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January 25, 2023

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Wednesday, Januar y 25, 2023 The Press-Dispatch A-3 LOCAL Submit news items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: Notice of Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District's 76th Annual Meeting The Pike County SWCD will hold their annual business meeting at The Glezen Revival Center on Tuesday, January 31st, 2023. For more information or to attend, please call the Pike County Soil & Water Conservation District office at 812-354-6120 ext. 3 to make a reservation as soon as possible. Walk-ins welcome. REMODELING Our Petersburg location is now closed until March for a remodel. Scheduling patients at our Jasper location Monday through Friday. 671 3rd Ave, Suite D • Jasper 812-634-6425 • We will be back in full swing next spring! FOR INFORMATION, CALL 28 th ANNUAL GUN & KNIFE SHOW Jan. 28, 9am-4pm EST & Jan. 29, 9am-3pm EST Ferdinand Community Center • Ferdinand, IN • Largest gun show in the area with 130 tables. • Concessions to be served. • All proceeds benefit Ferdinand Community Center. Note: is 12,000 sq. . facility has plenty of free parking available. Large selection of new and used guns and knives. 812-630-5672 • 812-639-9948 • It's Greek to me By Mendy Ross Correspondent How do Greek Mytholo- gy and ugly sweaters go to- gether? Mrs. Candy Meyer, seventh grade enrichment teacher, thought it would be a fun way to introduce the topic of Greek Mythology. Meyer gave the students a list of gods/goddesses to research before they made their final decision. Once the decision was made they could dive deeper into research about their figure. There were three main elements the stu- dents focused on: color, sym- bols and patterns. a fter selecting their god or goddess, students began designing their ugly sweater and writing their summary based off of symbols, facts they had researched and use of color to represent character traits. a fter nearly two weeks, the ugly sweaters were ready for display. "I really liked the Greek Mythology project," ella Weathers said. "Looking up different gods and goddesses was a very fun experience. I learned new things while be- ing creative." students decorated the hall- way with their ugly sweaters. "I really liked the Greek My- thology project," said Parker Goeppner. "I learned a lot about the gods like Cronus and Hephaestus." another student, Mikayla Jenkins, added "something I learned during the Greek Mytholo- gy project is about Cronus and his thing with eating children." Meyers has been teaching at PCMs since 2019, after the school decided to add the en- richment class. Prior to that she was a fourth grade teach- er at Petersburg elementary since 2007. "In this class the focus is to strengthen and enhance basic skills and standards for all subject areas in the sev- enth grade," Meyer said. she added that all subject areas can be covered, but their pri- mary focus is Language arts and Math. The students also celebrat- ed the new year with a good mindset. They talked about what resolutions were, and how they can be overwhelm- ing but useful. "We decided to focus on just 'One Word,'" Meyer said. "This one word could im- pact them personally, here at school, or all around. I didn't just give them a piece of paper and have them start. We took our time, answered questions honestly about our goals and had peer discussions as well to help us narrow down our words." "I was really proud of the effort they put into thinking about this. Once they de- signed their words, they also had to include a summary about how that word can help them grow throughout the entire year; and by reading what they wrote I could tell they took it seriously." students enjoyed the One Word Project, including Brae- lyn Barnett who said, "I real- ly liked the One Word reso- lutions because I like having goals and I have already put so much work toward me be- ing stronger." Kade Benner enjoyed the One Word project saying, "I looked through all of the words and found how I can be a better person and work through the year." Trust was the word for Channing sorgius, who said, "I really liked the One Word resolution because it taught me that I should trust in my- self and trust in others." another student, Braxton Maxey, added, "something I learned in the One Word resolution project was I am passionate about myself and determined to be a better person, athlete and student." ellie arnold added "I real- ly liked the One Word reso- lution because it taught me to accomplish hard things I thought I couldn't accom- plish." some of Myers' favor- ite uses of the 'One Word' project were Commit, accom- plish, Grow, Focus, dream, Mindful, and Family. PCMS seventh grade student Jaron Woolsey holds his ugly sweater for the Greek Mythology project. His sweat- er features Hephaestus, god of fire, blacksmiths and carpentry. He used the color brown to represent matu- rity and wisdom. The collar, sleeve bottoms and torso depicted nails on a wooden board to represent Hephaes- tus' work in carpentry. PCMS seventh grader Sylvie McDivitt holds her ugly sweater for the Greek Mythology project on Apollo. She drew Apollo's head in the center, as McDivitt said, "He's kind of full of himself and it seemed right." She added a sun pattern to show that Apollo is the sun god. She add- ed lyres and a music staff to show that he was also con- sidered the god of music. PCMS seventh grader Channing Sorgius displays her ugly sweater for the Greek Mythology project on Hera. The lily she drew represents fertility and that Hera is a protector of women. The animals Sorgius chose are some of Hera's favorites. Each color has a meaning, such as red, which represents power and strength. PCMS seventh grader Joshua Smith chose Artemis for his ugly sweater for the Greek Mythology project. He drew Artemis with a bow to show she was considered the goddess of hunting. She was also the goddess of the moon. "My pattern is inspired by the night sky," Smith said of his design. The colors he chose represent honor, loyalty, grace and elegance. Left to right are PCMS seventh grade Enrich- ment students Kinley Nixon, Channing Sorgi- us, Braelyn Barnett and Kade Benner showing their One Word project. Their teacher, Mrs. Can- dy Meyer said "once they designed their words, they also had to include a summary about how that word can help them grow throughout the en- tire year; and by reading what they wrote I could tell they took it seriously." Social Security Matters By Rusty Gloor What counts for Social Security's earnings limit? Dear Rusty: I retired on February 1, of this year (2022). I collect a pension from my employer plus a union pension, as well as social security, all of which started in February 2022. I am married and I'm 65 years old. I only worked four weeks in 2022 before retiring, but my income ended up being far more than expected. I got five weeks' vacation pay and a retroactive check from an overdue labor contract. I also got hazard pay and a small check for a class action law- suit my union filed years ago. all of that brings my 2022 in- come to about $35,000 which means I have exceeded what I can make as far as social security goes. My question is, should I contribute some money to my Ir a to offset my earned income? and is it even possible for me to do that? signed: retired but Concerned. Dear Re- tired: Gener- ally, income earned before starting your social security benefits (such as accumulated vacation pay) doesn't count toward social security's earnings limit for those who have not yet reached their full retirement age (Fr a), nor do your earnings from working in the four weeks of 2022 be- fore your ss benefits started. similarly, the check for retro- active labor contract benefits, hazard pay for past work, and income from the class action suit do not count toward social se- curity's earnings limit. The only thing that counts towards the limit is earnings from working after your social se- curity benefits started, which you apparently did not do. Thus, from what you've shared, you should not be subject to any impact to your monthly ss benefits as a result of your total 2022 income. note, you may still get an inquiry from social security next year about your 2022 earnings, but only earnings from actually work- ing after your social secu- rity benefits started (which you did not) would count to- ward social security's earn- ings limit. you may, however, wish to consult with a qualified tax advisor because some of your social security ben- efits received in 2022 will be subject to income tax on your 2022 tax return. assum- ing you file your tax return as "married/jointly," if your combined income from all sources exceeded $32,000 then 50 percent of the ss ben- efits you received during the tax year will become part of your overall taxable income; and if your 2022 combined income from all sources (in- cluding your wife's income) exceeded $44,000, then up to 85 percent of your ss bene- fits received in 2022 will be- come taxable income. a tax advisor can give you more information on that, and also help you decide if it would be wise to contribute to an Ir a. But, in any case, contribut- ing to an Ir a will not affect your monthly social security benefit. To submit a question, vis- it website (amacfoundation. org/programs/social-securi- ty-advisory) or email ssadvi-

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