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Social Security Q&A: What Is Supplemental Security Income?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : What is the purpose of Supplemental Security Income, or SSI? Answer : The purpose of SSI is to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little income and few resources to support themselves. It provides financial assistance to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. You can receive SSI even if you have not worked and paid into Social Security. SSI is a federal income supplement …

At the Hospitals: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August Motorcycle Ride Will Benefit David’s House Lebanon — A motorcycle ride next month will benefit David’s House, a nonprofit that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The guided ride, set for Aug. 2, leaves from First Congregational Church, 3470 Route 5, Westminster, Vt. It ends at David’s House, …

Business Notes: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lebanon — Valorie Armstrong, who spent 18 years in the aluminum business, is opening a new insurance agency in Lebanon on Friday. In preparation to launch the agency, Armstrong has been interning since January with Farm Family Insurance and working with agents in Concord, Charlestown and Littleton. She will be licensed to sell in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, she said last week, …

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, …

Marijuana Edibles Are Becoming an Industry

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Montpelier — Move over, pot brownies. The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry of baked goods, candies, infused oils, cookbooks and classes that promises a slow burn …

Consumers In U.S. Are Less Upbeat

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — Consumer confidence unexpectedly declined in July to a four-month low as Americans grew increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of wage gains. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of sentiment dropped to 81.3 this month from 82.5 in June, according to data issued on Friday. …

Lindt Adds To Nestle’s U.S. Chocolate Woes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Zurich — Nestle typically seeks to be first or second in all its businesses, yet isn’t even close in the U.S. chocolate candy market, where the Swiss company is dwarfed by Mars and Hershey. When No. 3 Lindt & Spruengli completes its planned purchase of Russell Stover Candies, …

Reconnecting With AT&T Has Hang-Ups

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Breaking up isn’t hard to do, an AT&T wireless customer learned. It’s getting back together that’s the trick. And when you know you’re right and the company’s wrong, it doesn’t hurt to stick to your guns. Kate Anger, 49, has been an AT&T wireless customer for more than …

U.S. Stocks Rebound To End Week Higher

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Investors jumped on a wave of strong corporate financial results Friday, propelling stocks higher for the third time in five days. The gains wiped out much of the market’s losses from the day before, when the downing of …