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Linq, a.k.a. Diane Lincoln, explains her new CD cover includes a sketch by Royalston artist Gordon Morrison which "he drew for me to use to make a visual statement about the song, 'Time to Draw the Line.'" The words are depicted as melting blocks of ice, hinting at climate change.  
Orange native Sarah Wells, director of land protection at the Athol-based Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, is a dynamic young woman who cares about the environment. She is not alone. People in our region have shared a strong environmental ethic for decades, based on love of nature, not...
Nostalgia is a funny thing. It can make even the worst things seem like they were great when held in juxtaposition to the present; rose-tinted 20-20 hindsight and all that jazz. Nostalgia is not always a good thing, like when you reminisce that “New Kids on the Block were great back when I was in...
Ruth Buzzi as Gladys Ormphby. 1969 NBC publicity photo  
Drab, handbag-wielding TV character Gladys Ormphby never met a celebrity she didn’t feel compelled to smack senseless at the slightest provocation. Short in both statue and patience, the feisty diminutive spinster’s victims — such as Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra — were more likely to be paralyzed...
When movie series are allowed to come to a natural end it can be a good thing that brings closure to fans. ‘Logan,’ the recently released second sequel to ‘XMen Origins: Wolverine’ sees an end to the popular XMen character’s movie trilogy.  In 2029, Wolverine, also known as James Logan Howlett,...
‘Ice Whale’ By Jean Craighead George ——— The largest creatures on Earth are always a source of wonder for children. Siku, a bowhead whale, is the main character in Jean Craighead George’s last novel, “Ice Whale.”  Siku instantly became a favorite of the second and third graders. Like “My...
The month of March is the stepping stone to spring most years. After the weather of the past couple of weeks it might seem as though it has already arrived. The past few days have again reminded us that the cold weather is not yet through with us and nothing is out of the realm of possibility this...
 Animals, including our pet cats and dogs, have claws that serve various purposes. Photo by Tami Green
DEAR PET TALK: Why do animals have claws? — Tavon, 6th grade, Memorial Middle School, Fitchburg DEAR TAVON: Thanks for a fascinating question, and you need to go way back in history, where you find that dinosaurs had claws, as did early reptiles. Claws are made of keratin (which can also make...
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: This isn’t a computer question. It’s a Fitbit...
ollowing a year-long residence at Harvard Forest on a Bullard Fellowship, Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes has completed a book about this 100-year-old red oak tree growing there. The book is being released this spring with an event at Harvard Forest on May 2.  Photo by Lynda Mapes
Many area residents, especially those of us with a penchant to appreciate nature and history, are familiar with the intricate and beautiful dioramas in the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest (HF) in Petersham. If you haven’t seen these 23 dioramas, which show how land use in the area has changed...
Yesterday afternoon I was on my way back from a routine doctor’s appointment when I received a text from my coworker Ashley Arseneau informing me that no one was able to get into our NewsEditPro cloud-based editorial software, being greeted instead with a strange error I was unfamiliar with. When...

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