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Caleb Putnam hangs sheets of cheesecloth on the line after washing them at his family's farm on August 25, 2014. The fabric is used to remove the curds from the whey. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

North Pomfret Farm Family’s Two Sons Return for the Summer to Help Make the Cheese

Sunday, August 31, 2014

North Pomfret — Between haying, cheesemaking and the myriad chores required of a dairy farmer, warm weather days at Thistle Hill, an organic farm in North Pomfret, are packed full. Luckily, owners Janine and John Putnam have some experienced help. The couple raised their four children, all now grown up, on the hilly 80-acre farm, and their sons, Caleb and …

Social Security Q&A: What Information Do I Need to Apply for SSI?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Question: What information do I need to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Here are some of the things you will be ask for when you apply for SSI. Even if you do not have all of the things listed below, apply anyway. The people in the Social Security office can help you. But keep in mind that the more information you …

Bigger Down Payments Add to Buyers’ Blues

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Washington — The challenges facing prospective buyers of the nation’s least expensive homes are getting harder to overcome. Already beset by stagnant wages, growing student debt and competition from investors who are snapping up listings, those looking to purchase moderately priced houses must also provide more cash up front. The median down payment for the cheapest 25 percent of properties sold in 2013 …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 31, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Geisel, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Raise Record in Gifts Hanover — Charitable gifts for Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock during the fiscal year ending June 30 totaled $36.7 million, a new 12-month record in charitable giving for the …

Olympus Biotech Plant Is Sold

Sunday, August 31, 2014

West Lebanon — The former Olympus Biotech plant in West Lebanon’s Airport Industrial Park, which closed earlier this year at the cost of 130 jobs, has been sold to a Danish company, Novo Norodisk. Novo Norodisk said some of Olympus Biotech’s former employees have been offered jobs, but …

Consumer Confidential: Adjusting for Life in the World of Big Data

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The invitation offered a “free gourmet meal exclusively for people with neuropathy symptoms.” Lynda Adams wasn’t upset to receive such a pitch, even though she didn’t have neuropathy, a diabetes-related nerve disorder, and even though the meal, at a chain restaurant, didn’t look particularly gourmet. What had Adams, …

Twitch Watch

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play Pac-Man. And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like …

Visual Search to Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. …

Wheels: Born in Korea, ‘Blessed’ in the Heart of Dixie

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Some of the world’s best automobile assembly workers are in Montgomery, Ala. Proof of exceptional craftsmanship is in their product, represented by the subject of this column, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited sedan. The new Hyundai Sonata easily is one of the top “best value” cars offered in …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bottom line: The Hyundai Sonata, available in five trim levels, is one of the best deals in the U.S. market in a high-quality midsize family sedan. Ride, acceleration and handling: In sport mode, the Sonata Limited gets very good marks in all three. Head-turning quotient: Hyundai’s designers call …

Investors Who Seek Advice on Their 401(k)s Save More, Study Finds

Sunday, August 31, 2014

People who get professional advice about their 401(k)s save more and have a better chance of meeting their goals. Yet few people seek out that help, according to a study released last week. For instance, 74 percent of people who had professional help knew how much money they …

Take Steps to Limit Damage If Hackers Snare Your Data

Sunday, August 31, 2014

You might have gone to a supermarket, mailed a package at UPS or gone to a restaurant or hospital and thought nothing about holding your wallet tightly. Yet, a thief might have preyed on you anyway. And if you are like millions of Americans, you are just finding …

Ford Streamlines the Look of the 2015 F-150

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ford has taken great pains to make sure the all-new 2015 F-150 is its most aerodynamic pickup ever in order to make it more fuel efficient. Brad Richards, the truck’s exterior design manager, said every vehicle should be …