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  AARP has free tax return help
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE– Free income tax assistance will once again be offered Friday, Feb. 1 through Friday, April 11.
Volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons Foundation in cooperation with the IRS are set to assist tax payers with their returns from three locations in Henderson County.
It will be offered in Seven Points at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake on State Highway 334 from 8 a.m to noon on Mondays.
Also, at the Senior Citizen Center in Malakoff from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays in Athens at the Henderson County Senior Center on State Highway 31.
This income tax filing assistance is available free of charge with no age restrictions and includes electronic filing and preparation by use of computer software.
Those filing jointly as married taxpayers should both come to the site.
This service does not apply to extremely complicated returns, however, taxpayers may get advice on what steps to take in getting their return completed.
People usually take advantage of this free assistance in the first few weeks of February, so if counselors are busy when you come, be patient and return later in the tax preparation season, when the wait will probably be shorter.
Note that counselors may not be present for the entire posted hours, if there is no one to be assisted. However, counselors are known to remain past the normal hours posted if people are waiting.
Those unable to travel to one of these sites may request tax assistance in their home by calling Gil Betts at (903) 778-2423.
Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring the following items with them:
• a copy of any return from a prior tax year.
• all tax-related documents received, including W-2s, 1099s, SSA 1099s, broker’s statements showing interest, dividends, capital gains distributions and sales of capital assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate.
• Social Security cards for taxpayers and all dependents, along with their date of birth.
 

Tax-filing assistance
Free assistance is available through the American Association of Retired Persons in cooperation with the IRS from 8 a.m. to noon, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Feb. 11-April 11.
Mondays at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, 44 West Cedar Creek Prkwy.
Wednesdays at the Senior Citizens Center, 503 North Terry Street.
Fridays in Athens at the Henderson County Senior Center, 3344 State Highway 31 East.
Bring tax return from a prior year, all tax-related forms for this year, Social Security cards of those filing and all dependents, along with birth dates.
To set up a home visit, call Gil Betts at (903) 778-2423

Family Peace Project receives donations
Special to The Monitor
TOOL–Pre-Kindergarten students (and their parents) of The Learning Express of Tool and teacher Lindsey McGowen made a unique contribution last month.
The children collected and delivered disposable diapers and pull-ups to the Family Peace Project.
Some of the children, all ages 3 to 4, gleefully acknowledged that they no longer needed the diapers and pull-ups, and so enjoyed this special field trip to personally deliver the diapers.
While visiting the Family Peace Project to drop off their donation, they were treated to hot chocolate and cookies.
Products such as diapers and pull-ups are just two of the critical items which the Family Peace Project provides to the children of victims of domestic violence.
“Contributions such as these are vital to the Family Peace Project’s client services and the project’s ongoing mission to provide resources to domestic violence victims,” executive director of Family Peace Project Marlena Taylor said.
“We extend our sincere thanks to the Learning Express staff and parents for their creative planning and commitment to setting an example of giving,” she added.
The Family Peace Project is a non-profit organization that mainly relies on donations (and there is none too small) from the community and grants to fund its day-to-day operations.
Every donation of time, talent and treasure can make a difference. Plus, all donations are tax-deductible.
For find out more about the Family Peace Project, how to volunteer, or where to make your own donation, call (903) 677-9177.
 

Area property owners to meet
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Property owners in Kaufman, Athens, Terrell, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Seven Points, Tool and surrounding areas will have another opportunity to discuss ideas for improving water quality in Cedar Creek Reservoir.
Stakeholders will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (today) Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Kaufman County Library, 3970 S. Houston Street in Kaufman.
“The viewpoints and concerns of landowners, agricultural producers, municipal and county leaders, environmental groups and area residents are vital to producing a quality plan,” watershed coordinator of North Central Texas Water Quality Project David Waidler said.
The Cedar Creek Watershed covers portions of Henderson, Kaufman, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties.
Stakeholders and government officials first met in July, 2007, to discuss the formation of a watershed protection plan, aimed at reducing pollutants that run off the land and into the reservoir.
Water quality experts with the Texas Agrilife Extension Service (formerly Texas Cooperative Extension), Texas Agrilife Research (formerly Texas Agricultural Experiment Station) and the Tarrant Regional Water District are collaborating on the project with the Texas Water Resources Institute.
The Cedar Creek Watershed Protection Plan is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Tarrant Regional Water District.
Please register with Waidler by e-mailing him at d-waidler@tamu.edu.
For more information, go to http://nctx-water.tamu.edu/.
 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Dixie. I am a beautiful female Bassett Hound. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I have been fixed and my stomach is tatooed, but my owner hasn’t called about me. I am a wonderful girl in need of a home.

My name is Honey. I am a beautiful mix breed small female. I was brought to the Shelter by someone who rescued me and my seven pups after I was rolled by a car. I broke my pelvic bone, but I am now better. I do sometimes seem to favor walking on my front two legs. I have not had the greatest life, but look forward to having a family to care for me. I seem to get along well with older dogs, but not puppies. I am a bit shy, but once I get to know you I am a good girl. I am looking for a new home.

My name is Cotton. I am a beautiful male kitten. I was brought to the Shelter and was so small I had to be bottle fed by a wonderful foster mommy. I am around 12 weeks old and have been started on my first shots and wormed. I am very playful and very affectionate kitten. I am such a good kid deserving of a wonderful family.

My name is Katie. I am a beautiful female Yellow Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control. So far I seem to be very sweet. I am looking for a good home.

My name is Sox. I am a beautiful male orange and white cat. I am a very affectionate boy, I seem to get along well with others. I am a very good boy in need of a forever home. My name is Wyndell. I am a beautiful male gray Tabby mix. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. After a while, I seem to get along with others. I am a good boy looking for a good home.

My name is Zsa-Zsa. I am a beautiful 3-4 year old female Terrier mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. Something has happened to my left eye at some point in my life. So far I seem to be very sweet and seem to get along with others. I am a beautiful girl looking for a new home. My name is Baxter. I am a beautiful male Terrier mix. I was wandering the streets and picked up by animal control. I walk on a leash, seem to be house broken and love to ride in a car. I am a wonderful young man looking for a new forever home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

For further information visit our website at petfinder.com