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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: I made the mistake of using the wifi in a...
 A sharp reduction in use of plastic bags is the goal of conservationists worldwide. This poster, found on the internet, is from a successful campaign conducted by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) of the United Kingdom. The MCS web site stated, "Levels of beach litter have doubled over the last two decades. MCS works to clear our seas of the rising tide of rubbish that is so dangerous to sea life, including seabirds, whales and dolphins."
I’ve learned how to “just say no” to the single-use plastic bags that are commonly used in supermarkets and other retail stores, and urge others to join this effort. My resolution to do this came after reading information from environmental and wildlife protection groups on the harm caused by...
While there are sad movie and happy movies there are sometimes movies that are a mix of both. ‘A Dog’s Purpose,’ released earlier this year, will offer both happy and sad moments. The main character of the movie is the soul of a dog, voiced by Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast), and is seen...
This is a rare week during which no new U.S. stamps or coins are due to be issued. Canada Post, building upon the success of last year’s stamps issued in honor of the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series, has issued more stamps on that theme. These stamps depict the...
DEAR PET TALK: I don’t have pets but keep active bird feeders, so all the birds are my “pets in the wild.” I have always wondered why do robins lay blue eggs? — Bird Lover ——— DEAR BIRD LOVER: I concur with you about wild birds — they are here for everyone to enjoy, and in spring,...
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: I work at home and always listen to music while...
It was page one news recently when the town of Athol’s selectboard gave permission to Jake Alexander to run a “boarding house” at the former Cass Farm for the non-profit organization he founded called “Vets and Veggies.” I learned about this a few weeks ago from Jim Herbert, a friend who lives...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a first class rate forever stamp on May 23 to honor the bicentennial of writer-philosopher Henry David Thoreau. The design will feature a portrait of Thoreau, based upon an 1856 photograph, with the last name of his signature to the right. This pane of 20 self-...
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Charlie Hunnam in a scene from, "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword."  Warner Bros. Pictures via AP
Retellings of classic stories make for easy Hollywood movies. I had not previously thought that the King Arthur story was overly exciting but maybe it just needed a more interesting version of the King Arthur character like we see in the newly released ‘King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword.’ The...
 Louise Sorel as android Rayna with William Shatner in the 1969 Star Trek episode "Requiem for Methuselah."  NBC screen shot
Like many other actresses who guest-starred on a single episode of the original “Star Trek” series, Louise Sorel’s career extended beyond the Trek universe. “I didn’t watch a lot of television back in the 60s so knew little about shows such as Star Trek,” recalled Sorel from her home in New York...

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