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BOSTON — The Beacon Hill Roll Call records votes and discussion of members of the House and Senate each week. Coming up on Beacon Hill ARSONISTS NEED NOT APPLY (H 569) — Another piece of legislation on the Committee on Financial Services’ agenda would prohibit banks or mortgage brokers and...
Valerie Harper, left, star of the hit TV show 'Rhoda' from the 1970s, is among the cast of the singer Susie Carter's, right, short film 'My Mom and the Girl.' 
Off-screen, Valerie Harper has been an inspiration to many following her optimistic defiance to her well-publicized life-threatening medical diagnosis in 2013. The star of the hit 70s TV series “Rhoda” now brings her indomitable spirit to the big screen to hearten families dealing with Alzheimer’s...
Some movies can be deceiving based on their trailer; such as is the case with the 2016 release ‘War Dogs’. I am not a big fan of modern war movies and when I saw the trailer for this movie I thought it was something my fiance would like more than something that would be my taste.  In 2005, David...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a set of four first-class rate forever stamps celebrating classic Christmas carols on Oct. 5. Each stamp will depict a scene and a phrase from the following carols: Deck the Halls, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, and Jolly Old Saint Nick. These stamps will be...
This writer traveled to northern New York last weekend to do some scouting and hunting of the upland covers where I spend as much of October as possible each fall. This was the first time that I, along with my two French Brittanys, have ever made the trip in September. The grouse season opened on...
The gray wolf and its relatives share social traits with the modern dog, and both descend from an unknown common ancestor. Public domain photo
Dear Pet Talk: How are dogs related to wolves? — K-9 CURIOUS ——— DEAR K-9 CURIOUS: Current genetic research suggests that dogs and wolves diverged from a common ancestor, rather than dogs descending from the wolves we are familiar with (Canis lupus, the gray wolf). The divergence occurred...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library, info@athollibrary.org or Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331 or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: Today, on my Windows 7 computer, the message “the BSvc processor...
Photo by Flossie Chua
Several local writers — most of whom are longtime friends of mine — have come out recently with new books, and while it’s impractical for me to write a thoughtful review of each one, I’m going to introduce them to you. The eight authors are Dale Monette, Ami Fagin, Kathy-Ann Becker, Elaine Reardon...
'SNOWY DAY' STAMP
The U.S. Postal Service will issue four stamps on Oct. 4 depicting scenes from Ezra Jack Keats’ classic 1962 children’s book “The Snowy Day.” The book won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children. The self-adhesive stamps will be issued in a double-sided pane of...
Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer
This summer some movie critics were claiming that the box office was lacking in hit movies. I think that some movies do not get enough credit from critics causing moviegoers to skip over them and wait to watch when it comes out on streaming services or on disc. At the beginning of the summer, ‘...

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