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2018-09-12 / Editorials

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ABC BEL CANTO — The ABC Bel Canto Choirs will hold Thursday rehearsals in September with separate times for different age groups and voices. All rehearsals will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder. The rehearsal sessions will take place Sept. 13, 20 and 27. There are three separate choirs to choose from: Presto (grades 3-6) rehearses from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Vivace (grades 6-12) rehearses from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Bravo (high school) rehearses from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sixth-graders can choose which choir to join based on the time that is most convenient.

AARP TAX-AIDE — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, offered in coordination with the IRS, is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers and their families who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions they’ve earned.

Since its inception, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has served more than 68 million taxpayers. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification. Training of new volunteers for the upcoming tax season begins in November.

Volunteers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use Tax-Aide.

If interested in becoming a volunteer, go to www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaidevolunteer or call 1-888-AARP-NOW(1-888-227-7669).

For information specific to the Clarence Library and Clarence Senior Center tax prep sites, send an inquiry to ClarenceAARP@gmail.com.

GREAT PUMPKIN FARM — The Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival will celebrate its 23rd year when it opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. For seven consecutive weekends, the fall festival offers something for every age, including amusement rides, hayrides and corn mazes, as well as special events, such as the World Pumpkin Pie-Eating Contest, the Trebuchet Contest, Oinktoberfest and New York State’s BBQ Cook-off.

This year, the Great Pumpkin Farm has once again declared opening weekend – Sept. 15 and 16 – to be Armed Forces Weekend, in collaboration with WNYHeroes Inc. The regular admission fee will be waived for active-duty and retired military, police or fire department personnel who present proper identification to WNYHeroes representatives at the gate; they will also be permitted to bring in one guest for free. Throughout the seven weekends of the fall festival, WNYHeroes representatives will be on hand at an information booth in the Event Center at the Great Pumpkin Farm.

MercyFlight, which provides emergency medical care via air and ground transportation, will be there with Beulah, the organization’s educational BO-105 helicopter.

Additional entertainment for opening weekend includes Sylvia Fletcher & Friends Ventriloquism; Vinnie and Teddy, the ever-popular animatronic dinosaurs, which will roam the corn maze both days from noon until 4 p.m.; and the magic experience of Mike & Annie.

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