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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 …

Region Boasts Young Farmer Boom

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cranston, R.I. — Farming is hip in New England. Across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading. Farmers and industry experts agree New England …

Assault Rifles Sales Plunge as Fear of Strict Gun Laws Recedes

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Atlanta — For years, Mainstreet Guns & Range couldn’t sell assault rifles fast enough. About the time President Obama took office, buyers flocked to the store in suburban Lilburn to stock up because of concern that federal lawmakers would tighten gun laws, a worry that only grew after …

S&P 500 Rallies To a New High

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rose, finishing the biggest monthly gain since February, amid improving economic data and speculation central banks will continue to spur growth. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index added 0.3 percent to a record 2,003.37 as of 4 p.m. in New York on Friday. …

‘The End of the War’: Workers, Shoppers Celebrate Return of Market Basket CEO

Friday, August 29, 2014

Boston — As Arthur T. Demoulas made a triumphant return Thursday to lead the Market Basket supermarket chain, it was the words of his employees that summed up their fierce loyalty to him that led to a remarkable …

Springfield Hospital Pleads Case

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montpelier — Executives of Springfield Hospital told a hearing of the Green Mountain Care Board on Tuesday that the hospital was on track to post a $1 million operating loss in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, then faced skeptical questioning about the hospital’s request for a …

Burger King Orders Up A Side of Tax Inversion

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Toronto — Canada has become the latest frontier for U.S. companies fleeing the high cost of business, spurred by low corporate taxes and a policy that keeps international earnings out of the clutches of the Internal Revenue Service. Burger King, the second-largest U.S. burger chain, agreed to acquire …

Tim Hortons Earns More Than Dunkin’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Since the news broke that Burger King Worldwide has agreed to buy Canadian chain Tim Hortons for $11 billion, much of the discussion has centered around what the deal might mean for the corporate tax rate Burger King …

New Lives for Old Buildings

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lebanon — The sale over the last 20 months of four buildings previously owned by the Lebanon School District has put approximately $1.9 million into school coffers. But perhaps more important, the sales are also resulting in new …

Social Security Q&A: Providing Your Social Security Number Is Voluntary

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Question: Do I have to give my Social Security number whenever I’m asked? Answer: No. Giving your Social Security number is voluntary. If it is requested, you should ask why the person needs your Social Security number, how it will be used, what law requires you to give …

Farming on a Smaller Scale

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ithaca, n.y. — A physicist from Armenia, a juice-maker from Bermuda and a Burmese sushi chef are crafting new careers in agriculture under a program that applies the business incubator model to farming. The Groundswell Center for Local …