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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

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, 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.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Nicole Smith and Jon Yenser

The engagement of Nicole Smith of Alburtis to Jon Yenser, also of Alburtis, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of David and Nancy Smith of Lehighton.

She is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from Misericordia University. In 2014, she became a neurologic certified specialist.

She is currently employed at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation in Allentown.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Dennis and Jane Yenser of Lehighton.

Friday, February 20, 2015
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Sadie Strack, 7, and her brother, Richie, 10, enjoy playing card games on snow days. They are the children of Rich and Stacie Strack of Penn Forest Township.

Winter has us in its grip and doesn't seem likely to let us go anytime soon. Temperatures are plummeting and there is snow in the forecast again.

That usually means there may be more snow days in our future. While the excitement and novelty of those early winter declarations of a free day (for the kids at least) may not be as happily met as they were back in early December, you can still make the best of it.

We polled our readers for some of their snow day tips. Here's a glimpse at some of our favorites.

Outside fun

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A spiritual experiences discussion will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 21 at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

The event is free. Participants will be welcome to explore their dreams, visions, divine love; share their stories; and try a spiritual exercise. There will be a free book CD and refreshments.

For more information, call 570-656-3790 or visit

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Shawnee Playhouse, a professional, nonunion repertory theater, located in Shawnee on Delaware, is accepting applications for summer internship positions.

The SPH Internship Program offers qualified candidates the opportunity to serve as interns for a season with a professional theatrical company serving as either a performance, technical, stage management or costuming intern.

A weekly stipend and housing is available for successful candidates who are hired into the program.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Would you like to receive open and honest feedback on your writing?

If so, join the Black Diamond Writers Network on March 21 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Writers who would like to have their work critiqued should bring 15 copies of a one-page work-in-progress (no previously published pieces), double spaced.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059. For directions, call Tamaqua Public Library, at 570-668-4660.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jason Roth and Joshua Neth during a dress rehearsal for Sam Shepard's "True West."

As part of their "Spotlight on the Valley" series, Touchstone Theatre presents Allentown neighbors, Allentown Public Theatre in "True West," a powerful tale of sibling rivalry by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sam Shepard. "True West" opens for a two-week run.

Described by The New York Times as "a rambunctious and spontaneous tale about sibling rivalry … the seductiveness of Hollywood and … the battle between art and business," "True West" delves into the story of two estranged brothers, Austin, a budding Hollywood screenwriter, and Lee, a scurvy desert drifter.