What They’ve Got To Smile About
There’s happiness and a sense of relief among members of the TriCounty Active Adult Center (those faces, above, grace each of its weekly newsletters), because its new digs at 288 Moser Rd., Pottstown, will officially open March 31 (Friday) from noon to 4 p.m. The center, which for an extensive period has operated out of Berean Bible Church in Sanatoga while the new Moser Road site was being renovated, is closed this week as it completes its move, the latest newsletter reported.
The building is “in its almost-final state,” Executive Director Brian Parkes said. Only inspections await. A community open house is planned for April 1 (the following Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For Every Action, An Equal And Opposite Reaction
Newton’s Third Law of Motion (that’s it, above) is playing out in a troublesome way in western Montgomery County and the greater Philadelphia area. Action: the arrival Monday and Tuesday (March 13-14, 2017) of Winter Storm Stella kept people indoors Tuesday and Wednesday (March 14-15). Reaction: those who stayed home did not attend, or donate to, scheduled blood drives.
Even people less observant than Newton could predict the result. The region faces a blood supply shortage, according to American Red Cross spokesperson Alana Mauger. More than 50 drives were canceled due to the storm, and about 1,500 units of blood went uncollected. There’s a big need, she added: within its Penn-Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania regions, the Red Cross must collect 1,000 units of blood daily just to meet patient demand.
So the question becomes, can you react as well, and donate a pint of blood? If so, here’s a list of upcoming local drives:
- March 20 (Monday): 2-7 p.m., Comfort Inn, 99 Robinson St., Pottstown;
- March 20 (Monday): 3-8 p.m., YMCA Pottstown, 724 N. Adams St., Pottstown;
- March 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Falkner Swamp United Church of Christ, 2077 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville;
- March 29: Noon to 5 p.m., RevSpring, 105 Montgomery Ave., Oaks; and
- March 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Venezia Transport, 86 Airport Road, Limerick.
Waiting For Refund, Impatiently Tapping Feet
If you filed a federal income tax return early this year in the hope that you’d receive a refund early as well, you’ve probably been disappointed.
The folks at H&R Block – who are in the business of preparing tax returns with three locations in Pottstown, and one each in Boyertown, Royersford, Phoenixville and Collegeville – say the Internal Revenue Service was “required” to hold some refunds until Feb. 15. Taxpayers who claimed an earned income tax credit or an additional child tax credit particularly were affected. The good news is, they should have gotten their checks by now.
What? You didn’t? Fear not! The IRS, which Block says has a track record of issuing 90 percent of refunds within 21 days or less, offers a website at which you can check your expected refund date. Find it here.
To use it, you’ll need to have handy your Social Security number, filing status and exact refund amount shown on your return.
Eat A Little, Learn A Little
Parents of children attending Pottstown elementary schools are invited to dinner and a chat about helping their children thrive socially and emotionally. The school district, its PEAK program, and their sponsors are hosting a series of events that run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Barth Elementary (tonight, Thursday, March 16), Lincoln Elementary (March 27; Monday), Rupert Elementary (March 28; Tuesday), and Franklin Elementary (March 30; Thursday).
The district is providing a free meal (no need to cook dinner!), free childcare and entertainment by jugglers, the chance to win prizes in a drawing, and Spanish-language interpreters for those who desire them. For more information, call 610-256-6370.
Seen History. Made History. Talks History.
This month’s breakfast meeting speaker to members of the YWCA Tri-County Area’s Women EXCEL group, which will hear about Women’s History Month, is a local woman who’s witnessed and published plenty of history herself. That’s retired Pottstown Mercury Editor Nancy March, who also was one of the 2016 recipients of the YWCA’s Tribute to Exceptional Women awards.
March spent 41 years in The Mercury’s employ, 21 of them as chief of its newsroom. She’ll likely chafe at the notion of being labeled as “retired,” though. She continues to teach as a community college professor, she writes freelance articles for a variety of publications, and she remains active in some of her favorite causes. Her energy and enthusiasm also makes her an entertaining speaker.
Breakfast is served Friday (March 17) beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the YWCA Tri-County Area, 300 King St., Pottstown. Call Dawn Short at 610-323-1888 Ext. 201 to see if tickets are still available.