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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 …

Companies Slow To Alert About Data Breaches

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rumors of a data breach at a major New York bank started circulating more than a week ago in cyber-security circles. So for insiders, news that JPMorgan Chase had been victimized was more confirmation than revelation, just the latest headline from a digital crime wave that shows no …

State of the Unions: For Twin State Workers, Good News and Reasons for Concern

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Josh Allen grew up in Bradford, Vt., and went to work for Bell Atlantic, the regional telephone company, as an installation and repair technician a few months after graduating from Oxbow High School in 1998. The reason was …

Claremont OKs Transfer of Sawtooth Building to Lebanon Nonprofit

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Claremont — The City Council has unanimously approved the transfer of the Sawtooth building, which is attached to the parking garage at the corner of Main and Central streets, to Twin State MakerSpaces, a Lebanon nonprofit that plans to redevelop the 10,000-square-foot interior and expects to have it …

Money Talk: Lying to Mortgage Lender Not a Good Option

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Question: My mother passed away unexpectedly in late 2008. She had a mortgage, and the house was under her name only. She didn’t leave a will. My family is still paying the loan, and the company does not know my mother passed away. We don’t have a lot …

Canada’s Economy Grows At Fastest Pace in 3 Years

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ottawa, Canada — Canada’s economic growth rebounded to the fastest in almost three years in the second quarter, with the expansion broadening to exports and business spending that the central bank says is vital to complete a recovery. Gross domestic product rose at a 3.1 percent annualized pace …

Russian Regulator Inspecting 100 McDonald’s Restaurants

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Moscow — McDonald’s said Russia’s consumer-safety regulator is inspecting more than 100 of its restaurants after the world’s largest fast-food chain by revenue was forced to close 12 locations in the country. McDonald’s temporarily closed four restaurants in Krasnodar, in southern Russia, on an order from Rospotrebnadzor, as …

Cannabis Cuisine Rises in Wake of Marijuana Legalization

Sunday, August 31, 2014

There are books about cooking with herbs. And then there are books about cooking with herb. Yes, we’re talking cannabis cuisine, a small niche in the culinary world but one that is drawing more interest as the legalization movement moves pot closer to the mainstream. “When I sell …

Tough Label to Chew On: What Does ‘Natural’ Really Mean?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Los Angeles — There’s something about “natural” food that appeals to consumers. In one study from the consumer research firm Mintel, people were given a list of food product claims and asked which ones mattered most to them. “Natural” tied for No. 1 with the claim that a …

USDA Launches New Dairy Insurance Program

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Milwaukee — Dairy farmers squeezed in recent years by low milk prices and high feed costs can begin signing up this week for a new program replacing old subsidies that didn’t factor in the price of corn. Signups for the new program will run Sept. 2 to Nov. …

Farm Income Seen Falling From Record

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chicago — Lower prices for corn and soybeans will drive the profits of U.S. farmers down to an estimated $113.2 billion in 2014, a decline of 14 percent from last year’s record, according to the Department of Agriculture. The forecast for this year’s income is up 18 percent …