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Surrounded by the glow of a halo around the sun, Jenny Wright, left, and her daughter Vanessa Keith, right, of Unity, prune apple trees at Riverview Farm in Plainfield, N.H.  Monday, March 16, 2015. Wright and her husband Stan McCumber have been pruning apple trees and picking the fruit around New England for about 45 years. "That's one of the fringe benefits of this job - seeing sky events," said Wright. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by their perennial mid-winter tans: Have you been in the Caribbean? “Nope. Westminster, Plainfield,” the 67-year-old McCumber replies, naming Vermont and New Hampshire towns where they do big pruning jobs. Despite being driven from their home by a recent fire, they’ve kept up with their seasonal work schedule. During the icy months, when spring blossoms are just a daydream, the Unity residents labor outdoors, as they have for almost half a century. Pruning, along with picking and pansies — “the three …

At the Hospitals: April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TDI Receives $800,000 For Neonatal Care Study Lebanon — The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice has received a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation for a nationwide study of neonatal intensive care, the first of its kind, researchers say. “Very few published reports have examined the quality and efficiency of medical care across the full range of newborns and …

Advertising Rules For Kids Not the Same With Apps

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Washington — For decades, advertising to children on television has been held to tougher rules than commercials for adults. Federal regulators have long been concerned that kids are more vulnerable to marketing and have a tougher time distinguishing between an ad and a show. Now with new apps, such as YouTube Kids, hosting videos aimed at children, the same rules aren’t being applied, …

King Arthur Flour Honored as ‘Best for Workers’ by B Lab

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Norwich — B Lab, the Wayne, Pa.-based nonprofit organization that certifies companies on standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, has named King Arthur Flour to its fourth annual “B Corp Best for Workers” list and …

Theft of Your Medical Records Can Be Life-or-Death Situation

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Identity theft to many people is not a big deal because it has become synonymous with the minor hassle of dealing with a stolen credit card number. You get another card, and you’re not out any money. And it happens so often, we’ve become numb to data-breach headlines. …

Greece Default Fears Shake Stock Markets

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York — Fear that Greece could default on its debt and abandon the euro rattled global financial markets Friday. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders were making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply, and the selling spread across the Atlantic. By the …

Money Talk: Business Credit Cards Lack Protections

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Question: I have a business credit card that offers cash rebates. It has an interest rate of 15.24 percent on purchases and 25.24 percent on cash advances. I carry balances in each category. Each month the issuer posts my entire payment to my lower-interest purchases balance and nothing …

Officials See Rising Risks To Recovery

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Washington — World finance officials said Saturday they see a number of threats on the horizon for a global economy still clawing back from the deepest recession in seven decades, and a potential Greek debt default presents the most immediate risk. After finance officials wrapped up three days …

Giant College Chain Fined $30 Million

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Los Angeles — U.S. Department of Education dealt a $30 million fine Tuesday to California-based Corinthian Colleges Inc., a for-profit college operator that has been on the brink of collapse following a federal crackdown last year. The Education Department said Corinthian misrepresented job placement rates to students in …

Europe Goes After Google On Anti-Trust

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Europe’s top antitrust regulator, announced Wednesday that she was formally accusing Google of violating European antitrust laws by favoring its search results over those from competitors. While an investigation of Google had dragged on for five years without …

15 Minutes of Viral Fame

Sunday, April 12, 2015

New York — Fifteen minutes of Internet fame can create long-term riches for a small business. Whether it’s a photo that gets shared on social media like the recent controversy over the color of TheDress or a funny …

At the Hospitals: April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Taps Nurse, Doctor For Senior Leadership Team Windsor — Dr. Joseph Perras and Patti Strohla, a registered nurse, have joined the senior leadership team at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. The team, which includes the …

Smaller Banks Lending Again

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Washington — Smaller banks have sharply stepped up lending for commercial real estate development and business expansion, an important sign that the economy is shedding the last vestiges of the Great Recession. These loans underwritten by smaller banks — regional banks with assets below $50 billion and community …