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Social Security Q&A: Checking on Medicare Benefits Application

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Question: I applied for Medicare benefits last week. How can I check the status of my application? Answer: Checking the status of your application is easy. If you applied for benefits, you can check the status at Social Security’s secure website, secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/IAPS/applicationStatus, but you must wait five days from the date you originally filed. You will need to enter your Social Security number and the confirmation number you received when …

At the Hospitals: March 1, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

VA Taps Social Worker For Women’s Program Manager White River Junction — Carey Russ, a social worker, has been named women veterans program manager at White River Junction VA Medical Center. Carey’s duties will include advising and advocating for women veterans, as well as coordinating a range of medical services. Due to the …

Business Notes: March 1, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lebanon — A year after the Lebanon Planning Board approved design plans for a new Tractor Supply outlet along Miracle Mile, construction is now underway for the farm and garden superstore. Ground was broken on the 19,000-square-foot building on Dec. 22 and is tentatively scheduled to open by Memorial Day, the Tennessee-based company …

What Investment Advice Rule Changes Might Mean

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Obama administration is proposing tougher regulations on investment brokers that officials said would curb hidden fees and conflicts of interest that cut into Americans’ retirement savings. The proposed rule changes — the subject of intense behind-the-scenes fights between financial services firms and reform groups — are broadly …

Money Talk: Options to Lower Cost of Housing

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Question: I’ve been on disability for more than 10 years, and I receive $1,527 a month in Social Security Disability Insurance. My rent starting in March will be $1,400. I’m not opposed to moving, but after checking literally thousands of listings, I found that what I’m paying is …

Consumer Confidential: FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan Alarms Critics, but It’s Nothing New

Sunday, March 1, 2015

As AT&T and Verizon prepare to file lawsuits challenging regulation of the Internet as a public utility, here are the three main things the companies don’t want you to know: ∎ There’s nothing new about what the Federal Communications Commission is doing. ∎ The exact regulatory approach has …

The Making of the DeLorean Prototype

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Nobody knew the DeLorean sports car would become a cultural touchstone — and a famous failure — when Visioneering Inc. in Fraser, Mich., began building the production prototype of the gull-winged, stainless steel two-seater in November 1979. Compared to the work Visioneering’s other studios did for Chrysler, Ford …

HomeLife Expo Updates Layout, Adds Features

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hanover — Pop quiz: It’s possible to tell spring is arriving in the Upper Valley when: A) Bleary-eyed parents are seen dropping off their teenagers for 6 a.m. rowing practice on the Connecticut River; B) Boxes of chirping baby chicks have arrived at West Lebanon Feed and Supply; …

SEC Filings: HNI Corp. Paid $62.2 Million for Vermont Castings Group

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Randolph — The management group that acquired Vermont Castings Group in 2013 and ran the troubled company for 14 months did pretty well when it sold the company to an Iowa-based furniture and hearth products giant in October. HNI Corp. paid $62.2 million in cash for the Randolph …

Stocks End Best Month Since 2011

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February proved to be a strong month for U.S. stocks, even though it ended in downbeat fashion. Major stock indexes closed lower on Friday, capping a week of subdued trading that still delivered a couple of new highs for the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s …

Ski-Lift Costs Becoming A Slippery Slope

Sunday, March 1, 2015

On a January Saturday in Utah’s Wasatch mountains, a chairlift whisked Stephen Percassi, an engineer from upstate New York, toward the top of Alta Ski Area. In his pocket was his lift ticket, which would’ve cost $84 that day. Instead, weeks earlier, he’d scored it online for $69. …

Ag Secretary: Use App to Inform About GMOs

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in …

Net Neutrality Vote Sets Up Legal Fight

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — The Federal Communications Commission for the first time classified Internet providers as public utilities Thursday, a landmark vote that officials said will prevent cable and telecommunications companies from controlling what people see on the Web. The move, approved 3 to 2 along party lines, was part …