Monthly Archives: December 2015

Nearly 40 years ago, I joined the Air National Guard…..

Nearly 40 years ago I was taking my basic training at Lackland AFB for six weeks in January-February of 1977. At that time I was working as an Editorial Assistant for Washington Gas Light, and was 27 years old. Since I had joined the West Virginia Air National Guard, and had passed a by-pass test for public affairs, I did not have to go to tech school after basic; but instead went directly to my ANG base in Martinsburg to fill out my three- month military obligation. In addition, my Washington Gas boss wanted me to do a story and take some photos when I returned from my training back to my Gas company job. My chartered bus passed through the gates of Lackland AFB near San Antonio, Texas on January 4, 1977. It was here at "Happy Valley," as it was ironically called that I would spend the next six weeks of my life in a most...

Wheaton Library VITA Gearing up for 2016 filing season

Our Wheaton Library VITA tax help group is gearing up for the 2016 filing season to prepare 2015 tax returns. We have our 4 IRS laptops and Taxwise software, and I am waiting for everyone to pass the certification tests. Several including me, have done so already. But we will not be at the Wheaton Library this filing season. It is being renovated and for now, we will be helping taxpayers at the Longbranch Library in Silver Spring off Piney Branch Road. It will still be Thursday afternoons, but we will also prepare returns on four Saturdays at the Rockville Enterprise Housing facility off Gude Drive in Rockville. In addition, sevearl of us will help active duty military taxpayers with their returns at the USO-Bethesda at Walter Reed. We have lost a bunch of preparers...including Frank Keiser who is now living in the Philippines, but have acquired some new ones. ...