Services at the Old Stone Church
The following services have been scheduled at the First Universalist Parish, the Old Stone Church"on Route 103\North Street in Chester's historic Stone Village:
Jan. 31 - The Age of Reason and the Digital Age, presented by Lay Leader, Sylvan Groth who will examine how the way we gather information, solve problems, and communicate affects our souls.
Feb. 7 - The Poetry of Life, led by Lay Speaker, Lynn Way, who will explore the ways our lives are influenced by poetry in its many forms.
Sunday services begin at 9:30 a.m. Childcare for infants and toddlers and programming for school-age children are provided.
In addition, a special, seasonal Circle Worship, led by Director of Religious Education, Madeline Bergstrom, will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 downstairs in the Parish Hall. The related holidays of Imbolc, Brigid's Day, Candlemas, and Groundhog Day, all of which fall between the Winter Solstice and the Spring equinox, will be celebrated in song, dance, and a craft activity. A potluck supper will follow at 6:15 p.m. Circle Worships are not just for families with children. All ages are welcome.
For further information visit www.chestervtuu.org or call 875-3257.
Free AARP Tax Aid in Chester, Springfield
AARP Tax-Aide is once again available free tax help for the community. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to all but with a special emphasis on low- and middle-income and those age 60 and older. In 2008, Tax-Aide volunteers assisted over 2 million taxpayers file their federal, state, and local tax returns at nearly 7000 sites nationwide. Tax assistance will be held in Chester and Springfield, as well as other locations.
Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and must pass a rigorous exam to qualify as a Tax-Aide counselor. Counselors are certified to assist in preparing and filing the 1040 personal income tax forms.
AARP Tax-Aide offers a variety of services each year beginning in February through April 15:
Free face-to-face tax assistance and preparation are provided at nearby community sites
Answers tax questions
Electronic filing (e-filing) is offered allowing the tax return to be fully completed while you're at the site
You will leave with a paper copy of your tax return for your records
All information is strictly confidential and kept using secure means approved by AARP and the IRS
Information to schedule an appointment, what to bring, and where to go will be forthcoming within the next few weeks.
New Voices Writers Event in Chester
New Voices, the creation of Misty Valley Books in Chester, is set for Saturday, Jan. 30 this year and open to the public free of charge, will begin at 2 p.m. in the First Universalist Church in Chester's Stone Village.