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I finally got the chance to play Nintendo’s Super Mario Run when it was released on Android recently. From December to late March, Nintendo’s first attempt at bringing one of their beloved intellectual properties to mobile platforms was exclusive to Apple devices. So it wasn’t until just a month...
 Susan Watson, depicted early in her career and in the present day
Best known for her roles in musical theater, Tony-nominated actress and singer Susan Watson released a collection of 14 Broadway and jazz standards on her CD “The Music Never Ends” last fall. “Some of these tracks I had sung earlier in my career and others I had always heard and loved, and just...
ate Gorney, left, and T.J. Miller arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Office Christmas Party" at the Village Theatre Westwood Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.  by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Some office parties  are bland and a reflection of everyone’s feelings before Christmas at work. Everyone just wants to finish out the time before the holiday and get to their days off. Those hearing that the bosses have downsized or canceled parties are typically unhappy as is the case with ‘...
Wednesday evening this writer drove an hour to Spencer and was sitting in the Spencer Rod and Gun Club to attend the first session of a Massachusetts Hunter Education Course. The clubhouse was full as over 60 men, women and young people of both genders had registered with the intent of obtaining a...
DEAR PET TALK: What do you do if you find a baby animal like a squirrel or bunny? — Animal Lover ——— DEAR ANIMAL LOVER: We talked to Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Sigrid Warren to get a specific answer to this question, as there are very strict rules regarding wildlife. Here’s what she...
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: Sometimes, when I’m on the internet, I’ll go to...
Preschool students Lia Castillo, left, and Kendal Peckham work together to build a tower in the Athol Community Elementary School classroom taught by Julie Stanley.  Photo by Julie Stanley
What does a special needs teacher do all day with 35 preschoolers — many categorized as “special needs” students because they are not moving along developmental milestones at what is considered a “typical rate?” The short answer is this: She gets down on the floor and plays hard and works hard...
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. ...

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