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FairPoint accuses striking workers of intimidation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FairPoint Communications is accusing striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said automated phone-jamming attempted to disrupt call centers. The company said yesterday that it’s sent a letter to the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, asking them to stop any members from engaging in activities aimed at disruption or intimidation. The two unions called the allegations “spurious and unfounded.” More than 1,700 workers in …

Not so fast cordcutters — cable’s not going anywhere

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected …

Business notes for Oct. 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Meredith Rotary Club recently hosted 11 exchange students from Rotary District 7870, which covers southern Vermont and southern New Hampshire, for a weekend trip to the Squam Lake Natural Science Center and a Mt. Washington boat cruise, among other activities. The students were from Belgium Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand. Two Meredith students joined, one of whom …

Oil, natural gas prices confound New England

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pipeline bottlenecks that drove up natural gas home heating prices in New England last winter could cause trouble when the weather again turns cold, but oil prices that once climbed to record territory continue to fall. That unusual sequence of events – higher prices for natural gas prices, …

401(k) conundrum: lots of cash, no best way to make it last

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Even if you’ve socked plenty of money away in your 401(k) plan and invested it carefully, some of your toughest decisions lie ahead. And don’t expect much help or clarity from the government or your employer. Strategies for drawing down lump-sum accounts in retirement – more important than …

App reviews: SwiftKey for swifter texting; Sleep Cycle for monitoring patterns

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Swifter, smoother texting This app is nothing new to Android users. But one of the best updates to the latest version of Apple’s operating system is the ability to use third-party keyboards, such as SwiftKey, which gives users different options for typing on the iPhone. This free app, …

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Andover ∎ Bridge Road; land and building; $65,000; Roland G. Levesque to Leo L. Frego. Barnstead ∎ 792 Beauty Hill Road; land and building; $181,000; Chad L. Streeter to Derek A. Murtagh. Belmont ∎ 271 Brown Hill Road; land and building; $225,000; Joseph K. and Jennifer L. Jackson to Jeremy M. …

N.H. Food Bank asks hunters to ‘Hunt for Hungry’

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The New Hampshire Food Bank is asking hunters to “Hunt for the Hungry” this season. For the seventh consecutive year, the food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution at food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes across the state. Last …

Sensors to turn NH-Maine span into ‘living bridge’

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine may soon be an information hub for boaters, drivers and engineers. Under the Living Bridge Project, an effort led by the University of New Hampshire, the state Department of Transportation is installing sensors on the bridge to provide data on …

After 97 years, Beede Electrical Instruments to cease manufacturing in New Hampshire

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nearly 100 years after its founding in Penacook, Beede Electrical Instruments will soon stop manufacturing in Concord. Thomas G. Faria Corp., of Montville, Conn., bought the 97-year-old company in September 2013 when longtime CEO Walter Pelletier retired. At the time, Beede had about 35 employees, down from a …

Rail panel unveils website

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weeks before the anticipated release of a $3.7 million commuter rail study, the N.H. Rail and Trail Authority has rolled out a new online campaign. The authority, which is administratively attached to the Department of Transportation, announced yesterday the launch of its passenger rail informational website. The site …

Girl Scouts membership drops sharply

Saturday, October 11, 2014

For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend. According to figures provided to the Associated Press, …

More efficient cars are putting a Hummer-sized dent in gas consumption

Friday, October 10, 2014

Since 2007, new cars sold in America have grown steadily more fuel efficient, a quiet but considerable environmental success. As of September of this year, new light-duty vehicles purchased in the U.S. averaged about 25.3 miles per gallon, up from 20.1 mpg in October 2007. Recent gains in …