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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
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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.

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 www.eckankar.org.

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.