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Vt. Forced To Cut Spending

Friday, July 25, 2014

Montpelier — Recovery from the Great Recession almost seven years ago is still slogging through Vermont, with lower-than-expected state revenues forecast Thursday that prompted Gov. Peter Shumlin to call for budget cuts. “This really is no different than when a family thinks they have a raise coming, they get a raise, but the raise is a little smaller than they had projected,” the governor told reporters as he prepared for …

Ex-Market Basket Boss Wants to Buy

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tewksbury, Mass. — The former chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves wants to buy the entire company. Arthur T. Demoulas said in a statement Wednesday that he and his side of the family want to buy the 50.5 percent of the company now controlled by relatives who backed his …

Co-op Board Hears Concerns at Long Meeting

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hanover — About 300 members of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society packed the Hanover High School auditorium Wednesday, with many demanding that two fired employees be reinstated and denouncing the way Co-op Food Stores management handled the terminations. Others, including several Co-op employees, voiced their support for management during the 90-minute session set aside for member comments prior to the Co-op governing board’s …

Easter Seals Stymied In N.H. Guard Bid

Monday, July 21, 2014

Concord — A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families is caught in a disagreement over whether aiding one group of veterans could end up hurting another. Created in 2007, the Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program has been widely praised for helping nearly …

Social Security Q&A: What Is a Social Security Credit?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: What is a Social Security “credit?” Answer: During your working years, earnings covered by Social Security are posted to your record. You earn Social Security credits based on those earnings. The amount of earnings needed for one credit rises as average earnings levels rise. In 2014, you …

Squatters Can Pose a Problem

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In Madison, Wis., where Wi-Fi hot spots often are easier to find than a parking space, you wouldn’t think that a cafe would turn off its wireless Internet connection. But that’s the case at Madison Sourdough cafe and …

Money Talk: Be Wary of ‘Work From Home’ Ads

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: Are there legitimate “work from home” Internet job opportunities, or are all those advertisements just scams? Answer: You should be skeptical of advertisements in general and particularly advertisements about an area as scam-filled as work-from-home opportunities. Yes, many people make a living working from home. They’re typically …

Business Notes: July 20, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Randolph — Gov. Peter Shumlin joined the management and about 200 employees of Vermont Castings last week to celebrate the return of some of its manufacturing to the Bethel and Randolph facilities. The governor attended the event to recognize the company’s effort to rebuild the quintessential Vermont brand …

Employee Owned

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Windsor — After 28 years of being a closely-held corporation, on Aug. 1, Harpoon Brewery will have new owners. Founding partner Rich Doyle is stepping down as CEO, and he and some other shareholders are selling their stock …

Audi RS5 Coupe

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bottom line: The Audi RS5 coupe is an amazingly beautiful automobile — to look at, to sit in and to drive. Fully equipped at nearly $80,000, it is a car for the precious few. But it’s nobody’s bauble. It is every inch a well-engineered, brilliantly thought-out car that …

Too Tempting All-Wheel-Drive Speedster

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Driving the Audi RS5 Quattro coupe is like being in a forbidden relationship. You know you shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing. But it feels so very good doing it, you don’t want to stop. You know you’re …

Cooking Up a Colorful Kitchen

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine. “Pastel greens, …

2014 Civic Hybrid Has Improved Fuel Economy

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Another fuel-sipping alternative is available to motorists weary of yo-yo pump prices: the gasoline-electric hybrid version of Honda’s popular Civic compact sedan. It’s affordable, too, as far as hybrid cars go: 2014 prices begin at $24,635 (plus $790 freight) for the base model. But it can go as …