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Tax form donation pays big locally

The Family Support Center of Barry County encourages area residents to “stand up for kids” by supporting the Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan by checking the box and filing a Michigan Tax Form 4642.

The Children’s Trust Fund, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to prevention of child abuse and neglect, is funded by interest income from the trust fund, direct donations, grants, earned income, sales from a specialty license plate, fundraising events, and the income tax check-off campaign. 

For every dollar donated by Barry County residents, an average of $161.85 has come back to the county, Family Support Center of Barry County Executive Director Linda Maupin said of the average calculated from tax years 2013 to 2018.

Funding provided by the Children’s Trust Fund complements the support received from Barry County United Way to help cover the cost of parenting education and programs such as the Family Workshop Series. 

Those who submit their tax returns electronically can find the Children’s Trust Fund under Contribution Funds just before they submit their returns.

“If a tax professional prepares your Michigan income tax return, be sure to inform them of your wishes to contribute to CTF,” Maupin said.


Alumni board seeking class reps, award nominations

The Hastings High School Alumni Association Board has begun planning for the 2020 banquet Friday, Aug.  28, at the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings.

The board is looking for class representatives to help with the planning. Representatives are needed for the honored classes of 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990 and 2000. Representatives have already been identified for 1970 and 1995. Anyone wishing to help with their individual class gatherings may contact alumni board president Lois Bowers.

The board also is accepting nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. The award will be presented at the Aug. 28 banquet. Any classmate, friend, family member and/or member of the community may make a nomination for the award. Nominations must be typed and must contain biographical information and reasons why the individual is being nominated. Reasons can include accomplishments, vocation honors and awards received, community service, organization memberships and other helpful information. The nominee can be residing anywhere, not necessarily in Hastings, but must be an alumnus of Hastings High School.

Board members also encourage anyone who has submitted a nomination in the past to resubmit one again with up-to-date information.

Nomination letters may be sent to Lois Bowers, 102 E. Clinton St., Hastings, MI 49058, by July 15. Questions also can be directed to Bowers by calling 269-945-9657. All nominations received by that date will be considered for the Alumnus of the Year Award.




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