02-06-2020 Letters and Commentary

Coloma St. Pat Lighted Parade, March 14

St. Patrick’s Parade Guest: Please consider this letter as an invitation to participate in Coloma’s 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Evening Lighted Parade. Last year the Coloma community proudly hosted the first parade of the year on St. Patrick’s Day. We had more than 30 entries and were able to award over $1,200 in gold coins & prizes to the parade participants. This year we will host a Lighted Parade on Saturday, March 14 at 8:30 p.m. (notice later time). We are planning awards in the following categories: Float, Marching Unit, Costumed Individual, and Decorated Vehicle. First place in each category will win a “pot of gold” or gift certificates from local businesses, the amount will vary depending on category participation. Category of parade entries may be subject to change by judges, upon inspection. Please complete and return an application by March 12. Check in will be at the Coloma Fire Station (170 Washington St). Sign-in will begin at 7:45 p.m. and judging will be during the parade. The parade will proceed through town. Turn right at the light to head back to the Fire Station for awards or turn left at the light to head out of town down S. Paw Paw St. towards the Dairy Queen. IMPORTANT SAFETY CONCERN: You may not throw candy from a moving vehicle. You can have someone walk next to your entry and give out candy. If you have any questions you can contact Chana Kniebes at 757-2457. Thank you! Coloma St. Patrick’s Day Committee

Coloma church extends invitation to hear OutCenter director

(Press Release) On Sunday, Feb. 23 members and friends of Coloma United Methodist Church will have an opportunity for a glimpse into the status of LGBTQ+ issues here in the tri-county area. The evening will begin in the fellowship hall at 5:00 p.m. with a light supper to which all are invited. At 5:45 Mary Jo Schnell, Executive Director of The OutCenter of Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor will speak about OutCenter programs and LGBTQ issues in general, progress being made as well as challenges to the rights of people of differing orientations. Of particular concern in the Coloma/ Watervliet area is the high proportion of teen suicide related to sexual orientation. The public is invited to attend and receive the information that is vital to understanding the realities of living in this area. All ages are welcome. Activities for younger children will be available in a separate room if needed.

E-Filing is the easiest, quickest way for State Income Tax Refunds (Press Release) Michigan’s individual income tax filing season has begun according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Effective immediately, Michiganders can start filing their 2019 tax year state income tax returns online or by mailing paper forms and supporting paperwork through the U.S. Postal Service. All individual income tax returns must be e-filed or postmarked by Wednesday, April 15, 2020. “We are ready to begin processing your state income tax return,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “Filing electronically is the easiest and quickest way for Michigan taxpayers to get any refund due. This helps ensure tax returns are accurate and improves tax refund turnaround times.” Choosing electronic filing and direct deposit is convenient, safe and secure. Last year more than 4.3 million Michigan taxpayers e-filed which is 85 percent of state income tax filers. For more information about e-filing, go to www.mifastfile.org. Printed tax forms are being distributed and will be available in limited quantities by mid-February at public libraries, some northern Michigan post offices, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services county offices and Treasury Field Offices. Individuals with low income, disabilities or are 60 years of age or older may qualify for free tax preparation help from IRS-certified volunteers. For information about free tax help, go to irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep or dial 2-1-1. To learn more about Michigan’s individual income tax or to download forms, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax.

Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds for scholarships The Coloma Lioness Lions Club is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner to support their scholarship program. Proceeds from the free will offering will fund two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to two Coloma students. Raise a fork for a great cause on Friday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church, 4401 Fikes Rd. The dinner is all you can eat spaghetti served with garlic bread, salad and desserts for a donation of your choosing. To-go meals are available.

98 was enough

The Bible teaches that some people living before Noah’s world-wide flood lived a very long time. How did that happen? Some lived over 900 years! While it is not explained in