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Services at the Old Stone Church

The following services have been scheduled at the First Universalist Parish, the Old Stone Church"on Route 103\North Street in Chester's historic Stone Village:

Jan. 31 - The Age of Reason and the Digital Age, presented by Lay Leader, Sylvan Groth who will examine how the way we gather information, solve problems, and communicate affects our souls.

Feb. 7 - The Poetry of Life, led by Lay Speaker, Lynn Way, who will explore the ways our lives are influenced by poetry in its many forms.

Sunday services begin at 9:30 a.m. Childcare for infants and toddlers and programming for school-age children are provided.

In addition, a special, seasonal Circle Worship, led by Director of Religious Education, Madeline Bergstrom, will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 downstairs in the Parish Hall. The related holidays of Imbolc, Brigid's Day, Candlemas, and Groundhog Day, all of which fall between the Winter Solstice and the Spring equinox, will be celebrated in song, dance, and a craft activity. A potluck supper will follow at 6:15 p.m. Circle Worships are not just for families with children. All ages are welcome.

For further information visit www.chestervtuu.org or call 875-3257.

Free AARP Tax Aid in Chester, Springfield

AARP Tax-Aide is once again available free tax help for the community. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to all but with a special emphasis on low- and middle-income and those age 60 and older. In 2008, Tax-Aide volunteers assisted over 2 million taxpayers file their federal, state, and local tax returns at nearly 7000 sites nationwide. Tax assistance will be held in Chester and Springfield, as well as other locations.

Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and must pass a rigorous exam to qualify as a Tax-Aide counselor. Counselors are certified to assist in preparing and filing the 1040 personal income tax forms.

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