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O'Bee Byrd of Hartford, Ct. boards an Amtrak train heading south out of Claremont Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A meeting was held in Claremont Wednesday to discuss improvements to the stop, the only one on the western side of the state. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Train Station In Claremont Due for Update

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Claremont — Train travelers planning a stop in Claremont won’t find much to do there if they rely on Amtrak’s website. The site provides a few options for lodging and several restaurants but just two places to “see”: Maple Lanes Bowling and the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church. Moreover, the website notes that the station has no enclosed waiting area, no …

U.S. Economy Rebounds From Winter

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Washington — After suffering the sharpest contraction since the recession ended, the U.S. economy rebounded this spring, providing fresh evidence that the recovery is finally turning a corner. Government data released Wednesday shows the economy expanded at an annual rate of 4 percent during the second quarter. Consumers pulled out their wallets, businesses …

Bank Fined $1.3 Billion in Loan Case

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Los Angeles — Countrywide Financial hustled to make the loans. Bank of America, once again, is picking up the bill for the damages caused — the latest buffeting since the bank’s disastrous acquisition of the Calabasas high-risk lender six years ago. A New York judge ordered Bank of America to pay nearly $1.3 billion in penalties in a civil fraud case involving a …

Social Security Q&A: What Is a Social Security Credit?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: What is a Social Security “credit?” Answer: During your working years, earnings covered by Social Security are posted to your record. You earn Social Security credits based on those earnings. The amount of earnings needed for one credit rises as average earnings levels rise. In 2014, you …

Squatters Can Pose a Problem

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In Madison, Wis., where Wi-Fi hot spots often are easier to find than a parking space, you wouldn’t think that a cafe would turn off its wireless Internet connection. But that’s the case at Madison Sourdough cafe and …

Money Talk: Be Wary of ‘Work From Home’ Ads

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: Are there legitimate “work from home” Internet job opportunities, or are all those advertisements just scams? Answer: You should be skeptical of advertisements in general and particularly advertisements about an area as scam-filled as work-from-home opportunities. Yes, many people make a living working from home. They’re typically …

Business Notes: July 20, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Randolph — Gov. Peter Shumlin joined the management and about 200 employees of Vermont Castings last week to celebrate the return of some of its manufacturing to the Bethel and Randolph facilities. The governor attended the event to recognize the company’s effort to rebuild the quintessential Vermont brand …

Employee Owned

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Windsor — After 28 years of being a closely-held corporation, on Aug. 1, Harpoon Brewery will have new owners. Founding partner Rich Doyle is stepping down as CEO, and he and some other shareholders are selling their stock …

Audi RS5 Coupe

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bottom line: The Audi RS5 coupe is an amazingly beautiful automobile — to look at, to sit in and to drive. Fully equipped at nearly $80,000, it is a car for the precious few. But it’s nobody’s bauble. It is every inch a well-engineered, brilliantly thought-out car that …

Too Tempting All-Wheel-Drive Speedster

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Driving the Audi RS5 Quattro coupe is like being in a forbidden relationship. You know you shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing. But it feels so very good doing it, you don’t want to stop. You know you’re …

Cooking Up a Colorful Kitchen

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine. “Pastel greens, …

2014 Civic Hybrid Has Improved Fuel Economy

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Another fuel-sipping alternative is available to motorists weary of yo-yo pump prices: the gasoline-electric hybrid version of Honda’s popular Civic compact sedan. It’s affordable, too, as far as hybrid cars go: 2014 prices begin at $24,635 (plus $790 freight) for the base model. But it can go as …

Time Helps Millennials Be Savvy Financially

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — We all know them. The planners who know more about investing and interest rates than you ever will. People who buy insurance for everything and are always thinking about the future. Well, they may not be as smart with their money as you think. In fact, …