Area briefs

Parr joins ICES

TROY — International Cultural Exchange Services has welcomed Becky Parr as a new local coordinator.

Becky, a resident of Troy is active in the community, Troy City Schools and her church, First United Methodist. She has always been interested in making a positive impact on youth around the world, she said. Parr will be working with local families to find qualified host families to open home to international students. Students have their own insurance and spending money. What the host family supplies is room, board and an invitation to open their home to share the American culture. Families will gain a new friends and family member and will learn about cultures from around the world.

ICES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a peaceful world by increasing international awareness and understanding through cultural sharing experiences. If you would like more information about this topic, contact Rose McDonough at (304) 562-0875 or email at

Tax preparers needed

TROY — Lincoln Community Center is seeking volunteers to help local low income families prepare their taxes.

No math is required. Center staff are seeking volunteers who are computer competent to assist community members efile federal and state taxes. Training in the computer software is provided.

Assistance will be given at Lincoln Community Center located, 110 Ash St., Troy, on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. The program will run from February to April.

Contact Joanie Gutermuth at 339-5792 for information.