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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 …

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 …

Miller Auto Dealership to Close

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lebanon — Signaling a shake-up in the Upper Valley automobile market, longtime car seller Miller Chevrolet Cadillac will close its doors on Friday, leaving Lebanon, for the first time since the dawn of the automotive era, without a …

Businesses: Vt. Mandates Hurt Recovery

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Montpelier — Business groups contend legislative mandates are hampering their ability to recover from the Great Recession. The groups, representing a wide array of sectors, said lawmakers have burdened businesses with new regulations, fees and taxes over the past six years that have made it difficult for small …

Derailment of Trains Hauling Fuel a Concern

Monday, February 23, 2015

Billings, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing …

Social Security Q&A: How to Change Bank-Deposit Information

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Question: I have been receiving my Supplemental Security Income by direct deposit for years, but I need to change my bank account. How can I do that? Answer: The most convenient way to change your direct deposit information is by logging in to your personal my Social Security …

Striving to Make Good Credit Score Perfect Isn’t Worth It

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Is perfection worth it when you’re oh-so-close already? When it comes to your credit score, attaining the top number may not bring as big a return as you might think — especially if your score is already the envy of most consumers. This isn’t to say that you …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valley Regional Hospital Named to Harvard Pilgrim 2014 Honor Roll Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital was recently named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s seventh annual Hospital Honor Roll. The 2014 Honor Roll recognizes adult acute care hospitals scoring …

Business Notes: Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bethel — GW Plastics has added two high-speed injection molding machines to its Bethel headquarters to support new business from a major customer. The company said the new 240-ton Netstal molding machines will expand its capabilities in the high-volume disposable medical device market. The addition follows multimillion-dollar expansions …

People in Business: Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Armin Driver, of Copeland Furniture in Bradford, Vt., was elected vice president of the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association board of directors for the 2015-2016 term at the trade organization’s recent annual meeting. Charles Shackleton, of Shackleton Thomas in Bridgewater, was appointed affiliate representative to the board from the …

Push Back Against Pig Farms

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Des Moines, Iowa — From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate …