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Rymes Propane buys Fred Fuller Oil Company, starts deliveries immediately

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There were times, even yesterday just hours before a judge signed the paperwork, when John Rymes doubted his offer to buy beleaguered Fred Fuller Oil Co. would become reality. “It’s been a roller coaster. Who needs Six Flags?” he said yesterday after the deal was finalized. Rymes, vice president and co-owner of what is now one of the largest fuel companies in the state, was standing in the Sheehan, Phinney, …

Can OPEC members unite to raise oil prices?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day. The 12-member group’s purpose is to coordinate how much oil is produced in order to keep prices high and stable and maximize member countries’ revenue while making sure global demand for oil stays …

Thanksgiving Day deals likely to trump Black Friday discounts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are …

Uncertainty over Medicaid coverage stalls supportive housing project in Concord

Monday, November 17, 2014

Citing confusion over Medicaid coverage, a Concord nonprofit has stalled its plan to build housing for adults with developmental and learning disabilities. Independent Living Concord had already signed purchase-and-sales agreements for the former Capitol Offset building at 181 N. Main St. and the plot at nearby 9 Pearl …

Eastman School neighbors voice support for Girls Inc. tenancy

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Concord School Board may have found a new tenant for the former Eastman School, after a public hearing yesterday yielded nothing but support for Girls Inc.’s proposal to use the vacant space on Shawmut Street. The reaction was in stark contrast to a previous proposal in 2012 …

Verizon to offer 1 GB of free data to customers

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Verizon Wireless recently announced plans to give back to customers during the holidays with Connection Day on Nov. 26. On that day, Verizon will reward MORE Everything customers who register with 1 GB of shareable data per account for the remainder of their current billing cycle, as well …

Business people for Nov. 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Steven Venezia, an attorney with Upton & Hatfield, recently was accepted into the NHBA Leadership Academy for the 2015 class. The academy is a nine-month leadership training program designed to foster professional growth and enhance leadership skills. Venezia, …

Business notes for Nov. 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BCM Environmental & Land Law in Concord recently was chosen as a legal adviser to Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. Attorneys Jed Callen, Amy Manzelli and Jason Reimers are the owners of the firm, …

New model of apple industry features clubs of large-scale growers in West, Midwest, leaving New England in the cold

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Johnny Appleseed would have a tough gig these days. Gone are the times when apple trees grew wild on hills and in dales across the North American continent. Apples are big business today – big as in trademarked. …

The perks and quirks of large resorts

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Large resorts are a significant draw for many travelers. All-in-one activity options, happy hour offerings within easy walking distance and included fitness classes make an attractive package when it comes to planning a low-stress getaway. There are perks and quirks with this type of vacation plan, however, and …

Fishermen, NOAA at odds over cod reductions

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Hampshire’s small commercial fishing fleet is reeling as a result of federal regulations aimed at helping cod stock in the Gulf of Maine rebound. The regulations, rolled out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week, close fertile cod fishing areas and limit the commercial haul …

Can low oil prices be good for the environment?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren’t so bad for the environment …

Prices for home heating fuels expected to be lower this year

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Residents preparing to face higher electricity bills this winter may find respite in their home heating bills. Experts are forecasting lower prices for home heating fuels, which they’re attributing to growing production levels and the expectation of more moderate winter weather. “In general, we’re looking at lower prices …