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Social Security Q&A: Extra Help for Medicare Drug Costs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: I want to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies also help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug (Medicare Part D) costs, you also can start your application process for the Medicare Savings Programs — state programs that provide help with other Medicare costs. When you apply for Extra Help, Social Security will …

Wheels: Mercedes Hatchback Smooth in Traffic

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cornwall, n.y. — The season had changed from late sunlight to early nightfall. We were in a sea of red flashes moving north on Interstate 287. We weren’t moving fast — about 50 mph, as fast as anyone could safely move in the thick early-evening traffic squeezing out of the canyons of New …

Nuts and Bolts: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bottom line: It is an excellent urban runner. It fits well in the city, can handle most small-to-moderate hauling chores and will do well in the Mid-Atlantic region’s generally moderate winters. It is built with Mercedes-Benz quality, but keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz also builds taxis and trucks used worldwide. If you are shopping for status, you might want to shop higher up …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Employee of the Month Named At Mt. Ascutney Hospital Windsor — Melissa Hale has been named Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center employee of the month for October. A member of the human resources staff, Hale specializes in …

Business Notes Nov. 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hanover — Amidon Jewelers close its store in the Nugget Arcade building on Hanover’s Main Street, the company announced last week. Owners Katie Goode and Steve Doubleday plan to sell off the inventory, and Goode said that will keep the store open at least through the holidays. “Hanover …

Beef Prices Hit Fast-Food Joints

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New York — Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you’ll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead. Beef prices have climbed in part because …

Whole Foods Chain Bounces Back With Stronger Earnings

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Austin, Texas — Whole Foods Market beat Wall Street’s expectations with its fiscal fourth quarter earnings last week, helping end a tough fiscal year on a positive note. Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods said it saw quarterly earnings per share of 35 cents, flat from a year ago, and …

Big Drop in Oil Prices Little Help to Farmers

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Chicago — The plunge in U.S. fuel costs is coming too late to help American farmers stung by the lowest crop prices in years. Most growers buy tractor-diesel as well as energy-based fertilizers and pesticides well before the harvests, which started in September for the biggest crops, corn …

Savvy Tax-Planning Tips For End of the Year

Sunday, November 9, 2014

What you do before the end of 2014 could make a huge difference in whether you end up having more money to spend in 2015 after filing your 2014 tax return. Consider some key credits and deductions to harness now. Job search or job move. If you were …

Feds Discuss Remaking Aging Northeast Rail Line

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New York — Rail travelers would be able to speed from Washington, D.C., to Boston at 220 mph and people on Long Island would take a tunnel straight to Connecticut and points north rather than go through New York City under some of the more ambitious long-range plans …

Budweiser Adds Classic Labels For The Holidays

Sunday, November 9, 2014

St. Louis — Anheuser-Busch wants shoppers to give the gift of beer this holiday season. The brewer announced last week that a new 18-pack of Budweiser will be available with classic labels from 1918, 1933 and 1976, packaged in a wooden crate with two pilsner glasses. St. Louis-based …

Money Talk: Volunteer’s Blood Draw Becomes a Credit Issue

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Question: I was a volunteer for a research study at a local university. It required a blood draw done at the university’s hospital. A month later, I received a bill for the blood draw, which I questioned. I was told it was a mistake and that I was …

Canada Firm Buys Mascoma Corp.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lebanon — Eight years ago Mascoma Corp. was launched by two Dartmouth College engineering professors and an associate to convert waste paper sludge and inedible biomass into ethanol fuel to help wean the world off its addiction to …