Soroptimist Club meeting set

SUNBURY - The Soroptimist International Club of the Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties, Inc., will hold a monthly meeting and annual Christmas Party at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Packer House.

In addition to celebrating the holidays, the SUN Soroptimist Club will collect donations for Snyder County Children and Youth Services and Transitions.

The SUN Soroptimist Club is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Any person interested in volunteering and becoming a member is encouraged to contact any club member or contact Diane Savidge at 570-837-2532 or

Free tax rebate help available

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance is available at state Sen. John R. Gordner's district offices at no cost, and it is not necessary for senior citizens to pay private companies for this service.

"Our offices have become aware of an out-of-state firm that has purchased a Harrisburg Post Office box and is sending solicitations to senior citizens in our area offering the service for $39," said Gordner. "While not illegal, this mailer certainly can confuse senior citizens into paying for a service that is offered free at my offices."

Persons over 65, widows or widowers over 50 and the permanently disabled, regardless of age, are eligible for Pennsylvania property tax and rent rebates if household income is under $35,000. Fifty percent of Social Security income is exempt.

Gordner's district offices are located in Bloomsburg, Millersburg, Mount Carmel and Shamokin Dam, and constituents may contact any office for assistance with these and other government forms and services. Information is also available at