Business

Rising Rents Drive More Millennials Toward Homeownership

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — Americans in their 20s and early 30s are getting a nudge toward homeownership a decade after sales peaked during the housing bubble. It’s not their nagging parents. It’s rents, which have risen so much that buying is making more sense. “I pay $1,410 in rent for my one-bedroom apartment in downtown Denver,” said Eric Arther, 28, who has saved about $30,000 for a down payment. “If I pay …

Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Seyne-Les-Alpes, France — The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a routine request to continue on its route. Minutes later, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Airbus …

Nursing Home Bills Squeeze Insurers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New York — Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly: Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses. Now, there’s a new problem: Even insurers think it’s unaffordable. Life insurance firms pitched long-term care policies as the prudent way for …

Long-Range Forecast: Ice Cream

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ice Cream Fore-U co-owner Jennifer Johnson unloads a delivery of sundae toppings on Monday at the West Lebanon stand’s storage area. The ice cream stand off Route 12A is scheduled to open on Friday. Johnson says she enjoys …

Gifford Announces Nursing Home

Monday, March 23, 2015

Randolph — Officials at Gifford Medical Center announced last week that the hospital has plans to open a new nursing home and move its 25 patient beds from shared to private rooms. In May, the Menig Extended Care …

Social Security Q&A: How Much Did Benefits Increase in 2015?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Question: I heard that Social Security benefits increased at the beginning of the year. What is the average Social Security retirement payment that a person receives each month? Answer: You are right — Social Security benefits increased this year. In 2015, nearly 64 million Americans who receive Social …

At the Hospitals: March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Gets Spot On ‘Great Places to Work’ List Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been named one of 150 “Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by the industry journal Becker’s Hospital Review. It was selected based on its benefits …

Building a Brand-New Workforce

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When Dustin Riggott moved to the Upper Valley from San Diego after high school, he was ready to get a fresh start. From his experience working in retail during high school, he knew he wasn’t interested in continuing …

Region’s Sugarhouses Prep for Open House

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Scores of sugarhouses across the Twin States will open their doors for visitors next weekend. Related activities are also scheduled in Woodstock. Vermont’s annual Maple Open House weekend features an up-close look at maple syrup production, along with various activities and treats offered by individual sites. “Each sugarhouse …

Silicon Valley Meets Washington

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Austin, Texas — Every spring, thousands of entrepreneurs, innovators and investors and descend on this state capital for the annual South by Southwest technology convention. Over the past few years, SXSW Interactive has become a draw for federal …

Wisconsin King of U.S. At Cheese Competition

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Milwaukee — Wisconsin cheesemakers took home the most gold medals in the 2015 U.S. Championship Cheese competition, winning 56 of the 90 categories. Guggisberg Cheese Co., of Millersburg, Ohio, took top honors out of 1,892 entries from 28 states for its Swiss wheel. First runner-up in the contest, …

Business Notes: March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Newbury, N.H. — The 82nd annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair will be held Aug. 1-9 at the Mount Sunapee Resort and is expected to draw some 30,000 attendees and more than 350 crafters. This year’s fair will feature an on-site display of the 1866 Peppersass Cog …

Link Between Pay, Spending Tightest Ever

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Washington — When it comes to U.S. economic growth, wages may never have been this important. The link between earnings and consumer spending has been tighter in this expansion than in any other since records began in the 1960s, according to calculations by Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist …