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Caleb Putnam hangs sheets of cheesecloth on the line after washing them at his family's farm on August 25, 2014. The fabric is used to remove the curds from the whey. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

North Pomfret Farm Family’s Two Sons Return for the Summer to Help Make the Cheese

Sunday, August 31, 2014

North Pomfret — Between haying, cheesemaking and the myriad chores required of a dairy farmer, warm weather days at Thistle Hill, an organic farm in North Pomfret, are packed full. Luckily, owners Janine and John Putnam have some experienced help. The couple raised their four children, all now grown up, on the hilly 80-acre farm, and their sons, Caleb and …

Social Security Q&A: What Information Do I Need to Apply for SSI?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Question: What information do I need to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Here are some of the things you will be ask for when you apply for SSI. Even if you do not have all of the things listed below, apply anyway. The people in the Social Security office can help you. But keep in mind that the more information you …

Bigger Down Payments Add to Buyers’ Blues

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Washington — The challenges facing prospective buyers of the nation’s least expensive homes are getting harder to overcome. Already beset by stagnant wages, growing student debt and competition from investors who are snapping up listings, those looking to purchase moderately priced houses must also provide more cash up front. The median down payment for the cheapest 25 percent of properties sold in 2013 …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

APD Names Woodlands Administrator Lebanon — Timothy Martin, of Quechee, was recently appointed administrator of The Woodlands. The Woodlands is a 66-unit independent living facility on the campus of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. It is part of …

Restaurants Try Pay-in-Advance Tickets

Sunday, August 24, 2014

San Francisco — With restaurant patrons increasingly jumping on the Internet to make reservations, some high-end eateries here and across the country are adding a new tech wrinkle: having their clientele pay for their meal in advance using an online ticketing system similar to what’s used for sporting …

Web Retailers Turn to Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Sunday, August 24, 2014

When online jewelry shop BaubleBar opened a brick-and-mortar outpost in Manhattan, the retailer quickly realized just how different its in-store shoppers are from its Web customers. Shoppers suddenly paid more attention to un-flashy pieces often overlooked online. More women bought multiple necklaces that could be worn together. And …

Satellite TV Vies For Political Cash With Custom Ads

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Satellite TV giants DirecTV and Dish Network are looking for a landslide this fall — in political dollars. For the first time, satellite broadcasters will be jockeying with other media outlets for a share of political spending that could top $3 billion this year. They’ve historically been shut …

Only the Rich Feel Wage Gains

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Washington — Call it the no-raises recovery: Five years of economic expansion have done almost nothing to boost paychecks for typical American workers while the rich have gotten richer. Meager improvements since 2009 have barely kept up with a similarly tepid pace of inflation, raising the real value …

No Sharing Photographs, Please

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New York — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, …

Canada Having Second Thoughts About Buying F-35

Sunday, August 24, 2014

O Canada, land of “peace, order and good government.” Land of compromise and polite politics. Land of turmoil over whether to buy the F-35. As in the United States, the fighter plane has become a rancorous political issue. …

McDonald’s Tries to Change Its Food Image

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New York — At a dinner McDonald’s hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain’s menu. A Kung Pao chicken appetizer was made with Chicken McNuggets doused in sweet and sour sauce and garnished with parsley. Slow-cooked beef was …

Money Talk: When the In-Laws Can’t Pay Their Mortgage

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Question: My in-laws just informed us that they have gone through their retirement fund and soon won’t be able to pay their mortgage. They borrowed against the house they’ve lived in for 30 years and currently owe $325,000. They are devastated, so I am trying to figure out …

Consumer Confidential: When Is It Worth Paying to Guard Your Professional Reputation Online?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ask David Engel how many customers he has for Review Concierge, his service to protect and repair the online reputations of health care professionals, and he’ll proudly say the number is around 300,000. However, that’s “honorary” customers — doctors, dentists and others who have been signed up for …