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Social Security Q&A: Does SSI Have a Format for the Blind?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Question : I have a relative who gets Supplemental Security Income for a disability. She is now legally blind and wants to receive information from Social Security in an alternative format. How do I help her? Answer: Social Security is dedicated to providing vital information in the most effective way for every individual. There are several ways to receive information from Social Security if you are blind or have a …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Names CEO New London — James “Jim” Culhane, of Henniker, N.H., has been named president and CEO of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. An open house in March will feature a “meet and greet” with Culhane. Culhane has more than 12 years of relevant health and …

Tax-Saving Tips for Generation Y

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Many young taxpayers miss out on tax-saving opportunities because they just aren’t aware of them. Here are some tax credits and deductions these folks shouldn’t overlook. Student Loan Interest Deduction Education borrowing is a big concern for many millennials. But, if you carry such debt, you might be eligible for the student loan interest deduction. Whether you itemize or not, you can deduct …

Valley Regional Gives Update

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Claremont — Leaders of Valley Regional Healthcare reported some progress toward erasing a lingering budget deficit during an annual meeting and community gathering that also served as a platform for advocates of health care reform. More than 100 people braved icy sidewalks and bacon-wrapped hors d’oeuvres to listen …

Obama More Passive Than Passionate

Monday, January 19, 2015

Washington — During racially tense moments that have beset the nation recently, many Americans have longed for President Obama to display some of the passion and soaring rhetoric that made the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 86 last week, a civil rights legend. But …

Riding With the First Responders

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lebanon — A recent Friday morning finds the Lebanon Fire Department quiet, the day shift settling in. Dr. Nate Grubbs, an emergency medicine resident, is getting a tour of the station on South Park Street from Capt. Jim …

Social Security Q&A: How to Estimate Retirement Benefits

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Question: I’m not sure when I’m going to retire so I want to estimate my retirement benefit at several different ages. What’s the easiest way to do that? Answer: Using the Social Security Retirement Estimator, at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator, is easy and it’s the best way for you to get …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 18, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New London Hospital Names Ambulance and EMS Services Manager New London — Richard Riley has been named manager for ambulance and EMS services at New London Hospital. “ Riley brings an extensive background in emergency response management to …

Under the Gun: Newport’s Sturm, Ruger & Co. Battles Sales Slump, Stock Swoon

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Newport — Near the end of his quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts last February, Michael O. Fifer, the chief executive of firearm manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co., had some parting words that appeared to foreshadow a …

Ruger CEO At a Glance

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Michael O. Fifer, 57, was named chief executive officer of Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. in September 2006 and joined the company’s board of directors the following month. According to his profile on the company’s website, Fifer has …

Consumer Confidential: Kaiser Permanente’s Problematic Billing Process

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Karen Kurokawa was happy to pay her husband’s Kaiser Permanente bill. She just wanted to know why Kaiser had adjusted it almost $2,000 higher. The fact that she couldn’t get a straight answer from Kaiser, even after she filed a formal grievance, highlights the challenge patients face in …

New Approach To Agricultural Education

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Durham, n.c.— A slight breeze rattled the gate to Duke Campus Farm. The rising sun dried dew droplets on the kale, beet greens, arugula, collards, carrots and other crops, flowers and fruit trees growing on the one-acre plot about five miles from the Duke University campus. What is …

Wheels: Toyota Camry Just Keeps Getting Better

Sunday, January 18, 2015

None of us want to feel dumb, or that we’ve been “had,” or that we’ve made a stupid mistake after spending thousands of dollars on a new automobile. We want to think — more important, we want others …