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Students honored at Mary J. Tanner

GRANVILLE — Mary J. Tanner School announced December’s Students of the Month. This honor is bestowed upon students who demonstrate qualities worthy of recognition. Honesty, integrity, helpfulness and a commitment to working diligently are the attributes demonstrated by the honored student. The student chosen is a model of positive attitude and behavior, which faculty and staff at the Mary J. Tanner School wish to foster in all students.

Free tax help made available for some

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County, is offering free tax help to families and individuals whose household income is below $55,000. Trained community volunteers can help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, free electronic filing (e-filing) will be offered. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper — even faster if the refund is deposited directly into a bank account. To schedule a tax appointment for Warren and Washington County, call 800-211-5128.

Museum will serve a spaghetti dinner

GRANVILLE — A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Slate Valley Museum will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church, 18 Church St. Diners will enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner with salad and bread for $7, and for those on the go, an $8 take-out meal will be available. No reservations are necessary; all walk-ins will be welcome. The museum will also hold a dessert bake sale.

The annual dinner is organized by the museum’s board of trustees and the meal will be served with the help of student volunteers. All proceeds will support the museum’s ongoing exhibits and 2019 events. Through the support of its patrons, the Slate Valley Museum offers award-winning educational programs, concerts, exhibitions and an extensive collection of historical artifacts that celebrate the history and culture of the Slate Valley region of New York and Vermont.

For more information, visit www.slatevalleymuseum.org .

Volunteers needed for tax preparation

Volunteer Income Tax Assistant Appointment Schedulers are needed for the upcoming tax season. Duties include: filling out appointment survey, scheduling tax appointments and mailing follow-up paperwork. Volunteers may also be asked to make reminder calls for upcoming appointments.

Volunteers should be able to commit to four-hour shifts one to two days a week during the tax season. Appointment schedulers are needed mid-January through mid-March. To become a volunteer in Warren County, call Amy Sabattis at 518-623-3291. To volunteer in Washington County, call Joan Prouty at 518-746-2560.

Heritage Hunters to discuss Irish DNA

SCHUYLERVILLE — Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of routes 4 and 29 in Schuylerville. Lisa Dougherty, professional genealogist, will present the program “Your Irish DNA: What do those Ethnicity Estimates REALLY mean?” Lisa will explain some of the recent ancestry.com DNA updates and how to get the most from your DNA test. Lisa’s website is www.upstatenygenealogy.com. The public is welcome. For more information, call 518-587-2978.

Thurman residents invited to buy seeds

THURMAN — The Thurman Seed Buyers Group offers the opportunity to buy quality seeds at a quantity discount by buying in bulk, jointly with neighbors, until 11 a.m. Jan. 23.

Thurman area residents are invited to join a group seed purchase. Place an order online after signing in with the group number. All in the group earn a discount based on the price of the total order. The more buyers participating, the deeper the discount.

Seed orders must be made and a deposit paid no later than Jan. 24. Seeds will be in by Feb. 3, and pick-up and payment will be accepted at specified hours over the next nine days.

For detailed information about placing orders and more, go to https://www.visitthurman.com/events/ download a printable list of the procedures. The seeds will be ordered from Fedco Seeds, a cooperative seed packing company that offers a wide variety of seeds, including heirloom and organic (see www.FedcoSeeds.com/seeds). The Thurman Seed Buyers Group is sponsored by Thurman Station Association, soon to be operating as “Thurman Community Association.”

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Hometown is compiled by Gretta Hochsprung. If you’d like to let her know about an upcoming event, email ghochsprung@poststar.com or call 518-742-3206.

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