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We all love our smartphones. They enhance our lives in so many useful ways, but they are not without their downsides too. For instance, last week my wife and I took a trip to Scotland, and anyone who has ever taken their phone on an international trip can attest, it’s not a cheap endeavor....
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a new “Global Forever” first-class rate ($1.10) stamp on April 28. This round self-adhesive will depict a green succulent plant known as the echeveria. This stamp will be issued in panes of 10 subjects, with the official first-day city being San Francisco,...
McDonald’s has been a household name for decades but not many of us know about its early years. ‘The Founder, ’released earlier this year, shows the early years when McDonald’s had only been open for 20 something years in California and had not become the standard for burgers that it is now. ...
While this writer was in Kansas Holy Week, I receive notification that an article was being written on the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board policy regarding hiking trails on Wildlife Management Areas. Upon my return, I read the article which is critical of the policy. My normal procedure...
DEAR PET TALK: I have a dog but I don’t know how to walk my dog on a leash. Is it okay to pull the dog? My uncle told me I should pull the leash up sometime when the dog doesn’t listen so it chokes the dog but that looks cruel to me. How do you hold the leash? — DOG LOVER ——— Dear DOG LOVER...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to the PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library at info@athollibrary.org or by mail at Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: My daughter’s school has issued each student a...
Photo by Holly Hartman-Bargeron
“A true New York City institution, ‘Chicago, The Musical,’ has everything that makes Broadway great,” the show’s website says, and on stage every night, playing in the jazz band central to the show, is David W. “Dave” Bargeron. This Athol native, with music in his blood, is now 74 years old but...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue six first-class forever-rate stamps on April 20 celebrating food dishes from Central and South America. This will be issued in a double-sided booklet pane of 20 self-adhesive "Delicioso" stamps. Foods featured on the stamps will be tamales, flan, sancoho,...
In this April 18, 2016, file photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, center left, dressed as a Boston Police officer, watches runners cross the finish line as he films a scene for his "Patriots' Day" movie at the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston.  AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File
Movies based on real life events will always be different to watch than those with fictional stories. When a movie is based on a tragedy, say the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which only happened four years ago, it is very different to watch. ‘Patriots’ Day,’ released earlier this year, is the...
Whether singing her own words or those of others, the sublime vocal talent of pop/folk singer Judy Collins has been drawing audiences for over 50 years. But it’s a career that might never have happened. “I contracted polio as a child and later tuberculosis when I was in my early 20s,” recalled...

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