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Senior centers serve to-go meals

The recent rise of COVID cases in both Warren and Forest counties has initiated cancelling programming in every center. All centers will be providing hot meals to-go only. County COVID percentages will be reassessed in January 2021.

Masks and social distancing is required.

Please remember that you must order meals two weeks in advance. Menus will be provided when you pick up your meal. Please call your Center (listed below) to order your meals. If you need to cancel your lunch call your local Center.

Senior Center contact information and hours are as follows:

¯ Allegheny Community Center: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 814-723-4180.

¯ Endeavor: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 814-463-7774.

¯ Marienville: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 814-927-6607.

¯ Tidioute: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 814-484-3020.

¯ Sheffield: Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 814-968-5667.

Those who need a ride to a center can call TAWC bus by calling a day in advance. The number is 723-1874. Forest County Transportation requires notice by noon the day before by calling 927-8266.

For more information on Experience Inc. call 723-3763, ext. 139. Experience Inc. is open by appointment only. Or call the Allegheny Community Center at 723-4180.

Those who want a meal to-go can make orders for Dec. 31-Jan. 29. All centers are closed Dec. 24-25 for the holiday. To-go lunches resume Dec. 28-31. All centers are closed Friday, Jan. 1, and Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The upcoming menu is:

¯ Jan. 7 — roasted pork

¯ Jan. 8 — roast beef sandwich

¯ Jan. 11 — bratwurst

¯ Jan. 12 — chicken divan

¯ Jan. 13 — cottage pie

¯ Jan. 14 — Greek chicken salad

¯ Jan. 15 — baked ham

¯ Jan. 18 — closed

¯Jan. 19 — chicken caesar club

¯ Jan. 20 — salisbury steak

¯ Jan. 21 — barbecue pulled pork

¯ Jan. 22 — potato crusted fish

¯ Jan. 25 — barbecue burger

¯ Jan. 26 — roasted pork loin

¯ Jan. 27 — open faced hot turkey sandwich

¯ Jan. 28 — baked meatloaf

¯ Jan. 29 — chicken and biscuits

All centers are closed if the schools (Warren or Forest counties) are closed due to inclement weather.

VITA TAX PREP

Cherry McIntyre, local site coordinator for Volunteer Tax Income Assistance program, led a lengthy discussion with fellow volunteer tax preparers on how to complete the tax season with COVID-19. It will take the cooperation of the VITA tax volunteers, as well as, cooperation and patience from people participating in the program in order to produce this free service safely.

COVID-19 might be transferred via the paperwork submitted, so procedures have been put in place to prevent transferring COVID-19 to the tax preparation volunteers and staff at the Allegheny Community Center. Due to the serious nature of COVID, no exceptions can be made.

¯ At the Allegheny Community Center, can pick up a Tax Intake Form and an envelope to return the taxes to the preparer.

There will be a table in the ground floor lobby area closest to the rear entrance beginning Jan. 21. Park in the back parking lot and come up the ramp. Take the envelope and in-take form home and complete all the information required. Please make sure to include all of the required paper work. The lack of required documents will further delay taxes being completed.

¯ No taxes will be completed without a copy of Social Security cards of every family member living with the tax filer. The senior centers are not making copies of these or any other documents at this time because they are closed to the public.

¯ Return the completed Tax Intake Form, copies of Social Security cards and relevant tax documents in the envelope provided. Packets can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or mailed to the ACC, 42 Clark St., Warren, PA 16365. Taxes will be sealed, boxed and stored in a locked room for five days in order to mitigate COVID-19 transference. At the end of the quarantine filers will be contacted by phone by a VITA volunteer who will check the Tax Intake Form and corresponding paperwork. Once the taxes are completed, they are again sealed and boxed for five days for your safety. The staff at the ACC will call filers to come and pick up their completed taxes.

VITA tax service is a program that many community members have come to rely on. Tax Intake Forms and envelopes will not be available until Jan. 21, when they will be in the downstairs, rear entrance lobby of the Allegheny Community Center. For more information, call 723-4180.

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