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Vital Communities held a bike vs. bus vs. car race between Dan and Whit's in Norwich, Vt. and the Hopkins Center in Hanover, N.H. to compare commute times on different modes of transport during morning rush hour Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Bikers Hilde Ojibway, of White River Junction, left, Sharon Racusin, of Norwich, middle, and Scot Drysdale, of Hanover, right, waited for Advance Transit to arrive at Dan and Whit's, then when bus riders Aaron Brown, of Strafford, front left, and Charlotte Jeffreys of Norwich, front right, boarded the bus, they started pedaling toward Hanover and two drivers pulled into traffic. Participants followed all traffic laws while traveling the 1.6 mile route. The three bikers arrived in between nine and ten minutes, Advance Transit riders in 11 minutes, and two drivers, who needed to park and walk to the meeting point, took over 20 minutes.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Commuter Race

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vital Communities held a bike vs. bus vs. car race from Dan and Whit’s in Norwich to the Hopkins Center in Hanover to compare commute times on different modes of transport during morning rush hour on Tuesday. Bikers Hilde Ojibway, of White River Junction, left, Sharon Racusin, of Norwich, middle, and Scot Drysdale, of Hanover, right, and bus riders Aaron …

Nor’easter Could Test FairPoint

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A nor’easter that arrived Tuesday could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike. The company, meanwhile, accused striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said an automated phone-jamming effort attempted to disrupt …

Arts Program Aims to Grow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The founders of Vermont Independent School of the Arts at the Seven Stars Center in Sharon may be on the brink of realizing their dream. If all goes as planned, the 14-year-old nonprofit center and school, which has helped hundreds of students become better musicians, singers and visual artists, will qualify for a …

Wheels: The Right-Sized Pickups

Sunday, October 12, 2014

San Diego — I’ve never understood why U.S. car and truck manufacturers abandoned mid-size pickup trucks. I’ve heard the excuses: Americans want big trucks; it costs as much to make smaller pickups as it does to make larger …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bottom line: The General Motors contenders are going to force Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan to rethink mid-size pickups. Ride, acceleration and handling: Both have exceptionally quiet and comfortable rides. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engines available for both models provide enough power to get …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 12, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Valley Regional Appoints Chief Operating Officer Claremont — Tim Clark, of Bethel, was recently appointed to the post of chief operating officer for Valley Regional Healthcare. “Having a seasoned leader like Tim, who has a clinical background as …

Vanpool Meeting, Pizza Party Scheduled for Bradford, Vt.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — People who live in the Bradford area are invited to a free “vanpool” pizza party on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., at Bradford Public Library. Representatives from the Vermont Agency of Transportation will discuss a state program that offers a $700 monthly subsidy for vanpools, and …

U.S. Investigators Expand Predator-Catching App

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Boston — An iPhone app designed to enlist the public’s help to catch fugitive and unknown suspected child predators led law enforcement officials to a suspect less than 36 hours after it became available. A year later, they are hoping to greatly expand their reach by making the …

Maid Tip Program Sparks Controversy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Los Angeles — Sonia Rosales pushes a cart laden with hundreds of pounds of soiled linen, shampoos and cleaning supplies through the JW Marriott hotel at L.A. Live, wrangling 20-pound inserts out of duvet covers, cleaning bathrooms and …

Don’t Talk to the Car

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Washington — Just because you can talk to your car doesn’t mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems …

Consumer Confidential: Verizon Takes the Lead in Move to a La Carte Pay-TV Pricing

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As more people abandon pricey cable and satellite services, the pay-TV industry may be finally waking up to the reality that if it wants to survive, it’s going to have to give consumers what they desire. And that’s a la carte programming — paying only for the channels …

Big Yellow Taxi Bids Farewell

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Big Yellow Taxi is fading to black. The around-the-clock Lebanon-based taxi service, which has been ferrying passengers around the Upper Valley since 1996, will shut down on Oct. 20, said Kirby Ogle, the company’s owner. Ogle, who also …

Barge Fees Limit Exports As Crops Battle for Space

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chicago — As U.S. farmers begin the biggest corn and soybean harvests ever, the bins at Elburn Cooperative in Illinois remain almost empty. It simply costs too much to send Midwest crops by barge to New Orleans export terminals. Shipping fees along the Mississippi River, the world’s busiest …