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June 29, 2021

Paula Campbell
Posted 6/29/21

The pandemic was tough on our economy, but it was especially hard on our not-for-profit organization, and it will take awhile for them to get back on their feet.

The Sunshine Hall Library is …

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June 29, 2021

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The pandemic was tough on our economy, but it was especially hard on our not-for-profit organization, and it will take awhile for them to get back on their feet.

The Sunshine Hall Library is gearing up to hold their Town’s Treasures and Trinkets Sale on Saturday, August 7th in the Town Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

According to the Library’s Board member, Kari Margolis, “the funds raised will go towards the community programs to benefit cultural and community events and provide an opportunity to do something really good with stuff that’s in your way at home.”

So now that you have made a notation on your calendar, its time to look around your house, garage (if you have one) and shed the things you can donate to the Sale. They are looking for items in good, saleable condition such as artwork, working small appliances and expensive kitchen gadgets, those sale things you simply could not resist, camera equipment, tools, jewelry, camping gear and equipment, collectibles, quality yard and gardening tools, woven baskets, and other things that you can think of that would make an interesting purchase to support our Library.

The Sale will not be accepting clothing or books. The members of the Library Board need a lot of time to plan and organize all the items that will be available for sale so scour around your house and, as my mama used to say, “if you haven’t touched or used it in three years or it’s not essential maybe consider donating it to a worthy cause”- like the Library’s Sale.

For questions or information about donations contact Kari Margolis at kmargobro@gmail.com to arrange a drop off for donations. Ms. Margolis told me that she is always amazed at the generosity of our community when it comes to donating.

Since we are “at the library” so to speak, they have new extended hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, Thursday Noon-4:00 p.m., Friday 11:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00-3:00 p.m. and Closed Sunday and Mondays. For more information go to sunshinehallfreelibrary.org.

I saw some interesting information for anyone working as an essential worker during the pandemic. Beginning on June 23rd under legislation called the NY CARES Program there seems to be childcare scholarships available for essential workers who meet certain income guidelines and have been working outside the home to receive funding for their childcare expenses.

Under the Program essential workers include healthcare providers, law enforcement, pharmaceutical staff, transportation workers, food delivery and grocery store employees and childcare staff.

The income eligibility is based on the 2021 Federal Poverty levels and participants must have income less than 300 percent of the poverty level or $52,260 for a family of two, $65,800 for three and $79,500 for a family of four.

Payments will be made directly to the childcare provider and will be paid up to market rate for fourteen weeks depending on the availability of the federal funding. Having worked in administering entitlement programs my advice is always do the paperwork and let them tell you “No” as the fine print in the programs are difficult to sort out and you may in fact be eligible for the benefit. The Program is under the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. For more information go to ocfs.ny.gov and look for childcare scholarships.

I want to wish my amazing friend Martha Worzel a very Happy Birthday. If anyone personifies that “age is just a number, it’s Martha for sure. Have a wonderful day Martha and lunch is on me!

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