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Next week, thank a classified employee

March 13-17 has been proclaimed Classified Public School Employees Week by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. There are 60,000 classified school employees in the state who are involved in nearly every aspect of education, the proclamation says. They are involved in maintaining buildings and grounds, preparing and serving meals, keeping school facilities clean and neat, assisting in the classroom, performing and conducting research activities, and providing information technology and media services. Those recognized also provide administrative support functions, safe transportation, a secure and healthy environment, and many other specialized services.

Library offers new services

North Central Regional Library launched its new website at The new site was designed with user experience in mind and debuts a fresh look, more informational content, and new online resources. The library has also introduced a new online resource now available on their website: Hoopla digital. Hoopla provides library patrons with eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital comics, streaming movies and TV shows, and music. Library patrons can borrow seven items per month using their computer or the Hoopla app on their mobile devices.

Wenatchee band and bell choir to perform

The Cascade Christian Academy high school band and handbell choir, from Wenatchee, will present a concert at the Coulee Dam Community Church Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m. The concert will include a variety of sacred music, including time-tested hymns, rich spirituals, and contemporary selections. The concert is free and open to the public.

Besides the concert that evening, the CCA will perform at Lake Roosevelt High School that Friday at 10 a.m. Also, they will do spring cleaning in North Dam Park in Grand Coulee that afternoon.

On Saturday, March 18, the handbell choir will perform at the Grand Coulee Seventh-day Adventist Church at 103 Continental Heights.

IRS waiting to give money back

Federal income tax refunds totaling over $30.3 million may be waiting for an estimated 27,600 Washington taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2013. The IRS estimates half of those potential refunds for 2013 are more than $829. To collect the money, these taxpayers must file a 2013 tax return with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

“Many of those who did not file in 2013 may also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit which could potentially increase their refund,” said IRS spokesman David Tucker. “EITC is targeted toward those workers with low-or-moderate incomes.” For 2013, the EITC is worth as much as $6,044.

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