Community news briefs – March 25, 2020

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:30am
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Skwim Toastmasters club president M.E. Bartholomew (center) talks with club members (from top) Lindy MacLaine, Karen Tyson and Jeffrey Hartman in an online meeting. The club meets Tuesday nights online starting at 7 p.m. Submitted photo

Skwim Toastmasters club president M.E. Bartholomew (center) talks with club members (from top) Lindy MacLaine, Karen Tyson and Jeffrey Hartman in an online meeting. The club meets Tuesday nights online starting at 7 p.m. Submitted photo

Federal tax payment deadline extended

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced last week that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments July 15 without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.

This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on

Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.

Wi-fi access offered

Nikola Broadband has set up a Wi-Fi access point in the JCPenny parking lot, 651 W. Washington St., with the help of KSQM and Clallam PUD.

This access point is to aid community access and children’s learning during the COVID-19 coronavirus health issue. This access point is free to use during the hours of 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

“There is a lot of room in this parking lot, so please practice social distancing and stay in your vehicles to keep your family and community safe,” a Nikola Broadband representative said in a press release. “We ask that you leave the rows of parking open near the businesses that are still operating.”

The name of the network is Kids_learning_Community_Access. There is no password to connect. Connections are limited to 5Mbps per connected device.

Go online for Toastmasters meeting

Looking to be flexible during this time of limited social interactions, the Skwim Toastmasters invite the community to join their club in online visits every Tuesday evening.

Start time for the meeting is 7 p.m.; joining at 6:45 p.m. is recommended to allow for technology hiccups. “Attendees” are recommended to use a computer that has a built-in camera, microphone and speakers/headset. Visit the club’s website for the meeting link at

“The hardest thing about the need to quarantine, is feeling cut off from the people I enjoy,” club member Lindy MacLaine said. “I’ve been so grateful for the videoconferencing technology that allows us an alternative way of gathering face to face while still safely in our homes. I know many service clubs are cancelling meetings—so glad my club is willing to try this instead.”

Skwim Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that “empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.” The Sequim club normally meets at The Gathering Place in Sunland, 135 Fairway Dr.

Call for scholarship applications

The Olympic Peninsula Chapter 74 Footprinters group is accepting applications from graduating seniors from a Clallam County public high school, private school or alternative school for a scholarship of $1,000.

The scholarship is for seniors interested in a career in public safety such as law enforcement, firefighting/EMT or forest ranger.

Call scholarship chair Maura Mattson at 360-681-0533 for an application form, or email a request to

The application deadline is April 15.

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