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For the second time in nearly three years North Fitzwilliam Road in Royalston is closed to through traffic. These closures allow for much-needed repairs to our road where it spans the Lawrence Brook.  This is a particularly beautiful section of our neighborhood. After winding its way through our...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a new five-cent stamp on Feb. 24 featuring two clusters of grapes. This self-adhesive will be issued in panes of 20 stamps. Grapevine, Texas, 74051 is the first-day city for this stamp, which is part of an ongoing definitive series featuring fruits. There...
“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” This is the welcome that I felt when I moved to Orange from the Boston area seven years ago. People were easy to meet and incredibly helpful when it came to places to hike, shop, eat, and find reliable contractors. Orange is The...
Sometimes when one is stuck in a rut they feel they need to do something drastic to improve their life. Sometimes it works, sometimes it makes their life even crazier. In 2016’s ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,’ we see what can happen when both outcomes happen.  In 2003, Kim Baker, played by Tina Fey (30...
Across the United States, children can learn riflery and firearm safety through their local 4-H club. Forty-eight of the 50 states have 4-H youth shooting programs. However, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which oversees the 4-H program in this state, has rejected a proposal to teach...
Fiona, a Great Dane owned by Helen Donlan, is a TheraPAWS Therapy Pet with Be PAWSitive. She visited with students at Fitchburg State University recently and loved all the attention.Submitted photo
DEAR PET TALK: Is it okay to pet a therapy dog? — Erika, age 12, Memorial Middle School DEAR ERIKA: Yes, it is, but you always want to ask the owner first! Therapy dogs have owners who work with their pets to help them help other people. Some therapy dogs like to lie down on the floor with...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue 13 stamps with three different themes over the coming week. All will be self-adhesives stamps. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was honored with a double-sided sheet of 11 first-class forever stamps, issued on Feb. 16. One side has a photo of de la Renta with...
DEERFIELD — Teachers from around the nation are invited to submit applications to study in depth the significant role of African Americans in the birthplace of American freedom and in the rise of the greater New England region as the earliest commercial power and cultural trade center in British...
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Eric Braeden, front left, and cast of The Young and the Restless. Photo/CBS publicity
For “The Young and the Restless” star Eric Braeden, 2016 was a memorable year. He turned 75, celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary, joined cast members for Y&R’s 11,000th episode, and completed his autobiography “I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime...

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