Republican meeting canceled, breakfast postponed

CLARION - The Clarion County Republican Party Committee has canceled its April 14 committee meeting has postponed the spring breakfast.

The Spring Breakfast has been tentatively rescheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday, May 22 at Ramada by Wyndham.

The May 12 committee meeting is still scheduled.

Free school lunch programs

A-C Valley

The school district will not be providing free breakfast and lunch to students due to state income guidelines.

The A-C Valley school district is working in conjunction with the following businesses who do provide free meal service to the district's students:

- Welters Country Market, 104 North River Avenue, Parker.

- Little It Deli, 615 Main Street, Emlenton.

- Bob's Place, 103 North Wayne Avenue, Parker.

The following locations offer food pantry and food cupboard assistance:

- Emlenton Presbyterian Church, 508 Main Street, Emlenton.

- Ebenberg Presbyterian Church, 405 Main Street, Knox.

Clarion Area

Clarion Area School District Food Service will provide an opportunity for families to drive thru or walk up and pick up meals for children 18 and under at Clarion Elementary School, 800 Boundary St., Clarion beginning Wednesday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meal distribution will be set up outside of the main entrance under the canopy. Please note:

- Children must be present in order for meals to be provided per USDA requirements.

- If driving, please stay in your car and meals will be passed through to the driver based on the number of children in the car.

- Meals provided to all students regardless of meal eligibility.

- Children will be provided one breakfast and one lunch daily.

- No substitutions will be permitted.

- All meals will meet or exceed USDA nutritional requirements.

- Children DO NOT need to be CASD students; however, they must be 18 years old or younger.

- We ask that families not congregate in the parking lot

- Families will not have access to the building.

- While not required, parents are encouraged to complete a one-time meal request form by going to www.clarion-schools.com and clicking on the meal request form.

Grab and go meals will begin Wednesday, March 18 and will continue daily Monday through Friday until March 27.

In the event school is closed longer than two weeks, meals will continue to be provided.

Union

Currently, meal drive-through service is set up for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday March 24.

Delivery service will be provided only for students who do not have adequate transportation to pick up meals directly from Union High School

Forest Area

Forest Area School District will have meals available for children under 18 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The drive-through service will be held at East Forest School, Farm Fresh Foods lot and Endeavor Community Center.

Keystone

KNOX - Keystone School District is offering free breakfast and lunch to all children under 18 years of age during the mandatory school closure due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Starting Friday, March 20, all caregivers and families may drive-through and pick-up pre-packaged meals for their children.

Meal service will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Keystone Elementary School located at 451 Huston Avenue, Knox during the closure.

Meals will be given to children 18 years and under who are present in the vehicle per USDA mandate.

Lunches will include sandwiches, fresh vegetables, fruit and milk. Cereal and other assorted breakfast items along with a fruit, juice and milk will be provided for breakfast. No substitutions or special requests will be permitted. All meals will meet or exceed the USDA requirements.

The following rules shall apply to this service:

- No congregating at the location is permitted

- No access to the school building or restrooms will be provided (no exceptions)

- Follow appropriate parking lot signage and comply with traffic rules and regulations

For questions regarding this service please contact the Keystone food service department at (814) 797-1251, ext. 1127 or email jperry@keyknox.com.

I.C. School postponing registration

CLARION - The Immaculate Conception Parish School is postponing registrationscheduled for March 25 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent social distancing.

Applications can be mailed directly to interested parties. To obtain a registration application or for questions, you can email dmiller@clarionichawks.net.

The school will be holding a screening day for incoming kindergarten students at a future date.

NBC Barbershop Chorus postpones show

NEW BETHLEHEM - The NBC Barbershop Chorus has postponed its annual show scheduled for April 25 at the Redbank Valley High School. It will be held at a later date pending school availability.

Existing tickets will be honored at the future performance.

For updated information, watch in local newspapers, websites, Facebook and posters.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits

HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolf last week announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact.

The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75 percent.

Businesses may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers providing technical assistance to businesses

CLARION - The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers know small businesses are the economic anchors in the community and are responding to help as the impact of COVID-19 hits hard.

The SBDC network has the experience and an excellent track record in providing the needed technical assistance and information needed by businesses negatively impacted by these current external factors.

SBDCs deliver consulting services and educational programs through a network of 16 centers across Pennsylvania hosted at colleges and universities, including at Clarion University.

The PASBDC has enhanced its website to give businesses a go to place for information to answer their pressing questions.

This webpage will continue to be updated as more information is shared and announcements are made http://pasbdc.org/services/continuity/disruption-recovery

Hutchinson closes office to public

OIL CITY - In order to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and protect the health and safety of local residents and office staff, state Sen. Scott Hutchinson announced March 20 his Oil City, Butler and Warren district offices will be temporarily closed to visitors.

Although the physical offices will be closed to visitors, staff will continue to answer telephone calls: Oil City (814) 677-6331; Butler (724) 282-1234; and Warren (814) 728-2100 and respond to emails at shutchinson@pasen.gov.

Community residents who need help with any problem related to state government are encouraged to visit www.senatorscotthutchinson.com for assistance.

Property tax/rent rebate program application deadline extended

HARRISBURG - The deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2019 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2020, the Department of Revenue announced last week.

The Department of Revenue typically evaluates the program as the statutory June 30 application deadline approaches to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline.

Due to the recent closure of commonwealth offices and to give applicants more time, the deadline is being extended earlier than usual this year.

Distribution of rebates will begin no earlier than July 1, as required by law. Rebates are distributed as claims are received and processed. As a reminder, applicants are required to submit their bank account information on their application forms in order to receive their rebates through direct deposit.

It is free to apply for a rebate, and applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue's website.

Starting in late April, claimants who already applied for rebates may check Property Tax/Rent Rebate Statusonlineor call, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

Visit the department's Online Customer Service Centertofind helpful tips and answers to commonly asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

About the property tax/rent rebate program:

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.

State income tax filing deadline extended

HARRISBURG - The Department of Revenue has announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns is extended to July 15, 2020.

This means taxpayers will have an additional 90 days to file from the original deadline of April 15.

The Internal Revenue Service also extended the federal filing deadline to July 15, 2020.

The Department of Revenue will also waive penalties and interest on 2019 personal income tax payments through the new deadline of July 15, 2020. This extension applies to both final 2019 tax returns and payments, and estimated payments for the first and second quarters of 2020.

The filing deadline is being extended at a time when Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Under Pennsylvania law the filing deadline for personal income tax returns is tied to the federal income tax due date.

Although the filing deadline has been extended, the Department of Revenue is encouraging taxpayers who are able to file their returns electronically to do so. This will enable the department to continue to process returns as commonwealth offices are closed. Additionally, if you are expecting a refund from the commonwealth, filing electronically will help avoid a delay in the release of your refund.

Padirectfile

Taxpayers can electronically file their Pennsylvania tax returns for free through Padirectfile, a secure, state-only electronic income tax filing system that is available through the Department of Revenue's website. For more information or to begin filing, visit Padirectfile.

All taxpayers who received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in calendar year 2019 must file a Pennsylvania personal income tax return (PA-40) by midnight on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.