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Oscar and Marilyn Ferris, of Randolph, Vt., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2013. (The Herald of Randolph - Tim Calabro)

A Life: Oscar Ferris, 1927-2014; ‘Farming Wasn’t a Job, It Was Something He Liked to Do’

Monday, March 2, 2015

Randolph — It was New Year’s Day, 1927. Tiny newborn Oscar Ferris opened his eyes for the first time, wracked with fever and wailing, delivered in the old style, in his parents’ bedroom by a doctor paying a house call to the Ferris family farm. Outside, the horses pulling the doctor’s carriage stamped their feet in the cold January air; …

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 …

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 …

McDonald’s Details Restaurant Opening Slowdown

Sunday, March 1, 2015

McDonald’s is cutting back on U.S. restaurant openings this year, after vowing to improve financial results under new leadership. McDonald’s plans to open about 125 restaurants and update about 100 in the United States this year, the company said Tuesday. In 2014, McDonald’s opened 222 U.S. stores and …

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 …