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Social distancing has certainly interfered with my gregarious nature. It’s really been hard staying home except for occasional visits to Kroger’s. I so miss chatting with my friends at the senior center, teaching my Sunday School class, going to Lancaster Community Band practice, and interac…

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April is Financial Literacy Month, a month focused on educating people about the importance of planning for a secure financial future. Social Security is a vital part of any financial plan, and we have online tools to help you understand your potential Social Security benefits and how they f…

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Last week, the Senate passed and the president signed into law an unprecedented bipartisan rescue package called the CARES Act that devotes $2 trillion towards helping the United States weather the storm of the coronavirus pandemic. Here in Ohio, where families, businesses, and our health sy…

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What is occurring during this time is one of the stories that every generation has experienced in one way or another. Those who are currently in their teens and twenties will be telling their grandchildren about the time our country was paralyzed by “The Virus”.

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As of this writing, at least 251 million people in at least 30 states, 81 counties, 15 cities and one US territory are living the reality of a stay at home directive. A month ago, hardly any of us had contemplated the concept of a stay at home directive. I’d never even heard the term. Now I’…

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We recognize that you may have questions about how the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) will affect Social Security services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay Social Security and SSI benefits. Also, beware of scammers who may try to trick you into thinking the pandemi…

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Gov. Mike DeWine and sidekick, Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton, have reached Batman and Robin status for jumping into the quarantine-mobile to save Ohioans. POW! “Take that coronavirus.” ZAP! “Take that pandemic!” THUNK! “Don’t call us alarmists.” OUCH-ETH! “Girl Wonder, order m…

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My dad left school after the eighth grade to help out on the family farm. I don’t know for sure but I’m guessing all of his five brothers did the same. His seven sisters as well. Graduating from high school wasn’t a given in those days – especially if your dad needed help on the farm.

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During this heightened time of concern due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want our customers to know that their safety and well-being is of utmost importance to us.

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What did I do with the unexpected time off due to the pandemic? Well, I stayed at home to prevent germ-sharing and germ-spreading. And read about COVID-19 and watched the news about COVID-19. And talked about COVID-19. 

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Dear Rusty: I am currently unemployed and drawing funds from my IRA. I am 62 years old. My financial adviser instructed me to not take Social Security because once I do that the percentage of increase would stop. He said to wait until the benefits increased to the point where I could then ta…

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My husband and I have the privilege of taking care of our grand daughter during the week when my daughter and son-in-law are at work. Of course I think she is the cutest baby in the whole wide world, but I usually keep those thoughts to myself.

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With new COVID-19 cases diagnosed daily, you should know how this new coronavirus could impact your workplace. From travel policies to being sent home if you are sick, here are the basics of labor and employment law relating to the new coronavirus.