2013-01-10 / Lifestyles

Lifestyles Briefs

Local Moose Lodge aids ‘Sandy’ relief effort

MANISTIQUE – Members of the Manistique Moose Lodge recently reached out to victims of “Superstorm Sandy”.

Following a fundraising event including music, pasties, and an auction, members were able to raise $1,100 for the effort. Rather than donate to a larger national organization for the relief effort, member donated the money raised to the New Jersey and New York Moose associations.

A trust account was set up for the funds.

Gary Stramandino, state secretary for the New Jersey Moose Association gratefully accepted the donation.

“We want to thank you for your generous donations to the relief effort for the victims of super storm Sandy,” he wrote in response to the Manistique Moose Lodge donation. “The storm was gigantic, but the flooding made it so much worse. Many people in the path of the storm lost all their worldly possessions.

You can be assured your donations will be distributed fairly among families in need,” he continued. “In times like this it gives our citizens a ray of hope knowing their fellow citizens truly care for each other.”

The Manistique Moose Lodge has held numerous fundraisers over the years, including one for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

Osterhout passes tax return preparer course

MANISTIQUE – Manistique resident Brenda (Vincent) Osterhout recently passed the registered tax return preparer test, along with completing the required hours of continuing education.

Three years ago, the Internal Revenue Service changed how standards for competency, continuing education and ethics would apply to all paid tax return preparers. Facets of this initiative include: preparers who have a testing requirement also have a new requirement to complete 15 hours of continuing education courses each year; ethical requirements that previously applied only to CPAs, EAs and attorneys now apply to all paid return preparers; and preparers who pass the competency test and tax compliance check are given a new credential: Registered Tax Return Preparer.

Erickson earns recognition for major field test

GRAND RAPIDS – Holly Erickson recently received a certificate of outstanding achievement on the major field test for Bachelors of Administration, presented by the Donald W. Maine College of Business, Davenport University of Grand Rapids.

Of the 80,708 students who took the test, Erickson placed in the top 10 percent nationwide. This test also places Erickson as one of the high-scoring Davenport students as well.

Holly is the daughter of Doug “Hawk” and Lori Erickson of Manistique.

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