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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...
This writer returned today from a whirlwind trip to visit my sister Pat Wolf. My dear sister takes very good care of me each April when my visit (coincidentally) happens during the Kansas turkey season. It all began several years ago when she countered my objection of being too busy to visit her...
Everyone loves springtime, particularly lyme-bearing ticks which are only on the increase in the region.
DEAR PET TALK: The weather is warm and we are worried about ticks carrying Lyme disease. What do we look out for? — WORRIED DEAR WORRIED: The MSPCA reports that Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease is transmitted to humans and dogs by the...
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 make a lot of posters and flyers. I used to...
The anchor of Fruitlands is the original farmhouse, site of a communal living and farming experiment in the mid-1800s. It can be seen in the center-right of this photo.  Photo by Mark Gardner for The Trustees
For lovers of nature, history, the arts and food, Fruitlands Museum in the town of Harvard, just an hour’s drive east from the North Quabbin region, has a lot to offer. I’ve been there twice in the past and hope to go again this season. After a limited winter schedule, the museum starts its main...
Fathers do not always easily accept the men their daughters fall in love with; many fathers feel that no man will ever be good enough for his little girl. In the 2016 comedy ‘Why Him’ we see a father be introduced to the craziest of crazy boyfriends anyone could ever imagine.  Ned, played by...
The U.S. Mint begins taking orders for the 2017 National Park quarters circulation-quality coin set today, April 10. This set will include all five of this year’s quarters from each of the three mints that strike them. To order coins from the U.S. Mint, visit their website at www.usmint.gov, or...
The Affenpinscher was bred to exterminate rats, but has become a companion pet.
DEAR PET TALK: I know some small dogs were bred for hunting, such as rat terriers. However, there are many other small dog breeds. Apart from companionship, were dogs bred to be small for other purposes? — CURIOUS ABOUT CANINES DEAR CURIOUS: It turns out that worldwide dogs were bred to be...

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