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In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 photo, people walk by the Bellagio, in Las Vegas. This year, hotels will take in a record $2.25 billion in revenue from fees and surcharges, 6 percent more than in 2013 and nearly double that of a decade ago, according to a new study. Nearly half of the increase can be attributed to new surcharges and hotels increasing the amounts of existing fees. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

Monday, September 1, 2014

Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?” The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don’t need the in-room safe? You’re likely still paying. … 1

Business notes

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Friends of Carroll County Adult Tutorial Services was chosen as one of 13 nonprofit agencies from the Lakes Region to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Charitable Fund in 2014. The $5,000 grant will help defray the cost of tuition and provide other materials to students participating in adult education courses at Carroll Academy in Tamworth. Centrix Bank recently … 0

Lakes Region Community College gets auto education grant

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lakes Region Community College in Laconia recently received an automotive education grant as part of statewide funding for short-term automotive technician training. The award was provided by the New Hampshire Automotive Education Foundation. Multiple sections of the eight-week training sessions will be provided at all four of the Community College System of New Hampshire campuses that have automotive programs. Lakes Region Community College, … 0

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

President Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and … 5

Hopeful for a new owner, local businesses stick to Steeplegate Mall

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Richard Buessing has worked at Steeplegate Mall since it opened in 1990. In carts and kiosks, he has sold everything from slippers to sunglasses. For the last 14 years, he has owned True Confections candy store. Earlier this … 4

Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer said he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, … 0

Loudon farm gets USDA grant for beef, pork burger blend

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Carole Soule and Bruce Dawson of Miles Smith Farm in Loudon have created a burger they say has the ideal mix of flavor and fat. Now, with the help of a $127,000 grant from the U.S. Department of … 0

Governors step into New England supermarket feud

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

As an employee revolt at a New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire took the unusual step of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a standoff threatening … 5

Basil blight wipes out crop at Dimond Hill Farm

Monday, August 18, 2014

Folks at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord don’t mince words when talk turns to one of their most popular crops. “We sell lots and lots and lots of basil every year,” said Jane Presby, a seventh-generation farmer who … 0

Concord-based NH1 hires Kevin Landrigan in its aim to “own politics in New Hampshire”

Monday, August 18, 2014

Longtime political reporter Kevin Landrigan may have been laid off from the Telegraph’s now-shuttered State House bureau Friday. But this week, it’s a whole new story. Bill Binnie’s New Hampshire 1 News announced yesterday that it has hired Landrigan and CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser for its new … 5

Concord native Kristin Forbes tapped to join Bank of England

Monday, August 18, 2014

Concord native Kristin Forbes has been appointed to the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England. Forbes, who is a tenured professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, previously made news when she became the youngest-ever person appointed to the White House’s Council of Economic … 0

Business notes for Aug. 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, alerted residents to the risks of salmonella infection, which is associated with exposure to chicks and live poultry. At least 11 individuals in New Hampshire had been infected with salmonella after exposure to chicks … 0

Business people

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sarah Bird, Tilton School Class of 1987, was recently named the next chairperson of the Tilton School Board of Trustees. Thomas Deyak, CPA, of Mason + Rich Professional Association, was recently reappointed to another term as treasurer of … 0