American Legion Post 64’s annual celebration of “Four Chaplains Sunday” will be observed Sunday at Gilman United Methodist Church in Marietta.
Those participating should meet in the narthex of the church and enter as a group at 10:15 a.m.
The observance commemorates the valor of the four chaplains on the USAT Dorchester that was torpedoed and sank on Feb. 3, 1943. The four chaplains of different faiths willingly gave their lifejackets so that others could survive. Of the 902 men aboard, only 230 survived.
Free tax preparations available in February
Free tax preparation and counseling for taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to seniors, will be available starting in February at four sites in Washington County.
Trained volunteers will be available to do both free e-filing and manual returns.
The sites, dates and times are:
¯ O’Neill Senior Center, every Tuesday starting Feb. 5 through April 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
¯ Knights of Columbus building, 312 Franklin St., Marietta, each Thursday starting Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This site will only be open in February.
¯ Belpre Library, each Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. through April 12.
¯ Beverly Library, each Monday through April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The AARP Tax Aide program is a nationwide, all-volunteer program. Training and certification of the volunteers is done with IRS assistance.
Taxpayers should take picture IDs, last year’s tax returns, all W-2s, all 1099 forms, SSA-1099 (if receiving Social Security), child care provider information (if applicable), all receipts or canceled checks (if itemizing deductions) and proof of Social Security numbers for all dependents.
Other sites are available at the senior centers in McConnelsville and Pomeroy, and the library in Glouster.
OVU plans musical/ comedic performance
Ohio Valley University students, faculty and staff will present their annual musical/comedic extravaganza performance of “Expressions!” Feb. 21 to 23 at the Erickson Theatre on the south campus off College Parkway in Vienna, W.Va. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
The performance will showcase a mixture of musical and comedic talents that reflect this year’s theme of “Choose Your Own Adventure.” The Expressions! Players, an auditioned group of OVU students, will host the annual production with two- to three-minute comedic vignettes interspersed between each act.
“The theme this year is based upon the popular style of books that allows readers to choose their own ending,” OVU Director of Theatre Erin Kahoa said. “We’ve taken that concept and are using it for the performance. The audience will have the opportunity to choose which direction the performance goes. Each night we literally could have a different storyline and ending.”
Acts will be presented by OVU social clubs, individual students and faculty members. In addition, live vocal and instrumental performances will be held.
OVU Players who will serve as hosts are Vallery Crossley, Tom Mayes, Adam Nohe and Judy Shiner.
Featured performers include Michael Deputy, Andrea Adair, Sade Budden, Katelyn DeStefano, Christina Ender, Araka Swecker, Lindsey Baker, Kaci Milleson, Glenn Kelly, Donovan Kiem, Colonel Pratt and the OVU social clubs of Delta, Kappa, Omega, Sigma and Theta.
The performances are part of a weekend homecoming celebration by the university that includes a reception for alumni and friends, home basketball games, senior recognition day and a tailgate lunch.
Admission is $8. Tickets are available at the door or in advance.
¯ For advance tickets or more information: Dennis Cox at (304) 865-6081.
From local reports