Business

Social Security Q&A: How to Save and Return to Disability Form Online

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Question: I’m getting ready to start filling out my disability benefits application online, but I’m concerned I will need to stop before I can finish it. Can I stop before completing the application and come back to finish it later? If so, how do I return to my online application to finish it when I have all the information I need? Answer: Applying for disability is a multi-step process that …

At the Hospitals: March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

VA Police Officers Honored White River Junction — Several employees at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction have received national Veterans Affairs police awards. John Richardson was named 2014 police chief of the year, and Jason Brown was named Small Facility Police Officer of the Year. Steven Bethel received the …

People in Business: March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Guy Alderdice Jr., of Windsor, has joined the West Windsor office of The Vermont Agency, whose primary carrier is National Life Insurance Co. of Montpelier. Alderdice has 14 years of experience in the financial services industry and is a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Equity Services Inc. He graduated from Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vt., and earned a …

Social Security Q&A: How Much Did Benefits Increase in 2015?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Question: I heard that Social Security benefits increased at the beginning of the year. What is the average Social Security retirement payment that a person receives each month? Answer: You are right — Social Security benefits increased this year. In 2015, nearly 64 million Americans who receive Social …

At the Hospitals: March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Gets Spot On ‘Great Places to Work’ List Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been named one of 150 “Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by the industry journal Becker’s Hospital Review. It was selected based on its benefits …

Building a Brand-New Workforce

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When Dustin Riggott moved to the Upper Valley from San Diego after high school, he was ready to get a fresh start. From his experience working in retail during high school, he knew he wasn’t interested in continuing …

Region’s Sugarhouses Prep for Open House

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Scores of sugarhouses across the Twin States will open their doors for visitors next weekend. Related activities are also scheduled in Woodstock. Vermont’s annual Maple Open House weekend features an up-close look at maple syrup production, along with various activities and treats offered by individual sites. “Each sugarhouse …

Silicon Valley Meets Washington

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Austin, Texas — Every spring, thousands of entrepreneurs, innovators and investors and descend on this state capital for the annual South by Southwest technology convention. Over the past few years, SXSW Interactive has become a draw for federal …

Wisconsin King of U.S. At Cheese Competition

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Milwaukee — Wisconsin cheesemakers took home the most gold medals in the 2015 U.S. Championship Cheese competition, winning 56 of the 90 categories. Guggisberg Cheese Co., of Millersburg, Ohio, took top honors out of 1,892 entries from 28 states for its Swiss wheel. First runner-up in the contest, …

Business Notes: March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Newbury, N.H. — The 82nd annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair will be held Aug. 1-9 at the Mount Sunapee Resort and is expected to draw some 30,000 attendees and more than 350 crafters. This year’s fair will feature an on-site display of the 1866 Peppersass Cog …

Link Between Pay, Spending Tightest Ever

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Washington — When it comes to U.S. economic growth, wages may never have been this important. The link between earnings and consumer spending has been tighter in this expansion than in any other since records began in the 1960s, according to calculations by Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist …

Warmer Weather Lets Farmers Plant Crops Earlier in Canada

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Farmers in Canada will probably be able to sow grain and oilseed crops early this year because warmer-than-usual weather is forecast for the spring. Temperatures in the Canadian prairies are expected to remain above normal until mid-April, when a cold front in the United States …

Big Banks Are Scaling Back Their Brick-and-Mortar Presence

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — Big banks have been scaling back their massive branch networks in recent years — closing offices and designing smaller ones — as more customers have fewer reasons to do their banking any way but electronically. At least one industry player believes it won’t be long before …