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AARP Tax Aide program seeks volunteers

The AARP Tax Aide program is seeking volunteers for the 2018 tax filing season to help area taxpayers in need of assistance preparing and filing their Federal and State tax returns as well as volunteers to act as Intake Greeters. The program is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income with special attention to those 60 and older.

Basic computer skills are a necessary qualification for tax preparers. Training in tax law will be provided the week of Jan. 15 to 19, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AARP membership is not a requirement.

Please call Rich Hagy, Local Coordinator at 765-664-8359 leaving your name and phone number and you will be contacted.

Tri Kappa scholarships up for grabs

The State Organization of Tri Kappa will award a variety of scholarships to college students throughout Indiana in the spring. Each State scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.

Scholarship Chair Trisha Krcmarik, of Gamma Rho Chapter is currently seeking applicants for the following:

Twelve $1,000 Academic scholarships will be awarded and additional at-large scholarships could be awarded dependent upon the funds available. To apply students must be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate program, having completed at least one academic year.

Two $1,000 Key scholarships are available to students throughout the state. These are directed to those students who have no previous degree beyond high school and have had a lapse in their education for at least five years. Any student enrolled in an accredited school offering an associate or baccalaureate degree, who has completed at least one semester, may apply.

Two $1,000 Fine Arts scholarships will be awarded statewide to students majoring in art, dance, drama, or music. To apply, students must be currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate or graduate degree program, having completed at least one academic year.

The $1,000 Twanette Nutter Fleming Music Award stipulates that the applicant must be enrolled in a fully accredited course leading to a degree to teach music in a private, public, or parochial school, having completed at least one academic year.

Students wishing to apply for any of these scholarships are encouraged to contact Trisha Krcmarik at 765-251-4590 or trishkrcmarik@gmail.com. Applications will be due no later than Feb. 15, 2018.

The Tri Kappa State Scholarship Committee will meet in early spring to select the recipients.

Battle of the Books back for fifth year

The fifth annual Battle of the Books will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic School Gym, 1009 W. Kem Road. The Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for local fourth grade students. Teams of up to 10 students read five books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. The schools participating this year are Kendall, Allen, Riverview, Frances Slocum, two teams from Northview Elementary, two teams from Oak Hill Elementary, St. Paul, Lakeview, and a homeschool team for a total of 11 teams.