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Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, has several concerts lined up during the month of March.

Chad Reinert, a recording artist, hails from Nashville. His current single, "As Country As It Gets," is sitting at number 17 on the IndieWorld country music chart. Reinert's concert will be held at 7 p.m. March 7. He promises it will be a "family friendly event."

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alana Andersen

Alana Andersen of Lehighton was selected first runner-up in the Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2015 pageant. The event was held in Pittsburgh Dec. 7.

Alana is a senior at Lehighton Area High School. She was originally to compete in the 2014 pageant, but was unable to participate due to surgery on her spine for scoliosis in November of 2013. Thanks to teachers from the district, Alana was able to keep current with her studies, and after her recovery, returned to finish her junior year.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lehigh Valley Mall will host its annual Simon Kidgits Book Blast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. This year, the mall is teaming up with Better World Books to provide each child that attends with their very own preloved book and bookmark. The event will feature other family-friendly activities including:

Ÿ Read-aloud session by Whitehall Township's Mayor Ed Hozza and Whitehall Township Public Library's Lorraine Santiliz, featuring books from the Little Critterseries.

Ÿ A visit from Little Critter and Polka Dot and sing-along.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Bryan Buffington, who plays sharpshooter Frank Butler, and Mallory deForest, who plays Annie Oakley, rehearse a scene in "Annie Get Your Gun," which opens next Thursday in Lehighton.

"Annie Get Your Gun" will be presented by Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton on March 5, 6 and 7.

The production will be staged in Smith Auditorium of Zion United Church of Christ, 225 Iron St., Lehighton.

"Annie Get Your Gun" is a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Part A, Part B, Doughnut holes and premiums.

These are just a few parts that are encompassed in the federal health insurance program known to all seniors as Medicare.

But for people nearing age 65, the information about what they will need to enroll in to benefit them throughout their golden years can be overwhelming.

That's why New Seasons at Blue Mountain Health System and Carbon County Area Agency on Aging have teamed up to create an educational seminar: "New to Medicare."

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will recognize American Heart Month with free EKGs and a program titled "Understanding Heart Disease and Associated Medications" at 11 a.m. Thursday at BMHS Tamaqua Cardiac Care Center at 17 W. Broad St., Second Floor, Suite 3 in Tamaqua.

Heart disease can have serious consequences, like heart attack, chest pain, stroke and other serious conditions and can result in permanent disability or even death.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In Medicare, adults eligible for benefits may find that some of the terms used can be overwhelming or confusing.

Below are definitions of commonly used coverage terms from The United States Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Ÿ Assignment: An agreement by your doctor, provider or supplier to be paid by Medicare, to accept the payment amount Medicare approves for the service, and not to bill you for any more than the Medicare deductible and coinsurance.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Medicare is a federal health insurance program available to adults, beginning at age 65; as well as younger people who have disabilities.

It helps by covering services such as lab tests, surgeries and doctors visits; as well as medically necessary supplies like wheelchairs and walkers.

Below are brief overviews of the parts of Medicare that you will need to know.

Monday, February 23, 2015
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As the world becomes increasingly immersed in technology, one of the few sure things in life taxes is following suit.

If you're the type to complete your own tax forms, you've always had two options: Paper forms, or utilizing software that walks you through these same forms. You can still find paper forms at area libraries and state representatives' offices, although selection may be limited.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Once you've filed a federal tax return online, you're not done. You've still got to consider how (and where) you'll file your state and local returns.

Both state and most local income tax returns can now be filed electronically for free or for a small fee.

If you qualify for the Federal Free File program at freefile.irs.gov, which allows many taxpayers to download tax preparation software at no charge, you may also qualify to use Pennsylvania's PA Free File for state returns.