many publications over the
years. Beaver will discuss the impact of the waves of Irish
immigrants into Logan County, which had a direct influence on the
political success of our 16th president of the United States.
Come join an entertaining Irish night with music and corned beef
and cabbage (an additional entrée is available).
Reservation forms are available at
www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org and the new
FFA consignment auction
The second annual Hartsburg-Emden
FFA consignment auction will be on Saturday, March 17.
The auction will be at the Orvil Township machine shed in
Proceeds from the auction go toward sending FFA members to the
Washington Leadership Conference.
This year, the Zonta Club of Lincoln is able to offer
scholarships for young women; among them is the Zonta Club of
Lincoln's Women's Career Scholarship.
The scholarship being offered is open to any Logan County woman.
The school to be attended need not be an Illinois institution;
however, it must be accredited or recognized as an approved program
in the field of study. Top candidates will be selected based on
merit, activities, leadership, honors, awards and need. Awards are
offered on a one-academic-year basis and applicants can reapply year
after year. Students having less than one academic year remaining
until graduation are not eligible for consideration.
Deadline for this scholarship application is March 19.
Scholarship applications are available at local high schools,
colleges and university guidance offices.
More information is available in a Jan. 25 LDN
For further information or to obtain an application, contact
Christel Huff, chairman, Zonta Club of Lincoln Scholarship
Committee, 211 Latham St., Lincoln, IL 62656; phone 217-732-3305
(home) or 217-737-4470 (cell); or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be
emailed to applicants.
Pulaski Rotary Club scholarship announcement
The Mount Pulaski Rotary Club is offering Mount Pulaski High
School seniors the opportunity to apply for scholarships through a
Rotary Club program again this year. Applications for the
scholarships may be obtained from the high school
guidance counselor's office.
February Senior-of-the-Month at Mount Pulaski High School
Mark Foley has been named February Senior-of-the-Month at
Mount Pulaski High School. Mark is the son of Robert and Sharon
Foley of Mount Pulaski.
In addition to leading the class academically, Mark is a
four-year member of student council, serving as president. He is a
two-year member and co-president of National Honor Society, a
four-year member and captain of the varsity basketball team, a
three-year member and state qualifier on the Worldwide Youth in
Science and Engineering team, and a three-year member of the Science
Olympiad team. He has also been a member of the Drama Club for four
years and served on the prom committee.
In the community, Mark earned his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 122
of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a 2011 delegate to Illinois
Boys State, where he was elected secretary of state.
Mark plans to attend Indiana University or the University of
Minnesota, to major in finance and accounting.
The Senior-of-the-Month program is co-sponsored by Johnson's Food
Center of Mount Pulaski and Mount Pulaski Pharmacy. Monthly winners
receive $100 savings bonds and are eligible to compete for the
$1,000 Senior-of-the-Year award.