Briefs, Feb. 4

Free tax preparation halted for 2014

The A-T ran an article Jan. 28 about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and its long-time director, Margaretta Covert. After its publication, Covert suffered a serious health emergency that has resulted in cancellation of the program for 2014.

One of the volunteers, Tom Joseph, said the program cannot be conducted without a director to handle the electronic filings.

VITA may be offered for senior citizens at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, but on a limited basis. An announcement is to be made prior to the Wednesdays when the service is available.

Joseph did make some calls to locate other free tax preparation offerings in the area and found information on three AARP Tax-Aide programs as follows:

Kaubish Memorial Public Library, Fostoria, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays only; (419) 937-2962.

Clyde, (419) 547-8052.

Fremont, (419) 334-8181.

Figures announced for Polar Bear Jump

The 13th annual Polar Bear Jump took place Saturday at Camden Falls. Adam Smith reported only he and Stuart Behm have taken the plunge all 13 years.

For 2014, 179 people made the leap for Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment. The oldest, Bob Scaife, is 77 and the youngest, Broddie Heiser Purkey, is 5.

Smith said nearly 2,000 people have participated over the past 13 years, raising about $100,000 for FACT.

MHS presenting Legion history show

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Historical Society is to provide a glimpse of the past Saturday at the Sycamore American Legion Post 250, 125 S. Sycamore Ave., Sycamore.

MHS is to present a “big screen” look at the photographic collection of the Legion.

Featured photographs are to include Easter egg hunts, children’s visits with Santa Claus, mud volleyball, bus trips, bowling competitions, parades, Memorial Day activities, softball games,

remodeling projects, club life and numerous specials events throughout the post’s 92-year history.

Showings start at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

In conjunction with the screenings, the Sons of the American Legion will offer an “all you can eat” fish supper 5-7 p.m. Unlimited fish, french fries, homemade coleslaw and rolls will be available for $10.

Bingo rescheduled

The Pantry Plus Super Bowl Sunday Bingo was postponed due to a fire at Tiffin Mall. It has been rescheduled for Sunday in the bingo hall at the mall.

Doors open at 11 a.m., with early birds starting at 1:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 2:15 p.m.

Seats are still available. For a sign-up form, email with “send bingo form” in the subject line.