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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 …

Colleges Urged to Embrace Sustainable, Local Seafood Label

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Portland, Maine — A Maine science institute wants students at New England colleges to know if the seafood in their school cafeterias was pulled from the region’s waters. The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research Institute is targeting colleges and universities to carry its label that promises seafood products …

Consumer Confidential: With Purchase of EnvisionRx, Rite Aid Gets in on the Drug Intermediary Racket

Sunday, February 22, 2015

John Standley, chief executive of the Rite Aid pharmacy chain, was effusive recently in describing how consumers will benefit from his company spending $2 billion to buy EnvisionRx, a firm most people likely never heard of. The deal, he said, will allow Rite Aid to expand its “health …

Sunday, February 22, 2015

YouTube Marks 10th Anniversary

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It’s a fact easily forgotten, in light of all the fame and the folly that’s followed. But before Justin Bieber was a tabloid fixture, a Calvin Klein model and a teen cult leader, he was a tiny, backlit figure swaying in front of a cinderblock wall, singing Ne-Yo’s …

Farmers Markets A Glutted Market

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Have farmers markets become too plentiful for their own good? That’s a question farmers and market managers have been asking for several years. And now there’s evidence that suggests it may be so. A new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that the rate of growth …

Printing 3-D Body Parts Less Costly

Sunday, February 22, 2015

San Jose, Calif. — It sounds like something from a science fiction plot: So-called three-dimensional printers are being used to fashion prosthetic arms and hands, jaw bones, spinal-cord implants — and one day perhaps even living human body …

Wheels: The Torque Is What Makes the Car

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cornwall, N.Y. — Some costs are worth it. It is a truth that becomes reality when you spend money on a vehicle for something other than prestige and style. You spend it for value and performance. If prestige …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Audi Q5 TDI

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bottom line: The 2015 Audi Q5 TDI is worth the price, which isn’t saying the cost should not be reduced if at all possible. You can start by understanding that the Q5 is offered in seven overall trim levels with varied price tags. The gasoline models are the …

Surging Buck Hits Earnings

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn’t tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It’s the surging U.S. dollar. The two soda giants rely on overseas customers for roughly half of their revenue. When …

Wal-Mart Pay Raise May Press Others

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washington — Wal-Mart’s advertising slogan is “Save money, live better,” but for years the world’s largest retailer has been criticized for not paying its workers enough to do that. Now, facing rising minimum wages in some states, competition …