Dartmouth, Vermont town have century-old tuition deal
WHEELOCK, Vt. — For more than a century Dartmouth College has been making good on a promise to students from a hardscrabble Vermont town that helped the keep the school afloat in its early years: get in, and your tuition is free.
But in that time only nine students from the town of Wheelock have taken advantage of the offer of a tuition-free Ivy League education for students from the community in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Teens shopping more like their parents
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she’s particular about what she wears.
But when The Associated Press followed the 15-year-old from Long Island on a recent back-to-school shopping trip with friends, she left a Nike store empty-handed — even though Nike is one of her favorites. The reason?
Stock your freezer with fruit – and make pops
The autumn produce season catches me off-guard every year. As we glide from the hot days of August into the cooler months ahead, we never quite know when the magic moment arrives that we have seen our last bit of fresh summer fruit in the produce aisle. Sure, we can get peaches all year if we insist (and are willing to pay a small fortune), but they just aren’t nearly as delicious.
The good news is that so many summer fruits freeze quite well. It’s a great excuse to stock up when things are seasonal (and more affordable) and freeze them for later. Peaches and most berries are particularly great candidates for this.
Americans waiting longer to buy first homes
WASHINGTON — Short of cash and unsettled in their careers, young Americans are waiting longer than ever to buy their first homes.
The typical first-timer now rents for six years before buying a home, up from 2.6 years in the early 1970s, according to a new analysis by the real estate data firm Zillow. The median first-time buyer is age 33 — in the upper range of the millennial generation, which roughly spans ages 18 to 34. A generation ago, the median first-timer was about three years younger.
Gouda news: Maine’s artisanal cheese boom
PORTLAND — Heather and Doug Donahue left careers in teaching and construction behind to follow a dream of opening a dairy farm and cheese-making business in the rolling fields of Maine.
The Donahues, who have run Balfour Farm in Pittsfield for four years, have that dream in common with dozens of small business owners in the suddenly cheese-crazy state. Maine has established itself as the state with the fastest-growing artisanal cheese industry in the country, and state agriculture officials said it’s not slowing down.
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