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It’s Time for a PTC Checkup for your 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage

 

If you or anyone in your family are getting advance payments of the premium tax credit, it’s that time of year for a checkup to see if you need to adjust your premium assistance. Since the advance payments are paid directly to your insurance company and lower the out-of-pocket cost for your health insurance premiums, changes in your income or family size may affect your credit.  You should report changes that have occurred since the time that you signed up for your health insurance plan.

Changes in circumstances that you should report to your Marketplace when they happen include:

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Audubon Nature Center Days at Panama Rocks August 6 and 7

Audubon Nature Center Days at Panama Rocks August 6 and 7

Jamestown, NY – Two of the region’s premier nature showcases are joining forces to present two days of delightful outdoor fun and learning.

On Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, volunteers and staff of the Audubon Nature Center will offer special opportunities at Panama Rocks, the beautiful natural playground in Panama, New York.

Visitors will be able to explore the scenic half-mile long ridge of 60-foot high rocks that form crevices, passageways, and caves hidden in an ancient forest.

Retired Jamestown Community College professors Tom Erlandson and Dan Anderson will be stationed along the trails to teach you about the rocks and trees. Visitors can also explore displays and artifacts from the Nature Center and possibly meet one or more of the Nature Center’s live animal ambassadors.

IRS Offers Tips on Filing an Amended Tax Return

You may discover you made a mistake on your tax return. You can file an amended return if you need to fix an error. You can also amend your tax return to claim a tax credit or deduction. Here are 10 tips from the IRS on amending your return:

ASCF Will Host Mardi Gras Gala on November 5th

ASCF Will Host Mardi Gras Gala on November 5th

The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation (ASCF) will host their 23rd anniversary celebration, a “Mardi Gras Gala” on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Transit Valley Country Club to recognize three Western New Yorkers who are making a difference. Dinner tickets are $100.00 each and a table of eight is $750 and a table of ten is $950. The ASCF is also holding a raffle to win $5,000 or a trip to Mardi Gras anywhere in the world. Raffle tickets are $25 each and only 500 tickets will be sold. The winner will be announced at the event and need not be present to win.

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Local High Schools to Host Visiting Drums Along the Waterfront Drum Corps

Local High Schools to Host Visiting Drums Along the Waterfront Drum Corps

Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions is once again excited to bring the top seven drum corps in the world to Western New York. The event will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, and all of the corps will be staying at local high schools as they prepare for the big event.

“Upon their arrival in Western New York, the members of the drum corps will try to catch up on their sleep — on the gym floors — and then get up and rehearse all day,” said Drums Along the Waterfront Director Jack Gaylord Jr. “Corps are known to practice for up to 10 hours a day in preparation for a big show like the one coming here.”

Following are the seven participating drum corps and where they will be staying in preparation for the event:

Learn How You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies

Learn How You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies

Jamestown, NY – It is a sad fact that Monarch Butterflies populations are declining drastically.

On Friday morning, August 5, in a coffee shop-like setting at the Audubon Nature Center, you can learn about this unique insect and how to help increase its population by raising caterpillars.

Last year, there were 150% more Monarchs on their wintering ground than there were the year before.  Audubon naturalist Katie Finch, who will lead the 9:15-11:15 a.m. workshop, hopes some of those butterflies came from the Nature Center.

Audubon has been raising large numbers of Monarch Butterflies for 10 years and releasing them at the Monarch Butterfly Festival in August. This year’s Festival will be on Saturday, August 27.

West Seneca’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market Continues on July 21

West Seneca’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market Continues on July 21

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s popular open-air farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, continues on Thursday, July 21. The weekly event takes place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings through Sept. 1 on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall.

The outdoor venue features approximately 25 vendors selling a wide variety of products. Meals on Wheels WNY will host the market’s community group table on July 21. For entertainment, the market will host an “open jam session” where anyone can stop by from 4 to 7 p.m. and play for fun and tips. The market’s Family Fun Zone features several games for the enjoyment of kids of all ages.