The Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program (TCE) offers free tax information and preparation to people who are 6o years of age or older. TCE is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and coordinated locally by Voluntary Action Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Trained volunteers will prepare and submit the following forms for Lackawanna County residents:

Individual 1040, 1040 EZ, 1040A, PA Property Tax/Rent Rebates, State Income Tax, PACE, and local tax forms.

Tax preparation is done by appointment only  in Scranton and at the North Pocono Senior Center.

Appointments can be made by calling Voluntary Action Center at 347-5616.

It is important to remember:

  1. Taxpayers must be 60 or over.
  2. Taxpayers must be full-time residents of PA for the entire year.
  3. Taxpayer must be present (if joint return, both husband and wife must be present).
  4. Taxpayers should bring picture I.D. and social security card, all income statements and last year’s return to include: all 1099’s (including brokerage statements and cost basis for any stocks sold); W-2’s; a copy of last year’s return; and if there are dependents, the Social Security card for each dependent.
  5. The following CANNOT be prepared: rental schedules, business returns. For more information, please call Voluntary Action Center at 347-5616.

For more information, please call Voluntary Action Center at 347-5616.

Eight 911 Dispatchers Participate In Active Shooters Seminar

Eight dispatchers from Lackawanna County’s 911 Center attended an Orange County, NY, continuing education workshop to learn about cutting-edge procedures for and to receive valuable public safety information on dealing with active shooters incidents.                

Jerry Beilman, Brian Bauer, Kevin Duffy, Wesley Jones, Matthew Petrie, Charles Saxe, John Wildman and Melissa Wolfe attended a one-day program in late February in Goshen, NY, that was presented by the Orange County emergency communications division of its Department of EMS.                

The seminar was designed for individuals who are involved in the receipt and dispatch of emergency communications or handling active shooter incidents.                

The program outlined the process for receiving and dispatching such calls.  It also offered skill building techniques, data on technology that is used in an incident, the community and personal issues that play a role in these events, and case examples that have worked in the past.                

The program was offered free of charge to EMS personnel, and everyone received a continuing education certificate.

Commissioners Recognize Penn State Worthington Dance Marathon

The Lackawanna County Commissioners honored Penn State Worthington students and administrators for their efforts in raising funds to help children with cancer through its annual dance marathon. The event, known as THON, generates money for the Four Diamonds Fund of The Milton Hershey Medical Center. The local campus raised over $6,800 through pledges, can collection weekends and other events.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz; Emily Reynolds, student; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; Jennifer Smith, student, who danced all 46 hours; Anisbel Ortega and Christopher Boyd, students; Michelle Schutt, Director of Student Services; Matthew Nied, Assistant Director of Student Programs and Unions; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.