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6 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Credit Repair Efforts

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Although the financial climate is improving and unemployment rates continue to drop, many consumers are struggling. Last year alone, U.S. courts reported nearly 1 million cases of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings. How does a financial hardship like bankruptcy affect your long-term credit health? For one, the damage can remain on your credit report for seven to 10 years. If your credit is severely damaged because you filed …

Claremont Chamber Wants Full-Time Executive Director

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Claremont — The Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new executive director and is returning the job to a full-time position for the first time since 2012. Jamie Richardson, marketing manager at Claremont Savings Bank and president of the chamber’s board, said the business booster organization hopes to have a new head on board by the end of June, when …

Dream of Paperless Society Remains Just That, a Dream

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The dream of a paperless society may need to be crumpled and tossed out due to the realities of American life. Last month, Adobe announced that it’s turning its document-creation software into an Internet service. Consumers and business people will now more easily be able to view, edit, share and even sign digital documents in Adobe’s widely used PDF format, meaning that there …

Cottage Hospital Project On Track

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Woodsville — A 16,000-square-foot, $4.3 million building with clinical and administrative space is under construction at Cottage Hospital and on track to open by September, according to a hospital spokeswoman. “The project has been a while in the making,” said Maryanne Aldrich, Cottage’s community relations and fund development …

Fight Looms Over New Adviser Rules

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Major financial industry trade groups are offering a restrained response to a new Labor Department proposal designed to curb conflicts of interest in the financial advisory business serving retirees, even as proponents of the measure gird for a major battle. After years of preparation and behind-the-scenes lobbying, the …

Privacy Tops List of Drone Concerns

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pittsburgh — Amazon wants to use them to deliver orders. One hovered over a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game last summer. And earlier this year, one crashed onto the White House lawn. Drones are not everywhere yet, but once …

Digital Technology In Grocery Aisles

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Horicon, Wis. — Mike Hansen, a resident of this small, southeastern Wisconsin town, got a computer six years ago but has yet to set up an online connection. Hansen, however, has started borrowing an iPad from the service desk at a nearby Piggly Wiggly store to do his …

More Spent Dining Out Than at Grocery Stores

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Washington — Pass the menu, hold the shopping cart. Grocery stores are finding it harder to make headway with shoppers as a surge in spending at restaurants over the past several months signals Americans are more likely to ditch the brown bags in favor of doggy bags. Sales …

Study: Teens Still Prefer Facebook

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York — Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again. Facebook remains the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17, according to a new study from the Pew Research …

Just-in-Time Delivery: After Frantic Start, Rymes-Fuller Oil Merger Going Smoothly

Sunday, April 19, 2015

It was late November, and oil delivery crews from Rymes Propane and Oil started showing up to fill the tanks of Fred Fuller Oil and Propane customers after the two companies merged. For some customers, it was a …

Consumer Confidential: Plans to Cram More Seats in Airliners Won’t Sit Well With Fliers

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Airlines increasingly are missing scheduled takeoffs and landings, losing travelers’ bags and overbooking flights, according to a report released last week. And the bad news: Things will probably get worse. Even as the latest performance stats showed that major carriers are having trouble with the most basic functions …

Sales of Organic Products Increasing

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Washington — The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn’t seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says. Sales of organics have been rapidly growing since the United States …

Wheels: The Marketing Pitch Has Swagger

Sunday, April 19, 2015

This column is about the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque sport-utility vehicle. But the annoyance of two General Motors television commercials — one for Buick, the other for Cadillac — keeps grating on my nerves. My mind …