The Pacific County Friends of the Fair have been busy planning for the upcoming 2017 Pacific County Fair. They have decided the theme will be "Honoring Our Heritage." The Friends of the Fair are extending an open invitation to people living in the Pacific County area and beyond to share their culture on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the fair.
An in-person tax preparation service will be on offer at the Raymond Timberland Library on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month between Feb. 11 and April 8. Sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"It centers on people who are over 50 or low income, but everybody, any age, is welcome," said volunteer Kathy Bale.
Bale explained that the service is offered through an arrangement between the popular retirement association AARP and the Internal Revenue Service. She said the two entities work together on grant funding in order to provide computers and tax software to be able to provide the service.
The service is administered by volunteers, Bale further explained, who study and pass a certification test before they're able to provide assistance.
Participating taxpayers are helped to fill out their taxes before they're filed electronically that same day. They first meet with a tax counselor who helps input their information before another volunteer does a quality review to ensure all information is correct and free of errors or typos.
The service is being offered locally for the first time in several years, though it has been available in Aberdeen during that time. Bale said she thinks it's important to make the service more accessible locally because many people, especially those who are elderly, have a difficult time making the Aberdeen trip.
Next year, the service may be offered on more than just the five Saturdays depending on how many people take advantage of it this year, Bale indicated.
In order to file their taxes, participants need to bring a driver's license, or other form of photo identification, and Social Security cards for themselves as well their spouse or dependents if applicable. If filing a joint return, both spouses have to be present to sign.
Bale indicated that while some tax matters are beyond the scope of the free service, most standard tax issues can be handled. She said they can usually help with investment income and filing taxes for prior years, and those who have their own business and are filing a Schedule C can usually be assisted provided they have normal business expenses and income.
"If they came to the site, we would know right away," said Bale of whether or not a given case is too complex for the volunteers to handle.
Of the four volunteers participating in offering the Raymond service, Bale said she is the only one who resides in the immediate area, so additional help in the future would be appreciated.
"If somebody else wanted to volunteer, if they could come out one of these Saturday's just to get the information to volunteer or contact AARP, that would be great," Bale said, further mentioning that while volunteers need to study and pass a certification test they don't need to be AARP members.
During the latter part of the twentieth century, the Pacific Northwest became a notable cultural gem for its influence on rock music. Well-known bands and musicians from Washington include Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Modest Mouse, The Melvins, Jimi Hendrix, and of course Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, who were instrumental in popularizing the style of music that came to be known as grunge.
With cold January temperatures in effect, the management of the historic Raymond Theatre is currently working to purchase a heat pump because the old one has become outdated.
Pacific County Libraries feature an Adult Winter Reading Program each year with some great prizes. For every five books you read, Raymond Timberland Library offers a bar of chocolate and a book of your choice from the Friends of the Library book sale. At the South Bend Library, for every five books you read you are entered into a drawing for a winter reading themed gift basket, and for every ten books you get to choose a free book. All Pacific County Timberland Library branches also enter your name in a drawing for a night's lodging for two at the Shelburne Inn, with the other branches offering varying selections of local prizes.