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The U.S. Postal Service will issue a new first-class rate forever-stamped postal card on Aug. 11. The design will feature the Azulilio Chilean Blue Crocus blossom. The postal card will be issued in three versions: single card, one with an attached reply card, and in an uncut sheet of 40 cards....
With animated movies meant for children, having enough material for a sequel can be easier than in live action movies. The content can be more imaginary and out of this world, giving writers more freedom. With this summer’s ‘Despicable Me 3’ the writers got even more creative than in the first two...
‘The Great Turkey Walk’ By Kathleen Karr ——— You’ve heard of cattle drives in the 1860s, but have you ever heard of turkey drives? It all begins with Simon Green, when his beloved teacher, Miss Rogers, tells him that he has “plumbed the depths of third grade” (having completed it four times...
August has arrived. We often hear the phrase “dog days of August.” Let us talk dogs for a bit as it is time for those of us with bird dogs to begin to do things in readiness for the fall hunting season. Dogs need time to get acclimated like any other athlete. Hopefully we have all been giving our...
TheraPAWS pet team member Fiona, a Great Dane, readily sits and enjoys pets from many folks.
DEAR PET TALK: What commands should I teach my dog? — DOG LOVER ——— DEAR DOG LOVER: Keep commands short and simple. Good ones to start with include “sit,” “come,” “heel” (which means “walk by my side on a leash”), “off” (which can mean “do not jump or get off of me” as well as “get off...
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 am really excited about the “Castle Rock” TV...
As he entered the state of Oregon, Nate Hurwitz was close to the end of his bicycle trip from Portland, Me., to Portland, Ore.
“It’s a much, much bigger country than you think, especially when you’re only going 12 miles an hour. It took 60 days to get there, and only six hours to come back.” That intriguing comment is what Nate Hurwitz, 22, of New Salem said at the end of our conversation over breakfast last week at...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue five stamps on Aug. 3 with the theme of protecting pollinating insects. The self-adhesive first-class rate forever stamps will depict the monarch butterfly, and western honeybee on different colored flowers. These stamps will be sold in panes of 20 subjects,...
Harry Guerro couldn’t believe his good fortune after making the 3,000-mile journey from New Jersey to the West coast in late 2012, and unearthing a 35 mm print of the 1975 horror thriller, “The Intruder,” featuring a cast of Hollywood legends. “I discovered the film in a storefront storage...
Meeting someone online is nothing peculiar anymore; nor is the idea of your virtual soulmate living far away. But what if they were not just across the country but on another planet? In this winter’s release ‘The Space Between Us’ we see just that. Gardner Elliot, played by Asa Butterfield (Miss...

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