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Social Security Q&A: Does SSI Have a Format for the Blind?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Question : I have a relative who gets Supplemental Security Income for a disability. She is now legally blind and wants to receive information from Social Security in an alternative format. How do I help her? Answer: Social Security is dedicated to providing vital information in the most effective way for every individual. There are several ways to receive information from Social Security if you are blind or have a …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Names CEO New London — James “Jim” Culhane, of Henniker, N.H., has been named president and CEO of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. An open house in March will feature a “meet and greet” with Culhane. Culhane has more than 12 years of relevant health and …

Tax-Saving Tips for Generation Y

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Many young taxpayers miss out on tax-saving opportunities because they just aren’t aware of them. Here are some tax credits and deductions these folks shouldn’t overlook. Student Loan Interest Deduction Education borrowing is a big concern for many millennials. But, if you carry such debt, you might be eligible for the student loan interest deduction. Whether you itemize or not, you can deduct …

U.S. Forecast: Low Oil Prices Will Keep Gas Cheap All Year

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Washington — The federal government forecasts that low oil prices will continue through the year as a result of the global petroleum glut. Oil prices have plummeted by more than half since a high of $106 a barrel in June, giving motorists the gift of cheap gasoline but …

High Court Case Could Foil Government Suits Over Job Bias

Monday, January 12, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court could put the brakes on the Obama administration’s growing crackdown against companies facing claims of discrimination against women, minorities and other protected groups. Justices will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that considers whether employers can defend discrimination lawsuits by asserting that government …

Divers Retrieve Black Box From Crashed AirAsia Jet

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia — Divers retrieved one of the black boxes Monday from the AirAsia plane that plummeted more than two weeks ago into the Java Sea, a major breakthrough in the slow-moving hunt to recover bodies and wreckage. The flight data recorder was found under part of …

Social Security Q&A: How to Report Social Security Disability Fraud

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Question: I suspect that someone I know is collecting Social Security disability benefits when they shouldn’t be. What is the best way for me to report fraud? Answer: Social Security has zero tolerance for fraud and uses many proven tactics to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. The Office …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 11, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

HCRS Recognizes Staff At Annual Meeting Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services recently presented length of service and other awards to employees and community partners. Lynn Boyle, field services director for the Vermont Agency of Human Services, received the agency’s annual Community Partnership Award for being …

Lebanon Workshop to Address Resiliency and Climate Change

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lebanon — A free workshop next month aims to help local businesses prepare for increasingly severe and unpredictable weather events brought on by climate change. The business continuity workshop is set for Feb. 3, from 7-11 a.m., at Hypertherm, 71 Heater Road, Lebanon. It’s coordinated by the Upper …

Drone Revolution Coming, but Big Obstacles Remain

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Boulevard, Calif. — The drones are coming. Not as flying deliverymen that bring diapers, books or soup cans to your home, a vision put forth by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to much fanfare a little more than a year ago. Instead, drones will help spray crops, inspect high-voltage …

Reading the Windshield

Sunday, January 11, 2015

One of the automotive world’s newest, buzziest upgrades was once offered only for trained jet pilots: heads-up displays, projecting a buffet of colorful information on that once-sacred place of clarity, the car windshield. Touted at last week’s Consumer …

Complaining to Cable Companies About to Get Easier

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Washington — The only problem with muttering angrily at your cat when your cable bill suddenly spikes is that it does nothing to lower your costs and the cat finds it amusing to see you froth at the mouth. But the Federal Communications Commission is here to try …

Young Buyers Back As Economy Grows

Sunday, January 11, 2015

After Damien and Tina Bucci were approved for a mortgage in 2012, they decided they couldn’t afford the biggest purchase of their lives without greater confidence in the U.S. economy. Next month, they will close on their first home — a four-bedroom Colonial with a half-acre yard. “We …